Pratt & Whitney unveils intelligent factory strategy
The use of advanced artificial intelligence (AI), robotic, automation and additive manufacturing technologies will further enhance the level of operational effectiveness and insights across Pratt & Whitney’s Asia Pacific facilities.
March 17, 2020
By PLA Editor
Pratt & Whitney is also making strong progress in additive manufacturing with the first-in-MRO application of 3D printing for aero-engine component detail at its Component Aerospace Singapore facility. This applies to the engine component of the PW4000 engine type that powers, for example, some models of the Airbus A330 and Boeing 777. Component Aerospace Singapore provides engine part repair for combustion chambers, fuel nozzle injectors and guides, tubes, ducts and manifolds.
Pioneering advanced AI and robotic applications for the MRO sector
Pratt & Whitney introduced pioneering robotic technologies in the MRO sector targeted at improving productivity in various processes. By growing key technologies like AI and automation, it creates flexibility and scalability in the applications, and this opens up a new level of speed and efficiency in delivering to the needs of customers.
Component Aerospace Singapore also introduced an automated fixture system using 12-armed robots to replace manual fixtures for tube repair, which is another first in the industry.
Pratt & Whitney Component Solutions, part repair specialist for compressor stators and seals, variable vanes and shrouds, is adopting a fully automated robotic loading process that incorporates a Computer Numerical Control (CNC) machine together with a Collaborative Robot (COBOT), enabling 24/7 operations without human supervision.