TEMPE, Ariz. – May 5, 2014 – StandardAero Components business unit has expanded its component repair facility to create a new 30,000 square foot Composite Processing and Repair Center to meet the growing market demands for the development of new composite repairs for aircraft and ground-based engine hardware and aircraft structures within its existing 250,000 square foot, world-class MRO facility located in Cincinnati, Ohio. This expansion is an addition to current capabilities and growth over more than a decade of composite repair at this facility.
These expanded capabilities include dedicated processes for the repair and overhaul of various component types including fan cases, acoustic liners, stationary air/oil seals, spinner cones, fan platforms, outer guide vanes and vane booster assemblies to name a few. Specific examples of engines that will be supported by the new expansion include GE90 fan platforms, booster vanes and CVTs as well as CFM56/CF6 acoustic panels, OGVs, bearing supports and spinner cones.
“We view these new capabilities as a ‘business-within-a-business’ within our expanded Composite Processing Cell complete with dedicated manufacturing, engineering and quality in a self-contained processing center that handles only composite overhauls, repairs and repair developments,” said Rick Stine, President of StandardAero Military & Components sector.
“StandardAero has more than 10 years experience with composite repair. With this expansion and added capacity, we can exceed market expectations for turnaround time and also meet the future needs of our customers.”
With the addition of the new space and capabilities, the repair equipment located in the Composites Processing Cell covers a wide range of capabilities and includes an autoclave, freezer, ovens, paint booth, bond rooms, vertical turning lathes, Haas machining center and tensile testing and other machines. The center also has capacity to expand up to an additional 30,000 square feet to accommodate testing equipment and anticipated future growth, including larger components.
StandardAero is also working closely with OEM repair providers such as General Electric and Snecma to support customer needs for new repairs and repair developments.