GE Aerospace, a global supplier of jet engines, components and systems for commercial and military aircraft, said Wednesday, December 7, that it is developing a new facility dedicated to the development of inspection and repair technologies, which will be used in aviation service workshops around the world.
GE plans to invest $14 million and, as a result, generate about 50 salaried jobs over the next two years at its Services Technology Acceleration Center (STAC – Services Technology Acceleration Center), located in Springdale, in the suburb of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the United States.
According to the Cincinnati Business Courier, the 85,000-square-foot (7,896-square-meter) site where STAC will be located was home to the former grand headquarters of cosmetics company Avon.
The STAC facility will be dedicated to the development of engine service technologies and work processes, enabling collaboration between engineering and manufacturing. Teams will work together to demonstrate a technology’s deployment readiness before scaling it for use in service shops, speeding new ideas to market.
“This investment is a testament to GE’s continued commitment to enhancing our portfolio of leading services technology,” said Russell Stokes, President and CEO, Commercial Engines and Services, GE Aerospace.
“We are creating a new space dedicated to the development of automation and robotics technologies that we can distribute in our maintenance, repair and overhaul shops at different scale and speed”, added Stokes.
The 85,000-square-foot facility will also be used as a training center for many of these next-generation service technologies, as well as a customer education center for GE Aerospace.
“We are innovating new ways to create service solutions for customers. This facility is intended to put us in an even better position to accelerate the technologies we are developing and industrializing to serve our customers at the lowest cost and highest speed possible,” said Nicole Tibbetts, Chief Manufacturing Engineer for MRO at GE Aerospace.
Over the past five years, GE has developed and matured a number of technologies in its service shops, including:
– GE 360 Foam Wash: A cart injects GE’s proprietary foam detergent into commercial jet engines to remove dust and dirt particles ingested during service. The foam targets specific areas within the engine, helping to restore performance and improve fuel efficiency. Cleaning GE90 engined Boeing 777 aircraft engines with the 360 Foam Wash, instead of a traditional water wash, has the potential to save 35,500 gallons of fuel per year and reduce related CO2 emissions.
– AI White Light Inspection: Around 90% of Fluorescent Penetrant Fluorescent inspections of rotor blades of CFM56 engines at the GE repair site in Singapore are now done by an AI (Artificial Intelligence) powered robotic system. This system collects data from thousands of blades of turbine sections to formulate and meet a technical standard that removes subjectivity from inspection.
– Blade Inspection Tool (BIT): OC Robotics’ BIT technology can be run while the engine is installed on the wing. It gives customers a clearer, more consistent view of aircraft engine inspections, using cutting-edge AI technology to extract internal images and present them in an easy-to-understand format.
With information from GE Aerospace