FARNBOROUGH, England--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Parker Aerospace, a business segment of Parker Hannifin Corporation (PH-NYSE), the global leader in motion and control technologies, plans to use innovative robotic welding techniques to make oil reservoirs for the new CFM International* LEAP aircraft engine. This manufacturing process, coupled with the use of a new state-of-the-art, five-axis horizontal milling machine, provides a significant improvement in tank quality and throughput.
“Parker Aerospace is one of the leaders in the industry in welding aerospace oil vessels in both aluminum and stainless steel. Using robotic welding techniques improves weld times by as much as 50-80 percent from a manual weld,” said Richard Mossey, business development manager for Parker Aerospace’s Gas Turbine Fuel Systems Division. “The robotic weld process demonstrates welds at a yield rate of approximately 95 percent compared to a typical yield of approximately 80 percent using other methods.”
Higher-quality welds mean engine producers get a better product and higher throughput on the manufacturing line. “A process that repeatedly shows a better product and that subsequently reduces lead time is our constant aim,” said Stephen Adams, business team leader the Gas Turbine Fuel Systems division. “It provides value to our customers, and Parker is one of the few companies that embraced and deployed this technology.”
The oil tank contract for the LEAP 1A powerplant continues a more-than-30-year relationship between Safran Oil Systems and Parker Aerospace. The Parker Naples site was the sole-source supplier of tanks for the CFM56, the best-selling product line in commercial aviation history.
For the LEAP program, Safran has a two source for every component on the engine. Parker is selected as a second source for LEAP-1A for the Airbus A320neo and COMAC C919. Safran will produce the other LEAP tanks in its dedicated company Safran Oil Systems.
This robotic welding is already being utilized for the oil reservoirs supplied by Parker Aerospace on two different engine types.
“It is Parker Aerospace’s intention to make the highest-quality product for our customers and deliver it on time so that both our companies succeed together,” Mossey said.
The Parker Aerospace stand is in Hall 4, #4660, at the Farnborough International Air Show, July 16-22, 2018.
About Parker Aerospace. Parker Aerospace is a global leader in the research, design, integration, manufacture, certification, and lifetime service of flight control, hydraulic, fuel and inerting, fluid conveyance, thermal management, lubrication, and pneumatic systems and components for aerospace and other high-technology markets. The company supports the world’s aircraft manufacturers, providing a century of experience and innovation for commercial and military aircraft.
About Parker Hannifin. Parker Hannifin is a Fortune 250 global leader in motion and control technologies. For 100 years the company has engineered the success of its customers in a wide range of diversified industrial and aerospace markets. Learn more at www.parker.com or @parkerhannifin.
* CFM, CFM56 and LEAP are trademarks of CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Safran Aircraft Engines and GE