The latest in smart engineering
There’s scarcely an aircraft in service that does not carry our critical components and smart sub-systems.
High pressure air travelling through traditional bleed air valves is one of the biggest causes of noise at landing and take-off. Graduate engineers Scott Lathrope, Matt Scovell and David Skolnik have developed a radically new approach for GE. It’s based on a fir-cone design which can cut noise and weight.
“Our team was tasked with generating and evaluating new concepts enabled by additive layer manufacture (ALM),” says Lathrope. “This design was one of the first. What we learn about ALM on this project, we’ll apply elsewhere: heat exchangers, brake manifolds, integrated metal matrix composites and sensor housings could all benefit.”
Meggitt is bringing Industry 4.0 to aerospace with a combination of smart tools and big data. We call it M4 and the first step in bringing it to life is an intelligent workbench.
Brainchild of Group Technology Director, Keith Jackson, and graduate engineer, Tom Newman, it was designed by Meggitt graduates on placement at the UK’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.
With its flexible fixturing, laser projection and data capture, the workbench is already driving big gains in output, quality, repeatability and traceability.
Read more in the Meggitt Review
The Meggitt Production System (MPS) equips each of us with a set of tools to maximise performance and creativity wherever we work, streamlining our efforts from boardroom to factory floor.
So whatever your role, you’ll look for better ways of working each and every day. If your idea can be scaled up, we want you to test it out, spread the word and keep on improving it.
Read up on Meggitt’s Lean experts, Amir Allahverdi and Louis Chavez, the architects of MPS.
Explore the world of MPS in OPEX, our journal of record