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Oerlikon and Lufthansa Technik to speed up additive manufacturing

Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik to establish replicable AM and standards for MRO

Oerlikon, a leading technology and engineering group, and Lufthansa Technik, a leading provider of maintenace, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for civil aircraft, engines and components, signed Wednesday (July 11, 2018) a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to set up robust and repeatable processes for additive manufacturing (AM). This smooths the path towards AM in the aircraft MRO industry and offers an opportunity to save costs in manufacturing, procurement, warehousing and supply chain management.

Building component geriatrics

Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will build up representative component geometrics. The components will be printed on identical printers in Oerlikon AM Charlotte, North Carolina, USA, Oerlikon AM Barleben in Saxony-Anhalt and at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg. The same process parameters and powder specifications will be used to understand process repeatability. The partnership is for a one-year period intitially and may be extended to other models of printers as more data on manufacturing processes is collected. Dr. Roland Fischer, CEO, Oerlikon Group, said: “We are confident that Oerlikon’s extensive expertise in additive manufacturing and the aerospace industry, combined with our proven ability to integrate solutions throughout the manufacturing value chain on a global scale will bring great benefits to Lufthansa Technik.”

Co-operation to boost additive manufacturing

The collaboration between Oerlikon AM and Lufthansa Technik will help drive the industrialization of additive manufacturing as the results will be shared with industrial bodies to support defining standards for the qualification and approval of aircraft components. Bernhard Krueger-Sprengel, Vice President of Engine Services, at Lufthansa Technik, commented: “We see the partnership with Oerlikon’s AM team as an exciting opportunity to accelerate Lufthansa Technik’s plan of having local AM repair capabilities on a global scale.”

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