Aero Norway expands its capabilities with new plasma spraying machine
Aero Norway, the specialist CFM56 repair facility has further expanded its capabilities with the addition of a new plasma spraying machine. The Oerlikon MultiCoat™ Pro advanced thermal spray platform, offers increased efficiency as well as multiple thermal spray processes in one system including plasma spray and HVOF (High Velocity Oxygen Fuel).
“The introduction of the new machine has also allowed us greater physical flexibility with in our internal repair equipment as it has a reduced footprint, and enables us to offer HVOF related repairs in addition to the plasma repairs,” says Neil Russell, Chief Operating Officer at Aero Norway. “This is a substantial investment that was initiated in 2019 / 2020 as part of our strategy to identify which parts needed to be brought in house and grow our repair back shop accordingly.”
The advanced thermal spray system platform – MultiCoat™ Pro combines multiple thermal spray processes in one system which will allow Aero Norway’s customers to benefit from the unlimited versatility and unmatched process control. In addition, to reduce turn-around times as a result of the introduction of this more efficient system, the new platform will allow the integration of multiple thermal spray processes, eliminate operating errors, and deliver the benefit of fast, flexible upgrades with minimal shop disruption.
“We are in preparation mode for better times. We had committed to the necessary investment in modifications and upgrades and have used this quieter period to carry these out,” comments Glenford Marston, CEO of Aero Norway. “At Aero Norway we are constantly reassessing, re-evaluating and looking for ways to improve our processes in pursuit of reduced turn-around times. In addition to the major investments we have made over the last year in our high-speed grinder, plasma machine and static balancing machine, we have also carried out numerous small projects around the shop to benefit our customers and this time has given us the opportunity to complete these.”