On 29th May at 12:00 the Institute of Aviation, a member of the Łukasiewicz Research Network, held an official opening of the Production Technology Development Lab and the Additive Lab. Invited guests included Gary Mercer Vice President & General Manager of GE Aviation, Farah Borges, Senior Executive, Turbine Airfoil Value Stream Engineering, Marian Lubieniecki, Chairman of the Management Board of GE Company Polska Sp. z o.o, and Paweł Stężycki, Director of the Łukasiewicz Research Network – Institute of Aviation.
The centre will strengthen the position of the Polish engineering team, the Engineering Design Center, in the global structures of the corporation. “The two new labs that are just a beginning of the Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center are an important step in EDC journey. Nowadays, design of the products must be much more connected with manufacturing technologies. It is especially important in case of turbine blades manufacturing and additive technologies where manufacturing capability defines design space. These two labs will enable much quicker iteration between design and manufacturing and – in this way – shorten development cycle. They also will lead the way to create new advanced manufacturing ecosystem strengthening GE Aviation presence in the region.” – said Marian Lubieniecki, Chairman of the Management Board, GE Company Polska Sp. z o.o.
The local engineering team will now have broader opportunities for defining the future development of cooled parts of gas turbines. Additionally, as part of the local design and production ecosystem, Polish engineers will be better prepared to implement and monitor innovative technological solutions at the stage of their commercialisation.
Both laboratories and the engineers will support the global network of GE Aviation laboratories and production plants, focusing on developing components and materials implemented in the most modern aviation equipment. The developed technologies will end up in production plants, increasing their efficiency and creating new quality production development opportunities.