GE Aerospace to Transform its Singapore Facility into a “Smart Factory”

  • 28 Feb 2024

Photo: GE Aerospace

GE Aerospace announced an USD$11 million investment to transform its Singapore aircraft engine repair facility into a state-of-the-art ‘Smart Factory’ that will transform engine repair and enhance workforce capabilities to support new technologies.

GE Aerospace, together with the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), will introduce cutting-edge technologies and processes at Seletar Aerospace Park to meet increasing component demand while upholding quality standards. Upon completion, the technologies will also benefit the two plants at Loyang Industrial Park.

“Our Smart Factory investment represents the next chapter in our longstanding partnership with the Singapore Economic Development Board,” said Russell Stokes, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commercial Engines and Services, GE Aerospace. “This facility will support the government’s broader economic goal of job creation while driving our innovation and competitiveness in the global MRO market to a new level.”

GE Aerospace’s Singapore facility was the first to implement additive manufacturing technology to the repair of commercial jet engine airfoil components in the world. The new Smart Factory will expand additive technologies to produce high pressure compressor (HPC) airfoils for the GEnx and CFM* LEAP engines. Future plans include applying these technologies to other engine models like CFM56 and CF34.

The Smart Factory will also introduce advanced technologies including:

  • Automated inspection systems.
  • Innovative material removal process such as net shape airfoil robotic polishing, net shape airfoil adaptive machining, and robotic airfoil leading-edge re-reprofiling.
  • Digitalization including Internet of Things, robotics, cloud storage and data analytics to create a highly connected and intelligent production environment.

“GE Aerospace’s Smart Factory is a good example of how Singapore is partnering with aerospace companies to drive the development and introduction of advanced maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) technologies. It validates Singapore’s strength in innovation that helps maintain our competitive edge as a global node for aerospace manufacturing and MRO. We expect the project to bring about many collaborations between the Smart Factory and our ecosystem on talent development as well as research and development,” said Mr Tan Kong Hwee, Executive Vice President, Singapore Economic Development Board.

*CFM is a 50/50 joint business between GE and Safran Aircraft Engines.

You May Also LikeAAIS