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Optomec And Acme Manufacturing Introduce The Industry’s First Fully Automated Work Cell For The Additive Repair Of Turbine Parts

Optomec And Acme Manufacturing Introduce The Industry’s First Fully Automated Work Cell For The Additive Repair Of Turbine Parts

The resulting turnkey solution includes seamless integration of prep, additive repair and finishing functions.

Optomec Inc., renowned in 3D metal additive manufacturing (AM) solutions and Acme Manufacturing, the global producer of robotic material removal systems, have partnered to produce an industry first, fully automated work cell initially optimised for repairing aviation compressor blades made of titanium.

Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) Themed

The turnkey work cell is the product of a two-year collaboration between the companies working with input from commercial maintenance repair & overhaul (MRO) and US DoD repair centers for aircraft engines. The automated work cell has a repair capacity of 85,000 titanium compressor blades per year and provides a compelling ROI when compared to traditional CNC machines and manual TIG welding.

Technologies used in the automated work cell, are commercially available today and have been certified by civil aviation authorities around the world. The entry level work cell consists of three stations that enable blade tip grinding, 3D additive laser cladding and post clad finishing.

The cell also includes an automated pallet load/unload station, a unique pallet flipping station, and a robotic material handling system. Each machine in the work cell is capable of automatically adjusting tool paths to accommodate blade-to-blade variations resulting from normal wear and distortion during service.


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