T&R has been awarded a contract to produce parts which ultimately end up on the GE/Safran LEAP engine, which is used on the Airbus 320 Neo and Boeing 737 Max aircraft.
These parts are manufactured using a hard metal called Inconel, which is both difficult to cut and
Currently, to be able to produce a batch of 12 parts, the process involves four or five different machines and takes about a week to complete.
Using several different technologies, T&R have found a way of producing the same set of components in a fraction of the time, using just one machine.
Tim Maddison, Managing Director, said: “As a subcontractor, we are used by our customers to find a cost-effective solution where capacity is a major concern on these programmes.
“This is because the current manufacturing process takes a long time and can be problematic. If we do it the same way, we will run out of capacity and skilled labour. We need to have a competitive solution in the long term".