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Surface Generation signs major commercial aircraft engine production deal

News International-French

10 Apr 2014

The provider of advanced composite processing technologies, announced that IHI Corporation, the Japanese engineering giant, is to use its Production to Functional Specifications (PtFS) process to create lightweight jet engine parts for a major next generation single aisle commercial aircraft program.

IHI has signed a five year, multi-million pound contract to use Surface Generation's patented PtFS technologies to produce thousands of carbon fibre reinforced thermoplastic guide vanes. An industry first, these will be used to connect fuel efficient engines to their cowlings.

The PtFS process encompasses a range of active thermal management technologies, allowing temperatures to be dynamically controlled to the exact requirements of each mould area and process stage. This allows manufacturers to continuously adapt heating and cooling levels in real-time, assuring quality and maximising throughput.

PtFS is rapidly being adopted by global automotive, aerospace, industrial and consumer electronics manufacturers to significantly reduce the time and ultimate cost of producing high-performance composites.

To facilitate this win-win agreement, Kyokuto Boeki Kaisha Ltd (KBK) played a crucial role as Surface Generation’s exclusive Japanese agent.

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