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Setting the standard in component repair

Innovation and education the key to StandardAero’s future

By Derek Gagnon It’s a new frontier for StandardAero and

how they deal with components, and the potential benefits are vast. StandardAero has over 65 years of

experience in engine and component repair, but with the recent launch of their StandardAero Component Ser- vices (SACS) program, they have greatly increased their horizons for business on a global scale. Manny Atwal is vice-president of SACS

Canada, and explains how the program promises to greatly impact how Standar- dAero does business. “We take an entire engine and we’ll

do the complete maintenance repair and overhaul on it, which would include teardown and assembly, and then all the component repair, buildup and test,” said Atwal. “What we’ve done more recent ly

though, is taken a look at some of the core competencies involved in the component repair side of doing those engines and saw there was a pretty interesting busi- ness model there we can use. We have a lot of great technical capability and a lot of great technology and machinery that can take component repair from not just the engines we service today, but any engine out there that companies are subcontracting component repair for around the world.” It’s a multi-billion dollar market that

StandardAero had not previously ven- tured into, focusing on the engine models they had. “What we’ve done now is we’ve taken

that capability and now we’re going to market and saying ‘listen, if you need a laser repair, we can develop and provide that service to you now’”, said Atwal. “It can be a matter of saving a part they were going to scrap, so now we can repair it instead of them scrapping it which is a huge difference in price.” “We’ve had some success, as we’ve

been able to win parts that we’ve never seen before from certain customers. Tis year alone, we’ve gone from zero third party component repair to some- where between 6-10 million dollars in contracts.” StandardAero is also planning to have

a world class plating facility for next year. It will provide levels of technology, qual- ity and automation that you can only get a few places in the world, and we’ll be in the upper tier of that capability “It’s going to lever technology and

machining capability that we’ve got here and it’s going to be really good for not only StandardAero, but for Winnipeg and the province as well.” Te expansion has meant growing be-

yond their existing footprint, acquiring new property in Winnipeg and reshuf- f ling to accommodate space require- ments and allow for future expansion. Centre for Aerospace

Technologies and Training “We have a great partnership with

Red River College. We end up sharing some pieces of high technology equip- ment, typically lasers, said Atwal. “We’ll provide space, power and infrastructure and they’ll send students over. We’ll also use the equipment to deal with some of our repair development research and development as well. So we can create things that didn’t exist before.” Starting in 2009, Standard Aero formed

a partnership with Red River College (RRC), the Composite Innovation Centre, and the federal and provincial govern- ments to form the Centre for Aerospace Technologies and Training (CATT). RRC owns all of the equipment in the facil- ity, with StandardAero’s role being to

8 Smart Biz When using lasers, sometimes safety goggles are required...

maintain the equipment to have it ready for operation, keeping staff ready to look after it as well as ensuring its security. Tere is a fully equipped metallurgical lab, training space and office areas which are available 24/7 to Red River College and StandardAero employees. Lab time is split down the middle in terms of how much Red River or StandardAero can use it. Mel Mulder is director of engineering

technology support at StandardAero, and spoke of the mutually beneficial dynamic between StandardAero and RRC. “One of the things that make it such

a great asset to everybody in Manitoba is that they have access to this capital

...other times operators can’t be in the same room.

equipment to do validation testing, pro- totype testing and training and develop- ment,” said Mulder. “I think that gives it some very unique characteristics. It allows for students to do their research on real-life product in real-life situations.” “The program also allows us to cut

down on training expenses. Rather than sending employees away to Ontario, they can stay right here and go to Red River College.” “It’s a good collaboration and it works

for everyone involved,” said Atwal. “What StandardAero would do is not necessarily use it for production, but rather to use it for research and development and our own repair development. Once we’re

ready to say ‘yes, we’ve developed it, it works, here’s how we would do it’ then we can go buy and other laser to put into our production facility without having to worry about how or if it will work, or if there’s an alternative. Now we know it works, we can buy it, put it into our facility and once we’ve done that we’re able to bring the work into Winnipeg and Manitoba and we can continue to grow that business and add more jobs” “Ultimately, we think that we can grow

something that we didn’t have here be- fore. To be able to do what we do with the world class facility he have here, we’re really excited about being able to take that to market and the world.”

December 2015

Research and development is a big part of StandardAero’s recent expansion, allowing them to expand their horizons. All photos courtesy of StandardAero.

Repairing parts and plates rather than replacing them saves both sides money in the long run.

“It allows for students to do their research on real-life product in real-life situations”

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