Liebherr-Aerospace has serviced its 5,000th heat exchanger unit since it began offering the service in 2016 at its 35,000ft² (3,252m²) Center of Excellence in Saline, Michigan. The company cleans, repairs and re-cores the components.
With initial capabilities on the A320 family, Bombardier CRJ family and the A380, the heat exchanger staff are working to add capabilities for other Liebherr equipment installed on A330 family, A220, Boeing 747-8 and Falcon 7X types.
Liebherr-Aerospace says it utilises OEM parts and procedures, non-contact metrology, custom-built cleaning and non-destructive testing set-ups, wire-electrical discharge machining cutting, adapted fixturing, and time-saving techniques such as cold metal transfer robotic welding, to optimise efficiency and quality.
The facility now has 40 employees. “We are currently delivering more than 340 units in certain peak months,” said Brian Publiski, manager of the heat transfer facility. “You take the available market share and combine that with the adaptive processes and dedicated workforce we have cultivated, and we will soon be able to flow more than 700 units per month through the facility. All this of course while maintaining exacting quality standards and on-time delivery to our customers.”