GE aero-engine cleaning refit

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Prestwick-based General Electric Aircraft Engine Services has placed an order with Hydrapower Dynamics (Staffordshire) for three fully automatic engine cleaning plants and a mid-shaft cleaning plant.

The three automatic plants, which are due for delivery this year, are understood to be the largest automatic installation for aircraft engine overhaul currently within the UK. They have been purchased for GE’s GEnx series of engines designed for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and 747-8 aircraft, although presently the installation will process the General Electric CF-6/-50 and -80 engine variants.

The mid-shaft cleaning plant, originally designed and proven for the GE 90 using 'Swirl-Flow' solution agitation, is included within the scope of supply, as well as fume extraction with fume conditioning and duel-phase scrubbing.

The installation of the plants will be undertaken in two phases so that there is no disruption to productive output.

The company will have chemical processing and cleaning while the existing manually operated cleaning shop is decommissioned and dismantled.