GKN Westland Aerospace’s structure division

GKN Westland Aerospace’s structure division, which has already slashed manufacturing costs through digital modelling, is looking for even further savings as its investment in CADCAM/CAE rises to £6m. It has taken delivery of 12 IBM RS6000 workstations, running Catia Version 4 software from ICE. The technology will support design teams working on nacelle production for […]

GKN Westland Aerospace’s structure division, which has already slashed manufacturing costs through digital modelling, is looking for even further savings as its investment in CADCAM/CAE rises to £6m. It has taken delivery of 12 IBM RS6000 workstations, running Catia Version 4 software from ICE. The technology will support design teams working on nacelle production for de Havilland Dash 8-400 regional aircraft. The ability to carry out digital mock-ups of products using Catia Session Builder will save time and money on downstream activities including manufacturing, jig and tool, and variants. GKN says the company has already seen improvements through `re-engineering’. `We’ve slashed the number of parts on the nacelles we produce for Lockheed Martin’s C130 aircraft by a quarter and we’ve halved the number of fasteners,’ said Peter Chivers, GKN Westland’s chief engineer. `This has produced cost savings for the customer, and has improved the reliability of the nacelle.’ He gives as an example the na