P&WC upgrades Longueuil factory with intelligent production cells

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Pratt & Whitney Canada today announced an $80 million investment to develop three “intelligent” production cells for commercial jet engines at a factory in Longueuil near Montreal.

The new production cells are at the “heart” of a $275 million package of investments aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of the plant.

The investments are focused in particular on jet engine core components, such as compressors, combustors and turbines, P&WC says in an emailed response to questions.

The new, intelligent manufacturing cells are designed to automate the process of monitoring any variation in parts production and making changes immediately, P&WC says.

The company is ramping up to support efforts by P&W to build tens of thousands of geared turbofans in the PW1000G engine family.

P&WC also will assemble the PW1500G for the Bombardier CSeries at a plant in nearby Mirabel, Canada. The same factory also could support production of the PW800 engine, which is in development for the business jet market but as of yet has no announced customer.