MRO Premier Turbines has invested more than $1 million in a realignment of its Neosho, Mo. Rolls-Royce M250 repair and overhaul area. The goal was to facilitate production efficiency and reduce turn time with improvements touching on all aspects of the program, including test-cell upgrades, additional tooling and shop aids, and a reflow of the production floor layout.
Hugh McElroy, president of BBA Aviation Engine Repair and Overhaul, Premier’s parent company, told AIN, “Improvements include operational re-engineering to facilitate lean production flow that will shorten turn times by 25 percent. We also employed green technology to reduce consumption of electricity and water by 30 percent while accomplishing the same job.”
In addition, the company has streamlined the production process by adding Smart Carts specific to each of the modules comprising the numerous models in the M250 engine series. Smart Carts enable efficient point-of-use control and immediate access to all parts required to inspect and assemble every engine.
Test-cell upgrade included servo-controlled, high-definition video systems capable of interrogating engines safely even while operating at the highest power settings to ensure positive visual integrity.