VIDEO: AFI KLM E&M demos a cool CF6 repair in 90 sec.


As aircraft and engine fleets mature, one of the biggest values that MRO providers supply is cost-effective options to keep old parts airworthy. Often, repairs are cheaper than buying new (though there are cases where new parts can yield more savings from a lifecycle cost standpoint--such as when they help keep engines on-wing longer).

Here is one example of a cost-saving fix developed by Air France Industries / KLM Engineering & Maintenance. It is a CF6 turbine rear frame patch repair using electron beam welding--and a printed plastic test part to verify the CAD rendering is accurate before the patch is machined.

It's also a cool video of a commercial engine repair, which in and of itself is enough to get shared in this space.

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