Manufacturing Excellence in Metals for Aircraft Landing Gear (MAXIMAL)

MAXIMAL, a two-year collaborative project, was set up to develop key manufacturing technologies to technology readiness level (TLR) 6 and become a worldwide centre of excellence for titanium machining. Safran Landing Systems worked in partnership with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) to develop technologies to challenge the current state of the art manufacturing system for complex landing gear components.

Some success stories from the project are:

  1. Machining operations on titanium parts: developing new tools for more efficient finish process, significantly reducing manufacturing time
  2. Automated inspection of main landing gear: developing a camera-equipped robot, leading to a major reduction in inspection time, whilst maintaining product standards
  3. Additive manufacturing component: exploring techniques for a hydraulic component, with the potential to reduce weight by over 45% for that component, and also reducing the number of part.

The outcome of this project will lead to the upskilling and training of 10-15 people, and help Safran Landing Systems to boost their productivity and achieve the required order ramp rates.

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Short Title: MAXIMAL
Project Number: 113021
Project Cost: £2,400,000
End Date: 30th Sep 2016
Time Horizon: Secure
Lead Partner: Safran Landing Systems
Attributes: Fuel Efficiency, Environment, Cost
ATI Value Stream: Smart, Connected and More Electric Aircraft