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Lighter Engine Gearbox also Costs Less

Sunday, January 1, 2012   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Sapp
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A prominent aircraft engine supplier wanted to improve the design and reduce the cost of some of its components. A multi-team Value Engineering workshop was held, in which one of the teams was tasked with reducing cost and weight while maintaining the safety of a gearbox assembly. The team developed three suggestions to be implemented over the next 10 years. The first resulted in a $4.5 million annual savings. The second, a more radical hybrid electric gear design would bring additional annual savings of $1.5 million. The final phase would implement an electric main shaft design and result in an additional annual savings of $6 million.

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