Support the technical activities of teams led by Pratt & Whitney and GE Aircraft Engines under the USAF/Navy Forging Supplier Initiative Program to achieve the affordability goals for forged components of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) F-35. Pratt & Whitney was selected to lead Phase II of this program in July 2000.
Value stream analysis of the production sequence of forged components reveals some areas in which cost reductions could be effected: material utilization, reducing extended lead times, eliminating product delivery and raw material interruptions, better utilization of equipment and levelization of material demand. In addition to these, the development of alternate processing technologies and practices to reduce the buy-to-fly ratio of forged components will also enable cost reduction. Examples include: laser additive deposition, contour following ultrasonic testing, incremental forging and flow forming.
The Navy support project is focussing on:
In Phase I, two OEMs and team leaders, namely Pratt & Whitney and GE Aircraft Engines, were responsible for identifying and implementing the cost-reduction strategies for the F-35. The Pratt & Whitney (West Palm Beach, FL) team consists of Honeywell, Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems (LMAS), Wyman-Gordon (a PCC Company), Ladish Co., Inc. and Firth Rixson Viking, Inc. The team led by GE Aircraft Engines is comprised ofthe Rolls-Royce Corporation, The Boeing Company, Wyman-Gordon, Inc. and Ladish Co., Inc. As mentioned above (Objective), Pratt & Whitney was selected to lead the project in Phase II. This project ran concurrently with other team projects. The technical activities undertaken in this NCEMT project are based on the requirements provided by the team members. These requirements will be established through discussions with team members. All of the technology and tools developed will be demonstrated at appropriate facilities for maximum benefit.