Spirit AeroSystems has leveraged advanced composite technology from its Research and Development portfolio to introduce new single-aisle spoiler work on the Airbus A320 family programmes.
Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) technology demonstrations have been completed by Spirit at its Advanced Technology Centre in Prestwick and is scheduled to begin production of the single-aisle spoilers with the new process in 2019.
"We are pleased to utilise this innovative technology to not only bring improved quality and savings to our customer but also to secure new work for our U.K. facility," said Scott McLarty, vice president and general manager of Spirit's U.K. and Malaysia facilities.
The new Resin Transfer Molding (RTM) solution developed by Spirit, supports high-volume production of spoilers and other monolithic components, while promising to deliver improved quality and significant cost savings.
Spirit will establish a world-class manufacturing platform involving state-of-the-art automation and robotics to meet its customer's rate demands, which are currently at over 600 spoilers per month.
Spirit and Airbus have been collaborating on the research and development of the new technology since 2014. The Aerospace Technology Institute, a U.K. government aerospace research and development institute, also provided a funding match to the effort.
Spirit AeroSystems is one of the largest manufacturers of aerostructures in the world with design and build capabilities for both commercial and defense customers. In addition to spoilers, the company currently produces the A320 family leading and trailing edge.