In 2015 UTC Aerospace Systems engineers earned 866 patents. Today a new Windsor Locks lab offers them access to the next wave of advanced technology.
There are a lot of amazing things happening on a daily basis at inside UTC Aerospace Systems' 280-acre Windsor Locks flagship site. But now a new heart beats within the site, providing the 3,500 employees there with the technological lifeblood they need to be the best aerospace systems company in the world.
Opened in February, the new Materials & Process Engineering (MPE) lab is the state-of-the-art result of $8 million in funding and more than two years of planning. Within the walls of the MPE lab, 750 UTC Aerospace Systems engineers work with some of the most cutting-edge capabilities available today, such as additive manufacturing (or as it is better known, 3-D printing), high-temperature composites and nanomaterials.
The lab not only provides engineers with the tools they need to react to an always-evolving world. It is also a central resource that is able to support all aspects of the company. For example, engineers who build brakes in Ohio can come to the innovation lab and work there to advance their work.
For the thousands of engineers who combine to drive the world’s largest supplier of aircraft systems — and the millions of people who step foot in an airplane every day — that's a big deal.
"The advanced materials and manufacturing capabilities offered by the new innovation lab allow us to develop lighter, highly efficient components and systems benefiting the next generation of airplanes and their passengers," explained Venkat Vedula, Senior Director, Materials Engineering, UTC Aerospace Systems.