During a recent tour of the Middletown Engine Center, Mary Ellen Jones, vice president, Sales – Asia Pacific and China, showed Marion Blakey, president and chief executive, Aerospace Industries Association, how Pratt & Whitney is transforming its operations to prepare for an increase in engine production. Blakey was given the tour after she delivered the keynote address during the P&W Partner and Supplier Forum in Hartford, Connecticut.
Since Blakey's last visit to Middletown in 2011, the facility has undergone a drastic revamping. From the building's aesthetic changes to the overhead "Dürr" automated assembly lines for the PurePower® engines to the engine test cell, Blakey saw first-hand P&W's commitment to developing world-class dependable engines.
"What Pratt & Whitney has done to advance the aerospace industry over the past few years is amazing. Take the Geared TurboFan™ for instance. When the company first announced this new technology, there were a lot of naysayers at the time, but Pratt & Whitney proved once again anything can be accomplished when you have the right people and the right products," said Blakey. "The company is now transforming the way it produces engines from building parts with 3D technology to assembling an engine with its new overhead-horizontal engine production line."
The highlight of the tour for Blakey was watching a military engine being tested in one of the engine center's test cell control rooms. There, she saw the engine go through various test points, demonstrating the engine's maximum capabilities.
"This is such an exciting time to be in the aerospace industry, and it's because of companies like Pratt & Whitney who continuously strive to be innovative leaders," said Blakey.