Inconspicuously tucked among the factories, laboratories and offices comprising Standard- Aero’s sprawling Winnipeg campus lies a technology cooperative involving industry, academia and government that is second-to-none in Canada and one of only three in North America. The Centre for Aerospace Technology and Training (CATT) is a joint partnership between Red River College (RRC), StandardAero, and the federal (Western Diversification program) and provincial governments. Using resources and capabilities from all three partners, CATT provides access to advanced technologies and equipment that would not be possible for any single partner. The centre is, in essence, an offsite college campus located within industry providing students and prospective employees with training on relevant technical equipment. In addition to the numerous knowledgeproducing benefits, the centre provides StandardAero a costeffective technology opportunity, as the capital investment in equipment comes from grant funding to RRC by the Canadian government. Under the terms of the agreement, RRC provides the applied research venue (through which industry can consult college personnel to solve real industry problems), course curricula and training of Operators, Technicians, and Engineering Technologists; StandardAero provides the facility, equipment maintenance, shop access, shop supplies, security, trained operators and OJT trainers for RRC project support. CATT is an advanced technology incubator. Configured as a lab (not a production cell), the equipment allows process knowledge and new repairs to be developed prior to making significant capital investments. The centre offers StandardAero the opportunity to increase its revenue through current and new repairs and to develop new Skills for trained staff. In addition, it allows the company to develop strategic alliances with RRC, the provincial and federal governments, as well as to have access to new technology without major capital outlays. The centre has a variety of laser systems for welding, cladding and cutting parts with complex geometries and thickness variations, from thingauge sheet metal to 1/4” pieces. It also has equipment for vapor phase crack cleaning and the application of aerospace hot section coatings, as well as a digital nondestructive inspection system for identifying defects in both 2D and 3D. An onsite materials lab allows users to partition, mount and evaluate the welding, cladding, coating and cleaning samples for immediate results. The following is a list of the equipment and its capabilities: * Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD) controlled atmosphere furnace for vapor phase deposition of Aluminide coatings, including Platinum Aluminide coatings . Fluoride Ion Cleaning (FIC) Deep crack cleaning using hydrogen fluoride gas for prebrazing preparation (used for cleaning hot section components) * Manual Nd:YAG Laser 200 W average power, very low heat input for fine crack welding or cladding small areas with wire * Robotic CO2 Laser 2 KW power, with 6 axis robot, powder and wire feed capability (used for 3D cutting, welding and cladding of various parts with complex geometry) * High Power Fiber Laser 6 KW power, with 6 axis robot, wire feed capability, hybrid welding head (GMAW system) (used for thick section cutting and welding) * Digital X-ray 225KV xray system with 3D Computer Tomography (CT) for the nondestructive identification of defects in 2D and 3D * Materials Lab lab equipment, including a Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), to partition, mount and evaluate metallurgical samples The centre is utilized and supported by the StandardAero’s Engineering Technology Support (ETS) department. The Repair Technology and Process Engineering teams, with the assistance of other central support resources, are currently developing the skills and knowledge to operate and maintain the equipment. As part of this process they are developing new repairs and supporting collaborative projects with RRC. A bright future… Beyond its intellectdeveloping benefits for StandardAero and students at CATT, the centre also participates in activities Supported by industry, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and education institutions across Canada in material science and manufacturing core research areas. Recently, industry and education have collaborated with NSERC to fund several unique and industry relevant programs focused on the use and repair of Superalloys. The centre officially opened in January 2009, with a Materials Lab and two laser systems. Since then, a Chemical Vapor Deposition (CVD)/Fluoride Ion Cleaning (FIC) system, a high power laser and a digital xray system have also been installed. The centre was completed in March 2011 when the last piece of equipment was added to the operation. CATT’s vision is to serve as a technology and training incu bator for advanced technology, allowing growth and develop ment of knowledge and skills. New technologies and equip ment at CATT will add capability to Canadian education and research networks. CATT will train technicians in relevant tech nology areas with the equipment used in industrial set tings; will train technologists and scientists in production set tings on relevant industry problems; and will supplement some of the capabilities developed at education institutions and research facilities in other core research and application areas.
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