Standex Engineering Technologies Group (ETG) would like to highlight the success of our Spincraft UK facility. Spincraft’s demonstrated performance and increasing supply chain collaboration led to its involvement in servicing two new technologies for the Rolls-Royce UltraFan program, namely its gearbox and intermediate pressure turbine casing.
For the UltraFan, Rolls-Royce will utilize the world’s most powerful gearbox. Spincraft UK supported the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) at the University of Strathclyde in developing a high complexity gearbox cover. Our Newcastle UK site offered a combination of spin forming and press forming processes to efficiently produce the cover in difficult to form nickel alloys.
Spincraft also played a critical part in supporting ITP Aero at the design stage of manufacturing components within the UltraFan’s intermediate pressure turbine structure. ITP Aero developed the intermediate pressure casing utilizing a new powder Hot Isostatic Pressing (HIP) technology. This process reduces input material, machining cycle times and energy consumption within the part’s production. The HIP process entails pressing a powdered superalloy at high pressure within a Spincraft-manufactured canister that produces the desired near-net geometry. The Spincraft solution of a spun form canister, free of any welded joints and minimizing material waste, provided a cost-effective solution suitable for serial production, leveraging our technical expertise in the aviation market from across Standex ETG.
ITP’s buyer on the program praised the partnership by saying, “It has been a very good example of a joined team working together to achieve the objective, with very satisfactory final results.”
“Our successes in the UltraFan program speaks to the talent of our team members. By achieving these cutting-edge technical solutions, we’ve increased the adoption of our technologies by leading engine manufacturers in the development, and ultimately serial production, phase of next-generation aviation offerings,” remarked Len Paolillo, President of Standex ETG. “Our team is excited to collaborate with customers to identify and design new metal forming solutions that provide breakthrough performance and cost improvements for their next-generation aviation platforms.”