Rolls-Royce opens new assembly line for Turboshaft engines

Sunday, 24 February 2008

Rolls-Royce has opened a new, state-of-the-art Small Engine Assembly Line (SEAL) to assemble and test the company’s Model 250 and RR300 turboshaft engines. The new line, at its Indianapolis, Indiana facilities, will also have the capacity to meet the anticipated market demand for these products over the next decade.

The Model 250 powers more than 170 helicopter and fixed-wing applications in both the civil and military markets. The RR300, the newest member of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter family of engines, will power the R66, a Robinson Helicopter Company five-seater rotorcraft.

Ken Roberts, Acting President of the Rolls-Royce Helicopter business, said: “Rolls-Royce has invested around five million US dollars into the SEAL project and, through the hard work and dedication of a cross-functional team, had the line up and running in just 14 months.

It incorporates all of the latest lean technologies including built in error-proofing, Foreign Object Damage (FOD) preventative processes, direct part marking, electronic build instructions and smart tools. Overall, we anticipate a reduction in a total engine build time and improved quality of the finished products.”

The Small Engine Assembly Line occupies an area of approximately 24,000 square feet, including its support function area. It consists of 16 individual workstations, each designed to maximize the quality and efficiency of a specific assembly function. In addition, two new automated test cells, capable of running all RR300 and Model 250 variants, are now operational.

  1. Rolls-Royce produces one of the broadest turboshaft engine families available in the world, with a power range stretching from 300shp to more than 6,000shp.
  2. The industry-leading fleet of 17,000 Rolls-Royce turboshaft engines, powering light aircraft, helicopters and uninhabited aerial vehicles (UAVs), in both civil and military markets, has accumulated 180 million flying hours.
  3. Customers draw on the support of the Rolls-Royce Model 250 FIRST network of 27 service centres and 170 Rolls-Royce technical representatives.
  4. Rolls-Royce, the world-leading provider of power systems and services for use on land, at sea and in the air, operates in four global markets; civil aerospace, defence aerospace, marine and energy.
  5. It continues to invest in core technologies, products, people and capabilities with the objective of broadening and strengthening the product portfolio, improving efficiency and enhancing the environmental performance of its products. These investments create high barriers to entry.
  6. The success of its products is demonstrated by rapid and substantial gains in market share. The company now has a total of 54,000 gas turbines in service worldwide and they generate a demand for high-value services throughout their operational lives. 7. Rolls-Royce has a broad customer base comprising 600 airlines, 4,000 corporate and utility aircraft and helicopter operators, 160 armed forces, more than 2,000 marine customers including 70 navies, and energy customers in 120 countries. Rolls-Royce is a technology leader, employing 38,000 people in offices, manufacturing and service facilities in 50 countries.

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