EA Patten Experimental Tube Cell Reducing Lead Time on P&W Parts

Pratt & Whitney Supply Chain E-Newsletter - Issue 1/Volume 1

E.A. Patten, located in Manchester, Conn., has created an Experimental Tube Cell for P&W Developmental Parts. This new cell is delivering reduced lead times to keep pace with Pratt & Whitney's demanding developmental hardware schedule.

Features/benefits of this new cell include:

  • Dedicated manufacturing space and resources for P&W development work
  • Minimizes disruption of production part manufacturing
  • Utilization of technology to reduce lead times
  • Incorporation of lessons learned seamlessly into production environment

According to David Pinette, E.A. Patten president, the new development cell is state-of-the-art, "Our development cell represents and embodies many of the established manufacturing techniques as well as several new technologies for the fabrication of Pratt & Whitney tube/manifold assemblies."

New technologies that E.A. Patten is utilizing includes:

  • Next-gen bending equipment - uses electric motors instead of hydraulic pumps
  • Laser-vision measurement – non-contact measurement of tubes after bending
  • Latest Dot-Peen Marking technology
  • Anti-Gallant – latest Grieve oven to cure the coating process
  • Romer inspection equipment - assures completed tube/manifold assemblies meet drawing dimensional requirements
  • Real-time Monitoring - part tracking with wall mounted computer screen

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