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How They Did it: Pratt & Whitney’s Ramp Up

While many companies are challenged to grow their revenue in today’s slow economy, Pratt & Whitney faces a different Issue: How to lock up supply as it ramps up to double the output of its new jet engine over the next five years. This is how they did It.

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“This changes everything.” So goes Pratt & Whitney’s tagline for the PurePower PW1000G family of geared turbofan jet engines. Pratt invested $10 billion and 20 years of R&D into the development of the new engine, which relies on a state-of-the-art gear system that separates the engine fan from the low pressure compressor and turbine. The design allows each of the modules to operate at their optmum speeds: The fan rotates at a slow speed while the low pressure compressor and turbine operate at high speeds, increasing engine efficiency and delivering significantly lower fuel consumption, emissions and noise, according to company reports.

How much lower? The new design,considered revolutionary in the industry, boasts double-digit fuel burn reduction, a 50% reduction in noise and low emissions.

With orders in hand from Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and Mitsubishi for some 7,000 engines totaling more than $18 billion, Pratt & Whitney’s business is about to ramp up in an unprecedented way. Production is forecast to double by 2020 — indeed the project to meet this demand is known internally as the “Ramp Up”.

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“This changes everything.” So goes Pratt & Whitney’s tagline for the PurePower PW1000G family of geared turbofan jet engines. Pratt invested $10 billion and 20 years of R&D into the development of the new engine, which relies on a state-of-the-art gear system that separates the engine fan from the low pressure compressor and turbine. The design allows each of the modules to operate at their optmum speeds: The fan rotates at a slow speed while the low pressure compressor and turbine operate at high speeds, increasing engine efficiency and delivering significantly lower fuel consumption, emissions and noise, according to company reports.

How much lower? The new design,considered revolutionary in the industry, boasts double-digit fuel burn reduction, a 50% reduction in noise and low emissions.

With orders in hand from Airbus, Bombardier, Embraer and Mitsubishi for some 7,000 engines totaling more than $18 billion, Pratt & Whitney’s business is about to ramp up in an unprecedented way. Production is forecast to double by 2020 — indeed the project to meet this demand is known internally as the “Ramp Up”.

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Bob Trebilcock
Bob Trebilcock, editorial director, has covered materials handling, technology, logistics and supply chain topics for nearly 30 years. In addition to Supply Chain Management Review, he is also Executive Editor of Modern Materials Handling. A graduate of Bowling Green State University, Trebilcock lives in Keene, NH. He can be reached at 603-357-0484.

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