Today, CRMA’s range of services covers the GE90-94B/-115B, CFM56-5B/-7B, GP7000 and GEnx products, and the outfit has also partnered with Rolls-Royce for Trent 1000 and Trent XWB-84 support services. Meanwhile, the development of CRMA’s industrial capabilities is already looking ahead to the LEAP-1A/-1B and P&W1500G, with these futuristic engines set to become a vector for the company’s growth. Updating of the portfolio of products it handles is an ongoing process that occurs in alignment with the partnerships recently agreed by AFI KLM E&M, bringing it into the MRO networks of the producers of these respective new-generation engines: CFMi and Pratt & Whitney. “Repair instead of replace” still the watchword
Engine part repairs
The CRMA growth engine
In the ever-evolving context of its market and product environment, CRMA is further and constantly adapting to rapidly industrialize new engines, in order to keep the promise that forms the core of its business model: repair beats replacement.
“This is the foundation of our activity and the solutions we provide our customers. As a Center of Excellence, we concentrate our engineering resources on the developments of a wide range of part repairs. CRMA adjusts constantly its capacity and technology for continuously improving its process and acting as a one stop-shop, which contributes hugely to the optimization of costs and shop visit TATs.”
CEO of CRMA
Best-in-class industrial facilities
At the same time, CRMA is preparing for the future of its services, keeping a close and constant eye on industry developments so it can stay on top of trends and requirements for the engines of tomorrow. This is also an essential activity in order to identify, develop and/or integrate adapted processes and industrial resources at a time when systems, parts and modules are evolving at breakneck pace, and being made available in multiple versions.
“For example, our engineers are capable of designing and qualifying repairs within short timeframes for the Phase 1 and Phase 2 configurations of GEnx combustion chambers, equipping us with ad-hoc technologies.To meet the current and future technologies, CRMA continuously invests in cutting-edge tools and resources, such as Laser multi and shaped holes machines, thermal spraying, EDM machining, etc.”
CEO of CRMA
Charting a course for innovation
The company also draws upon its capacity for internal innovation via its MRO Lab, whose work aims to achieve continuous improvement in CRMA’s processes, activities and services, in partnership with operators on the ground. Several automated applications have been designed and deployed in this way, such as a collaborative-robot (Cobot) using laser telemetry to measure wear and tear in TCF panels.
“This solution enables us to be 100% certain of the reparability level, saving time and boosting efficiency and repeatability. Other Cobots have also been brought into use in our workshops, automating certain tasks that used to be performed by hand in order to facilitate the work of our operators and prevent MSDs or fall risks.”
CEO of CRMA
All in all, CRMA capitalizes upon a range of assets in order to offer unparalleled repair support to AFI KLM E&M’s parent and customer MROs, as well as to OEMs and brokers.