Once again it’s time for Christian to report from Cincinnati!
About two weeks ago I got the chance to visit one of our customer’s manufacturing plant here in the Cincinnati area. GE Aviation has got the manufacturing plants for their engines CFM56, CF6, LM2500, LM6000 and LMS100 among others, in the Evendale area.
The visit was arranged with help from some people working at the commercial department here at our site and we got a guided tour through the manufacturing of specifically CF6 and CFM56.
Both engines has got a long history and many of the airplanes flying today has got either of these engines mounted. As a matter of fact, the CF6 engine made it’s debut in 1971 on the well known Douglas DC-10. The CFM56 was a little later, getting it’s first order in 1979 to upgrade the existing Douglas DC-8.
You could really say that these two programs has been both very successful as well as long lived.
What was most fascinating about the visit was the possibility to see where our components fit into the manufacturing and, on the safest way possible get as close to the end product as possible.
It’s hard to imagine how such a complex construction will be responsible of propelling a vehicle transporting both goods and people all over the world, at an altitude of over 10.000 meter! You can’t be anything other than impressed by the ingenuity of the human race!