Bigger Repairs at Larger Lufthansa Composite Shop
Lufthansa Technik has expanded its composite workshop at its airframe related components (ARC) facility in Hamburg, Germany, to handle repairs of large composite components. The company installed a new autoclave featuring a five-meter (16.3-foot) interior diameter, and this allows curing of the largest jet engine fairings, flaps and radomes using heat and pressure. Lufthansa Technik employs about 250 at ARC in Hamburg, and it provides similar repairs at facilities in Tulsa, Okla., and Shenzhen, China. Lufthansa Technik has also implemented a new logistics center and streamlined production processes to speed repair turnaround time at the Hamburg ARC. Other Lufthansa Technik composites-related services include mobile repair and a large pool of spare parts. “Aircraft components made of composite material are in ever greater demand owing to qualities such as strength, low weight and resistance to corrosion,” the company noted.