GE Aviation’s newest facility in Lafayette, Indiana, will open in 2015. The 225,000-square-foot facility will assemble the new LEAP engine from CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran) and GE. With the capacity to perform final assembly of the engine and the engine’s core, the Lafayette facility will receive components from GE’s network of more than 80 facilities around the world and more than 1,500 domestic suppliers.
CFM International is a 50/50 joint company of Snecma (Safran) and GE.
The Lafayette facility will incorporate the latest technologies and innovations in engineering and workflow processes to enhance efficiency and productivity. By optimizing the way work is completed and by introducing new methods of manufacturing, we are making the future of engineering a reality today.
Integrated photo inspection systems to verify assembly quality
Automated digital feedback to minimize process variation
Integration of LEAN flow and digital collaboration to maximize shop efficiency
High-precision, specialized torque systems to ensure product reliability
Patented predictive assembly process to improve engine performance
Advanced technologies to enable precision machining of high-tech materials
The Lafayette plant will be located just minutes from the campus of Purdue University, a widely recognized leader in manufacturing technology. Working collaboratively, GE Aviation and Purdue leaders will explore opportunities to closely align the university to the facility, and GE will use the plant as a catalyst for identifying talent and research capability.
GE currently employs more than 1,200 Purdue University alumni, including more than 400 at GE Aviation. And over the past five years, GE has financed more than $2.5 million in research and development projects at Purdue.
In addition to the Purdue partnership, GE will work with the leadership of Ivy Tech at Lafayette for skills and training support to prepare for the new facility.
Advances in technology can open new opportunities throughout the U.S. and will allow us to find new ways to organize and link factories, workers, suppliers and distribution channels, meshing the physical and digital worlds.