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Leading MROs using Automated Laser Cladding can attain more than 180% ROI over manual TIG welding.

Industry experts predict a steep rise in engine MRO demand over the next ten years, with increased pressure on service providers for higher quality and improved throughput. Yet roughly 80% of all blade and vane repair is still done manually today.

Automated laser cladding is a viable business option many MROs overlook. In this white paper Optomec commissioned an independent study to objectively determine the business case and financial justification for automating the repair of jet engine components .

terry-vanderwertMr. Terry VanderWert PE, a 40-year veteran in the laser process industry investigated current MRO practices and challenges within the aviation industry and summarized his findings in our latest white paper.

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The Business Case for Automated Laser Cladding in Aviation Component Repair: Five Lessons Learned

This independently-researched report provides valuable data and insight on the business implications of moving to automated laser cladding.

Key takeaways from the paper include:

  • Quality and throughput comparison of manual welding vs. automated laser cladding
  • Cost comparison using customer data for blade Tip and Z-Form repair
  • Sensitivity analysis on Return on Investment, Internal Rate of Return, and Payback Period
  • Best practices in developing repair tool path programs.
  • Other business considerations including: civil aviation authorities position on automated cladding for engine MRO, how the repair process can automatically adapt to part-to-part differences, and downstream considerations such a post-cladding metal finishing.