DAYTON, Ohio, 8 May 2014. Unison Industries won a life-of-the-program contract from Snecma (Safran) to provide Low Pressure Turbine Active Clearance Control and Transient Bleed Valve fluid conveyance systems for the CFM International LEAP-1B engine.
The LEAP-1B engine will power the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series, and is expected to enter into service in 2017.
Unison Industries mechanical division supplies complex and simple fluid conveyance systems for engine and airframe applications using a broad range of materials and production techniques. Unison is vertically integrated, and as a result is uniquely qualified to rapidly design, develop, and qualify fluid conveyance systems.
"This represents a tremendous step forward for our commercial team as we leverage our lean manufacturing supply chain for a new application," says Mike Grunza, president of Unison Industries. "We have been planning for quite some time for this strategic win and are ready to hit the ground running on the execution phase of the contract."
“Being awarded this contract by Snecma for the LEAP-1B engine reflects their confidence in Unison and the value it brings to the next generation of the world’s best-selling engine,” adds Keith Campbell, general manager of Fluid Delivery and Thermal Systems at Unison. “Unison’s breadth of materials and capabilities was an important consideration in award of this program to Unison, and we look forward to working with Snecma on this very important program.
“Unison is committed to the growth of its fluid conveyance and thermal management products through increased manufacturing capacity, incorporation of new technologies, and additive manufacturing which has demonstrated weight savings of up to 60 percent using what once were thought to be cost prohibitive materials,” Campbell adds. “This is an exciting time for Unison’s Fluid Delivery & Thermal Systems business as we aggressively introduce new products and capabilities that add value to our customers.”
Unison Industries LLC designs, manufactures, and integrates electrical and mechanical components and systems for aircraft engines and airframes. Unison serves both original equipment manufacturers and aftermarket customers in commercial, military, and general aviation markets.
Snecma (Safran group) is a manufacturer of aircraft and space engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines – including the CFM56 and LEAP advanced turbofan – along with military aircraft engines that have always delivered world-class performance. Snecma also develops and produces propulsion systems and equipment for launch vehicles and satellites. EngineLife, a new brand for Snecma’s service business, offers a complete range of engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) services to airlines, armed forces, and operators.
The CFM56 and LEAP engines are produced and marketed by CFM International, a 50/50 joint company between Snecma (Safran group, France) and GE (United States).