Investments in Honeywell’s Greer facility will provide next-generation thermal barrier coatings and additional electron-beam physical vapor deposition coaters
GREER, S.C., -- Honeywell (NYSE: HON) is expanding the capabilities of its aerospace facility in Greer, South Carolina, with the installation of a second electron-beam physical vapor deposition coater for thermal barrier coatings. A third coater is also scheduled to arrive by mid-2020.
The electron-beam physical vapor deposition (EBPVD) coaters are equipped to provide both standard and next-generation Thermal Barrier Coatings (TBCs). These coatings, which use advanced materials, are applied to aerospace engine parts and other metallic surfaces to dissipate heat. There is increasing demand for lower conductivity as companies build higher performing and efficient engines that run at higher temperatures. This also calls for more durable and thinner coatings that can handle the environment.
Aside from preventing engines from overheating, Honeywell’s next-generation TBC has longer life than the current industry standard coating. This helps keep existing turbine airfoils cooler and last two to four times longer, reducing maintenance and lowering overhaul costs. The TBC also has improved toughness and can withstand temperatures up to 1,700 degrees Celsius (3,092 Fahrenheit). New and future engines have the added advantages of being reconfigured to run hotter to extract up to 10% more specific power, or up to 1% improved specific fuel consumption. Honeywell is also developing an Air Plasma Spray version of this TBC to provide similar benefits for other parts in turbine engines.
“Commercial, military and government aircraft operators rely on Honeywell to provide the best engines and services to increase efficiency and safety,” said John Sandfort, site leader, Honeywell Aerospace. “With this investment, Honeywell is expanding its ability to bring next-generation technologies, like our coatings, to customers across many industries, including aerospace, power, oil and gas.”
An investment of approximately $50 million in the Greer facility will allow for the addition of 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space in addition to the two EBPVD coaters. Honeywell expects to expand further over the next three years, doubling that added space by 2022. The additional resources and investments have also allowed the facility to hire 25 employees, a number that will grow with the installation of the third EBPVD coater.
The investment provides a larger capacity to better serve the market demand in the aerospace, industrial, and oil and gas industries. The Greer facility in South Carolina is a hub for the company’s machining, special processes, and maintenance, repair and overhaul services for commercial and military aircraft.
About the Honeywell Greer Facility
Honeywell first established manufacturing operations at its Greer facility in 1982. Over its 35 years as part of the South Carolina community, the site has grown into a dedicated hub for aerospace manufacturing where its engineers and technicians provide commercial, military and government customers with original equipment manufacturer production, maintenance, repair and overhaul support for Honeywell’s industry-leading family of engines. Continued investment in the growth of the Greer facility has allowed Honeywell to expand on applications, including the use of advanced special coating processes.
The aerospace business is one of several Honeywell divisions that maintains a footprint within the state. Honeywell Safety and Productivity Solutions, which provides products, software and connected solutions that improve productivity, workplace safety and asset performance for global customers, is based in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Honeywell’s various divisions — aerospace, corporate, performance materials and technologies, safety and productivity solutions, and oil and gas — combined employ more than 1,000 employees in South Carolina.
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