Spirit’s technological developments include titanium machining techniques that significantly reduce machine times. Spirit initiatives in automated robotic processes have benefited our manufacturing, inspection, painting and machining capabilities.
Spirit has world-class chemical processing, and chemical milling capability. The two-story, one-million-square-foot Manufacturing Process Facility at Spirit AeroSystems in Wichita houses high-tech paint and process lines for chemically treating and coating metal aircraft parts with corrosion-resistant primers and paints. The facility has two phases of operation: chemical processing and finishing; and chemical milling.
To reduce time and improve efficiency in the movement of parts, the facility features an automated storage and retrieval system that electronically stores and retrieves small parts. As parts travel through the facility, they are directed along a 2.5-mile-long chain link conveyor system that is capable of transporting intricate components from about the size and thickness of a postage stamp to skin sections measuring up to 48 feet long and weighing up to 1,000 pounds.
• The facility features some of the largest chemical tanks in the world, which can accommodate parts up to 48 feet long
• The operation is capable of running 15,000 parts a day
• Tank lines are elevated for easy detection of leaks, are set in double containment areas designed to hold leaks within walls, and the floor has been treated with chemical-resistant protective coating.
• The best process in the world for finding cracks and defects – penetrant inspection – is used in the in this facility. The process is completely automated, and uses ultraviolet light to detect the tiniest defects in parts dipped in developer that adheres to the defect.