29-Mar-2016 Source: Research & Markets
Helicopter maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) has become one of the essential practices to ensure that fleets have optimal airworthiness and an extended service life. MRO companies perform functions such as repairs, inspections, routine checks, and overhaul. The operators and OEMs are strictly governed by national and international aviation regulatory bodies, such as Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA), to ensure adherence to regulations regarding the performance of military helicopter MRO.
According to the report, additive manufacturing (AM) is a technique that uses materials such as metals, polymers, and composites to build objects, layer by layer. This technology is also known as 3D printing. AM allows flexibility when creating complex geometries that would otherwise be difficult with traditional manufacturing. Moreover, AM machines use materials, such as titanium, effectively with reduced waste production compared to conventional devices. AM is mainly employed for customized production and, therefore, is very economical in terms of scale and scope. This aspect highly contradicts mass production industries and makes AM a better fit for A&D industry.
Further, the report states that shortage of skilled labor has challenged the commercial and military aviation MRO services, and has hampered aircraft operations and increased the number of accidents.
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