Unison Industries announced that it has been awarded a life-of-the-program contract by Snecma (Safran) to provide its air cooled oil coolers for the LEAP-1B* engine produced by CFM International. The LEAP-1B engine will power the next generation of Boeing's popular 737 aircraft series, launched as the 737 MAX, expected to enter into service in 2017.
Based on the light weight conformal surface cooler technology developed by Unison, the air cooled oil coolers for the LEAP-1B optimize system weight and improve air flow through the use of its integrated fin technology (IFT), contributing to the engine's greater efficiency and reduced fuel consumption. The light weight conformal surface cooler technology was introduced on the GEnx-1B engine powering Boeing's 787 Dreamliner and was also selected for the Passport engine.
"Being awarded this contract by Snecma for the LEAP-1B engine reflects Snecma's confidence in the value Unison's advanced technology brings to the next generation of the world's best-selling engine," said Mike Grunza, president of Unison Industries. "The LEAP-1B will be the third application for Unison's air cooled oil coolers, which now have more than a year of reliable service on the GEnx-1B. We look forward to working with Snecma on this program."
Unison Industries, LLC, is a leader in the design, manufacture and integration of 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. Unison's headquarters are in Cincinnati, OH, and it employs more than 4,000 people in fifteen manufacturing facilities and logistics centers worldwide. For more information, visit www.unisonaviation.com.
Snecma (Safran group) is one of the world's leading manufacturers of aircraft and space engines, with a wide range of propulsion systems on offer. The company designs and builds commercial aircraft engines – including the global best-seller CFM56 and the new LEAP advanced turbofan* – that are powerful, reliable, economical and environmentally friendly, 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).
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