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Fokker Services' Focus on Technological Investments for Enhanced Efficiency and Innovation

MRO Business Today, June 2022 Edition

In an exclusive interview Craig Winter, Managing Director at Fokker Services Americas, speaks with MRO Business Today about our technological investments, expansion plans, technician training program, and more.

Read the fullĀ MRO Business Today article on pages 43-44 and extracts below.

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Congratulations on the successful installation of fully automated Twin Wire Electric Arc Spray technology. Can you tell our readers about this latest technology?

"Twin Wire Electric Arc Spray is one of several thermal spray technologies used to restore worn components. This fully automated technology, installed at our facility in LaGrange, USA, allows us to take control of the total restoration process in-house for hundreds of part numbers. Using a robotic arm, we can efficiently spray thick dense coatings of aluminum, steel, nickel, and various specialty alloys to restore various parts. In many applications, it is a suitable alternative to hexavalent chromium plating. Some of the main benefits of using this technology are that as we are streamlining our processes, we can pass on the time- and cost-saving benefits to our customers. As part of our ongoing environmental initiatives, the Twin Wire Electric Arc Spray eliminates the need for toxic chemicals used in chrome plating and uses a fraction of the energy to restore surfaces."

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We developed a comprehensive training program for our technicians that not only ensures they have the right skills to tackle different levels of repairs but also serves as a career development path for advancement and recognition.

Craig Winter

Craig Winter
Managing Director at Fokker Services Americas

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Along with this technology, you have also made recent investments in additional machining and grinding equipment. Can you tell us about those investments and how does the additional machining complement the latest Twin Wire Electric Arc Spray technology?

"Our strategy in making machine shop investments was twofold. First, our desire to vertically integrate the supply chain allows Fokker Services to maintain tight quality control, dramatically reduce turnaround times, and lower costs. Additionally, as an Engineer, I saw the value when our skilled Machinists and Engineers worked together. The strong working relationship that our team develops by collaborating every day has led to additional repair development opportunities and innovation."

MRO Business Today, June 2022 Edition

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