Satys Aerospace invests in brand new energy-efficient painting room to meet ATR’s needs.
The new facility has been entirely designed to optimise energy consumption and reduce the carbon footprint of ATR aircraft’s painting cycles.
ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefano Bortoli, and Christophe Cador, CEO of SATYS, signed a new 15-year contract based on a yearly volume commitment. This long-term agreement with SATYS, world’s leading aircraft painting supplier, is a clear demonstration of ATR’s confidence in the future and strong ties with its local partners.
This commitment will enable SATYS to resume work on painting room LS06 (in Blagnac, France) – started before the COVID health crisis, for an investment of around €12 million. The new facility – scheduled to become operational at the end of 2022 – has been entirely designed to reduce aircraft painting cycles whilst optimising energy consumption, to keep carbon emissions to a minimum.
Up to 90% of the air inside the room will be recycled to limit heat production and a specific emphasis will be put on isolation to limit heat loss. Air flows will be reduced – by approximately 25% – as well as water, electricity and gas consumption. Thanks to variable speed drives, it will be possible to adapt the power of technical equipment in real time to further reduce electricity consumption. Finally, the surface of the building itself has been optimised to limit its ground footprint and impact on existing green spaces.
Through this initiative, ATR affirms its desire to support the development of its region, by investing over the long term in local businesses and boosting the entire chain of partners and subcontractors – always working towards a more sustainable aviation industry.
CTI Systems recently made a decisive step in the development of a new aircraft approach control system by finalising, in one of SATYS' paint shop for long range in Blagnac, France, the Twin Scan Control, as the first step towards the automation of teleplatforms.
2 years of research and development by CTI Systems, and the collaboration of SATYS have led to the implementation of a new revolutionary anti-collision system, theTwin Scan Control, which allows greater precision in aircraft approach through automatic distance control. Both companies, which have been active in the aviation industry for decades, attach great importance to innovation. SATYS, with its user-oriented attention to detail, is constantly innovating in the field of safety. Not only for its staff, but also in terms of meeting deadlines and quality levels. CTI Systems on its side, inventor of the teleplatform, is constantly innovating in the development of products and systems in order to meet the new challenges of its customers.The innovative Twin Scan Control system is based on a real image of the aircraft and not a 3D surface model and as such uses the real aircraft shape including deflection of aircraft structure and position of moving parts like flaps. The systems not only controls the teleplatform speeds depending on the distance to the aircraft skin but also stops the equipment without the operators intervention at a preset distance, thus avoiding touching the aircraft envelope.The Twin scan Control facilitates the operations on the periphery of the aircraft with the target to achieve the highest possible level of safety and quality result. This novelty thus opens the door to the automated trajectory movement of teleplatforms, and consequently to future robotisation.About CTI Systems: CTI Systems, part of the Paul Wurth Group, is a supplier of integrated automated handling and processing systems, especially for heavy loads, with more than 58 years of experience. The product and service portfolio includes automated material handling solutions, aircraft maintenance systems, storage systems, surface treatment facilities, assembly lines, as well as software solutions for production control and optimisation of storage and distribution systems (MES & WMS), including the integration of machines from other suppliers.www.ctisystems.com.
In November 2018, Satys SP USA completed painting its 100th Boeing airplane. This milestone occurred 24 months following the award of the Boeing contract for paint services at PDX (Portland), fulfilling fulfilling the dream of many colleagues of Satys to take OEM painting and sealing services to America. Following a rapid mobilization and start-up, Satys SP USA (then STTS USA) completed its first airplane an EVA B777 in March, 2017. Since that time the Satys SP USA team with Group production and management support has painted 4 different Boeing aircraft, B737, B747, B777, and B787. There have been over 45 different liveries, in both passenger and freighter models. In July, 2018 the team began a process that allows side by side painting of B737 in one hangar with a wide-body aircraft in the other hangar.
While there have been challenges along the way, the commitment to safety, on-quality and on-time delivery has never waned. The Satys SP USA team continues to grow its skill level, granting nearly 100 promotions as individuals progress through the Satys training program. In addition, we have achieved several consecutive “clean” Boeing site audits and Satys Managers frequently participate in trainings and meeting in order to share best practices with other Satys sites and colleagues around the world.
To mark the 100th airplane milestone, the Satys SP USA Team gathered in front of the aircraft for a photo with our visiting CEO, Christophe Cador and then enjoyed 100 cupcakes & 100 glasses of sparkling cider. Bravo!
As part of its development strategy, Satys signed a partnership agreement at the Saint-Petersburg Economic Forum with the company Spektr-Avia, a Russian specialist in aircraft painting, the Ulyanosk regional government and the Regional Development Corporation.
This partnership will enable the construction of a Single Aisle paint shop in Ulyanovsk.
Design has already started and the company will be set up before the end of the year. The first planes should be rolling out of this new paint shop in 2020.