Day 2 of the United Technologies Corp (UTC) Media Days is focused on Pratt & Whitney.
June 7, 2016: Pratt & Whitney officials today clarified an eye-popping statement yesterday by Greg Hayes, CEO of parent United Technologies, that 44% of the suppliers on the new Geared Turbo Fan engine were performing to goals.
Danny Di Perna, SVP Operations for Pratt & Whitney, said, “Greg knows very well that one of the challenges is the quality and costs of suppliers.
“There are 1,600 suppliers and about half are performing at Gold” PW standards, he said.
This includes internal PW suppliers. “It’s not just quality, it’s delivery, it’s cost,” Di Perna said. PW’s Gold standard is above 90%. Under-performing “means they are not meeting our target costs and quality.”
Di Perna said that changes and fine-tuning “impacts the suppliers and that’s on us. We’ll never be 100%.”
But Di Perna added that “presidents of every one of our suppliers that are under-performing get a call from me.” If they don’t get it, he said, “they’ll be out. That’s the beauty” of having dual source suppliers. There is no single point of failure in the supply chain, says Di Perna. PW established two sources of suppliers so that if one failed, reliance could be shifted to the other.
Teething issues with the GTF on the Airbus A320neo have been highly publicized. Airbus has produced “gliders,” in the word of Tom Williams, Airbus COO–engineless airplanes awaiting fixes from PW.
Tom Prete, VP-engineering, Pratt & Whitney, said changes to engines are relatively minor to moderate to the rotor, which “drops start time by 2X.” Software changes for false fault indications are effective by reducing this by over 97%.
“On the hardware [to the bowing], we needed to step back and slow down. All the hardware corrections are in place. Performance of motors has been way above 99%. There have been some teething times. This is a 30-40 year program. You’re talking about a miniscule amount of time.”