Rhinestahl CTS has signed an exclusive agreement with CFM International to manage, maintain and repair all CFM International LEAP-1B engine shipping stands for Safran’s Villaroche plant in France and GE’s Durham (North Carolina), Lafayette (Indiana), Evendale (Ohio) and Peebles (Ohio) test facility locations in the U.S.
Under the agreement, Rhinestahl CTS will manage and maintain the engine shipping stands in-house at its North America Tooling Readiness Center in Mason, Ohio. The company says CFM International will deliver 30 or more empty engine stands per week to the 100,000 sq. ft. facility for inspection, maintenance, repair and storage before they are returned to the field. According to a spokesperson for Rhinestahl CTS, routine maintenance on the stands will take an average of three days, intermediate maintenance will take an average of seven days and heavy maintenance will take an average of 14 days.
“With this maintenance and repair agreement, we have strengthened our partnership with two world class engine manufacturers, GE and Safran, to provide solutions that cover the full life cycle of engine stands,” says Brandon Lafferty, director of aftermarket services, Rhinestahl CTS. “We have expanded our facilities globally and are well-positioned for growth in the engine stand, tooling maintenance and repair market.”
Last year, Rhinestahl CTS announced a suite of new engine program tooling agreements with GE, including becoming the engine manufacturer’s OEM authorized tooling provider for the Passport and GE9X engine programs. The company also serves as a LEAP 1-B tooling provider for a number of carriers including Copa Airlines, Icelandair, flydubai and Sunwing Airlines.