As the design authority for its complete propeller systems, Dowty Propellers’ production strategy is to manufacture the company’s own high-technology composite blades, and apply the extensive in-house resources for assembly and testing steps prior to delivery of completed products.
Operated by a highly skilled workforce, Dowty Propellers’ in-house production expertise for composite blades includes application of resin transfer molding processes, which have been continuously evolved and perfected since 1976; and the use of braiding machines that rapidly and accurately apply the blades’ fiber outer layers.
Dowty Propellers’ composite blade manufacturing is controlled by a class-leading production monitoring system to ensure that high quality is built into each blade. This is backed by an automated non-destructive testing (NDT) suite.
In addition to utilizing the principles of lean manufacturing within its production facilities, Dowty Propellers actively works with suppliers to ensure their highest quality, timely deliveries, and a commitment to excellence in the products they supply.