Innovation Center Success Stories

Robot reduces repair time by 50 percent

Filling 1300 cooling holes on a large gas turbine vane can be a time-consuming process. If done manually, it can take up to nine hours for an operator to check and fill the holes on one vane. To free up operators for other tasks as well as reduce the overall repair time per blade, the Orlando Innovation Center developed a robotic solution that fills up to 80 percent of the holes in less than four hours with the remaining holes filled manually in about 30 minutes. That’s a 50 percent reduction in repair time with most of the work done without an operator.  A user manual, onsite operator training, and recommendations for processes and procedures were also provided. Although the robot was designed for a specific part, this technology can be adapted for other applications inside or outside of Siemens.