Groups Create Joint Research Lab and Technology Platform
Representatives from Safran, Oerlikon, the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) and the University of Limoges created a joint research laboratory (PROTHEIS) in Limoges, France, and a technology platform (SAFIR) for surface treatments for aerospace applications.
These two new entities will help Safran enhance its surface treatment capabilities to make lighter and longer-lasting products capable of reducing noise and nitrogen oxide emissions, compliant with the European regulation REACH and capable of addressing the requirements of all types of aerospace applications, now and in the future. The lab’s roadmap also provides for developing the numerical simulation of processes, in line with Safran’s “Factory of the Future” initiative, based on capturing, storing, analyzing and exploiting production data to ensure control over product quality.
Oerlikon contributes to the partnership with deep and long-standing expertise in advanced materials, surface engineering and high-end, industrialized equipment. For the CNRS and the University of Limoges (which operate a joint research unit called IRCER), their aim is to foster scientific and technical discussions on surface treatments with leading national and international laboratories and to attract top talent from around the world. This project will bolster IRCER’s position in the aerospace sector, as well as personnel training in conjunction with the ENSIL/ENSCI engineering school and the science and technology faculty at the University of Limoges.