BMT Aerospace selects DNV qualification for PBF-EB Additive Manufacturing

September 13, 2022

BMT Aerospace designs and manufactures gears and mechanical components for the aerospace industry (Courtesy BMT Aerospace)
BMT Aerospace designs and manufactures gears and mechanical components for the aerospace industry (Courtesy BMT Aerospace)

BMT Aerospace, Oostkamp, Belgium, has chosen DNV for Facility Certification and Part Production Specification (PPS) for Electron Beam Powder Bed Fusion (PBF-EB) process, according to the DNV service specification DNVGL-ST-0568. This follows on from BMT’s participation in the proGRAM JIP project, which produced guidelines for the use of Additive Manufacturing within the oil & gas and maritime industries. The project’s second phase added PBF-EB Additive Manufacturing to the standard.

Certifying an Additive Manufacturing facility to a globally recognised DNV’s AM ‘Facility Certification’ standard is intended to provide assurance to customers that the qualified facility meets the rigorous criteria, confirmed by qualified Additive Manufacturing experts. BMT’s certification project is aimed to be completed by the end of this year.

“DNV facility certification and part family qualification is very important for BMT aerospace to support our growth target in energy and oil & gas application area,” stated Ewald Goossens, Innovations & New Technologies Manager at BMT Aerospace. “We see the great potential of AM in these industries, and clearly these certifications will provide us to create trust with our end user customers with a right level of assurance and help them to integrate our services in their just-in-time manufacturing supply chain. With this certification we are also looking forward to providing our customers’ necessary confidence in the quality and repeatability of our AM process.”

Dr Sastry Kandukuri, Global AM Practice Lead and Senior Principal Materials Specialist at DNV’s Energy Systems Business Unit in Norway, added, “DNV’s Facility Certification is based on our extensive experience and help the manufacturers with necessary awareness about quality requirements of industry recognised standards, identify and mitigate manufacturing risks, and serves as a basis for closing and managing the gaps. Our current customers and potential clients are increasingly interested in the benchmarking of the AM facilities they wanted to use in future projects. We are very happy to see that BMT Aerospace have chosen to work with us and we are looking forward to add value through our competence, integrity and independence.”

Part of the BMT Group, BMT Aerospace is a designer and manufacturer of gears and mechanical components for the aerospace industry. It is active in five key market segments which include high lift actuation gears, turbine engine gearboxes, shafts & couplings, high-precision detail gears, and bevel, helical and ring gears. The company employs a total of 560 workers and has a consolidated annual turnover of $100 million.

Interested in learning more about proGRAM JIP? In the Summer 2022 edition of Metal AM, we provided an in-depth look at the project’s second phase, including the expansion of the Additive Manufacturing processes covered by the standards set in place during Phase I. Read the full article here.

BMT Aerospace designs and manufactures gears and mechanical components for the aerospace industry (Courtesy BMT Aerospace)

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