New Rolls-Royce Machining Base
Rolls-Royce has opened a new machining operation at its Propeller Centre of Excellence in Pascagoula, Mississippi, U.S.A. Rolls said it will improve manufacturing capabilities and production efficiency across a wide range of marine propellers and propulsors. The company has invested more than US$8 million in the local industrial base developing the facility.
The 1672 square meter facility will include 1394 square meters of manufacturing space and house a new gantry milling machine. As a result, said the company, machining will be three times faster than the current rate adding that this will enhance the foundry strengths to include design and custom build capabilities and capacity for propellers ranging in size from 1524 mm to 10 meters.
Currently the foundry manufactures propellers for U.S. Navy nuclear aircraft carriers (CVN) and various commercial vessels. It also casts propeller blades for US Navy Destroyers (DDG) and US Navy Amphibious Transport Dock class (LPD) ships. The machine centre is positioned to manufacture components for the large waterjets used on the Littoral Combat Ship.