Boeing has officially opened its new research and technology centre in Alabama. The facility will serve as the company’s hub for collaborative technology development with academic institutions and research partners.
Local government leaders joined employees to open the facility’s 80,000 square feet of laboratories and offices that are devoted to the creation and development of technologies for use in current and future Boeing products.
In addition to continuously modernising and improving Boeing products and operations the 220 engineers, technicians and staff at BR&T-Alabama will develop a variety of other technologies for existing and future Boeing products and services. The team works on a wide range of technologies that include simulation and analytics, systems analysis, composite materials, metals and ceramics along with processes and product standards.
To drive advances in all areas, the BR&T-Alabama team has lab space equipped with autoclaves that heat-treat composite materials, an accelerated rate calorimeter to test heat reactions, state-of-the-art machines to test the properties of metals, and computers to simulate and test vehicle management systems. The team has built multiple computing networks that enable researchers around the globe to integrate simulations and further technology development in a fast and collaborative environment.
The company’s research and technology development is conducted at 11 Boeing research centres across the world and focuses on providing technologies that enable the development of future aerospace solutions while improving the cycle time, cost, quality and performance of existing Boeing products and services.