MK Test’s BLRT selected by Safran for LEAP-1B engine testing


Safran Aircraft Engines have selected MK Test System’s BLRT (Bond, Loop and Joint Resistance Tester) for testing the CFM LEAP-1B aircraft engine.


Safran is a global high-technology group, operating in the aviation, defence and space markets.  It prioritises environmental improvements within its R&T and innovation roadmaps for its products.


The LEAP-1B engine is a new-generation engine for the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft. It provides enhanced fuel consumption performance with 15% lower CO2 emissions, and reduced sound emissions.


The BLRT will be used by Safran at their Villaroche, France final assembly line to test electrical ground and bonding circuits.  The Villaroche site is recognised as a showcase for Industry 4.0 facilities and processes, so the use of modern tools which provide big data – such as BLRT – are preferred.


A robust and lightweight piece of equipment, the BLRT has an integrated computer and simple-to-use test management software.  It automates the measurement process to improve efficiency, reduce production bottlenecks and guarantees the traceability of test results.


The BLRT is approved by The Boeing Company to carry out loop and joint resistance measurements.


Jason Evans, Sales Director at MK Test Systems said “We’re delighted that Safran have selected the BLRT tool for the LEAP-1B.  It’s a modern engine being manufactured in a modern factory, and the BLRT matches these needs thanks to its automatic testing and reporting capabilities.  The BLRT provides powerful data which is so valuable for facilities who are recognising that big data can be extremely useful.”


Image of LEAP-1B engine copyright Adrien Daste / Safran.

Safran engine BLRT