United Technologies opens touted engineering lab in Windsor Locks

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — UTC Aerospace Systems recently opened its new state-of-the-art Materials and Process Engineering (MPE) laboratory in Windsor Locks, Conn. UTC Aerospace Systems is a unit of United Technologies Corp.

The MPE lab has advanced capabilities to support research, engineering and production. Lab capabilities include additive manufacturing (“3D printing”) to build metal and plastic engineering development parts, as well as high-temperature composites to develop carbon-carbon and silicon carbide-based composites. These composites are used for aircraft brakes and nanomaterials to develop light-weight metal matrix and polymer composites for a variety of applications across UTC Aerospace Systems.

“As a technology company with more than 8,000 engineers, we are continuously making substantial investments in materials, products and processes that add more value for our customers,” said David Carter, senior vice president, Engineering, Operations and Quality for UTC Aerospace Systems. “The new laboratory in Windsor Locks is yet another advancement in the technology that is the hallmark of UTC Aerospace Systems.”

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The 20,000 square-foot MPE lab represents an $8 million investment and is part of United Technologies’ plan to invest in new facility upgrades under the Connecticut Aerospace Reinvestment Act.

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