GMI Aero SAS (www.gmi-aero.com) is a leading SME in the composite repair solutions sector for 30 years, having developed several equipment and methodologies for composite manufacturing, maintenance and repair, mainly for the aircraft industry. GMI offers manufacturers, airlines and MROs a complete range of control equipment and instrumentation, engineering solutions, training and field assistance services. GMI developed and continuously upgrades a series of portable composite repair equipment for Innovative solutions for the NDT, surface preparation and curing of bonded composite repairs, as well as for the repair of emergency aircraft slides. all the steps which need to be followed for the performance of a “typical” repair to a composite structure (NDT, removal of damaged composite material by cutting, drilling and milling and composite patch application including vacuum bagging and heat application), fulfilling the repair specifications requirements and overcoming the numerous constraints of repair performance within hangars, repair workshops or even “on-wing”. Most of this equipment is proposed in the Structural Repair Manuals (SRMs) of major aircraft manufacturers (Airbus, Boeing, ATR, Embraer, Bombardier, Dassault, etc.). GMI is currently participating in a significant number of European R&D projects, fostering the development of additional innovative solutions for bonded composite repairs.
Within GENEX, GMI will be supporting activities towards the development of innovative solutions for composite repairs and their integration within the Industry 4.0 logic, including digital twins. GMI will be also leading the efforts for the Life Cycle Assessment of developed solutions and for their inclusion within the MRO guidelines for the next-generation aircraft, ensuring the exploitation of GENEX developments by the aeronautical community.