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2008-06-30
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AgustaWestland recently held a grand-opening ceremony for its new AW139 medium twin helicopter assembly line in Philadelphia. The event underlined the company’s growing presence in the U.S. and the expansion of its Philadelphia complex, which in addition to the AW139 assembly is also responsible for AW119 Ke production and support of the expanding fleet of AgustaWestland helicopters in North and South America.
2008-06-30
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The SA2 machine is the latest in the Low Voltage Electromagnet Riveter (LVER) family of automated fastening equipment from Electroimpact, and it is being used on the Airbus A320 aircraft.
2008-06-30
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When a new aerospace material is being developed, the companies or organizations involved must always consider the tooling that will be necessary to see it into production. Belgian tooling specialist Elsyca claims that its newly announced tooling design service for companies involved in coating and plating parts­ can provide up to a 30% reduction in lead times, a 20% reduction in materials wastage, and a 10% reduction in manpower.
2008-06-30
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Sandvik Coromant’s cooling system for high-pressure coolant applications solves chip removal and swarf control problems, supports higher speed cutting data, and increases productivity.
2008-06-30
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Vought Aircraft Industries has secured another contract to supply Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. with Black Hawk helicopter cabin structures. Under the preceding contract with Sikorsky, assembly work on the cabin structure for the newest Black Hawk variant, the UH-60M, began last year at Vought’s 5.4 million-ft2 Jefferson Street plant in Dallas, where it also builds tail sections, wings, and other major components for a variety of aircraft makers.
2008-06-30
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The Hexagon Loxham Precision Laboratory, a new facility designed for leading-edge ultra precision research, has been opened at Cranfield University in the U.K. Cranfield has strong links with aerospace technology, and the laboratory will aid significant research into the manufacture of mirrors for the NASA James Webb Space Telescope and will also help scientists develop technologies for finding Earth-like planets and forms of life in space.
2008-06-30
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Quatro Composites, a designer and manufacturer of carbon-fiber molded products, has been awarded three contracts to supply carbon-fiber panels to airframers and Tier 1 suppliers for drill qualification and assembly training.
2008-06-30
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Meeting safety requirements in all aspects of aerospace production and engineering demands high levels of expertise. Now, specialist technology company 3M has developed what it believes to be the world’s first two-part structural epoxy adhesive to meet aerospace fire, smoke, and toxicity (FST) standards (when tested stand-alone) without the need for additional treatments or surface coatings.
2008-06-30
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Boeing announced another three-month delay—from the end of the first quarter in 2008 to the end of second quarter—for the first 787 flight. Boeing is pushing back first delivery from late 2008 to early 2009.
2008-06-30
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Machine tool makers, software developers, and companies involved in other facets of manufacturing are gearing up for the Westec show later this month in Los Angeles.
2008-06-30
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The world’s largest titanium producer, VSMPO-Avisma, has ordered four three-spindle MAG Cincinnati Ti (titanium) profilers for its plant in Verkhnaya Salda, Russia. The three-spindle machines will be used to produce several parts, including large landing gear components, for Airbus and Boeing aircraft.
2008-06-30
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Delivering ahead of schedule, GKN Aerospace recently supplied Aviation Partners Boeing (APB) with the first blended winglets for the Boeing 737-300/500. Under a multi-year agreement finalized in April 2007, GKN is to deliver 200 737-300/500 blended winglet aircraft sets over several years.
2008-06-30
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Lockheed Martin is drawing upon its experience in the practical use of advanced metals to make a number of significant improvements to the manufacturability and supportability of its three most important aircraft: the C-130J, F-22, and F-35.
2008-06-30
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Because orbital drilling allows for drilling and finishing in a single operation, a fully implemented process can reduce drilling time by 50% over conventional methods, according to Novator. The need to disassemble the parts to remove burrs is eliminated.
2008-06-30
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Reducing cycle time and time to market while improving quality and efficiency are the benefits customers of Intercim’s Pertinence Suite can expect, according to the company. The Suite manages the entire production process, from design through final inspection.
2008-06-30
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Renishaw says early adopters of its ultra-high-speed scanning system for coordinate measuring machines are achieving good productivity gains. At the heart of the Renscan5 system is the infinite-positioning REVO head. The system is being applied to complex parts that take long to manufacture.
2008-06-30
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Eclipse Aviation will use an integrated software suite from Right Hemisphere to generate consistent and transferable manufacturing and maintenance procedures for its production facilities in Albuquerque, NM, and for its various service centers in the U.S.
2008-06-30
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The need to develop alternative fuels for all transport systems is becoming increasingly important, and Airbus is taking part in the French CALIN (Carburant Alternatifs et Systèmes d’Injection Innovants) research project. Launched in July 2007, it is scheduled to continue for another 20 months. In CALIN, Airbus is working with major research institutions including ONERA, IFP, and CNRS, and with industry partner Safran.
2008-06-30
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The family of Parylene conformal coatings (N, C, and D) has been used as a rugged, reliable protection solution for a wide range of aerospace applications for more than 35 years. However, while these standard formulations still meet the coating requirements of most applications, some of the leading-edge technology in aerospace devices often need a little more.
2008-06-19
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Designed to set all 4, 5, 6, and 8-size blind rivets, including high-strength and stainless steel, the POP ProSet 3400 rivet tool from Emhart Teknologies delivers 4148 lb (18.45 kN) of pulling power.
2008-06-19
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The Mini Mill 2 from Haas Automation is a versatile CNC machining center with extended travels of 20 x 16 x 14 in (508 x 406.4 x 356 mm) on each axis.
2008-06-19
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Epson Robots offers the G-Series high-performance SCARA robots for Micro PowerDrive Controllers.
2008-06-19
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The DT9872 from Data Translation is the RTD (resistance temperature detector) version of the TEMPpoint temperature measurement instrument product line.
2008-06-19
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The Bosch Rexroth CDT1 and CDT4 series of tie-rod hydraulic cylinders feature a single removable ductile iron bearing for improved service life.
2008-06-19
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BAE Systems announced a five-year, $58.4 million facility expansion project to consolidate its current facilities and increase the company’s presence in the Sterling Heights, MI, area. BAE Systems will immediately begin hiring approximately 460 new engineering and high-technology personnel, and continue through the next five years.
2008-06-19
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KMT Robotic Solutions says its new RoboTrim RT-1002 robotic routing system provides reduced cycle times for trimming thermoformed, injection molded, and rotationally molded parts. Using TrimPro and CamPro CADCAM software, users can create programs offline, build virtual work cells, and simulate and optimize the cycle times of existing cells without building a prototype or bringing the system out of the production line.
2008-06-19
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Cleaning paint fixtures is an important but often time-consuming aspect of the vehicle manufacturing process. KMT Robotic Solutions has launched a robotic cleaning system to remove excess paint on trolleys that transport parts to and from the paint shop, with the goal of reducing the possibility of fire when trolleys are in paint ovens.
2008-06-19
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MAN Nutzfahrzeuge opened a new assembly plant for heavy trucks in Niepolomice, near Cracow, Poland. The new plant will build heavy MAN trucks with gross weights over 16 t (18 ton), mostly from the MAN TGA WW range.
2008-06-19
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Perkins announced plans to build a new manufacturing facility in China to produce small- and medium-size diesel engines. The manufacturing facility in Wuxi, Jiangsu province, would initially produce the Perkins 400 Series, a range of three- and four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, naturally aspirated, and turbocharged indirect-injection engines.
2008-06-19
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Used to feed pre-cut flat sheets through a configuration of four position-controlled programmable rollers, AddisonMckee’s ShellRoller machine can form the outer shell of a muffler or catalytic converter in virtually any round, oval, or asymmetrical configuration and is suitable for use with carbon steel, stainless steel, and titanium.
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