Torrington, Connecticut – Dymax Corp. has released the BlueWave QX4 high-intensity spot-curing system, featuring the benefits of LED-curing technology in a small unit. The system is comprised of a controller and up to four LED heads which are available in 365nm, 385nm, and 405nm and can be outfitted with 3mm, 5mm, or 8mm diameter focusing lenses. The LED heads and focusing lenses can be used in any combination and can be controlled through the system’s variable mode, a feature that allows each head to be individually programed for intensity and cycle times. Individual exposure times and intensity settings can be set in 1% increments for each LED head, giving users maximum curing flexibility.
In addition to its curing versatility, the BlueWave QX4 also features a control interface that facilities flexibility in the unit’s setup and use. The unit can be activated by foot pedal or PLC interface, allowing it to be incorporated into automated systems.
Source: Dymax Corp.
Middletown, Connecticut – Pratt & Whitney officially unveiled its new state-of-the-art Middletown, Connecticut, production facility to support production of the PurePower PW1100G-JM engine for the Airbus A320neo and the F135 engine for the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter on Feb. 25, 2015. Pratt & Whitney is a division of United Technologies Corp.
Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy, UTC President and CEO Gregory Hayes, Pratt & Whitney President Paul Adams, company leaders, suppliers, and employees gathered to celebrate the transformation of the facility. The upgrades are the product of significant capital investments to install new assembly lines, test cells, and advanced technologies to prepare the site to help deliver new and legacy engines to meet customer demand for these products.
At the event, Pratt & Whitney introduced its new horizontal engine assembly moving line, which will be used to produce the PurePower PW1100G-JM engine. This innovative technique will allow the company to accommodate increased volumes.
Once assembled, those engines will be tested at the Middletown site, in some of the most advanced test cells in the world. Advanced technological and structural improvements in the test cells will reduce the time it takes to set up and complete testing on an engine, and will enable a safer and more efficient testing process during engine product tests.
The company also highlighted investments in its F135 production line that will further streamline the production flow. These include tooling improvements that will allow the company to efficiently assemble a high volume of F135 engines while maintaining high standards of safety and ergonomics.
"Pratt & Whitney is transforming its global operations," said Joe Sylvestro, Pratt & Whitney vice president of Manufacturing Operations. "We're investing more than $1 billion worldwide to prepare for production increase for the F135 engine and PurePower engine family, including significant investments in our East Hartford and Middletown facilities and our new horizontal engine assembly system. Our Connecticut operations continue to be an important part of Pratt & Whitney's bright future. Advanced technology development and production, like the PW1100G-JM, F135 and V2500 lines, build on our legacy of success and position our company as a leader in advanced manufacturing."
According to Tom Mayes, general manager, Engine Centers and Compression Module Centers at Pratt & Whitney, the new horizontal assembly system for PurePower engines offers benefits in increased production volume. "The system has both vertical lift and rotation capability," Mayes said. "It is also programmable so teams at our sites can automate the line depending on volume and move the carriage systems at the rate of output to adjust for customer demand."
To develop the horizontal assembly tool, Pratt & Whitney benchmarked a number of automotive companies, airframe customers, and industry partners. The rationale for using the tool is to address the production volume rate increase Pratt & Whitney anticipates, including the potential for production to more than double by 2020.
Source: Pratt & Whitney
Okemos, Michigan – SAKOR Technologies Inc., a supplier of instrumentation products for dynamometer testing, has supplied a test system to Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) to be used to test the atmospheric flight control system for the Dream Chaser spacecraft. Dream Chaser is a lifting-body, reusable, crewed or uncrewed horizontal-landing vehicle, owned and operated by Sierra Nevada Corp. (SNC) and designed as a space utility vehicle for low-Earth orbit.
SwRI, headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, is an independent, nonprofit, applied research and development organization. Contracted by SNC to design and build the atmospheric flight control system, SwRI selected SAKOR to build a system to exercise Dream Chaser’s new control system and simulate flight from atmospheric interface to landing. The system characterizes overall design performance as well as dynamic response to physical forces typically experienced in standard and extreme flight conditions.
The Dream Chaser spacecraft features seven control surfaces and the SAKOR-designed test system features seven dynamometers, each simulating dynamic loads on a specific control surface.
SAKOR’s DynoLAB data acquisition and control system controls the entire test stand, acting as a space craft emulator. Sending test profiles to the atmospheric flight controller as well as simulating force feedback from each control surface, DynoLAB communicates directly with the atmospheric flight control system via MIL-STD-1553B bus, which is a built-in capability of the DynoLAB system.
“We are extremely proud to have been selected for this project, which is so critical to our nation’s next-generation space capabilities,” said Randal Beattie, president of SAKOR. “We are confident that the system will push the design envelope to ensure the atmospheric control system can handle anything it may have thrown at it.”
Source: SAKOR Technologies Inc.
McLean, Virginia – After considering a slate of leading-edge innovations in additive manufacturing from top global users and system suppliers, the jury for the inaugural International Additive Manufacturing Award (IAMA) has selected Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies Ltd., of the United Kingdom and Plano, Texas, as its winning submission. The award will be presented on March 6, 2015, at 6 pm, during a reception at The MFG Meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Hybrid Manufacturing’s submission is a hybrid kit innovation that can be integrated into any CNC machine to allow for metal deposition (via laser cladding), finishing, and inspection of parts on a single machine. The hybrid methodology integrates directed energy deposition into multi-axis CNC machine, using a tool changer to change between processes.
“Hybrid technology is exciting because it offers a new way to adopt additive manufacturing – as an upgrade to a CNC machine tool. Adding tool-changeable deposition heads to an existing CNC machine enables 3D printing of metal, without the need to buy a separate machine,” said Dr. Jason Jones, co-founder and CEO of Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies. “This significantly reduces costs and provides an intuitive adoption path for CNC operators. The combination of additive with machining offers new capabilities, including in-process finishing, that cannot be delivered by either technology independently.”
“As a team, we are very excited to win the inaugural IAMA,” Jones said. “We are grateful for the exposure it brings to hybrid processing generally, and specifically to the seven years of foundational innovations that we have led in this area. We express our thanks to all those who contributed to the award.”
The IAMA is the result of a partnership between AMT-The Association For Manufacturing Technology and VDW-Verein Deutscher Werkzeugmaschinenfabriken (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association).
“It was incredibly exciting to see so many dynamic innovations presented from around the world for this award. It speaks highly to the evolution of additive technologies and the realization of radical productivity improvement for manufacturing,” said Douglas K. Woods, AMT president. “The winning submission from Hybrid Manufacturing is a perfect nod to where we foresee the industry’s future: an integration of ‘subtractive’ CNC machining with the evolving capabilities of additive. It’s a perfect combination of existing technologies made better through new and leading-edge innovation.”
“Additive manufacturing has the potential to revolutionize large portions of the production process. What began with the production of prototypes has become an autonomous technology that opens up entirely new options for producing complex parts, and it is increasingly combined with traditional processes,” said Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, VDW Executive Director. “The IAMA celebrates the pioneers and high-achievers in the additive field and helps foster a creative dialogue and build a solid international network.”
The IAMA jury included international leaders from industry, academia, military, media, and trade associations. It considered innovations from the United States and European Union from varied leaders in the additive field including: Advantech US Inc.; ARBURG; Czech Technical University in Prague; EOS GmbH Electro Optical Systems; Fraunhofer IFAM Bremen; Impossible Objects LLC; Local Motors; MAPAL; MC Machinery Systems Inc.; SAUER GmbH LASERTEC; Swiss Automation; Sodick Inc.; Tri-D Dynamics; and the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.
Along with the award, Hybrid Manufacturing Ltd. will also receive a $20,000 cash prize and a media package valued at $80,000 to promote the winning hybrid kit innovation.
In February 2016, the second award trophy will be presented at METAV, the International Exhibition for Metalworking Technologies, in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Source: AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology
Bengaluru, India – At Aero India 2015, Premium AEROTEC received the first aluminum series components from Aequs Aerospace as part of a long-term agreement to supply the Airbus Legacy program.
"For Premium AEROTEC, this is the start of a strategic partnership with Aequs Aerospace and reflects an important step we are taking to reorient our supply chain in collaboration with global partners in the detail parts sector," said Florian Mack, head of strategic parts procurement at Premium AEROTEC, during the celebratory hand-over of the first components at the international Aero show in Bangalore. According to Mack, Aequs offered a very attractive value proposition from its precision engineering ecosystem, located in its Belagavi SEZ. "As an established supplier to the Airbus Group, Aequs Aerospace provides customers with an integrated value chain, from surface treatment to structural assembly capabilities. The high quality of the delivered components reflects the excellence and effectiveness of the collaboration between our transcontinental teams."
"It is exciting to deliver these first components to Premium AEROTEC under our long term agreement," said Walt Sirmans, President of Aequs Aerospace. Over the next seven years, Aequs Aerospace will supply approximately $50 million worth of precision machined parts for the Airbus A320, A330, A380 programs. After receiving FAI approval from Premium AEROTEC in December 2014, Aequs began delivering the first production parts just one month later. "The Aequs Aerospace ecosystem provides our customers outstanding responsiveness, ease of doing business, and real cost savings," continued Sirmans. "We're delighted to be a key supply chain partner with Premium AEROTEC and we're committed to providing world-class quality, delivery, and value."
Airbus also sources parts from Aequs Aerospace and welcomes this association. "The strategic partnership between Premium AEROTEC and Aequs Aerospace will provide Airbus additional supply chain flexibility and economic advantages," said Olivier Cauquil, senior vice president of procurement, Airbus Material and Parts.
Premium AEROTEC is a 100% subsidiary of the Airbus Group and one of the world's leading suppliers for the development and manufacture of large aircraft structures for civil and military aircraft. In its production sites in Germany and Romania, the company produces up-to-date aircraft components from aluminum, titanium, and carbon fiber composites. In addition, Premium AEROTEC is making a substantial contribution to the development and production of the A350 XWB. The company also supplies relevant components for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, the Eurofighter, and the A400M military transport aircraft. In 2013 Premium AEROTEC generated revenues of 1.6 billion euros.
Aequs Aerospace is a wholly owned subsidiary of Aequs India Private Ltd. and specializes in precision machining, sheet metal fabrication, assembly, forging, and special processing for major OEMs and Tier 1 customers. Aequs Aerospace is headquartered within the Aequs Special Economic Zone located at Belagavi, India. The parent company, Aequs, provides precision engineering products for the aerospace, automotive, and oil & gas industries from its facilities in Belagavi, Bengaluru, and Houston, Texas.
Source: Aequs Aerospace