Aerospace Manufacturing and Design welcomes all aircraft enthusiasts to join the fun and NAME THAT PLANE! Each issue, a new aircraft will be featured. Given a photo and a clue box, readers are encouraged to guess what plane is being described and submit their answers to www.AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign.com/Form/NameThatPlane.
June 2018 answer: Martin PBM Mariner
June 2018 winner
ATI Forged Products, Cudahy, Wisconsin
How long have you been in the aerospace business?
How did you become interested in aircraft?
When I was 8, my uncle took me up in his Cessna 172 and from then on, I was hooked!
What is your favorite aircraft?
Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird because of its awe-inspiring performance and capabilities.
PCC Airfoils LLC
Defense Contract Management Agency
St. Petersburg, Florida
To enter the contest, visit www.AerospaceManufacturingAndDesign.com/Form/NameThatPlane and fill out the provided entry form. Only completed forms will qualify. A full set of rules is provided.
The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is Oct. 19, 2018. Winners will be announced in the November/December 2018 issue.
Have fun, and good luck!
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The BX50i (X, Y, Z travels: 37.4" x 53.2" x 23.6") and BX60i (X, Y, Z travels: 52.1" x 63" x 27.6") CNC machine series is for high-speed machining applications that require tighter tolerances.
A double-column design minimizes machine distortion and thermal deformation. The BX50i bridge’s ladder design supports the head casting, and the spindle
Integrated UltiMotion control determines the optimal trajectory to run the tool and provides consistent programmed
Hurco Companies Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #338319
Ceramic end mills
SolidMeister family of solid end mills include FeedMeister solid ceramic end mills. Due to their high thermal resistance, FeedMeister ceramic end mills enable super high-speed milling.
Solid end mill applications are expanding as components are becoming more complex and miniaturized using diverse, difficult-to-cut materials such as heat-resistant superalloys (HRSAs).
Tungaloy America Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #431822
Handheld surface gage
The 4D InSpec surface gage handheld, non-contact instrument measures surface defects and
Capable of rapid, portable measurement despite vibration and noise, quality personnel using the 4D InSpec can take repeatable,
Users can directly inspect workpieces for defects and fine features on the shop floor. Rugged and lightweight, the handheld gage measures surface defects between 0.0002" to 0.1000" (5µm to 2.5mm) deep or tall on various part geometries. It can access tight corners or reach across large surfaces. Fold mirror attachments allow borescope-like access to features without direct line of sight.
4D Technology Corp.
IMTS 2018 Booth #122007
Punch tap technology
The Punch Tap tool for helical thread forming in
Made from an HSSE-PM alloy optimized for toughness and long wear, unique teeth geometry produces threads in a single step. Two rows of flutes are off-set 180° from each other and extending in a helical curve down to the usable application depth. This design enables an efficient tool path approximately 15x shorter for
They are used for blind and through-holes and produce metric threads from M4 to M8 with thread depths up to 3xD (inch sizes are also available from No. 8 to 5/16).
IMTS 2018 Booth #431536
Cross bore deburring
COFA tools provide front and back deburring on even and uneven surfaces, speeding production and reducing costs on jobs that previously required manual deburring of hard-to-reach cross bores.
The standard tool easily solves production problems for most manufacturers who are looking to automate cross-bore deburring processes. Because it is suitable for all ranges of machine materials and surfaces (including sloped bores), COFA is suitable for forks, yokes, common rails, castings, tubes with cross bores, and other workpieces with cross bores in main bores.
Heule Precision Tools
IMTS 2018 Booth #431352
Cylindrical grinding machine
The Favorit, with a center distance of 1,600mm (63"), is a CNC universal cylindrical grinding machine for single parts and series production and can be fitted with automation. With optional measuring controls, balancing systems, contact detection, and longitudinal positioning, it can
A solid Granitan bed offers maximum precision, performance, and safety. The
United Grinding North America
IMTS 2018 Booth #236802
The centroteX system enables changeover of the entire chuck, increasing the range of part diameters that can be machined. Workholding devices quickly mount on multiple milling and turning machines.
A precision-machined adaptor/flange plate is aligned with centreX interface, equipped with a bayonet mount and a drawtube adapter to accommodate various chucks and holding devices that are connected and locked by six fasteners. Changeover time is typically less than 6
Customized to hold chucks or other equipment when not in use, the clamping device container moves on heavy-duty casters and features a retractable hood to shut out contaminants.
Hainbuch America Corp.
IMTS 2018 Booth #431636
Thread milling tool
The solid carbide thread milling tool (TMDR) for drilling, thread milling, and chamfering does not require pre-drilled holes and works immediately on the surface of the component to improve cycle time and productivity. It can work on components with pre-drilled holes such as blind holes, through holes, and semi-finished holes.
TMDR tools are offered for full-profile applications, with and without coolant, and are suitable for steel, stainless steel, cast iron, and non-ferrous metals.
IMTS 2018 Booth #432251
The DMU 200 Gantry and DMU 340 Gantry are for universal applications of large components, providing 5-axis simultaneous machining on large work areas in small spaces.
The DMU 200 Gantry offers 5-axis machining up to 30,000rpm. With optional Ultrasonic or Lasertec technology integration, more complex components weighing up to 22,046 lb can be machined economically.
The DMU 340 Gantry’s work area measures 134" x 110" x 49", expandable to 236" in the X-axis and 59" in the Z-axis, while still
IMTS 2018 Booth #338900
The manual MicroBlasting system will be available for demonstration at IMTS 2018. The system features the AccuFlo and the ProCenter Plus. When knives, tumblers, or chemicals are too risky, micro-precision sandblasting provides a safe alternative for refining small, high-value parts. MicroBlasting systems use very fine abrasives, miniature nozzles, and a patented abrasive feed for removing
IMTS 2018 Booth #237238
Aluminum rougher end mills are available in 2- and 3-flute configurations offering high material removal rates and are optimized to slot 30% faster than standard AF tooling. The coolant-through design guides coolant directly at the cutting-edge, aiding in removing chips and heat.
Grip force analyzer software
Available in Windows OSP and desktop versions, the Digital Grip Force Analyzer software and kit measures, records, and plots live real-time data for process analysis, safety analysis, and maintenance analysis.
By measuring, analyzing, and sharing grip force data from
Regular and scheduled maintenance with Kitagawa’s Tri-Kote lubricant maintains
IMTS 2018 Booth #432312
7-axis Swiss-type CNC
The SG-20 Swiss-type CNC lathe reduces cycle times with an independent back tool post and full X- and Z-axis movement for the sub-spindle.
With a capacity of 21 tools, the machine allows more jobs to be finished in one setup. Converting to chucker mode, it cuts down on bar remnant waste and avoids expensive ground bar stock.
Direct C-axis indexing enables deceleration to the chosen index position directly, without the need to home return, reducing spindle indexing time.
Cubic Machinery Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #339163
The Beta LaserMike Z-Mike Pro Gage offers accuracy, reliability, and repeatability of OD, ovality, taper, TIR, runout, and effective cutting diameter. It is ready for service in Industry 4.0 facilities with expanded connectivity, communication, and control capabilities.
With 0.5µm accuracy and 0.13µm repeatability, the gage delivers superior quality products. Z-Mike Pro offers versatility across demanding measurement applications.
The gage is available in two models to measure products up to 50mm. Ethernet and USB connectivity simplifies integration into centralized production networks and other devices. Ready-to-mount modular fixtures hold workpieces ranging from simple manual fixtures to fully automated and intelligent fixtures.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135911
Ceramic insert grades
CC6220 and CC6230 ceramic insert grades – for high-speed, high-security turning on heat-resistant superalloy (HRSA) materials – machine demanding materials where whisker ceramics and SiAlONs fall short. Able to handle higher cutting speeds, they reduce
Although powder metallurgic materials can be tailored to handle substantially higher temperatures, they are more difficult to machine than common HRSAs.
Along with productivity improvements of more than 50% compared to whisker ceramics and SiAlONs, CC6220 and CC6230 offer long tool life with HRSAs, lowering cost-per-part.
IMTS 2018 Booth #431510
Tool monitoring adaptive control system
The tool monitoring adaptive control (TMAC) 3.0 system uses customized sensors for power, vibration, or strain to measure tool wear. TMAC learns the cut, allowing the operator to visualize the actual cutting to make necessary adjustments to run at optimum efficiency. By measuring tool wear in real-time, TMAC will automatically expire a tool if excessive wear is detected (and can signal a redundant tool) or immediately stop the machine and retract the tool if breakage occurs, allowing machines to run unattended.
TMAC Adaptive Control overrides the machine tool feed rate to automatically adjust based on the tool’s cutting power load.
It increases the feed rate with low-power cuts and decreases with high-power cuts and as tools wear. By making real-time adaptive control feed rate adjustments, TMAC optimizes the entire cutting process, extends tool life, and reduces cycle
Caron Engineering Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135636
With a large through hole, the BP series chuck combines the flexibility of a standard open center power chuck with the long life and precision of Proofline sealed chucks, making it suitable for bar and bar stock clamping as well as shaft clamping.
Available in three sizes, the BP is completely sealed from outside contaminants. This allows it to maintain a constant grip force for excellent repeatability and consistency as well as safer operation.
The BP series is Proofline sealed for minimal maintenance intervention. The permanent grease lubrication provides consistent clamping force and reduces wear on the chuck, resulting in longer maintenance intervals, reducing downtime and loss of productivity. Chucks also withstand harsh environments of dry machining, abrasive powders, high pressure, and corrosive coolants.
IMTS 2018 Booth #431700
Rotary axis software
CARTO 3.0 software allows users to quickly capture and analyze machine performance data from rotary axes.
The XM-60 multi-axis calibrator can be used with the XR20-W rotary axis calibrator, providing one software solution for all Renishaw laser calibration products.
Combining the capability of XR20-W and XM-60 with CARTO 3.0 reduces the calibration of a 5-axis machine tool from several days to within half a day.
The software allows users to analyze multiple error types during different time frames, building up a comprehensive overview of a machine’s performance. It automatically stores complete datasets for each machine tool within a single database. By independently comparing errors associated with each axis, across different time frames, users can plan preventative maintenance.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135509 and Booth #431607
External thread-turning two-connection
The X-treme Jet thread turning
Available in right-hand and left-hand configurations, the X-treme Jet is coated for maximum abrasive resistance. Suitable for high-pressure coolant applications, the directed flow reduces cutting edge temperature, resulting in higher performance, improved chip flow, and longer tool life.
Carmex Precision Tools LLC
IMTS 2018 Booth #431480
Mill-turn control with touch technology
The TNC 640 mill-turn control offers a workshop-oriented operational design and includes touch technology that lets users operate the control screen with gestures similar to smartphones or tablets.
With the TNC 640 touch screen, the operator navigates through long lists, programs, tables, and other content by kinetic scrolling. The kinetic scroll converts the impulse of hand contact into scrolling speed.
The user can stop dynamic scrolling at any time, making it possible to easily find an NC block or a tool in long NC programs or
IMTS 2018 Booth #135226
The Vidmar 12-gauge steel, all-welded heavy-duty cabinet line supports up to 1,900 lb shelf capacity. There are 16 cabinets available, suitable for industrial applications requiring increased weight capacity, bin storage, and enhanced durability.
IMTS 2018 Booth #432504
CNC tool grinding machine
The MX7 Linear next-generation CNC grinding machine handles varied batch sizes with minimum setup. LinX cylindrical linear motors on the X- and Y-axis provide greater performance, higher feed rates, and superior surface finish. A range of automation options
IMTS 2018 Booth #237406
Tool presetting, measuring
IMTS 2018 Booth #431610
The global aviation maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) software market, estimated at $4.08 billion in 2017, is projected to reach $4.93 billion by 2022 – a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.85%. Increases in digitalization of MRO activities and high demand from MRO operators are projected to drive growth.
Research from ReportsnReports segments the MRO software market in aviation based on
Major players include AerData (a Boeing subsidiary) (U.S.), HCL Technologies (India), IBM Corp. (U.S.), IFS (Sweden), Oracle Corp. (U.S.), Ramco Systems (India), Rusada (Switzerland), SAP (Germany), Swiss Aviation Software (Switzerland), and Trax (U.S.).
The highest CAGR is expected in the Asia Pacific region, where China, India, and Japan are key markets. Airlines currently account for the largest share of the aviation MRO software market, driven by the growing demand for operations and maintenance management. www.reportsnreports.com
Fidelity awarded E-3 MTS program at Tinker AFB
Fidelity Technologies Corp. won the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) Maintenance Training System (MTS) contract under Training Systems Acquisition (TSA) III multiple award contract. Fidelity will provide program management support, contractor logistics support (CLS), and a training system support center (TSSC) for the Air Force E-3 AWACS MTS program.
The MTS program supports maintenance and operational training for the 373rd Training Squadron 9 Air Education and Training Command (AETC) and the 552nd Air Control Wing (ACW), stressing maintenance procedures of the E-3 Sentry AWACS at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma.
The MTS capability includes the TSSC and associated training devices. The current E-3 training device suite represents direct E-3 subsystem mock-ups and computer- controlled AWACS subsystem platforms for training Air Force personnel in on-equipment maintenance. www.fidelitytech.com
On aircraft fiber-optic repair kit
Aurora Optics demonstrated a kit that can make permanent, like-new lifetime repairs to fiber optic cables on aircraft.
The portable MiniMod kit enables wire and cable personnel to prepare the cable, fusion-splice optical fibers, protect fibers post-splice restore cable strength and environmental integrity for the life of the aircraft. The kit is based on the world’s smallest fully-automatic fusion splicer. The fusion splices exhibit insertion losses, typically 0.05dB or less, and unmeasurable back reflection. The optical excellence and the cable restoration are unaffected by subsequent mechanical or environmental stress tests, including:
- Mechanical shock to 300g
- Sine vibration from 10Hz to 2,000Hz at 60g
- Random vibration from 10Hz to 2,000Hz at 43grms while thermal cycling from -67°F to 257°F
- Accelerated aging for 1,000 hours at 212°F while under tension, high humidity/temperature cycling, thermal shock from -67°F to 212°F
- Freezing in ice, altitude immersion, tension to 20 lb
- Exposure to aviation fluids including hot synthetic hydraulic fluid, runway de-icer, methyl propyl ketone
Flight qualified by the FAA, MiniMod is being adopted by Boeing Commercial Aircraft and major airlines around the world. www.aurora-optics.com
ST Engineering’s aerospace sector expands MRO network
ST Engineering’s Aerospace sector opened a new airframe maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility in Pensacola, Florida. The facility, located at the Pensacola International Airport, can perform heavy and line maintenance, and aircraft modification work. It joins two other ST Engineering facilities in the United States, increasing the company’s ability to serve North America and its global clientele.
Costing $46 million, the 173,500ft2 hangar is one of the largest in ST Engineering’s global network of seven airframe maintenance facilities. The facility has an annual capacity of 600,000 labor hours and can accommodate two aircraft of the largest version of the 777 widebody series, or six A321 narrow-body aircraft at any one time.
According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), carriers in North America will continue to lead in financial performance in 2018, accounting for nearly half of the industry’s total profits with a forecasted net profit of $15 billion. www.stengg.com
Gogo Avance L5 flying on
200th business jet
In 12 weeks, Gogo Business Aviation reached its second major milestone for Gogo Avance L5 after the 200th aircraft took flight with the new system on board. Gogo Avance combines hardware and software to create an integrated, aviation-grade
More than 400 Avance L5 systems have shipped with hundreds of additional systems on back order and scheduled for delivery in 2018. Gogo expects to have approximately 500 installations of the new system by the end of 2018.
Avance L5 systems are being installed at all MROs and aftermarket OEM service centers. Gogo and its OEM partners and dealers received type certificate and supplemental type certificate (STC) approvals for Avance L5 from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) across more than 40 airframes. Gogo and its partners are securing STCs for more than 15 additional airframes in the coming months.
The Gogo Avance L5 system connects to the Gogo Biz 4G network, delivering faster speeds and enhanced network capacity for live streaming video and audio, video conferencing, on-demand movies, personal smartphone use, real-time data for cockpit apps, and remote diagnostics and support while in flight. business.gogoair.com
Insitu’s ScanEagle will provide small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) services aboard the entire U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter fleet.
The approximately $117 million service contract covers the installation and deployment of sUAS for 200 hours per 30-day operational patrol. ScanEagle will conduct surveillance, detection, classification, and identification operations, providing real-time imagery, data, target illumination, communications relay, and other capabilities to the fleet and other government platforms.
In 2016, Insitu, a Boeing Co. subsidiary, won the contract to provide sUAS ISR services aboard the USCGC Stratton. By January 2018, ScanEagle had directly assisted the ship’s crews in seizing more than $1.5 billion of cocaine and heroin, contributing to the USCG’s record-breaking year for drug busts in 2017.
“The sUAS has already proven itself to be a transformational technology, and the deployment of this capability to the entirety of the NSC fleet is an incredibly important first step in realizing the Coast Guard’s vision of fleet-wide UAS implementation,” says Cmdr. Daniel Broadhurst, who served as UAS division chief in the Office of Aviation Forces.
The U.S. Coast Guard began infrastructure installation in April 2018, with plans to begin installing hardware on Coast Guard Cutters James in fall 2018, Munro in late winter 2019, and Bertholf in late spring or early summer 2019. www.insitu.com; www.uscg.mil
Swiss demonstrate national drone flights
In Switzerland, Swiss air navigation service provider
Dozens of drones performed commercial tasks, including medical supply delivery and weather monitoring, across the entire country. Each drone connected to the
Skyguide provides air navigation services for Switzerland. With 1,500 employees at 14 locations, the company guides 1.2 million civil and military flights a year.
Trilliant introduces site surveying UAS
Raleigh, North Carolina-based Trilliant has introduced a site surveying tool using unmanned aerial system (UAS) technology. Trilliant is a network provider for energy, utility, and industrial Internet of things (IIoT) industries.
The integration of drone technology will improve quality, efficiency, and speed in performing site surveys and inspections. www.trilliant.com
Boeing HorizonX invests in urban delivery startup
Boeing has invested in Matternet, a Menlo Park, California-based startup developing on-demand unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) delivery operations in urban environments.
Matternet received authorization to launch UAV operations over densely populated areas in Switzerland in 2017. Leveraging its Matternet automated launch and landing station, M2 drone, and cloud platform, the company has achieved safe
“Matternet's technology and proven track record make the development of a safe, global autonomous air mobility system a near-term reality,” says Brian Schettler, managing director of Boeing HorizonX Ventures. “Our investment will allow Matternet to scale its operations while strengthening Boeing's position as a leader in next-generation transportation solutions.”
In May 2018, Matternet was selected to participate in a joint U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) program aimed at accelerating