The MU-8000V Laser EX multitasking CNC machine combines laser additive technology with subtractive manufacturing, enabling complete part production on one machine.
Using laser metal deposition (LMD), the machine supplies powder from nozzles while lasers melt that powder to parent material, allowing various types of materials to be combined and layered. It also allows three-dimensional fabrication and cladding.
Parts can also be repaired and inspected throughout production. Variable control of laser spot diameters, from 0.4mm to 8.5mm, increases efficiency and resolution.
Advantages of LMD instead of laser metal fusion (LMF) are:
- Mid-process part inspection, material exchange
- Coolant use in work envelope
- Faster process than powder bed fusion
- Three-dimensional fabricating
OCTOBER 2017 winner:
Scott C. Meyer CQE, Sr. Manager, Supplier Quality Engineering, UTC Aerospace Systems, Burnsville, Minnesota
How long have you been in the aerospace business?
20 years – plus four years in the U.S. Air Force.
How did you become interested in aircraft?
Since childhood and
What is your favorite aircraft (and why)?
P-38. It demonstrated how a different, outside-the-box approach can result in a superior design solution.
Customer Service Administrator Morgan Advanced Materials Technical Ceramics New Bedford, Massachusetts
Additive Manufacturing Product and Sales Manager Cincinnati Inc. Harrison, Ohio
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The entry deadline for this issue’s contest is February 23, 2018. Winners will be announced in the April 2018 issue.Have fun, and good luck!
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Airbus has appointed Eric Schulz, 54, executive vice president, chief of sales, marketing, and contracts for commercial aircraft. He will report to CEO Tom Enders.
Schulz comes from Rolls-Royce where he served as president of civil aerospace beginning January 2016. Schulz started his career in 1986 with Aerospatiale-Sogerma and has held senior management positions at UTA, Air France, AOM, Air Liberté-British Airways, Goodrich, and EADS. He holds a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Geneva Engineering School and aeronautical engineering from Paris’ ESTA Engineering and Technology School.
Schulz succeeds John Leahy, 67, who has run Airbus’ commercial aircraft sales since 1994. Leahy will retire after 33 years, with more than 16,000 aircraft – 90% of all Airbus commercial aircraft – sold
Enders says Leahy’s “contribution to Airbus’ commercial aircraft business is epic. His relentless efforts, his vision, and his dedication were key factors in propelling the company from an industry underdog to a world leader.”
Airbus Americas CEO
C. Jeffrey Knittel, formerly CEO of C2 Aviation Capital and president of CIT Transportation Finance, is the new chairman and CEO of Airbus Americas, headquartered in Herndon, Virginia.
Current CEO Barry Eccleston will retire at the end of February 2018, following more than 12 years at Airbus. Allan McArtor, chairman of the board for Airbus Americas since 2001, will remain with the company as chairman emeritus.
With more than 25 years of global aerospace leadership experience, Knittel, will be responsible for Airbus’ commercial aircraft business throughout the Americas and lead the helicopters and space and defense businesses in North America. Airbus Americas has more than 5,000 employees in regional corporate offices, engineering centers, training facilities,
Prior to C2 Aviation Capital, Knittel held senior leadership positions at CIT Group Inc. since 1986. Before that, he held management positions with Manufacturers Hanover Leasing Corp. and Cessna Finance Co. He holds a bachelor’s degree in aviation management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.
Airbus CEO Tom Enders, 59, will not seek another term as CEO after his term expires in April 2019. By then, he will have served 14 years at the helm of Airbus and EADS.
Fabrice Brégier, 56, Airbus chief operating officer & president Airbus Commercial Aircraft, is stepping down in February 2018 to pursue other interests after 25 years with the company. Guillaume Faury, 49, recently CEO Airbus Helicopters, succeeds Fabrice Brégier as president Airbus Commercial Aircraft.
“Guillaume represents our next generation of leaders and has demonstrated broad business and industry experience, an international mindset, and a clear focus on delivering value during his tenure at the helm of our helicopter business,” Enders says,
In 2016, Airbus had revenues of $80 billion and a workforce of 134,000.www.airbus.com
DMG MORI USA appoints president
James V. Nudo is the new president of DMG MORI USA. Nudo has been with the company more than 14 years and has served as executive officer of DMG MORI USA and executive officer of the international legal department and international human resources department for DMG MORI Co. Ltd.
Nudo was part of the team that was responsible for implementing the DMG MORI joint venture from its inception to the present.www.us.dmgmori.com
Hannover Messe USA expands for IMTS 2018
The Hannover Messe USA North American industrial technology trade shows, co-located at IMTS 2018, will feature 130,000ft2 of exhibition space and special display areas – a 44% increase compared to IMTS 2016. The exhibition space and three special display areas will be located on two floors of the East Building at McCormick Place, Sept. 10-15, 2018.
Hannover Messe USA’s Integrated Automation, Motion & Drives USA (IAMD USA) trade show will be located alongside the fluid power display. Co-located trade shows ComVac USA, Industrial Supply USA, and Surface Technology USA will take place alongside the event’s Digital Factory and Industrial Energy Systems displays.
Educational conferences will be featured, as will Industry 4.0 and Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) solutions. Exhibitors from China, Germany, Italy, Korea, and Taiwan will attend.
Hannover Messe USA is organized and managed by Hannover Fairs USA (HFUSA), the U.S. subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, organizer of the Hannover Messe industrial technology trade show.https://hannovermesseusa.com; https://hannovermesseusa.com/ trade-shows/
Marposs appoints aerospace market development manager
Auburn Hills, Michigan-based measurement and process monitoring technologies company Marposs Corp. has appointed Francisco Flores as its aerospace market development manager.
Flores has experience as a helicopter mechanic/crew chief, maintenance manager, and instructor, having served in the U.S. Army for eight years. Prior to joining Marposs, he was a product support technical advisor for turbine engine manufacturer Williams Int’l in Walled Lake, Michigan. He holds a bachelor’s degree in professional aeronautics/airport management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a dual master’s degree in business administration and information technology leadership/project management from Walsh College. He also holds an FAA Airframe and Power Plant License. www.marposs.com
Japan orders Boeing KC-46 tanker
Through the Foreign Military Sale process, the U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a $279 million contract for the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF’s) first KC-46 tanker and logistics support, marking the aircraft’s first international sale. The KC-46 adds to the JASDF’s current fleet of four KC-767J tankers.
Sixteen percent of the 767
The KC-46 multirole tanker is designed to refuel all allied and coalition military aircraft compatible with international aerial refueling procedures. It can carry passengers, cargo, and patients.
Boeing began developing the KC-46A Pegasus tanker for the U.S. Air Force in 2011 and is assembling the aircraft in Everett, Washington. www.boeing.com
Vantaa, Finland-based Finnair airline will use software by Quintiq, a Dassault Systèmes company, to plan its ground operations workforce. This covers rostering for more than 1,350 employees in maintenance, customer services, cargo handling, and catering. The software can schedule shift preferences, labor regulations, and vacation leave.www.quintiq.com
ExxonMobil extends grease shelf life
The shelf life of Mobilgrease 33 and Mobilgrease 28 aviation airframe greases has been extended to 10 years from 6 years. Laboratory testing indicated that both greases can maintain their properties and performance benefits for up to a decade.
Mobilgrease 28, a
Mobilgrease 33, a BMS3-33 multi-purpose airframe grease, is formulated with PAO base oils and lithium complex soap. The ester-free formulation resists thermal and oxidative
S7 Airlines signs 12-year Pratt & Whitney engine agreement
Officials at S7 Airlines agreed to a 12-year Pratt & Whitney
The agreement allows S7 Airlines, which received GTF-powered A320neo aircraft in July 2017, to manage its fleet using real-time data analytics. www.pw.utc.com
Derco renewed as authorized distributor for Triumph Engine Control Systems
Lockheed Martin’s Derco company has extended its agreement with Triumph Engine Control Systems as the distributor of pump assembly spares for the 54H60 propeller system by five years. Milwaukee, Wisconsin-based Derco will continue to distribute spares in support of C-130 and P-3 international operations.
In addition, Derco is the authorized distributor of the 54H60 propellers used on Lockheed Martin C-130 Hercules aircraft. Renewing Derco’s authorization as a Triumph pump assembly distributor means customers can have one source for distribution and repair of propellers and propeller systems.www.dercoaerospace.com; www.triumphgroup.com
CFM to support SKY Airlines’ LEAP-1A fleet
Chile’s Sky Airline has agreed to a 12-year rate per flight hour (RFPH) deal with CFM International to support LEAP-1A engines powering the airline’s fleet of 21 leased Airbus A320neo aircraft. The agreement is valued at about $600 million, including spare engines.
The leased aircraft are scheduled for delivery between Q3 2018 and 2021. CFM will provide engine maintenance on a dollar per engine flight hour basis.www.cfmaeroengines.com
Boeing to overhaul, exchange landing gear for Cathay Pacific Airways
During the Dubai Airshow, Cathay Pacific Airways reached an agreement to support its 747-8 freighter fleet through the Boeing Landing Gear Overhaul and Exchange Program.
The 14 aircraft will receive overhauled and certified landing gear as well as aircraft-on-ground (AOG) coverage.
Through the Boeing Global Services program, landing gear to be repaired or overhauled can be exchanged for another set of certified landing gear from a pool that Boeing maintains, eliminating the need for customers to contract, schedule, and manage the overhaul process.www.boeing.com/services