Anaheim, California-based Cadence Aerospace, a provider of complex aerospace components and assemblies for commercial and defense customers, appointed Kevin W. Martin as CEO for the company’s engines systems segment. Martin will also continue as Cadence CIO, reporting to Julian Guerra, Cadence Aerospace CEO and CEO for the company’s aerostructures segment.
Martin will oversee Engines Systems operations at Cadence’s Aero Design & Manufacturing Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona; B&E Precision Aircraft Components in Southwick, Massachusetts; and Tell Tool in Westfield, Massachusetts.
Martin succeeds Bob Quaglia, who is retiring as CEO of the Cadence Engines Systems segment. Quaglia has been appointed as a member of the Cadence Board of Directors.
Solar Atmospheres, Kittyhawk partner
Heat-treating specialists Solar Atmospheres of California and hot isostatic pressing (HIP) specialists Kittyhawk have formed a strategic partnership. Solar Atmospheres and Kittyhawk are both Nadcap, ISO9001, and AS9100 certified.
Fastems to laser clean F-35 wing components
Two Fastems automated structure laser cleaner (AutoSLC) units are joining the F-35 Lightning II wing assembly line in Fort Worth, Texas. The project is estimated to be completed by the end of 2021.
The AutoSLC robotized system uses a laser ablation scan head to automatically remove primers and other protective coatings from F-35 wing components, providing pristine surfaces to which nutplates can be mechanically bonded without using rivets. Previous methods of coating removal entailed time-consuming manual sanding and solvent wiping, which yielded inconsistent bonding results. Automated image processing gathers information on quality anomalies for traceability and process improvement, allowing Fastems’ AutoSLC system to process more than 3,000 drilled holes while reducing touch labor hours.
“The path to successful cooperation with Lockheed Martin has been open and frequent collaboration from the very beginning and, together, developing a clear unified vision for the project. This has made processes and decision making much faster and has allowed us to deliver and even exceed the expected results,” Fastems CEO Mikko Nyman says.
“At Lockheed Martin, we test and validate any new complex solution from the initial concept, through design and build, and after delivery. The fact that Fastems understands and shares this attention to detail positions them well to deliver a quality product at every phase,” says Steve Callaghan, vice president, F-35 Business Development and Strategic Integration.
Moog acquires Genesys Aerosystems
Elma, New York-based Moog Inc. purchased Genesys Aerosystems and its S-Tec Corp. subsidiary in December. Genesys provides flight control systems for military and commercial aircraft and will keep its locations in Mineral Wells, Texas; and Anchorage, Alaska, as part of Moog’s Aircraft Controls segment.
Genesys specializes in advanced avionics suites; synthetic vision navigation; digital radios; air data, attitude, and heading reference systems (ADAHRS); global positioning systems (GPS); compact sensors; and autopilots for fixed- and rotor-wing aircraft.
Moog’s precision control components and systems control military and commercial aircraft, satellites, space vehicles, launch vehicles, missiles, automated industrial machinery, marine, and medical equipment.