Oslo – The first shipment of Airbus test parts manufactured by Norsk Titanium’s patented rapid plasma deposition (RPD) process has been received and finish machined by Premium AEROTEC.
The Titanium Ti-6Al-4V sample parts, for which Premium AEROTEC holds design authority, are currently undergoing stringent engineering analysis at the company's testing facilities. Results will be used for the joint qualification program between Norsk Titanium and Premium AEROTEC as the next step in developing full industrial technology maturity.
“We ordered samples of two of our proprietary Airbus A350 XWB parts and were pleasantly surprised how quickly they arrived and how efficiently we were able to machine Norsk’s near-net-shape RPD components into finished test pieces,” said Dr. Joachim Schmidt, head of parts production at Premium AEROTEC’s Varel, Germany, plant.
“This fast-track qualification program is a great example of the value proposition RPD brings to our commercial aerospace partners,” said Norsk Titanium chief commercial officer Chet Fuller. “We turned AEROTEC’s 3D CATIA files into flyable titanium parts in a matter of weeks under a cost reduction effort that could ultimately save Airbus $2 million to $3 million per aircraft.”
In addition to the Norsk Titanium parts currently in testing, Premium AEROTEC supplies fuselage shells and sections, wing components, floor structures, pressure bulkhead, and main landing gear attachment for the Airbus A350 XWB. The company also supplies the pressure bulkhead and titanium components for the composite Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Source: Norsk Titanium AS
Mundelein, Illinois – Rollomatic Inc., a subsidiary of Rollomatic Holding Switzerland, has appointed William (Mac) McKenna as regional sales manager for several key manufacturing areas in North America.
Rollomatic, based in Le Landeron, Switzerland, builds CNC tool/cutter, peel grinding, and laser cutting machines. Rollomatic Inc., with headquarters in Mundelein, Illinois, has a machine demonstration and customer support facility, with sister company, Strausak Inc., located in the same building.
McKenna has been with Rollomatic for more than 15 years. His responsibilities will cover managing customer accounts, negotiating contracts, and acquisition of new accounts. He will also provide technical customer support and applications assistance. His territory includes New England, New York, the northern part of New Jersey, Quebec, and the eastern tip of Ontario.
After a career as a successful and skilled CNC applications engineer, McKenna was promoted to leader of the applications and service team in 2006. Rollomatic selected McKenna for his new role based on his extensive experience in the cutting tool field and with CNC grinding machines. His support-oriented customer approach and his strategic mindset will benefit the customer base, and such qualities are key to expanding the brand name and driving the company’s new technologies.
“Mac’s impressive track record working for Rollomatic makes him a welcome addition to sales team and we fully expect that his talents will support the profitable growth of our business”, said Eric Schwarzenbach, president of Rollomatic Inc.
Source: Rollomatic Inc.
Danbury, Connecticut – Praxair Surface Technologies Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Praxair Inc., and GE Aviation have agreed to form a joint venture for the development, support, and application of specialized coatings. The coatings will be tailored for GE Aviation’s and CFM International’s current and future engine models, including the GE9X and LEAP engines. CFM International is a 50/50 joint company between GE and Snecma (Safran) of France.
When created, the joint-venture company will expand its footprint with a new coatings plant in the southeastern United States, which will supplement the services provided to GE from Praxair’s Indianapolis, Indiana, facility and other global operations. Additionally, under the agreement, Praxair Surface Technologies’ current scope of services provided to GE Aviation will be expanded. GE Aviation production volume will continue to grow due to a large backlog of commercial engine orders.
Praxair Surface Technologies will be the majority owner of the venture and will consolidate the results. GE Aviation will hold the remaining membership interests. The parties plan to begin operations during the second quarter of 2016, once regulatory approvals are obtained.
“We are delighted to expand and formalize our long-standing relationship with GE Aviation and combine efforts to provide exceptional service, capabilities, and technologies to the growing aviation industry,” said Praxair Surface Technologies President Pierre Lüthi. “Together, we’ll enhance our advanced coating capabilities to provide a dedicated coating source and support the growth of GE’s new engine platforms.”
“This specialized coating joint venture with Praxair will enable us to meet our growing engine production volume,” said Colleen Athans, vice president and general manager of GE Aviation’s Supply Chain. “The unique coating capabilities will enhance our engines’ performance and durability, which are key requirements for our customers.”
Source: Praxair Inc.
Montréal – Bombardier Commercial Aircraft’s C Series aircraft program has begun the ramp-up to full production. The final assembly facility is fully equipped and production is progressing according to plan with aircraft in various stages of the build sequence, according to the company. Additionally, Bombardier also confirmed that the CS100 aircraft that is scheduled to be delivered to first operator SWISS International Air Lines (SWISS) and enter service in Q2 2016 is structurally complete.
SWISS’ flight crews have kicked off their CS100 aircraft flight training in Mirabel, Québec, where they will undergo intensive training to prepare for the route-proving flights they will operate alongside Bombardier’s flight crew when the CS100 route-proving aircraft flies to Europe in the coming weeks. This follows the completion of the North American route-proving program that included more than 35 cities. During the program, the CS100 aircraft conducted flights using typical airline flight routings and operational procedures.
Fred Cromer, president, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft, said, “I had the pleasure of welcoming the first set of SWISS crews to Mirabel as they start their pilot training in anticipation of the European CS100 aircraft route-proving program. The program will be operated from SWISS’ own base in Zurich, Switzerland.”
“Our C Series Program and Engineering teams are working diligently alongside our Customer Services team – transferring employees to various areas for cross-functional training and aircraft familiarization,” said Rob Dewar, vice president, C Series Aircraft Program, Bombardier Commercial Aircraft. “SWISS’ flight crews, once trained, will operate the CS100 route-proving aircraft alongside Bombardier’s own flight crews from SWISS’ main base of operations. They will use SWISS’ schedule, crews, maintenance crews, and aircraft destinations – all in the coming weeks.”
In December 2015, Bombardier’s CS100 aircraft received its type certificate from Transport Canada. Bombardier’s larger model CS300 aircraft is on track to obtain its type certificate within the next six months as planned. Bombardier will continue to work with Transport Canada to validate the CS100 aircraft’s training syllabus.
Fairfax, Virginia – NIMS Accreditation is the highest benchmark for metalworking training programs in the United States as based on national, industry- written and industry-driven skills standards. Three programs have recently earned accreditation and one has renewed its national accreditation.
In doing so, staff and faculty have met the stringent quality requirements set forth by NIMS, which include a program self-audit, the certifying of faculty and students in NIMS national, industry credentials, and an intensive two-day on-site evaluation at each center.
Evaluations are based on a comprehensive facility inspection, observation of student safety habits and a series of in-depth interviews with faculty, administrators, and local employers.
With a nationally accredited program, each school demonstrates its commitment to continuous improvement as it provides industry-level training for its community, state, and for the greater U.S. manufacturing industry.
Established in 2012, The Metals Technology – Machine Tool Program at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Missouri, earned national accreditation from NIMS as of Jan. 6, 2016.
The on-site evaluation occurred in late fall 2015 and was conducted by NIMS Lead Evaluator Tom Rhoads (American Railcar Industries, Inc.) who was assisted by Education Representative Chris Muenks (State Technical College of Missouri, formerly Linn State).
The team issued above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of: Purpose; Program Features; Equipment, Tooling, & Measuring Devices; Administration; and Faculty & Instructional Staff.
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I and Level II with a focus on milling and lathe operations.
Established in 1973, the Machine Tool Technology Program at United Technical Center in Clarksburg, West Virginia, set a new height in program history by becoming nationally accredited by NIMS as of Dec. 22, 2015.
The on-site evaluation occurred in November 2015 and was conducted by NIMS Lead Evaluator Gregory Chambers (Oberg Industries, Inc.) who was assisted by Education Representative Kurt Norris of BridgeValley Technical and Community College and Industry Representative Greg Racicot of Haas Factory Outlet-Midwest.
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I with a focus on the manual machining skills.
Mesa Community College in Mesa, Arizona, has set a new height in the 36-year history of its Manufacturing Technology program, a vital component of the Arizona Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AzAMI) at the college. The program received NIMS Accreditation as of Dec. 10, 2015.
The on-site evaluation occurred in fall 2015 and was conducted by NIMS Lead Evaluator Mark Lashinske (Modern Industries, Inc.) who was assisted by Education Representative Chris Williams (Tucson High Magnet School) and Industry Representative Mark Reish (Modern Industries, Inc.).
The team issued above-average ratings in the evaluation areas of: Purpose; Facility; Program Features; Equipment, Tooling, & Measuring Devices; Administration; and Faculty & Instructional Staff.
Upon receiving the distinction, college personnel Sandy Lindauer, Joe Martinez, Leah Palmer, and Kevin Weaver commented that "for us accreditation conveys an important message about the quality of our advanced manufacturing programs to students, industry and other academic institutions by validating a certified skilled and trained workforce. More importantly, it allows for a pathway of continuous improvement for the program by bringing together industry partners, faculty and community leaders via the advisory committee, who can work together to align course curriculum and industry certifications with industry demands."
This accreditation is based on NIMS National Skill Standards for Machining Level I and Level II with a focus on the manual and computer numerical control (CNC) machining skills and allows students to pursue any and all credentials offered by NIMS.
Maintaining national industry standards inside the classroom is no easy task but the faculty and staff of Eastern Westmoreland Career and Technology Center in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, once again rose to the challenge and officially renewed the national accreditation of the Machine Tool Technology program as of Dec. 7, 2015.
The Machine Tool Technology Program offers manual and CNC machining training and provides students with the opportunity to earn NIMS certifications, resulting in hundreds of national certifications issued to students to date. Leading by example, Instructor Ken Pedder holds nine NIMS credentials himself.
Following a rigorous on-site audit by veteran NIMS Evaluator Kurt Heinly, the program received the high scores in the accreditation evaluation categories of: Administration Support; Equipment, Tooling & Measuring Devices; Facilities; Instructional Staff; Program Features; Program Purpose; and Student Testing Efforts.
Reestablishing this industry award secures accreditation for the next five years.
Source: National Institute for Metalworking Skills Inc. (NIMS)
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