Longueuil, Canada – Pratt & Whitney Canada’s new program for engine operating in severe environment for the PW100 and PW150 families of engines has been designed to help improve predictability of shop visit intervals and provide maintenance recommendations to operators (specific components at specific intervals) in harsh environments where sand and dust are prevalent.
With its Severe Environment Program, P&WC is offering specialized packages of replacement parts that will help operators maximize on-wing intervals and reduce their direct maintenance costs – since with replacement parts there is no need to inspect and clean parts.
The program offers better time-on-wing performance that can help airlines remain competitive despite the environmental challenges they might face. It can level the playing field for such regional airlines and improve dispatch reliability, better planned maintenance, and heightened engine durability.
“P&WC knows that regional operators flying routes where there are severe environmental conditions face special challenges,” says Richard Dussault, vice president, Marketing, P&WC. “We have developed the Severe Environment Program to give our regional operators a competitive edge in serving environmentally challenging routes and locations.”
Source: Pratt & Whitney Canada
Glen Isbell, Bell Helicopter, SVP Customer Support & Services with Dennis Beese, CEO – Agrarflug Helilift, and their teams.
London, United Kingdom – Bell Helicopter, a Textron Inc. company, is adding Agrarflug Helilift, located in Ahren, Germany, to its Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility network.
With 30 years of experience in the industry, Agrarflug Helilift is an established operator with more than 40 helicopters in its fleet and offers charter services, aircraft maintenance, and training for pilots and maintenance personnel.
“We continue to build a robust aftermarket support plan to ensure our customers have the regional support needed to continue their operations,” said Glenn Isbell, Bell Helicopter’s senior vice president – Customer Support & Services. “We believe that Agrarflug Helilift, like Bell Helicopter, puts the customer at the center of all their activities, and as a result they were a natural fit to become the newest member of our award-winning customer service network.”
As a Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facility (CSF), Agrarflug Helilift will provide field maintenance services for the Bell Helicopter 204, 205, 206A/B, 206L, and 212 model aircraft. Agrarflug Helilift also offers services ranging from state of the art customization, aircraft refurbishment, and accessory options, combined with personalized service offerings.
Bell Helicopter provides its customers with local support in every corner of the world with 100+ Authorized Customer Service Facilities in 34 countries.
Bell Helicopter continues to grow its European footprint and has supported its customers in more than 50 countries in Europe, Russia, the Middle East, and Africa from its Bell Helicopter facility in Prague and its Amsterdam Supply Center, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary. The company also serves its regional customers at Rotor Blades Ltd., in Warminster, England, a blade repair center, and now has 13 Bell Helicopter Authorized Customer Service Facilities located in Europe and Russia to perform maintenance, repair, and overhaul on Bell Helicopter aircraft.
Source: Bell Helicopter
Carson, California – Epson Robots is adding the G and RS-Series SCARA (selective compliance articulated robot arm) robots to the RC700A controller platform. The high-performance RC700A controller can now be used with EPSON C4 6-axis, G-Series SCARA, and RS-Series SCARA robots. With integrated options and PC-based ease of use, the RC700A can reduce development time, improve cycle times/throughput, and save customers money.
“Our customers made Epson Robots the #1 SCARA vendor in the world based on the performance, reliability, ease of use, and wide variety of our SCARA robot lineup,” stated Michael Ferrara, director of Epson Robots. “We just made the best robots even better. With the RC700A, customers now get access to more powerful vision guidance (Epson CV2 Vision), the ability to select the PC performance level they need for their application (customer supplied PC), access to more ease of use tools (Epson RC+), and of course the advanced motion and I/O control capabilities they have come to depend on with Epson based controllers.”
With more than 200 different robot models to choose from, the RC700A can run both SCARA and 6-axis robot applications with or without a user supplied PC. Most core options run directly from the RC700A and no PC is required. This gives users the best of both worlds with the open architecture, ease of use, and expandability of Microsoft Windows while also providing real-time performance for time-critical components such as motion, cell logic, and I/O control.
All RC700A controllers come standard with Epson RC+ controls software which includes feature wizards, point-and-click setup, jog and teach panel, integrated source level debugger, Epson SmartSense, and other features that help reduce overall development time. Epson RC+ software and the RC700A controller offer fully integrated options including: vision guidance, conveyor tracking, force sensing, EtherNet/IP, DeviceNet, Profibus, .NET connectivity, GUI builder for user made GUI’s, and more.
Source: Epson Robots
Minneapolis, Minnesota: Minnesota Rubber and Plastics developed Quniton to meet a market need for a high-performance lubricious product with permanent, low coefficient of friction (CoF) surface properties.
Quniton is designed to have a low CoF, and resists bonding or sticking to a wide range of materials. Relative to other materials, Qunition is only a fraction of the CoF values. This is true for other common seal materials such as EPDM or Silicone as well. Lower CoF has many benefits, including enhanced product lifespan due to reduced wear and abrasion. In manufacturing operations, Quniton has unique properties which means less surface preparation requirements and faster assembly.
Unlike many current products which are merely coated, Quniton is inherently low CoF. Previously, designers had to rely on coatings of the elastomers with products such as molybdenum disulfide, graphite, silicone oil, or PTFE powder. The drawback to these coatings is that they are often not acceptable for the customer’s applications. They can be washed away from the surface and do not lend themselves to repeated autoclaving. They may also cause contamination of the application. Quniton retains all of the performance attributes of the high performance material including chemical and thermal stability. It is suitable for applications with severe chemical exposure including acids, bases and solvents, and for temperature as high as 500°F (262°C).
Quniton properties make it a new important material for engineers and product designers. Lih Fang Chew, Minnesota Rubber and Plastics’ global vice president of marketing stated, “In today’s demanding manufacturing environment, there are millions of products which require seals and components that can endure thousands of cycles without the loss of friction properties, and Quniton provides those benefits.”
Some typical Quniton applications include rotary shaft and actuator seals, standard O-rings, and quad rings. Quniton is also useful in ozonated and high-dosage UV streams. Any metal to rubber interface or any dynamic seal in contact with transmission oil or fuels are also applications.
Source: Minnesota Rubber and Plastics
Minden, Nebraska – Royal Engineered Composites is the first North American Aerospace Composites company to add "Time Reversal" technology to its nondestructive inspection (NDI) capabilities. "Time reversal" technology, as it is called by Zetec, uses a unique phased array ultrasonic technology to improve efficiency and flexibility for inspection solutions.
Royal's investment in this technology will allow it to support structural composite fabrication. Royal is under contract to provide such structural components to a tier-one supplier for a composite-intensive commercial aircraft. Zetec's innovative approach has redefined the potential of phased array ultrasonic technology with this approach. This inspection system will help Royal fully exploit the technology’s capabilities to perform more efficient and reliable inspections.
Royal continues to position itself as a leader in technology for the future and for growth. This forward look keeps Royal's employee owners advancing into new opportunities and positions everyday while creating a consistent need for new employee owners to join the team.
Known by the name Royal Plastic until 2010, the change to Royal Engineered Composites reinforces Royal as an industry leader in the manufacture of composite components and more accurately represents the company's technical capabilities, state-of-the-art facilities, equipment, and expertise.
Zetec, a provider of nondestructive evaluation (NDE) inspection solutions, is headquartered in Snoqualmie, Washington, with offices in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada; Seoul, Korea; Beijing, China; and Paris, France.
Source: Royal Engineered Composites