Schaumburg, Illinois – The Sodick SLN-G Series machines include a user-friendly control that can be used in classic mode, or be switched to tablet mode, depending on operator preference.
The SLN-G Series include high-performance, rigid linear motors with standard features such as SPW (Smart Pulse Wire) control with the smart Pulse Generator and technologies that improve cutting speed and precision.
There are two available models within the series, the SLN400G that has a X, Y, Z travel of 15.75" x 11.81" x 9.84" (400mm x 300mm x 250mm) and the SLN600G, that has a X, Y, Z travel of 23.62" x 15.75" x 13.78" (600mm x 400mm x 350mm). Both machines include Sodick’s positioning accuracy guarantee, which promises the positioning accuracy of linear motors for 10 years.
Source: Sodick Inc.
Washington – Boeing is honoring 14 companies and one university with its 2014 Supplier of the Year awards, recognizing their superior performance in delivering high-quality products and services on time and at the promised cost.
Strong performance and close collaboration with these award-winning suppliers helped Boeing exceed customers' more-for-less expectations while also contributing to Boeing's record $90.8 billion in revenue in 2014.
Each year Boeing recognizes its top-performing suppliers from around the world. Winning organizations are selected based on criteria that include quality of their products or services and the value they create for Boeing and its global airline, U.S., and allied government customers.
"Strong partnerships with our suppliers can make a difference between winning and losing customers and competitions, or determining the success of a development program," said Boeing vice chairman, president and chief operating officer Dennis Muilenburg. "The best suppliers – like the ones recognized with the Supplier of the Year Award – operate as partners and differentiate themselves, and Boeing, from the competition through close collaboration and a relentless commitment to first-time quality, on-time delivery and affordability."
In 2014, Boeing spent $62 billion with more than 13,000 suppliers from 47 countries. Supplier-provided components and assemblies make up more than 60% of the cost of Boeing products. Suppliers also played a key role for Boeing last year, enabling Boeing Defense, Space & Security to win significant new contracts and helping Boeing Commercial Airplanes set an industry record for deliveries in a single year.
"Our success in 2014 was due in large part to the strong performance of our supply chain," said Kent Fisher, vice president and general manager, Supplier Management, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "We face an increasingly competitive landscape across all of our businesses. To continue to lead the market, we need supplier-partners who understand the importance of creating a sustainable competitive advantage with products, services and support that meet or exceed the expectations of our customers."
Leader's Choice Awards
Advantage (provides competitive advantage by exceeding cost performance goals)
Universal Alloy Corp. – Canton, Georgia
Alliance (shares risks and advances Boeing strategic objectives)
Avis Budget Group – San Francisco, California
Innovation (outstanding performance in research and development efforts)
California Institute of Technology (CALTECH) – Pasadena, California
Pathfinder (outstanding efforts and/or performance improvements)
Rolls-Royce – Indianapolis, Indiana
Science and Engineering Services LLC – Huntsville, Alabama
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. – Westminster, Colorado
Common Aerospace Commodities
TW Metals – Woodinville, Washington
Anodyne, Inc. – Santa Ana, California
Michelin Aircraft Tires – Kent, Washington
FELLFAB Ltd. – Hamilton, Canada
RB Enterprises – Mukilteo, Washington
Non-Production – Safety
Zebra Technologies Corporation – Vernon Hills, Illinois
ShinMaywa Industries, Ltd. – Kobe, Japan
Onamac Industries – Everett, Washington
Novator AB – Spanga, Sweden
Kamenz, Germany –Flight Design GmbH, manufacturer of the CT-series of Light-Sport Aircraft, has flown its new, certified four-seater called C4.
“The C4 really performed as expected,” reported Tom Peghiny, president of Flight Design USA, importer of the German company’s products and test flight director for the C4 development. Peghiny flew alongside the C4 non-conforming prototype. “It appeared and test pilot Damian Hischier confirmed that the C4 is stable about all axes.”
Hischier also reported, “The spiral stability of C4 is good and its directional stability is good.” While noting that engine operating temperatures were acceptable he acknowledged that further work may be necessary for operations in the hottest climates. “But don’t change a thing aerodynamically,” Hischier enthused. Engine temperatures will be remedied primarily with cowl changes focused on cooling, yet Flight Design is pleased with the Continental IO-360-AF engine that performed very well.
“Flight Design engineers can work on reducing some friction in the controls,” Hischier noted, “but leave the rest alone.” Most prototype airplanes go through refinements after the initial flight verifications even while most of the group working to achieve the first flight were pleased that the new airplane performed so well.
“We observed the C4 accelerate away from the C-172 chase plane during simulated approaches to landing and in simulated go-arounds,” commented Peghiny, observing from the Cessna.
“I could also see that during the 30° bank turns the test pilot needed no control correction and he reported that pitch forces were light,” added Peghiny. “The plane appeared to be on rails, it looked very stable. Damian said he was comfortable getting close to us for the photos and videos shot during the maiden flight.” On board avionics are supplied by Garmin with the G3X Touch augmented with TSO analog instruments. Garmin has become a vital partner to Flight Design as C4 moves forward.
“Very few first flights proceed through the entire test card,” explained flight director Peghiny. “Yet we completed all of the points permitted under the EASA-established Flight Conditions as specified in our initial Permit to Fly authorization.”
“Our whole team put in long hours and formed a cohesive team as they rallied behind the C4 first flight effort,” said Matthias Betsch, CEO of Flight Design. “All team members are very pleased with the results of the development effort.” Flight Design started work on the C4 project in 2008.
The prototype will immediately continue development flight evaluations and will not be seen in the USA until later this year.
Source: Flight Design GmbH
Los Alamitos, California – NovaWurks Inc., a provider of high technology space products and services, and NorStar Space Data Inc. (NSDI), a Montreal, Canada commercial venture developing a privately owned satellite based information system, have an agreement for NovaWurks to provide the Space Segment for the NorthStar satellite constellation. Under this agreement, NovaWurks will develop the Space Segment specification, satellite design and concept of operations, which will lead towards the design, construction, test, launch, and early on-orbit operations of the Space Segment.
“We are proud to be selected as a partner for the NorthStar system and are excited to be working with a like-minded corporation committed to fundamentally changing the way space products are brought to consumers,” said Talbot Jaeger, founder and Chief Technologist at NovaWurks. “Our support will be provided through Arkisys, a new entity recently founded to provide large scale systems engineering and integration using cellular technology.”
NovaWurks is pioneering a new approach for designing and building satellites where space systems are constructed by aggregating mass producible elements called satlets. With the NovaWurks Hyper-integrated Satlet, or HISat as the basic building block for the NorthStar space segment, the system will offer commercial capabilities to the marketplace.
NORTHSTAR, being developed by NSDI, is an information system that includes a Low Earth Orbit (LEO) constellation of 40 satellites to provide unique data sets on the ecological systems of Earth and utilizes Space Situational Awareness technology to track objects in space.
Employing hyper spectral and infrared imaging technology, the NorthStar satellite constellation will enable understanding of the ecological systems of Earth, and how they may be affected by natural resource and infrastructure development.
“The revolutionary cellular technology developed at NovaWurks enables considerable flexibility in the NorthStar space segment design and operation at significantly reduced cost,” said Stewart Bain, president and CEO of NSDI.
Sources: NovaWurks, NorStar Space Data Inc.
Torrance, California – Sharp Industries Inc. is now offering a large-size vertical bed type milling machine, model KMA-5H. The KMA-5H features a travel range of 98" x 31.5" x 27.5", a 106" x 30" table and a 20hp vertical head.
The #50 taper vertical spindle is equipped with hi-low gear and high power frequency drive inverter to deliver high torque with variable speed change.
The vertical head is driven by servo motor allowing variable speed vertical travel. The KMA-5H is also equipped with a separate horizontal head mounted at the side of the column, the head moves up and down with a range of 27.5" and is also driven by a servo motor to allow variable-speed travel. The unit’s second 7.5hp spindle motor and #50 taper allow vertical and horizontal boring or milling operations to be done in one set up.
The oversize table has extra outboard support in addition to the wide machine base, offering more stability in heavy milling and boring applications. X- and Y-axis travel is also driven by servo motors, allowing smooth and variable speed traverse. All three axes are equipped with pneumatic lock device and electronic hand wheel for easy movement of the table and heads.
Major castings are made from honeycomb ribbed castings for maximum vibration dampening features. All boxways are hardened and ground to maintain durability under heavy duty machining.
Source: Sharp Industries Inc.