Financial services company Deloitte (www.deloitte.com) has released its 2018 global aerospace and defense (A&D) industry outlook, analyzing the sector’s performance and identifying key trends ahead.
In their executive summary, authors Robin Lineberger, head of Deloitte’s A&D industry practice, and research leader Aijaz Hussain forecast global A&D 2018 revenues to increase by 4.1%, nearly doubling last year’s 2.1% growth.
The researchers expect commercial aircraft sector revenues to grow 4.8% as production level forecasts remain high to work off the record-high backlog. The 14,215 aircraft on order at the end of 2017 equates to 9.5 years of current annual production.
This is good news, reinforcing the comments made in our 2018 forecast issue, but it also highlights the pressures being put on the supply chain and program management to meet production ramp-up.
Putting figures to the ramp, Deloitte’s aerospace experts estimate 1,585 commercial aircraft will be produced in 2018, a 7.0% increase from 2017 and 24.4% increase compared to five years ago. In the next five years, the experts expect 1,788 airliners will be produced, a 20.8% increase from 2017.
But the pressure doesn’t stop there. With original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) anticipating the need for 36,780 aircraft to be built throughout the next 20 years, Deloitte’s aerospace experts expect annual production to increase by 25% during the next decade.
Lineberger writes, “With higher production requirements for both aircraft and defense equipment in the future, it is critical for A&D companies to invest in new and advanced technologies. This will help the industry to be at the forefront of manufacturing, enhancing productivity and efficiency.”
What a perfect segue for IMTS – The International Manufacturing Technology Show, Sept. 10-15, 2018 at McCormick Place, Chicago, Illinois – where attendees can be immersed in new and advanced manufacturing technologies (https://www.imts.com/show/info.html).
Exhibit halls at the show become pavilions, each with a focus: abrasive machining/sawing/finishing, additive manufacturing, controls and CAD-CAM, EDM, fabricating and lasers, gear generation, environmental/cleaning equipment, metal cutting, tooling and
To learn more about the technologies, The IMTS Conference – jointly produced by
Hannover Messe USA is co-locating four events at IMTS complementary to
GIE Media is hosting the Integrated Industries Conference, Sept. 11, 2018, bringing industry experts to address manufacturing concerns, new trends, and best practices that relate to technology in motion, drive, and automation; integrated industries; and Industry 4.0/Internet of Things (www.hannovermesseusa.com/education/iic).
If your company is seeking a competitive edge or greater productivity, IMTS offers the best opportunity for technology shopping in North America. – Eric
WorkXplore 2018 R2 software imports and analyzes all file types at high speed.
It often takes less than half the time to open a file compared to the original CAD application, and enhanced functionality improves users’ ability to perform part diagnostics, create assembly instructions, and prepare 3D model production.
The latest version updates format support for around 25 systems, including:
- DXF/DWG 2018
- Solid Edge ST10
- SolidWorks 2018
- UG NX NX12
IMTS 2018 Booth #133114
Expanded counterboring tool line
TCB series counterboring tools are available with 26mm to 59mm (1.02" to 2.32") tool diameters and inserts with the –CG style
A cartridge design allows diameters to be adjusted by placing multiple-sized shims between the tool body and cartridge, enabling a single tool body to machine various diameters. Fine diameter adjustments in increments of 0.1mm (0.004") are also possible with thinner shims sold separately.
The enhanced TCB series is for boring and hole enlargement applications and ID turning and boring on lathes.
Tungaloy America Inc.
IMTS 2018 Booth #431822
Video inspection system
The Quick Image series of telecentric lens-based 2D video inspection systems
Mitutoyo America Corp.
IMTS 2018 Booth #135215
Heule Tool Corp. (HTC) recently celebrated its
Speaking at the 30th anniversary open house, HTC President Gary Brown, who has been leading HTC for 29 years, thanked Heule Werkzeug CEO Ulf Heule, who was present at the event. He also recognized Ulf’s father, Heinrich, who invented the first automated deburring tool in 1961 and launched the company.
Ulf Heule thanked HTC employees for their hard work in making Heule successful in North America, which also has subsidiaries in Germany, China, and South Korea. www.heuletool.com
GF Machining Solutions opens Aerospace Center of Competence
GF Machining Solutions’ Aerospace and Energy Center of Competence near Charlotte in Huntersville, North Carolina, is dedicated to supporting turbine component manufacturers.
GF Machining Solutions Americas President Scott Fosdick says the 21,000ft2 facility, “expands our capabilities to deliver today’s most advanced machining solutions to North American aerospace and energy manufacturers.”
The facility features a showroom for demonstrating AgieCharmilles wire and sinker EDM, Mikron 3- and 5-axis milling, and Liechti airfoil milling machines, along with training rooms and office space.
“With the Center of Competence, we are able to combine our North Carolina team at one location to continue to provide the superior localized customer service and support our customers have come to expect,” says Philipp Hauser, head of
Upskill a finalist in Hannover Messe’s Hermes Awards
Deutsche Messe named augmented reality (AR) device and software producer Upskill one of five finalists for the Hermes Award during the opening ceremony of Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial trade show that attracts more than 5,000 exhibitors and 200,000 attendees. The only U.S.-based company shortlisted, Upskill was recognized for outstanding innovation in developing the newest version of its Skylight AR platform.
In its 15th year, the Hermes Award industrial technology prize recognizes solutions showcased at Hannover Messe for the first time.
Brian Ballard, Upskill’s CEO and co-founder, said, “It is a true honor to be a finalist among other innovative, global technology companies at Hannover Messe.”
Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board and head of the award’s independent jury, commented, “The nominated entries reflect the trend toward self-learning and autonomous systems that leverage the full power of artificial intelligence and smart sensor technology. It’s solutions like that that are driving the second wave of digitization.”
Upskill investors include Boeing HorizonX, GE Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, Accenture, and Cisco Investments. www.upskill.io
1) What is volumetric accuracy in a machine tool?
RH: Machine geometry is a function of moving a certain amount of mass along the way system. This movement of mass needs to move straight without pitch, yaw, and
Picture two points of space within the machining cube. In theory, these two points have a perfect position in
2) Why is high volumetric accuracy important to aerospace manufacturing?
RH: Aerospace components require high-precision dimensional accuracy, and that accuracy must be reliable and stable throughout production. Some of these aerospace programs have a very long life cycle – sometimes up to 20 years, and many of these applications require a machine tool volumetric accuracy of 20µm to 25µm; some even less than that.
3) How can you check volumetric accuracy on a machine tool?
RH: Mitsui Seiki was the first company to introduce the taper cone-cutting test to check 5-axis geometric accuracy to ensure all five axes of the machine tool are properly coordinated and working together as designed. For every 5-axis machine produced, we take what looks like a spiral double gear blank, mount it on a 45° fixture on the table, and flank mill the entire OD of that
4) How do you build a machine that achieves high volumetric accuracy?
RH: Volumetric accuracy is first dictated by
Other key elements are spindle thermal control, ball screw drunkenness control – ensuring that the thread was put on concentrically – using large, rigid castings with high nickel content for thermal stability.
The machines constructed in our highly controlled assembly environment allow Mitsui Seiki to offer products with a 5-year accuracy guarantee.
5) Can compensation routines in the control system achieve volumetric accuracy?
RH: The short answer is no. Even in extremely high precision machine building, we rely on a certain amount of control compensation for positioning accuracy. But the fundamental way to achieve long-term high volumetric accuracy is in the construction and assembly characteristics and methodologies.