NC4+ Blue non-contact tool setters offer tool-to-tool performance proven to ISO230-10 standards.
Blue laser technology and improved optics deliver increased measurement accuracy and reduced cycle times.
Compared to red laser sources, blue laser technology has a shorter wavelength, resulting in improved diffraction effects and optimized laser beam geometry. This enables measurement of very small tools, while minimizing tool-to-tool measurement errors.
The systems use Renishaw’s non-contact tool setting software packages, which include a dual measurement mode with auto optimization technology for fast and reliable tool measurement – even in wet conditions.
NC4+ Blue support is embedded into on-machine and mobile apps such as Renishaw Set and Inspect, and GoProbe. The platforms help users new to probing or with little machine code knowledge, while still offering operational benefits to experienced users.
The data enables intelligent decision-making for Industry 4.0, allowing manufacturers to automate and optimize processes and minimize quality problems. With the latest Reporter app, users can view historical tool data captured by the NC4+ Blue and export the results for use in software and control systems.
Swiss-style inserts, toolholders
Multi-function G6 six-edge turning inserts fit a single holder and offer high productivity in threading, grooving, parting, and back and front turning. Swiss-Line inserts and toolholders for parting, grooving, profiling, and chamfering in mass production operations, feature physical vapor deposition (PVD) triple coating for wear and heat resistance.
The Swiss-Line polygon, for turning, back turning, parting, grooving, full-radius grooving, and threading, allows multiple inserts to be used with the same toolholder.
Spindles operating at constant speeds from 25,000rpm to 90,000rpm up to 1.40hp maintain constant high speed and torque under variable load. Mill at 1,500ipm with 2µm accuracy.
Only two moving parts – turbines and ceramic bearings cooled by airflow – result in low vibration, low heat, no thermal expansion, and high reliability. Without gears or high-frequency brushes, spindles require no lubrication, maintenance, or control system – just 90psi clean, dry airflow. Side inlet NPT/Stop Block or center through shank/toolholder air feed available.
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GF Machining Solutions has promoted Scott Fosdick, former president and head of market region North and Central America, to the global head of sales, marketing, business development, and communications. Phil Hauser, former director of sales and head of the turbine group at GF Machining Solutions USA, will assume Fosdick’s former position.
Fosdick holds a degree in electrical and computer engineering from the University of Colorado and served in various capacities for GF Machining Solutions from 1994 to 2019.
Hauser joined GF Machining Solutions in May 2015 and has since served as director of sales and most recently as head of the turbine group, Liechti America. Prior to joining GF Machining Solutions, Hauser was president of EMCO Maier Corp. and sales manager at MS Precision Components LLC.
UTC names new Pratt & Whitney president
Leduc led the introductions of Pratt & Whitney’s GTF, F135, and PW800 aero engine programs, capping his 40-year career at United Technologies.
Calio has served as president of Pratt & Whitney’s commercial engines business since 2017. Previously, Calio served as chief of staff to UTC Chairman and CEO Greg Hayes. Joining United Technologies in 2005, he holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Trinity College and MBA and law degrees from the University of Connecticut.
Thierry Betbeze named CEO Dassault Falcon Jet
Dassault Falcon Jet (DFJ)’s board of directors has appointed Thierry Betbeze CEO of the Dassault Aviation subsidiary responsible for Falcon business aircraft marketing, sales, and support in the Americas. He had been senior vice president of finance at DFJ since 2016 and began his career at Dassault Aviation in 1984.
Betbeze replaces 44-year Dassault veteran Jean Rosanvallon, who is stepping down after leading DFJ for 23 years. Rosanvallon will serve as special senior advisor to Dassault Aviation Chairman and CEO Eric Trappier during the transition.
Cadence Aerospace names Giddens Industries VP, GM
Aerospace component and assembly provider Cadence Aerospace has named Anthony E. Lawson vice president and general manager of Cadence Aerospace – Giddens Industries. Lawson will oversee the Giddens division in Everett, Washington, which performs high-speed machining, metal-forming processes, assembly, and kitting for aerostructures.
Most recently, Lawson served as a VP and operations manager for the Cadence Tell Tool facility in Westfield, Massachusetts. Previously, Lawson was the president of operations at Tier 2 aerostructure company Hitco Carbon Composites Inc. Years earlier, he held positions at Northrop Grumman Corp., including vice president/B-2 deputy program manager. He holds a Master of Science in Business Organizational Management from the University of La Verne in La Verne, California, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Sigma Labs will provide the PrintRite3D In-Process Quality Assurance (IPQA) system and services – hardware, software, training, engineering, and metallurgical consulting and support – to demonstrate their ability to monitor and characterize material, machine process, and production consistency and repeatability of additive manufacturing (AM) operations. IPQA ensures process quality by identifying process defect thermal signatures.
Sigma Labs chairman and CEO John Rice says the software allows users to rapidly qualify a metal AM machine for serial production, and during continuous production runs, to warn process engineers of signature precursors of process discontinuities with actionable data to restore the process. PrintRite3D provides melt pool dynamics information that can improve process consistency.
MT Aerospace, Oerlikon AM partner, to offer aerospace additive manufacturing solutions
MT Aerospace’s heritage in designing highly stressed, lightweight metal structures and Oerlikon’s materials, design, 3D-printing, and post-processing capabilities offer synergies between construction/design, manufacturing, and part inspection and qualification.
“The two partner companies cover the entire value chain from component design and manufacturing to testing and qualification,” says Hans J. Steininger, CEO of MT Aerospace AG, a subsidiary of Bremen, Germany-based OHB SE aerospace company. “We can offer customers a one-stop-shop solution from product specification to the finished, qualified part.”
“Through this partnership, we look forward to continuing to lead innovation and digitization trends in the aerospace industry by accelerating and scaling up the process from concept to operational delivery,” says Dr. Michael Süss, chairman of the board of directors of Oerlikon.
The combined expertise and technical capabilities of the companies will work to address the industry’s most difficult and disruptive challenges – improved efficiency and safety at lower cost.
Boeing approves Hexcel’s HexAM process, PEKK material
HexPEKK-100 and Hexcel’s HexAM selective laser sintering (SLS) additive manufacturing (AM) process are now obtainable through Boeing’s Qualified Provider List (QPL).
HexPEKK components will be manufactured-to-print for commercial aerospace applications where complexity, weight reduction, and strong mechanical performance are critical. HexPEKK-100 parts meet interior aircraft smoke and toxicity requirements and can be used for complex components such as brackets, environmental control system ducts, and castings.
Morf3D obtains additional funding from Boeing
El Segundo, California-based metals additive manufacturing (AM) company Morf3D Inc. has obtained a new round of funding from Boeing HorizonX Ventures.
“Our latest strategic investment in Morf3D extends our commitment to our Industry 4.0 efforts – technologies that can transform aerospace supply chains for future growth and competitiveness,” says Brian Schettler, Boeing HorizonX Ventures’ senior managing director.
Morf3D helps clients develop, qualify, and manufacture highly complex structures for flight, serving aerospace companies including Boeing, Honeywell, and Collins Aerospace.
Morf3D recently expanded its AM footprint, increasing its investment in precision machining technology and doubling its workforce with engineering, quality, and support staff.
According to Morf3D Founder and CEO Ivan Madera, the company leverages customer engagement and collaboration to create outcomes that accelerate adoption and certification of AM flight hardware.
“We don’t sell parts in the traditional sense. We sell a process that evokes certainty,” Madera says.
The company uses state-of-the-art software combined with engineering expertise to reduce mass, while increasing performance and functionality of manufactured parts.
KAM obtains key industry certifications
Keselowski Advanced Manufacturing (KAM) has obtained ISO 9001:2015 and AS9100D certifications for achieving strict aerospace and defense quality standards.
The certification process often takes a year or more to complete. KAM founder and CEO Brad Keselowski, a professional stock car driver, completed the process with his team in less than six months.
“When we started the business, we knew one day we would need to have these essential certifications under our belt to do the level of work envisioned with KAM,” Keselowski says.
“Combined with our in-house metallurgical laboratory, metrology, digital radiography, and hybrid manufacturing capabilities, we have a wide spectrum of resources available to service our customers’ needs,” says KAM Director of Operations Jim Thompson.
The company’s plans for Q4 2019 include completing a state-of-the-art engineering center and adding additional staff.
“Screws can back out; things can break,” says Greg Tipton, a structural dynamics engineer at Sandia National Laboratories.
An early milestone for new missiles is showing they can withstand abuse without falling to pieces by surviving computer-simulations or large-scale field tests that shake and spin components.
High operational tempo sounding rocket program (HOT SHOT) tests – research rocket design iterations filled with experimental modules to determine capabilities – are critical to that proving-out process. Recent data analysis has revealed a way to improve these tests, providing an earlier, more accurate indicator of whether an experimental technology will succeed in flight. This could eliminate approximately a year’s worth of additional research and development.
Tipton and his team dressed the insides of several sounding rockets with pea-sized instruments to measure vibration, producing a more complete picture of flight vibrations now being used to create more accurate simulations and ground tests.
“Flight gives you combined environments that you wouldn’t get on the ground,” Tipton says. “So, it’s spinning and it’s accelerating and it’s vibrating, there are shocks. It’s a whole different kind of environment.”
The HOT SHOT program measures the effects of a rocket launch on missile prototypes. Sandia builds the rockets, integrates the experiments, and operates the launches for the National Nuclear Security Administration.
In May 2018, Tipton and his team built a mock component for the rocket, which they called the wedding cake, then decorated it with vibration sensors. After the launch, they played a mathematical game with the data. Knowing only vibration data from a few sensors, they calculated the readings on every other sensor.
“We showed we could do this and predict what the vibration environments were pretty much anywhere on that structure,” Tipton says.
They recently repeated the experiment, outfitting the payload sections of two rockets to measure vibrations on more experimental hardware. Initial data analysis suggests they can predict vibration at virtually any point within that section of the rocket.
The Sandia team must now recreate the HOT SHOT flight environment using ground test technology. If successful, this testing platform will generate more and better data than is usually available for missile technologies in early stages of development. The team is exploring acoustics and vibrating patches to recreate complex vibrational patterns that are difficult to reproduce using conventional shaker tables.
Olga Spahn, Sandia’s HOT SHOT payload integration manager, says better data early in development could reduce failure risk, allowing researchers to explore new, innovative ideas. It could also improve the overall performance of future missile systems by fostering development of components that reduce size, weight, and power requirements.