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Bell Helicopter Announces Program Relocations

Bell Helicopter Press Release


Bell Helicopter announced plans to relocate several programs in order to optimize manufacturing capabilities across multiple plants. Effective immediately, the Bell 505 Jet Ranger X final assembly in Lafayette, LA, will relocate to the company’s Mirabel Assembly and Delivery Center in Canada. Full Article

Siemens Gives Some Details of 'Digital Twin' Work with SpaceX, Maserati

Brett Brune, Smart Manufacturing Editor


Siemens is working to fulfill the Industry 4.0 vision with the digital twin, speakers from the software firm told people attending its namesake product lifecycle management (PLM) software conference this week in Orlando, FL. Zvi Feuer, senior vice president of manufacturing engineering software for Siemens PLM Software, a business unit of the Siemens Digital Factory Division, recalled a visit to Hawthorne, CA-based SpaceX a few months back. Full Article

New LIFT Technology Project Pits Computers Against Corrosion



PRESS RELEASELIFT       Detroit, May 13. LIFT Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow, a public private partnership committed to the development and deployment of advanced lightweight metal manufacturing technologies, has announced the formation of a team Full Article

P3 Automotive Unveils Mobility Innovation Center in Metro Detroit

PRESS RELEASE-- P3 Automotive


SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 20, 2016 – Representing the continuation of its significant North American growth over the past 11 years, P3 Automotive unveiled its Mobility Innovation Center (MIC) in Southfield, Michigan, announced plans to hire 100 employees by year end and committed to investing in research and development of new and advanced technology solutions to address the dynamic changes in the industry.
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Shop Rode Automotive, Transitions to Aerospace

Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Smiths Machine (Cottondale, AL) is a second-generation family-owned business that has transitioned from being a highly successful supplier of automotive parts to becoming a go-to supplier for defense and aerospace manufacturing. The change in direction for the company was not without its challenges. “Defense and aerospace part manufacturing requires a different business approach altogether,” said Tim Smith, vice president. Full Article

Alcoa to Supply 3D-Printed Metal Parts for Airbus Aircraft

Press Release - Alcoa


Lightweight metals leader Alcoa (NYSE:AA) has entered into an agreement with Airbus to supply 3D-printed titanium fuselage and engine pylon components for Airbus commercial aircraft. Alcoa expects to deliver the first additive manufactured parts to Airbus in mid-2016. “We are proud to partner with Airbus to help pave the way to the future of aerospace development and manufacturing,” said Alcoa Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Klaus Kleinfeld. Full Article

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