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AERODEF 2015: Getting Aero Performance at Auto Efficiency

Senior Editor Michael C. Anderson

4/22/2015

In his Keynote Address at AERODEF 2015 in Dallas, Michael Maher, Program Manager, Defense Sciences Office, DARPA, described how the US Dept. of Defense and the auto industry have necessarily had different approaches to light weighting and composites use—but finds common ground.

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KUKA Aerospace Plans for Growth with Michigan Expansion



Press Release - KUKA Systems

4/21/2015

Sterling Heights, MI – KUKA Systems is expanding its facility in Clinton Township, MI, to support the further growth of its aerospace business. Ground-breaking is expected in early May. The project is the third in a series of current investments to expand the R&D, engineering and manufacturing footprint of KUKA’s global aerospace group, based in Michigan. KUKA already has opened a 29,000 sq ft facility in Everett, WA, to support customers on the West Coast. The Everett facility is KUKA Systems’ first US installation outside Michigan. Full Article

Aerospace Automation Stretches Beyond Drilling and Filling



Senior Editor Patrick Waurzyniak

4/1/2015

Faced with ballooning order backlogs, aerospace builders and automation suppliers are exploring new ways to automate a broader range of aircraft manufacturing processes. The goal is to deliver higher-volume commercial aircraft like the Boeing 737 and 777 more quickly to customers, but also to improve the consistency and safety of the final product. To pick up the production pace, manufacturers and their suppliers are refining the automation systems used for drilling, filling and fastening operations and finding new opportunities for automation. Full Article

Precise Noncontact Metrology Expands in Aerospace



Contributing Editor Bruce Morey

4/1/2015

The long-term forecast for commercial aircraft is rosy. Boeing predicts more than 36,000 new planes will take to the skies over the next 20 years. Airbus is only slightly less optimistic, predicting over 31,000 in the same period. Those forecasts mean new challenges, as well as opportunities, for those who make a high volume of planes and their parts. Full Article

Shop Solutions: Untended Machining Fuels Aerotech's Growth



Edited by Senior Editor Jim Lorincz

4/1/2015

Delivering geometrically complex parts cut from unforgiving superalloys—on time and on budget—requires the coordinated efforts of an extensive team of talented individuals with exceptional systems and equipment working toward a common objective. Although technical and sophisticated, aerospace manufacturing is a “people” business, too, according to Joey Jones, owner of Aerotech Machining Inc. (Bloomingdale, GA). Full Article

The Holemaking Challenge: Bigger, Deeper, Faster



Senior Editor Bill Koenig

4/1/2015

Much of manufacturing begins with a hole. Holes are are often needed so different pieces can be attached to each other. Sometimes holes are needed so something can be inserted in a piece, everything from electronics to coolants to moving parts.  “Almost every part, you need a hole,” said Nika Alex, product specialist for drilling at Mitsubishi Materials USA Corp. Full Article

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