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New Airbus approval for Indestructible Paint

Indestructible Paint has announced that it has been approved by Airbus for key fire protection coating systems. The accreditation marks the latest in some 20 years of approval from many leading aerospace manufacturers and reflects, in particular, on the Birmingham-based company’s commitment to research and development.

Robotic snake plane inspection receives funding from Prince Albert legacy

The Royal Commission of the Exhibition of 1851 has awarded 10 of the UK’s most promising young doctoral engineers and scientists Industrial Fellowships worth £80,000 to help fund their projects and bring their technologies to fruition. The Commission, originally founded by Prince Albert to organise the Great Exhibition of 1851 and then use its profits to further British industry, has recognised the projects for their potential to impact health, environment and business.

Quintus high-pressure fluid cell press selected by Gulfstream Aerospace

Quintus Technologies has been selected by Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, business-jet manufacturer, to provide a modern high-pressure fluid cell press. The Flexform press is destined for Gulfstream’s Mexicali, Mexico, facility, which produces wiring harnesses, sheet metal components, subassemblies, and machined parts.

AIM Altitude launches new website

AIM Altitude has launched its new website with a fresh design focused on delivering key information and innovative ideas to new and existing customers.

FSL Aerospace sees soaring turnover

In the last financial year, aerospace and defence part specialist, FSL Aerospace has seen an 18% increase in turnover, and now says it is aiming even higher for this year.

WNT makes tool selection easier with two new data platforms

WNT announced at AMB Stuttgart (13-17 September 2016) that tool selection for its customers will become even easier as it joins forces with two Industry 4.0 aligned tool data platforms. By using the tooling data stored on the Tools United and Machining Cloud applications, it is claimed that selecting and assembling tool sets can be reduced by up to 75%.

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Location, location

You’ve tried California’s Silicon Valley - now try the Silicon Plains (i.e. planes) of Oklahoma! Mike Richardson meets with the Oklahoma Department of Commerce to hear how the state has become one of North America’s aerospace hotspots.

AS9100: an opportunity, not a threat

With the new Revision D just published in the US, TEC Transnational’s Dr David Scrimshire looks at the impact the new AS9100:2016 quality management system will have on the aerospace supply chain.

Promoting the coating

Oerlikon Balzers’ segment manager, aerospace, Toby Middlemiss explains why the new aerospace era relies on coatings to meet OEM customers’ bullish targets.
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Competing with competence

Columbia Precision cashes in on Walter GB’s milling cutters and Engineering Kompetenz applications. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.

More with less

The More Electric Aircraft philosophy is increasingly being talked up as a potential weight-saver for future programmes.

Bring me the horizon

Italian machine tool supplier, Breton continues to introduce revolutionary technologies that open up new horizons for the machining of aerospace applications. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.

3D composite builds become a reality

Introduced recently at the IMTS show in Chicago, the Stratasys ‘Robotic Composite 3D Demonstrator’ caused ears to prick up within the advance manufacturing sector. Aerospace Manufacturing’s Dr Neil Calder examined this additive manufacturing equipment performing first-hand at the Stratasys corporate headquarters in Minneapolis.

Aero advances in the spotlight

The Advanced Engineering show has grown to incorporate not only the aero- engineering community but the whole sphere of leading-edge UK manufacturing. Ed Hill hears about the latest developments from the organisers, Easyfairs.

Bombardier’s winged wonders

James Careless discovers how innovation helps streamline Bombardier’s C Series’ manufacture and assembly operations, enabling the airframe OEM to reduce cost without compromising quality.

Creating comfort for the long-haul

Cathay Pacific recently introduced the Airbus A350 XWB to its fleet. Ed Hill discovers how the airline and OEM worked together to create an improved passenger experience.

Could investment casting save you money?

Cost is an important factor in any project, even in projects that require the most stringent of engineering standards and quality control. The pressures of modern day business mean that cost savings are constantly being sought after too.

Business as usual

It’s said that variety is the spice of life and this same sentiment can be applied to what many manufacturing tradeshows try and spin to the industry every year.

Brexit and beyond

Aertec Solutions’ managing director, Vicente Padilla discusses the impact of Brexit on the issues of regulations, market access, the aerospace manufacturing industry and Single European Sky.

The star of the shows!

International Bureau of Aviation’s (IBA) CEO, Phil Seymour reports back from the recent Farnborough International Airshow and discovers that there are still plenty of good business reasons for attending the event.


In the grip of the matrix

Available from ETG Workholding, the Matrix range of pin-based X clamp fixturing systems are said to be ideal for 5-axis machining creating a part specific fixture in seconds.
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Five-axis future for Altec Engineering

The continued growth and diversity of the Altec Engineering Group has seen the demand for 5 axis CNC capacity at its Durham facility beginning to overtake that of their traditional 3 & 4 axis machining centres, shifting the balance more towards multi-axis technology within the business.

ISCAR gives aerospace manufacturing the cutting-edge

To ensure that the most efficient, cost-effective cutting tools are designed and made available to the global aerospace manufacturing industry, ISCAR’s aerospace industry manager remains in constant communication with all of the major sub-sectors involved.

Not all PPE equipment is created equal

Neil Hewitt, divisional director quality and technical standards at leading UK safety company, Arco discusses the issues of non-compliant, CE marked, Personal Protective Equipment and the steps the aerospace industry can take to minimise the risk of these products entering into the European market.

CMMs come full circle

Aerospace Manufacturing hears how rotational innovation helps coordinate measuring machines work smarter.

Success on a plate

When it comes to supplying raw materials for the aerospace industry, Aero Metals Alliance (AMA) company, Amari Aerospace, based on the UK’s south coast, says it is probably about as passionate as it gets about ‘getting it right’.

Building on expertise

Simeon Collins, a director at heat treatment and hard coatings specialist Wallwork, explains some of the new developments since the last Farnborough Airshow that anticipate the needs of aerospace primes.

Faster titanium machining

Dörries Scharmann Technologie joins forces with precision tool specialist, Walter to obtain optimum results when machining titanium components.

It all adds up for complex parts

As a hybrid machine that incorporates laser deposition welding into a fully-fledged 5-axis milling machine, DMG Mori’s LASERTEC 65 3D enables the additive manufacture of complex aerospace components in finished part quality.

Feature-rich finishing

Iscar UK sales manager, David Jones explores the ways aerospace manufacturers can reduce their cost per unit by increasing metal removal rates when aluminium milling roughing - and also achieve faster table feeds for semi-finishing and finishing operations.


UK Precision Machined Parts

Mini Gears Group is well renowned for input into design help and cost saving ideas for machining requirements and we have helped many of our customers achieve their optimum target design as well as help reduce manufacturing costs.

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Amari is one of Europe's largest independent stockholders, processors and distributors of Aluminium, Steels, Titanium, Nickel and Copper Alloys. Founded in 1964, Amari has 141 operational sites worldwide, spanning 16 countries.
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NuQuip® Line Card

NuQuip® High-Pressure Accessories and Components supply power, connect equipment, channel fluids and control pressures to improve system performance for industrial applications with working pressured to 60,000 psi (4,137 bar)

Bore Solutions

An AS9100 / ISO 9001:2008 Bore Production and Finishing Specialist Sub-Contract Engineering Company.


High-tech aerospace growth

In our series of Farnborough Airshow interviews Don Pierson, Secretary, Louisiana Economic Development, discusses how the US state is enabling growth both in the space industry and aerospace manufacturing communities.
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New heights for NATEP

In our series of Farnborough Airshow interviews Dr Andrew Mair and Bridget Day, from the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, discuss the success of the Government backed NATEP programme which encourages SME’s to develop new technology and manufacturing processes for the UK aerospace industry.

Global locations: The State of Oklahoma

Dr Stephen McKeever, Secretary of Science & Technology, Oklahoma and Vince Howie, Aerospace and Defence Director, at the Oklahoma Department of Commerce, took time out at the Farnborough Airshow to discuss why the state is an ideal location for companies looking to set up aerospace manufacturing facilities in the US.

New challenges in automation

Brian Williams CEO of Ascent Aerospace discusses the company’s systems for automating aerospace production at this year’s Farnborough Airshow.

Up for the challenge

As part of our series of interviews at this year’s Farnborough Airshow, Aerospace Manufacturing spoke to Simon Odling from Lentus who explains how the company has developed composite parts for challenging aero-applications.

Composites uptake in aerospace

At the Farnborough Airshow Graham Mulholland, CEO of epm: technology, explains how composite parts can make inroads into new areas of aerospace manufacturing.

Farnborough 2016 titanium demo using HPR with MQL

Kyocera-SGS ran this titanium part during their Farnborough 2016 Open house at their UK facility. The titanium component is typical of the type of work undertaken by the high performance endmill manufacturer.

GROB - Shaping the forms of the future

Advanced technology, competence through decades of experience, reliability and staff with engagement and know-how are the characteristics of the family-run company GROB.