Monarch expands apprentice numbers

Monarch, a leading UK-based independent airline group, is to increase its intake of apprentices to its Engineering division this year to 22. In addition, it will also increase the number of adult learner traineeships to 12 – giving people already in the job market the opportunity to retrain in aircraft maintenance.
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New aerospace coolant from Master Chemical formulated to be future-proof

TRIM MicroSol 590XT is an advanced semi-synthetic, micro-emulsion coolant that has been specifically developed to meet the needs of those serving the aerospace sector, both now and in the future. Its formulation excludes components which are currently compatible with airframe manufacturing standards but are nevertheless being closely scrutinised by the industry.

LPW’s US operation achieves AS 9120A

LPW Technology, specialist in the development, processing and supply of high quality metal powders for the additive manufacturing (AM) industry, continues to extend its quality assurance standards. LPW Technology, the company’s US operation located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been awarded AS 9120A & ISO 9001:2008, reflecting its parent company’s achievements.

Learning to land

The very first unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform a perched landing using machine learning algorithms has been developed in partnership with the University of Bristol and BMT Defence Services (BMT).

Airbus achieves targets proving ramp-up readiness in 2016

Airbus’ commercial aircraft deliveries in 2016 were up for the 14th year in a row, reaching a new company record of 688 aircraft delivered to 82 customers. Deliveries were more than 8% higher than the previous record of 635 set in 2015. These included 545 single aisle A320 Family of which 68 were A320neo, 66 A330s, 49 A350 XWBs and 28 A380s. Over 40% of single aisle deliveries were the larger A321 models.

Expansion for test rig company

KG Washford, a Redditch based precision engineering company, has won a series of substantial new orders to design and manufacture production test rigs for its aerospace clients.

Delay savings with software

US carrier Southwest Airlines has operated up to 15% more flights on-time during periods of irregular operation thanks to a new software solution, the Baker Airline Operations Recovery Optimizer, that the company has developed with analytics software firm FICO.

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Looking for aerospace talent? Spencer Ogden’s head of aerospace, Chris Taylor reveals how the UK’s aerospace industry can overcome its chronic skills shortage.

Going through changes

Last year’s decision to leave the EU is likely to have far-reaching implications. ADS Group’s CEO, Paul Everitt looks at what everyone the UK aerospace industry will need to do in order to continue thriving in a highly competitive global market.

Automated Plating Improves Process Capabilities

Through automated selective plating, the SIFCO Process® plays a fundamental role in achieving the high levels of quality, consistency, and traceability that the aerospace industry demands.
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The shape of maintenance to come

Bhoopathi Rapolu, head of analytics EMEA, Cyient, explores how the Internet of Things (IoT) is transforming aero engine reliability and maintenance.

Dynamic nesting for composite panels

Aerospace Manufacturing reports on how a company manufacturing internal composite panels for commercial aircraft is moving towards full dynamic nesting by using Alphacam’s powerful automation capability.

AM revives Hawker Typhoon

Using its metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology, Renishaw produces cockpit brackets to enable the Jet Age Museum’s Typhoon restoration project to continue as planned. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.

Elastomer seals evolve to meet new requirements

Technetics Group senior design application engineer, Louis Launders and technical sales engineer, David Orton explain how market and regulatory forces are driving new elastomer seal technologies, and how manufacturers should prepare.

The feel of steel

Mike Richardson meets with Paul Chruscinski, Böhler’s aerospace divisional manager UK, to hear how the company is diversifying its materials supply portfolio to target the aerospace industry.

The aim of making dreams a reality

Aeromexico’s warm and welcoming social space for its new Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has been made a reality by the expertise of AIM Altitude. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.

Taking the holistic view

Mike Richardson hears the experience of Dassault Systèmes as it looks back on the many twists and turns involved in the design and manufacture of the revolutionary Boeing 787 Dreamliner.

The ride of your life

For many of us, the funfair rollercoaster is an exhilarating ride that takes us sky high one second and brings us back down to earth the next. Almost weeping with laughter, we tumble from the ride whilst our stomachs turn cartwheels in a desperate attempt to regain normality.

Turned parts for aircraft production: Leipold Group manufactures for the aviation industry

Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier: The Leipold Group is producing turned parts for the aviation industry. This has allowed the manufacturer, which has its headquarters in Wolfach, in the Black Forest, to expand its portfolio into a new sector. Behind this decision lies a new partnership with the aviation industry supplier GMT. Although Leipold is a newcomer to this highly specific market, the manufacturer's size means that it can offer flexible production structures in series production, along with high levels of process reliability. The parts supplied are currently being used in various models, for instance the Airbus A350.

Dealing with legacy systems

The control system in a factory is what a motor is to a car, and when something is amiss, the systems integrator will analyse, design, fit and test, to make sure the system is better than ever and raring to go. However, there's a topic that we're finding crops up time and again. Here Nick Boughton, sales manager at Boulting Technology, discusses best practice for obsolescence management from a systems integrator point of view.

Okuma launches new generation of machine tools

Okuma presented a new line of machine tools at the 28th Japan International Machine Tool Fair. The manufacturer’s trade innovations included state-of-the-art 5-axis vertical machining centres and a new type of intelligent multitasking machine.


A compact winner from Spinner!

A new, vertical-spindle machining centre has been introduced by Spinner, which despite having a generous working envelope of 1,650 x 820 x 820mm, occupies a relatively small footprint on the shopfloor of 3,550 x 2,750mm.

Milling from a different angle

Dormer Pramet has introduced a versatile new line of tools and inserts to support economical shoulder milling applications in a wide variety of materials.
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Quick-change tools lower the cost of reaming small-diameter holes

A new modular system for changing small, indexable-insert reamers in a machine spindle quickly and to a high degree of repeatability has been introduced by Horn Cutting Tools. Called DR Small, the tooling comprises four sizes covering diameters from 13.1mm down to 7.6mm and is a cost-effective alternative to using solid carbide reamers.

Allied Machine announces availability of new AccuPort 432/AccuThread 856 Kits

Allied Machine & Engineering, a manufacturer of holemaking and finishing tooling systems, has announced the expansion of its AccuPort 432/AccuThread 856 program to include more than 120 kits for manufacturing hydraulic ports and manifolds. The kits are now available to meet SAE J1926; ISO I6149; John Deere G1731; and SAE AS5202 (aerospace standard/Mil-Spec) specifications.

New turn-mill centre from Index

The second generation of the Index G200 turn-mill centre, launched at AMB 2016 in Stuttgart in September 2016, is available in the UK and Ireland through Geo Kingsbury, sole sales and service agent for the German manufacturer.

A compact winner from Spinner!

A new, vertical-spindle machining centre has been introduced by the German manufacturer, Spinner, which despite having a generous working envelope of 1,650 x 820 x 820mm, occupies a relatively small footprint on the shop floor of 3,550 x 2,750mm.

A breath of fresh air

AirBench has announced the release of a larger version of its popular FPW welding and grinding bench.

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.

Clean, dry and fly!

Companies manufacturing components face the challenge of how to remove swarf, oil and other contaminants efficiently and reliably from difficult-to-reach areas. Often, easily accessible surfaces are over-cleaned before the cleanliness of interior contours meet the specifications laid down by the customer.


Oracle by Jemtech

Jemtech’s new product Oracle is a device that maintains the level and quality of the metal working fluid within a machine tools sump, capturing and holding data on : levels, consumption, pH, concentration and temperature.

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.

ATMS Brochure (v7)

An easier way to manage your stores & tooling inventory Special introductory offer on our new Windows 7 compliant version
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NuQuip® Line Card

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Aerospace machining lunch and learn event

Attend the free “Lunch and Learn” event, which is supported by WEAF (West of England Aerospace Forum), featuring a tour of the facilities for tooling manufacture and coating at Kyocera SGS, plus a live machining demonstration showing the company's latest tooling cutting a titanium aero-structure part on the Grob G350 universal 5-axis machine in the Wokingham showroom.

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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Taking tube to aerospace

Nick Henry, engineering director, at SS Tube Technology (SSTT) discusses how the company can adapt its motorsport expertise in tube fabrication and thermal management solutions to make components for aerospace.

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.