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Trends in Multisensor Measurement

In systems designed for automated precision measurement, users are typically balancing accuracy of measurement, speed of operation, and cost to purchase and operate. The need for tradeoffs and sometimes-difficult choices will always be with us, but the introduction of multisensory measurement throughout the last several decades, along with subsequent improvement in its capabilities, offers opportunities for improvement in all three areas.


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Active versus Passive Scanning for Multi-Point Measurement

There are two available contact-scanning technologies: passive and active. Passive scanning probe heads use springs to hold the stylus in its neutral position and strain gauges to measure deflection as it is moved by contours of the surface being measured. Active scanning probe heads use software-controlled electromagnets and force controllers in place of springs and strain gauges.


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White Paper: How P & J Machining uses Vericut from CG Tech to meet demands

P & J is accredited AS9100 and is a 100% aerospace manufacturing company doing nothing other than parts for commercial aircraft. A considerable portion of their business comes from Boeing, but they have a diversified work load and a broad customer base including: GKN, Spirit, Sell GMB, AEROSUD, Arnprior and Fuji Heavy Industries, Inc. (Eclipse Air parts) just to name a few. They are a direct supplier for the 787 Dreamliner, manufacturing a large variety of parts ranging from seat supports to floor stanchions. Although they stock very few parts for customers, P&J Machining is fluent in the creation of shipping kits or groupings of parts to fit their customer’s needs for contract and subcontracted machining.  This process can be accomplished in several ways according to customer demands.

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White Paper: Vericut supports low volume, high variety aerospace production

Supplying components and services to both the civil and defense aerospace sectors, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) has a global reputation for design and development, manufacturing and integration, aircraft modernization and life cycle support. At Turkey’s most advanced industry supplier, many of these functions are supported by VERICUT CNC simulation, verification, and optimization software.

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White Paper: Simplify the Design-to-Production Transition

The drive to get military products to market faster than competitors is an ever-increasing challenge. That’s why a seamless transition from design to manufacturing is critical to prevent production headaches that may hamper success later on. In our white paper, “Smoothing the Transition from Design to Manufacture: Best Practices,” we show you eight best practices for a trouble-free design-to-manufacturing hand-off, and offer details on: 

  • How to factor the complexity of the assembly process early on
  • Making cost-effective material sourcing decisions
  • Environmental tests that may be required before you go to market

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Transitioning to RTCA DO-178C/DO-278A: A Business Manager Brief

By Hoyt Lougee, Engineering Director - Foliage Inc.
With the release of the new development guidance for certifiable aviation software, RTCA DO-178C/DO-278A, executives and business managers for manufacturers of both airborne and ground-based systems are examining the short- and long-term impacts on their certifiable-product development approaches with respect to cost, schedule, and risk. Although the changes within DO-178C/DO-278A proper are relatively few, manufacturers can expect critical wide-ranging business impacts on their current certifiable aviation software development. More significant are the four detailed supplements intended to address 20 years of technology and process progress since the last major revisions of development guidelines.




IT Strategies for Aerospace and Defense

The outlook for growth in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry is quite good. Major platforms are standing up in both the commercial sector and the defense sector, which will carry manufacturing activity for at least the next 10 years. Other segments such as air freight, business jets, and network-centric warfare remain robust, which adds to industry optimism. Meanwhile, the industry is in tremendous transition thanks to new contracting vehicles and new approaches to design, supply chains, and aftermarket service.


Simplified 5-Axis Machining

The appeal of multi-axis machine tools is obvious to machine shops of all sizes. These machines typically require only one setup to machine an entire part, saving time and improving accuracy between operations. These advanced machines also have the capability to change the tool axis direction in order to reach machinable areas with shorter, more rigid tools or to reach undercut zones that could not be cut at all with standard methods. These benefits make it easy to justify the cost of upgrading to the latest technology.


Laser Trackers Shrink Aircraft-Sized Manufacturing Problems

Building aircraft has always been a struggle between the size of their components and the need to craft them carefully. More than any other device, airplanes epitomize the concept that “the devil is in the details” because in small errors lies the potential for great mischief such as increased drag and decreased range. The trend is for smoother transitions and, where possible, jointless design.

Implementing the 5S Workplace Organization Methodology Programs in Manufacturing Facilities

Benefits to the companies from using the 5S (Sort, Set in Order, Shine, Standardize, and Sustain) methodology include raising quality, lowering costs, promoting safety, building customer confidence, increasing factory up-time and lowering repair costs. Lista International assists companies in implementing 5S methods as part of the lean manufacturing programs to drive waste out of manufacturing processes. The Lista products offer waste elimination through space reduction, organization improvement and inventory management.

Applying Automation to the Fabrication of Composite Based Aerospace Parts and Developing a Machine Specification

Aircraft and rotorcraft parts made from high performance composite materials are superior to earlier generation metals due to their increased strength, reduced weight, and increased service life. For these reasons most aircraft part designers choose to create new parts out of carbon fiber reinforced plastic despite the challenges involved, namely that the manufacture of CFRP parts are more complex than traditional materials and can therefore make parts more costly to produce.

Taking the guesswork out of pneumatic control

Here's a step-by-step approach to efficiently designing systems that work right the first time.

The Five C's of A & D Success

This paper discusses some important considerations for A&D manufacturers in the context of enterprise information systems and how they can help in addressing five important areas of concern—compliance, control, communications, competitiveness, and cutting cost, waste and complexity. Enterprise systems are essential tools for running a manufacturing business effectively, but the demands of the A&D market can place demands on system that are not easily addressed by one-size-fits-all products that are not specifically tailored to this environment.

Building a better CMM — real-world performance for real-world solutions

Coordinate Measuring Machines (CMMs) are