| Boeing announced an adjusted schedule for production and delivery of its 747-8 Freighter and Intercontinental airplanes. |
The revised schedule is based on a production and flight-test plan developed in conjunction with the company's suppliers that provides additional time for addressing issues that have slowed the program's progress. Those issues include supply chain delays driven by design changes to the airplane, limited availability of engineering resources inside Boeing, and the recent Machinists' strike that halted production in the company's factories. Read More
| Goodrich Corporation received a contract from the Naval Research Laboratory to provide CA-247 wide-area airborne persistent surveillance sensors and associated data items for U.S. forces. Deliveries are expected to begin in the third quarter 2009. Goodrich's ISR Systems team in Barrington, Ill. will perform the work Read More |
| General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, a business unit of General Dynamics, has been awarded two contracts by Lockheed Martin for the production of GAU-22/A gun systems for the F-35 Lightning II stealth fighter aircraft. The contracts have a combined value of nearly $9 million. Read More |
| The U.S. Navy awarded Austal USA a contract for the design and construction of the Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). |
General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, a subcontractor to Austal USA, will be the ship mission system integrator over the life of the expected 10-ship program. General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). Read More
| The U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs and Lockheed Martin opened an electronics facility for the Fleet Ballistic Missile (FBM) program at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. |
Part of the base’s Strategic Weapons Facility, Atlantic, the new FBM Missile Integrated Support Facility is designed to reduce the cost of missile electronics assembly, repair and testing, as part of the Navy’s commitment to continual improvement of the entire FBM program. Lockheed Martin will perform missile electronics work at the new facility for the currently deployed Trident II D5 missile and for the Trident II D5 Life Extension missile now entering the production phase. Read More
| The first Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO-1) payload and ground system, built by a Lockheed Martin team, has been accepted for operations by the U.S Air Force. Read More |
Now Available On Demand 5 Key Strategies For Reduced Cost and Increased Profitability
Striving to reduce costs and increase profitability while remaining competitive is no easy task.
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Benchmarking at IMTS
American Machinist conducted its third annual Benchmark Survey of American Machine Shops between February and April of this year.
American Machinist, reviews the results of this third annual survey, and talks about what the data means and how shops can use the data to make plans for this year's IMTS.
Tool Shop Optimization: Concurrent Engineering for Today's Machine Shop
Applying concurrent engineering processes to design and manufacturing can help toolmakers increase productivity and shorten product delivery times—improving responsiveness to customers and your company's bottom-line results.
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And the winners are....
CHICAGO, IL – November 17, 2008 – American Machinist today recognized the ten best machine shops, large and small, that perform at consistently high levels relative to the key indicators derived from American Machinist's proprietary Machine Shop Benchmarking study.
2008 American Machinist's 10 Best Machine Shops:
•Allied Specialty Precision Inc., Mishawaka, Indiana
•B&B Manufacturing Co., Valencia, California
•Concept Components Company, Bohemia, New York
•Diablo Precision Inc., Hollister, California
•Feintool USA Corporation, Cincinnati, Ohio
•Fredon Corp., Mentor, Ohio
•Hamill Manufacturing Co., Trafford, Pennsylvania
•NEO Machine LLC, Tulsa, Oklahoma
•Rose Industries, Inc., Palmer, Massachusetts
•Weaver Manufacturing Inc., Wichita, Kansas
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