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Weekly Update 05/17/2007

Weekly Update 05/17/2007

May 17, 2007


Makino— a leading manufacturer of horizontal and vertical machining centers and EDM machines — has announced a new series of online Webinars. Designed for shops of all types and sizes, the seminars are free to anyone who registers. The planned seminars are intended for shops in the automotive, aerospace, medical product and die and mold industries. In addition to metal cutting and die/mold, the seminars will cover new technologies, such as micromachining. Mark Rentschler, marketing manager, says, "Online seminars allow anyone with an Internet connection to attend without losing a day of work." The seminars concentrate on shop efficiency, lean manufacturing, asset utilization, machine tool integration and automation, machine tool technologies, and metal cutting processes. Makino's application engineers, product managers and guest speakers will give presentations. Click here for more info on upcoming seminars and registration information.

Aerospace machining becoming a golden goose

Aerospace outsourcing can turn shops into high flyers
The aerospace market has taken a major upturn and is expected to be strong for several years to come, and more than ever before, prime aerospace contractors are outsourcing almost all of their regular machining and are actively looking for qualified shops to do that work.

Why aerospace presents the hardest challenge
One of the consistent themes at an Aerospace Symposium hosted last month by Kennemetal, was how hard it is to cut the exotic alloys that are being designated for use in airframes and engine parts. The alloys — primarily of titanium — are harder than Ti 6-4 and, in fact, approach the hardness of cutting tool materials. Engineers at The Boeing Co. and its suppliers are flummoxed; they are searching for solutions.

Market study provides details on aircraft manufacturing sector
Aside from divisions of a few large companies such as Honeywell and Northrop Grumman, few aircraft parts manufacturers have annual revenue in excess of $100 million, and the typical parts company has 150 employees and revenue of $25 million, according to an industry study done by Research and Markets. The full report, “ Aircraft Parts Manufacture – Industry Profile,” is available at

Report spells out new aerospace and defense product development processes
A report from consulting and research firm CIMdata, Inc., titled “Overcoming the Challenge of Electro-Mechanical Product Development in Aerospace and Defense,” discusses how electro-mechanical product development enables key industry initiatives to transform the defense strategy to fully leverage the information age.

Technology Truths
MYTH: Waterjets are limited in aerospace applications because they can't..., and hybrid metal-organic composites.
REALITY: Metals used in aerospace applications are among the most difficult to machine. In addition, aerospace shops face tough partmachining challenges... channels.

GE/Rolls-Royce venture gets engine contract
GE/Rolls-Royce venture gets contract develop the engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. The F-35 is the next-generation stealth aircraft in development to replace the AV-8B Harrier; A10, F-16 and F/A-18 Hornet; and Harrier GR.7 and Sea Harrier airplanes.

Boeing sells Whicita/Tulsa Division
Boeing Corp sells Wichita/Tulsa Division. After announcing a year ago it was studying the possible sale of its commercial aircraft plants in Wichita, Tulsa, and McAlester, Okla., The Boeing Co. has a deal with Onex Corp., a Canadian conglomerate, for $900 million cash, assumption of certain liabilities, and long-term supply agreements. It is part of the company's plan to concentrate on aircraft design and final assembly.

Company gets second Boeing contract
Ducommun AeroStructures Inc., has been awarded an additional $15 million contract by The Boeing Co., to produce structural components and assemblies for C-17 cargo aircraft . The contract extends the company's right to supply aluminum fuselage panels and other components into 2007. Ducommun AeroStructures manufactures large, complex structural components and assemblies for various military and commercial aerospace applications

Faro receives order from Boeing
Faro Technologies Inc., has received an order from the Boeing Co, for 10 of its Laser Tracker Xi measurement systems. These measurement systems will be used by Boeing's Rotorcraft Facility in Philadelphia in the modernization and maintenance of CH-47 Chinook helicopters and V-22 Osprey aircraft from several U.S. military branches and international customers.

Aerospace manufacturer installs new grinder
Barnes Aerospace, increased its capacity for precision grinding of high-temperature alloys for commercial and military engine original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) with the installation of a Campbell 930V five-axis radial groove grinder. The company expects the increased capability to reduce tooling costs, lead times and set-up times for jet turbine engine components.

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