Featured in this issue:      Duval Precision Grinding, Inc.  |  Midwest Metal Products  |  MICROMO  |  Silentium Ltd.  |  Siemens PLM Software  |  M.S. Kennedy Corp.  |  Lee's Grinding, Inc.  |  Mills Products, Incorporated  |  World Class Plastics, Inc.  |  Strainsert  |  Protomatic, Inc.
 
14 August 2014
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Industry Trends & Events . . .
 
 
Projecting the Capabilities of Future Fighter Jets
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Projecting the Capabilities of Future Fighter Jets
 
Naturally, one would expect the latest and greatest technologies to be incorporated into the design of next-generation military fighter jets. It's just a testament of how far some technologies have advanced when the explorations include 3D printing and self-healing materials. The truth is that additive manufacturing has progressed so much that the "what might be" list includes on-board 3D printers so that drones could be built while the fighter is in flight. Also, since fighters sustain damage, why not components made from self-healing materials? Here are a few projections that BAE Systems makes for jets that won't fly until 2040.
 
 
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One-stop Solution for Precision Grinding
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One-stop Solution for Precision Grinding
Duval Precision Grinding, Inc.
 
We have been precision grinding aerospace, military, nuclear, medical, and automotive parts to exact specifications for our customers for 70 years. We pre-coat and pre-plate grind any material and finish grind all types of coatings and plated surfaces. Reduce turnaround times and cost by letting us streamline your supply chain.
 
 
 
 
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Setting New Standards for Stepper Motors
MICROMO
 
MICROMO presents the new FAULHABER FDM0620 Series stepper motor. With the combination of minimal size, maximum power, reliability, and production quality, the FAULHABER Group continues its success story in the field of micro motors and expands its family of stepper motors in the 6 to 22 mm diameter range.
 
 
 
Setting New Standards for Stepper Motors
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Quiet-Bubble™ — Examples, Applications, and Performance
Silentium Ltd.
 
Quiet-Bubble™ — read about examples, applications, and performance. The idea is to capture the ambient noise of your environment, creating a quiet zone — like headphones but without the headphones. Quiet-Bubble™ technology reduces disturbing noise, no matter what the source!

Please contact yoel@silentium.com to schedule a demonstration in one of Silentium's show rooms.
 
 
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
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Program Execution Excellence Through Verification Management
Siemens PLM Software
 
Attend this Webinar to learn how to achieve consistent program execution excellence through Verification Management. Participants will learn how to ensure all verification events are driven by requirements, planned and executed in the correct sequence, and individual tests are linked to the necessary resources, providing full traceability. With the ability to re-use verification procedures and results, Verification Management helps you reduce costs, improve product quality, and deliver programs on-time and on-budget. Register today for Webinar access.
 
 
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Design & Assembly . . .
 
 
Checking Titanium Bolts
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Checking Titanium Bolts
 
Lightweighting aircraft requires special materials — special materials require special fasteners. Fastener Technology International describes an automated imaging machine for examining titanium bolts, which are used because they are light in weight but have high mechanical load capacity. Inspection is critical to ensure the fasteners meet precise tolerances and are free of scratches and cracks.
 
 
 
 
Shimmy Damper is Fluid-free
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Shimmy Damper is
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After flying more than 5,000 cycles on an aircraft, a fluid-free shimmy damper showed no signs of wear. The new damper replaces hydraulic pistons in traditional dampers. Without the possibility of hydraulic fluid leaks, the damper is virtually maintenance-free and could provide up to 10 years of use. Developed for the Piper PA-28/32 aircraft, the damper will soon be available to the public.
 
Avionics/Electronics . . .
 
Display Could Help Reduce Aircraft Collisions
 
Cockpit displays of traffic information (CDTIs) help private pilots avert collisions by tracking other aircraft in the vicinity. New technology could make these GPS displays even more effective by pinpointing the aircraft that poses the greatest risk of collision, rather than simply the closest airplane. In a simulation, the modified displays improved the pilots' chances of making the correct decision to avoid a crash from 88% to 96%.
 
 
 
Display Could Help Reduce Aircraft Collisions
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A Bit of Interference
 
The road to quality often takes somewhat circuitous paths. In the case of air-traffic control, the system is old and antiquated and difficult to maintain, but shutting it down to install a modern version untested in the field and undoubtedly buggy creates its own challenges. This article details a recent situation in which the presence of a U-2 spy plane caused a computer problem that disrupted air traffic at Los Angeles International Airport. Experts contend that the spy plane's complex flight plan caused the control system to run out of memory, grounding or delaying hundreds of flights.
 
 
 
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Digitally Controlled Three-phase BLDC Motor Torque and Speed Controller
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Digitally Controlled Three-phase BLDC Motor Torque and Speed Controller
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The MSK4367 is a completely digitally-controlled three-phase BLDC Motor Torque and Speed Controller now available screened to MIL-PRF-38534. A Field Oriented Control algorithm provides precise control, high efficiency, and maximum performance for a wide range of applications. Digital control is done through CAN, allowing for fast controls and monitoring.
 
 
 
 
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Use the Best — Mills Knows Aerospace Metal Forming
Mills Products, Incorporated
 
Do you need custom metal forming? Mills' turnkey hydroforming, roll forming, tubular stamping, and engineering solutions have proven to cut costs and last for years while retaining their aesthetic beauty.

Stop losing money to inefficiencies and check out the Mills advantage today!
 
 
 
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3D Printing Speeds Up Design
World Class Plastics, Inc.
 
World Class Plastics has begun to use 3D printing technology to help our customers meander through the part design process. Often times our customers come to us with functionality requirements. But, since they aren't plastics experts, they rely on us to help them from a plastic manufacturing vantage point.
 
 
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Materials . . .
 
 
Ensuring Etching Accuracy
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Ensuring Etching Accuracy
 
While there's no over-estimating the importance of aluminum to the aerospace industry, its exothermic nature challenges a critical metal machining technology used to manufacture complex parts: photochemical etching. Aerospace Manufacturing & Design profiles one company's ability to provide consistent and accurate manufacturing of aluminum parts through photochemical etching.
 
 
 
 
Metamaterial is Super Light, Super Strong
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Metamaterial is Super Light, Super Strong
 
This video introduces a metamaterial that's as light as an aerogel but four orders of magnitude stiffer. Developers say the new material can carry 160,000x its own weight. Fabricated with an additive micro-manufacturing process, it could be a game changer in the aerospace and automotive industry.
 
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A Smoother Ride to Space
 
It is rocket science! Tasked with finding ways to reduce vibrations in rockets, these researchers from University College Dublin are developing a control algorithm to communicate with the rocket engines and thrusters on the launcher. The mission: control and absorb vibrations during exit from Earth's atmosphere.
 
 
 
A Smoother Ride to Space
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Satellite Goal: All-electric Propulsion
 
Boeing is looking to launch a commercial all-electric satellite by the end of this year. Compared to conventional propulsion systems that use liquid fuel and rely on some form of combustion, the all-electric propulsion system relies on xenon gas to generate thrust. This, in turn, allows lighter-weight components. Boeing says two satellites can be launched on a single launch vehicle, "resulting in a cost savings of up to 20% when compared with existing launch options."
 
 
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Aerospace Load Cell Application
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Aerospace Load Cell Application
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Strainsert load cells and load pins have been used for decades to support new aircraft and spacecraft hardware designs, assembly, testing, and control. The applications range from simple force measurement solutions up to such cutting edge products as the Mars Exploration Rover Mission for NASA and the Space Shuttle launching pad.
 
 
 
 
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Careers . . .
 
 
Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Online Technology Degrees for Working Adults
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Published by the International Electrotechnical Commission, and available from IHS, this 122-page standard covers electrical insulating gloves and mitts. Composite gloves and products to be used with over-gloves are described.

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Industry Standards . . .
 
 
Fastener Code Update
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Fastener Code Update
 
Published by the Aerospace Industries Association and now available from IHS, this 2014 fastener code covers all types of fasteners where installation imparts a permanent deformation and removal destroys the fastener.

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