Aerospace Assembly

New Technology Prints Sensors Inside Jet Engines, Turbines

FAIRFIELD, CT—Scientists at GE are experimenting with a technology, called Direct Write, that uses special “inks” to print miniature sensors directly inside jet engines, gas turbines and other hot, harsh and hard-to-reach places.

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Raytheon, UMass to Establish Research Institute

LOWELL, MA—Raytheon Co. and the University of Massachusetts Lowell will establish a $3 million joint research facility here dedicated to future technologies for radar and communication systems.

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Airbus Begins Another Round of Hiring for Alabama Assembly Plant

MOBILE, AL—Airbus has begun the latest round of hiring for hourly manufacturing positions at its A320 final assembly line under construction here.

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Kuka Aerospace to Open Facility Next to Boeing Plant

EVERETT, WA—Kuka Aerospace plans to open a new 29,000-square-foot facility here adjacent to Boeing’s assembly plant. The facility will employ 75 people when fully operational.

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GE Aviation to Invest $50 Million in 3D Printing Technology

AUBURN, AL—GE Aviation is investing $50 million to bring 3D printing technology to its assembly plant here. The company plans to use high volume 3D printing to mass-produce components for jet engines.

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Boeing 787 Output Hiccups Re-Emerge at Assembly Sites

SEATTLE—Boeing has pushed some factory work on the 787 Dreamliner to the uncovered tarmac outside its assembly plant in Washington state in an effort to keep churning out the popular plane at a rate of one every three days. At the same time, at least 16 Italian-made fuselage sections for the 787 have stacked up in a Boeing hangar in Wichita, KS, rather than being shipped directly to the factory, a sign of changes in the production process.

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Sciaky to Provide Additive Manufacturing System for Making Airplane Parts

CHICAGO—Sciaky Inc. has received a purchase order from a major aerospace parts maker to provide an electron beam additive manufacturing system. The system will help the manufacturer save time and cost when producing large, high-value metal parts.

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Assembly With Rivet Nuts

New fastener and tool designs are increasing the utility of rivet nuts.

Automakers are increasingly using hydroformed metal tubing in vehicular structures. Compared with stamped and welded metal parts, hydroformed parts weigh less, cost less, and have a higher stiffness-to-weight ratio.

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Boeing to Build Stretch 787 in SC

SEATTLE—Boeing will build the longest version of the 787 Dreamliner exclusively at its assembly plant in North Charleston, SC.

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Boeing Gets OK to Expand in South Carolina

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC—Boeing may now proceed with development of almost 500 acres near its assembly plant here. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has approved the aerospace company’s plans to offset the loss of wetlands at the site by preserving nearly 4,000 acres near the Francis Marion National Forest northeast of Charleston.

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Behind the Scenes at Ford's Michigan Assembly Plant

People are the heart and soul of the 2012 Assembly Plant of the Year. This slideshow shows some of the men and women who build three different types of electrified vehicles alongside traditional gas-powered cars on the auto industry’s most flexible assembly line—Ford’s Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, MI. Photos courtesy Ford Motor Co.


 Live from The ASSEMBLY Show, Bob Wood, president of ECI Spinnomatic, talks about his company’s newest product: a fully automated riveting cell equipped with a rotary indexing table, a six-axis robot, an orbital forming unit, and laser sensors. 

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