Aerospace Assembly

Articles about assembly technologies and trends in the aerospace industry.


Boeing to Double Workforce at Pennsylvania Assembly Plant

SMITHFIELD, PA—Boeing will expand its factory here, where the company makes complex electronic assemblies. Boeing expects to add 168 new jobs over the next three years, doubling the facility’s workforce.

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Alcoa Investigates Additive Manufacturing

NEW YORK CITY—Alcoa Inc. is researching how they can best incorporate 3D printing technology into its business as the third largest producer of aluminum in the world. Alcoa’s chief technology officer, Ray Kilmer, says that the aluminum maker is attempting to use 3D printing to produce jet engine parts, among other things.

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Lockheed to Add 500 Jobs in Colorado

LITTLETON, CO—Lockheed Martin is pledging to create as many as 500 new high-paying aerospace jobs here over eight years in exchange for up to $15.5 million in state job-growth tax incentives.

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GE to Build Advanced Manufacturing Facility in Pennsylvania

FINDLAY TOWNSHIP, PA—GE will invest $32 million to build a new facility here to drive innovation and implementation of advanced manufacturing technologies across the company. The facility will initially employ 50.

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Lockheed Gets $107 million in Tax Credits to Expand

CAMDEN, NJ—The New Jersey Economic Development Authority has awarded defense contractor Lockheed Martin another $107 million in tax credits over the next 10 years. The defense contractor will use the tax savings to defray costs of two R&D labs the company has proposed to open here.

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New Contract Ends Strike at Aerospace Supplier

GAINESVILLE, TX—Employees at the Zodiac Aerospace assembly plant here approved a new contract by an overwhelming margin Oct. 25, ending a month-long strike at the factory, which makes aircraft seating. The key issues of the contract dispute were work environment, seniority rights and work schedules.

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NASA Installs Giant Robot for Composites Assembly

HAMPTON, VA—NASA’s Langley Research Center has installed a huge six-axis robot that will be used to deposit epoxy and carbon fibers for making aerospace structures and parts.

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Vision-Guided Robots Improve Nut Welding

Machine vision lends flexibility to robotic welding cell

Weld nuts are installed on steel plates or sheets to provide firm, fixed threads for a mating screw or bolt.

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Torque Testing Equipment

Regular calibration with torque testing equipment keeps fastening tools accurate on the line.

Assemblers know that practice makes perfect when it comes to properly operating a fastening tool. They also know the importance of tool preparation, which includes torque testing and calibration.

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NovAtel Navigates to Paperless Assembly Instructions

Imagine a world without dependable global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). Air and sea transportation would stop, and militaries would be blinded.

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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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This text introduces students to a solid background in the basic principles and practices of welding.

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