Aerospace Assembly

Articles about assembly technologies and trends in the aerospace industry.


NASA Completes 170-Foot-Tall Welding Machine

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WASHINGTON—NASA’s new Vertical Assembly Center, a 170-foot-high machine that will be used to assemble elements of the agency’s Space Launch System, is ready to weld parts for the rocket that will send humans to an asteroid and Mars.

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Airbus Hiring Quality Inspectors for Alabama Assembly Plant

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MOBILE, AL—Airbus is hiring the latest wave of quality inspectors for its assembly plant under construction here. The hourly pay for these positions ranges from $20 to $23.50 based on skills, education and experience.

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Pratt & Whitney Rethinks Jet Engine Assembly

An innovative product requires a new production philosophy.
By Austin Weber
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The bald eagle is a majestic symbol of power and freedom. It’s also the logo of one of America’s oldest aerospace manufacturers: Pratt & Whitney.

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NASA Tests Rocket Engine Parts Made Via 3D Printing

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HUNTSVILLE, AL—NASA has successfully tested complex rocket engine parts produced with the additive manufacturing process laser metal sintering.

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Linear Encoder Limits Variation of Plane Parts

By Jim Camillo
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Regardless of its size, an airplane part needs to be monolithic, with minimal dimensional variation. Such parts ensure better control of the aircraft’s final weight.

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GE Makes Jet Engine Fan Blades From Carbon Fiber Composite

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EVENDALE, OH—GE is utilizing a next-generation carbon fiber composite for the fan blades that will debut in the GE9X jet engine, which will drive Boeing’s upcoming 777X passenger aircraft.

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Bell Helicopter Begins Constructing Assembly Plant in Louisiana

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LAFAYETTE, LA—Bell Helicopter has begun constructing a new $26.3 million assembly plant here to make the company’s new line of Short Light Single helicopters.

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New Technology Prints Sensors Inside Jet Engines, Turbines

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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

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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

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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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CAMX - The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo

Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, FL
United States
Contact: Mary Beck

ACMA and SAMPE, the two leading composites and advanced materials industry organizations, have joined forced to create CAMX – The Composites and Advanced Materials Expo.

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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.


Tim Hutzel, President, Tim Hutzel American Business Services and Dave Lippert, President, Hamilton Caster & Mfg. Co have deep and unique perspectives on reshoring. That’s the primary reason they’ve been invited to deliver the keynote address at 2014’s The ASSEMBLY Show.

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Welding: Principles & Practices

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

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