Engineering & Manufacturing Parts for Military Standards How Military Aircraft Manufacturing Differs From Commercial Despite wanting to provide the highest quality of airplane parts and machinery across the spectrum of our clients, certain considerations need to be made for specific clients. This devotion to quality is especially true of our military aircraft contracts. It's not that we do not want our commercial assets to be as safe and functioning as possible. It's that the military has a different set of specifications that may not translate to our commercial needs. Our military aircraft parts must withstand high speeds, hold up against [...]
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Designing & Engineering Aerospace Parts to Withstand Harsh Weather Conditions Importance of Weather & Aerospace Engineering Aircraft are operated outdoors, in a wide range of weather conditions. While some weather patterns are too extreme for safe flight, aircraft must still endure quite intense conditions while in flight. While some types of weather have more significant aviation impacts than others, all environmental conditions can affect flight. Understanding the effects of rain, snow, wind, and ambient temperature on the aircraft is critical to designing, engineering, and manufacturing quality aerospace components that can perform as designed regardless of the forecast. How Weather Affects Aviation [...]
Clean Sheet Design: Designing New Aircraft Technology Purpose of Clean Sheet Aircraft When needs arise in a given marketplace, such as the aerospace industry, that need can often be fulfilled by modifying or tweaking an existing design, concept, or product. However, with the aerospace industry changing and advancing at a rapid pace, completely new needs—gaps in the marketplace—are appearing on a regular basis, needs that cannot be met with existing solutions. This calls for a completely new design, called a clean sheet design. Clean sheet aircraft are the product of entirely new designs, driven by significant technology shifts or changing demands [...]
NMG’s Experience & How It Affects Their Aerospace Manufacturing Importance of Manufacturing Experience When it comes to large-scale production for a critical industry, such as aerospace, there’s simply no replacement for manufacturing experience. Excellent manufacturing is a product of efficiency, quality, and the ability to accommodate highly specific needs. These valuable traits are the product of many years of honing and streamlining processes, from the ramp-up period to final quality assurance. Many aerospace companies don’t have the luxury of waiting around for a manufacturer to fix a mistake or figure out a plan for a complex project. Experienced manufacturers can leverage [...]
NADCAP: Welding, Certifications, and Manufacturing What Is NADCAP? NADCAP is short for National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program. NADCAP is a conformity and quality assessment developed to ensure quality in aerospace manufacturing. Before NADCAP, suppliers had to undergo audits for every single aerospace customer they wanted to work with. This proved to be expensive and time-consuming, not to mention redundant. Many major aerospace manufacturers had similar criteria regarding process and quality and were performing near-identical audits. The solution was NADCAP. Proposed in 1989 and passed in 1990, NADCAP created a single, standardized audit that most aerospace customers deem rigorous enough [...]
Aerospace & Aircraft Actuators: What Are They, Types of Actuators, & How They Work What Is an Aerospace Actuator? An actuator is a device or component that converts power into motion. Actuators come in a tremendous range of sizes and functions and can convert power into pressure, temperature, and mechanical movements. Each type of actuator works a little differently, depending on the medium used to generate force, such as compressed air, pressurized fluid, electricity, and rotary motion. The role of the actuator is to convert that power into motion or force. An aerospace actuator is, quite simply, an actuator that performs [...]
Frequently Asked Questions About Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering Frequently Asked Aerospace Engineering Questions What is Aerospace Engineering? The field of engineering is dedicated to using math and science together to solve problems, design creative solutions, and make products, systems, and processes better. Aerospace engineering focuses these activities on aircraft. Aerospace engineering touches virtually every part and every system of the aircraft, from the mechanisms that keep the plane aloft to systems that move potable water from one tank to another. An aerospace engineering project may be driven by any of a number of goals: designing a new product, solving a recurring [...]
Understanding the Impact of The Aerospace Industry & the Environment From major aircraft manufacturers to smaller supplies, virtually every branch of the aerospace industry is exploring sustainability and sustainable alternatives to common practices and materials. Many of the big names—Pratt & Whitney, Boeing, Airbus, Kaiser—have made public announcements about their sustainability initiatives and promises as they work to create more sustainable aircraft. And lots of smaller players are following suit. Because the industry is so diverse and far-reaching, aerospace companies are pursuing many different strategies for sustainability and eco-consciousness. Some areas being explored include: Energy consumption. Aerospace manufacturers are reducing [...]
How Collaborative Engineering Leads To Quality Aerospace Parts How Manufacturing Partnerships Are Beneficial Aerospace manufacturing partnerships offer a wide range of significant benefits and advantages to aircraft manufacturers, tier suppliers, and specialized service providers. Major aircraft manufacturers who outsource multiple steps to a single partner reap the benefits of greater efficiency. There is no need to coordinate transportation to multiple facilities, no excess risk of supply chain disruptions or delays, and none of the stress associated with coordinating communication and logistics with multiple parties. Some manufacturing partnerships can even incorporate automated ordering mechanisms, cutting down on the administrative hours required [...]
How Aerospace Manufacturers are Managing Aerospace Industry Growth The aerospace industry has experienced some significant ups and downs in recent years. In the decade leading up to 2020, the aerospace industry experienced continuous growth, peaking around 2018. However, the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic led to the worst downturn in the history of manned flight. Virtually every part of the industry, from airlines to aircraft manufacturers, suffered. Now, in 2023, the industry is back on a strong upward trajectory, as people return to air travel in droves. Numerous factors are contributing to aerospace industry growth, and the aerospace manufacturing sector may [...]