Qualification Testing of Aircraft System Components

Qualification Testing of Aircraft System Components

NMG is proud to offer a robust portfolio of aerospace testing capabilities to validate the environmental, structural, and functional performance of aircraft parts, products, and components. We’ve aligned our capabilities at our state-of-the-art aircraft testing and qualification facilities with RTCA DO-160 and other critical aerospace testing standards to ensure that we can help our customers remain competitive and current in the aerospace industry. In addition to standard tests, we can also design custom aerospace testing protocols for R&D and predicting outcomes of unique situations and environments. Whether we’re running an industry-standard test, such as RTCA DO-160, or designing a custom aircraft testing protocol, we emphasize accuracy, reliability, and repeatability to ensure quality data.

NMG’s Qualification Testing Capabilities

Temperature Testing

From the heat of launch to the extreme chill of altitude, aerospace components are often exposed to a wide range of extreme temperatures while in service. The purpose of temperature testing is to predict how a given material or component will perform under these circumstances. NMG’s thermal shock and environmental test chambers can recreate these dramatic temperature swings or prolonged periods of extreme exposure in a controlled aerospace testing laboratory environment.

Altitude Testing

Changes in altitude are often accompanied by drastic changes in both temperature and pressure. Aircraft parts and materials must be able to withstand these changes while continuing to fulfill their intended purpose. Laboratory altitude testing allows manufacturers to demonstrate how an aircraft component will handle altitude changes without ever leaving the ground.

Humidity Testing

Many aircraft components are exposed to humid environments while in service. While excess humidity can cause a number of issues, the greatest is corrosion, which can lead to mechanical failure and electrical shortages. Understanding the effects of humidity is vital to designing a system that can maintain performance when exposed to humid conditions. NMG leverages RTCA DO-160 humidity testing methods to allow manufacturers to qualify the effects of humidity on aerospace components in a controlled environment so they can validate performance.

Shock and Crash Safety Testing

Even in normal operations, an aircraft—and its many components and assemblies—can experience a variety of shocks. Landing, taxiing, strong winds during flight, and other standard events can transmit shock throughout the aircraft. RTCA DO-160 operation shock and crash safety testing is designed to demonstrate how aircraft parts respond to these forces by recreating shocks in an aircraft testing laboratory setting.

Vibration Testing

Propellers, fans, turbojets, and other aerospace mechanisms generate a lot of vibration while in service. The intensity and duration of vibration can vary depending on the aircraft and the flight. Aircraft components can be subjected to standardized vibration profiles in an aerospace testing lab based on what they may encounter in service to ensure compliance with performance standards. NMG has deep knowledge of the vibration testing methods for each aircraft outlined in RTCA DO-160.

Waterproofness or Fluid Susceptibility Testing

From puddles on the runway to precipitation in the skies, aircraft are exposed to moisture. Fluid susceptibility testing assesses a component’s vulnerability to fluid ingress and fluid contamination. NMG can recreate a wide range of fluid exposure scenarios in a controlled laboratory setting based on the unique environment of each component. RTCA DO-160 test methods range from full immersion or soak testing to minimal contact or dripping.

Icing Testing

Changes in altitude, humidity, and temperature can lead to ice buildup on aircraft. Icing test protocols can recreate several icing scenarios, based on the location of a component within an aircraft, and determine whether performance is compromised by icing. This type of aerospace testing is conducted in a specialized environmental test chamber.

Other Tests: RTCA DO-160 and Custom Protocols

NMG’s aerospace and aircraft testing facilities are equipped for a wide range of additional validation, performance, and conditioning tests. In addition to RTCA DO-160 testing, we can design custom protocols and combine multiple variables to recreate unique service environments based on our customers’ needs.

What Is RTCA DO-160 Testing?

RTCA stands for Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics. RTCA DO-160 is an aerospace testing standard that describes laboratory testing methods for assessing the performance of aircraft parts in different environmental conditions. RTCA DO-160 includes 23 different aerospace testing procedures, such as temperature, humidity, and vibration testing. Each RTCA DO-160 test procedure includes options for tailoring the method based on the type of aircraft or component undergoing testing.

The RTCA is not a government entity, but many RTCA DO-160 test procedures have been adopted by federal agencies, such as the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

Continuous Improvement

NMG’s robust in-house aerospace testing capabilities are an important pillar of our commitment to continuous improvement. While aircraft testing is vital to demonstrating compliance, it also reveals data and insight that can pave the way for the next generation of exceptional aerospace components and platforms. Our team members are always looking to make our aircraft testing processes better so we can help you make your products better and remain competitive in the ever-changing aerospace market.

How Can We Support You?

Tell us about the components you need – we’re here to help you overcome your challenges with service and science that take you to new heights.

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Exploring the Remarkable Capabilities of NMG

Exploring the Remarkable Capabilities of NMG

NMG Aerospace is proud to offer a robust portfolio of manufacturing and design services for a wide range of aerospace components and assemblies. Our aerospace manufacturing experience dates back to 1967, when we began providing machining services for the aerospace industry. Since then, we have strategically expanded our aerospace manufacturing capabilities and expertise to support the aerospace industry through season after season of rapid growth and innovation. We have earned NADCAP certifications for welding and chemical processing, refined our fabrication and design skills through decades of experience, expanded our precision machining and MRO footprints, and conducted countless quality validation tests for aerospace components, systems, and assemblies.

Fabrication, Assembly, & Testing

With many years of experience building aerospace assemblies from the ground up, NMG brings tremendous knowledge and perspective to the fabrication and assembly process. From sheet metal fabrication and NADCAP welding to streamlined assembly, NMG has the expertise and capabilities to bring new and refreshed design ideas to reality.

Precision Machining

NMG has over 40,000 square feet of dedicated precision machining space, staffed by highly experienced machinists who understand aerospace manufacturing and the industry’s specialized needs. From landing gear and braking assemblies to steering, evacuation, and actuation components, you can trust NMG to produce high-quality aerospace parts that comply with industry standards and meet your great expectations.

Product Design

With our many years of experience in aerospace manufacturing, NMG can offer peerless insight into the design process for aerospace components and assemblies. From simple components to complex, specialized assemblies, we can help you solve tough design challenges and get to market faster by providing a nuanced perspective informed by many years of hands-on experience. In addition to component and assembly design, we can also create custom fixtures to support new manufacturing processes.

Welding

NMG is proud to have earned NADCAP certification for aerospace welding services. Our highly skilled NADCAP welding team has extensive experience with pressurized vessels, tanks, rigid tubes and frames, and other welded components. We’ve developed advanced processes to control shrinkage, maintain tight tolerances, and minimize warping on NADCAP welded components and products.

Qualification Testing

As part of our dedication to supporting the entire aerospace manufacturing process, NMG is proud to offer qualification testing for aerospace components. Our on-site testing capabilities are aligned with the requirements of RTCA DO-160 and other aerospace quality standards. With our many years of aerospace manufacturing, design, and testing experience, we can develop custom testing protocols for research and development purposes or to simulate an unusual situation or service environment.

Maintenance, Repair, & Overhaul

NMG’s broad aerospace manufacturing and design services are augmented by our extensive maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) capabilities for aerospace components and systems. Our MRO experts have specialized knowledge of deicing, electromechanical, and hydraulic systems, as well as packboards and accessories. NMG also operates two FAA repair stations in the United States: one in Stow, Ohio, and one in Tempe, Arizona. Our Ohio FAA repair station is also compliant with EASA Part-145.

Special Processing

In addition to our NADCAP welding services, NMG has earned other coveted NADCAP certifications for a variety of chemical processing services. Our chemical processing capabilities include shot peening, painting, powder coating, pickling/passivation, brazing, anodizing, and more. Our larger machinery can accommodate sizable aerospace components for many of these chemical processing services. NMG’s processes and procedures ensure strict adherence to rigorous industry standards and consistent performance in rigorous service environments.

At NMG, we continually strive to improve our offerings and processes to ensure a streamlined experience for our clients to help you stay competitive in the fast-paced aerospace industry. From the first conversation between your team and ours to the final delivery, our top priority is earning your trust by prioritizing quality and service.

To learn more about our aerospace manufacturing, MRO, and testing services, talk to a member of our team.

NMG Aerospace: A Comprehensive Guide to FAA Repair Station Certifications

NMG Aerospace: A Comprehensive Guide to FAA Repair Station Certifications

What is a FAA Repair Station Certification?

In simple terms, a FAA Repair Station Certification is granted to businesses providing aircraft repair services that comply with U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations. But there is some nuance that should be understood.

There are plenty of non-FAA aircraft repair facilities that may be capable of repairing an aircraft, aerospace component, or assembly. They may understand aircraft repair and maintenance very well. However, only FAA repair stations can perform maintenance or repairs and approve that aircraft or system for return to service afterward. Non-FAA repair facilities do not have the credentials to grant such approvals.

Furthermore, FAA repair stations are certified to perform maintenance and repairs only for certain categories of aircraft and aerospace components. For example, the FAA specifies four classes of instrument repairs. An FAA repair station must demonstrate that they have the facilities, equipment, materials, and other resources required for each class. They may only be rated for Class 2 Instruments, or they may be rated for all four classes. A repair station may also receive a limited rating, which means they can only provide repairs for a specific make and model of a given aerospace system or component.

Why contract with an FAA repair station?

There are many reasons to contract with an FAA repair station. Two of the primary reasons are quality and approvals.

From a quality perspective, FAA repair stations are unparalleled. FAA repair stations must demonstrate compliance with the incredibly stringent requirements of the Federal Aviation Administration. This includes:

  • Intensive personnel training.
  • Robust quality control and management systems.
  • Detailed manuals regarding personnel responsibilities and operating procedures.

FAA repair stations also have the authority to approve an aircraft, component, or assembly for return to service once maintenance and repairs are completed. A mechanic or repair facility without FAA certification does not have the same authority. Legally, you cannot put a part on an aircraft unless it comes from an FAA repair station.

How do I know what kind of work an FAA repair station can do?

FAA repair stations display their operating specifications certificate at their facilities and on their websites. If you are seeking to determine the ratings of an FAA repair station while doing online research, search the website for sections titled “Certificates,” “Approvals,” or “About Us.” You are likely to find FAA certifications in one of these areas.

Each certificate will list exactly which classes of repairs the FAA repair station is rated for. There are six categories of repairs, each of which is broken into classes:

  • Airframe – four classes
  • Powerplant – three classes
  • Propeller – two classes
  • Radio – three classes
  • Instrument – four classes
  • Accessory – three classes

The FAA repair station’s certificate will also specify whether the approval is limited to a specific make or model of aircraft or component.

FAA Repair Stations operated by NMG Aerospace

NMG Aerospace is proud to operate two FAA repair stations near several major transportation hubs:

  • Stow, Ohio: Rated for Accessory (Class 1) and Limited Accessory. This facility is also compliant with EASA Part-145.
  • Tempe, Arizona: Rated for Limited Airframe and Limited Accessories.

Review our certificates here.

Our FAA certifications are augmented by our fifty-plus years of experience designing and manufacturing aerospace components and aircraft systems. Our deep knowledge of aerospace engineering gives us additional insight into the aircraft repair process.

To start a conversation with NMG Aerospace about aircraft repair services at one of our FAA repair stations, talk to a member of our team.

Product Design

Product Design

NMG is proud to lead the industry in aerospace product and assembly design services, supporting our customers in their pursuit of superior aerospace components.

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Product Design for Aircraft System Components

The biggest names in the aerospace industry turn to NMG for aerospace component design services and support. With our expert workforce, comprehensive aerospace manufacturing and design capabilities, and sophisticated processes, we offer advanced insight into the design process and can help our customers take their components and systems to the next level. We have over fifty years of experience as an aerospace component manufacturer, helping our customers solve tough design challenges and distinguish themselves from their competitors in the rapidly changing aerospace industry.

NMG Has Significant Experience Designing Components for Many Aircraft Systems

Aerospace Hoses

From evacuation slide deployment to fluid management systems of all types, every aircraft platform relies on a network for high-performance hoses that can handle extreme temperature fluctuations and other highly variable environmental conditions. NMG has years of experience designing aerospace hoses for easy storage and precise, rapid deployment. We can help you design a reliable hose that performs exactly as intended in all manner of applications.

Aerospace Solenoids And Solenoid Valves

Solenoids use electrical currents to power countless valves throughout many vital aerospace systems and assemblies. In 2016, NMG acquired Electromotive Inc., a leader in the design and manufacturing of custom solenoids, solenoid valves, and actuators since 1972. Today, NMG offers unmatched expertise and design support for aerospace solenoid valves that can integrate seamlessly with other aerospace components in numerous applications and withstand intense environmental conditions, including extreme temperatures and vibration.

Deicing System Subcomponents

From high altitudes to cold climates, aircraft and aerospace components must be able to reliably manage ice buildup. NMG is a key supplier of deicing components and systems to aerospace industry leaders. Our experts have years of experience designing custom deicing components, including pressure regulation, isolation, relief, and distribution valves, to suit a wide range of aircraft platforms. From the validation of new concepts to modifications of existing designs, you can count on NMG for comprehensive deicing system design support and aerospace manufacturing expertise.

Custom Fixtures

In some situations, manufacturing a specialized part requires designing a new manufacturing process, including customized fixtures for welding and fabrication. NMG offers highly customized fixture design for specialty aerospace components and applications. Our experts can develop fixtures that ensure tight tolerances, control shrinkage, and minimize warping on even the most complex aerospace components.

Aircraft Wheels And Brakes

Aircraft wheels and brakes must be designed for both smooth transit and reliable operation in a range of conditions. NMG is proud to support the design process for aircraft wheels and brakes for Tier 1 aerospace companies and beyond. Our aerospace manufacturing expertise extends to multiple types of aircraft braking systems.

Potable Water and Waste Tanks

Potable water and waste management systems for aircraft are expected to adhere to rigorous standards for sanitation and perform in what are often adverse service environment conditions. NMG understands the requirements of aerospace water and waste management systems and engages directly in the design process, informed by many years of experience developing reliable systems and aerospace components for platforms of all types. From thin-walled tanks to precision valves, NMG can help you design exceptional aircraft water and waste system components.

Evacuation System Subcomponents

Aircraft evacuation slides and life rafts must be designed for fast, user-friendly deployment so that the average passenger is capable of operating them in an emergency. NMG has been designing and manufacturing reliable aviation safety system components for many years. We understand the tight storage limitations for these systems, as well as the intense situations in which they are usually deployed, and can help you design each component with those unique factors in mind.

Aircraft Seating

Depending on the platform, different types of aircraft seats are designed with different goals in mind. Commercial seats are designed for comfort, while crew seats are designed for swift and easy folding and storage. NMG can support the design of welded tube frames, folding mechanisms, and stretched and sewn fabric elements of high-performance crew seats. Our design and aerospace manufacturing experience spans from individual aerospace components to full seating assemblies.

Continuous Improvement

NMG’s commitment to continuous improvement is visible in our approach to aerospace component manufacturing and design. Our focus on lean manufacturing gives us a unique perspective on product design as well as manufacturing engineering, resulting in our design strategies, processes, prices, and customer service always being made better. We strive to deliver fresh insight and strategic guidance on every design project and help our customers remain nimble as they navigate the changing landscape of the aerospace industry.

How Can We Support You?

NMG is an aerospace components manufacturer with decades of experience supporting the design and manufacturing process. We leverage exceptional service and peerless design and engineering to help you overcome challenges and take your aerospace components and assemblies to the next level. We can also help you ensure compliance with National Aerospace Standards and other quality standards as you bring your aerospace components to market.

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Certificates

Certificates

NMG has spent years building and refining our quality management systems and mastering our offerings so we can provide quality aircraft parts and the best possible service to our valued customers in the aerospace industry. From initial conversations about design to final product delivery, our experts remain dedicated to exceptional quality at every stage of the process.

In addition to our rigorous internal standards, we are proud to have earned certifications and accreditations from respected organizations such as NADCAP, ISO, and the FAA. These organizations develop their quality and performance standards based on the needs of the aerospace industry as a whole. As the industry evolves, standards may evolve as well, based on technological advancements and feedback from manufacturers, service providers, and other leaders.

Our standards, processing, and air agency certifications and approvals are available to view below.

Quality

NMG maintains incredibly high-quality standards at every stage of the design and manufacturing process for aerospace components. Our quality management systems have been assessed and approved per the requirements of three of the world’s most prominent certification organizations: the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), SAE International, and European Association of Aerospace Industries.

We design, engineer, and manufacture quality aircraft parts at our facilities in Stow, Ohio and Tempe, Arizona. Both facilities are AS 9100 and ISO 9001 accredited. Certificates of approval for both facilities can be reviewed here:

NADCAP

The National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program, commonly called NADCAP, is the gold standard for aerospace accreditation. While many standards organizations assess the quality and performance of products, NADCAP certifies processes, such as welding and chemical processing. NADCAP certification offers several key benefits for manufacturers, suppliers, and others in the aerospace industry, including consistency, safety, and market visibility. The NADCAP certification process also enables service providers to identify opportunities for improvement and elevate their offerings.

Earning NADCAP accreditation for aerospace manufacturing services is a rigorous process, requiring intensive preparations, an on-site audit, and a task force review. NADCAP accreditation is only granted to service providers that meet the exacting quality and safety standards of the aerospace industry as a whole. To ensure ongoing adherence to NADCAP standards, the accreditation process must be repeated every twelve months. Learn more about NADCAP.

As part of our mission to design and deliver quality aircraft parts, NMG is proud to offer NADCAP services in both Ohio and Arizona. Our facilities in Stow, Ohio are accredited for NADCAP welding and NADCAP chemical processing. Our facilities in Tempe, Arizona are also accredited for NADCAP welding.

Review our NADCAP certifications here:

Air Agency

Many individual countries and regions have agencies dedicated to aviation safety, such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). One of these agencies’ many functions is awarding certifications to businesses providing aircraft repair, maintenance, and inspection services that comply with their requirements.

NMG is proud to have two FAA-certified repair stations. Our FAA repair station in Tempe, Arizona is approved for Limited Airframe and Limited Accessory. Our FAA repair station in Stow, Ohio is approved for Accessory (Class 1: Mechanical Accessory) and Limited Accessory. The repair station in Stow has also received EASA Part 145 approval.

Review our FAA and EASA certifications here:

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Engineering of Aircraft Brakes

Engineering of Aircraft Brakes

Every element of an aircraft’s brake system has a distinct and essential role. The brakes generate friction to bring a speeding aircraft to a halt, relying on strong materials and precise mechanics to perform reliably. Join our experts as we dive deeply into how aircraft wheel brakes are manufactured!

Steps Involved

Each step involved in engineering brakes for aerospace landing gear is crucial. Aircraft wheel brakes must be designed correctly, manufactured with appropriate materials, and contain all the essential components.

The key to ensuring your aerospace brakes are engineered correctly is to work with a company that values quality above all else. NMG has built extensive quality control checks and processes into our aerospace manufacturing operations, ensuring that every component meets our customers’ requirements!

Design of Aircraft Brakes

Aircraft brakes must be designed to operate reliably in all conditions. To ensure an aircraft can land safely, you should use the proper brake system based on the aircraft’s size, weight, and speed. Four types of modern brakes are designed for aircraft landing gear: single disc, dual disc, multiple disc, and segmented rotor.

Single Disc
Single disc brakes are designed for smaller aircraft. They are set between two pads and connected to each main landing gear leg. The disc is set on the wheel, allowing the disc and the wheel to rotate in unison. As brakes are applied, the caliper presses the pads against the disc braking the aircraft.

Dual Disc
A dual disc system is used for aerospace brakes when single disc systems would not create enough braking friction to land safely. In this design, two discs are attached to the wheel and a center carrier is set between them. When the pilot applies the brakes, the center carrier linings make contact with the two discs and the wheel decreases in speed.

Multiple Disc
Multiple disc systems are designed for large, heavy aircraft. They are built on an extended bearing carrier that holds alternating steel stators and discs plated in copper or bronze. The stators are covered in brake lining which is designed to press against the rotors. Hydraulic pressure on the piston compresses this mechanism, which creates friction, slowing the aircraft wheels.

Segmented Rotor
This brake system is a variation of a multiple disc system, but contains modifications and upgrades. In a segmented rotor brake system, the brake rotors are designed with fixed high friction brake linings which make contact with rotors to slow the wheel. The rotors have slots cut into them, allowing any heat to escape. Segmented rotor brake systems are the standard on high-performance aircraft.

Materials

The rotors of disc brakes have historically been made with either iron or steel. However, this presents a problem for heavy aircraft because of the heat produced from high levels of kinetic energy. This causes steel or iron brakes to lose efficiency – something you can’t afford with aircraft brakes. Instead, many designers have begun using carbon fiber on disc brakes. This decreases the weight of the brake system and improves high-heat performance.

Components

There are various components involved when engineering aircraft brakes. Commercial, business, and military aircraft require high-quality, high-functioning brake sleeves, torque tubes, back plates, and discs that are equally reliable in both low-stress and high-intensity situations.

Common Problems With Aircraft Brakes

Understanding how aircraft brakes are engineered is important, as is knowing how to spot and fix a potential problem. Even the highest quality brakes will face wear and tear, needing maintenance occasionally. Below are three common problems that can be quickly handled when caught early.

Overheating

Aircraft brakes face a common issue: overheating. This could be caused by the design of the brakes or by high-braking maneuvers. To solve this problem, you can utilize a segmented rotor brake system and practice braking in a way that generates less heat whenever possible.

Dragging

If you feel a dragging sensation when letting off of the brake pedal, there could be a problem with the return mechanism, a weak return spring, a warped disc, or air in the brake fluid line. A trusted technician can fix any of those problems.

Chattering

Aerospace brakes can get loud, making a chattering or squeaking noise. This happens if the brake lining is not pressed evenly against the disc. A realignment or replacement of parts may be necessary to fix this problem.

Brake Safely Every Time With NMG

NMG’s dedication to exceptional quality management at every step of the manufacturing process results in exceptional brakes that function seamlessly in every operating environment. Let’s talk about how we can support your aircraft brake system!

Why Work For NMG Aerospace?

Why Work For NMG Aerospace?

Since 1967, NMG Aerospace has been a leader in aerospace and defense manufacturing and engineering. A key element of our strategy is recruiting and developing exceptional talent. NMG is proud to offer exciting career opportunities, competitive benefits, and a healthy work environment to those interested in a career in the aerospace industry.

At NMG Aerospace, our dedication to teamwork, innovation, and integrity in the workplace has made us a leader in the aerospace industry. We strive to create an environment where our team members are encouraged to learn and grow, and are inspired to bring their best ideas forward.

Career Paths

All companies should prioritize the career development of their employees, especially in the aerospace industry where unique technical requirements demand skilled professionals. When an employee feels like they have reached their maximum potential and there is no further room for growth, they may become disengaged from their work. At NMG Aerospace, we understand the significance of employee growth and development. We value each employee’s voice and strive to maintain open lines of communication to provide growth opportunities.

NMG offers top-notch training, on-site mentors, and leadership development programs to help our employees build successful careers. We also offer opportunities for new students and graduates who want to enter the aerospace manufacturing industry.

Benefits

NMG understands the importance of investing in the health and wellbeing of our valued employees and their families. We are proud to offer a competitive benefits package including a 401(k) retirement savings plan with a generous company match, paid time off (PTO), and medical, dental, vision, and prescription insurance coverage. Our employees also enjoy flexible scheduling options, reimbursement for protective footwear, and referral bonuses, along with many other benefits.

Diversity and Inclusion

An unwavering commitment to strong diversity and inclusion practices is vital in the modern workplace. NMG Aerospace is proud to welcome and affirm employees from all backgrounds. We are always working to nurture an environment where our team members feel safe, supported, and celebrated. We believe that a wide range of perspectives and experiences is the foundation for vibrant communities and exceptional ideas.

Culture

Workplace culture is the product of countless factors and variables, from new employee orientation to the relationship dynamics between team members and their leaders. NMG Aerospace has developed a robust onboarding program for new team members to support seamless integration into our organization and mitigate the anxiety that often accompanies starting a new job. Our initiatives include:

  • The NMG Co-Pilot program. Each new employee is paired with an established team member who can answer questions, offer support, and help the new employee settle into their role.
  • Our Chat-N’-Chew Luncheons. Team members gather over a meal to get to know new employees, build relationships, and nurture a feeling of belonging.

Central to NMG’s culture is a company-wide commitment to LEAN manufacturing and continuous improvement. Every employee undergoes intensive training on these subjects to create a culture in which all team members feel empowered to share their ideas for improvement. By inviting input from all team members, regardless of seniority or role, we foster an environment where every employee feels valued.

FAQs

NMG values transparency throughout the hiring process. Answers to frequently asked questions are listed below. More answers about our recruitment and hiring practices can be found here.

By submitting an application, does this consider me for all open positions?

No. When you submit an application and create a username and password, an electronic employment profile record is created. You must then indicate which position or positions you are interested in. Our automated system will then route your profile to the appropriate department. You can use your username and password to view the status of your application within our system and apply for other open positions at NMG Aerospace.

I’ve applied and received a confirmation email indicating my application was received. When can I expect to hear from NMG Aerospace?

After you submit your application, the hiring manager and recruitment team will review your resume and determine whether you meet the qualifications for the position. A recruiter will typically contact you within two weeks. NMG notifies all applicants of the final status of their candidacy.

Does NMG have different work shifts?

Yes. NMG runs three shifts: first, second, and third. Shift times and durations vary by operating location. To ensure transparency and clear expectations, details are included in each job posting and discussed during the interview process.

Where is NMG Aerospace located?

The NMG Aerospace corporate office is co-located with multiple production facilities at 4880 Hudson Dr, Stow, OH 44224. An additional production facility is located in Arizona at 2223 S. Wilson St, Tempe, AZ 85282.

Launch Your Aerospace Career With NMG

NMG is committed to our mission of developing, building, and delivering exceptional components. To join our team and make your mark on the aerospace industry, explore open positions at NMG.

2024 Aerospace Industry Trends

2024 Aerospace Industry Trends

Five Aerospace Manufacturing Industry Trends For 2024

Trends come, and trends go – even in the aerospace manufacturing industry! But how do we know which ones are here to stay? By staying on top of aerospace news and growth, our team of experts has compiled a list of the top 5 trends you will see making a difference in aerospace manufacturing this year. From a focus on sustainability to the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles), we can’t wait to see how these advancements benefit our customers in 2024!

1. Increasing Aerospace Sustainability

One of the largest trends is a movement toward global sustainability efforts. This can even be seen in mainstream news as more and more people are discussing the problem of carbon emissions from the excessive use of private jets. With more than 100 countries agreeing to reduce carbon emissions by 5% in 2030, now is the time to focus on sustainability in aerospace manufacturing.

A major focus of the sustainability movement is on using alternative energy sources such as electric flight technology or sustainable air fuels (SAF) – whose emissions have a shorter life cycle. At NMG, we are monitoring further research to ensure our operations advance to be as sustainable as possible.

2. Innovated Propulsion Systems

In a continued desire to reduce the aerospace industry’s environmental footprint, 2024 is bringing innovation to propulsion systems. Manufacturers of these systems face challenges such as the thermal management of engines, noise pollution, and fuel efficiency. However, we see these dilemmas being addressed as our industry takes advantage of improved cooling technologies and sound-reducing devices and introduces sustainable fuel solutions.

3. Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning

Another trend is artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in aerospace manufacturing and how they can improve operations, reduce costs, and create a safer working environment for employees. This technology can be used for predictive maintenance, autonomous systems, and advanced manufacturing techniques. As more and more people become comfortable with artificial intelligence, we expect aerospace manufacturers to depend on it more than ever before.

NMG drives innovation by utilizing the latest technologies – but a computer could never replace a valuable team member. Our responsive team is dedicated to your product – from concept to ongoing technical support. That is one thing that AI could never do.

4. Utilizing 3D Printing

Production lines in the aerospace manufacturing industry are often waiting on components that are lightweight, intricate, and difficult to produce. The traditional way of manufacturing these parts is slow and costly. However, as 3D printing becomes more advanced, our industry has begun taking advantage of it as a production method. Fused deposition modeling (FDM) and electron beam melting (EBM) allow for faster development of essential aircraft components. The growing use of 3D printing is cost-effective and minimizes waste!

5. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles Production

With the costs of traditional aircraft growing due to component size and quality control – the need for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) has never been higher. UAVs offer a cheaper option for transportation of goods, surveillance, and combat uses. They are also a safer option for industries such as infrastructure inspection and maintenance, eliminating the need for humans to perform risky tasks. As UAVs offer advanced capabilities, we foresee more aerospace manufacturers adding them to their production lines.

Looking Ahead at NMG

From its founding over half a century ago, NMG has been pushing the envelope of progress and helping shape the future of the aerospace manufacturing industry, one component at a time. At NMG, we stay on top of industry trends and will continue pushing the boundaries of our industry. Learn about our contribution to the aerospace manufacturing industry.

How Aerospace Brakes are Engineered and Utilized

How Aerospace Brakes are Engineered and Utilized

Why are Aerospace Brakes Important? 

Aircraft wheels

Aviation has become synonymous with speed thanks to depictions in movies, video games, and other stories. There is no denying that speed is imperative for most forms of air travel. However, as important as speed is, there is something even more important: the ability to slow down. All the speed in the world is not worth anything if you can’t stop at the end of your flight. That is where the unsung heroes of flight come into play: the aerospace brakes.

What Engineering Considerations Need Made for Making Aerospace Brakes

Functional aerospace brakes are crucial when it comes to the building of a plane or spacecraft. However, even though they exist across the vehicle production spectrum, that does not mean all aerospace brakes are alike. Various considerations need to be made depending on certain factors. 

Type of Aircraft

The make and model of the aircraft will determine the type of aerospace brakes necessary for a successful landing. A large cargo plane will need heavy-duty aerospace brakes to halt a massive aircraft traveling quickly. However, a fighter jet with a significantly smaller and nimble body will have different aerospace brake needs. The same can be true for all variations of aircraft, ranging from spacecraft to single-engine planes.

Consumer Needs

Even though all aircraft fly, the individual plane can provide service for various specific tasks. For example, small passenger aircraft can double as postal planes in certain areas. The plane’s determined use will make a difference in its outfitted equipment and, in some instances, the necessary braking apparatuses.

Materials Used

Different materials may be required when manufacturing brakes for any aerospace project. From R&D to manufacturing, the materials used will vary based on the type of component or aircraft being manufactured. Aircraft disc brakes require rubber or latex components to operate the hydraulic aspects, while speed brakes located on wings will be manufactured from the same composites as the wings, spoilers, or flaps.

How Do the Brakes Interact with Other Parts of the Aircraft

Landing Gear

The landing gear is one of the most pivotal aspects of any aerospace design. It is a complex piece of machinery that requires the integration and synchronization of various components; any failure of these components could result in a crash. The landing gear is deployed during the descent of an aircraft to allow the wheels to come into contact with the ground. Once the wheels have begun spinning on the ground, the aerospace brakes are then activated to slow the vehicle. They apply friction and pressure to the apparatus to reduce the high speed of the wheels to the point where the plane can stop safely. 

Wings

Speed brakes are an important part when altering the speed of a plane or other aircraft. Panels, spolers and flaps can be built into the wing to slow down the plane while in the air or to lower overall speed for any required maneuvers. Speed brakes catch the wind and produce a negative force proportional to the speed of the plane going in the opposite direction. This will work to slow down the plane, effectively acting as another brake.

Cockpit 

The cockpit is instrumental for most of the plane’s functions. It serves as a control center for all the operations required for flight. From here, the speed brakes can be deployed, the landing gear lowered, the brakes against the wheels, and, in some cases, drag chutes released. The pilot orchestrates everything from the cockpit. 

Pull Out All the Stops with Parts Built by NMG

Aerospace brakes are a critical part of any air or spacecraft. However, they are not the only ones. Every aircraft component must meet expectations and spec requirements to achieve successful and safe flights. NMG Aerospace has manufactured aerospace brakes and other components for over 50 years – contact us today to pull out all the stops on your aerospace designs. 

Engineering & Manufacturing Parts for Military Standards

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 g-forces, and be continuously durable, even under extreme conditions. To learn more about the high quality of care and precision that we offer for our brave troops, keep reading.

 

Military Requirements that Affect Aerospace Manufacturing

High Speed

Despite the efficiency and speed that we enjoy in our commercial aircraft, it is not comparable to what is expected and demanded from our more powerful aerospace engineering creations designed for the military. The military aircraft we build must be able to travel at incredible speeds to perform their missions. These speeds come at a cost: the wear and tear they place on the machines we have created. As the plane goes faster and faster, it inherently will begin to place strain on essential machinery. To put this off for as long as possible, we must ensure that our aerospace design can withstand the pressure they place on themselves to travel at such extreme speeds. It could prove catastrophic for the pilot and our entire country if poor military aircraft manufacturing caused a mission to fail. That is why all the military aircraft parts we design are pushed to the limit to ensure they can fulfill our speed needs.

G-Forces

Another sort of pressure placed on a military aircraft is not simply mechanical but a natural occurrence when a plane reaches ludicrous speeds. G Force is the force of acceleration that gravity puts on everything on Earth, which is 9.8 meters per second squared. When you travel at that same rate in a military aircraft, you are experiencing the equivalent of the Earth’s gravitational pull. If you travel DOUBLE that rate, you experience DOUBLE the standard force of gravity. Certain military aircraft can experience up to 9 G’s. That is nine times the Earth’s gravitational pull pressing against the pilot and his precision aerospace vehicle. That is why our parts are held to the highest standard and put through the most rigorous testing available to ensure that when a pilot travels at such intense speeds, the military aircraft can hold up.

Durability

In one way or another, all these points have to do with durability. However, there are different types of durability. A military aircraft must withstand several times the rate of the Earth’s pull, but that won’t necessarily help if it has to make an emergency landing. The aerospace engineering needs of our country are tremendous and occasionally require our troops to engage in hostile environments. These environments include mountainous regions, arid deserts, or swampy jungles. All these different biomes have different challenges that must be prepared for. That is why we must consider precision aerospace crafts’ durability while actively performing and their durability regarding their ability to land and take off again. It all matters.

 

NMG’s Experience With Military Aerospace Aircraft

NMG has had military contracts throughout its half-a-century of operations. This means we have been in operation since the Vietnam War, through the end of the Cold War, Desert Storm, and the War on Terror. We have had decades of experience providing quality military aircraft manufacturing and learning what it takes for aerospace engineering to lead to victory. To this day, we provide the highest care and quality assurance necessary to ensure our troops have everything they need to keep us and every other American safe.

 

Quality Military Aerospace Designs From NMG

As always, NMG remains on the cutting edge of aerospace engineering. Whatever the day’s needs are for keeping our country safe, we can provide the designs necessary to ensure victory. Contact NMG today to begin a conversation about your aerospace engineering needs.

Why NMG Aerospace Complies with AS9100 Certification

Why NMG Aerospace Complies with AS9100 Certification

Why NMG Aerospace Complies with AS9100 Certification

NMG Aerospace has produced the highest quality of precision aerospace technological options since its beginnings over 50 years ago. We owe our longevity to a strict adherence to quality and efficiency standards. These standards help us do our job correctly. Furthermore, they assure our clients that what they buy from us will perform as expected.

For example, would you want to get on a plane that probably worked? No one would. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The same is true for products developed for the aerospace industry. Every component of the machine must perform efficiently to ensure optimal functionality. When engaging in one of these machines, you know the risks of what can go wrong. As a result, you must have confidence in its manufacturing. That is where certifications, such as AS9100, come in. 

We go to great lengths to acquire all relevant certifications to keep creating quality aerospace parts. However, in precision aerospace engineering, few certifications hold more weight than AS9100. This distinction is the elite standard that NMG Aerospace adheres to.

To put it simply: You buy from NMG so that our part can be on your plane. To have a quality issue or production delay is costly, and NMG respects both the cost and safety factors by adhering to AS9100 plus our own high standards. Keep reading to learn more about AS9100 Certification and what it can do for you, for us, and the entire aerospace industry. 

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What is the AS9100 Certification? 

The AS9100 Certification has its roots in various other certification programs. Initially, the certification was a militaristic replacement of two other certifications. Since then, it has come to apply to many divisions within the distinction, such as military, commercial, and even space flight. 

To best adapt to evolving industrial technologies, the AS9100 Certification has undergone revisions six times to be more relevant to the various aerospace industries that adhere to it. As updates to this standard come, so must manufacturing processes. NMG Aerospace prioritizes efficiency and optimization. As a result, whenever changes are made to the AS9100 Certification, we are diligent in ensuring that our operations are compliant. 

Besides our steadfast devotion to quality, there are other motivators for achieving this stamp of approval. The AS9100 Certification has become so prevalent and respected throughout the aerospace manufacturing industry that some OEMs and Tier 1 manufacturers require AS9100 Certification – and won’t do business without it.  This further cements the notion that quality manufacturing and products are not optional but mandatory.

What are the Requirements to Obtain this Certification? 

Some believe the certification only refers to physical products and their base components. However, this is only partly correct. The AS9100 certification is a holistic approach to production that transcends a mere working product checklist. It takes into account many critical factors of production, including, but not limited to: 

  • Airworthiness
  • Consistency
  • Effectiveness of Process
  • Management of Product Configuration
  • Management of Risk 
  • Measurement of Product
  • Monitoring of Product
  • Quality
  • Safety
  • Supply Chain Management 
  • Validation of Design 
  • Verification of Design

What Benefits Can Clients See From This Certification? 

Assurance

The most apparent benefit of adhering to certifications such as the AS9100 is the reassurance that those manufacturing these products perform appropriately, along with your parts.  This certification standard has built several checks and balances to ensure that every relevant aspect of production is being executed efficiently and productively. This will provide you with peace of mind as you continue along your production schedule.

International Standard

However, following the requirements of this certification do more than reassure a client of their quality. The AS9100 is an international standard of production capabilities. It allows others within the field to know what they can expect and what is expected of them. This alleviates the problem of any confusion on an international scale, such as with production locations or associates. 

Financial Benefits

From a business perspective, following AS9100 can be a wise financial decision and a safe and functional one. When you and your clients feel assured of the quality of your product, there will be fewer mistakes. When everything is functioning as it is supposed to, there will likely be fewer recalls, fewer manufacturing diversions to correct concerns, and less lost business. With no lost time, your production schedule can stay on track and avoid potential lost revenue. 

 

Choose NMG Aerospace, Certified Excellence

NMG Aerospace wants to produce effective, reliable, and safe products for our clients within the aerospace industry. We hold ourselves to the highest standards available, not just AS9100. If you want to ensure that your contribution to the sector performs as expected, NMG Aerospace is the right choice. Contact us to work with our certified team!

Driving Aerospace Innovation with New Technologies

Driving Aerospace Innovation with New Technologies

The Role of Engineering in Aerospace Innovation

NMG has been committed to innovation since its inception as one of the leaders in aerospace manufacturing. We recognize the importance of remaining cutting-edge and pushing the boundaries of established aerospace technology. We have over 50 years of experience making discoveries, driving innovation, and finding new ways to improve and benefit air travel. Keep reading to learn more about where we’ve been and, more importantly, what the future may hold. 

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NMG’s Techniques to Develop New Technologies for Aerospace Innovation

Customer satisfaction is always a priority for any successful business. However, it is not merely a priority for NMG but one of our core values and beliefs. Providing an outstanding product for our clients is the basis for everything we do. It is the source of inspiration for our commitment to aerospace innovation and our identity. We continue moving forward through three specific schools of thought that drive our philosophy regarding innovative aerospace engineering: understanding client goals, reverse engineering, or starting with a clean slate. 

Understanding Client Goals

What sets NMG apart from our competition is that we listen to our clients. We focus firmly on the feedback and the aerospace manufacturing requests made by our clients. We consider what they need, and from there, we begin researching and experimenting with our wide array of aerospace technology to see what we can do to make those goals a reality. Through this process, we can bring exciting innovations into reality. With these developments, we can further the cause of excellence within the aerospace manufacturing industry.

Aerospace Innovation Reverse Engineering

It is exciting to take new ideas from the ground up. However, there is something to be said about not reinventing the wheel. Often, the most revolutionary and innovative ideas are simply continuations of existing products and developments. This occurrence is the backbone of our second most utilized creative mindset: reverse engineering. Reverse engineering looks for what already exists and then takes the next step. We follow the trail backward of that design. We seek an opportunity to go a different path and make entirely new innovations from the original blueprints.

Clean Sheet Design

There are opportunities for an entirely new process of aerospace manufacturing that starts from the ground up. When these times arise, we must throw out everything we have done previously. From here, we focus on a clean slate of aviation innovation ideas to bring the desired need to fruition. When faced with such a situation, we have to employ what we call clean sheet design. 

This action is naturally a very radical and intensive aerospace engineering design opportunity. It ultimately does provide results, but it takes time. However, when completed, we have something entirely new to aerospace engineering, unlike anything seen before. You never know what innovations might come from a clean sheet design, but it is always exciting. For more information regarding this type of innovation, check out our previous blog post: Clean Sheet Design: Designing New Aircraft Technology. 

Aerospace Innovation Examples from NMG

One only has to take a fleeting look at all of our aviation innovation ideas to see everything that we have contributed to aerospace and all the innovations we have created to make our company successful and profitable. However, there are a few examples of aerospace engineering that we are specifically proud of that we would like to highlight in this paragraph. 

Safety Features

Safety features are one of our series of new innovations that are particularly relevant in a successful airplane. We are very proud of our contributions to ensuring a safely operating machine. Our proprietary brakes, motorized and pneumatic valves, solenoids, and gages are a few of our more elite creations driving the aerospace engineering industry forward.

Landing Gear

On the same page as safety equipment, we have also contributed great strides in aerospace innovation to the landing gear requirements. After extensive research and design, we are pleased to say that our actuators, braking apparatuses, and wheels are of the highest quality in any other manufacturing facility.

Fluid Systems

In addition to our outstanding safety equipment, we have made significant contributions regarding fluid systems with our airplane parts. These can be seen through our development of gauge tanks, reservoirs, and extensive hose upgrades. 

Engineering Aerospace Innovation Technologies With NMG

Ultimately, our top priorities at NMG are keeping people safe and for our machines to do their job. We want to do our job the best way possible. This way, you can accomplish your tasks and your goals similarly. As a result, we are constantly driving ourselves forward to create the best products available. Looking for an aerospace manufacturer committed to an excellent customer experience while producing the highest quality parts available? Look no further than the best aerospace engineering organization in the country: NMG. Contact us today.