AMADA WELD TECH Announces MM-410A Handheld Resistance Weld Checker

AMADA WELD TECH announced the new MM-410A handheld resistance weld checker, ideal for both monitoring and troubleshooting issues in production. The compact unit supports a wide range of resistance welding technologies, including AC, DC inverter, AC inverter, transistor, and capacitive discharge. Featuring a simple and intuitive user interface and color touch panel display, the MM-410A provides information on current, voltage, weld time, and force.

The MM-410A is ideal for use in process troubleshooting, where it can be used to correlate waveform and numeric data with process results and provide detailed weld data for process optimization and validation. If used continuously in a production environment, it reduces scrap by detecting drifts in the weld process and alerting operators before process failure. The MM-410A also reduces the frequency of destructive testing and provides an independent way of monitoring the welding power supply by detecting any drifts in welding power supply calibration.

The unit provides ISO17657-compliant measurement for current (when used with available ISO-compliant toroidal coil). It offers easy set up using the 5.7-inch color touch panel. The unique seam welding mode monitors AC current and voltage or DC voltage for up to 5 minutes. Data storage is available using an onboard flash drive. The MM-410A offers Ethernet (TCP/IP), and RS-232/485 communication. Multi-language support includes English, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, German, and French.

Available accessories for the MM-410A handheld resistance weld tester include toroidal coils, force sensors, and current/force sensors.

Grupo Lomex Goes Live with Ramco

Grupo Lomex,  an important holder of helicopter companies in Mexico, announced that it has successfully implemented Ramco Systems’ advanced Aviation Suite to digitally transform and integrate its business operations into a unified platform for its subsidiaries:

Aeroservicios Especializados, S,A. de C.V. (ASESA)– Helicopter Operator in México.
ASESA MRO, S.A. de C.V. – Helicopter MRO in México
Transpais Aéreo, S.A. de C.V. (TPA) – Fix Wing Operator in Mexico
Heliamerica SAC (HA) – Helicopter Operator in Peru.

Grupo Lomex, through its companies, provides rotary and fix wing services to industries such as the oil and gas, electricity, and VIP among others. Grupo Lomex is also a Fixed Base Operator (FBO) and has maintenance centers for its MRO activities based in Ciudad de México, Monterrey, Ciudad del Carmen and Peru, authorised to support multi-variant fleet including Bell, Leonardo helicopters and Embraer business jets.

Ramco’s fully integrated one-stop solution has replaced Grupo Lomex’s existing legacy application. With modules for Maintenance, Supply Chain Management, Safety and Quality, Flight Operations, Electronic Flight Bag, MRO Sales, and Finance, Ramco Aviation Suite V5.8 is bundled with next-gen innovation around Mobility, Hubs, and Dashboards.

The next-gen features of Ramco Aviation Suite supports Grupo Lomex’s operations such as flight services and charter, MRO and FBO, and offers a next-generation platform that will help to achieve end-to-end visibility and keep up with its rapid expansion plan.

“We are pleased to have embarked on our digital transformational journey with Ramco,” Hector Gonzalez Weeks, CEO of Grupo Lomex Aviation Division, said. “Ramco’s Aviation MRO and air transportation services suites not only integrates all our processes but also introduces us to next-gen technologies such as MAIL IT and dashboards to improve our operational efficiency and increase productivity.”

Manoj Kumar Singh, executive vice president – Aviation, Aerospace & Defense, Ramco Systems, said, “We continuously strive to offer innovative next-gen solutions to our clients that will enable them embark on the digital transformation journey and reap its benefits. Having won the Trust of 7 of the Top 10 Heli-operators in the United States; this successful go-live further reinforces our leadership in addressing the Heli-operator segment with an end-to-end Aviation solution. We are confident that Ramco’s one-stop solution will help Grupo Lomex optimize its time and resources.”

Specialty matte paint from Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings made for a unique look on this Gulfstream. The only gloss paint is the pinstriping between the "carbon fiber effect" on the nacelles, tail and winglets and the blue accent striping. The scheme was laid out by hand. Constant Aviation image.

Deadline Soon for 2022 Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Calendar Entries

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is now accepting submissions for its annual calendar to showcase the 12 best-finished aircraft of the year. Placement in the calendar is one of the industry’s most sought-after recognitions as it annually displays only the best aircraft paint schemes and exterior finishes gracing the sky.

The company is looking to again feature the finest looking aircraft in its 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar – whether it is a newly finished (or refinished) business or regional jet, commercial airliner, cargo aircraft, or a uniquely painted single/twin engine, kit plane, sport plane or helicopter – the calendar recognizes the outstanding work of designers, MROs and aircraft painters across the United States that rely on Sherwin-Williams aerospace products in their repaint and OEM facilities.

“The annual calendar program celebrates the scheme designs and paint craftsmen of the aviation industry and their incredible works of art – classic, custom or military – for all types of aircraft,” says Julie Voisin, Sherwin-Williams Global Product Manager for Aerospace Coatings. “Each year our calendar program gains popularity as we provide a platform to highlight 12 outstanding examples of true design and aircraft paint production excellence.”

Entries must include professional photography of the aircraft showing multiple angles and any custom details as judging is based on finish quality, technical difficulty, design originality and artistic merit. Any aircraft submitted to the calendar must be exclusively finished in Sherwin-Williams brand topcoats. Submissions will be accepted through September 3, 2021 and winners will be notified in early November.

Download the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Calendar entry form here. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings, visit us online or call 1-888-888-5593.

Spartan and Teamsters Form Historic Partnership

Officials from Spartan College of Aeronautics and Technology and the International Brotherhood of Teamsters announced the formation of an exclusive educational partnership between them. Spartan College and the Teamsters Union will host a signing day in August.

To serve the educational goals of Teamsters and their families, Spartan College offers special scholarships to those who qualify at all four campus locations – Tulsa, Oklahoma; Broomfield, Colorado; Riverside and Inglewood, California. Through this partnership, Teamsters and Spartan are committed to co-developing custom training to ensure their students are at the forefront of emerging aviation industry needs.

“We are thrilled about this monumental partnership,” said Rob Polston, Chief Executive Officer at Spartan. “We know this partnership will allow us to match our expertise of delivering career-oriented aviation training to the Teamsters who have set the standards for labor benefits that have positively impacted our economy. Furthermore, we’re excited to co-develop training products that anticipate the future needs of the aviation industry. Both Spartan and Teamsters will benefit greatly from this partnership.”

“This partnership is a perfect alliance,” said Capt. David Bourne, Director of the Teamsters Airline Division. “Spartan is a well-recognized educational aviation institution that continues to invest in their student experience and innovative programs. We are excited to offer incredible educational opportunities to Teamsters and their families to support their careers today and into the future.”

The Teamsters Union Airline Division has over 90,000 members across trades such as aircraft maintenance, piloting and customer service.

Established in 1928, Spartan College has trained over 100,000 pilots and aviation technicians and currently offers diploma and associate degree programs in Aviation Maintenance Technology, Aviation Electronics Technology, Nondestructive Testing Technology/Quality Control Management and Aviation Flight. Additionally, Spartan College has developed a hybrid AMT option that maximizes student flexibility while minimizing time away from home, along with an online Bachelor of Science degree program in Technology Management.

Call for 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar Entries Announced by Sherwin-Williams

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings is now accepting submissions for its annual calendar to showcase the 12 best-finished aircraft of the year. Placement in the calendar is one of the industry’s most sought-after recognitions as it annually displays only the best aircraft paint schemes and exterior finishes gracing the sky.

The company is looking to again feature the finest looking aircraft in its 2022 Aerospace Coatings Calendar – whether it is a newly finished (or refinished) business or regional jet, commercial airliner, cargo aircraft, or a uniquely painted single/twin engine, kit plane, sport plane or helicopter – the calendar recognizes the outstanding work of designers, MROs and aircraft painters across the United States that rely on Sherwin-Williams aerospace products in their repaint and OEM facilities.

“The annual calendar program celebrates the scheme designs and paint craftsmen of the aviation industry and their incredible works of art – classic, custom or military – for all types of aircraft,” says Julie Voisin, Sherwin-Williams global product manager for Aerospace Coatings. “Each year our calendar program gains popularity as we provide a platform to highlight 12 outstanding examples of true design and aircraft paint production excellence.”

Entries must include professional photography of the aircraft showing multiple angles and any custom details as judging is based on finish quality, technical difficulty, design originality and artistic merit. Any aircraft submitted to the calendar must be exclusively finished in Sherwin-Williams brand topcoats. Submissions will be accepted through September 3, 2021 and winners will be notified in early November.

Download the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings Calendar entry form here. For more information about Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings, visit Sherwin-Williams online or call 1-888-888-5593.

Zetec Webinar Shows How to Increase Effectiveness of Bolt-Hole Eddy Current Inspections

Zetec Inc. has published its latest on-demand webinar detailing a more effective approach to one of the most common and critical nondestructive testing applications in aerospace MRO (maintenance, repair and operations): inspections of bolt holes in multi-layer materials.

The 40-minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate how using high-resolution C-scans and dedicated analysis displays for rotating-probe and eddy current array data can increase both eddy current inspection productivity and probability of detection.

“Rotating eddy current probes and traditional impedance and sweep displays lack the resolution to identify the individual layer where a defect resides. This can make it challenging to determine whether repairs are necessary,” said Nicholas Cardillo, Eddy Current Sales Engineering director for Zetec. “This webinar will show how to use readily available eddy current technology to better recognize signals of interest, understand flaw morphology and identify layers where bolt-hole flaws are located without the use of encoders or secondary manual measurement methods.”

The webinar features:

• An introduction to eddy current inspections of bolt holes and the specific inspection challenges related to probability of detection (POD) in multi-layer materials.
• The principles and application of examination techniques, including those outlined in U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Airworthiness Directive 2020-24-05 for the wing spar inspections of certain Piper Aircraft and the canopy sill longeron failures on F-15 fighter jets.
• A detailed look at examination results including how C-scan displays, advanced filters and data-review mode can increase user performance, POD and confidence in the eddy current inspection of bolt holes.

Zetec says their on-demand webinar is intended for inspection service providers, NDT technicians and aerospace MRO professionals. It is now available for viewing.

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace SKYscapes Next Generation Exterior Coatings System Qualified by Textron Aviation

Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings announced its SKYscapes Next Generation exterior coatings basecoat/clearcoat system has been qualified by Textron Aviation for its Cessna, Beechcraft, and Hawker aircraft.

Including both solid and effect colors, this new qualification expands the relationship between Textron Aviation and Sherwin-Williams. Textron Aviation previously qualified, and continues to utilize, the Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Acry Glo and Jet Glo Express systems for use in both Original Equipment Manufacturer OEM and repaint settings.

“We are honored to expand our relationship with a distinguished manufacturer like Textron Aviation and its iconic aircraft brands,” says Molly K. Moses, Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings North America sales manager. “This additional qualification provides Textron Aviation’s customers with multiple options: they can continue to utilize a traditional, single stage system like Jet Glo Express or Acry Glo; or if they want to utilize a basecoat-clearcoat finish, Textron Aviation now offers SKYscapes Next Generation. Depending upon the complexity of the scheme and the customer’s preferences, this gives Textron Aviation an array of optimized solutions.”

Sherwin-Williams makes exterior coatings that deliver custom solutions for commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft, including a full range of specialized livery color options for an outstanding, durable finish. Its products and systems undergo stringent testing to demonstrate they deliver a lasting protective coating for any aircraft and have earned numerous AMS 3095 certification approvals.
Sherwin-Williams Aerospace is an industry leader in innovation and technology solutions with its certified products, top-rated service, and knowledgeable team of field technicians. For more information, visit Sherwin-Williams Aerospace Coatings.

JPB Système’s Smart Washer Technology Improves Efficiencies Across Helicopter Maintenance Operations

Airbus Helicopters is testing innovative and disruptive technology across its maintenance operations, leading to quantifiable efficiency gains. In some cases, this can lead to time reductions for certain activities from two days to just two hours.

The company is trialing JPB Système’s proof-of-concept Smart Washer solution, which is designed to improve efficiencies within maintenance, repair and operations by enabling touchless and wireless measurement of bolt axial load. Instead of the need to manually check the tightening torque level of traditional bolts within the helicopter, Smart Washer allows engineers to directly measure bolt tension in just a few seconds with no need for intervention on the bolted assembly.

According to Georges Devilliers, senior expert for Helicopter Maintenance at Airbus Helicopters, since trialling Smart Washer over several months, the company has identified the potential for significant efficiency improvements across helicopter maintenance activities. This is underscored by a more hassle-free process on the company’s helicopters.

An example is the periodic check of the tightening torque on the main gearbox suspension bar attachment – a procedure that first requires removal of the two engines, as well as the helicopter’s interior trim, before maintenance engineers can gain access and check the bolts. Once checked, the engine needs to be re-installed and a ground-run undertaken to ensure correct installation of the engines.

“Basically, this is a heavy maintenance operation that takes around two days and requires two engineers to check about 12 bolts,” explains Devilliers. “By comparison, using Smart Washer, the same task can be performed by just one engineer in about two hours; we don’t need to physically access the bolts to perform the checks, so there’s nothing to dismantle.”

Via its tests of Smart Washer, Airbus Helicopters believes that the device could monitor more accurately the tension in the bolted assemblies.

“To check proper tension of the bolts, we currently measure the tightening torque; this is very difficult and also very imprecise,” continues Devilliers. “Difficult, because you need access to the assembly, loosen it and then re-tighten it, which can introduce room for error in so far as the dismantling of parts to access the bolts, as well as the subsequent re-assembly. The issue of imprecision arises because of the dispersion of coefficient of friction between the nut and the bolt.”

As a result, when it comes to servicing, a substantial amount of time is required to undertake such checks, which for helicopters, can sometimes represent as much as 10% of the overall scheduled maintenance time.

For Airbus Helicopters’ customers, the speed at which such checks can be performed also helps to minimize helicopter immobilization, which drives further efficiencies. In such instances, Smart Washer technology has the potential to facilitate much easier, shorter and less costly procedures.

Big Data for a wider vision

For Airbus Helicopters, the attributes of Smart Washer have more far-reaching potential. Since the device can register tension, date, location, temperature as well as other parameters this data could feasibly be used to alert customers to the need to perform other maintenance procedures – be it immediate or just according to schedule.

“We’ll continue to work closely with JPB Système as they develop Smart Washer to see how it could be integrated with Airbus Helicopters and, perhaps even within the group as a whole,” continues Devilliers. “Importantly, it addresses our fundamental challenges insofar as the need to make maintenance operations safer, easier and less time-consuming, so for us, it’s definitely a box-ticker.”

Airbus Helicopters provides efficient civil and military helicopter solutions to customers in around 150 countries. From its head office and main facility in Marignane, near Marseille, in France, the company’s operations span an array of activities, including design, assembly, training, test flights and delivery.

Precision Aviation Group Acquires Keystone Turbine

Precision Aviation Group (PAG) announced the acquisition of Keystone Turbine Services (KTS) of Coatesville, Penn. KTS specializes in providing complete OEM-approved aftermarket Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) services for operators of the Rolls-Royce M250 series of gas turbine engines, along with related Honeywell and Triumph accessories plus component, spare parts, and field service support.

“We are excited about adding KTS to the Precision Aviation Group of Companies. The addition of KTS increases PAG’s repair stations to 12 worldwide, and further diversifies our MRO Capabilities by expanding our services into the Rolls-Royce M250 Engine,” David Mast, president & CEO of PAG stated. “Like PAG, KTS has a history of delivering exceptional customer service, industry leading products, and cost-effective repair solutions for its customers. Through our strategically located Repair Stations that provide a vast array of Rotary Wing specific MRO Services worldwide, our combined organizations will now be better equipped to provide Rolls-Royce M250 operators additional support.” 

Rob Ruck, former COO of KTS, added, “KTS is very enthusiastic about joining PAG as they plan to further expand KTS’s product and service offerings, make significant investments towards new products, update processes, and introduce new repair capabilities. We have worked closely with PAG’s management team throughout this acquisition process and believe this partnership will provide significant benefits to our customers, vendors, and employees.” 

Bell Holds Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Manufacturing Technology Center

Bell Textron Inc. celebrated the start of operations at the state-of-the-art Manufacturing Technology Center (MTC) with a small gathering and ribbon cutting ceremony. Bell leaders and employees as well as local North Texas community leaders, including Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, were in attendance. This event marks the next milestone in the center’s development before its grand opening, targeted for summer 2021.

“Through the Manufacturing Technology Center, we can showcase how we will deliver the most affordable, capable and reliable aircraft for the warfighter,” said Mitch Snyder, president and CEO, Bell. “As we work together to define the next generation of Bell products, it’s been gratifying to watch this new facility become a reality.”

The MTC is an innovative proving ground where Bell plans to test and refine technologies and processes and demonstrate readiness and ability to successfully build and support Future Vertical Lift aircraft and other new products. It offers a digitally connected space for collaboration between Bell teams in an environment that promotes smart risk taking. New systems will be tested and vetted for production suitability before being introduced to Bell’s future factories. Bell broke ground on the facility August 2020 and anticipates the facility to be fully operational later this year.