(Mike Siegel / The Seattle Times)
In our effort to be a good partner with Boeing and Boeing's efforts to return the favor, we were happy to do a joint interview with Dominic Gates of the Seattle Times for our most recent project with Boeing, the 777x wing skin and wing spar lamination machines.
These machines are a quantum step in performance from our past efforts. In the case of our spar machine equipment, at the time of contracting, we signed up for a very aggressive guaranteed layup time on a test part. During PAT we nearly doubled that promise in performance. The cool thing is that we are asking less of the process to get this work done. This means our equipment should prove to be more reliable and even more productive due to the time saved from reduced re-work that should be the result of less demand on our process.
For both wing skin and spar machines, we are regularly achieving payout speeds up to 4000"/min. On the spar machine we see over 700 lbs/hr instantaneous and on the skin machine a whopping 3500 lbs/hr instantaneous. I'd love to quote the continuous productivity, but I have been asked to keep it under wraps for now…suffice it to say, it is much greater than any equipment we have delivered in the past.
The article that resulted describes well the various moving parts in AFP and Dominic did a great job of interviewing several of our engineers, from the newest guy to the most seasoned.
Read the article at SeattleTimes.com