Sherwin-Williams has developed a flexible epoxy-based putty designed for aerospace applications such as filling rivets, seams and spot repair areas on aircraft exteriors. Drying time for the new Fill Bond putty is two to six hours, significantly faster than the typical six to eight hours for competing products, according to Sherwin-Williams.
GKN Aerospace has delivered the first production examples of an entirely new process for creating complex curved titanium structures. The delta pressure forming process is now being used to make the advanced cone-shaped titanium exhaust systems for the Boeing 747-800 airliner. The unit is lighter and more durable.
High Tech Finishing, a Houston-based provider of decorative metal plating for customer aircraft interiors, has developed a new maintenance kit designed to preserve the appearance of metal plating. It is offering the kit free to show visitors at its NBAA booth (No. 5251). The package comes with nonabrasive materials and a special polishing pad. For easy stowage, it measures just 6.25 by 6.25 by 0.5 inches.
Atlanta-based CareJet Services International has debuted an appearance-enhancing polymer paint protection system that was developed by Dow Corning and Proguard Plus. Applied to new or older aircraft paint, it provides higher luster, easier washing and enhanced UV and contaminant protection. According to the company, the system eliminates the need for regular use of detergents, waxes and abrasives.
3M Aerospace (Booth No. 641) has developed a flame-retardant tape for use in the aerospace industry, the company announced here at NBAA’07.
Eclipse Aviation is committed to becoming, in the words of its founder, president and CEO, Vern Raburn, “The Ford Motor Company of business aviation.” To that end, it plans to attain an annual production capacity of 1,500 Eclipse 500 very light jets by 2009, using advances in production technology reminiscent of the mass-production assembly line and interchangeable parts innovations with which Henry Ford revolutionized the automobile industry
Consider the lowly fastener, an object guaranteed to induce acute boredom in the mind of the average man, a cure for insomnia perhaps. They’re hidden away in corners, under seats and floors and behind panels, rarely seen but so necessary.