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FAA Clears First Additive Manufactured Part for Flight in a GE Commercial Jet Engine

By: Peter Zelinski
A cobalt-chrome temperature sensor housing is being retrofit to GE90 engines used by Boeing.

Making Sure MTConnect Is a Good Fit

By: Mark Albert
An MTConnect-enabled machine monitoring system gives shopfloor managers information that is driving up utilization rates and improving workforce communication for this manufacturer of high-pressure aerospace fittings.

Will Additive Manufacturing Play a Major Role in Aircraft Production?

By: Peter Zelinski
One answer: It already does. Lockheed Martin discusses the challenges and promise of producing parts through 3D printing.

Wire EDM for Jet Engine “Fir Trees”

By: Mark Albert
Advances in wire EDM (electrical discharge machining) technology have made it acceptable for machining critical aerospace parts. It may now become the preferred method for cutting turbine disc “fir trees,” a particularly demanding application that highlights the benefits of this machining process.

Cashing in Your Chips

By: Russ Willcutt
By installing a new chip processing and coolant filtration system, this aerospace manufacturer raised the value of its scrap, slashed new coolant costs and mitigated its environmental impact, shielding itself against potential fluid disposal liabilities.


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