It’s not often we get to see the parts that we build in a real world situation, let alone in a press release.
TITANIUM MACHINED GAZINTAS?
As one rep for a prime aerospace company once stated: “You guys make gazintas!”. That means a typical part we make gazinta this assembly, which then gazinta that bigger assembly, which ultimately gazinta a new plane.
THE STUFF WE MAKE THAT NOBODY SEES.
Most of the time, we’re making structural parts for the inside of the plane. I mean the locations in the plane that no one ever sees (except the assembly and maintenance people). The parts we make help hold the plane together. They typically have lots of compound angles. They serve to connect together parts that meet at odd angles or just add strength. Occasional we deal with skin surface mounting faces, which means the contour of the part has to match flush with the inside curvatures of the plane. This can get complicated when multi-axis machining becomes necessary.
So it’s cool when we get to see one of our parts in a press photo.
OUR PARTS IN REAL TIME
This part is a titanium tie down ring mounted to this E-2 Hawkeye. The navy uses it as a lash down point. It keeps the plane from sliding around on the carrier deck, or in the hangar. The part can be seen mounted on this Hawkeye just under the “N” in NAVY. We finish the part in yellow as the customers specs it, but when the plane is painted it gets the grey color just like the rest.
STC currently manufactures these, one for each side of the plane, in mirror image configuration. The part seen here on the right side is a mirror image part of the one on the left side. Mirrored, but not the same.
It doesn’t look like much, however, it’s made from a solid block of titanium, which isn’t so easy to machine. Except for us.