EcoCortec Announces Compostable Electrostatic Dissipating Anti-Corrosion Film

EcoCortec has introduced what they are calling “the world’s first Eco-Corr Film ESD –  biodegradable, compostable static dissipative films and bags powered by “Nano” VpCI.” The company says this latest film technology is targeted mainly for electronics, telecommunications, packaging, and electric car industries seeking environmentally friendly packaging solutions. In anticipation of new EU regulations penalizing sales of non-recyclable plastic packaging materials, EcoCortec is offering revolutionary, commercially compostable alternative to conventional polyethylene electrostatic dissipating (ESD) films.

Eco-Corr Film ESD products are high performance anti-static, corrosion inhibiting films and bags intended for disposal in a commercial composting environment. They are designed for use in the protection of static sensitive multi-metal items such as electronics. The film contains permanent anti-static properties to immediately reduce or eliminate static buildup as long as the films or bags are in use, independent of the presence of humidity. Eco-Corr Film ESD forms a molecular corrosion inhibiting layer on metal substrates and does not interfere with the physical or chemical properties of electronic components. The film and bags replace conventional rust preventatives such as oils and desiccants and allow the film to be used immediately without cleaning or degreasing. Eco-Corr Film is commercially compostable, meaning that when the film is placed in a typical commercial composting environment it will disintegrate within months. The exact time is dependent upon the conditions and activity of the disposal environment (temperature, soil quality, activity of microorganisms). Eco-Corr Film ESD is shelf stable and will not break down prematurely until disposed of in a proper composting environment.

FEATURES

  • Contains Vapor phase Corrosion Inhibitors (VpCI) to protect void spaces and recessed areas
  • Contains permanent anti-static agent
  • Does not affect optical properties
  • Does not affect plastics used in electronics industry
  • Does not contain free amines or harmful Prop 65 ingredients
  • Commercially compostable packaging film that provides contact, barrier, and vapor corrosion inhibition
  • Meets NACE TM0208-2008 standard for corrosion protection
  • Meets German TL-8135-002 standard for corrosion protection
  • Complete replacement for non-degradable and inferior blend films
  • Static decay rate conformance to MIL-PRF-81705D
  • No ill effects on solderability of PCB, meeting the requirements of IPC-JSTD-003C, Am1 (Edge Dip Solderability Tests

A Czech subsidiary of one of the world’s three largest car manufacturers, selected Eco-Corr Film as a biodegradable substitute to reduce the amount of conventional plastic packaging they use. They tested Eco-Corr Film as part of their new “green” logistics project aimed at decreasing plastic consumption.

Eco-Corr Film was tested as part of the pilot project  of packaging car parts for shipment to their plant in Pune, India. Several tests were conducted for compliance with strict conditions for transport in sea containers. Quality control did not show any damage or traces of corrosion on the components wrapped in Eco-Corr Film® upon arrival in India.  In order to test if the film were able to be composted according to plan, the staff built compost bins near the plant. After six months, the foils had largely disintegrated in the compost bins, helping them to eliminate plastic waste. Eco-Corr Film®successfully replaces conventional plastic films they used previously and provides the same effective corrosion protection. Composted packaging material will be used as soil improver at the plant’s logistics park. Manufacturer was able to cut the amount of conventional plastic packaging in half thus eliminating a significant amount of plastic waste (as much as 500 kg [1102 lbs] per month).

Luna Innovations and Lockheed Martin Extend Partnership

Luna Innovations Incorporated (NASDAQ:  LUNA), a global leader in advanced optical technology, today announced a $6.2 million deal with Lockheed Martin, further extending a long term relationship that has resulted in the development of new optical measurement products that will help to ensure the global fleet of F-35 aircraft, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, are ready for service.

“The longevity and success of our relationship with Lockheed Martin is a testament to our mission to accelerate bringing state-of-the-art products that rely on fiber optics, like the F-35, to market and recognizes our technical expertise as well as our employees’ significant contributions to the success of such critical programs,” said Scott Graeff, President and Chief Executive Officer of Luna. “The foundational work we have done in the last several years has created the platform and scale to support the fulfillment of increasingly larger orders.”

Luna supplies various aerospace and defense manufacturers with products for next-generation aircraft – including the Luna ODiSI and HYPERION fiber-optic sensing systems and sensors, the Luna Optical Backscatter Reflectometer (OBR) and Luna terahertz test and measurement systems for measuring the thickness of stealth coatings.

In 2018, Luna was recognized by Lockheed Martin as an Evolutionary Technology Supplier of the year, out of more than 1,900 suppliers globally, acknowledging the company’s exceptional technology offerings for the support, testing and manufacturing of the F-35 Lightning II program, one of Lockheed Martin’s largest aviation initiatives. 

The F-35 Lightning II aircraft is in production with over 595 delivered to U.S. and international customers, and a total of over 900 expected to be delivered by 2022.  The F-35 fleet has surpassed 345,000 cumulative flight hours with more than 1,170 pilots and almost 10,000 maintainers having been trained.

NTS Test Lab in Los Angles Adds More Thermal Vacuum Chambers to Expand Role in Race to Space

Testing, inspection, and certification solutions specialist NTS announced that its laboratory in Los Angeles, Calif., has substantially expanded its Thermal Vacuum (TVAC) testing capabilities, further solidifying the company’s position in space qualification testing. The NTS lab secured two additional TVAC Chambers and completed a series of upgrades to increase the lab’s overall capacity to provide customers with rapid scheduling options. The company says the upgraded TVAC testing capability is critical for helping their customers in the new Race to Space.

Thermal vacuum testing is an essential aspect of qualification testing for space flight components, sub-assemblies, and mission-critical equipment. TVAC testing simulates upper atmosphere conditions of space including temperature and altitude by removing air and pressure while cycling very high and very low temperatures. In addition to testing sub-assemblies and mission-critical equipment, thermal vacuum chambers are also used for evaluating seals and rings, High Pressure-High Temperature (HPHT) programs, vacuum bakeout testing, and any program that requires a sterilized test environment. Each function is critical testing for identifying design issues before components are integrated into larger systems.

As the Race to Space intensifies, demand for thermal vacuum chambers is steadily increasing, accordign to NTS. This is what prompted the NTS Los Angeles lab to enhance capabilities. The added TV-5 and TV-10 chambers brings its total number of thermal vacuum chambers to eight. These two additional chambers give the ability to meet demanding scheduling needs more easily.

Key features of the TV-5 are as follows:

  • Size: 25” Diameter, 28” Long
  • Integral Rough Pump and Cryogenic Pump, Vacuum Level 10-6 Torr
  • Two heating/cooling zones, each 18”X24” (+200°C/-180°C)
  • Sixty data channels (expandable)
  • TQCM compatible

The TV-10 offers the following:

  • Size: 5.5’ Diameter, 10’ Long
  • Integral Rough Pump, Tubromolecular Pump and Cryogenic Pump, Vacuum Level 10-6 Torr
  • 4’ X 8’ X 6 Layer Bake-Out Rack (up to +200°C)
  • Two control zones with up to eight 3’ X 4” heating/cooling panels (+200°C/-180°C)
  • Sixty data channels (expandable)
  • Numerous feed throughs (DB-25, Douglas 24255, others as required)

NTS says they have more TVAC test capabilities than any other third-party lab in North America making them a sought after source for Space Testing. Most of the NTS thermal vacuum capabilities can be found at the NTS Los Angeles laboratory, which is home to a TV-25. NTS built the TV-25 (25 feet long by 15 feet deep) thermal vacuum in Los Angeles for client-spaceflight hardware. The facility contains one control room, two client rooms, a three-ton crane within a class 100,000 Clean Room, two gowning areas, and two uninterruptible power sources connected to an automatically engaged backup generator complete the highly specialized testing area.

Testing components for space applications requires extreme temperatures, higher pressures, lower vacuum levels, and more drastic environmental simulation. “The NTS Los Angeles Lab is a highly specialized lab that leverages a unique blend of expert engineering and customized facilities to meet these extreme testing challenges,” said Charles Diemen, general manager at NTS, Los Angeles. “Our investment demonstrates this continued commitment to NTS customers to ensure the best test experience possible.”

NTS has qualified components for nearly every space launch platform including the Space Shuttle, Atlas, Delta IV, and Space Launch System (SLS). This rich history highlights the undisputed industry leadership of NTS in performing extreme, complex testing on assemblies utilizing robust, high output test systems. As a winner of the 2019 NASA Space Award—and with a multi-decade history in extreme environmental and dynamics testing—NTS is the world’s most trusted test lab for space testing.

Aerospace Tech Week Helps fill the gap

Aerospace Tech Week 2021 helps fill the gap

OFFICIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: AEROSPACE TECH WEEK 2021 dates MOVE to 23rd-24th June 2021 to fill the gap after the 2021 PARIS AIR SHOW is cancelled.  

Unfortunately, there will be no Paris Air Show to look forward to in 2021, due to the pandemic, but the niche Toulouse based event, AEROSPACE TECH WEEK, is still planning to go ahead but NOW moving dates from 26th-27th May to 23rd-24th June 2021 in order to plug the gap.

Moving AEROSPACE TECH WEEK forward a month gives valuable extra time for the vaccines to be rolled out across the world, and the organisers also believe that by 23rd-24th June 2021 there should be a greater chance for increased air travel to resume, although the organisers still have alternative back up dates in November 2021, just in case.

The move to the cancelled 2021 Paris Air Show dates will enable the aerospace industry to continue with some of its scheduled JUNE event activity and announcements. The industry also desperately needs an in person (face to face) event to help start the recovery and therefore AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is likely to be one of the first major aerospace events to take place in over 18 months.

Whilst AEROSPACE TECH WEEK might not have the flying displays that the Paris Air Show has it does deliver on vital B2B networking opportunities for the civil aviation, aerospace and defence sectors, via its six main events under one roof covering; Avionics, Connectivity, Flight Ops IT, MRO IT, Testing and FACE.  

AEROSPACE TECH WEEK is fast becoming established as the “go to” event for airlines, OEMs, MROs and aerospace and defence suppliers as it alternates between the large aerospace regional clusters of Munich and Toulouse, with AIRBUS being its platinum sponsor.

AEROSPACE TECH REVIEW magazine and AEROSPACE TECH WEEK are in an ideal position to help aid with the industry recovery and to move it forward.

For more details on the Exhibition Halls, 6x ConferencesCertified Training, Workshops and the networking receptions please visit: www.AerospaceTechWeek.com

The show registration opens in January 2021 but if you are intersted in seeing how they can FILL THE GAP in your 2021 trade show plans please contact Adrian Broadbent

Waygate Technologies Announces Relaunch of Industrial Inspection Ecosystem InspectionWorks

Waygate Technologies, an industrial inspection solutions and non-destructive testing (NDT) provider, has released a completely revised and extended version of its flagship ecosystem for inspection data management, InspectionWorks. The upgrade includes an easy-to-use and customer-centric user interface and user experience design as well as new features including fleet management, remote monitoring diagnostics, inspection data storage and advanced analytics.

The company says this release marks an important milestone for them in its commitment to offer an integrated software ecosystem for inspection management. InspectionWorks covers all activities from the planning and dispositioning of devices, to the collection, analysis and storage of data with one single platform. Users can thereby handle their inspection management holistically, improving design, manufacturing, operations and later servicing of their products. This increases productivity and reliability and lifts inspection from a necessary control step to a valuable service. InspectionWorks is compatible both with Waygate Technologies hardware solutions and third party products.

“Predictive maintenance and operational intelligence rely on analytics, automated defect recognition or deep learning on both inspection and/or machine data. They enable our customers to predict issues before they arise by harnessing histrocial data and give actionable insights to make better and faster decisions. For us, this is the future of industrial inspection,” says Arungalai Anbarasu, CTO at Waygate Technologies. “It is an area where we excel because we can  combine the enormous amount of inspection data we collected during the last decades with insights that only a company like Waygate Technologies can reliably provide.”

Satcom Direct Invests in Advanced SD Hardware Manufacturing Facility

Satcom Direct (SD) has added a new Canadian state-of-the-art production campus to its global footprint in Ottawa, Ontario. The decision to develop the purpose-built engineering and production facility was driven by the industry shift towards the digitization of aviation and the need to innovate hardware that provides robust connectivity to support communications and the practical applications of multi-faceted data generated by aircraft. 

The world-class engineering laboratories, thermal and electromagnetic chambers, and production workshops are also equipped to produce and repair in-service hardware, including the high-tech SDR Series of cabin routers. The expanded footprint supports SD’s continued strategy of originating products and services specifically designed and evolved for the business and government aviation sectors.“Our investment reflects SD’s commitment to supporting pioneering product development, technical expertise, and quality manufacturing processes,” says SD Ottawa General Manager Joanne Walker. To this end the new facility has already achieved AS9100 certification confirming the high-quality standards of its design, process and manufacturing capabilities.

SD currently provides business and government aircraft with more cabin routers, along with datalink units and handsets, than any other supplier around the globe. The new facility has been designed to meet and exceed growing demands and expectations of existing and future customers by setting new industry-wide hardware and manufacturing standards. The Ottawa-based SD team is also responsible for the ongoing development, and subsequent manufacturing of the SD Plane Simple antenna terminal systems, in partnership with Germany-based QEST, Quantenelektronische Systeme. 

The companies say the collaboration is bringing to market a revolutionary antenna series including a Ku-band and Ka-band dual variant tail-mounted antenna, an electronically steered, fuselage mounted phased-array antenna and a Certus hardware solution to support the global Iridium NEXT network. The advanced range of antennas will provide a wider choice of flexible connectivity solutions for all sizes of aircraft from light to heavy jets around the globe.

The campus is located on Canada’s largest technology park, Kanata North, which has a long history of developing products for the communications industry. “Moving to this outstanding technology hub locates us amongst like-minded companies and will have the added benefit of attracting the right type of qualified professionals to work with us which is essential for continued success. The investment in the infrastructure and people ensures we continue delivering powerful solutions to enhance aviation operations globally,” adds Jim Jensen, SD CEO & Founder.

The announcement follows hard-on-the-heels of news about the upgrade of SD’s NOC at its global headquarters in Melbourne, FL., and further confirms SD’s ambition to transform business aviation connectivity by delivering an ecosystem integrating avionics, software, ground infrastructure and powerful cybersecurity services with award winning customer support. 

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Pratt & Whitney Sign PW1100G-JM Network Agreement

MTU Maintenance Zhuhai and Pratt & Whitney have signed a network agreement that covers the maintenance, repair and overhaul of Pratt & Whitney GTF PW1100G-JM engines at the facility in China. The facility will begin introduction of PW1100G-JM capabilities immediately and expects to be able to carry out MRO work from mid-2021. MTU Maintenance Zhuhai estimates a volume of 1,000 shop visits in the next ten years.

“We, along with our colleagues at International Aero Engines, are excited to expand our world-class global MRO network by continuing to add capacity to service our growing GTF fleet,” said Dave Emmerling, vice president, Commercial Aftermarket at Pratt & Whitney. “With MTU Maintenance Zhuhai, we welcome a highly experienced maintenance provider who will provide our customers in region with outstanding service and support.”

“This will be the third facility within the MTU network with full disassembly, assembly and test capabilities for PW1100G-JM engines,” adds Michael Schreyögg, chief program officer of MTU Aero Engines. “We are well prepared for an industry re-ramp up in commercial aviation and will build on and leverage the extensive experience already gained on this engine type, solidifying our reputation as engine MRO experts.” The PW1100G-JM program is currently served at MTU Maintenance Hannover and EME Aero in Poland. Additionally, part repairs are carried out at MTU Maintenance Berlin-Brandenburg and MTU Aero Engines in Munich.

“We are the largest narrowbody engine shop in Asia,” adds Jaap Beijer, president and CEO, MTU Maintenance Zhuhai. “Adding the PW1100G-JM to our product mix will enable us to continue our growth strategy, look to the future and better serve the Asian market.” MTU Maintenance Zhuhai added LEAP engines to its portfolio in 2019 and has been reliably serving V2500 and CFM56 engines since it was founded nearly 20 years ago.

Testia Supports Innovation & Research for Industrial Applications Through Customizable SDK of its Multi-Methods Acquisition Systems

Testia says it is developing technology and solutions that stimulate innovation for the industry as a whole. Its current acquisition systems portfolio, comprised by the multi-method UE1 Box and phased array U32 Box, are now open to those who need to exploit their flexibility at maximum to meet multiple technical specifications and accomplish different inspection goals, all within the same device.

Testia feels the current economic context is pushing industrial players and R&D centers to concentrate their efforts on improving the efficiency of all their activities, maintaining value delivery and improving their competitiveness. The challenge is to find practical, cost-effective and reliable platforms to train their personnel, conduct experiments, perform tests and integrate the outcomes into industrial operation.

The Box concept is conceived to deliver hardware and software on embeddable units. This architecture allows operators to define best suitable NDT inspection methods for their operations whether it is a desk job, a remote task or a large machine.

The UE1 Box device allows to perform ultrasonic testing (UT) and eddy current testing (ET) including bore holes with rotary probes and/or resonance data acquisition all-in-one. It is fully suitable to test any type of material for defect detection, material characterization, thickness assessment, etc.

The U32 Box device is dedicated to phased array ultrasonic data acquisition including also conventional UT. With its 32 elements, it is fully suitable for ultrasonic inspection automation of aerospace parts as well as for other applications.

Testia says it has centered its efforts into delivering smart and scalable solutions, allowing users of this equipment to shift from just operating the device to interacting directly with it.

With dedicated SDK packages, users can directly drive the associated software to give precise instructions to the box and manipulate its functions in a very flexible way. This capability allows users to fully exploit the equipment’s features. Testia says the applications for this technology extend “exponentially,” because operators can use the device from a traditional NDT acquisition system for specialized tests in research centers or for training purposes up to a dedicated device for production line applications.

For instance, this solution is already being used in many of Testia’s customers’ sites for in-line assessment of elementary parts and/or finished products and on new manufacturing process lines. But also, in one of our clients’ on-going collaborative R&D project for automatized combined NDT inspections methods of metallic parts.

MTI Instruments Fulfills Historic Order for the United States Air Force, an Award Totaling $3.3 Million for PBS-4100+ Systems

MTI Instruments announced the completion of its historic order for the United States Air Force, a $3.3 million contract awarded publicly in May 2020 that includes 52 PBS-4100+ engine vibration measurement and balancing systems. This order was made pursuant to the multi-year contract entered into by MTI Instruments and the United States Air Force in July 2016 and marks the single largest order of PBS-4100+ Systems received by MTI Instruments to date. MTI fulfilled the order in its entirety with its last shipment going out for delivery in October 2020 and is now entering the third quarter with significant revenue growth.

“We are always pleased to build upon our longstanding relationship with the United States Air Force, and this particular contract is also one that our team is very proud of. We were not only able to fulfill the USAF’s needs for a high-quality solution, but also provided a timely delivery ahead of schedule—despite the challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic presented. This is a great accomplishment and speaks to our employees’ unwavering dedication to our customers,” said Moshe Binyamin, president of MTI Instruments. 

Designed to swiftly pinpoint engine problems and eliminate avoidable engine removals, the PBS-4100+ series will now serve as a critical diagnostic tool throughout the United State Air Force. The contract also enables direct access to MTI’s customer support team which is available 24/7, 365. 

As a lightweight, portable engine vibration balancing system with robust diagnostics, the solution is quickly gaining popularity among MTI’s military aviation customers, earning several Department of Defense contracts in the past few months alone. The PBS-4100+ series is often touted for its durable design with internal shock isolation and passive cooling features to ensure that the system can withstand even the most rugged field conditions. It also delivers added versatility as it services all commercial and military turbofan, turbojet and turboshaft engines with pre-programmed parameters enabling rapid deployment in the field. The PBS-4100+ weds a real-time measurement computer with a Microsoft Windows-based platform, a standard operating system that makes it easy to maintain and support.

The configuration and the intuitive user interface make the PBS-4100+ system easy to use, while the built-in rapid diagnostics and traceability reporting help aviation customers reduce labor hours and minimize engine downtime by reducing maintenance needs. The system seamlessly collects data from a wide range of sensors to provide vibration readings which are then collected, converted and presented in desired units. The frequency spectrums are displayed for all channels using clear, concise full-color graphics indicating where vibration problems exist at the source. In addition, waterfall spectrums can pinpoint speed-related issues. The solution offers trouble-free and accurate trim balancing with the touch of a button to reduce vibration levels and get aircraft back into service. 

“With its impressive diagnostics and portability, the PBS-4100+ series will quickly prove to be an invaluable asset to the Air Force,” said Ken Ameika, global director of PBS Products, MTI Instruments. “The PBS-4100+ series is already well-used by our freight aviation customers and in recent months, our military customers are similarly finding that the instrument’s real-time data is exceptional in helping to address propulsion readiness and optimize engine performance.”

To date, MTI Instruments has served all branches of the United States military, including providing mission-critical solutions to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the Coast Guard, and the U.S. Army. This latest generation of PBS-4100 systems joins earlier models already serving air fields and test cells, both domestic and abroad. MTI has also seen increased interest in PBS accessory and support kits for the military via third-party logistic organizations, including increased sales of B-52/AWACS, C-17, KC-135 and A-10 to ensure system readiness across the USAF at large. 

As a U.S. manufacturer, MTI Instruments’ products are designed, manufactured and supported from its headquarters in Albany, New York. Binyamin, who was appointed president in September 2020, is now part of a new management team hyper-focused on building upon the company’s growth. With additional solution offerings on the horizon, Binyamin plans to expand upon its customer service programs to continue to address customer needs.

“MTI Instruments’ customer-centric approach is what truly sets us apart from other manufacturers and has continued to fuel contract interest year over year, even during these challenging economic times,” said Binyamin.

Integrated 70MHz Test Modulator Function Available with GDP Space Systems Telemetry Receiver Product Line

In addition to GDP Space Systems’ unique 4-Input Diversity Combiner Function and our Ethernet Outputs supporting IRIG 218-20, IRIG 106 Chapter 7 / Chapter 10, and IRIG 106-17 Appendix 2G Best Source Selection (DQE), the Model 4426 Digital RF Telemetry Receiver product line is now available with an internal 70MHz Test Modulator Output function!

This new function allows the loop-back testing of PCM/FM, BPSK, QPSK & SOQPSK. Internal simulated data, available in the unit, includes PRN 11, PRN 15 (Pseudorandom Patterns) as well as the ability to generate and send an IRIG 106 Chapter 4 PCM Minor Frame test stream with programmable Frame Sync pattern and a programmable Minor Frame length. The simulator also generates Viterbi, Reed-Solomon, LDPC, and Forward Error Correction (FEC).

The receiver can also provide Bit Error Rate Performance measurement as well as Frame Sync lock performance measurement, utilizing its built-in BERT and Frame Sync pattern detectors with programmable Search / Check / Lock and Flywheel parameters. This performance testing can be performed on both live and loop-back simulated data, all in the same box.

The Model 4426 offers unmatched performance, features, and functionality all contained in a single unit. If available at all, this level of functionality would normally require multiple boxes from other receiver vendors. Additionally, the Model 4426 is implemented totally with secure FPGA technology. It is designed as an appliance and is not built around a Personal Computer which has a cumbersome Operating System with corresponding security and performance issues.

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