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Boeing Sells to Iran | Commercial Jet Profits Up | Embraer KC490 Prototype







November 2014








Boeing to Sell Airplane Parts to Iran
In a sign of the times, Boeing is selling airplane info — and may sell parts — to Iran for the first time since 1979.





Jet Edge 5-Axis Waterjet Cuts Taper-Free 3D Parts


Jet Edge's EDGE X-5 5-axis waterjet system with Aquavision Di Controller cuts complex taper-free and 3D parts from virtually any material. Featuring Jet Edge's innovative Permalign EDGE cutting head technology, the EDGE X-5 dramatically increases your waterjet cutting capabilities by allowing you to produce chamfers, weld bevels and sophisticated 3D parts such as impeller blades - all with a taper-free finish.  Jet Edge, Inc: or call 1-800-538-3343.
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Boeing Adjusts as Commercial Dominates Military Sales


The company is consolidating most defense work out of Washington state while converting once large defense-oriented facilities to making commercial aircraft parts.








Cost effective solutions for machining advanced materials


Stiles Machinery’s Belotti machines provide the automotive, aerospace and composite industries with smart and cost effective solutions. For over 30 years, Belotti has been manufacturing milling and water-jet 3-axis and 5-axis CNC machining centers.  For applications on advanced materials such as carbon, kevlar and light alloys, special systems have been designed to achieve the best accuracy and machining reliability.  For more information, visit
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Embraer KC-390 Prepares for First Flight
In a notable achievement for the Brazilian-based company, Embraer rolls out the KC-390, its biggest plane to date.





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Against the Odds at MTM
Advanced tooling helps this high-mix, low-volume aerospace shop expand its capabilities in this case study from SME's Aerospace and Defense Yearbook 2014.





Benchmarking your Quality Maturity: Turning a Cost Center into a Profit Center


In order for an organization to achieve the shift from quality management as a cost center to profit center, it's important to have a strong grasp on your organization's maturity in the different quality management resources.  To help organizations understand their current state and plan for the journey to true operational excellence, LNS Research will discuss their landmark quality management research study of over 1,000 manufacturing organizations to identify best practices in organizational change, business process redesign, and technology evaluation based on a comprehensive maturity model to illustrate what constitutes current state vs. market leading.
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EDM Machining in Aerospace
MC Machinery Systems' Doug Maywald explains how it has gone from taboo to a trusted method in this feature from SME's Aerospace and Defense Yearbook 2014.


Metal Injection Molding White Paper


When increased quantities of metal parts are needed, metal injection molding (MIM) is often a logical next step. Our free MIM white paper covers the multi-step process involved in molding metal parts, detailed technical specs needed for design, commonly used materials and a comparison to other metal-forming technologies like direct metal laser sintering and die casting. Click Here to Download.
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Wyman Gordon to Build New Plant in S. Carolina
Manufacturer of high-performance forgings using nickel-based alloys to employ 400 in new plant in Dillon; production starts in 2015.
Cautious Optimism Surrounds Regional Aircraft Market
Forecast International's ten-year forecast is for over 3800 aircraft in the 50 to 90 seat range, with new entrants meaning a competitive landscape.
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