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Off the Line: Pratt & Whitney Engine

Senior Editor Michael Anderson


Since April 2015, Pratt & Whitney PurePower geared turbofan engines have been rolling off of new assembly lines in Middletown, CT, and West Palm Beach, FL. Concurrent with the design of the new engine family was a new design for engine assembly, now in use in both locations as well as in Mirabel, QC, Canada. This new system—in some ways the biggest innovation in engine assembly in decades—combines lean thinking, DFM and a variation of Henry Ford’s innovation, a moving horizontal assembly line. Full Article

Boeing Earnings Fall, Still Better Than Forecast

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


Boeing Co. earnings slid, but still exceeded forecasts of analysts on increased commercial aircraft deliveries. Full Article

Lockheed Martin to Acquire Sikorsky Aircraft

Press Release - Lockheed Martin


Lockheed Martin has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Sikorsky Aircraft, a world leader in military and commercial rotary-wing aircraft, for $9.0 billion. The price is effectively reduced to approximately $7.1 billion, after taking into account tax benefits resulting from the transaction. “Sikorsky is a natural fit for Lockheed Martin and complements our broad portfolio of world-class aerospace and defense products and technologies,” said Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin chairman, president and CEO. Full Article

United Technologies Cuts 2015 Profit Forecast on Aerospace Results

Senior Editor Bill Koenig


United Technologies Corp. cut its 2015 profit forecast, in part because of lower earnings at its UTC Aerospace Systems unit. Full Article

In Defense, a New Focus on Project Management Process

David Karr, Technical Advisor for Manufacturing & Quality, Engineering Services Directorate, USAF Life Cycle Management Ctr., Wright-Patterson Air Force Base


The Department of Defense (DoD) is interested in manufacturing engineering and wants its suppliers to be world-class manufacturers. That’s the take-away message from DoD’s adoption of the new SAE standard AS6500, “Manufacturing Management Program.” In fact, DoD recognized the need for a new standard and partnered with SAE International for its development and publication. Full Article

Shops Migrate to Higher Value Parts Making

Senior Editor Jim Lorincz


Following the money trail is a police-drama honored way of sorting out the usual suspects in solving a crime. Keeping an eye on the money is also a good strategy for shops looking to remain competitive, as well as a bigger payday. Today, adopting five-axis machine technology is a tried and true method of producing more complex workpieces with higher value in both the raw and the machined states. Full Article

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