01 June 2001
01 June 2001
Advanced Technical Products has successfully qualified and entered into a jet engine fan duct production contract with Honeywell Engines and Systems of Phoenix, Arizona. The contract is for the fabrication of a composite fan by-pass duct produced by Intellitec's unique resin transfer molding (RTM) process. This engine duct is used on Honeywell Engines and Systems' TFE731-20/-40 engine currently supplied to Lear Jet and Dassault. FAA certification was awarded for the duct in April 2001. The initial contract, valued at $600,000, is for duct assemblies to be delivered this year. Deliveries of this duct are projected to continue for the next 10 to 15 years.
The new composite assembly, which replaces a sheet metal assembly, achieves several key objectives including meeting aggressive cost targets, a 25% weight reduction and a detail part reduction. Additionally, the need for over 800 driven rivet fasteners at the assembly stage was eliminated. Production deliveries started in May in what may be the shortest design to production effort accomplished by Intellitec to date. ""This is a significant event in that we advanced the use of RTM on engine components and achieved the aggressive time to market needs of our customer,"" stated Mr. Joseph deCillis, Intellitec's RTM Production Program Manager.
According to Mr. Ken Best of Honeywell Engines and Systems Strategic Sourcing, ""The success of this program represents a significant milestone for Honeywell in the advancement of structural composites for propulsion engine applications. Intellitec has met all of the original success criteria for this program, in addition to an accelerated development and certification schedule. This is a tremendous application advancement, which will allow us to offer our customers a duct with reduced weight and improved reliability."" Intellitec, located in DeLand, Florida, is a supplier of advanced composite structures for the aerospace industry. The division is contracted to the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and the F-22 Raptor as well as other military and commercial programs. Along with its composite manufacturing capability, Intellitec produces detection and protection systems for weapons of mass destruction, camouflage systems for the US Military and special electronic components for the recreational and over road vehicle markets.
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