27 June 2011
27 June 2011
ATK is nearing completion of a facility which, they say, will allow for expanded production capabilities for commercial aircraft composite structures.
The Aircraft Commercial Centre of Excellence (ACCE) is in Clearfield, Utah, is being built to meet the demands of the commercial aerospace market and, ATK say, the new facility will serve as their headquarters for Aerospace Structures' commercial aircraft programs, supporting the manufacture of commercial airframes and engine components for the Airbus A350, and General Electric and Rolls-Royce engine programs.
ATK explain that their new 615,000 square foot manufacturing centre will increase their capability and capacity, creating a full spectrum engineering and manufacturing centre for commercial composite aircraft structures and components. The facility has been designed to meet the robust demands of the commercial aircraft marketplace with the capability of manufacturing more than 10,000 parts per month at rate production levels.
""Our aircraft composite business has grown substantially over the last several years and this new facility will take us to the next level,"" said Blake Larson, President of ATK Aerospace Systems Group. ""The ACCE facility will increase our capacity dramatically and enable us to grow our roles in commercial aircraft for both domestic and international markets.""
""This commercial aircraft facility is the foundation of ATK's commitment to meeting the accelerating global demand of composites on commercial aircraft,"" said Joy de Lisser, Vice President and General Manager of ATK Aerospace Structures Division. ""Locating the ACCE in Utah provided us the opportunity to co-locate our design, engineering and technical talent with our existing facilities. Utah has provided an excellent business environment.""
ATK say the facility will feature automated stiffener forming technology for both linear and radial airframe structures capable of producing 40,000 meters, or 25 miles of composite structures per month, large diameter autoclaves capable of curing parts in excess of 22 meters in length, engine case wrap capability and assembly, CNC machining, water jet capability, and automated ultrasonic and non-destructive inspection systems.
Construction is due for completion in July, 2011 and ATK will hold a grand opening in August to celebrate.
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