MAG Industrial Automation Systems will supply the first automated composites processing system ordered by the Russian aerospace industry as part of a new sale to Russia’s United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).
The purchase of three machines – a MAG VIPER Fiber Placement System and two HyperMach Vertical profilers, valued at more than $9 million – is the first made to support production of UAC’s MS-21 series of commercial, medium-range airliners. The machines, all featuring patented technologies, will be delivered in the first quarter of 2011.
The sale broadens MAG’s footprint in Russia, which was established with recent sales of 26 large machine tools to Ural Boeing Manufacturing and VSMPO-Avisma. Both companies produce titanium components in Russia for Boeing and Airbus commercial planes. “”Our newly created Aerospace Industry Team was a key enabler for us in this sale,”” said Chip Storie, MAG Executive Vice President, Aerospace. “”It brings into focus our strength as the only globally capable company integrating core aerospace manufacturing technologies – metalworking and automated composites processing – engineered, built and backed by a single source with local sales and service in Russia. The team consulted in depth with UAC, even hosting three aerospace manufacturing workshops in Russia that included a design and review of an entire wing factory.””
The VIPER 1200 Fiber Placement System lays 12 tows of 6.35 mm (0.25 in) composite prepreg tape, and has 9 m (354 in) carriage travel and 3 m (118 in) diameter mandrel station. The VIPER family of machines is modular, offered with 12, 16, 24 or 32 tows to support a wide variety of parts production from small to very large, and is available in both vertical and horizontal platforms.
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