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Nordam’s Completes 20,000th 787 Window Frame

 - June 16, 2013, 2:00 AM
Boeing 787 composite window frames from Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam reduce weight by almost 50 percent. (Photo: David McIntosh)

Tulsa, Oklahoma-based Nordam Interiors and Structures division (Hall 3 Stand E145) has manufactured its 20,000th composite window frame for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. This is the first ever composite window frame for a commercial airliner and it features an almost 50 percent weight reduction compared with traditional aluminum frames, according to Nordam, as well as “superior damage tolerance.”

The Nordam window frame incorporates Hexcel HexMC low-density composite material, which is made from high-strength carbon fiber and epoxy resin.

As orders for the 787 grow, Nordam says it continues to ramp up production rates with ship-sets being sent Boeing’s Charleston, North Carolina assembly plant and to Boeing’s fuselage partners, Alenia, Kawaski Heavy Industries and Spirit AeroSystems.