Cadorath Aerospace (Booth No. 3212), marking its 57th year in business, has established a technical support team to work as a liaison between Bell operators and its engineering division and thereby “established hundreds of new Bell product offerings,” according to president and CEO Gerry Cadorath.
Premier Solutions of America has introduced a new “eco-friendly” paint stripper that is “biodegradable, non-toxic, easy to use and easy to apply.”
The EFS 2500 paint and/or powder-coat remover has been engineered to replace hazardous methylene chloride-based paint strippers. MeCl is a known carcinogen and is a chemical classified as a hazardous air pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency.
“We have a specialized process to repair damaged cadmium that makes it particularly suitable to AOG applications,” Derek Vanek, Sifco Applied Surface Concepts manager of inside sales and support, told AIN. Vanek explained that high-strength steel, such as that used in landing gear and other cadmium-plated structural components, is susceptible to hydrogen embrittlement.
Duncan Aviation (Booth No. 6763) has formed a “green team dedicated to improving business practices and educating team members with the goal of reducing the company’s impact on the environment.”
“The benefits of making ‘green’ decisions are good for us and for those who will follow us,” said Jeannine Falter, Duncan vice-president of business development and green team facilitator.
Sherwin-Williams’s JetFlex interior aircraft coatings were designed to improve the appearance of commercial aircraft cabins and cockpits. The products were formulated for optimum adhesion to composite surfaces, plastic, wood or metal. JetFlex is available in a range of low-gloss and flat colors in two formulations: solvent-based polyurethane enamel and water-reducible polyurethane dispersion.
HighTech Finishing of Houston, Texas (Booth No. 479), has introduced several new, unique decorative plating finishes at the specific requests of clients. Its “Oil-rubbed Bronze” finish, for example, is the response to an inquiry from Airbus for a specific visual appearance. According to the U.S.
Alamo Plating & Metal Finishing (Booth No. 2888) announced a new finishing process called water-transfer printing, which uses a specialized film to print natural designs, such as burl wood, walnut, marble and geometric patterns, on nearly any substrate. Interior paneling, cabinetry, handles, switches, bezels and other interior parts lend themselves to this film-dipping process.
Sherwin-Williams has introduced its JetFlex interior aircraft finish, a solvent-based polyurethane enamel and water-reducible polyurethane dispersion coating that adheres to plastic, metal and composite surfaces. It is a low volatile organic compounds formula that contains no free isocyanates, lead or chrome. Further, the single-package formulation does not require a catalyst for application and can be air or force dried.
Doncasters is investing close to $350,000 to develop the plasma spray facility at Doncasters Airmotive and Doncasters Aerospace Components in Shrewsbury, UK. Plasma spray technology is used to apply various metallic and ceramic coatings onto components by feeding the metallic or ceramic powder into a plasma flame with intense heat that melts the powder and sprays it onto the component.
Airbus has agreed to start approval testing for a new tungsten carbide-based coating developed by the UK’s Hardide Coatings (Hall 4 Stand E20) as a replacement for chrome coatings. The Airbus trials will last three years. It is the eighth aerospace manufacturer to test the new coating, which is already in use in harsh environments in the oil and gas exploration sector.