United Process Controls (UPC) upgraded the vacuum furnace controls and automation platform for Woodward Inc., a U.S.-based provider of fuel and control systems for aircraft engines. The new-generation controls provide streamlined reporting for Nadcap compliance as well as seamless integration with the company’s enterprise planning (ERP) system. UPC also equipped a number of new air drying ovens with Protherm 470 programmable controllers with onboard input and output capabilities.
Solar Atmospheres of Western PA continued its merit status for Nadcap Nondestructive Testing for penetrant inspection. Solar Atmospheres specializes in Method A (water washable) Fluorescent Penetrant inspection and is able to accommodate parts of varying sizes in their NDT cell. The company has its own in-house Level 3 inspector as well as six Level 2 inspectors and one Level 1 inspector. Solar Atmospheres is on Boeing’s approved supplier list and typically inspects three linear miles of vacuum stress-relieved weldments for the 787 Dreamliner per month.
Advanced Heat Treat Corp. has been awarded Nadcap Merit status for Heat Treating (ion nitriding) at its MidPort location in Waterloo, Iowa. Nadcap is one of the ways in which the aerospace industry identifies companies that excel at manufacturing quality products through superior special processes.
Bodycote announced that its Surahammar, Sweden, hot isostatic pressing (HIP) location earned its Nadcap accreditation. The Surahammar site has been producing Powdermet near net shape (NNS) and selective surface net shape (SSNS) components for many years, using its experience manufacturing complex, high-integrity components from powder metal to serve subsea, oil and gas, marine, nuclear, tool steel and automotive markets.
Solar Atmospheres’ Greenville, S.C., facility has expanded its scope of Nadcap approval to include vacuum furnace brazing for the growing aerospace manufacturing cluster in the southeast U.S. The plant also announced an expansion to its current scope of Boeing approval to include the processing of Precipitation-Hardening, Corrosion-Resistant and Maraging Steel parts to the requirements of AMS 2759/3.
Aerospace special-process providers seeking Nadcap accreditation agree that the process has elevated the level of compliance from procedural accuracy, training, documentation, equipment functionality and process control.