After supplying SIAT, a gantry type inspection system, Tecnatom is selected again by the Turkish company to upgrade obsolete inspection equipment.
Thanks to the consolidation of the relationship between the two Airbus suppliers, Tecnatom technology will contribute to improve productivity and quality of the aerospace composite materials manufactured by TAI and finally of Airbus’ own products.
System upgrades is one of the business areas within Tecnatom, developed to meet specific demands required by customers.
Madrid, 28th July 2014. Turkish Aerospace Industries, TAI, again relies on Tecnatom and selects it to upgrade its obsolete inspection equipment. Followed by thorough and detailed research of Tecnatom’s technological capabilities and evaluating its flexibility to meet its budget necessities and possibilities, this new contract comes after an initial order for the acquisition of the SIAT system earlier this year. SIAT is a gantry type inspection system, especially designed to integrate through transmission and pulse-echo techniques to perform ultrasonic control of flat and curve parts of constant profile.
Tecnatom built the SIAT system some years ago to provide internal service within the company and now it has been integrated into the industrial process developed by TAI at its facilities in Ankara to inspect composite parts. For that reason, SIAT was previously upgraded by the incorporation of more advanced electronics and software, which Tecnatom is currently integrating in all its supplies, and was modernized as to its mechanical and operational aspects.
“Modularity and flexibility of Tecnatom’s equipment and its own concept of integration enable to upgrade old systems, under very favourable conditions, that, however, maintain in good state its mechanical and motion control components”, explains Antonio Tanarro, industrial market manager at Tecnatom.
After this upgrade, the system will be able to meet the most strict quality requirements demanded by Airbus to suppliers for the control of aerospace parts, as well as to improve productivity.
Wealth experience in system upgrades
Its leadership in the non-destructive testing segment has driven Tecnatom to develop a line of business specializing in inspection system upgrade to meet specific demands required by customers. This area works against obsolescence ensuring the inspection system upgrade to maintain profitability and reliability for longer. The upgrade can be carried out by means of technological evolution or the incorporation of new capabilities. Tecnatom is also responsible for the system upgrade from manufacturers which no longer exist.
“This second contract that TAI has awarded Tecnatom this year will enable us to turn a system with very limited service into state-of-the-art equipment, in terms of ultrasonic electronics and instrumentation software for the control, acquisition and analysis of data, incorporating new capabilities such as performing inspections with pulse-echo techniques. Improvement within this system will allow increasing productivity at a very adjusted price, as added value”, states Tanarro.
As Airbus suppliers, the consolidation of the collaboration between Tecnatom and TAI, that along with equipment supply and upgrade includes technical assistance and staff training, will contribute to improve productivity and quality of the aerospace composite materials manufactured by TAI and finally of Airbus’s own products.
Thanks to these contracts, Tecnatom has now presence in Turkey as it is working with one of its most important companies and which is playing a leading role in the international aerospace industry.
Tecnatom is a multinational company specializing in engineering, present in 34 countries and with more than 50 years of experience in Non Destructive Testing. With a turnover of around €118 millions in 2013 and a workforce of 826 people, Tecnatom started its activity within the nuclear market from where it has diversified and expanded its technology into new strategic industrial markets: thermal, petrochemical, transports and aircraft and space.
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