BuildIT benefits from F-35 program with job and opportunity creation

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F-35

Montreal, QC – With Friday’s release of Canada’s major economic indicators showing a decrease in job creation, BuildIT Software & Solutions of Montreal, QC urged the Canadian Government to continue investment in the production of the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet.

“With the current rise in the unemployment rate, it is vital that we continue to focus on the programs that are generating new opportunities and creating employment, like the F-35 Lightning II.  The program gives Canada access to the development of skills and know how in leading edge technology, allowing us to compete more effectively on a global scale,” said Vito Marone, Director of Sales and Marketing at BuildIT.  “I urge Ottawa to continue production of the F-35 Lightning II to create jobs and keep people working.” Read More

TRENDS IN AEROSPACE ASSEMBLY: MEASUREMENT ASSISTED ASSEMBLY- MEASUREMENT DEVICES PROVIDING GUIDANCE FOR ASSEMBLY

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Final Assembly of Airbus 400M

In my last blog post, I talked about measurement assisted assembly (MAA). Measurement Assisted Assembly is a key operation for the reduction of time in aerospace assembly, which can account for as much as 40% of aircraft manufacturing costs. In this post I will present an interesting example of MAA: Assembly of aircraft through the guidance of measurement devices. Read More

TRENDS IN AEROSPACE ASSEMBLY: INTRODUCTION

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Boeing 787 Dreamliner

Aerospace assembly is the finest jewel among assembly applications. It presents a daunting and unique challenge: The assembly of very large structures to very close tolerances along with huge fastening and drilling operations.

Assembly can take up to as much as 40% of the total cost of manufacturing an airframe due to the labour and quality issues because of drilling thousands of holes per aircraft. Around 5% of the total manufacturing cost of an aircraft or 10% of the airframe cost is caused by the use of fixed tooling. Read More

MAXIMIZE MANUFACTURING PRODUCTIVITY WITH BUILD!IT 3.3.0

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Hitachi Loader model in Build!IT 3.3.0

Montreal, July 8, 2013 – BuildIT Software & Solutions Ltd. is pleased to announce the release of the latest version of their 3D metrology software:  Build!IT® 3.3.0.  The software enables quick and easy dimensional inspection of manufactured parts and assemblies for tool building, assembly, alignment, process automation and quality control. Read More

Join us at AeroDef – a pre-show overview

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AeroDef Manufacturing Conference 2013

For those involved in Aerospace and Defense manufacturing, there will be an exciting conference March 19-21st in Long Beach California.  The 2nd AeroDef Manufacturing conference produced by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME) has an executive committee sourced from some of the biggest names in the industry including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, EADS and Boeing.  Keynotes will be delivered by: Read More

Use your metrology software with your iPod, iPad or iPhone without the internet – BuildIT Tips & Tricks

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Using Build!IT with iTeleport on the iPhone

Imagine: You’re alone on the job using your laser tracker to measure a large part, such as an airplane fuselage or a machinery roll in a paper mill. Your computer is set up close to the laser tracker and power supply. You climb the scaffolding to access the feature you want to measure and start measuring using your 4-button remote. After a few thousand samples, something happens. Maybe you lift the SMR by accident because there is little bump on the surface.  Maybe you want to verify the settings, or you would like to view the previewed cylinder.  Whatever the case may be, it means that you must climb back down and return to your laptop in order to accomplish the task.  This is a common enough scenario.  Wouldn’t it be better to be able to manipulate your metrology software without leaving your part? Here at BuildIT, we recommend iTeleport to remote access your metrology software securely. Read More

From the Vault: Build!IT 1912

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BuildIT 1912

Spotlight on: The FARO Vantage

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Today we will be taking a look at FARO’s newest addition to their laser tracker lineup: The FARO Vantage.  Its features include Compact Size, Water and Dust Resistance, Longer Range, SmartFind, MultiView Cameras, TruADM, TriMap Encoders and Integrated WLAN.

As you can see from the photo album above, we had the pleasure of testing this device out first hand, both while it was on display at our booth at the CMSC this past July and when it came for testing at our office for interface capability in Build!IT 3.2.0 SP2.  The features of particular interest to us are SmartFind and MultiView Cameras.  SmartFind (known in our software as Active Gestures) allows the user to make a simple back-and-forth movement with the SMR which signals to the tracker to recapture the beam.  The MultiView Cameras feature (known in our software as the Camera Drive) displays a live video feed of what the tracker’s camera sees, and allows the user to direct the beam within the view with a simple click of the mouse.  These features are incredibly useful in reducing the time it takes to recapture the beam, giving you control options whether you are working at the computer, or you are at the part with the SMR.  Check out our video below for some footage demonstrating these two features, and their implementation in Build!IT 3.2.0 SP2. Read More

Article Pick: Energising the supply chain by Mike Richardson

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Check out Mike Richardson’s article over at Aerospace Manufacturing on Energising the supply chain for the F-35 JSF programme:

High expectations mean that the F-35 has much more to live up to than previous jet fighters. Mike Richardson hears how the Lockheed Martin JSF programme team and its incumbent supply chain are taking steps to ensure it will meet customer demand[…] Read More

Build!IT® 3.2.0 SP1 Now Available

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With more than 100 improvements and new features including datum-based alignment and CATIA V5 FTA GD&T import, see how BuildIT’s latest version can help increase your quality control efficiency.

Version 3.2.0 SP1 is currently available for Download to customers registered under the Maintenance and Support Program. This version requires a dongle update. Read More

Gulfstream Provides Top-Flight Quality with Build!IT Software

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Gulfstream Fuselage Assembly

A transition to digital assembly

Like many aircraft manufacturers, Gulfstream had long used full scale master tool models to manually craft and build their business jets. However, as technology advanced there was a shift toward digital engineering and manufacturing, including automated assembly by robotic riveting machines. Having relied in the past on physical tools for the skin panel assemblies, Gulfstream did not have the digital models needed to produce a numerical control programming to drive the automated riveting system. In order to evolve to the new process, they would need to reverse engineer the legacy white masters, create precise 3D CAD models then insert these models into the engineering design system for automated assembly. The process benefited from a combination of portable measurement devices and Build!IT software. Read More

BAE Standardizes on Build!IT to Manufacture the Joint Strike Fighter

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BAE Aft Port Side Fuselage

Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) is an international program to build a common fighter aircraft that meets the combined needs of the US Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps, as well as the UK’s Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. Lockheed Martin leads the charge in cooperation with BAE SYSTEMS and Northrop Grumman to engineer and deliver an F-35 aircraft that meets the unique requirements of all partners. Each manufacturer has their own role in the development of the aircraft. BAE SYSTEMS Samlesbury is responsible for the design and assembly of the aft fuselage and tails of the aircraft. Read More