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Increasing Your Customer Base Using Laser Tracker Technology and Large-Volume Metrology Software

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ASNA overcomes shop-floor challenges

In a TED Talk, Geordie Rose, co-creator of the D-WAVE quantum computer, said, “Humans use tools to do things. If you give humans a new kind of tool, they can do things they couldn’t otherwise do—imagine the possibilities.”

Rose was, of course, speaking of quantum computers, but that sentiment is just as relevant in manufacturing. When Alignment Services of North America (ASNA) began using laser trackers and 3D modeling software, the company and its customers began to discover how much more they could do with a 3D survey compared to precision optics. Read More

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OASIS Alignment Enhances their Inspection Services using BuildIT Software

Hydroformer-inspection in BuildIT

OASIS Alignment provides 3D metrology services in the alignment and calibration of industrial machinery.  For this, they use a combination of laser tracker technology, and BuildIT software, to perform their precision measurements and adjustments.  

As a service company, Oasis performs a variety of jobs, each of which require different setups and workflows.  BuildIT’s adaptable workflow is a huge help in this case, with the ability to generate processes on the fly. Read More

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Gulfstream Provides Top-Flight Quality with Build!IT Software

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

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

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

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Build!IT helps Aircraft Tooling and Design Group Grow its Business

Final Inspection

Pride in workmanship and personal involvement are the credos of Aircraft Tooling and Design Group. What seem like simple business principles have propelled this small, central Florida-based company to become a valuable part of the supply chain for aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing, Lockheed and Sikorsky. In just over two years this busy production facility has produced hundreds of master tools. Read More

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BuildIT Helps Nova Bus Build a Better Bus

Nova Bus

Located near Montreal, Canada, the manufacturing team was routinely building many hundreds of complete bus frames per year. Production grew as new models were introduced. The addition of a new gas-electric hybrid design necessitated a re-examination of the quality inspection process, to determine strategies for increasing productivity and improving data management and analysis.  BuildIT was called in to perform a complete process audit and work with Novabus to implement strategies for cost-effective productivity enhancements. Read More

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Airbus relies on Build!IT to reduce inspection cycle time by more than 80%

Airbus assembly

Customer Profile

Airbus, one of the world’s leading aircraft manufacturers, consistently captures approximately half or more of all orders for airliners with more than 100 seats. The Airbus product line comprises of 14 aircraft models, ranging from the 100-seat single-aisle A318 jetliner to the 525-seat A380, which is the largest civil airliner in service. Under the Airbus Military Company, Airbus has developed the A400M multi-role airlifter, a military transport aircraft, which will replace ageing fleets of C-130 Hercules and C-160 Transalls. Read More