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Compressor Assembly Concept

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Compressor Assembly Concept
June 10, 2018

Although this specific assembly concept has not yet been approved or purchased by Pratt & Whitney Canada, it represents the technically demanding projects that I have been involved with at iTech. Typically these projects require meticulous attention to detail and effective communication among contacts from the potential customer, iTech, and OEM's such as Atlas Copco. Once the need is identified, all of the technical details need to be scrutinized to ensure that the solution will provide a predetermined return on investment.

This concept illustrates the automatic nut runner for an 8 tie rod compressor rotor assembly. The concept is based on the requirement of measuring tie rod stretch.    A set of 8 linear gauges is interfaced with 8 drive modules that independently control 8 industrial nut runners. The linear gauges continuously measure tie rod stretch and feed that information to the drive units. The drive units can initially synchronize the torque to all nut runners. This allows all the nuts to be torqued simultaneously. When final tie rod stretch is reached, the linear gauges signal the drive units to stop. A touchscreen LCD display can act as both operator panel (start, stop, etc.) and information display (tie rod stretch, torque, sequence, etc.).

Viking Air – OEM of de Havilland Aircraft

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Viking Air – OEM of de Havilland Aircraft
June 9, 2018

Viking Air has manufacturing facilities in both Sidney, British Columbia and Calgary, Alberta. In 2006, Viking Air accepted the transfer of the type certificates for seven legacy de Havilland aircraft, including the DHC-6 Twin Otter seen left. I have established a good presence for iTech and Atlas Copco in both of Viking's facilities but believe there is still room for significant growth in market share as Viking Air is set to ramp up their production over the next few years.

F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter

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F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter
BC
June 9, 2018
    

We feel extremely grateful to have contributed to one of the most exciting programs in Canadian aerospace history, the F-35 Lightning II Program by Lockheed Martin. Two companies in British Columbia, Avcorp Industries and ASCO Aerospace, are responsible for building and supplying components of the JSF to Lockheed Martin for final assembly.

Avcorp Industries is specifically responsible for supplying the Outboard Wings of this modern fighter jet. For a number of years, I had been unsuccessful at attaining any significant business on Avcorp's existing lines such as the Bombardier CRJ700 or Cessna CJ3 aircrafts. Avcorp's longstanding suppliers have not made entrance into Avcorp easy, as common practice in the industry is to drop prices in order to maintain market share and keep out smaller specialty suppliers such as iTech. Fortunately, a number of key contacts at Avcorp remembered my presentations over the years and determined that iTech's expertise and experience in specialty, high quality aerospace manufacturing solutions may be suitable to the JSF program. I am pleased to be considered a strategic partner to Avcorp and their contributions to Lockheed's JSF; I have recently been working with Avcorp to source solutions that will enable them to improve delivery times on their JSF components in a bid to attain further JSF contracts. I attribute this success to the relentless pursuit for excellence and a focus on customer needs.

ASCO Aerospace is responsible for substantial machining work on the JSF program. I have assisted ASCO Aerospace for a number of years with the assembly of Boeing Slat Tracks. My existing relationships with ASCO's engineering and operations personnel may provide useful if they attain additional JSF contracts which require manufacturing outside of large machine centres.