CCAT Announces $1.67 Million Contract with U.S. Air Force

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CCAT and its team of manufacturing experts will conduct research to optimize non-contact quality inspection systems used by the U.S. aerospace supply chain to ensure delivery of perfect parts on time and within budget for the USAF.

Nasir Mannan, CCAT Modeling & Simulation Research Applications Engineer, conducts white-light scanning at AMC.

CCAT will use its Advanced Manufacturing Center and research and manufacturing expertise to enhance and streamline non-contact inspection systems for the USAF.

The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology Inc. (CCAT) today announced a $1.67 million contract with the U. S. Air Force. The contract, which is being awarded by the Air Force Research Laboratory, provides funds for applied research on non-contact metrology technologies used for quality inspection systems in aerospace manufacturing.

“CCAT is excited about using our research and manufacturing expertise to explore how best to streamline non-contact inspection systems for the USAF,” said Elliot Ginsberg, president and CEO, CCAT.

“CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center, with long-standing support from the USAF and its Research Laboratory, together with our large and small manufacturing partners in Connecticut and across the country, will foster the success of this program to optimize non-contact inspection systems that can be used by the U.S. aerospace supply chain.”

According to Dr. Tom Maloney, chief technology officer, CCAT, quality inspection is a critical step in delivering perfect parts on time and within budget. “Non-contact metrology is emerging as a leading technology for inspection of complex geometric parts such as those in aerospace manufacturing. Our goal is to develop a scientific approach to assess the accuracy and repeatability of non-contact inspection systems to advance the technology,” said Maloney.

CCAT has assembled a team of metrology experts and manufacturing companies to demonstrate and validate the scanning processes for parts used in aerospace manufacturing. The team includes Connecticut organizations Bolton Works, Digital Manufacturing Services, Pratt & Whitney, and the University of Hartford as well as 3D Systems, Alcoa Howmet Research Center, GE Global Research, PCC Airfoils, PCC Structurals, and Rolls Royce.

Over an 18-month period, CCAT and its partners will devise a custom test artifact with features representative of complex aerospace parts. Project partners will each conduct part measurements using their individual metrology systems, including white light and blue light scanners.

Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology, Inc. (CCAT), a nonprofit economic development organization headquartered in East Hartford, Conn., is a leader and go-to resource for strengthening competitiveness and high-tech business development in the state, region and nation. CCAT focuses on three core areas: technology, efficiencies and workforce development, with expertise in manufacturing technology, IT, education and workforce strategies, and energy solutions. Through the synergy of its experienced teams, advanced technologies and extensive partnerships, CCAT provides manufacturers, educators, government, nonprofits and entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to tackle economic challenges, compete and succeed.

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