The Aerospace Spring industry is encountering delivery problems with outside processing and raw material deliveries for the products we provide our customers. I am sure you are experiencing this issue with your other suppliers as it is industry wide.
Outside processing such as coatings or heat treating for example have experienced a considerable increase in demand. This is based on President Trumps Defense buildup. In most cases we are very limited to approved sources by either your customer or your customers customer. For instance if the drawing requires processing to a Boeing specification by a Boeing approved supplier. We can only use those approved sources. This creates a bottleneck at those approved suppliers beyond our control based on their capacity and backlog. We are forced to wait for them to process our parts.
Raw materials like wire we use for springs has availability issues based on two factors. The first of which is the 2008 / 2009 economic downturn. The lack of growth in the following years caused raw material warehouses to downsize. They reevaluated their inventory exposure to remain solvent. The result was a dramatic reduction in floor stock based on inventory turns. What once was available from warehouse stock now became special order with variable lead times. The sequester program the government allowed especially impacted Aerospace Spring Industry especially with DFARS material that was already an availability issue before 2008.
The second issue with raw material is with steel mills which are limited in number domestically. They are running at capacity based on the improved economy. In many cases they sell to redrawing mills who draw the wire down to the size the warehouse ordered. This means two sets of lead times before we can get our hands on the wire we need.
In some cases, the delivery problem is exacerbated by material being available when we quote your requirement. But, when your order is placed it has been sold to someone else.
When this happens, we are forced to scour the world for acceptable material. In some cases we are forced to buy minimum quantities of material that exceed what is needed for your order.
Unfortunately there in no relief in sight as the steel industry has no plans to increase capacity anytime soon. The cost is significant and the current demand may subside before the added capacity is realized.
We are doing everything in our power to deliver on time. We continue to seek viable solutions to material and processing issues.
This helmet clip is another example of Titan being a trusted source for solving our customers design challenges even for non aerospace customers. This bracket assembly required some challenging bends in order to hold a flashlight on the firefighters helmet.
FIREFIGHTER HELMET CLIP ASSEMBLY
The helmet clip is screwed onto the firefighters helmet rim using the slot and screws on the left. The black center know is used to adjust the angle of the lights beam.
The mounting bracket on the left side has simple bends and threaded holes to accommodate the mounting screws. There are also threaded holes on each part where they are joined using the center adjustment knob.
The difficulty of this part is the compound bends on the right hand side one of which can be seen to the right of the black knob. You can see there is a bend just before the radius of the clip is formed. The purpose of the first bend is to angle the light across the firefighters line of sight.
The flashlight is not the ones purchased for home use as it has a special bulb. The bulb produces a beam which pierces through thick smoke. It is not so much what the firefighter sees as it is they be seen in the event the become incapacitated. Imagine a firefighter laying unconscious on their back as others are searching the smoke filled room for them. The helmet light produces a bright beam easily seen through the smoke indicating the stranded firefighters location.
Titan has come to our customers need for over 61 years and have been an integral part of the aerospace and defense industries since we started. We were right there as the United States Space program was launched by President Dwight Eisenhower in the late 1950’s.
We were proud then and prouder now building satellite components for Boeing.
Our custom component manufacturing is something Titan Spring been known for since our beginning in 1957. It is part of our problem solving service where we work with engineers or entrepreneurs and many times inventors to find solutions to their needs.
The Beryllium Copper clip pictured below was made by Titan to be used in a satellite system. It has a spring function which is accomplished with the three tabs that are pushed in just shy of the back wall of the part. The clip is mounted in an electrical system so it will hold the circuit boards in place. Multiple clips are used to hold the boards in place.
Satellites differ depending on the manufacturer and the mission they are designed for so clips like this one are manufactured in small quantities well under 100 pieces. The clips have stringent performance requirements that must be met prior to launch because they cannot be replaced in space.
Titan also has been called upon to manufacture custom components for satellite antennae systems. The systems are tucked away during the launch and must be deployed once the satellite reaches orbit. Failure to deploy will negatively affect communication with the satellite or possibly eliminate it all together. A multi million dollar satellite could be useless space junk if everything does not perform as designed.
Compression springs are used to move the antennae out of its storage place. Then custom component manufacturing parts of special steel open the antennae so it can be moved to transmit or receive information from earth.
We are referencing just two examples of our custom component manufacturing capabilities and we are capable of precision machined parts in addition to assemblies. Wire forming, metal stamping and various spring types are also available from Titan Spring an AS9100 Rev. “D” Certified.
The Boeing Company awarded its silver level Preferred Supplier Certification to Titan Spring, Inc. of Hayden, Idaho.
Boeing congratulated Titan on achieving superior supplier performance.
Titan maintained a minimum Silver composite performance rating for each month of the performance period from October 1, 2012 to September 30,2013. Silver is the second highest level in the Boeing Preferred Supplier Certification process, a tool to identify and recognize high-performing suppliers strategically important to Boeing.
Boeing has established three levels of certification — bronze, silver and gold — with gold being the highest. To achieve preferred supplier status, suppliers are evaluated against specific performance standards in three categories: statistical process control, business processes and performance. Suppliers who meet or exceed the standards in these categories are identified and recognized as preferred suppliers.
Titan Spring, Inc. is a AS9100 Revision “D” Certified Company and is ITAR Registered with the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls.
Titan is proud to be selected for this achievement that we worked very hard for. We have always made the quality of the parts that we make for our customers a priority. Many of the parts we are selected to make on mission critical with some having loss of life as an extra consideration. Ejection seats come to mind along with parachutes both of which we have made parts for. When we sign off on a part to be shipped it is correct or it does not go to the customer, no exceptions.
That practice is applied to every part we make regardless of its use because that is what the customer is paying for. The AS9100 standard applies to everything in the company including commercial parts. It is a system for running a company from the top down and touches every thing that happens in the certified company.
Precision tight tolerance springs for the aviation, defense, and space industries for over 60 years.