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.
Tamarack is making history with their winglet concept for jet aircraft. Tamarack started with the Cessna CJ1 but have recently developed a commercial airline version for Boeing and Airbus. I have known these guys for about 7 years and just love this product. It is truly amazing and developed in Northern Idaho. You will be seeing this winglet on major airlines very soon being built under license from Tamarack by Boeing and Airbus.
More recently they have received certification for the Cessna CJ3 and CJ3+ Business jets.
Tamarack Aerospace Group is located in the northern Idaho resort town of Sandpoint near Lake Pend Oreille. Not exactly where you would expect to see aircraft products being made but there are a number of companies in the area. Across the runway at Sanpoint airport is Quest Aircraft where the manufacture the Kodiak turboprop aircraft. The Kodiak is a short runway aircraft capable of taking off in 1,000 feet.
A few miles west of Quest is Aerocet where they manufacture a revolutionary composite float system for water landing. Pictured below is the Quest Kodiak aircraft equipped with Aerocet composite floats.
Just an hour south in Hayden Idaho there are more aircraft industry suppliers like Titan Spring Incorporated. Titan is a 60 year old AS9100 family owned aerospace manufacturing company. Unitech Composites is just a mile away where they manufacture aerospace products for Boeing and other defense companies.
North Idaho College has an Aerospace Center near Unitech where they have an aircraft composites program in addition to an aviation maintenance program. Students are taught airframe and powerplant courses in preparation for licensing. The college offers CNC mill operation in addition to non destructive testing and inspection in support of the local industry. The college will be adding additional aerospace classes in the future as needed.
Precision tight tolerance springs for the aviation, defense, and space industries for over 60 years.