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10 Manufacturers Needed for Machining Optimization Program

CCAT, Inc. is looking for 10 manufacturers to participate in Phase I of the Machining Optimization Program (MOP) sponsored by the US Air Force Research Lab (AFRL). There is no cost to participate.
What is MOP?
MOP is the Machining Optimization Program, developed by CCAT in support of the United States Air Force’s (USAF) need for affordable manufacturability. MOP will optimize machining operations for manufacturers making parts for the USAF and their sub-tier supply chain.

Why Do a MOP Project?

  • Increase material removal rate for aerospace alloys up to 70%

  • Increase tool life up to 12X

  • Reduce power consumption average and peak KWH

How Does MOP Work?
If a manufacturer qualifies and is selected by CCAT, they have the opportunity to participate in a MOP project designed specifically for a part they make for the USAF supply chain.  Basically, the manufacturer sends CCAT the current CNC program; we optimize it, and then use it to manufacture the part at our Advanced Manufacturing Center in East Hartford, CT. CCAT then assists the manufacturer in implementing the new machining solution on the manufacturer’s machine at the manufacturer’s facility.

A typical machining optimization effort for a part selected by CCAT will:

  • Assess current part machining process (tooling and CNC program) for improvement opportunities;

  • Redefine tooling (as required) and re-program the tool path (as appropriate) using advanced Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) solutions such as Siemens NX, Celeritive’s Volumillâ„¢, and Mastercam’s High Speed Machining;

  • Apply feed-rate optimization using Third Wave Production Module;

  • Prove-out optimized machining solution in CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) by producing the part;

  • Provide on-site support at the manufacturer’s facility to implement the optimized solution on their production equipment;

  • Based on the needs and capabilities of the manufacturer, CCAT will also assess and advise if real-time adaptive control, using hardware solutions such as Caron Engineering’s Tool Monitor Adaptive Control (TMAC), ultra-high pressure coolant delivery and alternative coolant formulations are appropriate

A Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) can be executed to protect the manufacturer’s process knowledge.
Do I Qualify?
To qualify for the Machining Optimization Program applicants must:

  • Manufacture a machined part (preferably 3 or 5 axis milled part) for the USAF or any other manufacturer in the USAF supply chain. Typically this would be an export controlled or ITAR part

  • The part should be made of difficult material to machine (e.g., Titanium, Inconel, etc.)

  • Preferably the part will be for an Air Force emerging platform (e.g., F-35)

  • Your customer can be any company in the USAF supply chain, you do not have to sell directly to the USAF

How Do I Apply?
Complete the simple on-line application by going to MOP.CCAT.US or contact Mr. Bob Torrani at CCAT:
Bob Torrani
CCAT’s Advanced Manufacturing Center
409 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT  06118
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 860-282-4223