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Ascent Aerospace completes first "small" tool ahead of guaranteed four-week lead time

Ascent Aerospace, the largest aerospace tooling company in the world, has completed the first item through their new small tool focused factories. The assembly jig shipped three days ahead of the four week lead time that is guaranteed for all tools going through two new, dedicated work cells at Ascent facilities in California and Michigan.

The small tool focused factories were created to minimize cost and lead time for “small” tools, which Ascent defines as up to 144” x 40” x 30” (365cm x 101cm x 76cm). It includes layup tooling, drill jigs, assembly tools and mill fixtures made of Invar, steel or aluminum (weldment or machined billet).

“The small tool focused factory is a dedicated value stream, instead of utilizing the various process-based departments,” explains Mike Fox, Plant Manager at Coast Composites (California). “Tools going through the 8,000ft2, temperature-controlled focused factory are produced more efficiently, with lower overhead. Savings are passed along to the customer and short lead times are assured.” Ascent's second focused factory is located at Odyssey Industries (Michigan).

Dedicated, experienced tool makers

Engineering, project management and design resources are shared, while an experienced team of dedicated professionals staff each small tool focused factory. This ensures the exceptional quality and craftsmanship for which Ascent is recognized. Tolerances of +/- .005” on surface contour and hole position are within capability and expected to be typical of the new cell.

Press release issued by Ascent Tooling Group: Coast Composites on December 16, 2015

 

 Contact details from our directory:
Ascent Tooling Group: Coast Composites Tooling, Mandrels, Jigs & Fixtures, Moulds
Ascent Tooling Group: Odyssey Industries Tooling, Jigs & Fixtures, Mandrels

 

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