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Formaspace Attended AIAA 2013 Conference to Showcase Custom Industrial Workbench

In the past couple of weeks, we’ve talked about laboratory design experts at the AACC conference in Houston, sustainable business practices of green certified LEED buildings, food safety testing at the newly expanded Department of Defense FADL facility in San Antonio, Texas and why it’s revolutionary to buy American-made products, like Formaspace’s line of industrial workbench technical furniture.

 

AIAA Aviation

 

2013 AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference

This week we’re getting ready to travel to one of our favorite conferences of the year, the AIAA Aviation Technology, Integration and Operations Conference, which kicks off this coming Monday, August 12th in Los Angeles. Why aerospace? Well, as it turns out when it comes to high technology we’re huge fanboys (and fangirls too.) And this goes double for military and commercial aircraft, space and satellite technology and advanced communication systems. Don’t believe us? Well, this will give you some idea of our interest level: you may not know it, but Jeff Turk, Formaspace’s president, is an avid licensed helicopter pilot. If you haven’t seen Jeff land a helicopter on some of Formaspace’s heavy-duty industrial workbenches, you need to check out this video.

Of course, we are also interested in any field that contains so many Formaspace customers. Our benches are tailor-made for this industry (in more ways than one) due to their incredible durability and modularity. As jet designs have evolved, so have our workbenches to meet their design and maintenance needs. This year’s conference promises to be even bigger as the sponsoring organization, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) premieres an even larger umbrella conference they are calling AIAA AVIATION 2013.

 

Undermount Pull Out Shelves on Formaspace Benchmarx

Undermount Pull Out Shelves on Formaspace Benchmarx

 

New Jet Designs Move Beyond 1950’s and 1960’s Technology

It’s an exciting time in commercial aviation. Not since the 1950’s and 1960’s have we seen so many clean sheet designs coming into the market. In the business jet category, Savannah-based Gulfstream Aerospace introduced their revolutionary long range (7,000 nm) Mach .9 Gulfstream G650 with its spacious interior — thanks to a unique oval fuselage cross-section. Gulfstream is a Formaspace technical furniture customer, purchasing workbenches since 2006. But the wide-body commercial jet category has captured the most media attention.

Boeing, also a Formaspace customer, launched its 787 Dreamliner into service in late 2011. This revolutionary airframe features advanced composite material wings, empennage and fuselage – the latter constructed by a patent-pending process of wrapping carbon fibers around a mandrel to form full-sized barrel sections, which are connected together to form the fuselage. Airbus’ response to the 787 is the A350 XWB. This aircraft is still under development; its first test flight was in June and shortly afterwords it made its first public display during a flyover at the Paris Air Show. The A350’s delayed entry to the marketplace — once seen as a disadvantage — appears to offer Airbus an opportunity to take advantage of lessons learned from Boeing’s 787 rollout. The two airframes, while both employing carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, employ markedly different design philosophies. Unlike Boeing’s carbon-fibre barrels, the Airbus model uses composite panels fitted to traditional aluminum rib structure. It also uses a more conventional bleed-air system rather than the all electric power architecture of Boeing’s 787.

Boeing, also a Formaspace customer, launched its 787 Dreamliner into service in late 2011. This revolutionary airframe features advanced composite material wings, empennage and fuselage – the latter constructed by a patent-pending process of wrapping carbon fibers around a mandrel to form full-sized barrel sections, which are connected together to form the fuselage. Airbus’ response to the 787 is the A350 XWB. This aircraft is still under development; its first test flight was in June and shortly afterwords it made its first public display during a flyover at the Paris Air Show.

The A350’s delayed entry to the marketplace — once seen as a disadvantage — appears to offer Airbus an opportunity to take advantage of lessons learned from Boeing’s 787 rollout. The two airframes, while both employing carbon fibre-reinforced polymer, employ markedly different design philosophies. Unlike Boeing’s carbon-fibre barrels, the Airbus model uses composite panels fitted to traditional aluminum rib structure. It also uses a more conventional bleed-air system rather than the all electric power architecture of Boeing’s 787.

 

Have a great ATIO / AVIATION 2103 Conference!

ATIO / AVIATION 2013 starts this Monday, August 12th at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles and it looks to be an exciting event. Contact us if you’d like to meet up at the conference or if you have any questions about our industrial workbenches, built tough enough for aerospace applications.

 

9ft heavy duty workstation with casters

9 ft Heavy Duty Mobile Basix™ Workbench

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