Custom Tooling & Automation Solution Aerospace Applications
As a fully in-house source for advanced aerospace engineering and design, machining, and mechanical electrical assembly, Bent River Machine is at the leading edge of aerospace tooling and automation services. Our extensive manufacturing capabilities and quality controls are frequently relied upon by leaders in the aerospace industry.
Bent River is confident in working with design engineers through the first build/prototyping process to ensure tools function correctly the first time. This stems from our foundation in factory tooling and manufacturing methods that conform to the highest industry standards. Our team fulfills numerous industry production needs, including specialized handheld tooling to fully automated assembly equipment.
Aerospace tooling has some of the tightest regulatory standards across global industries. These standards apply to the tooling process and the products themselves, which must conform to minute tolerance windows and achieve complete production-run uniformity. To provide our partners in the aerospace industry with the tooling services and manufacturing systems they depend on, we diligently follow and maintain the following certifications and regulatory standards:
- ISO 9001:2015 Registered
- ITAR Certified
- NIST 800-171
- CMMC 2.0
And while we are not AS 9100 Registered, our quality department has extensive industry background in completing required AS 9100 paperwork if AS 9100 registration is not required for the job.
Because our technical expertise draws from numerous fields, Bent River’s aerospace tooling and manufacturing services are trusted for a variety of mission-critical applications, including:
- Factory Tooling
- Ground Support Hardware
- Calibration Equipment
- Factory Automation
- Material Handling Equipment
- Systems Integration
- Testing Systems
Bent River was approached by a leading near-earth satellite manufacturer for assistance in developing its solar panel manufacturing process. The customer’s primary goal was to design and build a manufacturing system for their production floor’s Alpha units, but they were facing high costs of input materials due to the unique requirements of space vs. terrestrial solar. Additionally, the input materials had their own set of manufacturing challenges, which slowed down the process and drove up costs with excessively labor-intensive procedures.
The client had previously worked with Bent River and believed our laminator could be the solution to their aerospace tooling needs. After visiting our Clarkdale, Arizona, office, they discovered that we could also provide manufacturing process development. Bent River engineers worked alongside the client’s team to develop a semi-automated and automated process for space-grade solar panel manufacturing. The solution involved developing tools and equipment that were needed to facilitate the client’s own in-house manufacturing process. The results were impressive — the takt time for each panel reduced from 3.5 hours to just 14 minutes, resulting in significant cost and time savings for the customer.
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Whether your solution requires full automation or turnkey mechanical tooling, Bent River has the experience and resources needed to help clients achieve their exact manufacturing goals.
From custom aerospace tooling to fully automated production equipment, Bent River Machine is a single-source solution for parts design, fabrication, and the implementation of custom manufacturing processes. To learn more or to request a quote, contact us, and tell our experienced staff about your aerospace or department of defense manufacturing needs.