Alcoa Fastening Systems (AFS) Announces Development of “Smart” Installation Tool

Improving upon its development of the Ergo-Tech® one-side fastening system that provides easy access and quicker assembly of modern aerospace structures, AFS is releasing a “Smart Installation Tool” that monitors the installation process and validates proper installation of each fastener. 

This tool measures the angular rotation and installation torque of each fastener, and compares the results to a predetermined acceptance criterion.  By integrating process monitoring technology into a cordless electric platform, users will have a tool that is lightweight, easy to use, and provides real-time feedback.  “We are excited by what this means not only for this product, but to see what we can do across our larger portfolio”, said Curtis Lea,  Senior Principal Engineer for AFS.      
 
AFS sees this evolution necessary not only to meet the expectations of the airframe OEMs, but to further enhance maintenance for the airlines.
 
Alcoa Fastening Systems, a business unit of Alcoa, is a leading worldwide designer and manufacturer of fastening systems, specialty fasteners, components, and installation systems for aerospace and commercial product assembly. Headquartered in Torrance, California, the company has 6,600 employees, and manufactures at 19 locations in 9 countries.  AFS also operates 7 worldwide distribution/logistics centers.
 
For more information about Alcoa Fastening Systems, visit www.alcoafasteners.com. For information about its complete line of Aerospace Products, please contact Ms. Anne Brown, Manager, Global Marketing Communications, Tel: 1 714 449 4374; Fax: 1714 278 8726; e-mail: anne.brown@alcoa.com.



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