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Volstatic's Role in Fighter Aircraft Quality Assurance

Volstatic's Role in Fighter Aircraft Quality Assurance powder spraying, works services engineer John Adlard believes that, with auto­ matic guns which can be set to a Volstatic's Role in consistent coating, there is an inevitably improved confidence in quality assur­ ance. "The coating is good and the Fighter Aircraft Quality electrostatic principle is effective," he says. The installation of the Volstatic HP1000 automatic guns has also enabled Assurance British Aerospace to discontinue the THE HP1000 automatic guns launched recently by electrostatic powder coating equipment specialists Volstatic Limited are playing a part in the crack-detection of load-bearing components in British fighter aircraft. Ten HP1000 guns, together with two generator consoles form part of a plant installation designed and carried out by Fin-Tech Plant and Equipment for British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division, Preston. They have, say British Aerospace, provided increased confidence in quality assurance. Computer controled The installation consists of dye and powder booths, drying ovens and washing tanks, all linked by a computer- controlled transporter which carries a flight-bar system. The HP1000 guns are mounted in two sets of five guns upon a transverser which moves horizontally within the length of the powder coating booth. A fine dusting of developer powder is sprayed onto components which have been washed and dried following spray-coating with a penetrant dye. The spraying of the electrostatic necessity of an operator carrying out This quality-control process is carried powder enhances the effect of the dye out for machined or formed metal powder spraying in the booth itself. which reveals any faults or small cracks components — mainly load-bearing in the component when it is inspected structures, from very small items to fins under ultra-violet light. The aim is to or wings up to 20 feet long. Volstatic Ltd, 480 Malton Avenue, detect faults which might lead later to The entire plant was previously Slough, Berks SL1 4QU. Tel: 0753 metal fatigue. operated manually. In the case of the Fieldtech Heathrow Ltd announce the imminent arrival of the IFR TCAS-201 TCAS-201 Performs FAA Ramp Ramp Test Set. This instrument is currently being Certification Requirements used by USA airlines and fixed-base maintenance operators to certify the installation/operation of the "Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems lation/certification process. December 1990. The TCAS-201 and the recently introduced ATC-601 Mode (TCAS)". The TCAS-201 was used by IFR Systems is providing engineering Page Avjet, Orlando, Florida, to perform S/A/ C Transponder Ramp Test Set are support and TCAS-201's to the TCAS the "Follow-on Supplementary Type IFR Systems' response to the airline equipment manufacturers and airlines, Certification (STC)" on a continental enabling them to meet the equipment industry's needs for cost effective tools Airlines Boeing 737-300 equipped with installation schedules mandated by the required to accomplish this task. the Bendix/King Air Transport Division U.S. Congress and the FAA. This TCAS system. Because of the instru­ mandate required all U.S. airlines to ment's unique testing capabilities, several install the TCAS systems in at least 20 Fieldtech Heathrow Ltd, Huntavia hours of expensive flying operations per cent of their aircraft equipped with House, 420 Bath Road, Longford, were eliminated from the TCAS instal- more than thirty passenger seats by 31 West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 0LL. AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — January 1991 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology Emerald Publishing

Volstatic's Role in Fighter Aircraft Quality Assurance

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology , Volume 63 (1): 1 – Jan 1, 1991

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powder spraying, works services engineer John Adlard believes that, with auto­ matic guns which can be set to a Volstatic's Role in consistent coating, there is an inevitably improved confidence in quality assur­ ance. "The coating is good and the Fighter Aircraft Quality electrostatic principle is effective," he says. The installation of the Volstatic HP1000 automatic guns has also enabled Assurance British Aerospace to discontinue the THE HP1000 automatic guns launched recently by electrostatic powder coating equipment specialists Volstatic Limited are playing a part in the crack-detection of load-bearing components in British fighter aircraft. Ten HP1000 guns, together with two generator consoles form part of a plant installation designed and carried out by Fin-Tech Plant and Equipment for British Aerospace Military Aircraft Division, Preston. They have, say British Aerospace, provided increased confidence in quality assurance. Computer controled The installation consists of dye and powder booths, drying ovens and washing tanks, all linked by a computer- controlled transporter which carries a flight-bar system. The HP1000 guns are mounted in two sets of five guns upon a transverser which moves horizontally within the length of the powder coating booth. A fine dusting of developer powder is sprayed onto components which have been washed and dried following spray-coating with a penetrant dye. The spraying of the electrostatic necessity of an operator carrying out This quality-control process is carried powder enhances the effect of the dye out for machined or formed metal powder spraying in the booth itself. which reveals any faults or small cracks components — mainly load-bearing in the component when it is inspected structures, from very small items to fins under ultra-violet light. The aim is to or wings up to 20 feet long. Volstatic Ltd, 480 Malton Avenue, detect faults which might lead later to The entire plant was previously Slough, Berks SL1 4QU. Tel: 0753 metal fatigue. operated manually. In the case of the Fieldtech Heathrow Ltd announce the imminent arrival of the IFR TCAS-201 TCAS-201 Performs FAA Ramp Ramp Test Set. This instrument is currently being Certification Requirements used by USA airlines and fixed-base maintenance operators to certify the installation/operation of the "Traffic Alert and Collision Avoidance Systems lation/certification process. December 1990. The TCAS-201 and the recently introduced ATC-601 Mode (TCAS)". The TCAS-201 was used by IFR Systems is providing engineering Page Avjet, Orlando, Florida, to perform S/A/ C Transponder Ramp Test Set are support and TCAS-201's to the TCAS the "Follow-on Supplementary Type IFR Systems' response to the airline equipment manufacturers and airlines, Certification (STC)" on a continental enabling them to meet the equipment industry's needs for cost effective tools Airlines Boeing 737-300 equipped with installation schedules mandated by the required to accomplish this task. the Bendix/King Air Transport Division U.S. Congress and the FAA. This TCAS system. Because of the instru­ mandate required all U.S. airlines to ment's unique testing capabilities, several install the TCAS systems in at least 20 Fieldtech Heathrow Ltd, Huntavia hours of expensive flying operations per cent of their aircraft equipped with House, 420 Bath Road, Longford, were eliminated from the TCAS instal- more than thirty passenger seats by 31 West Drayton, Middlesex UB7 0LL. AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — January 1991

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Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace TechnologyEmerald Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1991

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