Seattle-based Fatigue Technology has a launched a rivetless nut plate technology that it believes will help aircraft manufacturers slash time spent on aircraft assembly.

The new nut plate is cold expanded into place using one fastener hole, eliminating the need for riveted holes, says Fatigue.

It will help reduce installation time by 3.9min per net plate, which could lead to substantial time savings, says Fatigue's vice-president for commercial sales Scott Gulick.

"It also allows you to reduce the number of parts that you need, which will translate into dollar savings," he adds.

Fatigue is already in talks with various aircraft manufacturers about the new technology, which can be installed in both metallic and composite structures, says Gulick.

The company is hoping to reach out to new markets such as Russia at the show, as well as getting in touch with existing clients.

Source: Flight Daily News