Howmet is making great headway in the castings market, bringing design to reality.
The American firm manufactures castings for jet engines, turbine blades and vanes, and a growing amount of aluminium alloy and titanium structural work on aircraft.
For the first time titanium castings are being used to hold the wing onto the structure of an aircraft, and has been designed for the Lockheed Martin F-22.
The benefit of casting over forging and fabrication is a reduction in both cost and weight, exactly what most manufacturers are looking for.
On the stand in Hall 1/C38 is the Bell V-22 Transmission adapter which has taken 18 months to perfect and has now started low rate production.
Source: Flight Daily News