Component (AOG) – Specialized Processes
When your aircraft is on the ground, you’re not making money. Able Engineering understands this, and has established a dedicated team to manage your AOG and get you back in the air quickly and safely.
Able accepts counter-to-counter service and can even help select a courier, making it as easy as possible for you to resolve critical AOG issues.
BACK IN THE AIR QUICKLY AND SAFELY:
Able can turn products in 12 to 24 hours, depending on the size and complexity of service. Our AOG clients are served by specialized Able personnel – experts who work directly with you to ensure you’re aware of every step of the repair process.
For parts that you can’t send into our facility, Able now offers on-site services. If you need quick, at-your-doorstep attention for your AOG, look to Able for solutions including hardness and material type checks, NDT, brush CAD, shot peen and paint/touchup. Need more? Contact us for a full list of capabilities.
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Able In-House Specialized Services for AOG
Electroplating is the process of plating one metal onto another by hydrolysis, most commonly for decorative purposes or to prevent corrosion of a metal. There are also specific types of electroplating such as copper plating, silver plating and chromium plating.
- Chrome (Large Capacity)
- Tank LHE Cadmium
- LHE Brush Cadmium
- Bright Cadmium
- Chromic Acid Anodize
- Phosphoric Acid Anodize
- Alodine 1200
- Chem Film
- Sulfamate Nickel
- Brush Nickel
- Electroless Nickel
- Zero Discharge Waste Treatment System
Non-destructive testing (NDT) is a wide group of analysis techniques used in the aerospace industry to evaluate the properties of a material, component or system without causing damage.
Because NDT does not permanently alter the article being inspected, it is a highly valuable technique that can save both money and time in product evaluation, troubleshooting and research. Common NDT methods include ultrasonic, magnetic-particle, liquid penetrant, radiographic, remote visual inspection (RVI), eddy-current testing and low coherence interferometry.
- In-House Level II & Level III Inspectors
- FPI-Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection
- MPI-Magnetic Penetrant Inspection
- Eddy Current Inspection
- Ultrasonic Cleaning
- Ultrasonic Inspection
Shot peening is a metal working process that enhances the surfaces of a variety of different materials.
Various manufacturing processes used throughout the aerospace, aircraft, automotive, energy and heavy equipment industries can produce tensile stresses on the surface of components. These processes include milling, turning, drilling, welding, severe grinding, heat treating, bending and forming. The tensile stress left behind on the surface provides a perfect environment for a crack to start forming, reducing the life of these components.
Shot peening replaces tensile stress with a compressive layer that stops the fatigue cracks and stress corrosion that typically start at the surface of the part. This is achieved by accelerating spherical media toward the surface of a part. When the media hits the part, a small dent is formed, stretching the surface of the part. The material surrounding that dent resists this, and creates an area of compressive stress. When small dents are created across the surface of a part, it results in a continuous layer of compressive stress that stops cracks and corrosion in their tracks.
- Robotic Shot Peen (7Axis)
- Manual Shot Peen
- Rotary Lance
- Several Shot Media Sizes
- Flap Peen
Able Aerospace Services offers unique welding expertise to the aerospace industry. Our team of welders and engineers work together to design repair processes that ensure reduced AOG times with successful FAA approved solutions.
- Thickness Range of .015”-1.00”
- Stainless Steel
Able is the only MRO with the revolutionary, next-generation cold spray technology to fix the once unfixable while maintaining maximum structural integrity in your parts.
Cold spray is an additive manufacturing process in which pressure and temperature are used to spray particles at high velocity (500 to 1000m/s) through a specially designed nozzle. Through kinetic energy, these particles bond to the sprayed surface and then to each other, adding thickness to the substrate. “Cold” means that the particles do not melt.
If you have corrosion, mechanical wear or damage to components from heavy in-service use or handling, contact us before you go to scrap. Our new in-house, custom-built booth, robotic cold spray process and FAA approved repair schemes could be your solution.
ADVANTAGES OF COLD SPRAY:
- No metallurgical transformations, phase change or grain growth
- No heat affected zone in the substrate
- No thermally induced distortion
- No oxidation
- High density/Low porosity
- No detrimental residual stresses
- Thick coating
Paint Applications, component and assembly level, is the process of spraying / coating onto various metals, most commonly for corrosion prevention. There are specific types of methods and applications, which are all in accordance to OEM Manuals and FAA Certifications.
- Aerospace / Industrial Paint Capabilities
- Interpretation/Blueprint and Technical Specifications
- HVLP Spray Guns – Gravity / Siphon Feed
- Complex high level detail masking – stencil machine w/on-site program capability / equipment
- Capability to paint coatings to meet specified thickness using Calipers, Micrometers, Permascopes (ID / OD)
- Fixturing / Tooling
- Polyurethanes, Varnishes, Epoxies
- Dry Lubes
- Spray techniques (wet, dry)
- Sermatel and Resin Coating
- Resin Coating
- Surface Preparation (Acetone and Alcohol)
- Plastic Media / Aluminum Oxide / Glass Bead Blasting
- Chemical Stripping (Ardrox and Turco)
- Orbital / Hand Sanding
- Statistical Process Control (SPC)