The advancement of jet engine technology is directly tied to the pursuit of a hotter core, which continuously pushes the need for superior high-temperature materials, coatings and sensors.
Testing nascent material and components in highly relevant conditions, and generating data, especially in the earliest phase of development work helps engineers and scientists to bridge the “information gap”.
Test Devices’ subscale jet engine rig is now available with 2000+F gas temperature capability. Learn more about our subscale jet engine testing services in our eBook, The Importance of Subscale Jet Engine Testing.
At Test Devices, Inc. we’ve made dramatic improvements in production capacity. We are not only producing more, but we’re also doing it faster than ever before. Along with dramatically shorter lead times, record production, and a plan for continued growth and improvement, here’s an outline of exciting developments at TDI.
Test Devices Inc.’s Improved Production Capacity
To appreciate our remarkable growth in production, you just need to look at the numbers. In the first quarter of 2017, we shipped 480 pieces. By the same time in 2018, that number grew to 915, and in 2019 it has more than doubled to 1,873 parts. Our capacity has continued to increase in the last four months, and we are poised to hit a new record high of 800 pieces a month.
One of the ways we have expanded production capacity, and speed, is with our new and expanding machining operations. Previously, we had to outsource forging machining to other facilities. Transit time and queue times added significant delays, which added considerable time to projects. With our enhanced and growing machining capabilities, we’ve eliminated those delays. Parts go through machining, to spinning, with improved velocity. This has enabled us to achieved a same-day turnaround in some cases.. We’ve also added balancing equipment, and our post balance spin testing allows us to prove out the balancing operations. We are capable of pre-spin machining, spinning, and post-spinning machining, all in-house, so processing is more efficient than ever.
Another boost to our growth is the group of talented post-graduate engineering students we work with. Through this partnership, we provide them with the opportunity to begin their career in aerospace. They join us to learn the business from the ground up, and their detailed knowledge of our operations helps them seamlessly move into the engineering side of the company. This gives them concrete knowledge about our operations before they dive into the intricacies of the aerospace industry.
Our ability to manage larger volumes, in less time, means we can serve customers as they grow. This eliminates the need for customers to line up second or third backup supply houses, making their process simple and streamlined with one vendor. We’re not only helping our current customers with quick turnarounds, and increased production volumes, but we are also reaching out to new customers to expand our business.
All of this adds up to an incredible work environment where the atmosphere is positive and collaborative. Our team works together efficiently and enthusiastically to continue our forward momentum.
Test Devices’ Services and Capabilities
We’re excited about all the services we provide at TDI. Our precision balancing machines are state-of-the-art and handle as much as 450 lbs. We offer specialty machining with an efficient and fully equipped machine shop. We specialize in developing products to tight tolerances of plus or minus 0.0001” for balancing and spinning. Our high precision production machining capabilities continue to expand. Most recently, we installed two Okuma LB45 horizontal lathes, which are capable of 25” turning. We also invested in a Toshiba TUE-15 vertical turning lathe, which is capable of 70” turning.
With a team of expert inspectors, we provide advanced dimensional inspection with top-of-the-line equipment to ensure our machinery is up to strict standards. Our two Zeiss Contura scanning coordinate measuring machines enable us to evaluate machinery to accuracies of 0.18 microns.
Our experienced technicians and seasoned engineers make us uniquely equipped to manage and support your projects. The combined expertise means we can nimbly address problems and ensure quality, timely production.
Contact TDI for Quick Turnaround on Machining Projects
Test Devices has invested in new capabilities and a stellar team. With these improvements, we are ready for more volume and new customers. We’re proud of the quality production, shorter lead time, and the excellent communication we offer. For more information about our services or to request a quote, contact us today.