May 17, 2012 Press Release
-- One of Only Three Vendors Approved by General Electric
for Airflow Testing per Specification
Agawam, Ma (PRWEB) May 17, 2012 -- EBTEC
Corporation has announced it has been recently approved by General Electric for Airflow Testing
per Specification E50TF217. EBTEC joins only three other high energy beam service providers
with this successful approval to the GE Airflow Specification - E50TF217.
components that contain many small diameter holes in aerospace materials can be a cumbersome
and time-consuming task. Measuring and inspecting these holes can be even more cumbersome. Complex
aerospace and ground-based turbine engines rely on special types of materials with small hole
sizes, and hole population densities. Aerospace turbine engine products range from simple round
parts with hundreds and often thousands of holes, to complex 5-axis geometries with small holes,
or simple 2-axis flat sheet geometries with small holes, EBTEC provides an efficient, cost-effective
solution to the hole drilling predicament with laser drilling services.
Manufacturers (OEM’s) for aircraft and ground-based turbine engines have encountered this drilling
and inspection problem. They have embraced laser drilling, and have created specific air flow
inspection processes to accommodate. These inspection processes define a specific airflow for
each part that has high populations of small holes, or is in the turbine engine’s airflow path.
The airflow inspection method provides inspection feedback to the drilling process which facilitates
the control of the hole sizes. Highly controlled and targeted airflow parameters allow the turbine
engines to operate at defined design efficiencies, as well as maintain operational temperatures
at each of the specific components of the engines. The specifics of the airflow process are
complex but simply may be defined as the “measurement of the difference in air pressure at the
inlet side of an engine component and the exit side of the component”. At a specified air pressure,
the Delta “P” (change in pressure) from inlet to exit, allows the calculation of the amount
of air flowing through the component. Other measurable attributes such as temperature, humidity,
barometric pressure are accounted for in mathematical calculations allowing for an extremely
precise measurement of airflow through a component.
“At EBTEC Corporation, we have been
performing airflow testing for almost as long as we have been providing laser drilling and laser
cuttingservices,” said EBTEC Vice President Mark Hauser, “These airflow testing processes have
matured along with the development of laser systems as machine tools. Maintaining cutting edge
technology has been a core objective at EBTEC Corporation over the years. We have invested in
capital equipment, and will continue to invest, as technologies for laser machine tools, laser
technologies, and airflow technologies mature – this new approval allows us to provide additional
capabilities to our valued customers”, Hauser said. EBTEC supports 16 industrial lasers for
laser drilling, laser cutting, and laser welding.
About EBTEC EBTEC Corporation provides services and products to the
Aerospace, Power Generation, Medical, Semiconductor, Defense, and Commercial industries. High
Energy Beam Services are defined as - Electron Beam Welding (EBW), Laser Drilling (LBD), Laser
Cutting (LBC), Laser Welding (LBW), Abrasive Waterjet Cutting and Drilling (AWJ), EDM (Wire
and Plunge) and conventional machining services. EBTEC Corporation also provides additional
value-added services to our customers with make-to-print manufacturing services.