Case Studies

FABRICATION – AEROSPACE CUSTOMER

A local office for a national company contacted ABI for help refurbishing a heat exchanger for a 747.  However, this wasn’t just any heat exchanger.  While ABI is knowledgeable with the compact and lightweight design of aviation heat exchangers, this was like nothing they had ever seen. 

 

The contraption looked like a small submarine, with flanges and openings randomly placed.  The client had been working to create SolidWorks models of each heat exchanger but was having problems with the precise locations and planes associated with all of the various flanges, tabs, base plates, etc…  Because ABI had a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM), the company sought ABI out for help.

 

Within just a few hours, ABI was able to effectively model all the areas where the client had previously struggled.  The deliverable was two SolidWorks files, one a part file and the other an assembly file that they were able to lay over their own drawing and provide exact placements for all the critical areas measured. 

 

Not only did this save the customer dozens of man hours, but the accuracy of the CMM measurements were such that the files could immediately be utilized for the refurbishing process. 

 

Since that time, ABI has seen heat exchangers from a variety of aircraft-- from Cessna’s to Sikorsky’s—ABI has successfully modeled heat exchangers and other precision aircraft components for local aerospace companies.  Fortunately, this same technique can be used to model most any part, large or small, simple or complex.  

 

FABRICATION - CATALYSTS

Avery Barron Industries (ABI) was challenged by a client to be ready to deliver a solution with little or no notice.  In addition, the project that had to be correct the first time because the catalysts were shipping across the country, and there would be no second chance.

This particular customer specialized in the design of unique emission control systems for engine and power plant exhaust.  These systems often incorporate large stainless steel catalytic converters and diesel oxidation catalysts.  To manufacture these components, they looked to Avery Barron Industries (ABI) for help.  

Making the project even more challenging was the fact that these were one of kind designs, and no one had fabricated these before.  Fortunately, the ABI team, working closely with the customer, was able to identify and work through any design questions quickly and make any necessary adjustments almost immediately.  

The result was the delivery of 4 stainless diesel oxidation catalysts, on time and under budget.  More importantly, they were built exactly as designed and contributed to a seamless installation effort by the end user. 

A testimonial from this client, “Our customer was very pleased with the fit, finish, and ease of installation associated with these catalysts; the ABI team did an excellent job pulling everything together and providing high quality catalysts in a very condensed timeframe”.ustomers include all parties, both internal and external. We will continually work to exceed our customer's requirements and anticipate future needs, while delivering flawlessly on our commitments.