Moog Aircraft Group Wins Prestigious Award
Moog Aircraft Group was recently awarded the prestigious Aviation Week Laureate Award in the Defense/MRO category. The award was given at the annual Laureates Awards ceremony at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.
This year’s event was the 62nd in the long and storied history of the awards ceremony started to recognize teams and individuals for outstanding achievements in: aviation, aerospace, and defense. “For more than six decades, Aviation Week editors have annually awarded Laureates to great achievers in aerospace and aviation,” said Aviation Week Network Editorial Director Joe Anselmo. “This year’s winners exemplify the spirit and innovations that are transforming our industry to meet the challenges of tomorrow.”
Moog Aircraft Group received their award in collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology for their innovative use of Moog’s cold spray technology to repair the B-1 bomber (B1-B). This repair is saving over $200,000 per B-1B Forward Equipment Bay panel. Moog’s comprehensive cold spray repair services provide manufacturers, and end users, an economical repair solution for corroded and damaged parts, using an advanced additive manufacturing process for metal surfaces with unique properties which are compatible with many aerospace materials.
“The repair involves accelerating powdered metal through a supersonic nozzle for the purpose of impacting the substrate at a critical velocity resulting in a mechanical bond to the surface,” explained Ben Hoiland, Moog Cold Spray Senior Project Engineer. “This process allows the buildup of material on the damaged or worn surface without any deleterious heat effects as seen with other thermal spray or welding processes.”
Randy Herman, Moog Cold Spray Center of Excellence site manager said, “As supported systems age, there are a tremendous number of similar opportunities across the Department of Defense (DOD) to recover very costly to replace, or in some cases, unable to be replaced, components. Cold spray is one of the technologies that can cost-effectively support these challenging sustainment requirements.”
On hand to accept the award for Moog was: Marty Bobak, Military Aftermarket Group Vice President, Jeff Markel, Military Aftermarket Sustaining Engineering Director, Randy Herman, Cold Spray Center of Excellence Site Manager, Ben Hoiland, Cold Spray Senior Project Engineer, and Jarrod Schell, Cold Spray Business Development Director.
To learn more about Moog’s innovative Cold Spray repair process visit www.coldspray.com today!