Air Force Plasma Spray At SA-ALC (San Antonio Air Logistics Center),
AIR FORCE WRIGHT AERONAUTICAL LABS WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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The challenge in the Manufacturing Technology MT program is to improve productivity and minimize operator safety hazards by establishing an integrated computerized thermal spray cell that encompasses automated surface preparation, process control, part manipulation and spray gun control. The automated systems must be flexible and adaptable to changes in work load requirements and part configuration. The automated plasma spray cell is the first building block for eventual establishment of a thermal spray processing center that will include flame spray, wire spray and possibly vacuum plasma spray cells. Many operations such as parts handling, precost coating surface treatments, maskings, parts flow, etc., are largely common to all three thermal spray processes used at the ALCs. The MT program should clearly identify cost drivers and impediments to productivity using methodical ICAM modeling techniques. These factors will be accounted for in designing and implementing the automated plasma spray cell. The cell will be implemented at San Antonio Air Logistics Center at Kelly AFB, TX in late 1984.