CEF Recognizes Manufacturing Day This October 2nd

mfgday15Mark your calendars because October 2nd is Manufacturing Day. A day to celebrate the advancement of manufacturing and to promote its innovative drive that propels it forward. MFG Day is an initiative to spark interest in manufacturing for the general public but specifically to Generation Z.

Generation Z is the generation currently in high school or just entering college, trade school, or engineering programs. During MFG Day manufacturers set to help capture this generation’s interest in manufacturing and give them insights on what it means to have a career in this field.

At CEF Industries, we are adding to this discussion by highlighting our own manufacturing capabilities.

Founded in 1946 our facilities include an 83,000 sqft building incorporating an engineering lab, FAA Certified repair station, employees 131 people and holds 30 machining centers.

Our machining centers include both manual and CNC machining. With these types of machineries, we can operate grinding, turning, vertical machining, gun drilling, gear cutting/shaping, vertical mills, lathe de-burr, and drill pressing.

The best part of working at CEF Industries is knowing your work will help with the advancements of aerospace, a lot of times within the military and defense sector. Having manufacturing capability allows CEF Industries to make innovative and customized products. We are honored to help serve our country through our ingenuity and high-
quality products.

We feel that many manufacturers throughout the country regardless of the markets they serve can relate to the feeling of importance, satisfaction, and teamwork that only working in the manufacturing industry can give.

If you would to engage in MFG Day or have questions about it, please visit their website. As always you can keep the conversation going with us on Twitter @CEFindustries.

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Fluid Power vs. Electric Actuators

Most aerospace companies are moving toward the replacement
of hydraulic or fluid power actuators with electric actuators.
Many have come to understand the great benefits electric actuators for aerospaceelectromechanical
actuation brings to the table making it an irreversible trend.

The benefits are extensive, offering quality
advancements for aerospace. Below are the comparable differences that make electromechanical actuators the superior choice for aircraft.

Electric Actuators are a single, Line Replaceable Unit (LRU). Hydraulic actuators require systems to deliver hydraulic fluid to the actuator. As a result, there are many parts, making overall costs much higher than electric. With electric actuators, there’s no need for additional fluid power supplies or associated systems.

System Size
Electric Actuation has only the actuator and controller while hydraulic systems include a pump, accumulator, filter, cylinders, valves, and hoses. It’s no surprise that electrical actuators are compact and weigh less, increasing efficiency and reducing emissions.

Another advantage electric has over hydraulic systems is that they only draw power when in use and maintain force even when the motor is inactive. Electric actuation is >85% efficient, while hydraulic systems are near 50%.

Hydraulic has a low-frequency response making it less precise when comparing it to electric, considering electric is a simple control with precision position feedback.

Maintenance and Safety
When regarding maintenance, health safety also plays a major role. Hydraulic systems can have invisible high-pressure oil leaks and the flammable hydraulic fluid creates a fire hazard. To ensure safety, routine services are required. Electric uses clean technology and needs low to no maintenance.

It is clear why electromechanical actuators have been sought recently to eliminate hydraulic systems from aircrafts. They improve safety, efficiency, reliability, and maintainability using a proven design with simple control. We at CEF are glad to be producing quality electric actuation for all aircraft making the switch or those initially using these favorable devices.

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CEF Designs Doors for Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) in Aircraft

APU in aircraftDid you know that CEF Industries, LLC designed the doors for auxiliary power units (APUs) on many aircraft in operation today? An APU is a small jet engine housed in the tail of an aircraft used to provide a source of electricity to power the aircraft when engines are switched off. APUs are also used if there’s an emergency that’s faulting the main engine or power sources.

An APU is needed when an engine-related emergency happens while an aircraft is in flight. If this happens, an APU will start mid-flight. APUs play a critical role in aircraft safety and operations. CEF contributes towards these safety measures by designing the door on the housing that encloses each APU engine. The door plays a critical role in the APU’s operation, because, in simple terms, if the door doesn’t open, the APU won’t run.

The APU doors that CEF designed can be found on the APUs on many regional jets, business jets, military aircraft and commercial aircraft. Some include the Canada Regional Jet 700 (CRJ-700), Bombardier Global 5000 business jets, Lockheed-Martin C-130 and Boeing C-17 military aircraft, Embraer 170-series and 190-series regional jets, and other aircraft, as well.

At CEF, we always work behind-the-scenes to ensure aircraft safety. In fact, we’ve been designing and manufacturing mechanical and electro-mechanical products and systems for our aerospace/aviation customers for 70 years now. Learn more about our company, our experience, and our capabilities by visiting our website. We’d be happy to tell you more!

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The Latest Generation of Military Aircraft Landing Lights

Accuracy and reliability are critical in all aspects of aerospace manufacturing. Whether you’re designing a component for commercial or military aircraft, large or small, quality can never be compromised.

For many years, we at CEF have been crafting the very highest quality actuated and retractable landing lights for military aircraft, bringing our decades of experience and expertise along with the very best in technology and innovation.

While our landing lights are second to none—tested in speeds up to Mach .5 while lasting up to three times longer than competitors, and meeting all of the requirements of MIL-L-81174, MIL-STD-810E, or MIL-STD-810C—we’re never going to simply rest there. We aim to constantly evolve and expand our technology, meeting the ever-changing needs of the industry.

Within the field of military aviation, for example, covert lighting is increasingly becoming critical and we are staying right on top of this growing demand. Existing airframes are having covert landing lights installed to provide a safe landing for pilots using night-vision goggles.

When you place this latest technological development into aircraft, and combine it with the quality and reliability that our products are trusted for, you get a product that meets the critical demands of the military, and promises the accuracy they require.
This is one example of how we can create a custom-tailored, state-of-the-art product that meets your demands while ensuring your satisfaction.

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Helping UAVs Make History

Since the Wright Brothers made their first successful attempt to get people into the sky in 1903, the aerospace industry has been on a nonstop flight toward the future of technology.

Of course, the industry has come a long way since then, and the work being done today is nothing short of incredible. Aviation history continues and at CEF we love being a part of it.

In 2013, history was made with the first-ever autonomous carrier-based UAV flight by the X-47B. This Northrop Grumman tailless, strike fighter-sized UAV is part of a project with the U.S. Navy’s Unmanned Combat Air System (UCAS) Carrier Demonstration program, and its flight tests have proved highly successful. In fact, the project epitomizes the innovation that Northrop Grumman and the entire aerospace industry stand for.

But it doesn’t end there. Recently, in April of this year, a historic moment was achieved yet again. The X-47B became the first and only UAV to successfully conduct the first-ever Autonomous Aerial Refueling (AAR) in history.

Beyond the actual achievement of this event, this means great things for the entire UAV industry. AAR makes possible the potential of unmanned surveillance, strike, and reconnaissance for the U.S. military. Everything the Navy envisions for its use of unmanned aircraft is now closer to fruition as a result of this event. It also means that the X-47B is a force to be reckoned with.

The future of aerospace and defense technology is here today; this recent achievement brings us closer to unlocking possibilities that were previously unimaginable, and are now endless. We’re proud of the work being done, and very excited about the future.

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The Growing, Exciting Use of Drone Technology

Every once in a while, a technology comes along that proves to be a game-changer. It’s disruptive (in a good way) and universal, changing the way multiple industries functions and grow.

One of the biggest game-changing technologies right now is drones—unmanned aerial devices (UAVs)—and we’re starting to see them everywhere, from consumer electronics to agriculture and everything in between.

Amazon will be using drones through Prime Air, their “future delivery system…to safely get packages into customers’ hands in 30 minutes or less using small unmanned aerial vehicles.” Firefighters, such as those in Clayton County, GA, are relying on them to get an aerial view of hard-to-reach places and respond immediately.

In the agriculture realm, drones are increasingly being used “to help identify field and livestock issues early and rectify them before crop loss occurs or shortly after that.” This technology allows farmers to “aerially view fields as never before… to detect insect, disease, and water threats more effectively than the human eye.”

Some experts predict that three-quarters of the country’s drone fleet will be used within the agriculture industry.

Whether in aerospace and defense, farming, package delivery or the countless other ways UAVs are proving invaluable, it’s clear that they’re a buzzworthy technology that’s here to stay.

At CEF Industries—as aerospace manufacturing experts for almost 70 years—we have the electro-mechanical experience and knowledge that makes it possible for these drones to perform their mission. We’ve been involved in the game-changing innovations that have transformed the aerospace industry over the past seven decades, and we’re poised to take on this latest innovation, bringing our knowledge and passion to the latest drone technology needs and applications.

We welcome your questions and invite you to contact us to see how we can make this technology work for you—and we look forward to what the future of UAV use holds.

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First Flight of Embraer KC-390: A Great Success

It’s always exciting when a major aerospace manufacturer unveils a new aircraft. It’s even more exciting when that aircraft successfully completes its first flight. Perhaps even more thrilling for us is when that aircraft is fitted with parts that were designed, developed, and tested by CEF Industries

On February 3, Embraer completed the first flight of its KC-390. This medium-sized twin-engine military transport aircraft is used for transporting both troops and cargo. The impressive T-tail plane is worthy of accolades for more than a few reasons. It is the largest aircraft ever built in South America and will serve the Brazilian air force on a range of missions, from search and rescue to air refueling to Brazil’s Antarctic research support mission.

Inside the aircraft features an advanced fly-by-wire flight control system and space for up to 80 passengers or 60 airborne troops. Of course, we are especially proud of our contribution to the KC-390: the highest quality electro-mechanical air inlet door actuators available, specifically designed, made and truly worthy of such an impressive feat of aerospace engineering.

Following the plane’s February 3rd inaugural flight, the consensus was overwhelmingly positive. It was flown for 1 hour and 25 minutes, after which the pilots reported the flight to be smooth, precise, docile, and predictable.

It seems the aviation world has taken notice because at least five other countries have signed letters of intent to purchase. The Embraer feels confident that there is a strong market for the KC-390, equaling around 728 aircraft in 77 countries.

While we’re not surprised by the success of the first flight, nor by the attention it’s getting, we are proud and excited to have been a part of building this great machine. We can’t wait to watch its further success take flight.

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