Lockheed Martin Aeronautics spends significant time and effort every year developing technologies for their manufacturing processes. These technology areas include advanced surface preparation, metrology and inspection solutions, additive manufacturing, and coatings removal. These improvements reduce cost, save time, and increase quality for mechanics throughout the production line. Many of these same technologies are now being applied for Sustainment applications to improve aircraft readiness. By strategically adapting production methods to depot and flight line environments, Lockheed Martin can collaborate with Field Service Engineers and Government customers and advance the state of the art. The Lockheed Martin Manufacturing Technology team is coordinating with various depots and bases to demonstrate these new pieces of equipment to get feedback and start the process of bringing Sustainment up to the speed of Production. Engagements encompass many aircraft platforms including C-130, C-5, F-35, F-22, F-16, and U-2, each presenting their own unique challenges and required adaptations. Current technologies under evaluation and development include the Gap Gun for gap and mismatch measurement, a custom rotary abrasion tool for surface preparation, and custom templates for locating hidden fasteners.
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