A Tour of Universal Laser Systems

A Tour of Universal Laser Systems
A Laser Focus to Material Processing in A&D

AZ Chapter meeting and tour in Scottsdale on November 9

The past two years have seen industrial lasers outperform the machine tool sector, with solid single-digit growth in annual revenues. A surge in excimer laser processing of new model smartphone displays, expanding laser additive manufacturing of aircraft engine components, and significant rises in micro processing using ultrafast-pulse are major examples of growth segments. Industrial lasers are key components in automated material processing systems. As the manufacturing sector turns more toward Industry 4.0 and the IoT, shifting from centralized to decentralized manufacturing, production methods need to automatically adjust to fluctuating supply chain demands. State-of-the-art processing equipment, controlled by sensors and computers on the Internet, are now being implemented, and lasers, by their very nature, will likely be the adaptable energy source of choice.

Join us in Scottsdale on Thursday November 9 for a presentation and tour of Universal Laser Systems, Inc. who is leading the charge with a solely owned, custom-built, state-of-the-art engineering and manufacturing facility in Scottsdale where they manufacture both lasers and laser systems. Following the presentation, Universal will provide a tour of their laser system manufacturing floor as well as a series of laser material processing demonstrations.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after November 2). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfaznov17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

Grow Your Aerospace & Defense Business in Arizona and Beyond

“Grow Your Aerospace & Defense Business in Arizona and Beyond:
A Panel Discussion on State, Institutional and Industry Insights”

AZ Chapter meeting in Phoenix on October 19

Join us in Phoenix on Thursday October 19 for a full panel discussion on how to get more aerospace and defense business, the state of the industry in Arizona, available tools and resources.

1. Industry: Trends and Technology Roadmaps – Finding and Doing Business with Primes – Best Business practices for success

2. Financing: With a focus on ways of obtaining financing rather than specific programs (sales pitch) – Access to capital, loans, guarantees and insurance – Conventional Bank Lending into the A&D industry – Letters of credit, import/export from a banking perspective – Trade Credit Insurance and the ExIm Bank

3. State and Export Assistance: Grants – Subsidies – Incentive Programs – Resources

4. Tools and Resources: City and Local State Economic Development Programs and Support

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after October 12). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazoct17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

Today’s Star Wars Missile Defense System

“Today’s Star Wars Missile Defense System”

AZ Chapter meeting in Phoenix on September 14

Do you remember the reference to STAR WARS missile defense in the Reagan era? Do you know what STAR WARS missile defense really entails? Wouldn’t you like to know what the US Government and the Aero Space contractors have been working on to keep us safe from unfriendly nations? With all the unrest in the world today (especially now), wouldn’t you like to know what is protecting you and your family and how it works?

Join us in Phoenix on Thursday September 14, 2017 when Jim Nolton, President of Nolton Enterprises and CEO of Novocryo will tell you about the US layered missile defense system as it pertains to unfriendly offensive Inter Continental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) and how the system works.

This presentation will give you an inside look at the weapon system like you’ve never seen before. It will focus on and show actual footage on the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Rocket, the Exo-Kinetic Kill vehicle payload, and what happens the instant it impacts an unfriendly rocket in space.

Multiple A&D companies contribute directly or indirectly to the systems, sensors, radar and weapons that comprise the GMD. Find out where and how your company fits into the big picture.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after September 7). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazsept17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

Land The Next A&D Contract

“Land The Next A&D Contract –
Winning Business in the digital era”

AZ Chapter meeting in Phoenix on August 10

The traditional mix of GOOD ADVERTISING, GOOD VALUES, and GOOD PRODUCTS is no longer enough in a 21st-century world of an ‘always on’ marketplace. A huge marketing budget is no longer enough to take advantage of existing marketing channels and A&D companies increasingly have to re-skill and tailor new strategies to reach their customers.

The digital age and newer communication channels have altered how businesses market themselves and their products. Small businesses can have just as much power and reach as larger established companies on a now leveled playing field.

Join us in Phoenix on Thursday August 10, 2017 when Kyle Davis, Owner and Partner. BDN Aerospace Marketing will discuss the realities of today’s A&D marketing and branding challenges providing insight on the challenges, success stories and opportunities that the new era presents to businesses.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after August 3). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazaug17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

“Additive Manufacturing and Simulation Driven Design”

“Additive Manufacturing and Simulation Driven Design –
A New Competitive Edge in Aerospace and Defense”

AZ Chapter meeting in Tempe on July 13

Exceptional performance goals coupled with limited resources and increasing pressures to get parts to market quickly are driving adoption of innovative engineering design, product prototyping and validation as well as manufacturing techniques.

Conjointly deploying Simulation-based Design and 3-D printing provides an increasingly valuable pair synonymous with design performance validation and market-ready additively manufactured products.

Phoenix Analysis and Design Technologies (PADT) is the Southwest’s largest provider of numerical simulation, product development and 3D Printing services and products. Please join us in Tempe, AZ on Thur, July 13, when Eric Miller, Co-Owner & Principal, PADT, will be elaborating on the techniques and tools that PADT deploys to help A&D companies make things better and more consistently.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after July 6). Limited to 25 attendees. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazjul17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

“Start Up to Successful Exit”

“Start Up to Successful Exit”

Arizona Chapter June 8, 2017 meeting

Please join us in Phoenix, AZ on Thur, Jun 8, when Lee Benson, CEO, Able Aerospace Services, and CEO, Execute to Win, will present how he grew Able Aerospace Services from 3 employees to 500 and sold the company to Textron Aviation. The presentation will give you practical ideas and methodologies you can take back to drive better results in an organization of any size.

Critical elements that will be covered include:
1. Initial value proposition
2. Evolution from one product to thousands
3. How Able consistently grew YOY faster than the market
4. Successfully competing in 60 countries
5. Strategy creation
6. Team alignment to strategy
7. Intentional Culture…the “X” factor
8. Leadership and a management operating system
9. When is the best time to sell?

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after June 1). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazjun17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

“A Formula for Success: Managing our limited (aerospace) resources in the next decade”

“A Formula for Success: Managing our limited (aerospace) resources in the next decade”

Arizona Chapter May 11, 2017 meeting

Managing limited aerospace resources is a key component to preventing catastrophic interruptions to our businesses during the next decade.

Increased lead-time and pricing pressure from larger and less nimble customers who have continued trimming their internal staffing translates into small businesses and suppliers drowning in work that affects both indirect and direct labor. Supplier organizations have to figure out not only how to manage their external customer, but their internal customer too! They have to find the right set of strategies that will allow them to grow and still be able to be profitable.

The critical components to plan around are direct labor, indirect labor and information technology. From ramping up in the machining areas, attracting and retaining critical skills and workforce, developing the right talent cost-effectively to finding better and more efficient ways to use data.

Please join us in Phoenix, AZ on Thur, May 11, when Greg Raczynski, Director of Operations & Supply Chain, Cadence Aerospace will discuss how his company implemented their formula for success.

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after May 4). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazmay17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

ASU Tour – “Taking Private Partnerships into Outer Space”

“Taking Private Partnerships into Outer Space”

Arizona Chapter April 13, 2017 meeting

Tour of ASU Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV

With ASU NewSpace and ASU Interplanetary Initiative

Presenters:

Scott Smas
Tess Calvert
Associate Professor Hongbin Yu
Assistant Professor Yuji Zhao
Professor Marc Mignolet

Arizona State University (ASU) researchers are changing how we explore the universe.

ASU NewSpace, the Space Technology and Science Initiative, is defining and transforming the future of academic-private space partnerships. These partnerships with space exploration science and technology companies, from small start-ups working on technology projects out of someone’s garage to companies with thousands of employees designing and building new rockets, enable new avenues of research and development in space science, planetary science, and engineering at ASU.

Distinguished presenters will provide insights on a few campus-wide initiative level projects that demonstrate and highlight the goals, processes, interests, challenges and successes of creative and innovative partnerships. Attendees will have a firsthand opportunity to learn how small, agile, entrepreneurial companies and small, inexpensive devices are successfully shaping how we think, build, design and operate space-related projects and applications.

Agenda:

7:00 – 7:30am: Breakfast and Networking
7:30 – 7:45 am: ASU NewSpace
7:45 – 8:00 am: ASU Interplanetary Initiative
8:00 – 8:15 am: Associate Professor Hongbin Yu
8:15 – 8:30 am: Assistant Professor Yuji Zhao
8:30 – 8:45 am: Professor Marc Mignolet
8:45 – 9:00 am: Tour of 1st floor lab and mission operations center

The meeting is free for members and guests ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after April 6). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazapr17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

“Cybersecurity Update: Latest Impacts on Aerospace & Defense”

“Cybersecurity Update: Latest Impacts on Aerospace & Defense”

Arizona Chapter March 9, 2017 meeting

Information security is on the top of many organizations list of priorities to address in 2017. In order to make the most use of limited Information Security budgets, it is critical to know what threats are the most prevalent and which are having the most impact in the Aerospace and Defense industry. It is also imperative to understand what can be done about these threats.

Please join us in Phoenix, AZ on Thur, March 9, when Brandon Gunter, Senior Manager Information Security Services at Moss Adams Advisory Services, will also discuss some of the industry and governmental standards and regulations as well as how organizations will need to change the way they do business to meet the new standard.

The meeting is free for members and guest ($30 Early Bird for non-members, $40 after March 3). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazmar17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.

“Driving Ownership, Growth and a Successful Exit”

“Driving Ownership, Growth and a Successful Exit”

Arizona Chapter February 9, 2017 meeting

Starting with Smart Electronics and Lark Engineering, through organic growth and acquisitions, Bob Swelgin led a doubling of revenue and EBITDA over about 30 months and a successful sale to Benchmark Electronics.

Please join us in Phoenix, AZ on Thursday, February 9, 2017, when Bob Swelgin
Founder, Swelgin Consulting Group & Partner, InVista Associates, Inc., will share how he kept everyone on the same page and all moving in the same direction when acquiring and putting together small businesses with different cultural backgrounds and business philosophies. Bob’s presentation will be on how he overcame these challenges to create a trusting and progressive environment where everyone in the company can be called on to interface with the customers without concern – where people feel a sense of ownership and look forward to celebrations when targets are hit and feel some responsibility when those targets are missed

The meeting is free for members, $40 for non-members. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfazfeb17.eventbrite.com.

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The Arizona Chapter of The A&D Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams and National Bank of Arizona.