“Airbus, a brief history of the company and the UH-72A (Lakota)”

“Airbus, a brief history of the company and the UH-72A (Lakota)”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter July 13 meeting

Airbus Helicopters is not very well known in the local area. Join us in Arlington, TX on Thur, July 13, 7:30–9:00am (networking and breakfast at 7am), when Lloyd Reaves, Chief Engineer Completions, Airbus Helicopters, Inc. will delve a little into the history of the company starting back at Vought Helicopters up through today’s Airbus. The presentation also gives emphasis on the UH-72 Lakota program. This program has delivered over 400 aircraft to the US Army and Army National Guard on time and on budget.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members ($30 for non-members until July 6. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adfdfwjul17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“Defense Industry Outlook and Trends”

“Defense Industry Outlook and Trends”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter June 8 meeting

With decades of service to our country in the armed forces, government, and in industry, General Bob Edmonds will share his insights on a range of defense topics, including:
– Overview of the state of global security / threats
– Outlook for the defense budget and spending
– Perspective on the early days of the new administration and impact on defense
– Perspectives on key programs, including the F-35
– Future trends in defense technology

Join us in Arlington, TX on Thur, June 8, 7:30–9:00am (networking and breakfast at 7am), when we will have an insightful and informative discussion on key topics facing the defense industry.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members ($30 for non-members until June 1. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adfdfwjun17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“Design Considerations for Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems in Drones”

“Design Considerations for Electrical Wiring Interconnect Systems in Drones”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter May 11 meeting

Challenges facing the growing Drone market are addressed looking at the intricacies of wiring harnesses inside drones and the dangers of having wiring that is incorrectly terminated. Empirical data from the Defense Department shows the causes and the costs associated with bad wiring harnesses and the need for increased awareness as it relates to wiring inside drones.

Please join us in Uptown Dallas on Thur, May 11, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30-9:00am) when Manuel Lozano, Applications Engineering Manager, Nicomatic North America / Central Region, Aerospace, Defense and Security, will cover wiring from 3 aspects.
1. How to order wire,
2. Placement of wire harness inside drones and
3. How to recognize and prevent possible pitfalls before wire harness is installed inside a drone.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members ($30 for non-members until May 4). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adfdfwmay17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

A Tour of Bell Helicopter

A Tour of Bell Helicopter

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter April 13 meeting

We will be touring the Bell Rotor Systems Assembly Center and Advanced Composites Center. We will see modern composite manufacturing processes for the production of helicopter blades and large composite components, including the V-22 wing.

Schedule:
7:30-8:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking
8:00-8:15: Introductions and A&D Forum news
8:15-8:30: Presentation
8:30-10:15: Tour

Click here for a map showing where to park and where to enter the facility.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members (exclusive access until March 31) and $30 for non-members (after March 31).  Event is limited to 15 US citizens.  For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adfdfwapr17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“The Future of Vertical Lift”

“The Future of Vertical Lift”

Bell V-280 Fast Rope. 2015

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter March 9 meeting

Please join us in Arlington, TX on Thur, March 9, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30-9:00am) when Jeffrey Nissen, Business Development Manager – Technology and Innovation, Advanced Tiltrotor Systems, Bell Helicopter, Textron Inc. will give a brief overview of the V-280 and V-247 programs to include an overview of Bell innovative aircraft, overview of JMR customer needs, V-280 performance objectives, JMR-TD schedule and status, V-247 performance objectives and current MUX program and schedule.

There will also be a presentation by The Paschal Aerospace Engineering Club on their participation in the Team America Rocketry Competition.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members ($30 for non-members). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to https://adfdfwmar17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“Anatomy of a Data Breach”

“Anatomy of a Data Breach”

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter February 9 meeting

A data breach is the intentional or unintentional release of secure or private/confidential information to an untrusted environment. Incidents range from concerted attack by black hats associated with organized crime, political activist, or national governments to careless disposal of used computer equipment or data storage media.

Please join us in Arlington, TX on Thur, Feb 9, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30-9:00am) when Tom Allen, CEO of Opango, will describe examples of situations where data breaches occurred, the consequences, and what the company could have done to prevent the problem. Tom will also discuss how to meet the new FAR requirements for a secure system that must be met by December 31, 2017.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until February 2). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwfeb17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“Defense Contracting on the Global Stage – Leading Large Complex Contracts”

“Defense Contracting on the Global Stage – Leading Large Complex Contracts”contractssimple

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter January 12 meeting

For many reasons, defense corporations are looking overseas to grow their businesses. The transition from domestic to international program leadership is not seamless and requires additional capabilities to be successful. Leaders working in this environment must have both a global mindset that aligns with global expectations as well as the proper skills to be successful in the global environment

Please join us in McKinney, TX on Thursday, January 12, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30-9:00am) when Anne Guevara, Director of Proposal and Program Leadership – Raytheon Company Space and Airborne Systems will discuss factors and considerations for successful Global Program Leadership

The meeting is limited to US Citizens and 20 attendees. Registration closes at 7am on January 5.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 4). For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwjan17.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

“Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter”

“Advanced Manufacturing Technology for Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter”f-35-production-line-2

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter November 17 meeting

The F-35 Lightning II is the newest 5th generation fighter entering the fleets of the US Air Force, Marines, and Navy as well as many of our allies over the next few years. The program is preparing to transition to rate production and is uber-focused on Affordability. Manufacturing Technology is one of the key Affordability enablers for the program including the use of automated drilling equipment, robotic coatings, and non-contact metrology.

Please join us in Arlington on Thursday, November 17, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Dr. Don Kinard, Senior Technical Fellow, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Production Operations with give a brief overview of the program and discuss some of the manufacturing technologies being applied.

The meeting is free for all. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwnov16.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

Knowledge-based Automation for the Next Industrial Revolution

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Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter October 13 meeting

Automation science in the post-renaissance era has revolutionized the manufacturing, operations, and services by making them faster, cheaper, better, and safer. Mobility and manipulability are the two widespread applications of robotic automation in the industrial era. Historically these domains have been treated separately, where the mobile robots are seen as the primary enablers of unmanned systems while robotic manipulators branch into the manufacturing sector. Only a few highly specific areas, such as mining and construction vehicles, specialty defense machines, witness the combination of both. Furthermore, these implementations require high skill human supervision and/or operation. Multi-robot cooperative operation is also a rarity in such areas. These issues warrant for new techniques for rapid deployment, accelerated training, and safe operations in multi-agent scenarios.

Additionally, increasing growth in today’s product complexity and diversity, shrinking product life cycles, and intensifying cost competitions in the global market emphasize the need for new manufacturing paradigms that can swiftly and inexpensively adapt to the rapidly changing production demands. Such a radical shift from conventional rule-based automation to novel knowledge-based automation is best brought forth through flexible, intelligent, and cooperative robotics that can adapt to the varying system dynamics, planned and unplanned, and allow easy and quick reconfiguration of the manufacturing framework for on-demand production. Extremely useful in today’s market, this approach is even more indispensable for the sustainability of rate-independent or low volume manufacturing, especially in early stages of new product development.

The on-going research and development in the Autonomous and Intelligent Systems division at the UT-Arlington Research Institute aims to bring in a disruptive transformation in the field of dynamic multi-robot deployment and control optimization and execution.

Please join us in Arlington on Thursday, October 13, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Aditya N. Das, Ph.D., Lead, Autonomous and Intelligent Systems Division, UTARI, will present on the above topic, and then take us on a tour that will show (1) multi-robot cooperative control, and (2) modular hybrid manufacturing

The meeting is free for all. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwoct16.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).

Airshows: How to successfully navigate the “Flying Circus”

Airshows: How to successfully navigate the “Flying Circus”Airshow picture

Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter September 8 meeting

The excitement and overwhelming circus of airshows and global supply chain events can be a daunting task for anyone. Participation at these events is a critical success factor for any business, but determining your company’s costs, participation, and preparation in order to maximize your return is too often overlooked. Expectations can fall short without proper preparation and the return on your investment may appear a waste, resulting in diminished interest in future events, ultimately resulting in missed opportunities to further develop your crucial business relationships.

Learning how to define your objectives and, sufficiently preparing for and conducting meetings are just a few elements of effective airshow strategy. Too often the participant shows up on the first day, unsure what to expect, with a logistical nightmare of overbooked meetings, only to be late to half, no-shows for the other half, and unable to call the customer/supplier because the phone service disconnected halfway through the morning coffee rush.

Airshows and supply chain events are typically described in one of two ways: (1) the amazing experience with successful meetings and champagne filled receptions, or (2) the dreadful horror stories of logistics nightmares, hours-long waits to get back to the hotel, and soaking wet shoes resulting in a week’s worth of blisters, with mediocre-at-best meetings where it seems that you’re not getting anywhere…

How can you make your experience more of the former and less of the latter?

Please join us in Arlington on Thursday, September 8, (networking at 7:00am, meeting 7:30–9:00am), when Michael Shields, Vice President, Safran North America Purchasing will share a recap of lessons learned, guidance and recommendations from his years of experience working in Purchasing and Supply Chain and attending countless airshows and events – for the before, during and after – to help make these events throughout the year a meaningful part of your business, and to maximize your investment when attending these air shows.

The meeting is free for all. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfdfwsep16.eventbrite.com.

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The Dallas-Ft. Worth Chapter is sponsored by BellNunnally and the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute (UTARI).