A Special Tour of Robinson Helicopter

A Special Tour of Robinson Helicopter

A&D Forum Tour in Torrance, CA on February 7 and 9

Founded in 1973 by Frank Robinson, Robinson Helicopter employs approximately 1000 employees and is currently the world’s leading manufacturer of civil helicopters. In addition, Robinson has a factory overhaul program for older aircraft and conducts monthly safety courses for helicopter flight instructors and maintenance technicians. A network of more than 400 service centers provide world-wide service and support.

Located in Southern California, Robinson’s factory was designed and built for helicopter manufacturing. The facility is equipped with the latest state-of-the-art machinery, including CNC (computer numerically controlled) machining centers and CMM (coordinate measuring machines). To maintain the highest quality, most operations including welding, machining, assembly, painting and flight testing are performed at the Torrance facility. In 2010 Robinson added 133,000 sq feet of manufacturing space bringing the company’s total manufacturing space to 617,000 sq feet.

There are two tour dates available: February 7 and February 9. Both days the tours will start at 1pm sharp (please check-in by 12:45).

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 31). For more information and to register to attend either of the tours, go to http://adfsbfeb717.eventbrite.com or http://adfsbfeb917.eventbrite.com

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, California United Bank, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Being Cyber-attacked – Not “If” but “When”

Being Cyber-attacked – Not “If” but “When”attack

A&D Forum Meeting in Torrance, CA on January 11

Manufacturing is now a prime target for cyber villains. Great profits can be gained by attackers who steal intellectual property. Data is sold to foreign adversaries or industrial competitors. Blackmail is profitable when production can be disrupted.

As the production floor increased adoption of digital systems and connectivity, there has been a corresponding increase in the vulnerability of those operational technologies (OT) and systems. Many OT systems have not been designed with cybersecurity in mind

On Wednesday, January 11, 7:30am – 9:00am Flynn Sears of Goodyear Rubber Company of Southern California, will share his experiences regarding attacks on Goodyear Rubber. Michael Villegas of K3DES will bring the latest cybersecurity knowledge to bear on the manufacturing floor, including examples of successful attacks and remedies that companies should take.

This session will prepare you to know why manufacturing attacks are increasing at an alarming rate, and what can be done to protect your business.

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://adfsbjan17.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, California United Bank, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication

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Aerospace & Defense Forum Meeting in Gardena, CA on November 9

Weight is everything when it comes to heavier-than-air machines, and designers have striven continuously to improve lift to weight ratios since man first took to the air. Composite materials have played a major part in weight reduction and will pave the way to the future of flight in flying machines yet to be designed.

Join us on Wednesday, November 9, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT, for a tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication (ACF) to see a view of modern composites methods applied to both commercial and military aircraft. The degree of automation and the scale of the operation will surprise most visitors.

ACF provides structural composite components for the Boeing 787 (The Dreamliner), the Joint Strike Fighter (F-35 Lightening), the Atlas V rocket, the Trident Strategic Missile program and many others.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until November 2). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbnov16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“What Aerospace Suppliers Need to Know about Cloud Computing”

“What Aerospace Suppliers Need to Know about Cloud Computing”man-w-cloud-questions

Aerospace & Defense Forum Meeting in Torrance, CA on October 13

Most of us have heard of “the cloud,” but for many the whole concept is still surrounded by confusion. This session seeks to clarify a range of key ideas and principles around Cloud Computing and help you make sense of it all. This is an issue that aerospace suppliers and organizations will continue to grapple with even more in the coming months and years, so we are offering this presentation to help prepare you better for that journey.

Cloud computing enables a fundamental paradigm shift in how businesses deploy and deliver computing services. In order to appreciate the true value of the cloud, it is important to fully understand some of the myths surrounding its adoption. This session will also clarify the confusion surrounding many of those myths.

Please join us in Torrance on Thursday, October 13, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Aaron Johnson, Business Development Manager, Tribridge and Gary Rubenstein, Managing Partner, Rubenstein / Justman Management Consultants, will address these and other questions. Aaron will be discussing these concepts in general terms and not focusing on any one option or offering. A number of Gary’s clients have deployed solutions in the cloud, and he will offer a perspective on how to approach a cloud deployment of a solution if you ever face that kind of initiative within your operation.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until October 6). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsboct16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Getting Up Close and Personal – Tales of Water/Waste Systems

“Getting Up Close and Personal – Tales of Water/Waste Systems”Lavatory Door with question mark
A Tour of Zodiac Water & Waste Aero Systems

Aerospace & Defense Forum Meeting in Carson, CA on September 14

Have you ever wondered what happens with water and waste during your flight? Is waste discarded into the sky? How are water and waste systems on aircraft maintained so that passengers can fly comfortably? Well, you’re not the only one. Grab your bags (and some hand sanitizer) as we take you through the bowels of the aircraft’s water and waste systems.

Join us in Carson on Wednesday, September 14, 7:30am – 9:00am, when David Conrad (Zodiac Aerospace Water & Waste) will show us how good water and waste systems play a pivotal role in ensuring a positive passenger experience. So sit back, enjoy the ride and find out what really goes on behind-the-scenes and the truth behind lavatory urban myths and legends!

The meeting is free for members (exclusive access until Aug 24) ($40 for non-members, $30 Early Bird). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbsep16.eventbrite.com. Registration is limited to 25 attendees and closes Sept 7, 7:30am.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Farnborough 2016 International Airshow: Impressions & Opinions

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Aerospace & Defense Forum Meeting in Torrance, CA on August 10

Expectations for Farnborough 2016 were limited – Brexit had passed, and despite dire predictions the UK will not flow away into the Atlantic; New Orders were not expected to be as robust as prior years; Key areas of discussion are expected to include the shortage of pilots, data requirements for airframes, and aircraft tracking.

Come and hear first-hand accounts from visitors who attended the Air Show.

The show featured the Airbus A350 XWB, the Boeing 737MAX and Lockheed’s F-35B Lighting II. But the real question is, “Why go to the largest Air Show in the world?” What can one get out of the Air Show that helps your organization? Is the cost of attending worth the expense?

Please join us in Torrance on Wednesday, August 10, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when David Conrad (Zodiac Aerospace Water & Waste), Trevor T. Bohn (Salem Partners) and David Patterson (Moderator) (Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering) will address these and other questions.

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until August 3). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbaug16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Tour of March Air Reserve Base

Tour of March Air Reserve BaseF16c

South Bay Chapter Meeting in Riverside County on June 8

Have you ever seen a C-17 up close and personal? What about a KC-135 or a F-16 Fighting Falcon? Join us for a tour of March Air Reserve Base in Riverside County. This is a 4 hour tour which will take us to points of interest on the base, including a C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker, and F-16 Fighting Falcon.

The tour is on Wednesday, June 8, 9am-1pm, including lunch. See the meeting notice for details.

The meeting is free for everyone. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbjun16.eventbrite.com. Registration ends at 8am on Wednesday, June 1.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

Tour of Alloy Processing

Tour of Alloy ProcessingAlloy Processing

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on May 10

Started in 2013 and completed in 2015, Alloy Processing’s acquisition and build-out of the 100,000 square foot W Artesia Blvd facility contains state-of-the-art equipment capable of processing parts of nearly any size and configuration.

Join us in Compton, CA on Tuesday, May 10, 7:30am – 10:00am when Alloy Processing will demonstrate their large part processing capabilities through the 50′ x 4′ x 12′ processing line, NDT department, two large paint booths, two large curing ovens, and their newly operational shot peen department.

The meeting is free for all members and $30 for non-members. Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbmay16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: State of the Industry”

“Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing: State of the Industry”The Future of 3D Printing

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on March 9

Since its inception in 1986, additive manufacturing has been changing the way in which people think about manufacturing. Traditional manufacturing is of course alive and well; in fact, it is a very necessary element despite all of the hype surrounding the additive technologies. That being said, the additive space will define manufacturing in the future.

3D Printing, as it is now commonly called, is a very fluid sector. Between the newer technologies and the fact that many of the older patents are now expiring, we expect to see even greater diversity in the marketplace.

Please join us in Torrance on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when three experts on 3D printing from SoCal Office Technologies will present an overview of the Additive marketplace. They will cover current processes, materials and aerospace applications as well as look at future potentials. They will also highlight the unique opportunities additive manufacturing brings to the table in terms of manufacturing and design.

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until March 2). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbmar16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.

“Radically Reducing the Cost of Assemblies”

“Radically Reducing the Cost of Assemblies”mind_the_gap-logo

South Bay (CA) Chapter meeting on February 10

For over twenty years, Aerojet Rocketdyne has endeavored to change the fundamental way of thinking about product design and production in our industry. When combined with other techniques such as Design to Cost and Advanced Manufacturing, a new integrated design capability emerges that promises to produce simplified, more rapidly developed, affordable assembled products. This new approach applies the concepts (and benefits) of lean manufacturing (typically limited to part fabrication) to the level of assembly.

Please join us in Torrance on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Art Weiss, former Executive Director, Defense Advanced Programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne, will present this new way of thinking about systems and design that can have a dramatic impact on the costs, delivery time, and reliability of assemblies.

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until February 3). Advanced registration is required. For more information and to register to attend the meeting, go to http://adfsbfeb16.eventbrite.com.

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The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting.