“Certainty where Failure is not an Option!”

“Certainty where Failure is not an Option!”
A Tour of Element Huntington Beach
Materials Testing and Product Qualification Testing

A&D Forum Meeting in Huntington Beach, CA on July 12

Element Materials Technology exists to ensure that the materials and products that are in use in some of the world’s most advanced industrial sectors are always safe; of marketable quality; compliant to all relevant industry standards and most of all are fit for purpose in their end application.

Please join us on Thur, July 12, 7:30-9:30am at Element in Huntington Beach, CA, when Jim Riley, General Manager, will describe and demonstrate that what they ultimately deliver is Certainty to those industries where failure simply is not an option.

This special presentation and tour is limited to 20 attendees. US citizenship is required.

Both members and non-members must register by 12:00pm on Monday, July 10. No walk-ins will be permitted to attend.

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until July 3). For more information and to register to attend go to http://adfsbjul17.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.

“The Future in Aerospace Machining”

“The Future in Aerospace Machining”
Lunch & Learn: Presentation and Tour of Mazak USA’s Aerospace Technology Center

A&D Forum Meeting in Gardena, CA on June 8

Manufacturing today is fast-paced – every minute of production affects the bottom line. To be competitive, shops must achieve efficient use of leading edge technology backed by comprehensive service and support that ensures machines are performing at their best. Operators must also be well-trained so that they can optimize each machine’s capabilities.

Please join us on Thur, June 8, 10:00am-1:00pm at Mazak’s Western Region Aerospace Technology Center in Gardena, when we will be provided with a presentation on “The Future of Manufacturing”. After the presentation, we will tour their facility where you will see the latest advancements in milling, turning, 5-axis and Multi-Tasking technologies in action. This tour will show how production can be taken to even higher levels and will cover topics such as complementary technologies, like work-holding techniques and how to securely connect equipment to the internet.

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 31). For more information and to register to attend go to http://adfsbjun17.eventbrite.com. Registration closes at 12pm on June 6.

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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.

“SoCal M&A Trends and Perspectives”

“SoCal M&A Trends and Perspectives”

A&D Forum Meeting in Torrance, CA on May 10

The M & A activity involving aerospace and defense companies in North America averaged 69 transactions per quarter from Q1 2015 to Q2 2016. Then it spiked to over 100 acquisitions in each of the last two quarters of 2016. Why the uptick in M & A activity? What has been the recent M & A activity level in Southern California? What is the expected trend in the future?

Please join us on Wed, May 10, 7:30-9:00am in Torrance, CA when Massimo Masini (SVP/GM, TECT Aerospace), David Patterson (CEO, Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering), and Paul Weisbrich (Managing Director, D.A. Davidson & Co.) will share with you some of the recent lessons they have learned and trends they see from their own unique perspectives on the local M & A market. Along with these lessons learned, they will also share some observations about current valuations and multiples, sectors that have been the most prominent targets and what acquirers are looking for in a company.

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until May 3). For more information and to register to attend go to http://adfsbmay17.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.

“State of the Art AM Technology” Tour of Morf3D

“State of the Art AM Technology”

A Presentation and Tour of Morf3D

A&D Forum Meeting in El Segundo, CA on April 12

Morf3D is a provider of end-to-end Additive Manufacturing solutions in R&D, Engineering, and Additive Manufacturing. Morf3D believes that Additive Manufacturing is forever going to change the landscape of how we design, what we make, when we make it, and where it is produced, all of which require us to alter the way we think! Their collaborative and hands on approach at their R&D Innovation Center is central to education ultimately accelerating the adoption of Additive Manufacturing.

Please join us on Wednesday, April 12, 8-10:30am in El Segundo for a presentation by Ivan Madera, CEO of Morf3D, followed by a tour, which will include seeing numerous additive manufacturing machines in operation.

The event is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until April 3). For more information and to register to attend go to http://adfsbapr17.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.

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

Tour of Avcorp Composite Fabrication atl-picture

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

“Farnborough 2016 International Airshow: Impressions & Opinions”120713-FarnAirshow-AIR-PMW-020

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.