“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.

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.

“Lessons Learned in A&D Sales & Marketing”

“Lessons Learned in A&D Sales & Marketing”marketing-sales-difference-why-3-638

South Bay (CA) Chapter January 13 meeting

The A&D market over the last thirty to forty years has been very dynamic with many changes in structure, companies and business models. Sales today is much more complex and involves a number of factors beyond price, quality, and on-time delivery. However, despite the very dynamic nature of the market, there are some simple lessons and basics that are always there.

Please join us in Torrance, CA, on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when a panel of three sales and marketing VPs (David Conrad, Zodiac Water & Waste Aero Systems; Jason Childs, Esterline Technologies Corporation; Jon Chakerian, Aerospace Engineering Corp.; Ivan Rosenberg (Moderator), Frontier Associates, Inc.) will share with you some of the basic lessons and ideas they have learned along the way in decades-long year careers working for both large and not so large A&D companies. The panel will also share some observations about how the market is changing and the need for sales and marketing to adapt and change.

We anticipate a lively, valuable and interactive exchange between panelists and between the panel and attendees. If you are in sales & marketing, this is an event not to be missed!

Attendance is open to all. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until January 6). Advanced registration is required. Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbjan16.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.

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test Facility

Tour of General Atomics UAV Flight Test FacilityGA UAV

South Bay (CA) Chapter October 14 meeting in Palmdale

General Atomics Flight Test Facility (also known as the Gray Butte UAV Site) may be the largest private unmanned aerial vehicle airport in the USA. It is General Atomics’ main test center, where the company’s Predator and Reaper UAVs are regularly flown. The company has operated for years out of the nearby El Mirage Lake airport, which it developed with the CIA, and still uses as well.

Please join us in Palmdale, CA, on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm PDT (networking at 9:30am) for a presentation and tour of the Facility

Attendance is limited to US Citizens who are the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants. The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 29). Advanced registration is required, and registration closes at 7:00am on October 7. For more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsboct15.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, and led by the heads of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates.

“Creating Competitive Advantage through Your Supply Chain”

“Creating Competitive Advantage through Your Supply Chain”The_Value_Chain-Creating_Competitive_Advantage

South Bay (CA) Chapter September 10 meeting

In recent years, the aerospace markets for both commercial and military products have become more and more competitive. With industry consolidation and few new aircraft being launched this trend is becoming ever more prevalent.

Most companies have reacted to these challenges by initiating continuous improvement activities focused largely on leaning out production operations and reducing direct labor product content. Businesses who have embraced lean initiative for many years are finding diminishing returns from this approach. In many cases this activity has been accomplished by the outsourcing of non-core operations and work content, reducing the internal production base.

Given this situation, many companies have realized they must redirect their attention to creating value through enhanced supply chain efficiencies. Ducommun is in the midst of such a supply chain transformation.

Please join us in Torrance, CA, on Thursday, September 10, 2015, 7:30am – 9:00am PDT (networking at 7:00am), when Joel Benkie (President & COO) and Jerry Redondo (VP of Operational Excellence) of Ducommun share some key aspect of their strategy and approach.

Attendance is limited to the #1 or #2 operating executives of A&D companies or plants, i.e., organizations that have a direct role in production, e.g., engineering, fabrication, coating, and testing. Likewise, to promote exchange, each meeting is limited to 20 attendees.

The meeting is free for A&D Forum members and $40 for non-members ($30 Early Bird until September 3). Advanced registration is required. or more information and to register to attend the meeting or for the waitlist, go to http://adfsbsep15.eventbrite.com.

Click here for more information about and to join The Aerospace & Defense Forum.

The South Bay Chapter of The Aerospace & Defense Forum is sponsored by Moss Adams, Aerospace Engineering Corp., Community Bank, and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting, and led by the heads of Aerospace Manufacturing & Engineering. Alloy Processing, Triumph Aerostructures-Hawthorne, Dasco Engineering Corporation, Brek Manufacturing, and Frontier Associates.