OAKVILLE, Ontario, (January 8, 2010) – VAC AERO’s Boucherville, Quebec, Canada-based Coatings division recently received two new approvals for coatings and chemical processing. The facility was qualified to the stringent SAE Aerospace Standard AS70003 for Coatings and for Chemical Processing. These two new approvals have now been added to the many other heat treating and […]
OAKVILLE, Ontario, (January 11, 2010) – VAC AERO’s Kalisz, Poland-based operation recently installed a fully integrated High Velocity Oxygen Fuel (HVOF) system based on a new generation Carbide Jet System (CJS) produced by Dortmund, Germany-based Thermico.
The system’s specially designed combustion chamber is fed by hydrogen, kerosene and oxygen fuel and optimized for spraying MCrAlY coatings on turbine engine components, tungsten carbide coatings on landing gear components and can perform many other coating applications. Precise combustion and fuel configuration settings control particle temperature and velocity to achieve optimal coating efficiency in less time and lower fuel consumption than other HVOF systems. The system was installed in a 13’X13’X 10’ high (4X4X3 meters) soundproof booth. READ MORE
OAKVILLE, Ontario, (December 9, 2009) – VAC AERO’s Oakville Thermal Processing Division recently completed an extensive plant re-organization based on lean and green manufacturing concepts. The project included building renovations to create more production space, the addition of new work-handling and production capacity, safety enhancements and energy efficiency improvements in lighting and power consumption. Lean manufacturing techniques that were implemented in the re-organization included Kanban systems, 5S and visual signals. The company has also been working in close partnership with customers on value stream mapping and smoothing production flow. The effort is already paying benefits. For example, distances travelled for orders within the shop have been reduced on average by 50%. On-time deliveries have improved dramatically, now in many cases being maintained at 100%. VAC AERO invested more than $400,000 in the re-organization, a portion of which was subsidized by a provincial government grant. The completion of the re-organization was timed to coincide with the commissioning of VAC AERO’s fourth large vacuum oil quench furnace, designed and built by the company’s Furnace Manufacturing Division. The new furnace will add significant capacity to the Oakville vacuum oil-quench operation, already one of the largest in the world.
OAKVILLE, Ontario, (October 26, 2009) – VAC AERO International’s Polish subsidiary, VAC AERO Kalisz Sp. z o.o, has been awarded grants totaling 6.4 million PLN (approximately 2.4 million CDN dollars) through the European Union’s New Innovative Investments Program. The grants will support 60% of the company’s investment to establish a new special processes facility in […]
For immediate release Oakville, Ontario, September 9, 2009 – VAC AERO International launched its newly redesigned website and a new French version today as part of its 50th anniversary online and print campaign. In addition to featuring concise overviews on its vacuum furnace systems and metallurgical services, VAC AERO offers a host of technical articles […]
OAKVILLE, Ontario, (June 29, 2009)
VAC AERO has relocated its Corporate Head Office to 5420 North Service Road, Suite 205 in Burlington, Ontario. An integral part of our Thermal Processing Division’s Lean Manufacturing inspired re-organization plan requires moving our accounting, administration and executive management offices out of our production facility to free up needed plant space. The new offices are located 9 kms (5.5 miles) away from the Thermal Processing and Furnace Manufacturing facilities. The move does not involve any changes to our telephone numbers, mailing address or other contact coordinates.
We are pleased to announce the launch of a New Vacuum Brazing column in the April 2009 issue of VAC AERO’s What’s HOT! NEWSLETTER
The new column, written by brazing expert Dan Kay will be published monthly and will offer helpful vacuum brazing applications, tips and techniques to commercial and captive heat treaters alike. Dan Kay is an independent brazing consultant, who has consented to write articles on brazing for VAC AERO since many of our vacuum furnaces are used for brazing. However, his willingness to provide this service to VAC AERO readers does not imply his specific endorsement of our furnaces, but rather his desire to help VAC AERO furnace users to understand brazing better.