Captive Heat Treater Lands Boeing Order

Aerospace provider Collins Aerospace has just landed an order from Boeing to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for F-15EX aircraft for the US Air Force. Collins has over 30 locations around the US a number of which include in house heat treating departments. Earlier this year one of their locations installed 2 new Nitrex gas nitriding systems to replace smaller, older furnaces.

“Collins Aerospace announces its selection by Boeing to provide boltless wheels and carbon brakes for lots one through three on the F-15EX aircraft in production for the U.S. Air Force. Collins’ equipment replaces the platform’s legacy wheels and brakes on the Boeing production line.

Collins has worked closely with the U.S. Air Force on the Wheel and Brake System Improvement (WBSI) program to design, develop, and qualify the F-15 wheels and brakes while achieving installation approval from Boeing for the F-15C/D and F-15E variant aircraft. After five years of operations, Collins’ wheels and brakes continue to meet or exceed all U.S. Air Force performance
standards for the WBSI program. Collins set out to drive down the lifecycle cost over the lifespan of the aircraft while increasing the longevity of the wheel and carbon brakes.”

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