INCOSE Encounters of the Honeywell Kind

November 16, 2016 | Author: Donald Godfrey

INCOSE – the International Council on Systems Engineering – is all about exploring the frontiers of systems engineering. That includes giving its members a chance to learn from leading technology suppliers like Honeywell Aerospace, which has a century-long history of innovations that have helped make aviation safer, more efficient and more comfortable.

INCOSE has provided nose-to-tail solutions for all kinds of commercial, military and space platforms. So systems engineering and the ability to integrate disparate systems are key elements that have helped engineered systems succeed.

Recently, the Central Arizona Chapter of INCOSE visited our Additive Manufacturing Laboratory in Phoenix to hear about how we’re applying leading-edge 3-D printing technologies to improve quality, reduce costs and move products to market faster. Additive manufacturing is the process of joining materials to make objects from 3-D model data, usually by melting powder material layer upon layer.

The nine INCOSE visitors toured the nickel lab where they were able to see some of the machines producing components used in Honeywell aircraft engines and other mechanical products. We showed the group our latest powder-bed infusion technology, which is sometimes called Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS).

We use DMLS to make components that are often lighter and less expensive than those produced using old-school machining processes. DMLS opens up a whole new world to Honeywell scientists and engineers, who use the technology to build prototypes that enable them to visualize their designs and show customers how the products will actually function.

We also introduced the group to sand-printing technologies used to cast components and with 3D printed poly-methyl-meth-acrylate material, a polymer that contains fiberglass and also used in the casting industry.

For the INCOSE members, the 90-minute tour provided a chance for a close encounter with these unique and innovative technologies that are helping to change the way that Honeywell – and the whole world – thinks about manufacturing. For Honeywell, it gave us the opportunity to meet some great folks and show our long-term support for science, technology, engineering and math education.

Honeywell has been a leading innovator in additive manufacturing among aerospace companies, with a number of firsts to our credit.

In addition to Phoenix, we’ve opened world-class labs in the Czech Republic, China, India and Mexico to meet our growing needs and reflect our commitment to developing capabilities in 3-D printing that benefit our customers and set us apart from our competitors.

Donald Godfrey

Donald Godfrey

Donald Godfrey is an engineering fellow at Honeywell Aerospace.

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