EATON, Ohio—Bullen Ultrasonics has achieved certification to the aerospace industry’s AS9100 quality management standard, the company announced recently. The certification recognizes Bullen’s excellence in machining ceramic matrix composite (CMC) components for the aerospace industry.
“Bullen’s achievement of the AS9100 certification puts us in elite company,” said Tim Beatty, president of Bullen, in a press release.
Ceramic matrix composites are “super ceramics” that are as strong as metals, but are two-thirds lighter and can operate at much higher temperatures than the most advanced alloys. This combination allows aerospace engineers to design smaller engines with lighter components that generate more power, burn less fuel, and don’t need as much air for cooling.
AS9100 is the single common quality management standard for the aviation, space, and defense industries, which make up the aerospace industry. The standard is based on organizational aerospace manufacturing processes and emphasizes the need to satisfy internal, governmental, and regulatory requirements. It is endorsed by all major aerospace regulators, including the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
“Our commitment to adhere to AS9100, the strictest of quality standards for the aerospace industry, will open many more doors for us and further propel the growth of our machining services for ceramic matrix composites,” Beatty said.
Bullen Ultrasonics (bullentech.com) provides precision machining services for glass, ceramics, and advanced materials to high technology industries. With what is reported to be the largest concentration of ultrasonic machining equipment in the world, Bullen machines components for aircraft engines; fiber optic networking; smart, implantable medical devices; DNA analysis and sequencing; pressure sensors for air bags in automobiles and trucks; environmental monitoring; and computer chips.