Excerpt from WhatsYourTech.ca article by Yasmin Ranade, published December 2, 2021.
GLOBAL F-35 AIRCRAFT SUPPORTED BY CANADIAN INNOVATION
For more than 20 years, GTA based Ben Machine has been involved in the design and manufacturing of the actuation system for the Lockheed Martin F-35 aircraft. The actuation system controls everything which causes the aircraft to manoeuvre in flight.
Explains Michael lacovelli, CEO, Ben Machine Products Co. Inc., “The engineering and production of highly complex dip-brazed enclosures led Ben Machine to become a partner on the development and production of the actuation systems for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 aircraft.”
Since its beginnings in the 1970s, Ben Machine has built its machining business into an innovative supplier of machining solutions for the niche military industry. “If you had a problem that could not be solved, Ben Machine developed a solution,” added lacovelli.
‘We are not just a build-to-print manufacturer,” said Iacovelli. Regarding the F-35, Iacovelli added, “Our customer leveraged our manufacturing design capabilities to develop the mechanical components of an actuation system that was extremely cutting edge. New fixturing techniques, structural supports and design elements were added to this system to maintain dimensions and tolerances that were otherwise unachievable in the marketplace.”
Today, Ben Machine provides advanced manufacturing services in engineering, multi-axis CNC machining, high precision sheet metal fabrication, certified welding, complex assembly, optical assembly, painting, chromate conversion, anodizing and much more. Ben Machine also manufactures highly intricate investment castings, dip-brazed enclosures and composite components.
“As the only company in North America which can deliver the required specifications [for the F-35…], this has enabled the company to maintain and create jobs despite the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic,” shared lacovelli.
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