Norsk Titanium Marks Milestone in U.S. Production
New York Site Added to Boeing's Qualified Producers List
PLATTSBURGH, N.Y.–Norsk Titanium's (NTi) Plattsburgh, New York, Development and Qualification Center (PDQC) site was officially added to Boeing's Qualified Producers List (QPL) on May 1, and then began qualified production on May 15 by manufacturing its first part under the Boeing contract, the company said in a press release. Norsk Titanium called the milestone a culmination of recent company successes, including certification under AS9100D and the October 2017 dedication of PDQC by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"We could not be prouder of our Plattsburgh, New York, production operations as they put another stake in the ground for the continued success of Norsk Titanium and the state of New York," said NTi's Chief Operating Officer Tamara Morytko, in a prepared release. "Receiving this qualification from Boeing, now qualifying two NTi sites for production across the globe, is a true vote of confidence in our service, quality, and disruptive RPDTM technology."
Norsk Titanium's PDQC, which currently houses nine of NTi's proprietary Rapid Plasma DepositionTM (RPDTM) titanium printing machines, is the product of the partnership between NTi and the state of New York, as well as the advancement of technology that originated in Norway. The Norwegian facility, the Engineering and Technology Center, continues to operate qualified and approved RPDTM Machines. The PDQC will produce aerospace components for Boeing and other aerospace manufacturers.
"Norsk Titanium's continued expansion in production, as well as facilities, is great news for the local economy and the North Country's advanced manufacturing sector," said Empire State Development President, CEO and Commissioner Howard Zemsky. "The NTi team continues to deliver on their commitments to this area and we look forward to continued growth in the future."
In 2017, Norsk announced its first production order from Boeing Commercial Airplanes for the manufacture of 3D-printed structural titanium components for the 787 Dreamliner. This past summer, Norsk announced a 60 percent expansion of the PDQC facility, located less than a half mile from the future site of the Norsk Titanium Production Center.
While titanium 3D printing has grown over the years, Norsk has developed what it calls a breakthrough technology that takes it to the next level. Norsk's proprietary RPDTM process uses titanium wire with plasma torches to print titanium structural components on an industrial scale. RPDTM has demonstrated that it can be used to produce large structural parts weighing over 100 pounds. Norsk said that RPDTM is 50-100 times faster than powder-based systems and uses 25-50 percent less titanium than incumbent forging processes. The technology is applicable to aviation, space, transportation, oil and gas, and maritime.
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