A new fiber placement machine (manufacturer unknown) unveiled by ATK will allow the company to produce large parts up to five times faster while cutting manufacturing costs and improving product quality, said Mark Messick, vice president and general manager of the company's Aerospace Structures division.
The report says the fiber-placement machine is the first of up to six that may be installed at the facility. The U.S. Department of Defense has provided $20 million for the machines, while ATK is investing $30 million.
The website reports that much of the work with the new machines will be dedicated to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has proposed a large increase in F-35 production, which would add an estimated 120 new jobs at ATK's Clearfield facility.
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