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Novator to provide Orbital Drilling equipment to Boeing South Carolina

The Swedish drilling equipment company reports that The Boeing Co. has placed an order for its portable, patented and trademarked Orbital Drilling equipment, for use in its production operations in North Charleston, S.C.

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Posted on: 5/28/2013
Source: CompositesWorld

Stockholm, Sweden-based drilling equipment company Novator AB reports that the U.S.-based aircraft manufacturer The Boeing Co. (Chicago, Ill.) has placed an order for its trademarked Orbital Drilling equipment. The drilling system will be put to use in its production operations in North Charleston, S.C.

“After a successful implementation in Everett [Wash.], we are very happy that Boeing has decided to move forward with the North Charleston plant as well.” says Hans-Petter Andersson, Novator’s CEO. “We take that as proof of the value our technology brings into Boeing’s production. Naturally, we are very excited to get started with this project.”

The Orbital Portable M-Series is based on Novator's patented Orbital Drilling technique, which enables drilling of holes with high quality and finish while reducing the machine inventory and the cutting times. Orbital Drilling is a drilling technique where the cutter is revolving in a mechanically forced eccentric movement while simultaneously rotating around its own axis. In Orbital Drilling, the thrust force is reportedly very low, which results in greater hole quality and is one of the factors that opens up the potential for dry drilling. Dry drilling makes coolant obsolete and reduces environmental and health hazards.

Novator is a high-tech engineering company focused on providing efficient drilling solutions based on, but not limited to, its Orbital Drilling technology. Orbital Drilling technology is designed for customers who work with advanced and complex materials, mainly within the aerospace industry. Orbital Drilling reportedly enables companies to significantly improve quality and productivity while cutting production costs. The main driving force behind Orbital Drilling is the increased use of advanced materials such as carbon fiber-reinforced polymer (CFRP) and titanium, materials which pose significant drilling challenges. Novator holds a number of patents, worldwide, related to Orbital Drilling and hole production. Patents relate to methodology, equipment and accessories.

For further information, visit the Novator Web site: www.novator.eu.

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