Ingersoll wins best supplier award for 787 fuselage work

Alenia gave the award to Ingersoll for automated fiber placement technology it provided for fuselage manufacture for the 787 Dreamliner.

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Ingersoll Machine Tools (Rockford, Ill, USA) announced on Jan. 9 that Alenia Aeronautica, a subsidiary of the Finmeccanica Group (Rome, Italy) and major partner of The Boeing Co. (Seattle, Wash.) for the manufacture of the 787 Dreamliner program, has conferred to Ingersoll the Best Supplier 2009 Award. The award was given for the essential technological support and contribution to the startup and implementation in production of the Advanced Fiber Placement Systems delivered to the new Alenia plant in Grottaglie, Italy.

The two main reasons for the award are:

— Ingersoll has supplied and supported the systems for the automated layup of carbon fiber together with the enabling technologies that have made possible the manufacturing of the sections 44 and 46 of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fuselage with outstanding quality and productivity recognized to be the best in the world.

— Ingersoll has not only delivered and installed the four Fiber Placement Automated Cells, but has made available all necessary resources to enable a successful implementation in production by meeting all the stringent qualification requirements of Alenia and Boeing. The Ingersoll team of highly qualified engineers from the U.S. and the Italian subsidiary has been able to work in full integration with the Alenia team to develop the necessary technological solutions and reach ambitious productivity rates.