AEDC awards big contract to Phillip's Corp., for new Model Shop technology

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The U.S. Air Force's Arnold Engineering Development Center (AEDC) has awarded a contract worth more than $1 million to the Phillips Corp., from Hanover, Md.

The contract consists of an Olympia computerized numerical controlled (CNC) vertical turning center (VTC) being installed in the AEDC Model Shop. This VTC will be used for effective machining of parts using the latest cutting tool technologies.

According to Mark Grantham, Senior Program and Facility Manager at the center's Engine Test Facility, the machine will significantly improve the center's ability to produce large diameter parts faster and more cost effectively. This is done by reducing machine set-up times by 50 percent and product costs by 30 percent compared to previous technology. This improves the center's responsiveness to testing schedules and facility maintenance.

AEDC is the world's most diverse complex of aerospace test facilities. Since it opened in 1951, its engineers, technicians, craftsmen and support personnel have been involved in the development of nearly all U.S. military and NASA high-performance jets, missiles and space systems.

The center's propulsion test cells, aerodynamic and propulsion wind tunnels, space chambers and ballistic missile ranges can simulate virtually every aspect of flight from ground level to deep space. Ground testing reduces risks and saves lives, equipment and money in operational testing. For more information on AEDC, visit the Web site at