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Daher-Socata chooses Tecnatom inspection system

News International-French

23 Jan 2015

This equipment will serve to the French company for the inspection of very complex pieces of its BZ1 helicopter.

Daher-Socata, the Aerospace & Defence division of Daher, has awarded Tecnatom for the supply of an inspection system. With this new equipment, the French company will inspect very complex pieces of its new BZ1 helicopter. The system is based on a “twin robots over linear tracks” mechanical solution, with an additional turn-table and an immersion tank for the specific inspection of Omegas traps of the Airbus A350, program in which Daher-Socata is also involved. The inspection system will be located in Tarbes plant (southern France).

Daher-Socata has consolidated both its status as a tier 1 equipment supplier and aircraft manufacturer in the Aerospace industry. It is a leading company that has facilities located in Europe, USA and Australia, among others.

Tecnatom thus continues its expansion in the French market, which began four year ago with the supply to Airbus in Nantes of an ultrasonic inspection system. It has also provided a second system applied to the inspection of the acoustic panels of the A320neo, and the novelty in this case is the use of ultrasonic air-coupling transducers. Also in 2014 acceptance testing was performed on the inspection system supplied by Tecnatom to Corse Composites Aéronautiques (CCA) for its facilities in Ajaccio (Corsica). Finally, it has been made a significant improvement and update for Thales-Alenia of a gantry type inspection system, previously supplied by Tecnatom for its plant in Cannes.

In 2004, as part of its expansion strategy and business concentration, Tecnatom did assume the leadership of the French company Metalscan, specialized in ultrasonic inspection systems and firmly established in France and Italy with a diverse portfolio of customers belonging to the aerospace sector. Also in 2004, Tecnatom did enter as majority shareholder in the French company Multi2000 (M2M), which also gave a strong impetus to its strategy of growth in the European market.

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