Media Contact: Lissa Barron, Communications, LBarron@barron-industries.com
Oxford, MI - Barron Industries has achieved another quality certification for its aerospace investment castings. A global manufacturer of engineered metal components, Barron is now certified for welding by the National Aerospace and Defense Contractors Accreditation Program (NADCAP), ensuring the company meets the high quality standards of the aerospace industry. Barron performs welding in conformance with the ASME Section IX of the Boiler Code, AWS D17.1, as well as requirements for Ballistic Steel Welding.
“The new welding certification is the latest in a series of improvements and innovations to better serve our new and long-standing aerospace customers,” said President and CEO Bruce Barron. “By investing in our new facilities, upgrading our technology and training our people, we are ready to respond to the increased demand for our safety-critical aerospace components.”
Already NADCAP certified for non-destructive testing, the new welding certification increases Barron’s aerospace investment casting capabilities. Also registered to the AS9100 aerospace quality system, the company has received GE Aviation Certification and was awarded a renewable 5-year LTA for cast and machined stainless steel components for the new GE9X high-bypass turbofan aircraft engine. The anticipated 20-year contract is valued at $30-40 million.
“With our newly acquired NADCAP and GE Aviation certifications, we’re prepared to meet the stringent standards of the aerospace industry,” said Barron. “Plus, our recently acquired NIST 800 certification ensures Barron’s preparedness in serving its aerospace and defense customers that need to maintain information security throughout their supply chains.”
In 2019, Barron’s orders for aerospace investment castings increased by 20 percent, and the Michigan-based company projects an additional 20 percent growth in the aerospace industry in 2020. In its 2019 report on “Aerospace Manufacturing Attractiveness,” PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) ranked Michigan as the best state in the Midwest and 4th in the nation for “Aerospace manufacturing attractiveness” . Barron Industries is one of more than 300 Michigan businesses registered to the AS9100 aerospace quality system and more than 800 state companies are direct suppliers to the aerospace industry.
Barron Industries produces critical cast precision components used in aircraft and defense technologies for both domestic and foreign markets including the elevator steering mechanism for the Navy’s V-22 Osprey and fuel and HVAC systems on the Boeing 767 and Apache helicopter. Other aerospace investment castings manufactured by Barron Industries include:
• Exhaust components - inlet and outlet tubes, diffusers
• Hydraulic pump housings
• Door latches and hinges
• Passenger seat components
• Cargo securing and handling hardware
• Fluid pump and control components
• Instrumentation housings
Barron has acquired a new 10,000 square foot manufacturing plant to increase production capacity for its precision machined castings and assemblies. The company is also growing its workforce by more than 30 percent and investing in new technology including at its existing 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility in Oxford, MI.
The new facility houses a 325-kilowatt induction melting unit, a $300,000 piece of equipment manufactured by Rancocas, N.J.-based Inductotherm Corp., as well as a high-pressure water jet blast system, Barron said. “We have also expanded our engineering and inspection capabilities with the addition of the FARO Quantum ScanArm laser probe scanner and 8th-axis platform.”
Founded in 1983, Barron Industries offers complete turnkey product manufacturing of components for Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Medical, and other commercial industries. Capabilities include CAD engineering, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, plating, painting, assembly, laser etching, and shipping. Barron Industries provides concept-to-completion development and production of standard to complex investment casting projects from a few ounces to 150 pounds. Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys poured include class II armor, stainless steels, tool steels, aluminum, cobalt, and nickel-based alloys.
For more information go to www.Barron-Industries.com or Lissa Barron at LBarron@barron-industries.com