GKN Santa Ana
We’ve reached June and week 6 of our assignment abroad. As been stated in previous blog posts me and my colleague Mikael are currently doing our abroad assignment in Santa Ana, California. GKN Aerospace acquired Astech, Santa Ana in 2002. It is a site specialized in welded honeycomb structures for both commercial and military applications. There are several reasons why to choose the Welded Honeycomb Sandwich material. It is light weight, noise suppression, durable and repairable. The products developed and manufactured here GKN Santa Ana can be found on several different aircrafts, examples are the engine exhaust on Boeing 747-8 and Thrust Reverser Inner Wall for 737 max. Me and Mikael are participating in several project here in Santa Ana, one of them is for the 737 program, where we’re a part of the Welding Developing Team. The project aims to develop a new method for weld preparing. The other big project we’re a part of is in collaboration with our colleagues at R&D in Trollhättan. This project aims to find new applications for the honeycomb manufactured here.