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Northrop Grumman is an American global leader in aerospace and defense technology with a market cap of $49.71 Billion in 2021. It is one of the world's largest weapons manufacturers and military technology providers.
The Research Operations Group at Northrop Grumman is involved in many different projects involving machining such as remote milling, lathe cutting, and diamond wire saw cutting. Often these machining operations are performed on objects that are temperature sensitive, or even temperature critical devices such as a live energetic propellant cartridge for a D5 test motor. During these operations it is imperative to ensure that maximum temperatures are not exceeded for the integrity of the device under test, and for the safety of the lab and personnel.
Bryan Smith from Northrop Grumman has been an Energetic Staff Engineer in the Research Operation Engineering for the past 30 years and has managed numerous projects. Bryan and the group are always looking for ways to improve productivity and increase the safety of their processes. Bryan said his challenge was finding a simple, easy to use program to monitor temperatures of the process in real time. His motivation to solve the challenge was to make it easier and more reliable for the machinists to perform their job.
Infrared cameras are used to monitor the machining tools and objects being machined to ensure critical temperatures are not exceeded. Quantum IR Technologies (QIR) worked closely with Bryan and his team to determine their needs and craft a solution that allows them to have a clear view of the temperatures generated during the machining process in real time. In addition, QIR software logs all data and provides historical views of every operation for future review. It also allows for historical data analysis over many operations to help improve future work, and to provide forensic analysis of past operations.
In Bryan’s words “QIR solutions gave us a clear view of the temperatures generated, providing an effective way to monitor processing temperatures in real time. The tools are easy to use and reliable. Quantum IR is knowledgeable about their product, can tailor it to our specific needs, and is very responsive. QIR solutions helped us achieve and improve performance, be more reliable, safer, and better able to control operations”.
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