The commercial aerospace market is rebounding. Demand for passenger travel is increasing and while it is not quite back to pre–pandemic levels it is forecast to get there in 2023 for the US and maybe a little later in 2024 for Europe.
This feeling of light at the end of a long dark tunnel is driving the growth in orders and aircraft deliveries. This in turn is having a favorable impact on materials, systems, and components across the whole industry.
Aircraft orders are remarkably healthy. So far in 2022 Boeing and Airbus have delivered 237 aircraft, compared to 202 in 2021. Airlines are hiring pilots and flight attendants. Mothballed aircraft are being redeployed. MRO shops are buzzing with activity with very few vacant openings.
In line with this, DTi is seeing strong grommet edging sales from aero seating clients like Collins, Thompson, Safran, TSI, Avic, Acro, and others, particularly in the interiors market.
Despite the challenges of almost full employment, a chronic shortage of workers, inflation, and supply chain upheavals, DTi is confident that it can meet the component needs of customers and at the same time because of the real product benefits they offer, help them reduce their installed costs and increase productivity.
Proactively DTi is making long-term commitments to harden its own supply chain to be able to meet industry demand. For example, we are placing raw material orders 1 year in advance to ensure supply and are looking at equivalent alternative sourcing.
The Two Key Reasons Why Spring-Fast Grommets Are Growing
The pressures felt at operators, OEMs, and MROs from staffing and the supply chain play into the strengths of this product. Spring-fast offers a better, lower-cost alternative. It minimizes the time needed for installation which creates higher efficiency in manufacturing and yet still provides best-in-class performance.
1. Cost Savings of 49%
Spring-Fast grommet edging applies with just finger pressure -without adhesive. This leads to at least a 49% installed cost-saving. In contrast, the standard SOP for nylon grommets that have no retentive strength is to apply adhesive to ensure it stays on the edge. This results in a multi-step process that can take up to 12 hours with curing.
Think edge prep scuffing and solvent cleaning for edge prep, application of adhesive, related protective gear ( masks, gloves, cloths), tape for fixturing (quite often), and fans for ventilation due to the VOCs associated with the adhesive. It’s costly and worse it is failure-prone due to the high likelihood of dis-bonding. Spring-Fast applies with just finger pressure. No ancillary materials. No multi-steps.
2. Better productivity and staff utilization
The industry is understaffed so companies are looking for efficiency anywhere they can. Spring-Fast with finger pressure installation takes a fraction of the time and resources. It frees up your techs to complete other tasks.
If you are using adhesive-bonded nylon grommets you should consider switching to Spring-Fast grommet edging. Come and see the evidence for yourself. DTi will be at AIX in Hamburg from 14-16 June @ Halle: B6 Stand: 6C80/E
Book a 15-minute cost-saving, fact-finding chat here.
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