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Whether referring to the big picture or the smallest detail – when it comes to quality assurance the testing company SGS is a competent partner for the aerospace industry. Engineers at SGS subject connectors to extreme stress tests to ensure that they do their job reliably, even after years of use. Moreover, we also have aerospace experts to monitor the entire supply chain. They supervise the suppliers in implementing customer’s requirements, which in turn supports the extensive range of processes used to improve quality.

At the Airtec trade fair from 28th to 30th October 2014 in Frankfurt, Germany, SGS is presenting its entire portfolio of services for the aerospace industry – from the options for failure and damage analysis on pre-shipment inspections at suppliers, to the review of processing and performance criteria for fuels. This year's trade fair appearance by SGS is focused primarily on the issues facing the industry in the future. Questions tend to focus on the ways in which the quality and reliability of modern composite materials, bio-fuels, and e-mobility solutions can be examined.

Safety Tests for Innovations

Composite materials are becoming increasingly common in a variety of aircraft components. The specific fatigue behaviour of these components, however, places new demands on quality inspections. SGS material tests support the manufacturing process, facilitate market approval, and ensure quality control throughout the entire production chain. The SGS laboratory in Dortmund has assumed a pioneering role in this area. This laboratory was one of the first independent test centres in Germany to receive the Nadcap MTL certification for metallography and hardness tests. Thus, SGS specialists are a recognised test partner, when it comes to executing officially certified, safety-sensitive tests on components for the aerospace industry.

Fuel Technology and Fuel Competence

Two of the SGS conference presentations address the requirements of modern fuels and lubricants. Experts at the SGS Fuel Technology Center in Speyer provide insight into the process of determining the quality of fuels along the entire value chain. These experts are able to draw on decades of experience gained through Fuel Surveys conducted by the Fuel Competence Center as an exclusive partner to the global automotive industry. Issues such as basic fuel quality and long-term trends and developments have been at the focus of this cooperation. One lecture deals e.g. with alternative aviation fuels, their starting materials, regional characteristics, and supply chain requirements – since also bio-kerosene of course has to meet the stringent safety and quality requirements of airlines and OEMs. The development of the markets, analyses, and test methods used for lubricants is the subject of the second hands-on presentation.

E-Mobililty in Aerospace

The SGS centre of competence for electromobility is as well dedicated to the control of quality and performance. Through an extensive series of tests, the centre’s experts can conduct safety investigations of batteries or support current efforts for the use of electromobility in the aerospace industry through standardised capacity and life cycle tests.

SGS at Airtec 2014

Airtec 2014 is an international Aerospace Supply Fair in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. Come and visit SGS experts from 28th to 30th October 2014 at booth C72 in hall 11 at Messe Frankfurt.