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Fill Media Service September 2010


Industry / Machine Engineering / Composites / Aerospace


Upper Austrian high-tech companies define new standards in aircraft construction

FILL and FACC are cooperating in the field of automatic inspection systems for the aerospace industry. One of the fastest universal ultrasound inspection systems has been developed for the Airbus A380´s flap track fairings.


During the course of the NDT (non-destructive testing) Days from 27th July - August 25th, Fill presented one of the fastest universal ultrasound inspection systems at the company headquarters in Gurten. The system, developed in collaboration with Fill´s partner FACC, sets new standards in the automatic inspection of composite aircraft components. The machine is distinguished by a particularly high level of dynamics in the movement of the inspection heads, while maintaining extreme precision. In this project, flap track fairings are being tested for the Airbus A380. Many professionals from the international aerospace industry were impressed by the performance and precision of the innovative system at the Fill NDT Days.


Gurten, 15 September, 2010 – "The newly established cooperation with our neighbors FACC is already beginning to bear fruit," says a delighted CEO Andreas Fill on the occasion of the successfully completed NDT Days (26th July - 25th August, 2010). Numerous experts from the international aerospace industry came to Gurten to admire the extremely fast universal ultrasound inspection system for composite aircraft components "live" in action. "With this system, Fill has set new standards in the automatic testing of composite aircraft components," was the unanimous opinion of the professionals representing many renowned companies from the aerospace industry, such as Eurocopter. An outstanding level of interest in the technology from Gurten was expressed above all by a Russian delegation that was particularly impressed by the presentation.


Successful focus areas for research and development

Fill has decades of experience and comprehensive know-how in the production of manufacturing systems composite components. The Upper Austrian high-tech machine builder has utilized this expertise in focusing research and development on the fields of renewable energy (wind, solar), lightweight automotive construction, and the automation of processes in aircraft production (aerospace). The enormous amount of interest shown in the NDT Days in Gurten demonstrates what a successful start the company has made in the new areas of business. Together with presentations of the new technologies, which aroused a great deal of customer interest, promising exploratory talks were also held with international technology partners. In concrete terms, these have already resulted in five or six new projects. Interest in Fill technology in the field of aerospace is especially high in the eastern growth markets. In the medium term, Fill will also be offering complete production processes for this sector. Quality testing is only the first step in this direction. Invitations to tender are already on hand for preliminary processes.


Corporate data

Fill is a leading international machine and plant manufacturing company serving diverse branches of industry. The family-owned business excels in the use of the latest technology and methods in management, communication, and production. Business operations encompass the fields of metal, plastics, and wood for the automotive, wind energy, aerospace, and building industries. The company is the global market leader in ski and snowboard production machines and aluminum core removal technology. Andreas Fill and Wolfgang Rathner are joint CEOs of the company founded in 1966 that is still completely family-owned. The company became a public limited company (GmbH) in 1987, was certified in accordance with ISO 9001 in 1997, and now has more than 430 employees.


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