Dynetics Expands Welding Facility and Capabilities with New Electron Beam System

Dynetics Technical Solutions, Huntsville, Ala., is claiming to operate the largest electron beam welding system in the Western Hemisphere that enables its partners in the aerospace, defense, and commercial industries to manufacture with speed, ...

AWS Publications | October 4, 2021 | Tech and Industries
Welding Digest ►  Dynetics Expands Welding Facility and Capabilities with New Electron Beam System

Dynetics Technical Solutions, Huntsville, Ala., is claiming to operate the largest electron beam welding system in the Western Hemisphere that enables its partners in the aerospace, defense, and commercial industries to manufacture with speed, scale, and quality.

The company’s team of experts collaborates throughout the design, prototyping, and manufacturing process to create easily manufacturable designs. Its collocated facilities provide the ability to handle technical challenges from beginning to end. Now, they’re expanding, adding 21,000 sq ft of classified manufacturing space; 2300 sq ft of top secret, secured work bay space; and classified pre- and postweld machining areas. 1 DyneticsWith this new welding facility, Dynetics is positioned as the U.S. leader in advanced electron beam welding for the aerospace and defense sectors.

 

The addition of the 22-ft-long, 22-ft-wide, and 22-ft-high system aids the Dynetics welding facility in establishing North Alabama as the U.S. leader in advanced electron beam welding for aerospace, defense, and commercial sectors. Capable of supporting government and commercial programs at unclassified and classified levels, the system will support the Virginia- and Columbia-class submarine hardware and other programs of national importance. Division-wide welding capabilities are to include gas metal arc welding and gas tungsten arc welding.

“This system allows us to cater to the precision machining and welding needs of our country,” said Ronnie Chronister, Dynetics senior vice president of weapons technology and manufacturing. “Having access to these additional electron-beam capabilities is an incredible addition to our facility and company.”

Blake Gifford, director of manufacturing at Dynetics Technical Solutions, added the following: “This system can seamlessly weld material as thin as foil, or up to 4 in. thick, all in one pass. Additionally, electron beam welding allows for a significant reduction in weld time and labor by over 95%. This makes it a consistent driver for scheduling improvement. A welding facility would not be complete without computer numerical controlled, or CNC, machining capabilities. Dynetics has over 50 CNC machining centers in our facility. These machines in our machine shop allow us to fabricate and fine-tune our manufactured material for successful welds.”
 
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