Special Aerospace Services, a company that specializes in tactical engineering and precision manufacturing, is expanding operations with new investments at its facilities in Arvada, Colorado. The project will enhance the company’s ability to undertake classified work and help strengthen the aerospace supply chain.
As part of this effort, it has created a new assembly area within its SAS Flight Factory manufacturing capability. This brings aerospace engineering, precision manufacturing, and assembly together in one facility. The company has also invested in a dedicated Wire EDM machining cell, greatly enhancing the company’s existing production and prototyping capabilities.
According to company officials, its “new classified-capable space continues SAS’ efforts to vertically integrate its precision manufacturing capability and creates an environment suitable for classified aerospace assembly work. This allows for production flow of spacecraft assemblies, launch system components, aircraft subsystems, and optical assemblies.”
“The new 2,500 square foot assembly bay brings together the work stations for both mechanical and electrical assemblies, as well as clean room capability. It is adjacent to the SAS Flight Factory testing area so that subsystems can be easily tested in the company’s high-pressure test laboratory,” they explained.
Eric Fanning, CEO, Aerospace Industries Association, commented, “Ensuring the integrity of the supply chain is essential to our customers and to our country’s security. For critical missions, aerospace companies must know the pedigree of every element of their systems. That is why supply chain management is such a crucial focus for our industry.”
Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade, added, “The industry is currently in a state of flux and moves like this one from SAS Flight Factory to vertically integrate its manufacturing and assembly are key to keeping the supply chain strong in Colorado. We are proud to have the nation’s second largest aerospace economy in the state and of the innovative companies like SAS which keep it growing.”
Tim Bulk, Director, SAS Flight Factory, said, “We wanted to increase our investment in integrating vertically in response to multiple clients wanting us to perform manufacturing and assembly work on their most critical systems. Several have asked SAS Flight Factory to perform major assembly of classified subsystems and increase value on various subsystems through analysis, design, and manufacturing. Our investments respond to this demand and will allow our critical clients to access the facility to collaborate and inspect their hardware. We also look forward to being able to perform this work faster and in a more cost-effective manner than our competitors.”