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Radant Technologies Opens Hudson, Massachusetts, Manufacturing Complex

Radant Technologies Division of Communications & Power Industries opened a new radome manufacturing facility in Hudson, Massachusetts.

Since 1979, Radant has been manufacturing radomes, reflectors and structural composite products from its existing facilities in nearby Stow, Massachusetts. With the addition of this new facility in Hudson, the organization has doubled its manufacturing capacity. Radant has added approximately 50 employees to staff the new Hudson facility.

The new facility, which is AS9100D and ISO-9001-2015 certified and has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), will house Radant's high-volume production of radomes for IFEC applications, as well as its shipboard radomes and reflectors. It was designed using Lean manufacturing principles to enhance efficiency and reduce waste, and is large enough to accommodate entire product lines, eliminating the need to shuttle materials between the organization's locations. These improvements are anticipated to enable Radant to double its production rates and significantly decrease cycle times for IFEC radomes. In keeping with commercial passenger increasing demands for improved in-flight connectivity capabilities, Radant expects its sales of IFEC radomes and related-products to continue to increase for years to come.

"CPI Radant Technologies Division has a great future in front of it supporting growing communications and defense applications. This new advanced manufacturing facility's greater production capabilities will enable Radant to serve its customers that much quicker and for many years to come," said Bob Fickett, President & CEO of CPI.

"Since 2014, Viasat has worked closely with CPI Radant Technologies Division to manufacture Ka-band and dual-band Ku/Ka-band radomes for our IFEC systems," said Don Buchman, vice president and general manager, Commercial Aviation, Viasat. "We have continued to be impressed by Radant's state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities, and we expect its new facility to offer enhanced technology systems to help us efficiently meet anticipated demand for new connectivity systems."

The new Radant facility also features controlled environments for laminating, drilling and painting, with closed-loop air filtering to reduce emissions. In addition it has a new five-axis router that enables CPI Radant Technologies Division to manufacture its own mold masters and reduce cycle time. The new facility also includes an automated cutting table that doubles the rate at which prepreg can be cut and fully automated autoclave that has twice the capacity of the autoclaves in use in Stow.

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