April 20, 2018 12:38 PM ET

Aerospace and Defense

Company Overview of Ascent Aerospace

Company Overview

Ascent Aerospace offers aerospace tooling services. The company was founded in 2014 and is based in Santa Ana, California. Ascent Aerospace operates as a subsidiary of AIP Aerospace Tooling Group LLC.

1395 South Lyon Street

Santa Ana, CA 92705

United States

Founded in 2014





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Ascent Aerospace Key Developments

Ascent Aerospace Introduces HyvarC

Ascent Aerospace introduced HyVarC, a patent-pending Hybrid InVar and Composite mold. HyVarC layup tooling offers a cost-effective, light weight, short lead time solution for prototype and development applications. Sample HyVarC tools will be on display at Ascent's stand at JEC World 2018 in Paris, booth R86 in Hall 5; at AeroDef Manufacturing in Long Beach, California, March 27-28, booth 624; and at SAMPE 2018 in Long Beach, California, May 21-24. HyVarC combines a thin Invar backup structure and facesheet with a bonded, high-temperature composite working surface. The resulting tool is 50% lighter with a 20% shorter lead-time than a traditional Invar layup mold, while maintaining the same superior vacuum integrity and dimensional precision. The hybrid mold capitalizes on the desirable performance characteristics of Invar and composites to offer an ideal layup mold for prototype aerospace parts. >20% shorter lead-time. At half the thickness of a traditional Invar mold, the thin Invar backup structure takes less time to weld and manufacture. It serves as both the master mold and the deliverable mold, eliminating the time and cost of creating a second composite backup structure. Lead times are reduced by at least 20%, compared to an all-Invar or all-composite tool. 50% lighter than an all-Invar mold Thin Invar, and the resulting lighter weight, is easier to handle when transporting the tool within the facility. It has thermal mass benefits, for faster autoclave cycles each time the customer is curing a part. And as Invar is a commodity by weight, raw material savings can be passed along to the customer. Superior leak performance and dimensional precision. The machined composite working surface offers better dimensional accuracy than net-mold composite tooling, while the Invar structure provides vacuum integrity and durability. A part fabricated on a HyVarC mold is bagged to the Invar facesheet, which provides vacuum reliability that is independent of the composite surface and does not degrade with age or thermal cycling. Easily reconfigurable surface: The composite working surface is easily re-machined to support modifications for rapid prototyping and R&D applications. A damaged surface can be repaired with material add (layup) and subtract (re-machine) operations. The base mold can be reused by burning off the composite working surface and laying up an entirely new surface.

Ascent Aerospace, LLC Appoints Michael Mahfet as Chief Executive Officer

Ascent Aerospace, LLC announced the appointment of Michael Mahfet as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately. This role will be in addition to his current capacity as President of the company's newly exanded Ascent Integration & Automation Group ("I&A Group").

Ascent Aerospace Brings Three Enterprises to One Physical Campus

Ascent Aerospace announced that it will bring three enterprises to one physical campus. This campus, in Macomb Township, Michigan, co-locates employees from Ascent Integration–North America, Brown Aerospace, and Global Tooling Systems, and is expected to increase collaboration and efficiencies across Ascent. Each company brings unique and highly-qualified expertise in their disciplines. Brown Aerospace and Global Tooling Systems were acquired for their extensive experience in automation and tooling, respectively. Together, they pioneered installing aircraft fastening automation directly onto assembly tooling, a solution that is proven to reduce recurring and non-recurring costs and improve return on investment for aerostructure manufacturers. After acquiring both market-leading organizations and recognizing an increase in the size, complexity and frequency of such projects, the company founded Ascent Integration–North America to further develop their unique approach to serving the industry. Under one umbrella, they are able to deliver complete aerospace assembly solutions for factories, assembly lines and cells. The physical consolidation will enhance these capabilities by co-locating workflows across the three companies, such as proposals and estimating, program management, and engineering. This will afford the teams greater control over timing and schedules and more accountability to each other. The boost in overall efficiencies will allow Ascent to leverage their scale, operate leaner, and maintain a high rate of growth, while meeting customers' demands around cap/op-ex budgeting and execution timelines. The Customer should also find it easier, in the future, to do business with the integrated organization The consolidation supports Ascent's collaborative approach while still recognizing the heritage and expertise that each business brings to the group. Each of the three organizations will retain their customer relationships, core competencies and product lines. Ascent's customers, partners and suppliers will continue with their present contacts.

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