BOHEMIA, NY - In January 2016, DTB began a project to enhance its overall testing capabilities by increasing the ceiling height of the structural test facilities from approximately 22 feet to 40 feet. Driven by several new contracts for full static and fatigue testing of large aircraft sections, Tom Zimoulis, Senior Vice President of the Engineering and Test Division, proposed a major facility upgrade to handle the surge in structural test work, and to also leave room for expansion. The facility upgrade was approved by the Board of Directors in March 2016.
Vice President and Chief Engineer, Bill Bradshaw, explains, “When performing large structural tests, we are constantly limited by ceiling height. With large wings and other aircraft sections measuring upwards of 100 feet, it doesn’t take much in the way of deflection requirements for a ceiling to impede a test. By raising our roof to 40 feet, we significantly enhance our ability to handle all but the largest aircraft in this new facility.”
In addition to the higher ceiling height, the new structural test center has also been equipped with a new Spantec perimeter crane system with two five-ton bridge cranes to assist with the movement of test items and fixturing. We have upgraded the lighting, sprinkler, and HVAC systems for the larger volume of space in the new facility, and have made enhancements to our data acquisition capabilities and hydraulic system in order to handle the increased workload.
The Company expects to begin setting up for the first major program in the new facility in February and anticipates a steady flow of work through the next several years.
About Dayton T. Brown, Inc.
Dayton T. Brown, Inc. (DTB) has been synonymous with the pursuit of excellence and customer service for over 65 years. As a leader in the fields of engineering, testing, and technical services, DTB has gained national respect and recognition. The Company was founded in 1950 and is headquartered on 32 acres in Bohemia, NY. Today, the Company is composed of two divisions, whose operations are widely diversified.
The Engineering & Test Division conducts tests on aerospace and defense systems, life support and survival equipment, and automobile, rail, transit, and other systems. Standalone engineering services include component and system evaluation, design and fabrication of specialized test equipment, field data acquisition, instrument calibration, design and failure analysis, preparation of test procedures, product improvement services, and reverse engineering services.
The Technical Services Division provides technical documentation, communication, and logistics/maintenance planning services. Typical publication and graphic art services include technical writing, technical illustration and graphics, data conversions, and parts listing. Logistics services include parts provisioning, supportability analysis, level of repair analysis, and other maintenance planning services.