Ready to take off with AMETEK Specialty Metal Products

Thursday, August 3, 2017

AMETEK Specialty Metal Products (SMP) provides specialty precision metal tube, strip, alloys and powder solutions for critical aerospace applications. Its wide range of specialty metal products include:

  • Master alloys used for controlling chemistry in the melting of titanium and super alloys
  • Metal powder coatings providing thermal, abrasion, and corrosion resistance
  • Metal powders for both plasma and high velocity oxygen fuel (HVOF) applications
  • Precision tubing for fuel lines, actuation and instrumentation
  • High-pressure tubes for hydraulic and pneumatic control systems up to 5,000 psi
  • Metal strip for diaphragms in aerospace sensor applications
  • Nickel-based strip alloys for aerospace battery applications, heat exchangers and bellows
  • Brazing foils for engine components
  • Shaped wire for throttles, push-pull mechanisms, fuel shutoffs and fasteners

AMETEK SMP was formed in 2015 and, for the first time, all six businesses – Superior Tube, Fine Tubes, Reading Alloys, Hamilton Precision Metals, AMETEK Wallingford and AMETEK Eighty Four – exhibited under one banner at the recently held Paris Air Show. AMETEK SMP’s ability to cover so many aspects of the aerospace industry’s quality requirements generated high interest from important potential clients and OEMs. In the words of Mike Cullum, International Sales Manager SMP for Europe, Asia and Middle East: “What particularly impressed visitors to the AMETEK SMP stand was the range of products and technical expertise on offer and display from all the SMP businesses. It was also a pleasure to meet with one of our key customers, SAFRAN, in Paris.”

“AMETEK SMP is a key Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier to civil, military and space programmes and holds extensive approvals from the major airframe manufacturers and engine primes” explains Andy Millett, Aerospace Tube Product Manager. “We work directly with the major OEMs such as Boeing, Airbus, Safran, and GE. We also work with their direct suppliers and distributors.”

Needless to say, product quality is at the heart of AMETEK SMP’s business ethos. For example, Superior Tube and Fine Tubes have Nadcap certifications for Heat Treatment, Non-Destructive Testing and Welding and Fine Tubes recently acquired Nadcap approval for Chemical Processing. Reading Alloys has Nadcap approval for its laboratory as well as GE S400 and Pratt & Whitney LCS approval.

This validated capability to manufacture for highly critical applications is reflected in the projects that the companies work for. This includes the supply of high precision tubing for the F-35 family of stealth multirole fighters developed by Lockheed Martin provided by Superior Tube. In addition, AMETEK SMP support both the Airbus A350 and the Boeing 787 programs. They also manufacture vital specialty metal products for landing gear customers such as Liebherr and Safran Landing Systems.

Mike Cullum highlighted how: “The establishment of AMETEK Specialty Metal Products represents the creation of a new force within the aerospace industry. By combining the expertise of six businesses – all of which have a long record of developing specialist products for situations where failure is not an option - AMETEK SMP has an unrivalled, added value service offering.”

AMETEK, Inc. is a leading global manufacturer of electronic instruments and electromechanical devices with annual sales of $4.0 billion. AMETEK has more than 15,000 employees at over 150 operating locations worldwide. Supporting those operations are more than 100 sales and service facilities across the United States and in 30 other countries around the world.