What is SUBSAFE Welding for the Submarine Industry?

Plus, Get to Know FCP’s SUBSAFE Level 1 Welding Services

Did you know that between 1915 and 1963—a span of time that included World Wars I and II—the United States Navy lost 16 submarines to non-combat related causes? It’s true. And poor quality control in the building process during that time was largely to blame.

The answer to ensuring safer and better-built submarines was the SUBSAFE quality assurance program that launched in 1963. Since that time, only one sub, which was not SUBSAFE certified—the USS Scorpion—was lost to design/build issues.

But what does SUBSAFE oversee, and how does the program prevent disasters from happening at sea?

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Defense and Aerospace Industry Trends: Looking Ahead to 2021

Around this time last year, we took a look at aerospace and defense industry trends for 2020 as these sectors were in the process of rebounding from some difficult years. Defense spending had been roaring back—and even commercial aerospace, which had endured some decline in 2019, appeared to be getting back on track for growth.

Then COVID-19 hit in the United States right in the middle of Q1 2020 and disrupted everything.

Today’s blog post reviews the benchmarks we explored last year to consider the changes now that COVID-19 has devastatingly ravaged the global economy—and particularly attacked commercial airline travel. While it’s not all bad news, both the commercial aerospace and defense industries that we are proud to serve here at FCP, have been set back by the pandemic.

As we look ahead to 2021, we’re hopeful that a vaccine or other emerging solutions to combat COVID-19 will spell a return to normal aerospace operations, and manufacturing orders for aircraft will again increase. Let’s take a look at what’s happening now versus what we thought was going to happen in the last year.

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Are You Getting the Filtration Performance Your Equipment Needs?

The title question for today’s blog post is a simple one—with an answer that may also seem simple at first. Of course you’re getting the filtration performance you need and expect! Your equipment is operational, and you are not experiencing unreasonable amounts of downtime for maintenance today.

However, if you read our most recent post about filtration efficiency here on the Fluid Conditioning Products (FCP) blog, you may have some doubts about whether your equipment is really operating at its best.

After all, if you are still relying on legacy filtration materials like cellulose or fiberglass/glass fiber—especially in crucial aviation applications, such as hydraulic filtration—you’re not getting the performance your equipment needs to operate at its best.

But not to worry. All-metal filters can offer much-improved filtration efficiency, and they also excel in several other essential performance measurements for filtration—whether they are used in gas, liquid, or air filtering. And FCP can help you make the switch to woven metal mesh or sintered metal filter media to achieve that highest-level filtration efficiency—often greater than 99%. That equals real, measurable money savings to your business or client’s operations.

Today’s post highlights some of the ways beyond efficiency that filtration performance is measured to show that all-metal filters are unbeatable in these areas, too.

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What is Filter Efficiency, and Why Does It Matter in Metal Filters?

In our most recent blog post, we discussed the latest research that proves all-metal filters outperform fiberglass in aviation applications based on demanding real-life testing. One of the key ways that all-metal wire mesh and sintered metal filters surpass legacy materials like fiberglass is by providing excellent filter efficiency for a longer period of time in service.

But, what exactly is filter efficiency (aka filtration efficiency),and why does it matter?

Today’s post focuses on how filter efficiency is measured and references some test cases that have shown all-metal filters performing with greater than 99% filtration efficiency.

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Fiberglass vs. All-Metal Filters – What the Research Shows

New research presented recently to the American Filtration and Separations Society (AFS) provided some exciting new insight into just how effective metal filter media are compared to standard fiberglass filters when it comes to aircraft hydraulic filtration.

Woven metal mesh and a variety of sintered metal filter media have all been “real-life tested” in commercial and military aviation applications in recent years to see how each compared to traditional glass fiber, aka fiberglass filters. Continue reading “Fiberglass vs. All-Metal Filters – What the Research Shows”

Here’s What We’re Looking to in the Future of the Naval Industry

Quickly changing attitudes and technological capabilities have changed the future of the naval industry. According to the U.S. Naval Institute, the future of modern warfare, national security, and the technological advances of our adversaries continue to push the U.S. Navy and Marines toward new maritime industry trends and emerging technologies.

At Fluid Conditioning Products (FCP), we are proud to support the efforts of our United States Department of Defense. We strive to research and develop the highest quality filtration products used in naval shipbuilding and aerospace applications. With over 60 years of experience creating American-made precision filters for some of the world’s most demanding applications, we are ready to meet the demands in the future of the naval industry.

As we start the new decade, FCP wanted to take a closer look at the future of the naval industry and what upcoming changes could mean for manufacturers. Continue reading “Here’s What We’re Looking to in the Future of the Naval Industry”

Working with Disabled Veterans

Happy Veterans Day!

Fluid Conditioning Products is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB), and we are proud to support our troops, veterans, and disabled veterans. At FCP, we take our commitment to the troops seriously, and our owner and service-disabled veteran, David A. Niggel, understands the sacrifice it takes to be a U.S. serviceman. This is his story. Continue reading “Working with Disabled Veterans”

Aerospace and Defense Industry Trends

The technically demanding aerospace and defense industries that we serve here at Fluid Conditioning Products (FCP) are often faced with complex challenges that can limit their overall strength and growth. In fact, reviewing any reliable industry research reporting in 2019 will show that manufacturing in these sectors—particularly in commercial aerospace—is in the process of rebounding from some difficult years.

Luckily, these recent growth trends are likely to continue for some time based on experts’ predictions. This is excellent news for the global economy, of course, but also exciting to dependable and high-quality suppliers like us who have the capabilities to support our customers no matter their precision filtration needs.

Here are some of the significant trends we’re keeping an eye on in aerospace and defense today so we can continue to drive quality in manufacturing for these critical industries as they expand and evolve. Continue reading “Aerospace and Defense Industry Trends”

What the Latest Space Developments Mean to Aerospace Manufacturing

It may have been Star Trek that introduced us to space as “the final frontier.” 

But it’s less sci-fi and more reality today—more than a half-century following the show’s debut—that our government is embracing the continuing mission of the Starship Enterprise, “…to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before.”

And this has implications for the future of aerospace manufacturing, one of the major precision industries that we support here at Fluid Conditioning Products. Continue reading “What the Latest Space Developments Mean to Aerospace Manufacturing”

How Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Drones Are Different

The growing aviation sector has spawned a curious alphabet soup of acronyms to describe the various types of unmanned, or remotely-controlled aircraft that grace our skies. News reports describe military drones carrying out surveillance or airstrikes against terrorists around of the world. Companies like Amazon are experimenting with deliveries via drones. And high-tech drones of all shapes and sizes are available to consumers in hobby shops and department stores across the country.

They can’t all be called by the same name can they?

As it turns out, there’s quite a bit of controversy when it comes to terms like drone, UAV (unmanned aircraft vehicle), RPA (remotely-piloted aircraft), and UAS (unmanned aircraft system). So today, we’re taking a look at some of these acronyms to try to make sense of it all. Continue reading “How Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) and Drones Are Different”