Chemical Processing

Spirit AeroSystems’ chemical processing capabilities can accommodate a comprehensive range of hard and soft metals with one of the largest automated lines in the industry. Capable of processing parts up to 48 feet in length, our chemical processes can accommodate a wide range of parts – from machined -fittings to large fuselage skin panels. Anodizing, chemical milling, cleaning, coating, penetrant proc essing, plating and surface preparation can be accomplished on a wide variety and size of parts.

  • High-volume capabilities with a hood launch every 34 minutes
  • Upper level has 4.5 miles of conveyors
  • Processing available for parts up to 48’

Square Footage 276,378
Parts Produced Annually ~3,000,000

 

Anodizing

  • Anodizing Aluminum, Type 1 Non-hexavalent Chrome (e.g. boric / sulfuric)
  • Seal

Cleaning & Descaling as Stand Alone Processes

  • Acid Cleaning
  • Alkaline Cleaning
  • Emulsion Cleaning
  • Solvent Cleaning
  • Titanium Cleaning – Acid
  • Titanium Cleaning – Alkaline

Conversion Coating

  • Aluminum
  • Titanium

Penetrant Processing

  • Automated Penetrant Line
  • Manual Penetrant
  • Pre-Penetrant Etch
Heating Processes (e.g. part drying) Passivation Plating

  • Electroplating
  • Cadmium Plating

Surface Preparation for Metal Bond Testing Performed Internally (in support of the Chemical Process Accreditation)

  • B03 – Metallographic Preparation
  • B05 – Salt Spray Testing
  • B10 – Adhesion Testing (Adhesion Tape Testing)
  • B12 – Adhesion Testing (Bend Testing)
  • Coating Weight Testing
  • Conductivity Testing
  • Coating Thickness Measurement
  • Adhesion Testing (Climbing Drum Peel)
  • Other Testing
  • 16 Large Tanks (Automated)
    • Hood  launches every 34 mins
    • 50’x6.5’x13’
  • 18 Small Tanks (Manual)
    • 25’x5’x6.5’
  • 17 Plating Tanks (Manual)
    • 10’x3’x4.5’
  • Chemical Line
    • Max processing Length 12’
    • Processing basket envelope 2’x4’x12’
    • Max weight 1,500 lbs
  • Paint Shop
    • Max processing length 10’
  • Penetrant Inspection
    • Max processing length 12’
    • Processing basket envelope 2’x4’x12’
    • Max weight 1,500 lbs
  • Magnetic Particle Inspection
    • Max processing length 39.5”