Awards

2023

"Recognition of Distinguished Professional Achievement in Aerospace Automated Fastening Manufacturing Processes"
Presented to: Russell DeVlieg
Russell DeVlieg Thomas H Speller Award

2018

Airbus Best Performer Award

èèɫ was selected by the Airbus Executive Committee to receive the Best Performer Award

Airbus Best Performer Award 2018
Boeing Spar Assembly Line Phase 1 (SAL1) Success

Boeing's Spar Assembly Line Phase 1 (SAL1) was one of the most successful automation projects in recent history

2017

Boeing Fabrication Division Tooling Offload Quality Assurance
Your Quality System has successfully met the requirements of D6-56202-2 D6-5602 Fabrication Division Tooling Supplier Quality Based on your Quality Management System and your subsequent ability to consistently provide quality tooling, you are hereby recognized as a Delegated Boeing Commercial Aircraft Standard Tool Supplier.
Boeing Fabrication Division Tooling Offload Quality Assurance

2016

Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

Joshua Cemenska, Todd Rudberg, and Michael Henscheid received the for their paper Automated In-Process Inspection System for AFP Machines submitted at SAE Aerotech 2015 in Seattle, WA.

"This award annually recognizes the authors of papers of outstanding technical or professional merit presented at a meeting of the Society or any of its sections during the calendar year. Papers are judged primarily for their value as new contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering."
Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Mukilteo, WA, February 8, 2016 today announced that it has received a 2015 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. èèɫ maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2014, to Sept. 30, 2015.

This year, Boeing recognized 530 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. èèɫ is one of only 423 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition.

"Recognition of Distinguished Professional Achievement in Aerospace Automated Fastening Manufacturing and Processes"
Presented to: Paul Thompson
Paul Thompson Thomas H Speller Award Paul Thompson Thomas H Speller Award

2015

Silver Boeing Performance Excellence Award

Mukilteo, WA January 29, 2015 – èèɫ, Inc. today announced that it has received a 2014 Boeing Performance Excellence Award. The Boeing Company issues the award annually to recognize suppliers who have achieved superior performance. èèɫ, Inc. maintained a Silver composite performance rating for each month of the 12-month performance period, from Oct. 1, 2013, to Sept. 30, 2014.

This year, Boeing recognized 548 suppliers who achieved either a Gold or Silver level Boeing Performance Excellence Award. èèɫ, Inc. is one of only 429 suppliers to receive the Silver level of recognition.

World Skills UK Finals

Ethan Davies and Leigh Clarke represented èèɫ at the 2015 in the CNC Milling category. Both Ethan and Leigh did extremely well to make it to the finals. They did themselves and èèɫ proud in how they acted and performed during the competition. Ethan came away with the gold medal; he is the World Skills UK Champion!

Ethan has been named as a member of the UK Squad and has a chance of making it onto the UK team to go and compete in the World finals in 2017. In addition to this gold medal, Ethan was also named in October.

Ethan Davies Gold Medal World Skills UK Finals World Skills UK Finals

2014

Embraer Indirect Supplier of the Year

On November 27, 2014 èèɫ proudly received the Indirect Supplier of the Year award – Product Development category from Embraer for work on the . EI is supplying Embraer with a wing assembly line which includes state-of-the-art wingbox mobile tooling, as well as several EI Accurate drilling/fastening robots. EI has also previously supported Embraer in the Legacy 450/500, E-190 E1 and KC-390 programs with extensive tooling and automation ranging from wingbox assembly to fuselage drilling machines.

Aerospace Futures Alliance Aerospace Company of the Year

èèɫ is proud to receive the Aerospace Company of the Year award from the Aerospace Futures Alliance. This award is given annually to a company recognized as making a significant contribution to the success and future of aerospace in Washington State. The award was presented to Dr. Peter Zieve, President of èèɫ, Inc., by Linda Lanham, Executive Director of the AFA and Governor Jay Inslee at the 2014 Governor’s Aerospace Summit in Everett, Washington on October 1, 2014. Also present to receive the award were EI engineers and Leads Michael Assadi, Troy Gray, Ben Hempstead, and Todd Rudberg.

Northrop Grumman Supplier of the Year

Northrop Grumman selected èèɫ to provide an articulated arm robotic drilling system for drilling and countersinking highly curved high-strength metallic production aircraft panels at their St. Augustine, FL site. The size and complex contours that make up the OML of the product demand the automation cover a large volume and be capable of high articulation. An off-the-shelf 6-axis robot is utilized to which èèɫ added absolute secondary feedback and integrated a single CNC to control the entire automation system. For a robot, the secondary encoders added to each axis output reduce backlash to negligible magnitudes. With highly descriptive kinematics, the accurate robot exhibits positioning accuracy on par with custom machine tools. On-part precision is maintained even with external forces (e.g. one-sided clamping, drill thrust) and within the working volume on-part accuracy was validated to be less than 0.010.

A single multi-function end effector contains all the tools required to perform drilling and countersinking, hole inspection, automated vision-based feature recognition, one-sided clamp pressure, and auto-normalization. For roughly 90% of the product the sub-processes used include clamp up, normalization, drill/CSK, and hole inspection. Processes involving the vision system are used when features exist at the location already (holes, temporary fasteners). The majority of final holes and countersinks are drilled in one step from blank. In the end all holes are drilled and inspected in their full size condition using the robot.

Offline programs and simulation of the drilling process are generated in the CATIA environment. Prior to dry running the programs, the programmer is able to interrogate the 3D engineering assembly, associated fastener meta data, and observe the automation movement during a programmed process, check for collisions, and validate efficient robot motion and poses. To bridge the gap between CAD and the physical environment, the precise location of the jig relative to the robot’s coordinate frame is determined by automatically registering on tooling spheres surrounding the product with a spindle-mounted wireless touch probe.

GE Aviation Supplier Development
GE Aviation Supplier Development Award

Photo Credit: Ralph Alswang, 2014

2013

Northrop Grumman Supplier of the Year

èèɫ was awarded the honor of "Supplier of the Year" for the B-2 Robotic Drilling System. The system was able to achieve or exceed critical milestones and ensured safe and timely delivery to St. Augustine. One highlight of the B-2 Robotic System is the Hole Probe Assembly that allowed for in process countersink measurements thus eliminating the need for NGAS personnel to manually inspect the holes which increased efficiency significantly

Read the full announcement from Northrop Grumman here. (PDF, 68KB)

Northrop Grumman Letter announcing Supplier of the Year
Northrop Grumman World Class Team Award
Russell S. Springer Award
As the youngest SAE International member author of an original and outstanding technical paper presented at an SAE International Technical Conference and published in SAE International Literature during the year
Presented to: Reese Allen
Russ S. Springer Award

2012

Contractor Safety Systems Gold Award

As èèɫ continues to grow within the UK and European markets safety has become paramount on all sites whether in a support role or installation. Throughout the Airbus A350 program èèɫ had to adhere to a strict health and safety policy which often threw new challenges for the engineers to adapt to. Running side by side with the installation was the production support, this also threw new challenges with èèɫ’s new dynamic risk assessment procedure in place, all èèɫ engineers have been trained in this procedure so to adapt quickly to any breakdown or installation problems resulting in minimal down times and ensuring all site works goes smoothly and to schedule. For this èèɫ have been awarded Airbus’ ‘Gold Safety Award’.

Airbus Safety Systems Gold Award

2010

Boeing - Exceptional Performance
"This award is presented to Peter Zieve in recognition of èèɫ’s outstanding performance implementing 737 AWFIS machines. èèɫ’s exceptional support included development of never-before-implemented technologies, customization and integration of existing technologies, and optimization of designs after production testing. The result is a production platform that exceeds expectations and performs automation tasks that have never been achieved anywhere else in the world. The partnership between Boeing and èèɫ made this possible and èèɫ engineers contributed immeasurably to our success. Thank you for your dedication, expertise, initiative and thoroughness."
Boeing - Exceptional Performance

2008

Airbus Awards for Excellence - Innovation
"In recognition of their contribution to the design and implementation of a Limpet countersink tool."
Presented to: Barry Richards

2005

"Recognition of Distinguished Professional Achievement in Aerospace Automated Fastening Manufacturing and Processes"
Presented to: John Hartmann
Airbus Awards for Excellence - Quality Award
"In recognition of their contribution to the implementation of Horizontal Automated Wing Drilling Equipment (HAWDE) and Gear Rib Automated Drilling Equipment (GRAWDE) - Automation of Taperlok Drilling on A380"
Presented to: Pete Whiteside

2001

Boeing Q100 Club Award
"Supplier Quality Recognition"
Airbus UK Awards for Excellence
Airbus SIA Fixture Conversions
After a great many difficulties and umpteen re-planning events you have shown what can be achieved by good, integrated planning and teamwork.
Airbus SIA Fixture

1999

"Recognition of Distinguished Professional Achievement in Aerospace Automated Fastening Manufacturing and Processes"

Presented to: Peter Zieve

1998

Boeing “Silver Eagle” Quality Achievement Award for the C-17 Automated Spar Assembly Tool (ASAT4)
Presented to: Rick Calawa, Tim Brown
Boeing C-17 Spar Project Savings
C-17 Spar Savings

1997

Boeing Phantom Works Leading Edge Award
"In Recognition of Outstanding Performance"
Presented to: John Hartmann
Airbus Acceptance Testing for LVER Rivet Installation
Airbus LVER Rivet Inspection

1995

"In Recognition of an Outstanding Contribution to the SAE Literature Which Advances the Technology of Self-Propelled Vehicles Thereby Furthering the Objective of SAE"

Presented to: Philip Rink, Gregory Givler, Blake R. Stancik and William J. Nary II
For their paper:"New Generation Automated Fastener Feed Systems"

1992

SAE Excellence in Oral Presentation
"Low Voltage Electromagnetic Lockbolt Installation"
Presented to: John Hartmann.