Original Date: 10/14/1988
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc. (BHTI), Fort Worth, Texas, is one of the leading producers of helicopters and spare parts for the U.S. Government, foreign governments, and civilian markets. More than half of all the helicopters operating in the free world are Bell Helicopters.
A wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc., BHTI is an integrated builder of rotary aircraft with the capabilities to produce virtually every component with the exception of engines and avionics. BHTI is a $1.1 billion (1987 revenues) company consisting of nine plants in Texas and one in Canada for a total of 3 million square feet of facilities and 9,300 employees.
Over the years, Bell has been, and continues to be, a prime helicopter supplier to the U.S. and other governments with the UH-1 Huey, AH-1 Cobra, TH-57 Advanced Trainer, and the OH-58D Advanced Scout. Presently, BHTI is co-developing the V-22 Osprey TiltRotor for the U.S. Navy/Marine Corps/Air Force. Due to fly in 1989, the V-22 can take off, hover, and land like a helicopter and fly forward with the range and speed of a turboprop airplane.
TABLE OF ACRONYMS
The following acronyms were used in this report:
|AFTCS|| ||Automatic Fatigue Test Control System|
|BEIMS|| ||Bell Engineering Information Management System|
|BHTI|| ||Bell Helicopter Textron, Inc.|
|CAT|| ||Computer Aided Tomography|
|CBN|| ||Cubic Boron Nitride|
|CMM|| ||Coordinate Measurement Machine|
|CNC|| ||Computer Numerically Controlled|
|CPS|| ||Composite Process System|
|IPT|| ||Integrated Product Team|
|MDR|| ||Material Discrepancy Report|
|MM&T|| ||Manufacturing Methods and Technology|
|MOUS|| ||Mobile Ultrasonic System|
|MPI|| ||Manufacturing Process Instruction|
|MRB|| ||Material Review Board|
|MRP|| ||Material Requirements Planning|
|NDI|| ||Nondestructive Inspection|
|NPP|| ||Natural Path Programming|
|QMS|| ||Quality Management System|
|TLM|| ||Tape Laying Machine|
|TOPS|| ||Tooling On-line Processing System|
|WHAMS|| ||Wire Harness Automated Manufacturing System|
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