Kaman Specialty Bearings (Kaman) a division of Kaman Corporation
(NASDAQ-GS:KAMN) and Armick announced today that they have signed an
exclusive teaming agreement to develop and market Armick's Radial Axial
Bearing Inspection Tool (RABIT). RABIT is an exceptional, patented
inspection gage to measure spherical bearing wear during quality
inspections and overhauls. The RABIT tool is light and nimble, fitting
into the hand of the inspector and can be deployed "on wing" without
complete part removal, or also on the bench during repair and overall.
Other uses include initial quality inspection and parts validation.
"We're excited about this collaboration and believe this partnership
will bring to market an innovative tool for bearing inspection in many
applications including control rods, dampening bearings, and pitch links
and in a variety of aerospace markets including commercial and military
helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and MRO's," commented Rob Paterson,
Kaman develops and markets a variety of self-lubricating and airframe
bearings and related products for the aerospace, marine, power
generation, and industrial markets. Kaman's bearings are on virtually
every aircraft manufactured around the world. Its engineered products
lead the industry in performance and life with benefits including high
load capacity, low friction, weight reduction and zero maintenance.
"After developing the RABIT we knew we had to look to reach a broader
customer base with this new inspection tool. Kaman Specialty Bearings
has a reputation for high quality bearings and we wanted to partner with
a market leader. We are very excited about the opportunity to work with
Kaman Specialty Bearings," commented Nick Jacques, Armick VP of Sales.
Under the agreement, Kamatics will develop applications and market RABIT
gages throughout the military and commercial aerospace industry.
About Kaman Specialty Bearings (KSB)
Kamatics Corporation of Bloomfield, Connecticut and RWG
Frankenjura-Industrie Flugwerklager GMBH, of Dachsbach, Germany comprise
the KSB product group. KSB manufactures mechanical products for
aviation, marine, hydropower, and other industrial applications. The
company offers self-lubricated bearings and traditional rolling element
bearings for hydropower installations, ships, submarines, aircraft
flight controls, turbine engines, and landing gear as well as drive
couplings for helicopters.
About Kaman Corporation
Kaman Corporation, founded in 1945 by aviation pioneer Charles H. Kaman,
and headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut conducts business in the
aerospace and industrial distribution markets. The company produces
and/or markets widely used proprietary aircraft bearings and components;
complex metallic and composite aerostructures for commercial, military
and general aviation fixed and rotary wing aircraft; aerostructure
engineering design analysis and FAA certification services; safe and arm
solutions for missile and bomb systems for the U.S. and allied
militaries; subcontract helicopter work; and support for the company's
SH-2G Super Seasprite maritime helicopters and K-MAX medium-to-heavy
lift helicopters. The company is a leading distributor of industrial
parts, and operates more than 200 customer service centers and five
distribution centers across North America. Kaman offers more than four
million items including bearings, mechanical power transmission,
electrical, material handling, motion control, fluid power, automation
and MRO supplies to customers in virtually every industry. Additionally,
Kaman provides engineering, design and support for automation,
electrical, linear, hydraulic and pneumatic systems as well as belting
and rubber fabrication, customized mechanical services, hose assemblies,
repair, fluid analysis and motor management. More information is
available at www.kaman.com.
Armick, of Kentwood, Michigan, was founded in 2003 by Nick Jacques and
Blair Heethuis after they developed a line of ground support equipment
used to clean aviation assets. From this beginning Armick has continued
in its entrepreneurial spirit by designing aviation tools that increase
efficiency or accuracy in the field of aviation maintenance similar to
the RABIT. More information is available at www.armick.com.
For more information on RABIT gages contact:
Kristofer Kolstad, 860-243-7565