From the Desk of Ilia Petkov, President & Founder of Colorado Springs Engineering firm IP Automation
IPA Newsletter Issue Number 5, February 2017
A belated Happy New Year to all. We look forward to participating in the growth in manufacturing business as forecasted for 2017 in Colorado. The annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards recognizes exceptional companies and people leading the modern manufacturing economy. Three finalists in nine industry categories and the supply chain are competing to be named a Colorado Manufacturing Award Recipient.
We are proud to announce that IP Automation has recently been nominated in the category of “Materials – use of new or transformational materials” at the Colorado Manufacturing Awards 2017. The awards ceremony is Thursday, April 13 from 5 – 8 at The Art Hotel. Click here for award ceremony details…
IP Automation’s innovation for being considered for the award comes from its motto, “Where Ideas Become Reality” as shown in the following…
Ilia Petkov, founder of IP Automation, Inc. was challenged by a customer to solve a problem in the production of part of an aircraft braking system that incorporated a graphite component that had a tendency to crack or break during transportation or production.
The challenge was accepted and Mr. Petkov looked into ways to re-purpose previously scrapped carbon parts by the customer and use the resulting “new” material in the production cycle as an alternative to the unreliable graphite.
The “transformed materials” used in the manufacturing cycle evolved from Mr. Petkov’s vision of how to re-purpose hardened carbon brake components that had to be scrapped after a predetermined number of aircraft landings. He then developed a way to re-cycle the scrap by re-designing and creating a new production component from the carbon material for the customer to use in its production facility.
It is estimated that his contribution to this change in the manufacturing process for the customer has saved the airline industry hundreds of millions of dollars by transforming the previously scrapped material”.
This innovative process began over ten years ago and is still in full production and growing.
Moving forward, please visit our booth at the upcoming show:
AmCon Denver 2017
American Contract Manufacturers Show in Denver
19 April 2017 – 20 April 2017