We are proud to be a part of the Taurus II project by fabricating the fixture used to test the AJ26 engine for Orbital Sciences Corporation's Taurus II launch vehicle at NASA's Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. The large fabrication was constructed from 1” – 3” 4130 alloy steel and weighed over 10 tons. Our fabricators used state-of-the-art inductive heating systems to begin preheating the fixture in the middle of the night so it would be hot enough to begin welding first thing in the morning. Preheat temperatures are mandated by ASME and if not followed can result in poor weld penetration and ultimately lead to product failure. After weeks of welding, the assembly was x-rayed for cracks and moved to one of our large boring mills for final machining of critical surfaces.
A typical purchase order sent to us requires 1-2 operators manufacturing several thousand parts. However, this job demonstrates our ability to support a longstanding customer on a special project requiring lots of manpower working on just one assembly. Our history of quality with Orbital Sciences made us the clear choice for this particular job and we did not disappoint them.