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Advanced Aerospace Fittings

FTI's FleXmate Advanced Aerospace Fitting process is a new system for installing hardware that is beneficial to your aircraft structure in multiple aspects - from design and manufacturing, to operation and maintenance. This system supports current manufacturing practices and is flexible in its uses – from fuel and gases fittings to hydraulics, electrical and drain fittings.

Legacy Fittings are usually large and heavily flanged requiring a thick or large diameter pad up. The assembly is often complex with multiple penetrations that require satellite fasteners around the fitting. This adds weight to the structure and limits the design of the aircraft.

The FleXmate system offers a better way of installing these fittings. Using our advance knowledge of the cold expansion process, we can provide a fitting that gives you design flexibility, offers structural durability, saves weight, and reduces production and maintenance costs.


Benefits of FleXmate Fittings

• Weight reduction
• Smaller footprint and simplified assembly
• Simple one-piece designs
• Electrically conductive
• Fast and consistent interference fit installation
• Typically 2:1 life improvement of the structure
• Elimination of satellite holes (saving manufacturing time and eliminating areas of future crack growth)
• Excellent sealing characteristics

 


PRODUCT BROCHURES

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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS

Please contact FTI Sales to obtain the most current ForceMate Specification for your application.

 




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Installation & Tooling System

FleXmate uses all the same PowerPak and puller units as other cold expansion processes. The durable tooling, such as nosecap, mandrel and fitting are specially designed for FleXmate installations. A split sleeve is not required for the FleXmate process, as the inside of the fitting is pre-lubricated to ensure even radial expansion and to reduce the amount of pull force required. Typically the FleXmate process uses a tang mandrel, in place of a threaded mandrel to provide easy tool removal. A complete FleXmate system includes (but is not limited to):

• Cutting Tools
• Mandrel, Chuck, & Nosecap
• Check Gages (combination & mandrel)
• Puller & PowerPak



 

FleXmate Installation Steps