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and 11 HB-1 configurations available to address the specific needs of a
customer," explained Junkin. "These include different voltage/current,
number of measurement points, explosionproof/commercial, DC/AC
operation, networkable and several more."

Stepping Into The Future
WichiTech has found that many customers are reluctant to add
more capability if it requires a re-training of their core personnel.
Specifically changes to the operator interface can be difficult. Many
WichiTech features and improvements are "hidden" behind the interface to suit both the production line, where changes are somewhat
frowned upon, and the laboratory setting, where the engineering
staff is always looking for more precision, more data, etc.
"Along this line of thinking, we enhance our products through accessories or functionalities," Junkin noted. "Always conscious of cost, we
seek solutions that build upon what the customer already has or is
familiar with. A good example of this is pcLink, a software/hardware
package that allows the capture/control of data from the hot bonder to
a PC." The software allows the direct capture of real-time temperature/
vacuum values, alarm status, etc. into an Excel spreadsheet. pcLink
Vacuum bagged core repairs ready for hot-bond process.
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supports a realtime graphing of an ongoing cure and, through the PC,
offers an almost unlimited storage of cures. Additionally, it updates
all data once every 10 seconds.
WichiTech is also involved in developing a standard hot bonder
serial protocol that will allow the interconnection of many different hot bonders in the future. pcLink does currently support the
interconnection of up to 15 HB-2 and/or HB-1 zones.

Teaching & Training
The number one factor affecting the successful outcome of a composite repair is the knowledge and skill of the technician performing
the task, according to Junkin. A comprehensive training program in
composite material science, repair methods and procedures is an
absolute requirement for all technicians and engineers involved. "The
exponential increase in the application of composite materials for
aircraft structures has outpaced the training required to perform
repairs to these advanced structures," he explained.
Application consultation and training has become an integrated
part of what Heatcon does as a business. "Every customer has
unique needs depending on the parts being repaired, materials
being cured, facility requirements and OEM repair procedures
they are required to follow," said Casterline. "Our focus as a repair

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Developing a Strong Bond
Tech Spotlight: Meeting Military Standards
Paints and Coatings: State of the Industry Report: Aircraft Paints & Coatings
Special Feature: Does Your Coating Thickness Meet Spec?
MRO Feature: The Journey of Elliott Aviation
Product Focus: Ladders, Stands & Platforms - Build, Tear Down, Reuse
ARSA Insight: What Relief Looks Like
GAMA Insight: Strengthening the General Aviation Workforce
Professionalism: Compassionate Leadership During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Shop Talk: Welcome to Papa's Playhouse
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