(Hartford Courant, 2/7/2017)
For several hours on Friday, a half-dozen or so workers using a forklift and elbow grease pushed, pulled and manipulated a 135,000-pound, prized industrial machine into place at the Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology.
Known as a Zimmermann machine, for the German manufacturer, it will be used to shape, cut, grind and otherwise fashion aerospace and other industry components made of composites that increasingly are sought for their strength and light weight.
Don Balducci, director of the Advanced Manufacturing Center at CCAT, said the machine will be particularly helpful with manufacturers that contribute engine parts for the U.S. military’s F-35 fighter jet. Pratt & Whitney, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., is the contractor for the engine.