Shockform Aéronautique, a Boisbriand SME specializing in shot peening, is coming to the Farnborough Air Show with two new products to introduce to the industry.
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To repair aircraft engines that have already been assembled, Shockform recently launched the Spiker Peening tool. “It works with round-tipped needles that we use to compress the surface of parts that develop fatigue to delay the appearance of microcracks,” explains Brigitte Labelle, President of Shockform Aéronautique, who was trapped in Boisbriand for a few days , before leaving Farnborough.
The SME, which invests no less than 20% of its turnover in research and development every year, also comes up with the E-Strip, an electronic calibration method. “Disposable metal strips from Almen are traditionally used to calibrate blasting systems,” explains the President. Our electronic tool therefore leads to a significant environmental gain and reduces the time needed to calibrate the machine, so there is also a productivity gain. »
Shockform, founded in 2006, is also using the Farnborough Motor Show to break into new markets with its product that has made it famous, the FlapSpeed. It uses small balls in a closed loop so they can’t get caught in the gears of parts already assembled.
Other companies specialize in blasting parts before assembly: they are blasted in large machines where their surface is compressed by sending a multitude of small shots at the part. However, it is impossible to use these machines once assembly is complete.
For example, our tools are used by large manufacturers when they damage the surface of a part during assembly. They are also used by airlines repairing their aircraft or by companies specializing in repair and maintenance.
Brigitte Labelle, President of Shockform Aeronautics
Shockform, which already has distributors in fifteen countries, plans to open an office in France in January. “We are already very present there because we work a lot with Airbus and it is being accelerated,” says the President.
With the launch of its new products and this new office, the company needs to hire more of about ten employees.
“We are a small, very multicultural team consisting of many engineers,” says Brigitte Labelle. About half of the employees are not from Quebec. We also try to have women in the company, but it’s really difficult in the field. »
She is also one of the few women at the helm of an aviation company. During her bachelor’s degree in finance, Brigitte Labelle worked in production at General Motors (GM) and at Paccar.
“I’ve also worked in the financial services industry, but actually I was more interested in product manufacturing,” she says. I was fortunate to be hired by Bell Helicopter after graduating in the middle of the economic downturn. I had a crush on aviation. It’s really a passion. »
During her career in the industry, she met her partner Sylvain Forgues, Technical Director of Shockform Aéronautique. They worked together on several projects and one day he wanted to go into business. She joined the adventure.