Macfab invests in precision-balancing technology for satellite rotors

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NEWS RELEASE: March 17, 2020: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, today announced that the company has committed to a significant investment in a hard-bearing measurement system with two-plane dynamic balancing capability.

This technology is used for high-precision balancing of rotors of widely varying sizes – ranging, for example, from dental drill rotors to the much larger rotors used in electric motors, turbines and generators in a variety of industries. Macfab’s initial focus will be on balancing rotors used in reaction wheels for satellites. The new system is calibrated and certified in accordance with SAE ARP 4048. As a result, Macfab will be able to deliver components conforming to the optimal grade, designated as G 0.4 from ISO 1940/1.

Another turnkey solution for satellite component customers

The purchase of precision-balancing equipment is the latest in the company's long history of technology investments that further the company's ability to deliver turnkey solutions. In the case of satellite component manufacturers, including precision-balancing as part of Macfab's full suite of services provides several important benefits. "A big factor is streamlining the supply chain," says Macfab president Chris Macmorine.

“Previously, our clients would purchase the machined component from us, cleaned to a very high standard. They would then do the assembly at their facility, then send it out to a precision balancer and wait another six to eight weeks. Now that client can come directly to us. We’ll machine the part from raw material, we can assemble it with all the other components, clean it, balance it, and then do a final cleaning, and send it to them – certified and ready for installation. The result is reduced lead times, lower overall cost of the assembly and, again, a much more simplified supply chain.”

Reaction wheel

(Shown above:) Reaction wheels designed and built by Sinclair Interplanetary, machined and engraved by Macfab, have been installed in 44 satellites, all of which are still functioning on orbit after several years in service.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab exhibiting at Spanish Small Satellites International Forum

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SSSIF2020
SSSIF2020

NEWS RELEASE: February 19, 2020: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, is exhibiting at the Spanish Small Satellites International Forum 2020 (SSSIF2020), held February 25-27, in Malaga, Spain.

“SSSIF2020 promises to be an exciting first-time experience for Macfab,” says Joe Magyar, Macfab's business development director. “Over the past year, we’ve significantly expanded our presence in European and international space and satellite markets. In Malaga, we’re looking forward to meeting new colleagues and reconnecting with many of our current customers. I’ll have a number of component samples at our booth that illustrate Macfab’s expertise and some of our unique capabilities.”

SSSIF2020 - Macfab
Space Tech Expo

Macfab produces a range of components and sub-assemblies for space and satellite customers worldwide. Shown here:top: detail of structural element; left: detail of microwave body; right: gold-plated sun sensor housing

About Spanish Small Satellites International Forum 2020

The second annual SSSIF 2020 brings private and public sector leaders and decision-makers together with smallsat designers, technicians, scientists, suppliers, developers and launchers. The forum will present panels and sessions that examine a range of evolving technologies and industry trends. The event will also feature interactive poster sessions and a speaker’s corner for open-ended participation and discussions.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab showcases mechanical component expertise at Space Tech Expo Europe

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Space Tech Europe - Macfab
Space Tech Expo
Space Tech Expo

NEWS RELEASE: November 14, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, is exhibiting at Space Tech Expo Europe, held November 19-21, in Bremen, Germany. The company's display will be located at Booth 4035.

"Macfab has a unique story to tell," says Joe Magyar, Macfab's business development director. "We are a highly specialized niche player in the space and satellite market. At this year's Space Tech Expo Europe, we're presenting a number of component samples that illustrate our expertise and, in particular, our ability to work with complex designs, challenging materials such as magnesium and titanium alloys, and, of course, with tight deadlines. I'm looking forward to sharing our experience and insights during this event."

Space Tech Expo
Space Tech Expo
Space Tech Expo

Macfab produces a range of components and sub-assemblies for space and satellite customers worldwide. Shown here: top: structural member machined from magnesium alloy; left:detail of microwave body; right: close-up of large reaction wheel rotor

About Space Tech Expo Europe

Now in its third year, Space Tech Expo Europe is fast becoming one of Europe's premiere supply-chain and engineering event for manufacturing, design, test and engineering services for spacecraft, subsystems and space-qualified components. The exhibition and conference brings together buyers and sellers representing all aspects of civil, military and commercial space.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab sponsors and exhibits at NewSpace Europe

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NewSpace Expo Europe
NewSpace Expo Europe

NEWS RELEASE: November 6, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, is a sponsor of NewSpace Europe, held November 13-14 in Luxembourg.

Building on this year's theme, "Driving Momentum," the event's sessions will address ways to stimulate growth in  the NewSpace economy, ranging from advances in satellite technology to the building of a lunar economy. Attendees include private and public sector executives, investors, startups, and a range of technical professionals. NewSpace Europe is organized by the Luxembourg Space Agency.

Representing Macfab is Joe Magyar, Macfab’s business development director.“We’re a proud sponsor of NewSpace Europe and also an enthusiastic participant at this year's event,” says Magyar. “Our exhibit will showcase a number of components we've developed for space customers, including ADCS instruments, sensors, propulsion, and communications and electronics. I'm especially excited about this event's networking opportunities, to share and exchange ideas and insights in this fast-growing NewSpace sector."

Building on over a dozen years of experience in the space sector, Macfab today is focused significantly on developing new business relationships in the space and satellite industry. In 2019, the company has participated in space industry conferences and events throughout Europe, the US and Canada.

Separation ring
Honeycomb panel- Macfab
Reaction wheel rotor - Macfab

Macfab produces a range of components and sub-assemblies for space and satellite customers worldwide. Shown here: left: satellite separation ring; center: close-up of honeycomb composite panel; right: stainless steel reaction wheel rotor

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab touching down at IAC 2019

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AIC 2019 - Macfab
AIC 2019 - Macfab

NEWS RELEASE: October 16, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, is exhibiting at the 70th International Astronautical Congress, held October 21-25 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC. Macfab’s display is part of the Canada Pavilion, located at Booth 591.

The IAC event typically attracts over 4,000 attendees, including scientists, researchers and business professionals from all facets of the space sector. Hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, IAC 2019 will feature over 200 technical sessions, plenaries and panel discussions.

“We’re extremely excited about showcasing our capabilities at IAC 2019,” says Joe Magyar, Macfab’s business development director. “Several of our space and satellite customers are attending, and many of them have recommended this conference to us as one of the major go-to events of the year. For Macfab, IAC 2019 promises the opportunity not only to reconnect with customers but also to present our unique story to a huge international audience."

Macfab has focused significantly on developing new business relationships in the space and satellite sector. In 2019, the company has participated in space industry conferences and events throughout Europe, the US and Canada.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab sponsors, attends, 11th European Cubesat Symposium

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Shown: Student-designed cube satellite at the University of Aalborg’s Institute of Electronic Systems

NEWS RELEASE: September 5, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, is a participating sponsor of the 11th European Cubesat Symposium, held September 11-13 at the University of Luxembourg.

The symposium provides a snapshot of the cubesat world, from technology demonstrators and scientific missions to the future technologies and the space exploration.This year’s event will emphasize the role of cubesats, and of satellite businesses large and small, in driving the commercial NewSpace phenomenon.  

“We’re very proud to support this year’s symposium,” says Joe Magyar, Macfab’s business development director. “For us, this event provides a wonderful opportunity to connect with our colleagues in the satellite industry, in Europe and beyond, and also to meet new ones. Space is a fast-growing, fast-moving industry and we treat events such as the Cubesat Symposium as a top priority.”

The European Cubesat Symposium is organized by the Luxembourg Space Agency, the University of Luxembourg, and the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab signs on as Launch Canada sponsor

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Macfab announces sponsorship support for Launch Canada amateur rocketry competition

NEWS RELEASE: August 1, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, has today announced that Macfab has become a corporate sponsor of Launch Canada, an Ontario-based non-profit founded by amateur rocketry evangelist Adam Trumpour. Macfab, together with other sponsors, will fund Launch Canada's upcoming launch competitions for student- and amateur-based rocketry teams across Canada.

"We first met Adam Trumpour at a space industry conference," says Joe Magyar, Macfab's business development director. "We were so impressed by his enthusiasm for Canada's space sector, we featured him in a Macfab video profile. When we heard about Launch Canada, we immediately wanted to be part of this exciting venture."

"Industry support is critical to Launch Canada's success," says Adam Trumpour. "We are delighted that Macfab recognized the value of nurturing Canada's future space leaders. Thank you, Team Macfab!"

Adam Trumpour - Launch Canada

Launch Canada founder and director, Adam Trumpour

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab attends 33rd AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites

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NEWS RELEASE: July 30, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will attend the 33rd AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites, held August 3-8 at Utah State University, Logan Utah.

This year's conference theme, "Driving a Revolution," focuses on technical and development issues, together with new business opportunities arising from today's  "ever-growing trend toward missions using tens, hundreds, or even thousands of small satellites to achieve revolutionary effects."

"This conference has been one of the most successful and productive for Macfab," says Macfab's Business Development Director Joe Magyar. "We've connected with a number of new companies in each of the past two years we've attended. This year we look forward to visiting our existing customers and connecting once again with new prospects."

At last year's SmallSat conference, Macfab Business Development Director Joe Magyar at the NewSpace Systems booth with James Barrington-Brown, CEO, and Leehandi de Witt, Sales and Marketing Manager.

Space Inventor CEO Karl Kaas at his booth at SmallSat 2018

SmallSat Conference 2019

Widely regarded as one of the world's premiere space industry events, the SmallSat conference draws scientists, technologists, researchers and industry specialists from across the globe.

About Macfab Manufacturing

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab landing soon at 53rd Paris Air Show

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News release, June 11, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will present its space and satellite development and production services at the 53rd International Paris Air Show, held June 17-23. Macfab’s exhibit is part of the Ontario Pavilion, to be located in Hall 3 – C60.

The Paris Air Show, the largest and longest-running aerospace trade show in the world, is expected this year to attract over 2300 exhibitors from 48 countries, representing virtually every facet of the commercial, civil and defense aviation sectors.

Paris Air Show logo - Macfab news release
Paris Air Show - Macfab news release

“Macfab brings some very unique expertise, and over 12 years of experience, in the space and satellite market,” says Macfab’s business development director Joe Magyar. “At our display, we'll have samples of components we’ve manufactured with extremely challenging materials, such as titanium and magnesium, which are highly valued for their performance in orbit.”

Reaction wheel - Macfab news release

Reaction wheel with Macfab-manufactured rotor

Rotor for reaction wheel

“The Paris Air Show will be a very timely event for Macfab,” says Pamela Kanter, Senior Economic Officer with Ontario’s Trade and Investment Office, co-located at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. “The space sector is thriving in France. Macfab is well-positioned build on the strong commercial ties linking France to Canada, and to Ontario. Macfab and its European customers stand to benefit from the opportunities associated with CETA, the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement.”

Separation ring
Honeycomb panel

Separation ring 

Honeycomb panel (detail)

Macfab’s satellite experience and capabilities

Macfab has a long and impressive history in the space sector, notably through its work with the renowned Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, a global leader in microsatellites and nanosatellites. The company has supported development and production work in ADCS instruments, structures, communication & electronics, propulsion, and separation systems. Macfab has specialized expertise in many other areas, including trace analysis and detection, and optics and photonics.

About Macfab

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.

Macfab showcases its space and satellite resources at CASI ASTRO 2019

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News release, June 7, 2019: Macfab Manufacturing, an international supplier of precision components and sub-assemblies, will be exhibiting its development and production capabilities at Astro 2019, presented by the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI). The event will be held June 17-19 in Laval, Quebec.

Astro 2019 brings together business, academic and government leaders from Canada and around the world. This year’s event, CASI’s 19th astronautics conference, will focus on “Space for Business,” with special emphasis on Canada’s capabilities, and notably the growing number of small- and mid-size companies in the fast-growing space sector.

Astro 2019 - Macfab
Sun sensor 2 - Macfab

A reaction wheel (left) and sun sensor housing manufactured by Macfab.

“I’m very excited to be bringing the Macfab story to this event,” says Charles Day, Macfab’s R&D director. “We have over a dozen years of experience in this sector, and in that time we’ve developed several unique and highly specialized capabilities. One area we’ll be presenting, for example, is our work with complex satellite components, which often utilize challenging materials such as magnesium and titanium. I’ll have some component samples at our booth that we’re very proud of and I look forward to sharing our experiences with friends and colleagues new and old.”

Macfab’s satellite experience and capabilities

Macfab has a long and impressive history in the space sector, notably through its work with the renowned Space Flight Laboratory at the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies, a global leader in microsatellites and nanosatellites. The company has supported development and production work in ADCS instruments, structures, communication & electronics, propulsion, and separation systems. Macfab has specialized expertise in many other areas, including trace analysis and detection, and optics and photonics.

About Macfab

Macfab is a contract manufacturer of components and sub-assemblies used in four major industry sectors: space & satellites, analytical instruments, optics & photonics, and defence & security. Macfab supports early-stage product development as well as production volumes, and offers a complete suite of precision machining, finishing, cleaning and assembly solutions. Founded in 1987 in Toronto, Canada, the company today works with science- and technology-based businesses across North and South America, the United Kingdom, Europe, South Africa, Singapore and Australia. For more information, write to sales@macfab.ca or visit: www.macfab.ca.