DMC News

What is FOD?

Date Posted: 06/20/2024

June is National Safety Month, a time when we raise awareness about the importance of safety in aviation. If you perform aircraft maintenance it's important for you to understand the safety significance of Foreign Object Debris, commonly known as FOD.

What exactly is FOD, and why is it such a critical concern in the aerospace industry? 

FOD encompasses any foreign object or debris that can compromise the safety or functionality of an aircraft or aerospace equipment. This includes everything from loose screws and bolts, to tools, metal shavings, and even wildlife.

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Examples of FOD:

  • Loose Fasteners: Bolts, nuts, screws, or rivets that have become detached from aircraft or ground support equipment.
  • Runway Debris: Rocks, gravel, pavement fragments, or even items dropped from aircraft.
  • Tools and Equipment: Tools, equipment, consumables, or parts inadvertently left on runways, taxiways, or maintenance areas.
  • Plastic Bags and Debris: Lightweight debris like plastic bags, paper, or other trash can be blown onto runways or sucked into aircraft engines.
  • Wildlife: Animals such as birds, rodents, or larger mammals can stray onto airport grounds and pose a FOD risk if they come into contact with aircraft during takeoff or landing.

Effects of FOD:

FOD can impact a flight at any point in the journey, from taxi, takeoff, mid-flight, and landing. Even tiny debris can cause extensive damage to aircraft engines, the landing gears, or other critical systems that can lead to catastrophic failure and possibly injuries/death. 

Repairing damage caused by FOD can be expensive and time-consuming. Aircraft maintenance crews must inspect and repair affected components, leading to costly repairs and downtime for the aircraft (A.O.G.).


How to Help Prevent FOD:

By working to prevent FOD you minimize the risk of possible catastrophic situations. 

  1. Provide regular cleaning and maintenance of work areas, runways, and construction sites.
  2. Educate employees on the dangers of FOD and implement protocols.
  3. Utilize tools like Daniels Manufacturing Corporation’s Safe-T-Cable®  to prevent components from loosening in high vibration environments. Safe-T-Cable is an approved alternative to lockwire which when removed produces less scrap. The Safe-T-Cable system also retains excess cable on installation.
  4. Utilize tool kits with designated spaces for each item to help keep track of tools and components during installation and repair jobs. DMC’s maintenance tool kits contribute to FOD prevention efforts and promote operator efficiency.

Always Keep FOD in Mind:

FOD’s potential impact on aviation safety and efficiency cannot be understated. From costly aircraft damage to serious safety risks for passengers and personnel, FOD poses a large challenge for the aviation industry. Individuals and organizations can prioritize education, training, and innovative tooling to minimize FOD to ensure safer skies for all.

 

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DMC® Celebrates 75 Years

Date Posted: 06/03/2024

Daniels Manufacturing Corporation® is proud to announce the celebration of our 75th anniversary. This significant milestone is a testament to the enduring relationships we have forged over the years. The trust, loyalty, and collaboration from our customers has been largely responsible for our growth and sustained excellence.

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Since our founding in 1949, we have been committed to delivering innovative tooling solutions and unparalleled service. We have been at the forefront of the tool manufacturing industry, continually pushing boundaries, and setting new standards. From humble beginnings in a small workshop to becoming a global leader in tooling solutions, our trajectory has been nothing short of extraordinary. 

Over the past seven and a half decades, we have achieved numerous milestones that speak volumes of our resilience and determination. From pioneering groundbreaking technologies to expanding our product portfolio to serve diverse industries, every step of our journey has been guided by a relentless pursuit of excellence. Our dedication to quality and innovation has allowed us to evolve and thrive in the dynamic markets we serve.

DMC was founded by Bill Daniels and today his son and our company President, George Daniels, continues to lead the way. 

“It has been my privilege to lead a company that has played such an integral role in the creation of every aircraft, defense program, space mission, submarine or surface vessel that exists in the Western world.” 

-George Daniels

We invite you to explore some of the rich history and milestones that have shaped DMC into the industry leader it is today:

DMC was incorporated in Pontiac, Michigan in 1949, serving major industries including missile, aircraft, and electronics with precision machine parts and assemblies. In 1965, DMC produced the MS3191-4 to replace earlier mil-standard crimp tools, and the following year expanded globally with an authorized distributor in the United Kingdom. By 1971, DMC became an authorized supplier of tools for the US military and was listed on the DOD's Qualified Products List. In 1984, DMC merged with Balmar and established headquarters in Orlando, Florida. In 1992, DMC developed Safe-T-Cable, now the standard tool for safety cable application. In 2016 we partnered with NC3 to offer Precision Electrical Termination courses at vo-tech schools nationwide. In 2017, DMC acquired Twist-Strip and made substantial improvements before bringing it to market. In 2020 LaceLok® was acquired and enhanced to provide a revolutionary solution for applying secondary wire harness support. This year, 2024, we celebrate our 75th anniversary!

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DMC® to Debut New Event at Aerospace Maintenance Competition

Date Posted: 01/25/2024

DMC is excited to join the AMC event as we celebrate our 5th year of participation. This year we will unveil a new event named "Tooling for Harness Assembly" that will showcase many of our product lines including crimping, Safe-T-Cable®, and our newest product, LaceLok®. 90 teams will compete in 27 different events for prizes, scholarships, bragging rights and the famed William F. "Bill" O'Brien Award of Excellence in Aircraft Maintenance.

Are You Using Unqualified Tools?

Date Posted: 03/17/2023

Daniels Manufacturing Corporation (DMC) has become aware of knockoff Mil-Spec crimp tools advertised by non-qualified and unauthorized sources. This situation is potentially hazardous for the entire aerospace community, DOD, and maintainers of electrical wiring interconnect systems.

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In addition to the previously mentioned marketplaces that are known to be selling these knockoff Mil-Spec crimp tools we are now aware these tools are also being sold on  Walmart.com, Alibaba, eBay, Grainger, Allied, and Graybar.

Jonard Tools, a retailer and manufacturer based out of New York, USA has been identified as producing and selling these tools as M22520/1-01 Military Grade Precision Crimpers. Though many of these knockoffs bear the M22520 & M81969 Mil-Spec number, DMC logo, DMC part numbers, DMC CAGE code (11851) and appear almost identical to genuine DMC-qualified products as listed on the Qualified Products Database (QPD) and Qualified Products List (QPL) it is essential to know that these counterfeit products are not approved or qualified under MIL DTL 22520 or AS81969 and other specifications that apply. 

HOW TO AVOID KNOCKOFFS

  • Avoid purchasing DMC products from unauthorized sources
  • Be careful when buying crimp tools on marketplaces such as Walmart.com, Alibaba, eBay, Grainger, Allied, and Graybar
  • Avoid purchasing crimp tools from Amazon, unless you are purchasing from the DMC Store or Daniels Manufacturing Corporation Storefront
  • Avoid purchasing items marked as used or refurbished. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is
  • Contact us if you have a question about purchasing one of our products

KNOWN RETAILERS OF KNOCKOFFS

  • Jonard Tools
  • JRready (Jiaxing Jingrui Instrument & Equipment Co., Ltd.)
  • JRD Tools
  • IWISS Tools Co., Ltd. (ZHEJIANG IWISS ELECTRIC CO., LTD)
  • Precise Tool (A cobranded tool with JR Ready)
  • US Tool LLC
  • Nabroco Tools & Technologies Pvt. Ltd.

Any information pertaining to knockoff products that you can provide will help our efforts. If you suspect that you have purchased a knockoff item, please report it to us by contacting us at 407-855-6161 or dmc@dmctools.com

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LaceLok® Cable Lacing Fasteners Receive Military Qualification

Date Posted: 03/17/2023

Daniels Manufacturing Corporation® (DMC) is proud to announce that LaceLok® is now qualified to MIL-DTL-32554 and MIL-DTL-32555. This exciting technology is a direct replacement for lacing tape/string ties and cable ties for secondary support of wire harnesses.

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Hand-tied lace and plastic cable ties have been the primary options for wire harness secondary support for over 50 years. Unfortunately, both methods present significant ergonomic, safety, and consistency risks. Hand-tied lace often causes fatigue and repetitive motion injuries. It is also often applied inconsistently as the applied tension can vary from operator to operator or across the duration of an operator's shift. Alternatively, cable ties offer a large profile that can damage adjacent cables and sharp edges after the excess cable tie is cut off. Plastic cable ties are also often less resistant to temperature range and various common chemicals. For these and other reasons, the US military has approved LaceLok, but prohibited the use of plastic cable ties on aerospace wire harnesses per the Joint Services Manual NAVAIR 01-1A-505-1.

LaceLok combines the ease of cable ties with the abrasion and chemical resistance of lacing tape. The LaceLok system consists of LaceLok and the LaceLok Installation Tool. LaceLok is constructed with the same Nomex® lacing tape used in hand-tied lace. The Nomex lace is attached by aramid fiber thread to an ultra-high temperature thermoplastic fastener head. LaceLok can withstand extreme temperatures from -76°F to 500°F and is resistant to hydraulic fluid, jet fuel, lubricating oil, and isopropyl alcohol. LaceLok is offered in a variety of lengths from 6" to 24" long and can be wrapped once, twice, or three times around wire bundles to provide tensile strengths of 55 lbs to 165 lbs.

Using LaceLok is simple and ergonomic. The user wraps LaceLok around the bundle and squeezes the trigger 2-3 times to tighten, lock, and terminate the fastener. The resulting loop force is controlled by the fastener, not the user. 

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