GES Engineering Brings Tailor-Made Design Innovation to Wedge Locks

11 Eylül 2019
Placing user requirements at the forefront, GES Engineering designs and manufactures special wedge locks to meet these requirements as necessary.

You can read the news article published in the DSEI’19 Special Issue of MSI Turkish Defence Review here:

 

GES Engineering, which designs special electro-mechanical and mechanical products aimed at niche areas, has recently added wedge locks to its areas of activity. The company’s innovations in wedge lock technologies are driven by its desire to offer cost-effective products designed specifically with user requirements in mind. GES Engineering has established a road map for the future of its wedge lock systems, thousands of which have already been delivered.

 

Electronic cards are used in many military and avionics systems, such as control or mission computers, radars and signal processing units, and are connected to their casing (or LRU) through wedge locks. The wedge lock enables these cards to carry out their functions by maintaining their fixed position in the casing, without being affected by such environmental factors as vibration. In cases where the conduction cooling method is employed, the lock also helps to dissipate the heat of the card from the system.

Placing user requirements at the forefront, GES Engineering designs and manufactures special wedge locks to meet these requirements as necessary.

Placing user requirements at the forefront, GES Engineering designs and manufactures special wedge locks to meet these requirements as necessary.

 

Although it would seem to be a simple system that has been used for many years, the wedge lock can, due to the current market dynamics, actually play a key role in determining critical design decisions. Wedge locks are produced in standard sizes, pre-determining the size of the card itself, such that card designers cannot, by default, produce cards larger than the dimensions of the wedge locks offered by existing companies. By prioritising the specific needs of the user, GES Engineering designs and manufactures special wedge locks that meet these needs as required.

 

Resim1A User-Prioritised Experience

Giving an ear to the user’s special requests, GES Engineering delivers wedge locks that fully match user requirements. The user first defines all of their requirements and needs, starting with length. Other requirements include whether a pre-tensioner is required, or whether the place where the card is to be used will be subjected to high levels of vibrations.

After noting down the user’s list of requirements, GES Engineering carries out the design and production of the wedge lock, and delivers a ready-to-use product. The company also stands apart from the crowd with its AS 9100-certified design and production processes, and in its use of the highest quality aerospace aluminium in its products.

Ersin Özbek, Member of the Board at GES Engineering, emphasises that as the company offers a wedge lock solution tailored to requirements, it also ensures cost-effectiveness: “Some companies have been working on wedge locks for years and posses an extensive catalogue. Until now, card producers were obliged to follow the standard products featured in these catalogues and to design their cards accordingly, since they either could not demand a non-standard product, or knew that if they did, it would entail high costs. We, on the other hand, are not only able to develop user-specific products, but can do so cost-effectively. This service opens up entirely new doors of opportunity for our users in the field of special card design.”

Thanks to its AS9100 Rev D certificate, GES Engineering makes a difference in all of the products it designs, including its wedge locks.

Thanks to its AS9100 Rev D certificate, GES Engineering makes a difference in all of the products it designs, including its wedge locks.

 

It takes about one month for GES Engineering to design a new wedge lock and to roll out new versions. For an already-designed wedge lock, the production of 100 units can be completed in about two months. As the company’s works make further progress in this field, it is likely that these timeframes will be shortened even further.

 

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Expanding Product Family

GES Engineering produced its first wedge locks for Turkish users, developing products with dozens of different sizes for four different groups of user requirements, and completing production of over 5,000 products.  The company’s current order book contains 2,000 units, and the company is expecting 2,000 new orders in the near future.

GES Engineering manufactures its wedge locks through the use of state-of-the-art infrastructure.

GES Engineering manufactures its wedge locks through the use of state-of-the-art infrastructure.

GES Engineering is planning to launch new steps with regards to its wedge lock family in 2020. The company is looking to diversify its designs, and will also be working on new mechanisms and materials that will be reflected in its products.

GES Engineering’s target for the next five years is to attain an annual production volume of 15,000 wedge locks, which the company predicts will initially be geared predominantly towards the domestic market. Officials at GES Engineering state that while they will be facing tough competition against the established and longstanding players in the international market, they will gain a say and a foothold in the overseas market in the mid to long term.

Özbek  had this to say regarding the wedge lock family’s future: “We’ll continue to provide products that consistently ensure the same quality. Moreover, we will take our works even further when necessary based on the feedback from our users on topics such as delivery time and quality. The wedge lock market segment has been one in which we’ve witnessed rapid progress, and we are ready to carry this momentum into the future.”

 

GES Engineering produced its first wedge locks for Turkish users, developing products with dozens of different sizes for four different groups of user requirements, and completing production of over 5,000 products.

GES Engineering produced its first wedge locks for Turkish users, developing products with dozens of different sizes for four different groups of user requirements, and completing production of over 5,000 products.

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