ITT introduces lightweight composite connector to help manufacturers reduce aircraft weight, fuel usage

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., 19 July 2012. ITT Corp. (NYSE:ITT) has unveiled a new, lightweight composite connector developed specifically for the aerospace market. Suitable for military and commercial aircraft, the new Mil-DTL 38999 Series III composite connector is engineered using advanced materials and techniques, says a company representative.

At Farnborough, ITT is highlighting an advanced damping system that allows critical components, such as aircraft sensors and electronics, to function properly, a compact RAM door actuator that improves system fuel efficiency, and a strut integrated isolator that combines isolation with next-level assemblies to meet both noise and structural requirements in a lower-cost, reduced-weight package.

“Today’s military and commercial aerospace manufacturers are continually challenging themselves to reduce the weight and fuel usage of operational aircraft, and lightweight components can play a key role in their success,” says Bill Taylor, president of ITT’s Interconnect Solutions business. “Our new connector, which will be marketed under ITT’s Cannon brand, will offer end users a 30 percent weight reduction compared to its aluminum counterpart.”

ITT designs and manufactures highly engineered technologies for the aerospace industry, including valves, pumps, and switches for fluid and environmental control systems and utility actuators that open and close exterior doors with improved fuel efficiency and reduced noise, as well as custom engineered components that minimize vibrations and noise, control overhead stowage bins, allow seats to recline and return to the upright position with the touch of a button, and contribute to in-flight entertainment systems.

ITT has components on major aircraft platforms, regional and business jets, helicopters, satellites, and space explorations, as well as military vehicles, submarines, and ships. A portion of ITT’s business is focused on supplying aftermarket services for maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) to meet the critical need of airlines to update equipment and keep planes running safely and efficiently.

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