As a result of our past experience in the design of a wing mounted rocket launcher meant for integration on their AT-6 Light Attack Aircraft, Beechcraft approached McCormick Stevenson in late 2012 regarding its need for a cargo pod on the same aircraft. McCormick Stevenson’s military and aerospace experience, combined with our agile workforce structure, afforded us the ability to respond to the aggressive schedule requested by Beechcraft. Once underway, McCormick Stevenson provided several concepts for review within two weeks and a full preliminary design review within the five weeks requested. Ultimately, a completed technical data package for the cargo pod was delivered to Beechcraft within five months of the project kickoff. McCormick Stevenson also leveraged our network of manufacturing partners to deliver several difficult to source components within this same period to better position Beechcraft for the manufacture of the cargo pods.
At McCormick Stevenson we love nothing more than helping our clients reach their goals. It’s particularly fun to serve entrepreneurs with great ideas, and Bob Townsend is a perfect example. After experiencing Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Bob contacted McCormick Stevenson with an idea for an improved, hurricane-resistant traffic signal to keep cars moving safely after a storm. Bob immediately formed Signal Safe Inc, and brought his idea and his passion to McCormick Stevenson. We added a bit of mechanical engineering and analysis expertise, and the result was an affordable retrofit for existing signals — allowing hurricane evacuation routes to remain open before, during and after a storm. Our hats are off to Bob for his great work, and for this recent feature on South Florida’s WTPV newscast.
ATK recently announced that it has won a $3.2 million contract award through the Defense Acquisition Challenge (DAC) Program to provide the low-cost, light-weight, precision Guided Advanced Tactical Rocket (GATR) for evaluation by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). McCormick Stevenson played an important role in ATK’s success through the mechanical design and structural analysis of the Precision Guided Rocket Launcher (PGRL). The PGRL is a family of smart rocket launchers that has the capability of launching GATR as well as legacy 2.75” Hydra rockets. The PGRL is configurable for several rotary wing platforms using an adaptable connector interface and will be tested and evaluated on the MH-60L/M rotary wing platform as part of the DAC Program.
The team at McCormick Stevenson is proud to announce the following staff promotions:
Matt Montgomery was promoted to Senior Engineer this past September based on his outstanding performance on several projects. Matt has been with McCormick Stevenson for four years this past June, and is very well respected by his peers and our clients. We look forward to continued technical leadership in his new role and responsibilities.
Nat McCormick was promoted to Designer this January after “serving” four years as a Drafter. Coming to us initially with no experience, he has proven to be a quick understudy with a natural affinity for all things mechanical. His creativity and “can do” attitude will continue to serve him well in his new role as he helps our clients design new products.
Please join us in congratulating these employees on their continued growth!
As a result of the overwhelming success of our previous launcher project with ATK Energetic Systems located in Radford, VA and Arnold Defense & Electronics located in Arnold, MO, we continued our great relationship with them in the development of a new, fully integrated ATK rocket launcher. This launcher is designed specifically for the firing of ATK’s “smart”, guided munitions. Unlike our previous effort on their behalf, (i.e., the development of a launcher for rotary wing aircraft) this launcher was designed to withstand the increased maneuverability and aerodynamic loads experienced on a fixed wing aircraft. Intended for flight testing later this year, the final product is pictured below with our own (left to right) Nat McCormick, Mike Krawczyk and Matt Montgomery, the Mechanical Drafter, Structural Analyst and lead Mechanical Engineer respectively.
Our own Noel McCormick was one of the presenters at the first “Ignite Tampa Bay” event held on July 28, 2011 at the Wyndham Hotel in Tampa. ”Ignite” events have been held all over the United States, and provide an information exchange for fostering and inspiring an area’s creative community. In one evening, you hear passionate speakers from the local arts, technical, health, education, and business communities talk about their current projects or favorite ideas for just five minutes.
Presentations will educate and inspire you, and maybe make you laugh in the process. The presenters are limited to 20 slides and 5 minutes. Not a second more. The presenters need to get to the point quickly and make it exciting and engaging. They welcome topics about anything that other people will find interesting.
You can view Noel’s contribution to Ignite Tampa Bay on YouTube at the following link:
McCormick Stevenson collaborated with SpaceClaim Corporation in their development of a whitepaper titled “Overcoming the Barriers Imposed by Geometry”. McCormick Stevenson has realized significant value in the SpaceClaim™ tool when dealing with non-parametric import geometry, and we were happy to share that experience with other potential SpaceClaim™ users. You can download a free copy of the whitepaper by clicking on the following link: http://www.spaceclaim.com/en/Resources/WhitePapers.aspx
McCormick Stevenson Engineering & Design was proud to host Congressman Gus Bilirakis at our facility in May. A staunch supporter of small businesses, the Congressman was looking to gain insight and ideas regarding ways to improve our economy. McCormick Stevenson team members discussed potential regulatory and tax relief efforts which could help improve our ability to grow, and we were happy to show off our facility and illustrate the kinds of innovative work we do!
McCormick Stevenson is providing pipe stress analysis support to Industrial Piping Systems, Inc. on the Benzene Unit Conversion project at the Murphy Oil Refinery, located in Superior, Wisconsin. Working closely with IPS’s designers and fabricators, over 60 high pressure and high temperature lines have analyzed and designed to meet code using Intergraph’s® Caesar II® software.
“McComick Stevenson’s focus on quality and schedule is second to none. Their experience and drive was a great asset on a very time sensitive project.” – Dave Hamilton
McCormick Stevenson provided mechanical engineering and design expertise to Sypris Electronics, LLC to support their development of a next generation cryptographic key loader. The RASKL has been certified by the National Security Agency and selected by the U.S. Air Force to be the sole replacement for the aging KYK-13 product. McCormick Stevenson is proud to have made a significant contribution to a device that will help protect our warfighters long into the future.