EADS signs new agreements to license its AFDX and DeltaN FS technologies to U.S. and European companies

Paris/Le Bourget20 June 2013

From left to right: Sébastien Remy (EADS Innovation Works); Alistair Scott (Airbus); Jean Botti (EADS CTO); Gianfranco Terrando (Selex); Fabrizio Boggiani (Selex); Olivier Gicquel (Airbus); Wulf Hoeflich (EADS Technology Licensing) (c) EADS From left to right: Sébastien Remy (EADS Innovation Works); Alistair Scott (Airbus); Jean Botti (EADS CTO); Gianfranco Terrando (Selex); Fabrizio Boggiani (Selex); Olivier Gicquel (Airbus); Wulf Hoeflich (EADS Technology Licensing) (c) EADS

EADS has signed agreements for the licensing of its DeltaN FS friction-stir welding technology to Concept Systems and I-STIRTM Technology Inc. of the U.S., and the AFDX backbone network technology to Italy’s Selex ES S.p.A.

These agreements were marked by signing ceremonies at the Paris Air Show, and are part of the EADS Technology Licensing initiative’s outreach to offer approved technologies. These enable EADS’ partners to enhance production, mature their processes, improve performance and increase safety.

The accords with I-STIR Technology and Concept Systems, supported by Cheers Interactive, enable the companies to use the DeltaN FS trademark in their marketing and promotional material.

I-STIR Technology is a subsidiary of PaR Systems which provides manufacturing equipment and solutions for production applications across multiple industries, while Concept Systems is an automation solution provider, specializing in complete line control system integration and retrofits for manufacturers. EADS’ DeltaN FS welding know-how was developed by EADS Innovation Works – the Group’s corporate research and technology network. This next-generation production technology offers significant advantages in the joining of aluminium, magnesium, copper and composite materials. The process also allows the welding of components with complex geometries. It is designed for applications where the original metal characteristics must remain unchanged as much as possible. Metals can be bonded using mechanical pressure which is suitable not only for aluminium, but also for large parts which cannot be easily heat-treated post-weld to recover temper characteristics.

The EADS licensing agreement with Selex ES S.p.A. involves the Airbus-patented Avionics Full DupleX Switched Ethernet (AFDX) backbone network technology standard for use in aircraft and mission management systems. This newest accord is a first to bring an end-system manufacturer into the official AFDX partner community, and it broadens the use of AFDX to the helicopter market.

The AFDX backbone network technology enables safe and secure data transfer for the aviation industry – including airborne applications on airliners, business jets, military airlifters and helicopters. This communication standard, developed by Airbus for its fly-by-wire A380 jetliner, is more advanced than previous protocols. AFDX is being used on a growing range of aviation-related applications, from switch and end-system implementation and network integration and optimization to deployment tool suites and test systems. Airbus and its parent company, EADS, are committed to making this technology available to all users of the standard, including manufacturers, suppliers and service providers.

About EADS

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2012, the Group – comprising Airbus, Astrium, Cassidian and Eurocopter – generated revenues of € 56.5 billion and employed a workforce of over 140,000.

About I-STIRTM Technology Inc.

I-STIR Technology is a leading provider of precision force and motion control systems, as well as a recognized innovator of cutting edge friction-stir welding technology and equipment for both production and research.

About Concept Systems

Founded in 1999 and based in Albany, Oregon, Concept Systems Inc. is an automation solution provider, integrating the latest in proven technologies for their manufacturing customers.

About Selex ES S.p.A

Selex ES is an international leader in electronic and information technologies for defence systems, aerospace, data, infrastructures, land security and protection and sustainable ’smart’ solutions.

About Cheers Interactive (I) Private Limited

Cheers Interactive is the global partner for technology licensing for the EADS group. Cheers Interactive is mandated by EADS to map and bring to market the best in class technologies for applications across multiple industries & geographies.

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