Vacuum & Dip Brazing


C/A Design is breaking ground and expanding its footprint and capabilities in aluminum brazing in the Aerospace and Defense industries with a new state of the art facility in Exeter, New Hampshire. Details on this project will be highlighted here. 

Mazak at C/A Design
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Mazak C/A Design
Mazak C/A Design Inc.

January 8, 2024

At C/A Design we are thrilled to announce the arrival of not one, but TWO brand new Mazak Palletech Mazak HCN-6800(1 NEO, 1 E) Horizontal Machining Centers paired with a 24 station Palletech Automation cell.  Both machines are 630mm pallet machines with 16,000RPM HSK100 spindles, 160 tool magazines, and 41” x 36” x 38” XYZ travels.


Santa couldn't squeeze them down the chimney, so his elves helped with a large truck for a special delivery through the side door! 


While our new facility is being prepped in Exeter, New Hampshire, we had to gear up in Dover to fulfill some large defense contracts for the new year! We couldn't wait to get our first 2 machines in, setting the stage for an innovative and productive start to 2024 with high spindle utilization and efficiency, increased capacity, reduced lead times, and improved ability to meet the demand of our customers.


Look forward to seeing the arrival of (4) HCN-5000 NEOs and (1) HCR-5000 paired with a 44-station Palletech by summertime at our new Exeter, NH building!


May 22, 2023

C/A Design's New Quench System

With the Addition of a new quench system, C/A Design expands its services and capabilities


Our new, fully automated quenching system is nearing completion. It will be installed in C/A Design’s state-of-the-art facility in Exeter, NH. It has been custom designed and developed specifically to service the aluminum brazing application, bolstering our capabilities and services.


Key Features: 


Automated Operation: Eliminating human error and inconsistency with our state-of-the-art automated system will allow us to achieve engineered, consistent, repeatable results every time.

AMS2750 Compliance: Rest assured knowing that our system meets the stringent requirements of AMS2750, guaranteeing accuracy in temperature uniformity surveys and system accuracy tests.

AMS2770 Compliance: Our system adheres to the strict guidelines set by AMS2770, ensuring proper heat treatment for aluminum brazements and adherence to critical specifications.
Precise Temperature Control: Our custom solution delivers unparalleled precision with our advanced temperature and quenching control technology. 

Streamlined Workflow: Increased productivity and reduced downtime with our efficient workflow. Our ability to quench multiple aluminum brazements simultaneously reduces cost and provides the best value for our customers.

Real-time Monitoring: The system provides for full monitoring and data logging of the entire quenching process with our comprehensive monitoring system.


April 11, 2023

Transport of C/A Design's New Vacuum Aluminum Brazing Furnace
C/A Design's New Vacuum Aluminum Brazing Furnace

New Vacuum Furnace Adds to Brazing Capabilities


In addition to the new facility, equipment plays a role in expanding our brazing capabilities. One key piece of equipment is our new large vacuum aluminum brazing furnace. This new furnace will join our existing furnace at our new Exeter facility, to add vacuum aluminum brazing throughput capacity, reduced downtime risk by equipment duplication, as well as an increase in our vacuum brazing part size capabilities. Our existing furnace will also be receiving a controls upgrade to match the new furnace software and controls hardware. After 14 months of design and manufacturing, the new vacuum furnace is being transported, to be installed in our new facility.

December 16, 2022

C/A Design New State of the Art Facility in Exeter, New Hampshire

Rendering of the new 115,000 sq. ft C/A Design facility in Exeter, New Hampshire. Coming soon in Fall 2023

(Pictured left to right): Thermal Solutions Segment Manufacturing Engineers Ross Douglas, Matt Van Zile and Robert Kennedy, President.  Jeff Luter and Bill Jean, Fulcrum

C/A Design Announces Groundbreaking on New State of the Art Facility in Exeter, New Hampshire


C/A Design, part of the Thermal Solutions Segment (TSS) of The Heico Companies, an innovator and leader in aluminum brazing for the Aerospace & Defense industry is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of their new headquarters.  


C/A Design selected the City of Exeter, New Hampshire as their new operations center which will host its state of the art 115,000 sq. foot facility that will bring as many as 200 new jobs to the seacoast over the next several years.  


“We are excited to break ground in Exeter.  This expansion will allow for the continued growth in manufacturing our cooling systems deployed in aircraft systems and military defense applications that enable and protect the American Warfighter.” said Robert Kennedy, President of C/A Design and Heico’s Thermal Solutions Segment. “As part of this $35 Million investment, C/A Design will be adding significant new equipment including larger brazing ovens, dip brazing tanks, and automated chemical conversion lines.  Our investment in technology and automation helps to ensure on-time delivery of precision mission critical parts to C/A Design’s growing customer needs.” 


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