History Timeline

Pioneers in Industry

  • First to perfect shot peening for industrial applications (Associated Spring)
  • First to introduce The Sutton Core process that produces hollow diffusion-bonded and superplastic formed (SPF) titanium parts (Barnes Aerospace)
  • First to develop the nitrogen gas spring for press tools (Strömsholmen)
  • First to develop a color coding system to differentiate various loads for die springs used in press tool applications (Associated Spring – Raymond)
  • First to use numerical simulation of industrial superplastic forming of titanium (Barnes Aerospace)
  • First to stamp the critical angled holes in fuel injector Orifice Plates (Hänggi)
  • First to introduce the retaining ring (Seeger-Orbis)
  • First to use the double-back forming or zero-degree angle forming of shrouds (Barnes Aerospace)
  • First to develop the pneumatic die cylinder (Hyson)
  • First to combine superplastic forming and diffusion bonding (Barnes Aerospace)
  • First major MRO distributor to launch a formal "Green" products catalog (Barnes Distribution, NA)
  • First to introduce patented process for ultra-high cycle valve springs for diesel applications (Associated Spring)
  • First to use numerical simulation of industrial superplastic forming (SPF) of titanium to reduce the costly trial and error rework during the development of various complex aerospace parts (Barnes Aerospace)
  • First to design the self-contained gas spring (Hyson)
  • First to develop an innovative Spark-Erosion Grinding (SEG) machine for honeycomb segments (Barnes Aerospace)