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Jackson Newspapers - Ripley, WV
  • Ravenswood plant successfully produces the largest armor plate for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory

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  • RAVENSWOOD - On May 16, Constellium’s Ravenswood plant successfully shipped the largest armor plate ever produced (6” x 140” x 240”), in an alloy which had never been processed in the facility. Alloy 7020 was produced utilizing the world’s largest stretcher in order to meet the US Army’s critical demand requirements.
    Thanks to a dedicated Armor Sales team and a strong partnership with the U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Constellium was selected to participate in this highly visible military R&D project.  The project required an extremely compressed cycle time to meet the customer’s tight schedule.  This would not have been possible without the outstanding work of the entire Ravenswood team; this project is a great example of multiple departments working together toward a common goal.
    Bryan Cheeseman, Ph.D., Team Leader, Material Manufacturing and Technology Branch at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory wrote to the team after receiving the plate: “First, I would like to express my gratitude for a job well done.
    To produce one of the largest aluminum plates in an alloy that has never been processed in Ravenswood on a timeline that was nothing short of ridiculous is an incredible achievement and a credit to Ravenswood and the whole Constellium team.  If successful, the program has the potential to significantly increase the force protection of ground combat vehicle.”

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