History

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Novator AB was founded by Dr. Ingvar Eriksson, who has a background from R&D Engineering at SAAB Aerospace and has been an Assistant Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology.

The invention of Orbital Drilling™ originated from a research project involving SAAB Aerospace and the Royal Institute of Technology. SAAB Aerospace wanted to find out what effect the quality of drilled holes had on the strength and durability of fibre composites. To come to terms with this, a reference hole without delaminations and burrs was required. This resulted in the first patent related to Orbital Drilling™.

Since then, numerous patents and patent applications, related to Orbital Drilling™, have been filed and granted.

 

Milestones:

2017

Novator receives the Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award for 2016

2016

National Champion in The European Business Awards for Customer Focus

2016

Boeing places first order for Portable Orbital Drilling machines for 777X production line in Everett, WA

2016

Novator receives the Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award for 2015

2015

Novator receives the Boeing Supplier of the Year Award for 2014 in the  "Technology" category

2015

Novator receives the Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award for 2014

2014

Novator receives the Boeing Supplier of the Year Award for 2013 in the  "Technology" category

2014 

Novator receives the Boeing Gold Performance Excellence Award for 2013

2013 

Boeing orders first Portable Orbital Drilling machines for 787 production line for Charleston, SC, plant

2011 

Bombardier Aerospace orders first Portable Orbital Drilling machines for CSeries production plant in Mirabel, Ontario

2010 

Boeing places first order for Portable Orbital Drilling machines for 787 production line in Everett, WA

2010  

Airbus orders Portable Orbital Drilling machines for A350XWB assembly

2009 

Novator receives the Boeing Silver Performance Award for 2008

2006 

Acceptance test OK from Airbus on portable CNC machines

2004

A breakthrough order of portable CNC machines from Airbus

2003

The first portable production machines are delivered to Saab Ericsson Space (now RUAG)

2003 

The first CNC production machine is delivered to Brötje/Airbus Bremen

2001

The first portable prototype delivered to Boeing Research & Technology, Long Beach, CA

1999 

 The first CNC prototype delivered to Airbus UK

1992 

Leif Zakrisson, Ingvar Eriksson and Jan Bäcklund invents a method for drilling delamination free holes in composites.

 

 

 

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Ph.D. Ingvar Eriksson