The G320 twin-spindle turn-mill centre from German lathe manufacturer, Index, featuring two lower tool turrets and an upper B-axis milling spindle head, is a new addition to the company's product range.
Safran Landing Systems has teamed up with German powder bed, metal additive manufacturing (AM) equipment specialists, SLM Solutions to evaluate the feasibility of using its technology to produce large, safety-critical aircraft components.
With dramatic cycle time reductions when turn-milling tough aerospace materials, Martin Aerospace found a Traub sliding-head lathe demonstration so compelling that it ordered the machine on the same day. Aerospace Manufacturing reports.
The second generation of the successful Index G200 turn-mill centre, designed for highly productive, complete machining of components from bar or billet, has been introduced by the German manufacturer, Index.
Silcoms, a niche UK supplier to the aerospace industry of nickel alloy, titanium, stainless steel and aluminium aero engine ring components and assemblies including seals, shrouds, segments and casings, was awarded an additional contract in 2018 to supply a complex rotating fan seal for a large civil aircraft engine programme.
A new, 6-axis, horizontal-spindle machining centre (HMC) with a working volume starting from X:4,100mm x Y:1,600mm x Z:650mm, with options of 2.1m and 2.6m in the Y axis and up to 30m in the X axis has been introduced by F Zimmermann, Germany, specifically for efficient production of structural components in the aerospace industry.
The trend towards single set-up CNC machining of ever more complex and higher quality components means that multi-tasking machine tools are essential in order to remain competitive, especially when producing small batch sizes of multiple part variants.
Craigavon-based subcontractor Boyce Precision Engineering primarily serves the commercial aerospace sector, which accounts for 70% of turnover. A majority of throughput involves producing aluminium parts for first-class and business-class seating, plus various aluminium structural components.
Large composite components for the Airbus A350 family of wide-body jetliners are being machined in a pair of German-built Zimmermann FZ33 portal machining centres at a specialist subcontractor in England.