Sonaca Montreal boosts capacity with Fives Liné Machines

AMNov17News - fives
AMNov17News - fives

Sonaca Montreal is a world leader in the manufacture of large aluminium aerostructure components for commercial and business aviation. The company’s core values include customer focus, innovation and operational excellence which it achieves in part through select partnerships.


Needing additional capacity, the company chose Fives Liné Machines located in Granby, Quebec as partner to develop a high speed, technologically-advanced and maintenance-friendly 5-axis gantry mill.

The speed and power of the Liné Machines Powermill V spindle and axes drive systems provide substantial metal removal capabilities. The milling head is manufactured at the Granby facility and introduces a 125/156kW, 30,000rpm spindle with a HSK A63/F80 tool taper. Linear motors produce a 76m/min traverse rate which greatly reduces cycle time. The rails of the high-rail Liné Machines Powermill V are installed on an elevated concrete foundation providing a natural enclosure.

“Working with the customer Fives Liné Machines engineered a superior solution that places a high priority on accuracy, quality, reliability and in-process systems,” said Brian Kilpatrick, regional sales manager at Fives Liné Machines. “The solution we developed with Sonaca Montreal integrated vacuum table work holding, programmable high-pressure coolant that facilitates removal of the high chip load, mist collection including a full-length machine roof system, thermal compensation, chip extraction, automated tool changing and tool/part probing systems.’’

Maintenance and operator-friendly features were design priorities in the development of the Liné Machines Powermill V for Sonaca Montreal. The operator station area includes a monitor of remote gauges with real-time feedback for machine utilities and critical components. HD cameras allow the operator to easily view cutting operations from a safe and remote position. For periodic QA verifications and reporting, a machine health-check system examines machine geometry and the head check cycle assesses the geometry of the milling head.

Sonaca Montreal will be showing the capabilities of the Liné Machines Powermill V to its customers at an open house on December 11th, 2017. The Canadian/Quebec governments supported the purchase of the high-performance machine through long term loans.

“The amazing capabilities of this machine are a testament to the team effort that went into this project. We’re proud to be able to offer our customers the highest quality parts machined on this state-of-the-art machine,” said Sylvain Bédard, CEO, Sonaca Montreal.


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