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Our specialisation in materials such as Aluminium, Titanium, Stainless Steels, High Temperature alloys and composites, allow us to provide value and innovation to different Industries where these materials are being machined. Find out more about what we can do to help you and your organisation overcome your industry challenges.

Aerospace

Demanding tight tolerances and exceptional surface finishes, components for the aerospace sector can be listed in three main areas: Airframe; Engine; and Landing Gear.

Airframe components such as ribs and spars are typically produced from aircraft grade aluminium and the milling of these components often involves removing a large volume, over 90%, of the raw billet. So, high efficient machining at high speed is required to reduce the cost and keep up with customer demands.

While the ‘cold’ side of the modern jet engine uses both metallic and non-metallic materials including aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced composites, the ‘hot side’ requires the ability to reliably machine heat resistant super alloys (HRSA) such as Hastelloy, Inconel, Waspaloy, Rene alloys, Haynes alloys, Incoloy, MP98T, TMS alloys, and CMSX single crystal alloys. With these ‘difficult to cut’ materials achieving the required tool life and machining efficiencies takes knowledge and experience, and we have helped numerous customers attain machining cycle times that seemed impossible.

Required to hold the complete weight of the aircraft during take-off and landing, the strength requirement of the Landing Gear has many years restricted the material choice to highly processed steels. While the aircraft industry has searched for tougher steels with the reliability needed to reduce the weight of landing gear, it has in parallel also introduced alternatives such as titanium and Polymer Matrix Composite (PMC) materials.


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Medical

The Medical sector continues to grow as new bio compatible materials are found and the life expectancy of people in the developed world extends further.

The CNC machining of surgical implants, orthotic devices and medical instruments presents many challenges. These include small-scale machining or micromachining, because implanted devices often consist of very tiny components, and machining titanium, a material often used in medical devices because of its non-reactivity with the body.

Efficient small-batch machining of complex parts is also important because new medical devices are developed quickly and refined through many iterations. Moreover, for implantable parts, the materials and their machining processes must meet stringent approval process legislation.

 

Motorsport

Seen by many as the ultimate arena to test the ‘best of the best’ every motorsports company knows that winning is the only aim – second is the first-place loser. Material challenges include the wide, and still growing, choice of carbon fibre reinforced composites, super duplex stainless steels, many of the heat resistant super alloys (HRSA) found in the aerospace industry as well as magnesium and aluminium.

Business challenges in this sector include pressurised delivery timeframes, with little or no time to optimise machining efficiency, and constant design updates as the race season unfolds and more data is gathered from each race.

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