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Machining Aerospace Components

Above all else, aerospace manufacturers need to produce high-quality products on a consistent basis as quickly as possible and at the lowest possible cost. The exacting standards of aerospace machining make it mandatory that each part be machined with exact precision, no matter how challenging the task. At the same time, rising material prices are making the cost of scrap higher than ever, making minimization of waste more important than ever. Manufacturing a machine as sophisticated as an airplane or space vehicle requires special attention during the production processes. Aerospace components continually suffer extremes of temperature, pressure and velocity and are often in service for many decades. They are often constructed from difficult-to-machine materials such as titanium, invar, or exotic plastics. For these reasons it's important for a qualified shop to have access to the most sophisticated machine tools on the market. It is also critical that the most stringent quality controls are in place when parts are machined.

5-Axis Machining
5 Axis Machines are the most advanced CNC (computer numeric controlled) milling machines. These machines perform multiple machining tasks with a single setup. With conventional machining techniques, complex parts require multiple setups on multiple machines. This requires setup, part transfer, and inspection for each step and consumes valuable resources as incomplete parts are moved and stored around the floor. When done correctly, 5-Axis Machining eliminates multiple setups, part transfers and part handling. It eliminates the human errors associated with multiple setups. It eliminates the out–of–tolerance error accumulation of multiple setups. It eliminates multiple inspections. All of this results in the precision needed for aerospace machining, along with lower cost per part and the ability to maintain parts conformity throughout the part run and in future runs.

AS 9100 Quality
Choosing a shop with AS9100 certification is of utmost importance. AS9100 certification is proof that a shop's production processes are tightly controlled, which is essential for demonstrating that operations have been correctly performed and that parts produced match specifications exactly. For instance, it is essential to demonstrate the integrity of the tools and machines used, and to develop a process that will ensure adequate oversight of the entire process. In addition AS9100 provides the essentials of an effective component traceability program, requires that all manufacturing and testing equipment be calibrated and that their calibration history be carefully documented, and requires ongoing internal quality management audits by qualified personnel.

At Alloy Metal Products our decades of aerospace machining expertise set us apart.

We operate and thrive in a marketplace where manufacture and delivery of complex parts must satisfy the bottom line and ensure quality and precision. As supplier relationships shift and business moves overseas in search of reduced labor costs, we dedicate ourselves to remaining competitive. Our years of experience with the world's best machining equipment give us the unmatched expertise that allows us to execute the trickiest machine tasks reliably, repeatably and cost-effectively.