How CNC Machines Are Used in Aerospace
CNC machines play a critical role in producing precision manufactured components. Specifications for aerospace parts are specific to size, shape, material, and tolerance. Most of the machined components, from the simple to the complex, are produced on CNC machinery. The precision and repeatability can only be consistently achieved on CNC machines.
At Intrex Aerospace, we have on our shop floor over 40 pieces of CNC equipment. We have an assortment of CNC lathes (2-3-4 axis), vertical CNC machine centers (3-4 axis), horizontal machine centers (3-4 axis), and twin spindle CNC mill/turn (up to 7-axis, 5-axis simultaneous machining). Because of the wide range of our CNC capabilities, we can produce very complex shapes and sizes in multiple materials.
Our latest models of multi-axis CNC machines with two spindles are well suited for producing precision parts in low-to-medium lot sizes. Our CNC mill/turns with ATCs (automatic tool changers) offer a good solution for short run parts (where most of the demand in aerospace is). The design of our CNC mill/turns helps reduce setups, minimizes operator intervention, and lessens dependence on special fixturing. All of which improves part quality, streamlines efficiencies, shortens lead times, and helps take cost out of the part.
In addition to having 40+ CNC machines, we have 7 CNC CMM (Coordinate Measuring Machines) on our shop floor. These machines are strategically located on our shop floor, for ease of operator and quality access. They are linked to our Epicor ERP/MRP system. All measurements are recorded and reported through this system. All our information can be tracked across our production floor. Access to any supporting documentation (shipping documents, etc.) can be easily provided and traced.
To learn more about our program management services and demand management that our company has to offer, contact Intrex Aerospace today.