Machining from Solid/Castings/Forgings – Space
Intrex Aerospace has been supplying space components for many years. We are experienced in precision machining from solid, castings, and forgings. We produce parts from customer specifications. Our experienced staff understands how to best deal with the varying degrees of work-holding complexity when machining from castings and forgings. We know the importance of delivering quality parts on time.
Our modern facility has the equipment and control processes necessary to manufacture many space components. We are ISO 9001 and AS 9100 certified and ITAR registered for work on space-related programs.
For the last several years, we have made significant investment in CNC multi-axis machines. Because of rev updates and inventory constraints, lot sizes of production space and aerospace machined components have become shorter. Having 5-axis simultaneous machine tools lends itself to addressing needed flexibility. Our 5-axis machines give us this flexibility and are ideally suited for machining from solid/castings/forgings. The design of this type of equipment reduces the need for specialized work holding, and our twin-spindle models minimize parts transfer from machine to machine during processing. We also have tool changers on our machines, which shorten setup times, making us flexible for managing these shorter production runs.
We have 13 Zeiss precision CMMs operating in cells on our shop floor. Locating these CMMs on our shop floor gives us tighter quality control at the point of manufacture. This allows for quicker response to potential quality issues, which reduces scrap and helps hold down cost. We also maintain two larger CMMs in our quality lab.
Our staff is made up of experienced machinists, some with over 30 years of experience producing parts for space and aerospace. They produced machined parts from solid/castings/forgings in a variety of materials, including aluminum, cold/hot roll steel, stainless steel, Inconel, titanium, TZM, and more.
We are capable of handling the most stringent supply chain quality requirements. Some of our customers require CPk and SPCs. Our software allows us to track a range of these quality control metrics.
Our Program Management system operates on the principle that Intrex will assume the responsibility on behalf of our partners to coordinate the supply chain, manage risk, and implement systems for quality and delivery to our customers’ specific needs and requirements.
Our space business is primarily “systems business.” Our customers have partnered with us in Long Term Agreements (LTAs). Producing machined parts and managing LTAs requires more than just machining expertise. We have a robust Epicor ERP/MRP software system. It gives us the capability to match our production scheduling via pull systems, kanban, and forecasting with supplier electronic portals. It can also monitor our clients’ inventory systems with their supply chain demands. The efficiencies gained by our management system can reduce lead times and drive down overall costs.
To learn more about Intrex Aerospace and our demand management, contact Intrex Aerospace today.