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Aerospace, Composites and Machining Challenges

A new long read discussing the latest developments in materials for aerospace parts The aerospace industry often sets the standards other sectors to follow. There are numerous areas where aerospace has led the way, but so far, materials evolution has not been one of them. Aluminum has long been a core part of aerospace machining and manufacture. But things are beginning to change, with composites are becoming increasingly critical, providing structural strength at a lighter weight. As the aerospace industry relies more heavily on composites, rather than traditional metallics, I think this is a good time for some discussion on Read more…

80% cycle time improvement in aerospace manufacture

Across the aerospace supply chain, OPTIS specializes in cost optimizing complex or high value machined parts, where tight tolerances and high quality standards are critical. By applying our expertise, aerospace machining manufacturers can optimize their production efficiency and benefit from improved machining processes and reduced set up time, to better meet customer demands. Our most recent example of this came in the form of a challenge for SAFRAN LANDING SYSTEMS, the world leader in aircraft landing and braking systems. Specifically, the challenge arose in drilling a 9” blind hole into an aluminium brake structure using a through-the-tool, single flute gun Read more…

Thinking about Third Parties

The demands on modern manufacturers lie heavier than ever. There’s so much to think about in the here and now, never mind in setting strategy and planning for a future landscape which is set to evolve more rapidly than at any other time in human history. Day to day, you are looking to reduce waste of all kinds, dealing with excess or constrained capacity, balancing make vs buy decisions and dealing with pressure from customers and competition. At the same time, you have to forward plan and ensure operations are set up to handle future demand. Whatever decisions you take, Read more…