From advanced machining to lean continuous improvement, the OPTIS blog provides the insights you need to think like the machine.

Mastering the Machining of Titanium

Titanium and titanium alloys are light weight, strong and offer excellent corrosion resistance, making them increasingly popular choices, especially in the aerospace and medical sectors. It’s easy to see why the aerospace industry is such as huge user of titanium with every pound in weight that can be reduced on an aircraft saving $1million over the life of the aircraft. For the medical sector, uptake is high as titanium’s compatibility with human biology makes it excellent for implants including artificial hearts, hip replacements and elbow and hip joints. Titanium has many positives, it delivers greater strength than steel at elevated Read more…

Opportunity Knocks for US Manufacturing

With a flurry of announcements, from the new administration, about investment in infrastructure and general support for US manufacturing in recent weeks, it looks as though the next few years could see the new business pipeline filling up more rapidly than previously anticipated for our manufacturing sector. Whatever happens, it’s important to remember that the same fundamental challenges and issues face our industry, so perhaps now is a good time to take stock and think about how we can best tackle these. It’s about understanding general principles but also looking for new approaches that can help mitigate some of these 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…