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…

Aerospace, tight tolerances and titanium: it’s not rocket science

Titanium and its alloys are popular materials for the aerospace industry, because it is stronger than steel, has twice the elasticity and weighs half as much. However, despite its many beneficial properties, titanium is notoriously difficult to machine. That’s because titanium is a poor thermal conductor, so heat intensifies at the cutting area, and dulls cutting tools. Using dull cutting edges can generate even more heat, further shortening tool life.   Fortunately, there are some broad steps manufacturers should consider in effectively approaching titanium machining, and find the sweet spot where best practice tooling and optimal efficiency come together with Read more…