How Aerospace Machining And Its High-Accuracy Assemblies Relentlessly Work To Ensure Performance And Security Across Our Skies
Can you imagine a machining sector which requires a higher level of accuracy and reliable component production than Aerospace Machining? If you asked us, we would have a hard time to reply, given the incredible pressure and natural forces to which airplanes are subject to throughout their lifecycle.
We have been lucky enough to work on and examine the various components of one of the modern hi-tech jets which are used in most of the current operations across the world. On one hand, we were thrilled to study the vast array of amazing details making up its components; on the other, we witnessed the consequences tied to the high speed these machines reach and the resulting natural forces on them. Minor flaws are greatly amplified in similar conditions, still we were shocked at seeing the metal parts that we were testing suffer as much as they did on that jet.
The aerospace industry could be regarded as a testing ground, the area in which firms must develop new techniques and machining practices. Aluminum, the most widely metal used in the industry, couples its light weight with elasticity and high resistance to stress, allowing quasi infinite applications. Nevertheless there are also other materials which are used, so that machining techniques and plants must adapt to different sizes and varying production volumes.
Moreover, machining firms must adjust and deliver on time, ensuring the most rigorous quality standards, in order to be in line with the high stakes involved in the aerospace and defense industries. Since there are only few companies that are able to do so in our country, they are the ones who craft all the parts that our national institutions and departments need. At times, as we have already seen, it starts with the production of prototype parts crafted for testing in aerospace labs. Once the testing is done, it’s finally time for large-scale production, the result of which are the parts that one can find on most of the jets that are seen every day.
Having observed what amount of attention needs to be applied to the smallest component of an airplane, we have to admit that we won’t be able to look at jets like we did before. Now, when moving along airport lanes and gates, we’ll always have to think of the incredible work that stands behind every insert, o-ring or pin to ensure the outstanding performance and security standards of modern airplanes.