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 Leading aerospace supplier Senior Aerospace Weston has achieved up to 75% reductions in inspection times with new equipment from GTMA supplier and Manufacturing Solutions exhibitor Renishaw.
The company supplies a wide range of complex precision machined components and sub-assemblies, predominantly for the commercial aviation market, with 95% of output for use in Airbus aircraft, mainly A320 and A321, but also A330, A380 and A350 models.
At its machine shop in Earby, UK, most of the components are aerostructure (wing and mainframe) components; everything from small items measuring 50 mm3, up to large engine pylon brackets and landing gear fittings.
Some of the more complex aerostructure parts were taking up to10 minutes to inspect using Senior Aerospace Weston’s existing coordinate measuring machines (CMMs). This often caused bottlenecks and capacity limitations around the CMMs.
With build-rates increasing, Senior Aerospace Weston turned to Renishaw to help make its in-cycle measurement more efficient without compromising quality.
“They proposed the Equator gauge, which is another level up from a traditional 3-axis CMM in terms of speed,” said CMM Programmer Andy Wright.
The thermally-insensitive Equator system is a flexible gauge designed to provide speed, repeatability and ease-of-use. Installed at Earby early in 2018, it has already been programmed for eight parts.
“We have 70 part numbers that could fit on the machine, so there is high potential,” said Mr Wright, who is also impressed with the system’s ease of use. “No special skills are required; the operator simply loads the part into the fixture, lets the cycle run and receives an easy-to-read report.”
Also key to its success has been the sales and applications support from Renishaw: “It is first class. It almost feels like we’ve been assigned our own special support team.”
Renishaw Applications Engineer, Ed Clarke, who is in the support team, said: “For any customer with a turnkey project we will pro- vide ongoing support for all stages of their project.The customer can come directly to us for the support they require.”
Among the parts inspected using the Equator gauge is a titanium wing flap track component for Airbus aircraft.
Senior Aerospace Weston, over the years, tried several iterations and equipment solu- tions to measure the part more quickly with the required accuracy. But inspection would regularly fail due to component complexity and tight datum tolerances.
Using the Equator gauge delivers accurate gauging and repeatability. “It measures around 25 different features on this particular part, tak- ing just 90 seconds in total,” said Mr Wright.
Inspection cycle time has been cut by 75% with operators now just reviewing an elec- tronic report with every dimension record- ed, rather than a manual measurement recorded on paper. “We can also use trend data to help identify potential areas for improvement in our manufacturing process,” he said. Stand H10
Faulkner Moulds, the 2018 UK ’Toolmaker of the Year’ , is exhibiting at this year ’s Manufacturing Solutions event.
With plastic injection mould toolmaking at the very heart of the advanced manufactur- ing industries, Faulkner Moulds invites attendees to visit its stand and find out more.
Winner of the prestigious Plastics Industry Award for ‘Supplier Partnership – Toolmaker’ in both 2018 and 2016, the growing Yorkshire-based company invests in the best technology and training, special- ising in complex tooling solutions and
design for manufacture.
With its own in-house tool and component design facilities using SolidWorks, Faulkner Moulds can offer innovative and durable solutions for today’s toolmaking needs. Its design team will be available at Limerick to discuss your requirements.
The company has 35 years’ experience of high quality toolmaking and product design and specialises in creating technically com- plex tooling solutions, designed for manu- facture.
It invests in the best machinery and equip-
ment to continually improve the service it provides. This technology is used along- side apprentice-trained, superb manual skills, creating excellence in mould tool- making.
Stand 43a

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