Aluminum Aerospace Component for Fighter Jet Ejection Seat

Aerospace Parts = Aluminum and Plastic. Both Can Be Machined Burr-Free and Without a Need for Degreasing:

If you've landed on this Web page, chances are you already know that aluminum has become the predominant substrate in aerospace part manufacturing. And you know that its light weight has more than just a little to do with that. But you're probably also familiar with the deburring and degreasing that can be associated with the machining of high-tolerance components from aluminum castings and forgings. Well, we're here to tell you that where aluminum aerospace parts are concerned, secondary operations like deburring and degreasing are a thing of the past.
Aluminum Aerospace Component

Machined from 6061 Aluminum with a 60,000 RPM High Speed Spindle
(See Below)

Start with High Speed:
With Datron's 60,000 RPM spindle blazing speed evacuates aluminum chips, and the heat associated with them, from the cutting channel. It also results in lower machining forces and less vibration. All of this facilitates exceptionally high feed rates and improves the quality of the cut and surface finish. No burrs means no deburring.
Aircraft Control Panel
Spray-Mist Coolant Eliminates The Need for Bathing Finished Parts in Environmentally-Dangerous 'Trike' (trichloroethylene)-based Solvents:

Our spray-mist coolant is environmentally friendly. It also happens to be an ideal coolant for high-speed, micro machining because a thinner-than-water viscosity allows it to quickly cover and cool more surface area on fast-moving micro tooling. The low evaporation point of our spray-mist makes it an efficient cooling solution and also eliminates the need for disposal and recycling, as well as their associated costs. Plus, our spray-mist coolant leaves no residue on machined parts, which makes costly secondary operations, like de-greasing, obsolete - maximizing throughput, increasing efficiency and reducing labor costs.
Aliminum Aerospace Part
Small Aerospace Component
Holding & Machining Flat Aerospace Parts is Easy with Datron VacuMate Workholding
Aerospace Parts Manufacturers are Embracing Lean Manufacturing & Single-Unit Pull:

Now that we've got you considering high speed and spray-mist as a coolant, we'll ask you to consider lean manufacturing with Datron machining centers the Integrated Workholding that makes it possible. The fact is, the industry is changing and to remain competitive you have to change with it. Gone are the days of multi-spindle monsters hogging out three, four or five aluminum parts at a time - roughing out parts on one machine and finishing them on another ... followed by considerable handwork before making it (sometimes a considerable distance) to inventory.

Now, the companies who manufacture aerospace parts from aluminum are focusing more on variety than high volume. That means smaller runs and more frequent job changeover. So, Datron has developed an integrated workholding system designed specifically for SMDE (single minute die exchange) and single-unit pull.
VacuMate holding plastic aerospace parts
The Answer is Quick-Pallets:

This revolutionary system uses a beveled boss-in-cavity system where conicals on the bottom of the workholding fit into receptacles on the machine bed - insuring location repeatability every time ... all the time. A small vacuum pump is used to hold the workholding in place during machining. Quick-Pallets are available in a variety of sizes and configurations that can incorporate T-nuts, pneumatic clamps and vices. The end result, is flexibility and efficiency with job changeover taking as little as 12 seconds.

Dealing with Sheet Material? We've Got You Covered.

The VacuMate from Datron is designed to swiftly and efficiently secure flat workpieces to the bed of a machining system. Thin stock, which could be secured only with great difficulties before, is now secured literally within seconds. Quickly secure plastic foils as thin as 0.001", to 0.250" large aluminum sheets. Here's how it works:

A vacuum pump provides vacuum power for the system to work. A vacuum table features airflow-optimized vacuum ports, with recessed vacuum chambers, to provide superior vacuum distribution. A low cost gas-permeable substrate serves as a sacrificial vacuum diffuser, allowing the cutter to machine through the workpiece, without cutting into the table.

Plastic Aerospace component
Machine aluminum aerospace parts at high feeds of up to 400" per minute!

Datron's Aerospace Customer List:

Aurora Flight Sciences

> Flight Safety

> Oppenhiemer Precision Products

> Firan Technology

> Schott Fiber Optics

> Graphico Edgelit Panels

> New England Etching

So, Aerospace Parts & Aerospace Components Manufacturers:

Call Datron today and ask about our "Machining Aerospace Parts" Workshop which is held regularly at the new Datron Tech Center in Milford, NH. There is no charge for this workshop.

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