Due to commercial confidentiality the client cannot be named.
To manufacture a batch of complex blade forms in a compressed time scale that had to be produced right first time.
By reviewing the customer’s 3D model, we were able to establish the optimum raw material size, place orders and produce the machine and inspection programming. Utilising the latest CAM verification software, it was possible to validate the machine programme and fixture design, whilst at the same time reviewing surface finishes and critical/non-critical features with the customer. The reduced cost and lead-time which resulted in us being able to meet the customer’s delivery requirement.
How we did it
We were able to load the required machining hours on our planning system, to ensure that there was no conflict and everything was ready for the first operation as the material arrived. During the first machining operation, all remaining programming and fixtures were completed. Operations were split over a number of machines to minimise the lead time, to coincide with the first inspection programme and part verification for each operation.
The first article inspection report was signed off by the customer on the first completed component. The remaining 15 parts were delivered on time, to specification and on budget.
A breakdown in the field meant the customer required an urgent “bolt on in situ” solution.