For more than 30 years, Okuma has been the machine tool builder of choice for manufacturers in the aerospace machining industry, including Tier 1, 2 and 3 suppliers and job shops. Why are Okuma CNC machines so uniquely suited for this industry’s demanding requirements? It is a combination of several elements – the unique way we build our machines, the flexibility of our CNC controls, and the distributor expertise “at your doorstep” – that sets us apart.
With today’s high demand for aerospace parts such as landing gear and engine components, Okuma users win and retain customers by delivering high-precision results with competitive pricing. Aerospace manufacturers can choose from more than ten Okuma CNC machine models that are specifically crafted for their needs.
Cost Reduction: The Aerospace Mandate
To win aerospace manufacturing bids, you have to be more than competitive – you need to have the lowest bid. The build quality of Okuma CNC machines maximizes productivity, minimizes downtime and provides a platform that lasts for decades. Highly productive machines that last a long time yield the lowest cost-per-part.
When thinking about reducing costs, it’s essential to consider lifetime cost of ownership rather than just the initial cost. By investing in a quality machine, users benefit from reduced repair frequency/cost and higher spindle utilization over the life of the machine.
Cost reduction is also achieved by implementing automation to contain labour costs. Okuma’s PALLETACE flexible manufacturing system enhances the productivity of an Okuma horizontal machining centre by allowing for unattended runs, lights-out aerospace machining, and reduced non-cutting time due to setups and changeovers.
Part Accountability and Traceability
Maintaining detailed accountability and traceability for each part produced is of utmost importance in manufacturing for aerospace. Okuma’s OSP control provides simple and powerful systems to achieve this. In a typical traceability process, a folder of events is created for each part, and each part is bar-coded to the cell where it is being machined. Then, at each stage of the machining process, data is collected and archived to its corresponding folder. Detailed data for probing, tooling, machining, and inspections are recorded and can be easily retrieved at any time, allowing aerospace parts manufacturers to deliver accountability and traceability with confidence.
Special Challenges Require a Special Machine
Okuma’s CNC machine quality is renowned, and ideally suited for the high demands of aerospace machining. Following are a few highlights: