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Midland Aerospace installs five-axis machine to reduce project run-time

Speed-shop manufacturer Midland Aerospace has halved its run time on a high-end structural component project for a leading aerospace organisation.

Midland Aerospace is a leading aerospace sub-contractor and specialist speed-shop manufacturer of small to medium sized complex structural parts for aerospace customers.

The company said the needed to increase component manufacturing efficiency was the reason behind the company’s decision to install the high specification Heller FT4000, Dormer’s new S356 Elect M carbide end mill in its UK facility.

The manufacturer came across the FT4000 five-axis machine based at Dormer’s productivity centre in Sheffield, England after meeting Heller Machine Tools at the Farnborough International Airshow in Hampshire, England.

In combination with solid carbide tooling supplied by Dormer and the latest software from Open Mind, Midland Aerospace said run-time was reduced from 40 hours to less than 20 hours.

“The run time we previously had in creating the component was not acceptable and we needed to reduce it significantly,” said Midland Aerospace managing director Eamon Lyons.

With the Heller FT4000 five-axis machine, the company was able to reduce its run-time which resulted in it gaining additional business and projects, said Lyons.

Midland Aerospace is part of the Calder Group, a pan-European engineering group that specialises in engineering, lead engineering and the manufacture and distribution of lead sheet to the aerospace, construction, healthcare, nuclear power and oil and gas markets.

Dormer, part of the Sandvik Group, is a manufacturer of cutting tools – primarily drills, reamers, taps and milling cutters – in Solid Carbide and High Speed Steel. The company has its own research and development facilities dedicated to tool design.

Image (left to right): Dormer applications engineer, Matt Johnson with Heller Machine Tools area sales manager, Alan Robinson, and Midland Aerospace managing director, Eamon Lyons.

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