Feb 9, 2011

Delcam to promote aerospace services at AeroDef show

Delcam will promote its wide range of software and services for the aerospace industry on booth 1318 at the new AeroDef exhibition to be held in Anaheim, California, from 5th to 7thApril. A special focus will be on the services provided by Delcam Professional Services to improve companies’ manufacturing processes by increasing productivity, improving accuracy and shortening lead times.

Delcam systems have been used, at some stage, on virtually every major aircraft programme in recent years. The company’s customers have undertaken projects in all the various areas that go towards producing a successful aircraft, from developing more fuel-efficient engines, to manufacturing airframe components more effectively, and even in designing more comfortable and more attractive interiors. They have worked on all scales of project, from the manufacture of components for unmanned drones and helicopters up to the production of engines and airframes for the largest passenger and transport aircraft.

In addition, maintenance and repair operations use Delcam systems to enable the fast, efficient repair or replacement of damaged components. By shortening design and manufacturing times, while maintaining the highest levels of quality, repairs can be completed as quickly as possible, so minimizing the lost operating time of the aircraft.

Delcam Professional Services also helps companies whose own engineering resource is needed to maintain its existing operations. The support given can vary from providing extra design and programming resources when existing staff are overloaded, through to developing completely new turn-key processes for the manufacture of novel designs.

A key focus is on advanced manufacturing technologies that bring inspection and machining together to improve the cycle time, quality and profitability of machining operations. In-process inspection is used to collect details about the process and then that data allows it to be adapted in response to issues that typically cause alignment, cycle time and accuracy problems. The results minimize concessions, manual operations and accuracy issues, stabilize process times, and reduce costs.

Delcam is rated by US analysts CIMdata as the leading specialist supplier of CAM software. With PowerMILL for high-speed and five-axis machining, FeatureCAM for feature-based production machining, and PartMaker for the programming of turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes, Delcam offers a wider range of software, for a greater variety of CNC equipment, than any other supplier.

"Delcam has grown its business in the aerospace sector significantly in recent years,” reported Delcam North America President, Glenn McMinn. ""The US Air Force uses our FeatureCAM feature-based machining software around the world for the production of spare parts, while many other of our 10,000 customers in North America do work for aerospace clients.”

The increased popularity of Delcam software is partly due to the new emphasis on efficiency and productivity within aerospace companies that previously would have simply used the CAM system that came with their choice of CAD software. "With the level of global competition now increasing, those companies are looking at their choice of CAM system much more carefully,” claimed Mr. McMinn. "This closer examination often shows that Delcam’s software can give significant savings, both in programming times and in machining times, as well as improving the quality of the finished part.”