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Home News Taiwanese Machine Tools Are Used Globally in Even the Most Demanding Aerospace Environments
Taiwanese Machine Tools Are Used Globally in Even the Most Demanding Aerospace Environments
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While COVID-related border closures undoubtedly had a huge impact on the global aerospace industry, the market is expected to get back on track as the pandemic begins to stabilize and has virtually unlimited potential for future growth. Manufacturing aerospace parts and components involves safety issues, so the precision and quality requirements are extremely strict. Taiwan’s manufacturing industry has thrived in this demanding environment for many years, due to the high-precision, high-efficiency machine tools it exports.


Honor Seiki’s vice president: “Honor Seiki machine tools are widely used to machine a variety of precision components, so you can find the company’s footprints anywhere from a kilometer beneath the ocean to the depths of outer space.”

SpaceX’s successful hosting of the world’s first “space tourist group” made up entirely of civilians signified a new chapter in the history of space travel and showed that space tourism is no longer a distant dream. The critical nozzles of SpaceX’s rocket engine were all made using machine tools from Honor Seiki, who also produce Taiwan’s largest turning and milling machining centers. The company’s products are ideally suited to the machining of large parts and components that require high levels of accuracy, enabling it to win technical support contracts from NASA, Boeing, Airbus, Rolls-Royce and French aerospace giant Safran.

As Honor Seiki’s vice president explained, “Honor Seiki has more than 30 years’ experience of advanced machine tool design and manufacturing, and its machine tools are widely used in machining precision parts and components of all kinds, so it is no exaggeration to say that you can find Honor Seiki’s footprints everywhere from a kilometer beneath the ocean to the depths of outer space. We have built an outstanding reputation in international markets, so when companies in the industry need technically-demanding pieces involving complex shapes, they come to Honor Seiki for solutions. We are known as Taiwan’s vertical lathe manufacturing experts, as well as being a model of operational efficiency.”


Vision Wide's chief technology officer: “Vision Wide’s ultrasonic honeycomb machining center and integrated production management system offer diverse solutions for intelligent manufacturing.”

Lightness and rigidity have always been critical issues for aerospace manufacturers. In recent years, composite materials such as honeycomb aramid paper have proven particularly popular, despite their relatively low horizontal strength, complex machining processes, and vulnerability to machining defects such as deformation of the honeycomb structure. Ultrasonic honeycomb machining centers were created to address these shortcomings. Taiwan-based Vision Wide developed Taiwan’s first ultrasonic honeycomb machining center, which was specifically designed to machine such materials and is capable of cutting and profiling honeycomb structures with varying gradients to deliver a structure and appearance that meets the client’s needs.

As Vision Wide’s chief technology officer explained, “Lightness and rigidity have always been key goals for the aerospace industry. Honeycomb paper materials made with biomimetic technology are extremely light, and they are then wrapped in carbon fiber to increase rigidity; the resulting material has become a common choice for wing construction. We work closely with aerospace composite machining specialists to develop our six-axis ultrasonic honeycomb machining centers, which integrate cloud technology and big data with the customer’s manufacturing execution system (MES) to further increase manufacturing performance and efficiency. Vision Wide has powerful R&D, innovation and manufacturing capabilities, as well as many years’ experience of collaborating with customers on machining projects, enabling us to provide complex, multiplexed machining experiences that deliver diverse intelligent manufacturing solutions for the aerospace industry.”


Falcon Machine Tools’ CEO: “If you need hard-to-machine parts with complex forms such as aerospace engine combustion chambers, turbine blades and specialist aerospace materials, leave it to us.”

Specialized aerospace materials and hard-to-machine parts involving complex forms can be extremely difficult to manufacture. Falcon has addressed the demands of this sector by applying more than four decades of expertise in CNC machines to develop efficient, powerful, high-precision multi-axis CNC grinders and five-axis gantry machining centers that are sold under its Chevalier brand. This equipment is capable of producing state-of-the-art aerospace components such as combustion chambers and composite test block parts, all of which must meet the rigorous standards set by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other aviation safety authorities. Falcon’s customers include Airbus, Boeing, General Electric (GE), Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce.

According to Falcon’s CEO, “Our grinders have special creep feed features that make them ideal for use in profiling and multi-axis machining work for aerospace engine combustion chambers, turbine blades, specialized aerospace materials, and other hard-to-machine parts with complex shapes. In 2021, we also launched the next generation Chevalier SMART iControl . Thanks to this controller, users no longer need to write complicated programs and memorize detailed variable programs. The user-friendly, PC-based SMART iControl offers smart functions including powerful computing and enhanced human-machine interface (HMI) capabilities that deliver higher grinding accuracy with data analysis and network connectivity, improving quality and increasing output”. As a proud contributor to the aerospace industry, Falcon is committed to sharing its wealth of experience and providing customers with exceptional machining technology that meets every smart manufacturing need.


Taiwan has unbeatable advantages in the post-pandemic aerospace supply chain

The global spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 had a significant impact on aerospace, but the industry is now getting back on its feet and aerospace companies are very confident in the market outlook for the future. Taiwan’s machine tool industry has always been world-beating in terms of value for money and its aerospace sector is also a force to be reckoned with, while the island is home to an exceptionally large machine tool industry cluster. These advantages combine to make Taiwanese intelligent machine tools the perfect choice for the global aerospace industry.


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