Aerospace parts are extraordinarily complex to manufacture and need to be structurally sound to meet the highest quality assurance standards. To create a safe and functional aircraft, manufacturers must ensure robust airframes, redundancy for critical flight systems, reliable propulsion, and more. Prototyping is essential in the manufacture of aerospace structures, and hands-on manipulation is crucial for evaluating the function, form, and fit of the assembly. In this article, we'll explore the role of additive manufacturing in aerospace and its potential for future innovation. What is Additive Manufacturing? Many aerospace manufacturers are increasingly turning from traditional manufacturing processes to additive [...]
The aerospace industry relies on the innovation of parts and materials to improve safety in the air while reducing the cost of manufacturing parts and products. The integrity of every element in an aircraft must meet strict requirements. Detecting defects in these parts is critical. Visual inspections, while technically 'non-destructive', aren’t enough to meet the quality control needs of the aerospace industry. Aerospace non-destructive testing is a way of inspecting and evaluating products that are manufactured for the aerospace industry without affecting the end product. What is Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) and How is it Used in Aerospace? Since safety is [...]
Non-destructive testing (NDT) used in the aerospace industry plays a critical safety role in the manufacturing process of flight-critical parts and components. Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection (FPI) is one of these NDTs that allows the detection of defects in metal products. In this article, we discuss this inspection technique to better understand the important role it plays for aircraft manufacturers and how it fits into the manufacturing process. What Is Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection? Fluorescent penetrant inspection is a non-destructive testing process in which dye is applied to the surface of a material to examine for surface defects. Many metallic products [...]
From minute cracks and checks to imperceptible voids undetectable through the use of x-ray, ultrasonic detection equipment is instrumental in the successful discovery of defects in all kinds of materials. Extensive use of composite products is standard in the aerospace industry. For this reason, continuous testing and assessment is a key strategy to detect flaws and ensure companies remain compliant. That’s where ultrasonic testing comes in—UT makes it possible to maintain the highest quality and safety levels. But how exactly does ultrasonic work and why is it so important for the aerospace industry? Let’s discuss. What Is Ultrasonic Inspection? Ultrasonic [...]
The celebration that took place at Avior Integrated Product at the Montreal facility on April 28th, marked Avior’s 1500th delivery of Bell Helicopter 407 Swashplate. The event marked the long-standing relationship between Bell and Avior and demonstrated the success of this unparalleled 407 helicopter model.
Avior has introduced its first collaborative robot or “Cobot” that is portable and can be easily moved to different production cells to perform repetitive specialized functions. The small robot is fully integrated into Avior’s ERP. The initial trials are being used for loading and unloading small 3 axis machined parts. The system is compatible with multiple machines and utilizes an optical scanner to identify parts as it loads parts into machines. This unique system provides maximum flexibility to accommodate multiple parts autonomously. The collaborative flexible cell will be introduced in other departments in 2020 and 2021.
Avior Integrated Products was honored last evening with an Industry Excellence Award at the Canadian Aerospace Summit in Ottawa, hosted by the Aerospace Industries Association of Canada. The Small Business Innovation Technology Award recognizes a business whose advanced or innovative technologies have contributed to making Canada a strong and rapidly growing innovation economy and continue making a positive impact within the industry and community. In accepting the award, Mr. Stephen Kearns, President and CEO, said “We are very grateful to the AIAC as it represents industry validation of our strategic commitment to continue investing in methods, equipment and people to [...]
Avior completed the installation of a second Matsuura 5-axis high-speed vertical machining center for production of large aluminum parts. The Matsuura MX-850 will produce parts with a working envelope of D 32” x H 26”. This new equipment is in line with the Company’s automation plan as it will be mated with a Kuka robot for automated parts loading in CY2021. The following are the basic specifications of this new machine: Model : Matsuura MX-850 Spindle : 20,000 RPM ATC Magazine : 90 tools Max Work Size: D 32” x H 26”
Avior completed the installation of its first fully automated machining cell. The cell includes a 5-axis and a 3-axis machining centers operated by a Kuka robot. The system is fully integrated with the company’s ERP system and is fed by a conveyor that loads blocks of raw material or pallets. Using unique fixturing and a custom-made bar coding system, the cell provides maximum flexibility and can accommodate any mix of production without additional set up costs. The following are the basic specifications of the cell: CNC 1 : Matsuura MX-520 Spindle : 20,000 RPM ATC Magazine : 90 tools Max work Size : [...]
Avior is now providing an engineering and development production cell for customer research and development projects. As customers introduce new designs and technologies Avior is providing a quick turnaround development capability of tooling and prototypes. The prototyping capability includes providing engineering design solutions, testing, tooling and prototype development. This cell is supported by the metallic and composite fabrication capabilities at Avior’s three production units.