CNC Milling

CNC Milling and CNC precision engineering technology includes 3, 4 & 5 axis with both single and twin pallet delivery. Optimisation of set up times and higher volume production is provided by the Mazak FH 4800, while the smaller HAAS VF 4 axis machining centre allows for the quick turnaround of smaller volumes. Ford also employs a strict tool management system on all CNC milling machines to minimise cost, changeover and operating times.

 

5TH AXIS CNC MILLING

The addition of the 5th axis capability allows Ford Aerospace to meet its customer’s demands for more complex parts, while maintaining competitive prices. Ford has a broad range of milling flexibility, focusing investment into high quality machines which uses standard programming languages. This allows the business to respond to changing customer demands with speed and the ability to exceed customer expectations in terms of both quality and lead time.

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Shim

This shim, like many others which we produce, will be manufactured in the CNC milling section. The program for this part will be designed on the latest CAD/CAM software offline, before being transferred to the milling machine to be manufactured in one operation, reducing the need for multiple setups, saving time and allowing lead times to be reduced for the customer.

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End Cap

This shim, like many others which we produce, will be manufactured in the CNC milling section. The program for this part will be designed on the latest CAD/CAM software offline, before being transferred to the milling machine to be manufactured in one operation, reducing the need for multiple setups, saving time and allowing lead times to be reduced for the customer.

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Bracket

This Bracket is an example of a complex part which we produce in house within the CNC milling section. It is manufactured on a five-axis machine in order to cut the number of operations, allowing the manufacturing time to be reduced, which reduces the lead time for the customer.

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Link

The Link is one of many vital parts we manufacture at Ford Aerospace. Being a vital part, the strict process from raw material purchase all the way to final dispatch is mutually agreed with the customer and followed exactly in accordance with their specifications. Ford’s capability is trusted by major OEMs to manufacture a range of flight-critical components.

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Support Arm

This End Cap is produced in the CNC milling section and is manufactured in two operations. The milling of the outer profile and the inner features form one operation, followed by the backing off of the part to the correct thickness. This component also received treatments at a subcontractor, as per the customer’s requirements and is painted upon return.

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Locking Plate

This precision machined locking plate is a part whose purpose is to join three other components together to form the final assembly. All dimensions must be accurate and within tolerance, as any slight deviation would cause complications, preventing the correct assembly from occurring, which would lead to the components being scrapped.

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Oil Level Indicator

This oil level indicator is initially pressed from sheet material as a blank, using our dedicated aerospace presses. The profile and text is milled onto the face of the blank due to the importance of its positioning, which could not be achieved using other manufacturing methods. The indicator is then sent out for plating and painting to protect the component during its operational life, as it will be constantly immersed in oil.

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Forkend

This part is particularly complex to make, as it must be milled so that the fork is complete and then transferred to a lathe to allow the remaining bar to be turned down to size. It is thread rolled in order to produce a high quality thread and is then sent out to subcontractors for treatment processes.

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Plate

This plate is machined first in the CNC department to produce the required profile. It is then transferred to a conventional grinding machine, which produces a surface finish matching that of the customer’s specification.

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