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Seco event provides answers to complex aerospace manufacturing challenges

Posted on 03 Dec 2021 and read 945 times
Seco event provides answers to complex aerospace manufacturing challengesWith the value of collaboration in the pursuit of innovation in mind, Seco and its technical partners hosted Aero Inspiration Through Innovation (ITI) on 23-24 November. The event drew more than 1,439 registrants. With a focus on the complex issues and trends that aerospace manufacturers face, Aero ITI 2021 showcased collaborative solutions with real-life machining demonstrations and important conversations about digitalisation, automation and sustainability.

The Seco ITI events draw on the company’s global network of partners, bringing together in-house expertise and external knowledge to problem-solve. During Aero ITI 2021, participants experienced the results of such innovative partnerships and discovered how collaboration can help them find solutions that will drive their businesses forward.

This partnership-approach solves ongoing issues found in manufacturing aircraft components, such as the challenges inherent in machining materials like titanium, superalloys and aluminum from billets, forgings and near-net additive manufactured parts.

Zoller UK’s Andy Dyche, who spoke at the event, said: “As always it was a fantastic event to be a part of and we look forward to building on our relationship with Seco.”

Seco conducted Aero ITI 2021 events in English, French and German from the UK, France, Germany and North America. Overall, Aero ITI 2021 attracted well over 1,439 individuals to event demonstrations, panel discussions and seminars covering various key topics.

Dave Todd, Innovation Hub manager at Seco, said: “We work together with technical partners to solve aerospace manufacturing challenges in new and innovative ways, to celebrate the latest technologies, and to explore future possibilities. Inspiration Through Innovation is our opportunity to share inspiring collaborative solutions with our customers.”

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Aero ITI 2021 demonstrations showcased wire-arc additive manufacturing (AM) for Inconel blisks; on-machine broaching instead of using multiple machines; tools and strategies for finishing wing pylons; the automation of aluminum A-frame machining for high material removal rates; additive/subtractive manufacturing of blisks to reduce cycle times and costs; five-axis machining of aluminum structural parts for process security along with less handling; and extrusion machining to eliminate workholding and multiple set-ups.

Industry panel discussions and seminar topics covered topics relevant to the industry, including digitalisation, sustainability and automation.

The live Aero ITI events were completed on 1 December, however the event recordings are available on the website (www.event.secotools.com/aeroiti2021) until the end of the year.