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Machining Facility
Denel Aerostructures Machining Facility consists of a main NC machining department where machining of all major parts takes place, as well as two dedicated machining cells (one for main rotor head parts and the other for pylon parts). A jig boring department and conventional machining department complete the facility.

The Machining Facilitys staff complement comprises 90 people. Personnel are trained and experienced in operating the machines. Intensive additional training is provided during commissioning of new machines.

Parts machined in the facility range from the extremely complex such as main rotor hubs, swash-plates, pylon sole plates and rear fuselage frames, to simple brackets. Denel Aerostructures also operates a number of high speed 5-axis NC machines.

Machining Capability

5 Axis N.C. Milling   Qty       X-Axis (mm)      Y-Axis (mm)      Z-Axis (mm)   
Deckel Maho DMU 80 P           2700650650
Deckel Maho DMU 12521100800800
Starrag ZT 800 1160010001320
Zimmerman FZ37 2450030001500
Zimmerman FZ37 1650030001500

70kw High Speed Spindle 24000 RPM.

3 Axis N.C. Milling   Qty      X-Axis (mm)      Y-Axis (mm)      Z-Axis (mm)   
Leadwell V4071000500650
Leadwell LBV 3215         230001500800
Leadwell LBV 5229 2500030001000

Conventional Machines      Qty      X-Axis (mm)      Y-Axis (mm)      Z-Axis (mm)   
Milling Machines 5   Various sizes   Various sizes   Various sizes
Lathes 1   With copy attachments     With copy attachments      With copy attachments   
Grinders: Internal1
Surface 1
Centre less 1
Jig Boring         Qty      X-Axis (mm)      Y-Axis (mm)      Z-Axis (mm)   
SIP 700115008001300
SIP 640110008001300 FULL NC

Machining Plant Capability

Product Type - Aluminium           Size
NC PartsUp to 800 mm x 300mm
5 Axis DMU Up to 800mm x 800mm
3 Axis Parts (Long Beds) Up to 5m x 2,5m
Large 5 Axis PartsUp to 6m x 2,5m
CMS 5 Axis Router 3m x 18m


South Africa Supplier Base

Conventional Machining - no special processes:

Cliffsway, Dailiff, MicroMax, Panonia.

Swarf and Water Management System

Semi-automated management of all swarf generated by the NC milling operations within the main machining area. Additional to this capability, manage the cooling temperature of the cutting fluid utilised in all the equipment.

NC–Milling Machines - 3 & 5 Axis

Have the capability to mill most aerostructures components. Recent accomplishments include the machining of a Rib–D (prototype) for the Airbus programme.

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+27 11 927 2083
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Box 11, Kempton Park, 1620, RSA

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