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.
|5 Axis N.C. Milling|| Qty || X-Axis (mm) || Y-Axis (mm) || Z-Axis (mm) |
|Deckel Maho DMU 80 P ||2||700||650||650|
|Deckel Maho DMU 125||2||1100||800||800|
|Starrag ZT 800 ||1||1600||1000||1320|
|Zimmerman FZ37 ||2||4500||3000||1500|
|Zimmerman FZ37 ||1||6500||3000||1500|
70kw High Speed Spindle 24000 RPM.
|3 Axis N.C. Milling|| Qty || X-Axis (mm) || Y-Axis (mm) || Z-Axis (mm) |
|Leadwell LBV 3215 ||2||3000||1500||800|
|Leadwell LBV 5229 ||2||5000||3000||1000|
|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 |
|Centre less ||1|
|Jig Boring || Qty || X-Axis (mm) || Y-Axis (mm) || Z-Axis (mm) |
|SIP 640||1||1000||800||1300 FULL NC|
Machining Plant Capability
|Product Type - Aluminium ||Size|
|NC Parts||Up 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 Parts||Up 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.