INSPIRATION THROUGH INNOVATION 2019: THE AEROSPACE EVENTInspiration through Innovation 2019 is an aerospace-focused two-day event hosted by Seco Tools at our state-of-the-art Technology Centre in Alcester, Warwickshire. With our technical partners, we've created an inspiring and practical, customer-focused event that demonstrates to visitors the improvements in productivity and performance that can be achieved by integrating teams, embracing technology and aiming high. The event will feature: best-in-class aerospace-related demonstrations of blisks, discs, casing features and more industry-leading seminars that cover everything from Additive Manufacturing to Industry 4.0 Great networking and B2B opportunities The event is free to attend. All you have to do is register!
INSPIRATION THROUGH INNOVATION IS BACK AND PUTTING MACHINING BACK AT THE HEART OF INNOVATION
Seco’s annual and ever-popular ‘Inspiration through Innovation’ advanced manufacturing best-practice event will take place on Wednesday, 9th and Thursday, 10th October at our Technology Centre in Alcester. This year, the event will be focused exclusively on the aerospace segment.
Now in its sixth year, Inspiration through Innovation has become a ‘must attend’ event for component manufacturers looking to find out more about the latest innovative technology solutions in the market. The event highlights and demonstrates the power of positive partnerships and the benefits available to component manufacturers from adopting collaborative approaches to problem solving.
The global aerospace sector continues to grow due to increasing demand from both commercial and defence sectors. Current defence growth is driven by governments responding to current geo-political uncertainties. Growth in the commercial aerospace industry is driven by the increasing number of passengers, primarily due to GDP growth in emerging markets and falling ticket prices, which increases accessibility.
Aircraft production backlogs stand at around 14,000 orders. The result is the industry’s pursuit of new manufacturing technologies to increase production speeds and reduce process costs. In addition, growing environmental concerns and the service provider demanding more fuel-efficient aircraft is further increasing the need for new and innovative materials, techniques and technologies in order to meet these current and future requirements.
From a manufacturing perspective, the aerospace segment is characterised by constant innovation - specifically in the use and application of new materials, the design and implementation of challenging machining (and manufacturing) processes and the ingenious ways the industry improves quality and safety and reduces costs and environmental impacts. Aerospace is a global industry with high growth potential that relies on innovation.
MACHINING DEMONSTRATIONS AND INDUSTRY SEMINARS
At Inspiration through Innovation 2019, we have 30 technical partners taking part in nine aerospace machining demonstrations. The demonstrations involve the machining of real components or, in the case of large components like aero-engine casings, the machining of real or look-alike features like holes, external bosses and flanges. Specific components being machined include blisks, discs, landing gear and parts, structural components (ribs) and interior cabin (seating) parts.
The parts being machined all come with their challenges. Made from difficult-to-machine materials, including Inconel, Titanium, Heat Resistant Super Alloys (HRSAs) and Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP), they are machined to meet high accuracy and surface finish requirements. The machining demonstrations are designed by, and involve, a number of technical partners (i.e. machine tool builders, CAD/CAM specialists, and tooling, work-holding, cutting fluid, metrology and automation suppliers). They demonstrate the significant productivity gains and cost-efficiencies that can be achieved through working in collaboration.
There are seven leading-edge seminars planned for the two-day event - each one delivered by a recognised industry-expert and each focused on a relevant aerospace manufacturing and/or machining issue.
The emphasis of the event reflects Seco’s ethos that collaborative approaches to problem-solving and sharing best practice with customers deliver truly inspirational and innovative solutions.
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