Aerospace engineering firm JJ Churchill today announced that it has reduced its tooling costs by 5% with a 50% reduction in the number of machining operations on a specific critical part. This has been achieved with Blue Photon technology which is marketed in the UK and Europe by NCMT Limited.
This technology is applied to a titanium aluminide aerofoil blade component which is an extremely difficult material to fixture and machine. Blue Photon fixes the component to the tool with an adhesive, which cured under UV light, is strong enough for the most rigorous machining techniques including 5‐axis CNC. The process is a replacement for encapsulation, providing reduced fixture complexity.
The impact on JJ Churchill’s overall production is to increase capacity which is essential as the company continues its high growth trajectory, while also benefitting the environment, another of JJ Churchill’s key performance measures. Using Blue Photon reduces the energy (electricity) required for the process.
Mark Cooper, JJ Churchill’s Managing Director, said: “Blue Photon has substantially increased the capacity and accuracy of our machining operations. We have always manufactured the highest quality components. Now we can do it more quickly and more precisely than before. We will build on this by continuing to invest in the latest technology and apply it to the benefit of our aerospace and power generation customers around the world.”
Adrian Maughan, NCMT Engineering Director, said: “Blue Photon technology enables engineers to realise benefits not possible previously with mechanical fixtures alone. JJ Churchill have utilised the Blue Photon technology in a very innovative way to deliver productivity benefits for their customers.”
Based in Market Bosworth, Leicestershire, JJ Churchill employs 140 people, and manufactures high precision gas turbine components for the aerospace industry as well as high horsepower diesel engine components and assemblies for industrial and power generation applications.
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