Aircraft | Aerospace Components

From deburring of turbine engine components to polishing airfoils after milling, Acme robotic finishing systems for the aircraft, power generation, and aerospace industries reduce or eliminate manual labor, lower your unit costs, and achieve new levels of repeatability. ROI is typically less than one year.

Processes include:

  • Edge radiusing and blending
  • Brush deburring
  • Hard tool deburring
  • Flash removal on forged parts
  • Removal and blending of gates and pins
  • Airfoil polishing before and after milling
  • Bright buffing

 Components finished on Acme systems include turbine engine components (compression blades and vanes, fan blades, OGV, NGV, and compressor disks),spars and stringers, seat tracks, exterior skin panels, aluminum bulkhead components, aluminum missile frames, and propeller blades.

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Cost Savings

Switching from manual to robotic automation finishing alone can give you three to four times longer media life, as a result of contact efficiency (time on the part), constant work pressure, cycle time repeatability, and part path programming capability. Flexible, automatic force control, with variable-speed spindle motors, optimizes compliance (response and reaction) of the finishing heads to suit the operation.

Off-line programming and simulation (Roboguide) speeds up the program development process and increases utilization of the robotic finishing system. Programs for complex parts and shapes are created and verified quickly.
Heat monitoring allows automatic process modification to reduce affects of excess heat.

Universal tooling concepts developed by Acme for aircraft / aerospace applications reduce system design, build and operation costs. All equipment is built to RIA and CE specifications, and bench-type mini-robotic cells can be utilized to reduce floor space requirements.

Unattended operation, with custom part queuing options, reduces labor content.
Maintenance time and costs are minimized with on-line diagnostics and documentation. Troubleshooting can be performed via modem and/or internet, with Ethernet host support

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Robotic deburring of an aerospace turbine blisk

Media Life Management and Control

Automatic media wear compensation software ensures consistent performance throughout the life of belts and buff wheels by adjusting cell process parameters (such as cutting rate and force) to match the performance and lifespan of the media. Media life management software can provide up to five times longer belt life than conventional methods.