From previous experience JNDC identified that standard lighting solutions used in the maintenance industry were not ideal for work in confined areas. The industry was in need of a product to replace cumbersome torches and inspection lights which could allow users to go about their work hands free.
JNDC were approached with a problem associated with the original pile driver equipment that only bores holes to 1 m. The initial idea involved the development of a concept to allow an increased vertical travel to 2m, an increase in the driving force of the equipment along with a review of the overall design to increase reliability and to reduce complexity.
Over the weekend I was thinking about the parts that we get printed here at work in ABS which are then sent to the sand casting foundry to get the parts back all in the same day. I was trying to work out what would make the process quicker, and also lower cost.
Adhesive joints are increasingly used in various industries from aerospace to civil. They allow complex shapes to be joined and they also reduce the weight of the structure. Because of this composite materials are often bonded.
Carrying on from my last blog, the parts had been machined and all went really well with that.
After the parts were checked, we sent them off for polishing. This took about a week to complete as it is really labour intensive, but as you can see the results are fantastic, all in the space of two weeks! What do you think?
Continuing on from my last blog , 'manufacturing aluminium prototype parts quickly'. The 3D printed parts have been used as masters to make the sand casting mould and they were then sent off for heat treatment.
First stop was Ningbo, a seaport in the northeast of Zhejiang province. The capabilities of the 1st factory include high accuracy die casting tooling and manufacturing die casting products for industries such as electrical, lighting and automotive
Three factories were visited and the overall impression on quality and manufacturing was very good. One in particular stood out with attention to detail on the quality of tooling design and manufacture. Their approach to supporting the customer with recommendations to optimisation of the parts was extremely beneficial to improving part quality and overall costs. The photo below just shows how well the factory is laid out. Western standards of health and safety were observed. Simple safety devices like having light gates / laser sensors on all equipment results in extremely low injuries, all of which are minor.
Following great success with contracts gained from Airbus, JNDC has now been added to the Airbus approved vendor directory. Being part of the approved vendor directory now means that Airbus can easily outsource work to JNDC.