Demand for air transport continues to increase, fueled by globalization and economic growth across emerging economies. With further growth forecast in the aerospace industry, along with increasing levels of environmental awareness in recent years, there is growing public demand to lower environmental impact, through energy saving and noise reduction technologies for instance.
New passenger aircraft currently being introduced contain a great many parts made by cutting, these parts are specialist materials that are light yet combine superior strength and heat resistance. The majority of these specialist materials are difficult-to-cut materials. To produce high productivity, high precision and high quality parts, specialist cutting tools and technologies are required to match the machinability of each material characteristic
We began developing cutting tools for the aerospace industry in 2001.
This is a sector in which European and US manufacturers have long led the field. By making the most of our advanced and extensive cutting technologies however, we have put together a range of high performance cutting tools, and have grown to the level whereby we are now able to participate in projects for new passenger jets under development.
As a "your global craftsman studio" offering the very best solutions and services, we are committed to improving productivity and creating new cutting technologies for the aerospace industry, and to facilitating the introduction of new passenger jets that are better for people, society and the earth.
Passenger jets are made using the very latest advanced materials and technologies. While large quantities of aluminum alloy and CFRP (carbon fiber reinforced plastic) are used in the body, superalloys containing nickel are mainly used in the engine. Known as difficult-to-cut materials, these are used extensively in aircraft parts, and are manufactured using the very latest carbide cutting tools and technologies. Cutting tools made by the Mitsubishi Materials Group are used by countless aircraft, engine and component manufacturers.
The fact that we handle every aspect of carbide cutting tools, from procurement of raw materials to recycling, has enabled us to develop groundbreaking carbide materials while maintaining consistently high quality standards. We also have unique manufacturing technologies in areas such as coating smooth surface and forming cutting edge, to enable us to enhance the performance and life span of cutting tools. We continue to develop cutting technologies for difficult-to-cut materials which make the most of these strengths, and are highly acclaimed by customers the world over.
In an effort to roll out such outstanding technologies to the aerospace industry, in 2014 we became a member of the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), the UK-based world-leading research institution. The AMRC in Rotherham near Sheffield, UK, as a collaboration between the University of Sheffield and Boeing, it now has over 80 industrial partners. AMRC's primarily targets are to manufacture components and assemblies faster and more efficiently without increasing the shop floor plant list.
Aircraft manufacturers turn to AMRC for help when dealing with manufacturing-related issues. Member companies then carry out research on a competitive basis in order to come up with solutions. Our integrated development, sales and technical support capabilities enable us to offer a wide range of technical solutions. For example, we have dramatically improved cutting speeds for difficult-to-cut materials that pose problems in terms of high-speed cutting, enabling a significant reduction in cycle times.
We take a holistic view of the industry and we want the leading global companies involved, so we can utilise the best technologies, products and expertise available.
Mitsubishi Materials is one of the key drivers in the progression of cutting tool technology and we would welcome closer collaboration.