Dimensional Conformance in Aerospace, Energy, and Oil & Gas

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Dimensional Conformance in Aerospace, Energy, and Oil & Gas - Thursday, February 25, 2016

Every company has a responsibility to hold up their business processes to stringent compliance and conformance standards. In manufacturing, understanding machine quality and safety standards remains a challenge.

Itís a challenge the best contract machining services providers rise to every single day, because their reputation depends on it.

We donít do it alone. Fortunately, there are multiple institutions whose job it is to ensure that machine standards are met. These include the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Robotics Industries Association (RIA), and the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), to name a few.

Conformance vs. Compliance

These two terms are often used interchangeably in an informal setting, but in the context of manufacturing standards, there is actually a difference.

Compliance is a generally-accepted industry term that means that a given set of standards is supported by a system. On the other hand, conformance is actually one of eight critical dimensions of quality that can serve as a foundation for strategic analysis of product quality. It is the degree to which a productís aesthetic and functional characteristics meet specified standards.

Products and services always come with some form of specifications. Every time a new design or model is created and developed, manufacturers look for materials and equipment based on an established set of dimensions and purity standards.

How Does Machining Factor In?

Our customers already know that the accuracy and precision of machine tools has a critical impact on the quality of manufactured products. Any kind of tool motion error causes a direct corresponding error in the workpiece geometry. These errors in machine tool motions are basically caused by geometric deficiencies of the structural elements, as well as load- and thermal-induced errors produced by the machining process itself.

Overcoming these errors means obvious advantages. These advantage include increased efficiency in the production process, reduction or elimination of human error, faster assembly time, and significant decrease in material waste. Through sophisticated equipment and certified machinists, companies are able to generate parts quickly and more accurately, especially when dealing with large projects.

Machining specialists have the ability to implement various quality control processes in order to determine which machining process or system is most appropriate and suitable for a given workplace. In doing so, companies can ultimately enhance product/service quality and reliability, as well as decrease operating costs.

Technology and Manufacturing

Industries like aerospace and energy require only the highest quality equipment and machined parts. As a result, the manufacturing industry uses the newest and sturdiest tools to ensure that the manufacturing process meets every standard in the book.

CNC machining is widely used in the manufacturing industry. Although we still use traditional methods such as center lathes and vertical millers, numerical control is completely programmable and controlled by a computer. Downtime is limited, since CNC machines can operate 24/7 (with the exception of regular maintenance).

Since the process is computerized, every outcome is accurate and exactly the same as the rest of the products.

Profitable production can also be achieved through 5-axis milling. This process also comes with a high level of accuracy and shorter production times, as well as the ability to create complex parts and access hard-to-reach areas with ease.

By collaborating with a highly competent custom machine shop, your business can adhere to conformance regulations, which are likely to get even more rigid in the future. An effective conformance and compliance system is crucial to staying competitive in aerospace, energy, oil & gas and many of the other industries who depend on precision quality.


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