9 October, 2014

Hydroforming Low-Volume Manufacturing Sheet metal forming

Two Chinese Suppliers Choose Avure Flexform Press for COMAC 919 Component Production

Advanced Fluid Cell Presses Will Lower Fabrication Cost of Sheet Metal Parts for Shanghai Aircraft Manufacturing and Xizi Aviation

As the schedule ramps up to production of the COMAC 919, two first-tier Chinese suppliers have purchased fluid cell presses from Avure Technologies to reduce fabrication steps and dramatically decrease the cost of components they are manufacturing for the new single-aisle aircraft.

Shanghai Aircraft has chosen an advanced 68,000-ton fluid cell press, with a forming area of 1.4  x 4 m (55.1 x 157.5 inch), to extend its current capacity. Using ultra-high pressure to form a wide variety of complex shapes, Avure Flexform™ fluid cell presses are a cost-effective, versatile manufacturing solution, particularly when speed is critical in reducing time-to-market and maintaining global competitiveness.

“These state-of-the-art high-pressure fluid cell presses are well suited to meet today’s imperative for less and less labor involvement, enabling the COMAC effort to compete with Western aircraft manufacturing methods,” comments Sture Olsson, Avure’s Global Metal Forming Business Unit Director. “The introduction and combination of high-pressure, modern tool design, and careful fabrication logistics may reduce earlier required fabrication steps by as much as 50 percent, doubling the production capacity and cutting cost by as much as 80 percent.”