As global leaders in the design and manufacturing of machined parts for the gas turbine aircraft engine and power generation industries, Moeller Aerospace makes every effort to remain up-to-date regarding the latest technological advancements.

Our team members regularly attend seminars, workshops, and trade shows for design and manufacturing inspiration, to meet others in the industry, and to showcase our innovative products, such as our Click-Loc™ self-locking technology.

We also meet internally on a regular basis to enhance our internal processes. We recently held such a workshop to allow team members to glean additional knowledge and inspiration from one another.

Assessing Design, Manufacturing, and Tool Management Processes

Participants of a recent internal design, manufacturing, and tool management workshop include Tom Ziembo (left), tool room; Logan Geary, engineering intern; Tim Kabat, tool room; Sarah McKillip, product engineer; Eric Schrage, product engineer; Caleb Averill, engineering manager, HS; Tony Budzinski (back), tool room; Ben Hyuck, team leader, creep feed grind; Paul Bricker, creep feed operator; and Brad Prause, process engineer. Tool design engineers Norm Adamic and Jim Szura, not pictured, also attended.

Participants of a recent internal design, manufacturing, and tool management workshop include Tom Ziembo (left), tool room; Logan Geary, engineering intern; Tim Kabat, tool room; Sarah McKillip, product engineer; Eric Schrage, product engineer; Caleb Averill, engineering manager, HS; Tony Budzinski (back), tool room; Ben Hyuck, team leader, creep feed grind; Paul Bricker, creep feed operator; and Brad Prause, process engineer. Tool design engineers Norm Adamic and Jim Szura, not pictured, also attended.

We recently held a two-day internal workshop where the team exchanged thoughts and explored opportunities regarding the design of tools and how to improve applications across different cutting technologies.

Tool engineers and programmers gathered to assess current design, manufacturing, and tool management procedures. During the workshop, team members analyzed potential options in utilizing SolidWorks more efficiently and discussed enhanced Total Productive Maintenance (TPM) plans, quick tool change strategies, opportunities for industry 4.0 concepts, and fail-safe principles.

The team walked the shop floor and interacted with operators for first-hand feedback. It was great to witness some of the complex single-piece and shuttle-tool loads and Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) applications as well as collaboratively discuss challenges and options for improvements in that area.

Pushing the Boundaries Further at Moeller Aerospace & Click-Loc™

The workshop featured excellent collaboration between engineering and operations. Attendees discovered great ideas in the areas of smart close loop connections for machine-to-machine communications, offset management, and next step standardizations.

Although Moeller Aerospace and Click-Loc™ already use industry-best practices, such as six-point nests concepts, the team discovered several other opportunities that will help push the engineering boundaries even further.

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