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Picture: 'MSP's Technical Director, Peter Hammond, explained MSP believe many older machines and processes are still fit for purpose – their errors just need to be corrected first to achieve full accuracy within part production'


Importance of right-first-time parts highlighted at prestigious NWAA event

Leading provider of manufacturing solutions, MSP, dedicated their presentation to the importance of producing right-first-time parts in the aerospace supply chain at the North West Aerospace Alliance’s (NWAA) ‘Inside the Prime’ event, in association with AIRBUS.

MSP’s Technical Director, Peter Hammond, began by exploring what is meant by advanced manufacturing and questioned whether machining processes have changed much in the last 30 to 40 years. He explained that, currently, processes are error-prone and MSP’s engineers often see large amounts of inventory waiting to be inspected on the CMM; production are frequently told ‘parts have failed final inspection’; parts being machined incorrectly due to the poor condition of the machine or due to inaccurate part location or alignment.

He continued by explaining that these error-prone processes need to be corrected before machining to achieve right-first-time parts, which subsequently, would save significant amounts of time, money and energy within the aerospace industry.

“At MSP, we believe many older machines and processes are still fit for purpose – their errors just need to be highlighted and corrected first to achieve full accuracy within part production. Our software checks the machine to ensure it is capable of machining parts within tolerance. It then automatically aligns the part before machining to account for discrepancies between the alignment and machining programs. Finally, it verifies the part has been machined in tolerance before it has been removed from the machine bed; removing reliance on the CMM“, explains Peter.

Held at AIRBUS’ facility in Broughton, North Wales, the event, the first of its kind, showcased how to become a supplier to a key global player within the aerospace industry. It included networking opportunities with Senior AIRBUS Management, a tour of the Broughton facility and in-depth knowledge and understanding sessions. MSP were also proud to be Platinum sponsors of the event.

MSP’s Technical Account Manager, Graeme Potts, who worked within the MSP Applications Engineering team for almost ten years before moving into this new role, comments: “We work with the top four suppliers to AIRBUS – GKN Aerospace, Spirit AeroSystems, Rolls Royce and Safran Landing Systems – and it was rewarding to see the parts we’ve worked on being assembled at Broughton. Knowing we’ve helped make a difference in the supply chain at this facility is a great achievement“.

We have worked within the aerospace industry for over 17 years but the sector is always evolving. Events like this are always invaluable to keep up with any changes to help us adapt our offering accordingly so it is suitable for the industry”.

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Picture: 'MSP's Technical Account Manager, Graeme Potts, and Director of Operations, Margaret Toberty were also in attendance at the event'

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