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Airframe Designs invests in advanced data planning system

Blackpool based aerospace specialist Airframe Designs, is streamlining its operations by investing in an advanced data planning system.

Above: The Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) system.
Courtesy Airframe Designs

By investing in the latest Materials Requirements Planning (MRP) system, the company is helping to develop new efficiencies in their supply chain, saving time and cost.

The new system will help integrate information in purchasing, stock control, quotations and manufacturing and ensures accuracy of data, transparency and detailed communication across different operational functions.

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Jerrod Hartley, CEO of Airframe Designs, said: “The integration of this advanced system marks a transformative step for Airframe Designs and our customers, helping us to leverage efficiencies in our processes and allowing for improved collaboration with partners and suppliers.

“Custom-designed to complement our unique operational framework, this software investment is pivotal to our commitment to data confidentiality, integrity, and availability delivering direct, substantial benefits to our customers.”

This follows investment into Airframe Designs’ advanced production facility with a second 3D printing machine - a state-of-the-art Stratasys Fortus 450mc - a new five-axis milling machine and new sophisticated resin printing technology to offer increased capability and quality of parts and tools for its increasing customer base.

The company has also become a member of Additive Manufacturing UK (AMUK) whose aim is to establish the UK as a world leader in the development and adoption of additive manufacturing.

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The services offered by Airframe Designs meet the demand from the aviation and defence sectors to create new parts or re-engineer obsolete parts in an agile, cost-effective, and sustainable manner.

With polymer additive manufacturing technology, combined with 3D scanning and 3D modelling, the Blackpool based company now offers creative solutions to complex engineering problems in the aviation and defence part market, including solutions for airframe tooling. This technology can also be adapted for other industries including space, nuclear, motorsport and rail.

Recent projects undertaken by Airframe Designs include the design and manufacture of several 3D printed tooling fixtures to aid the installation of external sensors onto the fuselage of a special mission military aircraft and the integration of new systems into heavy lift drone platforms.

The company has also been responsible for the conceptual design at a platform level for new uncrewed air-systems, test rig and tooling for electric vehicle propulsion systems and most recently the design and analysis of operator consoles for a special mission aircraft.

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