The competitive power of precision processing in six domains

The mechanical components in high-tech products must increasingly meet greater demands, including the application of advanced materials and precision production technologies. Sirris has investigated the state of the art and has identified six separate domains in precision production where you can improve your competitive position. We demonstrate how this is possible in six white papers that can be downloaded in the near future!

Competing successfully in the global market requires a combination of unique advantages and methods in order to stay ahead of the rest. This is possible with precision manufacturing, although it also raises its own challenges regarding machinery, controls and tools. Based on its road maps and years of research, as well as experience with industry, Sirris has managed to identify six domains which will help companies to make a difference. 

The white papers, which will shortly be published each month and can be downloaded free of charge, go deeper into the six domains, thereby helping companies to excel in precision production.

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What are the six domains?

Sirris' wide-ranging survey of Belgian industry including, OEM and Tier 1 and Tier 2 contractors, identified six domains that can provide opportunities for excelling in precision production: 

1. Realizing functional prototypes for precision components with short lead times

Generic, state-of-the-art precision processing technologies that use commercially available tools can help reduce the lead times for producing prototypes by 80 per cent (from months to days), while still being able to achieve a level of precision equivalent to grinding. 

2. Achieving extremely high quality surface treatment quality

State-of-the-art tools make it possible to achieve top quality surface treatments and innovative finishing technologies that can obtain surface roughness levels with nano-metric precision, while simultaneously reducing lead times and production costs.  

3. Precision finishing of near-net-shape (NNS) components

New 3D laser scanners, alignment techniques and clamping solutions form a link with additive and declining technologies, where freedom of design and additive technologies have created a pathway to precision components. 

4. Processing little details on large surfaces

The application of micro- or nano-textures on the surface of components can create for example hydrophobic surfaces (water repellent). 

5. Cost-effective precision processing for hard and brittle materials

New hybrid processes and cutting materials such as diamonds clearly emerge as the key to cost-effective processing procedures. Diamond tipped tools and vibration technologies are just as successful at cutting hard metals and ceramics as the more traditional and expensive methods. 

6. Guaranteeing precision over the whole batch

Thanks to software and hardware tools for off-line optimisation and in-line control, precision levels to an accuracy of 5 µm can be achieved at normal processing centres.

These six themes will be discussed in greater depth over the coming months in six white papers. Make sure you don't miss any of them! Register here to receive the first (free) white paper in your mailbox as soon as it appears!