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The International Manufacturing Technology Show, the largest and longest-running industry trade show in the Western Hemisphere, is held every other year at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS 2022, which will run September 12-17, 2022, is where the creators, the builders, the sellers, and the drivers of manufacturing technology come to connect and be inspired.
The aerospace industry is massive, diverse, and extremely reliant on machinery. Parts and components must be manufactured to the highest standards of excellence, with no room for error. That’s why engineers and technicians in the aerospace industry rely on jigs and fixtures during manufacturing processes. Both jigs and fixtures help engineers stay compliant with stringent regulations, enhance process accuracy and repeatability, and lower production costs.
In this article, we’ll cover what aerospace fixtures and jigs are, and how to find the right solution for your manufacturing needs.
Jigs are used to enhance the quality of manual work. In the aerospace industry, jigs are typically used to retain the precise position of a tool while performing a specific task. Jigs help to maintain accuracy during duplication, especially when tapping or drilling holes.
Common jig types include box jigs, channel jigs, diameter jigs, leaf jigs, plate jigs, ring jigs, and template jigs.
While jigs are typically used to locate and hold parts in place, fixtures are used to hold a workpiece in a certain location or orientation. Aerospace fixtures can significantly speed up the production of symmetrical parts and components while also yielding increased accuracy throughout a production run.
Assembly fixtures keep various parts and modules precisely aligned as they are being manufactured. Fixtures reduce the need for human workers, which enhances the safety of manufacturing processes. Fixtures also ensure consistent accuracy of components as well as lower production costs.
There are various fixture types used within the aerospace industry, including assembly fixtures, boring fixtures, broaching fixtures, duplex fixtures, grinding fixtures, milling fixtures, tapping fixtures, turning fixtures, and welding fixtures.
Rayco’s Aerospace Experience
Rayco specializes in manufacturing fixtures and fixture components for clients in a wide array of industries, including aerospace. In the past, we have collaborated with various prominent global entities, including the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, Axiom Space, and SpaceX.
Learn More About Rayco’s Aerospace Fixtures Today
Do you need aerospace fixtures? Turn to Rayco today. Our highly qualified and experienced engineering team is capable of expertly designing and producing both simple and complex fixtures that meet project demands. We are proud to continue supporting the aerospace industry with our fully customizable solutions.
All of our standard fixtures and fixture components are produced in the United States and backed by a no-hassle 30-day return policy. You can view our complete inventory here. If you would like to start a custom order, or you have general questions about our products, please fill out our online form today to speak with one of our experts.
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