Manufacturing for the Aircraft Seating Industry
Are you sitting comfortably? We hope so, as this is an important factor of seat design and something Mini Gears is renowned for. A new market for us in 2010 drew on our years of experience in rack and pinion manufacture and then led on to a complete new area of machined parts in a highly visible environment which has been a great success.
How can we help you with your seating mechanism?
Mini Gears has been manufacturing racks and pinions for many years and our team of engineers has been very innovative in assisting our aircraft seating customers with the comfort and reliability of their product; 1st class aircraft seats.
With our specialist knowledge in this field we have been able to modify the pinion to give a better roll and added a different finish to give a longer product life.
Improving strength at the same time as reducing costs
Following our success in improving the seat mechanism and reliability we were asked to look at machining aluminium components for privacy screens in 1st class. This has really pushed our company forward into a new area of work and the team at Mini Gears really rose to the challenge!
We invested in a ‘3D’ CAM modelling package and after training key staff we commenced manufacture to current drawings. The engineers at Mini Gears realised that there was a better way of manufacturing these components and purchased a Dah Lih MCV 1200 vertical machining centre which has a very high spindle speed of 15,000rpm used for machining aluminium.
The frames were previously made in 3 parts and welded together, we now manufacture the entire frame from solid which has improved the finish, quality and cost of the item and made it 50% stronger.
Aircraft seating parts are highly visible and must look pristine so we take great care with how we deliver these components. Mini Gears specially designed the packaging for these aircraft parts which are packed as a kit and used for Kanban deliveries.
Why choose Mini Gears?
Mini Gears is well renowned for input into design and cost saving ideas for machining requirements and we have helped many of our customers achieve their optimum target design as well as help reduce manufacturing costs.