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Three major activities take place at Denel Aerostructures Sheet Metal Facility, namely routing; pressing / stretching and handforming.

The Sheet Metal Facility team comprises +/-20 people. Personnel are trained and experienced in operating the machines/ tooling, with additional training being provided during commissioning of new machines or industrialisation of new products.

Parts manufactured in the Sheet Metal Facility include complex components which are either handformed (such as helicopter door frames) or pressed / stretched (e.g. tail boom skins and torsion boxes). 

Fluid Cell press (Quintus Press Type QFC 1.1 x 4 - 1000) 

High pressure forming press. The press has the capability to do multiple sheet metal part forming cycles with a usable tray of 1.1 x 4 meters. It has an estimated capacity of 200,000 parts per year on a one shift scenario.

Metallic Manufacturing Specifications

Fluid Cell Press           Qty    Dimensions 
Fluid Cell Press 1 1.1m x 4m (100 MPA)

Stretch Forming      Qty      X-Axis (mm)       Y-Axis (mm)      Z-Axis (mm)
Vertical Stretch Forming 1 2400 2000 1500
Horizontal Stretch Forming         1 3000 750 250

Rollers       Qty              X-Axis (mm)               Y-Axis (mm)       
Farnham Roller           1 5900      continuous   

Router   Qty         X-Axis (mm)          Y-Axis (mm)     
NC Router            1 4700 1200

Freezer       Qty           Length (mm)          Width (mm)          Height (mm)     
Walk-in Freezer           1 6000 3000 2000


Large parts which make up the assemblies      : Up to 7m
Stringers : Up to 2m
Stretch Forming & Profiling of Extrusion : Up to 3m
Skins : 1.1m x 4m max

Note: Fluid Cell Press parts which can be produced with tooling.

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