Michael Pedley, Managing Director
Aerospace primarily depends on subtractive manufacturing processes like CNC machining and sheet metal fabrication and, in specific cases, injection moulding. Also, this industry counts heavily on local manufacturing facilities that are accustomed to industry standards. But as aerospace companies scale, engineers often find themselves fighting for local shop capacity, and in turn, increasing the cost as demand accentuates. For industries that rely on exceptionally complex parts to keep their equipment functioning, seeking reliable partners to produce the parts is necessary. When it comes to aerospace component manufacturing, hydroforming is one of the paragon options because of the complex nature of the parts produced. With this forming method, components can be formed from exotic materials, meet stringent specifications and be produced with minimal surface imperfections. Being one of the masters in hydroforming and welding high-temperature metals, MSM aerospace fabricators has an 80-year heritage in manufacturing complex fabricated components.
MSM aerospace fabricators is one of the leading manufacturers of complex formed and welded metallic components. With more than 25 quality certificates, the company also holds AS9100, NADCAP for special processes and is approved by the majority of aerospace Primes and OEMs. MSM also works collaboratively with aerospace OEMs to formulate valuable intellectual property, addressing the unique needs of the aerospace industry. The company is also one of the leading SME manufacturers specialising in complex forming and welding of high-temperature metals such as Inconel 625, Inconel 718 and titanium.
Apart from this, manufacturing and repairing of aerospace components such as engine and Nacelle fabrications, intakes and exhausts, metallic tanks, thermal management components, ECS & bleed air ducts, piccolo tubes, ozone converters, heat exchanger headers, fuel, oil, and water tanks is also well under the control of MSM. “Our strength is the combination of leading technology with the experience and expertise of our dynamic team; committed to achieving superior results for our customers,” asserts Michael Pedley, Managing Director of MSM aerospace fabricators.
Powered by the robust skills of its team members, MSM develops remarkable solutions to increase the customers’ product performance. By dint of comprehensive research and development, the company has developed expertise in high-pressure bulge forming - substantiated to be a cost-effective alternative to the less reliable methods of stretch forming and spinning. It is commonly used for manufacturing cylindrical and double curvature components for ECS, exhaust, nacelle and thrust reverser applications. In tandem, MSM also holds enormous capabilities that is second to none. The distinctive capabilities comprise hydroforming, 5axis laser, welding, NDT, Bulge Forming, tube and roll forming, titanium forming, and many more. “We have specialist capabilities in hydroform pressing and bulge forming in titanium and Inconel metals, 5 axis laser profiling, laser welding and TiG and spot and seam resistance welding,” mentions Pedley. MSM’s NADCAP approved laser cutting, and laser welding facility comprises the newest 5 axis TRUMPF 7040 LASER. This machine leverages the “state of the art” industrial laser technology. Incorporated into a huge working capacity and highly efficient production centre, the TRUMPF 7040 is preferably suited to laser cutting and laser welding high strength, heat resistant metals as utilised in aerospace. On another note, hydroforming is the most efficient method of deep draw forming intricate aerospace pressings. MSM has both Saab and Asea-type systems with a maximum envelope of 40 inches. Using this process, time and again, the company has demonstrated a specialist ability to one-piece form components in titanium and Inconel, which historically may have been made from many separate components.