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Aluminium special products
Article Type: Materials From: Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology: An International Journal, Volume 80, Issue 2.
ASPs are celebrating, having recently achieved the internationally recognised BS EN 9100:2003 accreditation. As active members of the Midlands Aerospace Alliance, aerospace clients have assurance in the guarantee of quality even for the “weird and wonderful” items that ASP specialised in.
ASP's David Robinson comments, “Although we have been supplying the aerospace and defence industries for many years, our strategy to target the sector has developed rapidly over the last two years. We pride ourselves on offering an alternative view for our clients. Thinking outside the box is a daily occurrence.”
One of ASP's recent projects is the development of an aluminium alloy with 53 per cent silicon content to provide thermal expansion characteristics matching those of mating steel parts. They have also been focusing on finding alternative production routes for high-alloy steel tubing when sources had all but disappeared. In this case, ASP completed the process with machining and heat treatment to the finished part, reducing the supply chain by three suppliers. One of the most impressive tasks undertaken by ASP has been to meet specifications established in the 1930s to ensure that the legendary Spitfire keeps flying.
David proudly testifies “As independent experts in aluminium and magnesium alloys, we can offer considerable advantages at the raw material end of the scale, but we also have the capability to take on further processing to what ever stage suits the customer best. Completely finished components and even assemblies are possible. We can remove a number of links from the supply chain, by taking care of these steps on behalf of our clients.”
For further information, please contact: ASP, Tel: +44 (0) 1384 291900.