A Description of the Manner in which Fablon Clear Self‐Adhesive Plastic Film is Being Used in the Aircraft Industry to Protect a Wide Variety of Structural Components and Equipment. PROTECTION of aircraft structural components during the period from billet production to final part assembly has always been a problem—and at times a very costly one. This problem has been aggravated by the widespread adoption of integral machining for now huge sheets of light alloy are reduced by numerically‐controlled machine tools to a mere fraction of their former weight and the result is a wing or fuselage panel whose cost (as a result of the expensive machining time) has risen perhaps tenfold from original sheet to finished component. It is obvious that if the component is irreparably damaged at this stage then the loss is very high.
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