Vertical sawing takes off at Dublin Aerospace
A Striebig vertical panel saw bought by aircraft maintenance company Dublin Aerospace is delivering greater accuracy as well as being a valuable space saver.
Based at Dublin Airport, Dublin Aerospace provides a range of maintenance services for the aviation sector. These include wide and narrow body hanger maintenance for Airbus and Boeing aircraft operated by a variety of airlines.
The Striebig Compact is used for cutting composite panels up to 1cm thick that are used in the repair of floor panels in aircrafts’ freight holds and passenger cabins.
It replaced a flat bed saw when Dublin Aerospace recently enlarged its Composite section. The company decided it needed a saw that offered greater reliability and did not take up so much workshop space.
“We looked at a few different makes but eventually opted for the Striebig, largely on the recommendation of our experienced operators in the section who had experience of using them at other companies,” said Dublin Aerospace’s head of base maintenance Liam Boland.
A Compact 5207 model was chosen because of its convenient size and its ability to accommodate easily the 12 x 6ft composite panels that are used.
With a cutting range of 4600 x 2070mm together with a cutting depth of 60mm, the Compact combines a high-quality build with unmatched reliability. It was supplied with an optional scoring blade to prevent the composite panel edges from tearing out during sizing.
The manually operated 5207 is one of nine models in the Striebig Compact entry-level series, with a cutting range from 3100 x 1644mm up to 5350 x 2200mm. An automatic feed series, the Compact AV, is also available.
“It was not the cheapest vertical panel saw that we looked at but it offered the best solution for our needs due to the guaranteed accuracy it provides and its space saving construction,” said Mr Boland.
“We are very happy with it as it’s reliable and very easy for our operators to work with. Because the blade moves instead of the panel, which was not the case with the flat bed saw, once a panel has been placed in position on the machine’s bed it cannot move, which is preventing any miscuts during our sizing operations.”
The Compact was supplied by Striebig’s exclusive UK distributor T.M. Machinery Sales, of Leicester. Installation was carried out by its sub-agent T.I. Machinery, of Newtownards, Co. Down, which looks after sales and maintenance in the Republic as well as in Northern Ireland.
Striebig saws will be demonstrated by T.M. Machinery Sales on Stand B245, Hall 8, at the W12 exhibition at the NEC, Birmingham in October.
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