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Coast Composites and Odyssey Industries add new machining capabilities

News International-French

22 Aug 2014

These equipments will permit companies to manufacture large layup molds and assembly tooling for aircraft manufacturing.

This represents a significant capital expenditure investment for these members of the AIP Aerospace Tooling Group, further augmenting their capability to meet their increasing demands for high quality tooling and shorter delivery schedules from aerospace customers.

Coast Composites in Santa Ana (CA), took delivery of a high velocity 5-axis milling machine manufactured by Parpas America Corporation. The new Parpas XS Mill became operational on May 12, 2014. At 59-ft (18-m) of X-axis travel, this machine adds additional capacity to Coast's already significant large machining capability for manufacturing molds from Invar, aluminum, steel, and carbon composites. A unique patented thermal management system by Parpas improves tolerances by keeping the structure of the machine at a constant controlled ambient temperature.

A second Parpas Duplex XS machine will become operational at Coast Composites in the third quarter of 2014. This machine will also have 59-ft (18-m) of X-axis travel and will have two separate spindles capable of cutting two separate tools at the same time. Improved tolerances from the Parpas thermal management system is also featured on this machine.

About Coast Composites:
Coast offers over 25 years of tooling experience and is one of the market leader in the design and manufacture of medium to large-scale complex molds and mandrels for the manufacture of composite aerospace parts. They specialize in making molds from Invar and composite materials to provide their customers all over the world with superior part accuracy.

About Odyssey Industries:
Odyssey is located in Lake Orion, Michigan and has emerged as one of the major aerospace tooling manufacturing companies in the nation. Odyssey specializes in small to large size molds, assembly jigs, and transport fixtures.

About AIP Aerospace:
AIP Aerospace is one of the largest independent aerospace tooling group providers and suppliers of high temperature composite parts, critical components, aircraft structures, transparencies, and coating technologies.

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