New challenges are emerging as the global aerospace industry grows, and it often seems that production delays, manufacturing and materials shortages and counterfeit parts are keeping pace with advancements. Boker’s knows that aerospace original equipment manufacturers and their supply chains demand manufacturing partners with a strong understanding of the unique requirements of the industry and the highest levels of precision, quality management and performance. Here’s what to look for when selecting a stamped components provider and how Boker’s stacks up.
Boker’s has been in business since the dawn of the aviation era and producing parts specifically for the aerospace industry since at least 1939. Today, it continues to meet the evolving challenges of the industry as a best-in-class manufacturer of aerospace-grade fastening components, including custom washers, shims, spacers, precision stampings and stamped components, helping manufacturers solve their product engineering challenges quickly and efficiently.
Quality and compliance standards
The highest international measure of quality and safety in the defence, aviation and space industries is SAE International’s Aerospace Quality Standard AS9100 rev D. Boker’s quality management system holds this stringent designation, along with ISO 9001:2015, and can comply with DFARS and RoHS, with the ability to manufacture to customer-provided AN, NAS, MS and MIL standards.
Manufacturing agility and readiness
A highly-qualified provider should maintain the highest levels of production readiness, with state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and capacity. Boker’s meets these qualifications. It offers immediate access to over 2000 commonly specified and hard-to-find materials, over 32,000 stock tools that eliminate tooling charges, and customisation options, and facilitates millions of possibilities in non-standard flat washers, spacers, shims and complex stampings.
Manufacturing range and tolerance
Range and capabilities must meet specific manufacturing requirements, and not all providers are equal in this regard. Boker’s focuses on precision custom washers in outside diameters ranging from 2 to 300mm, with material thickness as small as 0.125mm. Custom stamping includes flat blanking and piercings in sizes up to 300 x 300mm, metal forming in thicknesses from 0.125 to 5mm (varies by material) and draws up to 75mm deep and 200mm in diameter.
A wide range of materials is necessary to meet varying performance requirements for extreme temperatures, corrosion resistance and high strength-to-weight ratios. Boker’s metallic materials include low-carbon sheet steel, numerous super alloys, stainless steel, aluminum, brass, copper and nickel silver. Non-metallic materials include ABS, acetal, polyester, nylon, MD nylon, polycarbonate, fiber, polyethylene and NEMA grade laminates: in all, over 2000 stock material choices.
Achieving the standards and tolerances customers need continues with secondary operations. Boker’s employs advanced secondary and finishing operations including deburring, tapping, reaming, counterboring, spotfacing and metrology services, plus the availability of heat treating, plating and non-destructive testing services.
Custom capabilities, technologies, supply chain and QA
A principal consideration is the provider’s custom manufacturing capabilities and their structure for performance. Boker’s offers expedited custom design capabilities with multiple in-house technological advantages, including the tight tolerances of wire-EDM-produced tooling, complete statistical process control and 3D rapid prototyping capabilities to validate designs.
Combined with industry-leading manufacturing capabilities and capacity, JIT and dock-to-stock inventory options, a dedicated quality assurance team, and the experience of over 100 years in operation, Boker’s is among a select group of stamped components manufacturing partners that meets the stringent demands of aerospace OEMs and their supply chains.
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