SOME four years ago, production managers at Westland Engineering rea lised that delicate components and Pillomat Protects machine fixtures were liable to costly damage through every day contact with the tops and edges of work benches and Components and Fixtures other surfaces. So they set about finding a matting product that could be laid at Westland Engineering down to protect these valuable items. Although they shopped around exten In the crack detection area, com sively, only one product was found that ponents are dipped in a green dye which provided the cushion surface they were reveals any cracks under fluorescent looking for. That product was Pillomat, light. Pillomat is used on the edges of the from Plastic Extruders, which is con baths for cushioning and is easily structed in grid form from thick wall, cleaned by immersion in the degreasing flexible, tubular PVC profiles. baths which reach temperatures of During trials, Pillomat was also 70°C. found to be extremely hardwearing and In the gear operations department, its grid design allowed grit and swarf to Pillomat is used on desoutering and drop through, preventing it from scratch fraizing bench tops, and on shelves, ing items resting on the work surface. trolleys and inside drawer units in Today, Pillomat is used in five which fixtures are stored. Comments working areas thoughout the Westland Paul Fisher, senior production engineer, site and is successfully withstanding "Gears are nearing the final stages of manufacture here and any damage whatsoever, however slight, will require the gear to be reworked or even rejected. Gears can be worth anything up to several thousand pounds each, so Pillomat is therefore extremely useful in intendent. "We also use it on the reducing the risk of damage." turntables in our backblast cabinet and we haven't had a piece wear out yet." On site quality As well as being hardworking and Effective uses fulfilling a number of functions in the various production areas of Westland, In the FMC (Flexible Manufacturing Cell) machine shop, components for Pillomat also looks smart, helping to Sikorsky, McDonnell Douglas, Aero enhance the working environment and spatiale and Fiat, as well as Westland adding to total quality on site. It also fulfills another practical visual function aircraft, are machined. Pillomat is used — different coloured matting is used in very effectively on fettling and deburring benches to prevent tools and gauges storage areas to distinguish between from rolling around during use and also different types of machine fixtures. on shelf units to provide a cushioned Pillomat is available in standard storage surface. Where components are 60cm and 91 cm widths priced at £77.85 required to be dipped in oil, Pillomat and £116.70 per 100 metre roll and in a some fairly severe treatment. In the provides effective drainage. choice of colours: white, red, turquoise, anodic treatment shop, where all com beige, mahogany, lime green and olive ponents are plated, it is used to provide In the adjacent inspection area, where components are checked, marked green. cushioning in the baskets in which items and tested for hardness, as part of are placed for titanium dipping — a Westland Engineering's total quality 65% nitric acid environment. "It's quite Plastic Extruders Ltd., Russeil management system, Pillomat is used Gardens, Wickford, Essex SS1 8DN. a versatile material," commented Pete Staddon, tooling and treatments super for protection on all worksurfaces. Tel: 0268 735231. AIRCRAFT ENGINEERING — February 1992 15
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1992
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