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Farnborough International Airshow 2018 - 16-22 July - Hall 4, Stand 4042


A specialist provider of washing solutions, FPI (flourescent penetrant inspection) lines and surface treatment equipment to the aerospace sector since 1981, Turbex (www.turbex.co.uk) will focus at the Farnborough Airshow show on cleaning machines and lines for manufacturers and MRO organisations in the aerospace supply chain.

Emphasis is placed on problem-solving to meet customers’ needs, especially for processing parts of complex geometry to a superior standard.

The Turbex product portfolio includes the Galvatek range of surface treatment lines, notably for chemical cleaning and anodising. More than 600 turnkey installations in over 35 countries have been designed, delivered and installed. The equipment is typically automated and is renowned for modern technological developments that ensure efficiency, reliability and low emissions.

Galvatek is especially well known in the aerospace industry, as its multi-stage lines for chemical cleaning, anodising and etching are widely used. Continuous development ensures that technological advances create better and more efficient processes for industries where precision and fault-free operation are required.

Chemical surface treatment plants are built either for one specific purpose or as part of a larger package for preparing parts for other surface treatment phases. Turnkey solutions are regularly supplied, complete with waste water purification and recycling systems.

Non-destructive testing (NDT) and component cleaning are closely related. Through Turbex's experience of cleaning, it has developed an extensive knowledge of the FPI process and the systems required. Its FPI systems utilise expertise in automation and process control to provide consistency and traceability.

Precision cleaning machines with basket rotation and flood wash options, will also be promoted. These machines use a world-patented system whereby rotation of the holding basket and spray jets is individually adjustable, allowing them to rotate in the same or opposite directions. Programs can be tailored, together with other movement options such as rocking of the basket, to clean even the most complex parts efficiently. Integral condensing eliminates the need for extraction.

This equipment is aimed primarily at high-precision cleaning applications in the aerospace sector with the possibility of simulated clean room conditions.

Another focus will also be modular and bespoke, high precision, ultrasonic cleaning machines with automation. A hallmark of their construction is multi-frequency ultrasonics, where a single transducer can generate two different ultrasonic frequencies. Consequently, dis-similar components and materials can be processed optimally in the same tank.

For processing larger parts such as casings, landing gear components as well as aerostructures, Turbex offers the ACV range of front-loading, spray washing and rinsing models. They are particularly popular for degreasing and precision cleaning prior to NDT. Standard sizes range from one to three metres in diameter, although larger machine sizes are available.

The PLC-controlled machines provide a high level of cleaning performance due to ingenious design principles combined with high spray pressures and liquid flow rates achieved by the powerful pump.

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