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Surface treatment: an essential step in the aerospace parts production process

In addition to its experience in machining, Figeac Aero has also developed skills in the surface treatment of metal parts. In order to provide finished products to customers using an optimal industrial process, Figeac Aero decided to manage the entire production chain internally.

The Group has an historical centre of expertise in its Mecabrive Industries subsidiary in Brive-la-Gaillarde. The activity is also carried out in Wichita in the United States and in Morocco.

 

A wide range of services

Surface treatment

The goal is to further improve the surface of parts after machining to ensure that they provide optimal protection against corrosion and wear and tear throughout their life cycle. The treatments undergo stringent quality control and each process is certified by the customer.

Types of treatments:

  • Degreasing,
  • Stripping,
  • Heat treatment,
  • Chemical machining,
  • Colourless and coloured anodising (Chromic and Sulphuric Anodising),
  • TSA anodising (Tartaric Sulphuric Anodising),
  • Chromating and Alodine, Surtec, Lanthane touch-up,
  • Chemical nickel on steel/brass/aluminium,
  • Manganese/zinc phosphating,
  • Passivation,
  • Sand blasting,
  • Shot peening,
  • Polishing.
 
Non-destructive testing (NDT)

The goal is to inspect the state of the material to ensure its conformity. The process reveals signs of metal fatigue.

Types of inspection:

  • Fluorescent penetrant,
  • Magnetic particle,
  • Material hardness,
  • Conductivity,
  • Adherence testing.
 
Coatings

The goal of this step at the end of the process is to protect and strengthen the parts with different protective coatings. Figeac Aero Group offers a number of different aerospace and military coating solutions depending on customer needs as well as parts marking with varnish. The company can also carry out ink jet and silk-screen marking.

The Group has treatment capacity for small, medium and large parts with equipment handling parts up to 15 metres long.

 

Certified and qualified sites

The Figeac Aero sites providing surface treatment services have ISO 9001 Version 2008, Nadcap, Air Agency Certificate and l’AS9100C certification, as required. They are also certified by customers.

Figeac Aero works to comply with REACH regulations and actively seeks to propose solutions that are more respectful of the environment.