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Micado Fly High Thanks to Accuride Slides

Have you ever wondered what it takes for a plane to fly you to your favourite holiday destination? Whether you’re taking a Boeing-747 over the Atlantic, an Airbus A319 across Europe, or even a small private jet to a remote island, the basic mechanics behind each aircraft are the same, being made up of five major parts: the fuselage, cockpit, wings, tail and engine. Each of these parts is further made up of thousands of individual components, requiring specialist skills and machinery to manufacture.

Micado, a smart engineering company based in Oberlienz, Austria, are experts in product development, automation technology and the creation of mould tools and jigs. With a focus on rethinking engineering by using simple processes to create complex solutions, they are able to produce bespoke machines for the manufacture of products such as these aircraft components.

Working with an Irish aircraft manufacturer, they have recently created the world’s first “all-in-one” holding fixture for the machining of wing-skins. By using active and passive adjustable vacuum actuators, combined with more conventional hard tools, they aim to increase efficiency to save time and money throughout production.

However, in order for the holding fixture to truly be as efficient as possible, downtime must be kept to a minimum. Exchangeable parts must be easily accessible and Micado, therefore, decided to mount drawers into the workstation for a compact storage solution. Turning to leading Austrian industrial distributor HA-CO to find the perfect drawer slides for this application, they chose Accuride’s 9301 telescopic slide and DBHANL locking handle.

Our 9301 slide is a heavy-duty drawer slide ideal for industrial applications such as this. It has a load capacity of up to 272kg and 100% extension with lengths up to 1.5 metres, so the full contents of the drawer can be accessed with ease and efficiency. These slides are suitable for drawers up to 1.06m wide for the safe storage of even the largest and most complex components.

Combined with our DBHANL locking handle kit, featuring a lock-in and lock-out functionality that requires 60N of force to open and close, this provides a robust and space-saving solution for Micado, perfect for the quick and easy changing of spare parts.

The drawers with Accuride products are seen on 0:16 sec on the left hand side

So next time you’re sitting on a plane, waiting to take off, have a look around you to discover just how many different parts and engineering technologies went into building that aircraft.

Browse our selection of case studies and blogs to find out more about our work in the industrial sector. For more information about our range of telescopic and linear motion slides, or to place your order for your next project, contact Accuride today or get in touch with your local distributor. Our Austrian customers can access our products through HA-CO’s new web-shop here.

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