Precision Machining & Helicopters
Did you know that Precision Abrasive Machining (PAM) can be used in a variety of different ways?
IKONICS Advanced Material Solutions has demonstrated that using our PAM method to create perforations of any shape and size in composites can be more effective and less expensive than traditional machining methods. For instance, Bell Helicopters uses PAM to perforate the intake and exhaust screens of the Bell Relentless 525 directly into the body of their helicopter. As you can see, using PAM creates an end product that is much more visually appealing than traditional metal mesh screens. IKONICS’ alternative method also helps to reduce the overall weight of the aircraft by eliminating not only the metal screen, but also the rivets and grounding cables needed for attaching metal screens to aircraft fuselage panels.