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Want quality and unlimited design possibilities? Ever imagined the possibilities of products with dimensional tolerances from +- 0.02 mm? With a partner that provides small batches (starting from 10 kg)? Mifa is the precision extrusion specialist for magnesium and aluminium profiles. Experience why companies such as Airbus, Stelia, Picanol, and KTM work with Mifa. We invite you to see it for yourself. Fill in the contact form below today!
Mifa specialises in the precision extrusion of magnesium and aluminium profiles. We produce fully-finished precision products with dimensional tolerances from ± 0.02 mm. This level of aluminium extrusion precision means unprecedented possibilities. It gives designers enormous freedom in design, without the restrictions of standard specifications. As a result of this it is possible to achieve the optimum product.
Extrusion is an excellent alternative to other production technologies, especially for small batch runs. By starting with a profile rather than a block of solid material a great deal of processing time is saved and, of course, the associated high costs. The costs for profiles are relatively low and these costs are already earned back even on small batch runs starting from 10 kg for proto’s.
Mifa is happy to take on the responsibility for the entire process when developing and producing aluminium and magnesium components. Our technology, knowledge, and experience enable us to produce highly complex profiles made of aluminium, magnesium, and other materials, to an accuracy of ±0.02 mm. Thanks to our combination of precision extrusion, machining, surface treatment, and assembly, we can reduce total production time. Since we produce the whole component, we also assume responsibility for the components we deliver. We have already supplied customers in different markets such as Airbus, Stelia, Picanol, and KTM.
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Choosing the right alloys, whether aluminium or magnesium, is crucial for achieving the best end result. Numerous factors play a role in realizing a good product. The key question is: Where and for what purpose is the aerospace customer going to use the component?
There are hundreds of aluminium alloys. Many aerospace customers ask for a specific alloy when placing an order. We then always respond with the following counter-question: why do you want to make the product specifically with this aluminium alloy? Another alloy might be a better choice to consider for the Aerospace industry.
Choosing the right aluminium alloy for the Aerospace industry depends on several factors. The most important of which is the purpose of the product. This key question the leads on to other further questions:
The answers to these questions from our Aerospace customers are important to be able to choose the right aluminium alloys. Another factor also plays a role: the construction of the product. Complex products with, for example, small cores, thin wall thicknesses, and narrow tolerances are not possible to make with a hard and less malleable alloy.
Would you like to discuss which alloy best suits your product? Ask your question and our engineers will contact you.
Mifa offers a standard range of aluminium alloys. With this e produce more than 95% of our products. Our standard range of fourteen aluminium alloys, consists of alloys from the following series: 1xxx, 3xxx, 6xxx, and 7xxx.
Alloys from the 6xxx series contain silicon and magnesium. In general, the more magnesium and the more silicon that are added to the aluminium, the stronger the end product will be. These alloys are frequently chosen as they have good weldability, corrosion resistance, machinability, anodizability, and electrical conductivity.
We work with the following alloys: 6060, 6063, 6005A, 6061, 6082 and the specials: 6066 and 6463. 6061 and 6082 are alloys commonly used in the aerospace industry because of their extra strength. These are alloys that are prescribed by the aviation authorities. These alloys are particularly used by Airbus and Boeing for aircraft interiors.
Our standard range includes 7020, 7022 and 7075 from the 7xxx series. As well as aluminium, the 7020 consists of magnesium and zinc. Copper is also added to the 7022 and 7075. These alloys can be hardened and are some of the strongest we have. However, once again, they have reduced malleability and are therefore not suitable for complex products that require high precision. 7075 is a very strong alloy that is commonly used in the aerospace industry for structural parts.
Mifa produces high quality extrusion profiles for customers such as B/E, Diehl, EADS, Thales, and many others. To do this, we not only carry out a process control but also a strict product control. The Aerospace market sets stringent requirements for the quality of the surface, the strength of the material, and the weight of the precision profiles. Mifa possesses the AS 9100 quality certification for the aerospace industry. This certification is also known by the name 'EN 9100'. Read more about our AS 9100 certification here.
The precision of Mifa has many advantages. The biggest is the enormous amount of freedom in construction. Asymmetrical shapes are no problem, just like varying and very thin walls. Even the most complicated constructions are possible. And post-processing is rarely necessary, seeing as we deliver precision. This eliminates the need for grinding, milling, and other operations, as well as extra costs.
Another advantage of aluminium is that you can go thinner than with plastic as aluminium is a stronger material. It is also light, does not rust, and is good looking, with its high-tech gleaming look. If we need to do some post-processing, a surface treatment, or assembly after all, we can often do those things in house.
MIFA is an important part of a strong whole: Aalberts, a listed global technology company active in ten end markets with a turnover of 2.6 billion in 2017. Every day, more than 16,000 employees in 50 countries are committed to further developing essential techniques and technologies for industrial leaders and the public good.
As part of Aalberts, MIFA is a financially healthy, autonomous, and independent company. This professional setting creates a fruitful working environment that provides scope for growth and innovation.
Mifa is happy to take on the responsibility for the entire process when developing and producing aluminium and magnesium profiles, components and products. Our technology, knowledge, and experience enable us to produce highly complex profiles made of aluminium, magnesium, and other materials.
Thanks to our combination of precision extrusion, machining, surface treatment, and assembly, we can reduce total production time. Since we produce the whole component, we also assume responsibility for the components we deliver. We have already supplied customers in different markets.
Over the years, we have developed to become an efficient processor of highly accurate and complex components for the different markets. This enables us to make significant improvements to components. The way in which we coordinate the extrusion process, processing, and surface treatment is a very important aspect in this regard. If the extrusion can be produced accurately from the start, we save considerable machining time. If you want maximum benefit of our experience and high level of expertise, you have to involve Mifa’s engineers at the earliest stage.
Ultimately, this results in a more efficient, high-quality and refined profile, component or product, which can usually be produced quicker and with lower costs.
We write the software and make our own moulds for the CNC machines. Every profile is unique and often requires a specific processing technique, especially for visible surfaces. We therefore use CAD/CAM programs such as Solid Works, Solid Edge, and Unigraphics. Mifa makes life easier for its customers by delivering a complete component. This is why we have special techniques available in house for different markets. These techniques include assembling, bending, brushing, belt grinding, sealing, soldering, welding, and masking.
Mifa has been investing in robotization for many years, with the first robot line constructed in 2008. The robots on the line load the machines and manoeuvre products. Everything is then measured fully automatically, and the products are placed on pallets. In 2020 we already have several robot lines for customers in various markets. The robot lines are fully designed and equipped by Mifa's R&D department.
The robot lines also provide valuable data that we can use to further refine our processes. Machines become self-correcting and automatically signal when a part needs to be replaced. All of this helps to further reduce the minimum error rate. We see a future in which customers’ enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems are linked to Mifa's ERP system, so that Mifa automatically knows when customers need a new profile and can start production immediately.
Are you curious about our possibilities? Feel free to contact us. We hope to hear from you soon.