For more than 25 years, Alma has specialized in routing of aluminum sheets, a technology specific to the aeronautics industry. With high nesting performance and the ability to meet all the technological requirements and constraints of the routing process (multi-layer machining, screwing, riveting, micro-junctions, etc.) almaCAM Routing is the ideal system to program your aluminum routing machines.
In certain areas of activity such as aeronautics, automobile construction or armaments, some parts cannot be machined using a thermal process due to possible deterioration of the material’s properties. The parts are then machined by removal of material, using cutters that make it possible to route complex geometric shapes with great precision and a very good finish quality.
However, this routing process requires considerable safety precautions, in order to prevent material being detached and projected out of the machine, causing accidents. This is why one of the specific features of routing is that the parts must not move when the cutter separates them from the metal sheet at the end of machining.
To achieve this, some machines are fitted with a system that holds the parts by means of suction. On other machines the parts and the metal sheet are screwed or riveted to a sacrificial plate. This makes it possible to route several sheets stacked in layers. On completion of routing, the screws or rivets can be removed by a program, in order to unload the machined parts.
Significant reduction of loss rates thanks to automatic nesting performance, since there is a choice of several available strategies.