PO Box 66
Muenster, TX 76252

Capabilities

3D CAD/CAM

Superior’s innovative and expert engineers have all the necessary tools at their command to meet customers needs for 3D MBD (Model Based Definition) , including a variety of CAD (Computer Aided Design) and CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing) for designing and programming.

Our complete system support includes the following:

Software: CATIA, UG/Siemens NX, MasterCAM, Vericut

File Formats: Native CATIA, Native UG/NX, STEP, IGES, Parasolid

Electronic Data Interchange available for information and files transfer

Tool Design and Concept Development for all parts manufactured

Program Simple to Highly Complex 3, 4m and 5-axis components

Additionally Vericut is used for program verification prior to release of programs to the shop floor. This enhances our tape proofing capabilities and eliminates costly proofing time usually associated with first run parts.

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5 Axis Milling

Superior provides 5 axis CNC machining to achieve an angular tolerance of two thousandth’s of a degree (.002°) and linear tolerances of two ten-thousandth’s of an inch (.0002”) to meet the needs of the most advanced aerospace applications – from thin wall aluminum structures to hard metal titanium fittings and components.

We specialize in true 5 axis contour machining, manufacturing “almost impossible to make” complex components with ease. However it takes more than just excellent machining and programming skills to preform true 5 axis work – our manufacturing engineers are remarkable machinists and have been with Superior for 10-20+ years in some cases.

Benefits of Superior’s 5 Axis Machining:

Work pieces are not moved through several workstations, they can be completed on the 5 Axis machine alone—finishing components with greater accuracy

Less fixture preparation—saving time and money

Single setup required for machining complex shapes—increasing productivity

Can use shorter cutting tools—producing higher cutting speeds and less tool vibrations for higher precision

Ability to achieve outstanding surface finishes—improving overall part quality

Contact our 5 axis machining professionals for more information on our services and 5 axis capabilities

Hard Metals

Superior offers some of the world’s most advanced precision machining and finishing of hard metals and super alloys such as Titanium and Inconel.

Superior uses the latest 3-, 4- and  5-axis machining equipment with horizontal and vertical machining centers, combined with lean manufacturing methods and high metal removal rates, to maximize milling efficiency. These 5-axis machining centers are specifically designed for the production of large titanium aerospace parts.

Superior’s machining centers utilize several key elements for efficient titanium machining. These include an active dampening system, rigid construction for enhanced performance, a   high-torque, high-powered spindle, and a high-pressure, high-flow coolant system for increased speed and productivity.

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High Speed Machining

Our engineers select the ideal equipment for an application based on the geometry, material, and volume of the part being machined to provide customers with premium quality parts at the best possible price.

We are able to hold very tight geometric tolerances for diameter, true position, profile, and flatness.

Our milling machines also offer high pressure through spindle coolant, Renshaw inspection probes and touch tool setters used for tool breakage detection for longer run parts – and enabling maximum High Speed Machining efficiency.

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Horizontal Milling

Horizontal machining centers are ideal for applications that call for pocketing and facing because the chips are much easier to remove quickly. This advantage is a result of the horizontal spindle orientation and allows us to machine at higher speeds, increasing production efficiency for parts that require large volumes of material removal.

At Superior, we have multiple 4-axis horizontal machining centers and a large pool of highly skilled machinists needed to produce the high-tolerance parts the aerospace industry requires.  With 4-axis machining capabilities, our we can produce anything from simple seat frames to highly complex wing fittings – whether for smaller quantities or longer term volume production needs.

Our horizontal machines are capable of precision milling parts up to 24” x 24” x 24”. Additionally, all of our CNC machining centers are also equipped with pallet changers, including a large 56 pallet-station automation cell system, allowing operators to prepare the next load for the mill during prior to completion of the machining cycle, which minimizes changeover times and maximizing spindle uptime to provide ”lights-out” production.

Vertical Milling

While many machine shops utilize only one type of milling center, horizontal and vertical milling centers provide very different sets of advantages.

The optimal choice is very dependent on the shape, machined features, and volume of the part, and we have found that utilizing both types of equipment makes us much more versatile and efficient than having a single mill type.

Vertical milling centers are called such because the spindle is oriented vertically. This type of machining center is the most commonly used piece of CNC machining equipment, and is the optimal choice for many short run applications. Vertical machining centers are the simplest CNC mills to program and workholding is typically straightforward without the need for any specialized fixtures

Superior’s capabilities include many Vertical Machining Centers, often arranged in workcells based on types of materials, complexity, and flow – or “value-streams” – providing customers with excellent low cost competitive solutions for optimized for the product requirements.

Multi-Axis Turning

Superior provides the best in CNC lathe machining and turning services, including multi-axis, multi-tasking cpaabilities.

We mill precision components for technical industries with our “done in one” Mazak Integrex CNC multi-tasking milling centers.

With Integrex, we have 9-Axis milling and turning or lathe capabilities. This configuration allows for virtually any part to be machined in one set up.

Our “done in one” machining is ideal for most high precision component milling. With a 30 HP, 12,000 RPM articulating milling spindle, it is as robust as any of our machining centers.

In addition, Integrex’s two 30 HP, 5000 RPM lathe spindles can meet any of our turning needs. Our machines also accommodate parts that have no turned diameters at all.

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Grinding

Grinding is a machining process that takes a very light “cut” using abrasive media—typically an abrasive grinding wheel. Grinding wheels with different grit sizes achieve rougher or finer grinding passes, according to the needs of the application.

When ultra-high precise accuracy and/or surface finish are required, grinding is often used as a finishing process after some other metalworking operation. Grinding is also an effective process for machining workpiece materials that are too hard for milling or turning.

Superior’s grinding capabilities include:

CNC Form Grinding

Centerless Grinding

Internal Diameter (ID) Grinding

Outer Diameter (OD) Grinding

Surface Grinding

Tool and Cutter Grinding

With complete tooling, machining and grinding services under one roof, Superior is able to reduce customer lead-time and total cost by performing more operations in house than typical competitors.

Waterjet

Superior’s material cutting capabilities include water-jet cutting to create specific size requirements from a master input size. Configurations can range from a flat blank cutout to a large-diameter ring and intricate flat designs and near-net shapes .

This cutting method eliminates the heat-affected zone and edge inconsistencies that are created by traditional abrasive or torch cutting.

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Assembly & Kitting

Adapting to the ever-changing requirements of our industry-leading customers, Superior is committed to the advancement of structural, mechanical assembly and kitting capabilities.

We specialize in complex flight-critical mechanical assemblies for aerospace applications, including multiple fabricated details and subassemblies. Our processes include sealing and bonding, bearing and bushing installation, fastener installation, and riveting.

Our metal fabrication services include commodity kitting of raw materials and custom-designed internally machined parts over an extended supply chain to a global customer base. Superior is your one-stop resource for kitted parts ready to assemble at your production facility.

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Inspection

When you need high quality aerospace machining that meets the AS9100 and ISO9001 standards, you can rely on Superior to produce the tight tolerance parts you require.

We have a temperature environmentally controlled quality room that comprise multiple automated CNC CMMs (Coordinate Measurement Machines), vision system, optical comparators, microscopes, and manual bench style contact gauges are among our dimensional verification tools.

All of the inspection equipment is contained in a climate controlled lab calibrated to NIST traceable standard, according to our ISO 9001 and AS9100 certified quality management program.  Superior records and reports data electronically, making these tools invaluable for first article inspection reporting such as AS9102 FAIR requirements, continual in-process inspection procedures and even process capability studies (CpK).

These tools can be used to measure complex geometric shapes to verify conformance with all customer specifications. Customers’ CAD drawings such as CATIA or Siemens NX can be directly imported in our CMM’s for a direct comparison to the dimensions that are taken from the physical part, ensuring full compliance to 3D MBD (Model Based Definition) requirements.

In addition to our AS9100 B certification, Superior also provides the program management oversight necessary to control part flow and ensure accurate deliveries. We can also provide many levels of services to manage your part programs, including engineering support, materials sourcing, prototyping services, machining, finishing processes and assembly.