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A.

Development


KTS has vast experience with turbocharger design and the understanding of the functionality of the parts.

Our development team makes measurements and calculations, analyses aerodynamics and natural frequencies, produces geometric and stacked-up tolerances, and specifies finishing to ensure KTS MFS impellers perform exactly to the design intention.

We count on a huge library of impeller to select, match and fine-tune to the requirement of our customers, satisfying your wishes and dreams.

 
B.

Software


Cutting-edge CAD/CAM software offers KTS engineers shorter design times, newer capabilities, advanced simulations and integrated machining operations, allowing design changes to be cascaded to manufacturing at the click of a button.

We are able to simulate the MFS 3D model, and their manufacturing strategy, even before we see the real MFS.

 
C.

Material


KTS selects aluminum A2618 series high strength, low-weight aerospace grade material, made by Alcoa. We are confident of the mechanical properties of this grade and our MFS come with a 4-year limited warranty.

These alloys are mechanically processed, breakings down oxide defects (mainly silicon) that might be present and refines the grain structure of the alloy to improve the fatigue properties of the material, and improving MFS durability - meaning they are stronger than the traditional cast impellers.

KTS can also offer Titanium on selected part number. Other terms applies.

Alcoa

Alcoa Inc.
Aluminum Company of America

Alcoa Inc. (Aluminum Company of America) is global leader in lightweight metals technology, engineering and manufacturing, innovates multi-material solutions that advance our world. 

It is one of the world’s largest lightweight metal manufacturers of products made of aluminum, titanium and nickel. Alcoa’s products are used worldwide in aircraft, automobiles, commercial transportation, packaging, building and construction, oil and gas, defense, and industrial applications. Alcoa’s products include fastening systems for the Airbus A380 jet, sheets for Ford’s F-150 truck, and the first aluminum fan blade for Pratt & Whitney jet engines.

Alcoa also supplies aerospace-grade aluminum produced in South Korea to Samsung Electronics for its Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S7 model line-up. Alcoa is a major producer of primary aluminum, fabricated aluminum, and alumina combined, through its participation in all major aspects of the industry: technology, mining, refining, smelting, fabricating, and recycling.

Charles Martin Hall (6 Dec 1863 - 27 Dec, 1914) was an American inventor, businessman, and chemist. He is best known for his invention in 1886 of an inexpensive method for producing aluminum and he was one of the founders of ALCOA.

Alcoa
Core Product

AEROSPACE        |        NAUTICAL        |        AUTOMOTIVE        |        ENERGY        |        DEFENSE        |        OIL & GAS        |        INDUSTRIAL        |        ELECTRONICS        |        BUILDING & CONSTRUCTION        |        COMMERCIAL TRANSPORTATION

 
D.

Balancing


Since 3Q2014, KTS is using 2-plane balancing audit. We will conduct weights correction at the backdisc and nose.

However, in many occasions, no correction is carried out at the nose, due to lack of material at the nose as the KTS performance wheels have high blades and slim nose.

Our balancing protocol accepts a limited amount of residual imbalance on the nose. This can be easily corrected during the subsequent process of rotor balancing and or VSR. A colour paint dot on the nose indicate that balancing protocol is established, even if there are no correction.

We highly recommend to VSR especially for small wheels 60mm exducer and below.

 
E.

Machining


KTS insists on top Japanese machine tools to deliver best performance, productivity and consistent tolerance, most critical to the demands of the MFS manufacturing.

A fleet of Okuma LB3000 multi-tasking lathes machines is deployed for exceptional turning to tackle the greatest challenges posed by tight MFS tolerance on diameters, parallelism, perpendicularity, roundness, cylindricity and total runout. Such knowledge are privileged KTS know how.

MFS impellers are machined using high-speed 5-axis CNC operations, which is needed to achieve intricate aerodynamic impeller blade profile and finish required for optimal aerodynamic and mechanical performance.

 

Interesting Fact

Made in Germany and Japan, KTS’s 5 axis machines feature advanced manufacturing technologies, capable of making weapons of mass destruction such as nuclear bombs and missiles. The Government of Japan and Germany under Trade Control Act and BAFA respectively classified such machines as security controlled technologies and have imposed many stringent compliances on its usage and ownership.

KTS has sought and obtained permission from the Government of Japan and Germany for the sole usage on impeller machining.

KTS fully support the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and we will only use these machines for turbochargers manufacturing for civilian application.

 
F.

Measurements


At KMC where all MFS impellers are produced, the best of measurement metrology technologies are deployed to inspect the tight geometric dimensioning and tolerance required in a KTS MFS impeller, complementing the demanding engineering specification of a modern day turbocharger.