Airplanes must be light-weight and thus panes for airplanes have long since been made from plastic material. The Swiss company Mecaplex is a specialist in the three-dimensional, aero-dynamic forming of PMMA-panes without optical distortion. Transparencies from Mecaplex have gained world-wide reputation in aviation, and leading aircraft and helicopter manufacturers are among its regular clients. Hardly a day passes without a plane with Mecaplex panes being airborne. Almost all gliders manufactured in Europe, but also business and military jets, are provided with acrylic glass panes from the Swiss company at Grenchen.

The company has specialized in processing composites, acrylic glass, polycarbonate, GRP and CFRP. The components are made above all from cast or stretched acrylic glass or polycarbonate at a material thickness of 2 to 30 mm and in pane sizes of up to 3,000 mm for the use in gliders, small airplanes and training aircraft, motor gliders, helicopters, military and business jets. This includes also transparencies with integrated static discharge, laminated edge reinforcements, as well as the integration of detonation cord systems – just to mention some of the possibilities.


Jochen Graf
Projektierung/ Vertrieb
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  • Machine dimensions (X / Y / Z) 7,100 x 7,500 x 5,000 mm, Table size = 2,600 x 1,600 mm
  • Travels: X= 3,400 mm; Y  = 4,700 mm; Z = 1,300 mm; B = +/- 135°, C = +/- 360°
  • Travel speed: X = 60 m/min; Y = 60 m/min ; Z = 20 m/min; C = 90°/s
  • Movable table in frame construction with an aluminum plate 30 mm thick
  • Working area max. 2,600 x 1,600 x 900 mm
  • 5-axes milling unit with main spindle drive (fork-shaped working head)
  • 15 kW-spindle, 30,000 rpm
  • Plate tool magazine HSK-F63 with 24 places
  • Sensor for the tool magazine „LaserControl“ based on the light barrier principle
  • Control Siemens Sinumerik 840D sl (Safety Integrated)

Manufacturing & Technology

At a length of 16,540 mm and a width of 2,800 mm the Reichenbacher VISION-III-TT Sprint forms part of the overall manufacturing concept at ACS. Special attention should be drawn to the design of the table, where we find the standard grooved table combined with a vacuum concept to permit optimum nesting.

16 vacuum sections with a channel compressor for each machine side generate large-volume vacuum. In addition, there are two vacuum pumps to provide vacuum only in certain spots. Moreover, a quick change-over between flatbed table and vacuum table will be possible.
Different clamping devices permit an easier and quicker setting of the table for either flat material or curved components.

View of the overall line