Production Engineering, Tooling & Machinery

Achieving Operational Excellence

Widely recognised among the premium automotive brands for passenger cars, Volvo Car Group has built its business and reputation on both comfort and safety, ranging as far back as 1959 when the first 3 point seatbelt was introduced in its cars. Environmentally friendly and cost-effective processes and products have also been a high priority throughout their history. For high volume applications where precision and long tool life are critical to business, Volvo Cars relies on sustainable, future proof tooling solutions. By utilising Mitsubishi’s MPS1 Superlong drills in their crankshaft machining, Volvo has reached over 30 percent increase of the number of parts machined without changing the drill, thereby reducing the tooling cost in this application by more than 40 percent.

Expanded and Digitalised

DMG Mori in October, unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland, one of the largest production facilities in the group with around 700 staff.

A total of 60 million euros has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 m² including 14,000 m² of production area and 7,000 m² devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools mainly from DMG Mori operate around the clock. New also are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.

ByFlex Value-add for pre-processing

Bystronic recently showcased new solutions that in the near future will enable the Swiss company’s automated Production Line for end-to-end manufacture of sheet metal parts to be expanded with value-adding modules for pre-processing components.

Prior to laser cutting the parts, the new ByFlex system is able to drill holes as well as deburr, thread cut and countersink them. The integration of these functions allows users to incorporate extra machining operations within the production line for added efficiency. In addition, a labelling function marks the parts with a code that can be scanned at downstream stations for reliable identification.

Maverick looks to the future

Having worked for several years at two of Scotland’s leading manufacturers of Bagpipes, Geordie Hunter decided in 2014 that the time was right for him to become his own boss.

Epitomising the ‘one man in a shed’ approach, Geordie started his business, Maverick, in a small industrial unit with a manual lathe producing practice chanters, an essential accessory for any budding or experienced bagpipe player. While little known by those outside of the Bagpipe fraternity, the manufacture of practice Chanters is a very competitive market, so Geordie knew he had to be better and different to succeed.

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