equipment offered was an integrated system of five machines ranging in
capacity from 225 ton to 25 ton, all supplied from a single hydraulic
power pack and electrical control cabinet. This "Single Piece Flow"
system was designed to allow production of a finished housing within
the time taken to assemble the product, allowing the customer to move
housings straight onto the assembly line eliminating accumulation and
unnecessary logistics. Stretching press
manufacturer recently contacted Press Techniques Ltd to ask for our
assistance with an on-going problem with a major machine within their
manufacturing cell, which had been causing concern over a prolonged
period of time. Previous attempts to alleviate the problem had not been
successful. Press Techniques assessed the machine and concluded that
there was a requirement to replace the machines four 400mm diameter
stretch cylinders. The original cylinders were not fit for purpose and
had not been modified during a refurbishment of the electrical and
hydraulic system which had introdced a closed loop high pressure system.
Press Techniques Ltd designed, manufactured and commissioned four
special design high pressure compact cylinders to replace the original
units, the cylinders were a total success and the project was complete
on time without any problems. Another successful project complete!
Techniques commissions a new line of hydraulic presses at Thorn
Lighting Ltd, a leading manufacturer of soft lighting.
Ltd, a leading manufacturer of high tier "Mellow Light"
illumination were looking for a supplier of machinery to satisfy their
requirements for a new generation of high quality light fittings. The
requirements were high and included the introduction of a production
system intended not only to satisfy the perceived output, but also
to move away from the "Large lot production" and its associated
problems of long lead times, storage and production damage &
new system needed to be extremely flexible, allowing non-standard
product trials and customers bespoke introductions with minimal
disruption. Part of the remit was also to produce equipment which was
aesthetically suitable for the surroundings and moving away for the
traditional upright overbuilt & unsightly equipment traditionally
Press Techniques Ltd. listened to the customer and produced a package
of equipment suitable for purpose, which included all of the
requirements plus additional benefits to satisfy the customers needs. Continued below....
The "Single Piece Flow" system had many other benefits including;
- Reduced power consumption Up
to 40% power savings on traditional production methods due to the
single power pack and ring main of hydraulics providing energy only to
the machine or machines required within the complete production cycle.
- Health and safety The
machines within the cell are connected via a "DeviceNet" digital,
multi-drop network allowing only the need for control voltages (24VDC)
between each machine, further enhancing health and safety standards and
- Scalability The
machine cell in built with electrical and hydraulic ring mains,
therefore any additional requirement to add or remove a machine from
the cell can easily be achieved via a single "Harting" style connector
and a a high pressure, low pressure and return hydraulic connector.
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