Those who have experienced the history of industrial production in recent decades know that transformations are the order of the day.
Until a few years ago, for example, an important asset could be having a transfer machine, namely an automatic machine capable of producing an enormous quantity of “standard” parts, all identical, at impressive rates.
Today, very few organizations have to deal with situations like this; meanwhile, the focus has shifted increasingly to personalization to be able to support the requirements of each customer down to the smallest detail.
Being in the midst of this process of transformation in the requirements of its target market, one of our customers asked us to design and develop a hybrid between a vertical lathe and a transfer machine.
It was necessary “to save” the features of the first one that allow making production very versatile, therefore capable of adapting best to all requirements that the market may propose; from the transfer machine, it was important to salvage the ability to produce many parts in a short time.
The hybrid solution that we designed for this industry allows satisfying both requirements and using only one machine, instead of two, for the production that the customer needs.
In the design phase, naturally, we also wanted to take the efficiency factor into account. This goal has been achieved through industrial automation solutions and the search for proper sizing, which makes it possible to avoid leakage and limit energy consumption as much as possible. In this way, production costs are limited, and the use of environmental resources is reduced to an essential minimum.
To be able to interface with the customer in the most timely and efficient manner, we have purchased a new Autodesk Inventor software license, which we will also be able to use for the development of many other projects in the future.
This hybrid machine project will be completed by June 2019.