The design and build of special purpose machinery is the cornerstone of our business. We undertake the whole project from concept to commissioning and acceptance.
Key tasks in delivering a successful project
- fully understand the customer's design brief
- establish integration requirements from both the physical and control point of view
- submit detailed concept design for customer review/acceptance
- perform safety evaluation and FMEA studies
- produce detail designs
- design review carried out with customer
- begin manufacture
- internal progress meetings held at key stages in the project
- internal commissioning
- customer commissioning and delivery
A continual design review process is performed throughout the project to accommodate minor specification changes and highlight potential areas of concern as early as possible. Whether it is a standalone machine or equipment to be integrated into existing plant, we carry out all the required work and integration to provide our customers with fully operational solutions. The functions we perform to achieve this include:
- mechanical design
- electrical design
- software design and writing
- bought out purchasing
- manufacture of bespoke components
- mechanical and electrical assembly
- software installation and debugging
- machine commissioning
- commissioning at customer's site
Laser Measuring Equipment
This machine is manually loaded, but fully automated. It measures the diameter and straightness of a large component over its entire length. The machine has the option to include the visual inspection of the correct screw patterns and screw presence. Cycle time is two to five minutes with loading and unloading in addition. In excess of 1,000,000 data points can be generated and evaluated for each component.
Engine Timing Gauge
The machine is designed to measure different aspects of 400 series diesel engines. The measurements taken are then used to select the correct thickness of head gasket and where applicable the fuel injection pump shim thickness. The machine consists of a Micro Epsilon 2060 series measurement sensor mounted on the end of a 6 axis robotic arm. The robotic arm positions the sensor in different locations around the engine when the required measurements are taken.
The machine is positioned over a production conveyor upon which any of the permissible variants of the 400 series engines arrive. Any of the engine variants can arrive in any order so the machine is capable of testing all of them without the need for a tooling change.
Once measurements have been completed the information is stored in a local SQL server database and sent to the factory MES system.
The software for the machine is designed for ease of use and clarity for production operatives, while providing advanced controls and information for experienced users within access restricted areas.
Torque Controlled Screwdriver Unit
A manually loaded, semi automated assembly aid to assist the operator to ensure that the correct number of appropriate screws are located and tightened to their specified torque and angular distance.
A torque screwdriver system is integrated into the existing functioning fixture and monitored via a bespoke interface to ensure that all screws are inserted to achieve the correct number of rotations, torque and presentation.
Automated test machines
The machine assembles 2mm NCV guide and pin matched pairs, checks the assemblies for their lift measurement and finally performs two seat pressure tests and one flow test. The parts are automatically handled by a robot through the machine, from the input pallet, all the intermediate stations and back to the output pallet.
The machine has the ability to store, change, control and maintain variants of test plans. There is the facility within the software to turn off any of the main functions of the machine (assembly, lift measurement or individual hydraulic tests).
A robot loaded, automated test machine to measure the seat leakage of products.
The machine hydraulically pressurises the component to check the interface between a retained ball and the machined seat within the test component and measures leakage as pressure decay divided by time. The test pressure is stabilised nominally for five seconds (variable in software) followed by the measurement of the leak decay for 5 seconds.