04 Mar Grainger and Worrall (G&W) install a £1.5m turnkey Flexible Manufacturing System
The investment is part of an initiative to further expand its small series automotive machining capabilities.
“As pioneering total castings solutions provider, delivering innovative solutions for our global customer base is a key part of our daily operations,” said Edward Grainger, director at G&W. He added: “Investing in the latest technologies allows us to continually expand our service to give a complete solution for short-run, small series automotive projects.”
The system, made up of three Mazak VARIAXIS i-600 5-axis machining centres, provides a lean and flexible solution for vehicle builds, it enables shorter turnaround times and lower inventories. It can benefit from multi-tasking machining capability for structural castings and is specifically designed for high-end automotive components. Therefore, the system will aim to enable G&W to provide a bespoke offering for small-series OEM projects worldwide.
“The 200 pallet system allows fixtures to remain set, so that the three i-600 5-axis machining centres is extremely efficient and repeatable,” Mr Grainger added. He concluded: “The solution offers good flexibility to cater for changing demands whilst giving total process control, good levels of reliability and high part accuracy.” “The FMS minimises labour requirements which with planned shift rotation and smooth handovers increases the overall efficiency of the facility.”
The commissioning of G&W’s new FMS is part of an ongoing investment programme for the Bridgnorth-based casting technology business.
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