Verano Brianza, Italy - Italy's OMS Group, which sees itself as already a market leader in high-speed continuous panel lines, said 12 Nov that has recently invested more than Euro 1 million ($1.4 million) in a state-of the-art CNC machining centre to make slats for its double-belt conveyor systems.
This investment adds to the significant amounts the company said it has already invested in technology, research and development and human resources to keep itself "at the forefront of this challenging yet exciting market."
"Even in the depths of the global economic downturn, we realised how important it is to remain in control over all aspects of production in order to ensure the highest quality and reliability of supply," said OMS's statement. OMS recognises that while business activity may have cooled for a while, the increasing commercial and technical demands forced on hard-pressed customers means that it is also always under pressure to perform.
With this scenario in mind, OMS Group has developed the process as follows :
• Working from a pre-loaded palletised stack, an ABB anthropomorphic robot picks a pre-welded slat assembly and places it in the machining centre work-station. At this point the slat is clamped in the correct position and the machine automatically carries out a number of automated production sequences.
• Operations include basic rough cutting of the surface, levelling and final fine-surface machining of the slat face, ends and sides to ensure a perfect finish and a final machined accuracy of +/- 0.1mm.
• To ensure perfect alignment and flatness of the double belt when assembled, the CNC machine automatically and precisely bores the hole centres for the bushes and connection pin assemblies which link the slats together to form the continuous double-belt assembly.
OMS says the new machining centre can run 24 hours a day with minimal supervision, producing up to 50 completely finished slats per day with the highest quality and on-time delivery guaranteed.