Vollmer machines central at Guhring facility

Posted on 04 Jul 2018 and read 476 times
Vollmer machines central at Guhring facilityIn June last year, Guhring officially opened its new 60,000ft2 £12 million manufacturing facility at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub.

This was considered a necessity for the German-owned cutting-tool manufacturer to fulfil its UK growth ambitions. For the previous three years, it had been located on two separate sites that were crammed to capacity with manufacturing equipment.

In the 12 months since moving to the new facility, Guhring (www.guhring.co.uk) has increased its staff numbers by 15% — taking on apprentices in the process — and it is now manufacturing 50% of its solid carbide and PCD product lines in the UK — up from 35% before the move.

The UK manufacturing and re-grinding divisions of the business have seen sales soar since the move to the new factory, and the installation of a second coating plant has further underpinned the company’s strong sales performance.

Integral to the success of the PCD tooling division are its Vollmer QWD750 and QWD750H wire erosion machines.

Guhring UK’s national sales manager, Dave Hudson, said: “The manufacturing plant runs three shifts for 5.5 days a week, while the automation level of the Vollmer machines in the PCD department only requires two shifts per day.

This labour saving is credit to the Vollmer machines and our lean-manufacturing processes and work-flow scheduling.

“For example, our QWD750H has a 12-tool station facility that is robot-loaded; this allows us to set up simple short-run tools during manned shifts, while more time-consuming and complex tools run overnight.

"In parallel to this, our manually loaded Vollmer QWD750 wire erosion machine will be loaded with standard PCD tools during manned shifts and then complex five- to six-fluted or stepped tools overnight.

"Some of these special tools may require 18hr or more of wire erosion, permitting long periods of automated ‘lights out’ or weekend working.

“The Vollmer QWD machines are extremely precise and will hold a 5µm tolerance in our temperature-controlled building with no problems.

"This tight-tolerance capability eliminates tool-grinding processes in many instances, reducing production times and secondary set-up times and improving the work-flow and throughput of the PCD department.”

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