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Soraluce improves productivity for industrial vehicle part manufacturers

Posted on 08 Apr 2021 and read 369 times
Soraluce improves productivity for industrial vehicle part manufacturersManufacturing industrial vehicles and forestry machinery, such as bulldozers, harvesters, forwarders and mobile cranes, is characterised by its high productivity. Takt time, serial production or batch manufacturing are routine in such a demanding sector.

Developing technologically advanced manufacturing solutions, which reduce machining times and offer high availability and accuracy, is key to be able to meet the sector’s production challenges. The solutions must also minimise downtime, associated to fitting parts or auxiliary operations, thus optimising time when changing heads and tools. Furthermore, they must allow unattended production, where operator intervention is minimum, but reliability is guaranteed.

Spain-based Soraluce, a leading manufacturer of milling, boring and multi-tasking machines, offers a wide range of machining solutions to manufacture industrial vehicles, capable of meeting the sector’s demands and fully focused on achieving maximum productivity with guaranteed precision. Soraluce machines are available exclusively in the UK and Ireland from machine tool supplier T W Ward CNC Machinery Ltd.

Customised solutions

Thanks to its technological development of milling solutions and its expertise and experience in machining engineering, Soraluce can deliver customised solutions adapted to each customer’s production needs and for each specific application.

The company produces milling machines for the production of key components in the industrial vehicle sector, such as booms, arms, frames and buckets, and adapts the solution to the required takt time.

Specifically, Soraluce offers different solutions in this area, from individual machines with a rotary table, flexible solutions and optimum for the machining of frames, to duplex solutions with pendulum, as they are systems consisting of two machines working on the same component at the same time.

Duplex solutions allow machining times to be halved while guaranteeing the precision of the workpiece as machining is performed in a single clamping. It is a suitable solution both for manufacturing serial parts and batch production.

Furthermore, a single operator can control the duplex milling machines and the plant space required for the machines is reduced compared to other conventional solutions. This guarantees a rapid return on the investment given the high productivity.

SoralucePendulum machining (multiple work areas) also improves productivity significantly, by incorporating several workstations for uninterrupted machining. The workpieces can be handled while the machine continues operating at another station.

Those systems comply with the requirements of unattended production, are safe and allow the machine’s CNC programs to be synchronised to increase productivity.

The manufacturer likewise offers highly flexible and automated solutions, with fully palletised systems, aimed at the unattended production of large parts and with complex and variable geometries.

Moreover, Soraluce has the capacity to execute integral projects, full machining lines and turnkey solutions for a specific manufacturing problem, which is a further step in the automation processes.

Added value

The Soraluce solutions are noted for their reliability, availability, ease of handling, ergonomics, safety and high productivity. The manufacturer also specialises in equipping its machines with software for the smart management of centralised tool magazines, a highly useful feature when a large number of tools are needed during the machining process, with minimum operator intervention.

Another Soraluce advantage is its ability to produce automated fixturing and customised heads with automatic changing system, to machine workpieces with machining areas that are difficult to access.

Soraluce has developed specific cycles and options for the duplex solutions. They have a dual-control panel to operate both machines from a single position and only require one operator.

The solutions also include synchronisation of CNC programs and zero-point search and transmission cycles between the machines to guarantee the maximum precision of the workpieces to be machined. There is also an anti-collision system to prevent the two machines colliding should the programming fail.