Rapid Granulator makes major investment to improve productivity and quality control
Bredaryd, Sweden – October 9, 2017 – Leading size reduction equipment manufacturer Rapid Granulator is making a major investment in machining equipment at its headquarters in Bredaryd, Sweden. Installation of three high-precision, highly automated machining centres, with a total investment of €4.5 million, will provide the company with extra capacity to produce core components to very tight tolerances while improving overall process flow.
A new “Done-in-One” turning and milling machine was installed in April, followed by a horizontal machining centre in June; a third machine is scheduled to go into operation before the end of the year. The machining centres are fully integrated with an FMS (flexible manufacturing system) centre, involving automatic rail-guided vehicles that have the capability of running without any operator intervention.
The new machining centres in Bredaryd will produce the key machine components for all Rapid granulators. These have a direct influence on the granule quality generated in the cutting process. “You have to convert your scrap material into high quality regrind, so you can feed it back into the production process again without affecting the production process negatively. Your regrind will then get the same value as your virgin raw material, generating huge savings,” says Rapid CEO, Mr Bengt Rimark.
The two very large horizontal machining centres each hold over 200 different tools and can carry out a wide range of tasks, including grinding, drilling and threading. This provides Rapid with 100% control over all tolerances.
Because the “Done-in-One” machine can perform both turning and milling, Rapid can produce major components like rotors in a single step. Before, this was a job that required several separate setups