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Fluid power manufacturer expands capacity despite recession

Welland, ON -- Bosch Rexroth Canada is beating the recession blues for both itself and its customers by instal...


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July 29, 2009
By MRO Magazine

Welland, ON — Bosch Rexroth Canada is beating the recession blues for both itself and its customers by installing a new $1.5 million CNC machine and CAM software package to build customized hydraulic manifolds for its customers. It’s a component of its proactive approach to helping its customers make the most of every manufacturing dollar.

 

“We realize that our market will be significantly changed after this downturn,” Paladino says. “Bosch Rexroth Canada remains optimistic that business conditions will improve and this large equipment investment ensures we will continue to be a leading solution provider for hydraulic systems in Canada.”

 

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The company is continuing to make investments centred around customer satisfaction, including implementing lean programs such as 5S, BPS (Bosch Production Systems) and continuous improvement of its processes and technology, resulting in greater value added to its products.

 

“We pride ourselves on providing strong engineering and manufacturing solutions,” says Dino Paladino, general manager, systems, Bosch Rexroth Canada. “Investing in state-of-the-art equipment and personnel training is key to our commitment to maintaining the level of service and satisfaction customers expect ….”

 

The new CNC machine will provide the Welland facility with added flexibility and capacity to manufacture custom manifold blocks for Bosch Rexroth’s hydraulic solutions. At the plant, a team of application engineers and designers develop the integrated circuits and manifold designs, then forward the information to the machining centre for manufacturing.

 

The new machine is a Mazak HCN 6800 horizontal machining centre. It features a 10,000-rpm spindle speed, which provides fast, reliable machining of the blocks. The Mazak contains six pallets where multiple workpieces can be loaded, offering flexibility and the opportunity to perform unmanned machining over a period of time. Other features include a wide machining area and large table capacity, 330-tool storage magazine, and cyber tool management to monitor tool condition.

 

According to Paladino, the machine will increase Bosch Rexroth’s current capacity and, with the added flexibility, allow penetration into new market areas.

 

As part of the project, Bosch Rexroth also implemented new CAM software to help improve the process. The software is Delcam’s FeatureCAM, which recognizes the features of the manifold block from the original three-dimensional model, identifies the tooling required to manufacture the block, then creates the required machine code.

 

“The FeatureCAM software will eliminate the majority of programming typically required when trying to transfer information from our design group to the machine,” Paladino says.

 

The investment will bring a number of benefits, including:

 

– Eliminating programming errors, as the new system allows operators to run simulation programs before cutting any material;

 

– Reduced lead time for customers, thanks to the sophisticated software that reduces operator programming time, and;

 

– More competitive pricing on products for Bosch Rexroth customers.

 

Bosch Rexroth Canada is the Canadian subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth AG, part of the Bosch Group. For more information, visit www.boschrexroth.ca.