AUTOMATION TECHNOLOGY FOR FUTURE PRODUCTION
The move to new premises has made it possible to invest in new production technology. Steelcomp Oy is currently strengthening its production machinery with specific investments, and the first units have already arrived at the new plant.
"The new facility allowed Steelcomp’s plant to invest in Prima Power’s Night Train FMS automated storage system, a flexible and modular storage solution to automate the material flow."
The new facility allowed Steelcomp’s plant to invest in Prima Power’s Night Train FMS automated storage system, a flexible and modular storage solution to automate the material flow. The system installed at Steelcomp is more than 50 meters long and has a total capacity of over 400 drawers; it automates the material and information systems of the factory’s cutting and punching operations and combines the individual manufacturing steps into one process. In addition, the warehouse is very space efficient.
Four machine units in the punching and cutting sector will be connected to the system in the future, thus enabling even more efficient automatic production.
In connection with the Night Train, existing machinery and two completely new production units will be integrated in the new location. Already in place at the new plant is the fresh Shear Brilliance, a fast Prima Power combined punching and right-angle shearing system capable of processing plates up to four meters. The composite materials, the servo-electric technology and the linear drives all contribute to enabling high-performance yet ecological production work. Prima Power’s ECOPUNCH® concept is an astonishing money saver in terms of energy consumption, making it possible to manufacture more parts with the same energy.
"Prima Power’s ECOPUNCH® concept is an astonishing money saver in terms of energy consumption."
Another new machine for the manufacturing line will arrive in the fall: Prima Power’s 4-kW Combi Genius, which combines punching and laser cutting functions in one machine. In total, Steelcomp’s investment in machinery and equipment is over three million euros.
“The new factory and recent technology investments will enable the company to grow in the future, which always remains our goal. At the same time, the new plant and investment will create new jobs, and we aim to increase the number of employees by at least twenty new professionals in the near future. Recruitment is underway,” says Niska.
In the next few years, technology development will continue at Steelcomp Oy, especially in regard to bending operations. “Substantially increasing automation is a key goal in this sector as well,” says Niska.
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The article, written by Kari Harju, was first published in Finnish trade magazine Konekuriiri.