DMG MORI celebrates long term support for Scottish advanced manufacturing and research
DMG MORI has been a Tier 1 member of the Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC) since 2015. Located in Inchinnan, Scotland, it is a collaborative venture between the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, the UK Government and leading multinational engineering firms. The centre’s objectives are to work proactively to disseminate skills and technology that will offer a different perspective to manufacturing methods by the use of forming techniques.
As part of its Tier 1 membership, DMG MORI has supplied four machines to the AFRC a CTX beta 2000 TC 5-axis turn/mill, a NLX 2500SY 700 an HSC 75 linear 5-axis machining centre and a DMU 125 FD duoBLOCK® 5-axis mill/turn.
This range of machines enables the centre to manufacture and carry out research and development activity for complex components, tools, dies and moulds, with the aim of reducing costs and lead times and improving functional performance.
DMG MORI is a strong supporter of Scottish industry, where its technology is in use at companies such as Fife Fabrications, C.A. Models, Vert Rotors, Castle Precision and Hunting Energy Services, where the reliability and precision of the machines helps these companies manufacture complex high value parts economically.
Steve Finn, managing director of DMG MORI UK says: “We are committed to the development of high value manufacturing in the UK. By supporting the AFRC we can bring our expertise to bear within the advanced manufacturing industry, throwing a new light on the radical techniques that are possible. Companies using our machinery in Scotland manufacture parts ranging from heavy duty threaded pipes for oil and gas to high precision rotors where 5µ accuracy is essential. Achieving positive outcomes for this range of applications relies on the know-how available from DMG MORI and our commitment to excellence in machine design, manufacture and service.”
Machine tool factory in Poland expanded and digitised
At a grand opening in October, DMG Mori unveiled extensive improvements to its Famot machining centre and CNC lathe factory in Pleszew, Poland. It is one of the largest production facilities in the group, with around 700 staff.
A total of 60 million euros has been invested, partly to extend the factory to 50,000 m² including 14,000 m² of production area and 7,000 m² devoted to assembly, which together receive more than 140,000 parts a day from store. In the production hall alone, 50 machine tools mainly from DMG Mori operate around the clock. New also are a castings store, logistics hall and inductive hardening facility.
The remainder of the investment went on digitising the entire process chain, from receipt of order through production planning and monitoring, machine data acquisition, supply chain management and machine assembly through to shipping.
It is the first DMG Mori plant to operate digitally over a manufacturing service bus, end-to-end, on all added value levels. Several modular software products are ultilised including: ISTOS for planning solutions, DMG MORI Software Solutions and WERKBLiQ for web-based service.
Dr Michael Budt, chief strategy officer for DMG Mori’s factories in Famot, Poland, Graziano, Italy and Ulyanovsk, Russia, says: “DMG Mori supports its customers on their path to Industry 4.0. If we are to offer targeted solutions, we have to develop our own digital infrastructures, so we experience first-hand how digital transformation can be successfully implemented in practice.
“In this respect, the regenerated Famot factory represents a milestone for our group. New software systems have combined existing, isolated production areas into an integrated, agile network. The project has introduced efficient, fast and safe production processes as well as sustainable increases in productivity, quality, transparency and responsiveness.”
By 2020, the factory will be producing more than 2,000 of its own CLX and CMX lathes and machining centres with 3D touchscreen controls and additionally around 2,000 machine frames plus several hundreds more components and parts for sister companies within the DMG Mori group worldwide.
In addition, standard and customised automation solutions are offered, such as the PH 150 pallet handling system and the WH cell for the CMX series of machining centres and the GX6 gantry loader and Robo2Go second-generation for the CLX turning machine range.