LEADING size reduction equipment manufacturer, Rapid Granulator, has invested 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 and a two horizontal machining centres are now in operation. 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. Components produced on the new equipment will be used in granulators that Rapid produces in Bredaryd and also at its US facility in Pittsburgh, PA. “In the future, we will be able to produce tolerance-critical components in much bigger numbers and in larger sizes in-house than before,” says Rapid’s CEO 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. 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.