Industrial Magnesium Machining
CASE STUDY 1
PLATING CELL CHALLENGES:
- Customer needed to reduce worker's compensation claims caused by the rotating action necessary to clamp and unclamp wafer holding mechanism.
- Over 150 components designed, machined and assembled in-house by Vanpro.
- Polycarbonate, titanium, stainless steel, plastics, specialized rubber gasketing required for final assembly
- Design improvements necessary to increase production through-put.
THE VANPRO SOLUTION
Addressing Mean Time Between Failure and Improving Productivity
- Improving performance of the paddle and improving rail design
Decreasing Mean Time To Replacement
- Cell repair kits and scheduled maintenance program implemented
- Detailed inspection of each individual component
Cost Savings and Return on Investment
- Thread repair inserts
- Transition from all glued cell to combining glued parts
- Proprietary process developed for machining tight tolerances required on polycarbonate materials
CASE STUDY 2
- Prior enclosure design was produced in stainless steel and weighed approximately 40 lbs. v
- Magnesium was selected as new material for four components on final assembly. Final Assembly weight needed to be 13 lbs.
- Precision machining and knowledge of tight-toleranced magnesium components necessary for success of program.
- Quick development cycle and need to introduce product to market rapidly
THE VANPRO SOLUTION:
- Complete machining of magnesium electrical enclosures
- Complete machining of magnesium panel support used in optio-electronics assembly
- In-house high level assemblies prior to full system integration of electronics
- Developed automated bonding process for carbon graphite protective cover to magnesium Front Panel
CASE STUDY 3
MEDICAL SAMPLE DISTRIBUTION CHALLENGE:
A medical foundation needed a system to automatically sort and transport up to 20,000 test tubes daily. ‘Standard’ solutions did not give them the flexibility needed to efficiently and safely distribute medical samples from a single collection point to any of its 63 test laboratories.
THE VANPRO SOLUTION:
Vanpro engineers, working closely with the clinic and the manufacturer of the robotic sorting equipment, developed a comprehensive system for handling the wide variety of test tube shapes and sizes. The system includes:
- Injection-Molded Trays capable of holding test tubes ranging from 7mm to 17mm diameter. Multiple Trays can be bonded together to handle shipments to higher-volume laboratories.
- Thermo-Formed Racks for transporting multiple Trays in-house.
- Thermo-Formed Shipping Containers for transporting Trays and Racks to the main test facility.
With the help of the automated sorting system, the clinic expects 20-30% annual growth in the number of samples processed. Vanpro is proud to be part of their growth.