Philmac rolls out important upgrade of machines and equipment
By rolling out the new moulding machine replacement programme, the business clearly enhanced its operational excellence.
Throughout 2016, the Philmac team in Australia took up the challenge to implement one of the largest operational changes their factory experienced during recent years. From April to October 2016, a total of 23 new moulding machines were installed. Each old machine was removed during the week prior to the arrival of the new equipment. The team had to make sure that all existing tools could be fitted to the new machine configurations, and in many cases tooling modifications were required. The manufacturing site now has groups of identical machines. It had also been found necessary to re-establish moulding parameters for the new machines, for the thousands of individual parts produced with Philmac moulds.
By rolling out the new moulding machine replacement programme, the business clearly enhanced its operational excellence. The larger machines incorporate additional eco-features which minimise energy consumption during parts of the cycle when no movement is required.
In the second half of 2016 an additional raw material silo was also delivered and installed. The new silo is larger, with a capacity in excess of 50 tonnes, giving much greater flexibility in timing of bulk raw material deliveries, and allowing higher material throughput. Other elements of the factory upgrade project were the new Mazak machining centre and the commissioning of an automated cell to affix barcode labels to BSP products.
Philmac is a global leader in the design and manufacture of specialist fittings and valves, providing cost-effective solutions for the transfer, control and application of water. Since its’ establishment in South Australia in 1929, the company’s enviable success has been achieved through a commitment to continuous improvement in quality, product design, innovation, manufacturing and customer service.
Philmac developed the worlds first all-plastic compression fitting for polyethylene (PE) pipe in 1968 and its’ products are now viewed as the international benchmark. The exceptional quality and value of Philmac’s products has driven a strong expansion into global markets. Philmac exports almost half of it’s production output to more than 30 countries in regions such as North America, the Middle East, the UK, Europe and Asia.
Research and development is the cornerstone of Philmac’s success. The company has a team of experienced engineers, holds many patented world-leading products and receives regular award recognition.
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