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Hepcomotion has invested in a 6 x 1m vertical machining centre as well as four bearing grinding machines in order to optimise production economy and to extend its commercial potential.

The new machining centre has been installed at the company’s UK manufacturing headquarters in Tiverton.

Claimed to be three times faster and five times more powerful than existing machines, this investment enables Hepcomotion to process larger sections more economically.

It is already said to be opening up new business opportunities for large ring segments for continuous motion systems.

The 1m Y axis of the new machine also extends the scope for larger product machining while allowing the company to reduce the number of setups.

Not only does this enhance customer choice but it also enables Hepcomotion to reduce its lead times.

As bearing quality is a critical factor in the overall performance of the company’s products, these components are manufactured in house by BPC, a Hepco Group company.

Four new bearing grinding machines have recently been installed at Hepcomotion’s Braintree factory.

The machines are intended to enable right-first-time processing and to allow the company to machine to even tighter tolerances.

Again, the new machines will result in faster processing times and shorter lead times.

This will speed up the supply of bearings both to Hepcomotion for inclusion in its linear motion systems and to BPC’s direct customers.

The new machines support the company’s move into larger bearings, which give customers the ability to carry heavier loads.

Designing a unique engineering principle and making it a commercial success is quite an accomplishment.  Developing that concept and embracing complementary technologies to the point where the business becomes a world leader in its field takes that achievement into a different league.  HepcoMotion has achieved both and in 2009 celebrates 40th year of trading.   

Today HepcoMotion is one of the world’s foremost innovators and manufacturers of linear motion technology.  And this can be attributed to the important tenet – continued investment in its people processes and products.  This has allowed the company to grow even at times of economical difficulty.  

Although its range of individual, linear motion products remains an important part of its business the growth area for HepcoMotion in recent years is in specials and assemblies.  Almost one fifth of its shop floor space is devoted to assembly and the company has invested heavily in flexible manufacturing to ensure that even last minute changes can be accommodated to customer specification.  

Constantly re-assessing its strengths against changing market demands continues to provide HepcoMotion with the momentum for business growth.  The culture of ongoing investment has certainly worked well throughout its first 40 years and will continue to underpin its business in the decades to come.

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