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German automation company Willi Sturtz Maschinenbau has used a continuous linear-motion system from Hepcomotion in its production of a swivel module for the manufacture of window profiles.

A Hepcomotion Heavy Duty ring forms the basis of this swivel system, which is now a feature of the Stuga ZX5-S cutting and machining centre and is said to do the job of 20 conventional machine tools with fixed-angle tooling systems.

Designed specifically for arduous rotary motion, the ring was supplied as a single-piece construction.

The weight of each of the tooling stations is 25kg, requiring a total load capacity of 20kN, which is within the limits of Hepcomotion’s product, as it can support loads up to 40kN.

The life of the system was calculated on the basis of a 60rpm operating speed and 50 per cent duty cycle.

Operating for eight hours a day, 250 days a year, the total distance travelled would be 7,238km, giving the ring an estimated life of nearly 12 years.

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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