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Hepcomotion is able to supply single-piece rings in diameters up to 1.8m, which are produced in a dedicated machining cell, giving improved lead times.

’This is a product that is ideally suited to cellular manufacture,’ said manufacturing director, Barry Engstrom.

’It is completed in six processes and the new layout means we have reduced the distance a ring travels during production from 530 to just 44m.

’We have also substantially reduced machine setup times.’ A standard 1m ring now spends considerably less time in the production process and the lead times for a more complex, non-standard ring has been reduced to three weeks.

Ring segments for oval systems and for incorporation into special-purpose machinery are available.

The introduction of high-capacity bearings have been a parallel development and the company now manufactures bearings up to 150mm that, individually, can take loads of several tons.

The company has manufactured bespoke rings for use in wind-turbine applications and is currently working on a project for turning ’sunseeking’ houses.

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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