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Heavy-duty rings from Hepcomotion have been used by Industrial Automation in the design and manufacture of a bespoke car door sealing system for an Italian automotive manufacturer.

The system designed by Industrial Automation comprises two side-by-side workstations – while one is in production, the door panel on the other is being manually loaded/unloaded.

Both stations have as their basis a Hepcomotion Heavy Duty Ring that is responsible for indexing the door panel to allow a static drilling head to fix the seal to the door.

The positioning accuracy that the ring achieves is to within +/-0.04mm.

When one cycle is completed the entire production table containing the two rings is shunted sideways, engaging the second station under the drilling head.

Hepcomotion’s Winkel Heavy Duty Linear System is responsible for this shuttle movement.

This is a range that is suitable for capacities that range from a few kilograms to a 50,000kg.

Bearings can be from 40 to 280mm in diameter and specially coated if required.

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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