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Hepcomotion has supplied Utilitrak linear-motion systems from Bishop-Wisecarver to Lincolnshire-based BGB Innovation for the production of slip rings for the wind turbine industry.

The slip rings comprise three bronze rings, each of which needs a different length termination riser brazed onto them. 

BGB designed a universal machine that would assemble and braze all three rings in a range of types in a single machine cycle. 

Utilitrak was chosen as the guideway on which dedicated fixtures would slide the rings along the main table to position them sequentially in the assembly, heating and cooling areas of the machine.

The aluminium version of Utilitrak was chosen by BGB for another part of the slip-ring induction brazing machine. 

Key benefits of product application

  • Provide non-ferrous operation
  • Easy installation
  • Minimal maintenance requirements
  • Constructed with Dualvee Motion Technology, the system provides a cost-effective alternative to recirculating ball-guide systems, according to the company
  • Aluminium linear guides, set in parallel, enable the linear positioning of the work head with integral induction coil over the ring and riser assembly
  • Provide smooth running, anti-friction movement
  • Enable fixtures to be moved along the rail with a minimum of force

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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