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Hepcomotion has revealed how its HDS2 heavy duty linear system has helped the Pipecutter from Messer Cutting Systems to cope with increased loads.

Pipecutter is a plasma machine that was initially developed for the streetlamp production industry but is now used in other manufacturing sectors.

The pipe profiling machine is built to specification to meet different pipe length requirements and can be equipped with a series of options to suit the application.

These options include the incorporation of a drilling head, which naturally affects machine dynamics.

The increased loads involved require the incorporation of a heavier duty linear motion system and Hepcomotion said its HDS2 has proven a suitable solution.

The basic purpose of the Pipecutter in its principle market is to cut an inspection door and cable entry into the street lighting column.

Gary Buck, project manager at Messer Cutting Systems, said: ’Some customers additionally want to drill holes at different positions on the column to later mount fixtures.

’So we fit twist drill heads to the machine for that purpose,’ he added.

The standard Hepcomotion GV3 linear guide is suited to the task of carrying and positioning the plasma cutting head on Pipecutter.

However, the addition of the twin drill heads pushes GV3 capacity.

’We needed a strong linear beam and slides that would easily withstand the extra loads and provide good positioning accuracy,’ Buck said.

This is vital to ensure there is no beam deflection and also good repeatability when drilling the fixing holes.

The Hepcomotion HDS2 proved to be the suitable product.

Hepcomotion’s product range provides a selection of options and includes single-piece rings up to 1.8m in diameter.

This programme is complemented by the Hepcomotion MHD maximum heavy duty system whose bearing blocks each have a maximum load capacity of five tonnes.

Also included on the Pipecutter machine are Zimm screw jacks – another Hepcomotion product – that support the tubes and provide height adjustment.

Based around a cubic body and building block principle, the heavy duty jacks provide maximum lifting capabilities of up to 1,000kN.

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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