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Automation

Competitive advantage through process optimisation

Forging parts are getting more and more complex. Consequently, international competition as well as quality and cost pressure are increasing. Automation makes costs calculable and enables repeatable processes. LASCO forming machines are specially optimised for automation and offer solutions ranging from partial to full automation.

Main aspects of LASCO automation solutions:

Productivity • production costs • quality reliability • flexibility • ergonomics safety • environment • compatibility


Productivity
  • Process optimisation adapted to customer requirements
  • Increase in productivity through minimized cycle times
  • Maximized process and operational safety
  • Rationalization effects by reducing/avoiding personnel for feeding and handling
  • High serviceability
  • Quick re-start after standstills: the line is emptied automatically after a stop
  • Concept: „keep the line running“ - If a quality parameter is not met the part is separated automatically. However, the line does not stop before a predetermined number of rejects has been reached.

Production costs
  • Reduction of tool wear through integrated fully automatic tool care unit
  • Reduction of spare part requirements through modular machine design
Quality
  • Repeatable processes and quality control over the entire production cycle through intelligent control and positioning devices (e.g. constant process, no fluctuations in transport time = temperature stability)
  • Exact positioning in dies

Reliability
  • Use of robust line components and selection of products appropriate for rugged forging conditions
  • Development, design and manufacture carried out by specialists
  • Commissioning and integration of the line on site by highly trained assembly staff
  • Effective cover to protect against dirt like scale, dust, lubricant mist and fumes
  • Thermal protection, particularly important for lines used in hot forming
  • High operational fault tolerance 

Flexibility
  • Quick tool change (ideal for smaller batch sizes), key word: just in time
  • Minimization of set-up times (e.g. by uncomplicated change of gripper and tong inserts)
  • Automatic tong change

Ergonomics
  • Relieves the strain of hard physical and monotonous work on the machine or line operator
  • Convenient central process control with signal exchange of the components in the process chain (administration via master control)

Safety
  • Sophisticated safety technology within different safety areas following the regulations of the current machine guidelines.

Environment
  • Precise lubrication, therefore minimal emission
  • Energy-efficient drive

Compatibility
  • Data exchange with line components and computer networks