Machining – Providing your edge
As a Product Manager or working as part of a Product Management Team, you will understand that the ability to provide products that meet exactly your customers’ requirements, including cleanliness specifications will give you an edge on your competitors.
This highly competitive sector provides challenges unlike most other sectors. Any machined components manufacturer which has an edge on the competition will inevitably win the most lucrative contracts of supply.
The introduction of an essential new or replacement machining cleaning system with the programmability and flexibility to meet any future customer demand will greatly increase your product range and saleability.
Additionally an efficient cleaning and drying processes will form a vital part of your quality assurance and a machine that can perform this in a repeatable and consistent way will become your biggest asset.
It will require an in depth knowledge and full understanding of the many and varied techniques available and if you have to conform to ISO 4407:1999. The wrong choice on such an investment can have potentially disastrous consequences.
To improve your business related customer base by delivering an environmentally compliant validated process which meets any future customer cleanliness specifications whilst being cost effective, repeatable, reliable and long lasting.
How you clean is usually decided by what type of components or parts you are cleaning and how clean you need the cleaning machine to be able to get them
For example what’s the contamination like; such as polar/non-polar, new/aged, is it particulate or soluble, and what’s the volume and extent of the soiling.
Material compatibility with chemistries and temperatures will usually mean some tests are needed.
Then there is the shape and design of the part and its suitability for certain cleaning methods.
There is also drying, stain and residue removal to consider and possibly adding a further surface coating or treatment.
Through partnership and in-depth consultation with you, including planning, testing and review, the team from Layton will design and develop a tailored machining cleaning system to meet your customers’ needs and exceed both your and your customers’ expectations.
Whether you are looking to process large components, parts, structures, pipes, tubes, nozzles, metal castings, or fasteners your challenges remain the same.
To ensure that your solution works you will require a supplier who can:
- Ensure that the details of the machine meet your needs
- Keep to deadlines
- Make certain that any changes are agreed and documented with any associated cost approved
- Allow time for possible delays, not ‘cut it fine’ if you are planning to replace an existing and essential cleaning process.
- Help you to plan the necessary preparation for services and other ancillary engineering to allow a smooth installation
- Will hold regular review meetings with all stakeholders in the project.
It’s not clean until it’s dry!
When a New Hampshire company decided to replace their existing aqueous cleaning & drying system they identified some key objectives for their proposed replacement system. It was a significant capital expenditure for the company and they wanted to ensure the longevity of their investment.
The new system would need to meet their specific and stringent process cleaning requirements, allow them to implement some process improvements whilst still having sufficient flexibility to ensure that they could respond to any new manufacturing demands.
They identified that they would need a quality constructed system together with robust and intelligent programme control. The system would have to be suitable for clean room installation and be able to clean to oxygen standards and remove ALL water.
After carefully investigating all possible suppliers they chose Layton Technologies, a UK based company, who demonstrated an in-depth project understanding from the outset. Layton was ultimately able to provide an 8 stage cleaning line with the addition of a 9th drying stage which was critical to the project. This had to demonstrate that the components were completely clean AND dry on completion of the cycle and within the required cycle time.
With over 20 years’ experience with both cleaning and drying technology, Layton completed the project on time and within budget. The system has subsequently demonstrated excellent results and the ensuing improved process times have resulted in a significant cost saving to provide a payback period of less than 12 months.