As part of ongoing efforts to invest in its manufacturing processes, steering column specialist, Pailton Engineering, has implemented a new Simultaneous Operation Horizontal Multi-Axis (SOHMAX) machine in its facility in Coventry. The machine, manufactured by Cambridge Dynamics in partnership with FANUC, is designed for manufacturers to machine both ends of shafts, rods, bars and axles simultaneously.
Pailton Engineering manufacturers bespoke steering columns for specialist vehicles, including buses and coaches, utility vehicles and military vehicles. The implementation of the SOHMAX machine is part on an ongoing project to invest in machinery to increase productivity at Pailton Engineering.
The SOHMAX machine does the job of up to twelve CNC lathes and milling machines, in favour of one machining operation. The machine can reduce set up times and speed up production of moderately complex parts.
For Pailton Engineering, the machine will assist in the manufacture of parts for commercial, construction, emergency service and military vehicles — as well as components for bus and coach steering systems. SOHMAX hosts a central carousel, consisting of six beds that can accommodate components up to one metre in length. By indexing by sixty degrees after each movement, the machine allows for twelve machine operations during each cycle, without compromising on the accuracy needed for the automotive market.
“Our production facility may be extremely flexible, but not every steering system manufacturer is as flexible as us,” explained Matt Fisher, production manager at Pailton Engineering. “Pailton Engineering prides itself on being completely customer focused and our attention to detail when manufacturing bespoke steering systems reflects this.
“The commercial vehicle industry often demands a fast prototype to production service, which is why we are continuing to invest in our state-of-the-art production facilities. Our facility is productivity focused and the implementation of the SOHMAX machine is another way for us to meet the time sensitive needs of the industry, fulfilling customer demands and urgent orders.”
Pailton Engineering designs, tests and manufactures world class steering systems. Using state-of-the-art CAD software and purpose build test facilities, the company creates purpose designed components to suit the exact requirements of the customer — regardless of the vehicle type, size or application.
To find out more about Pailton Engineering’s bespoke steering systems, a member of the team can assist with any queries you may have. Contact Pailton Engineering on +44 (0)2476 680445 or send an e-mail to the sales team.