Steering system manufacturer, Pailton Engineering, has invested in a purpose-built staking rig from machine builder, BalTec. The equipment is used for assembling steering universal joints and will improve throughput and deliver an improved degree of consistency throughout Pailton Engineering’s manufacturing process.
BalTec was chosen to complete this build for Pailton Engineering because of its expertise in joining technology machinery. The company manufactures many different solutions, including riveting machines, press systems and screw driving systems. For Pailton Engineering, a system was needed for the assembly of steering universal joints, just one of the many bespoke steering parts the company manufactures.
In steering system assembly, the universal joint, or simply ‘UJ’, is a connector between parts within the system. To accommodate rotation, tilt and telescope functions within the system, the universal joint must be able to rotate at an angle.
Effective bearing placement within the assembly enables smooth rotation over the lifespan of the steering system. This is particularly pertinent where different drivers are adjusting the steering tilt and telescope functions daily, for improved driving position, comfort and safety.
This piece of equipment enables installation of the bearing before staking the yoke forging. It’s vital that this is carried out accurately, to enable products to be manufactured to high levels of consistency — this is important for all Pailton’s customers.
The arrival of this equipment which has been installed in its own purpose-built work area that is solely focused on universal joint assembly, is an important addition for Pailton. The equipment is performing well, and the investment is making bearing installation and UJ assembly an easier and more consistent process.
Investment is a core part of Pailton Engineering’s business transformation. In fact, over £700k has been reinvested in the company each year, for the past two years.
To find out more about Pailton Engineering’s bespoke steering parts, including steering columns, bevel boxes and drop arms, contact Pailton Engineering on +44 (0)2476 680445 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.