On moving to the new site, Imminkhuizen also introduced their latest automation solution: Elevate combined with a GF Mikron Mill P 500 U.
Elevate has a large storage capacity, handling weight and the ability to operate multiple machines.
Why has Imminkhuizen opted for a 5-axis milling machine, the Mill P 500-U, combined with an Elevate?
“With this combination, it is possible to maintain production 24 hours a day. The market has changed significantly compared to when we started ten years ago. For example, when we did a job for a customer back then, they’d bring us the sawn parts, we’d machine them, after which the customer would collect them and arrange for the finish of these parts. That process is now completely different. These days, we order the materials, make the product and arrange the finish. We take care of everything for the customer.”
Everything is subject to tight deadlines. Imminkhuizen considers it a challenge to work with this cell and achieve the same production with less staff as well as shorter lead times, providing a quicker service to its customers.
The added value of automation is clear to Imminkhuizen. “We want to be able to operate unmanned for 24 hours a day, for the purposes of reducing the lead times and providing customers with a faster service. This type of automation allows us to reduce our production costs and compete with companies using low-wage countries for their production.
Work preparation at Imminkhuizen has changed drastically through the use of Elevate. Elevate can be filled completely, also for next week’s production. Are you curious to what extent Imminkhuizen has experienced growth through the use of automation? Read about their experience with the Elevate and the Xcelerate here.
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