Finn-Power’s Night Train FMS automated handling system is being implemented at Temperzone as part of its drive for complete automation.
Automated Finn-Power technology is distributed in Australia by Maxitec .
Temperzone, a leading Australian manufacturer of commercial and domestic air conditioning equipment has been provided a blueprint by Finn-Power to become a completely automated ‘lights out’ manufacturing plant, gaining greater speed, accuracy and efficiency in its processes.
Temperzone, which in late 2009 formed a strategic alliance with Hitachi is now in the initial phase of a multi-stage technology upgrade. Managing Director of Temperzone, Mr Alan Channels is consolidating the company’s growth strategy on automated Finn-Power technology.
This Finn-Power setup with the innovative Night Train FMS automated handling system soon to be at the hub will ensure Temperzone eventually processes sheetmetal in more economical coiled form rather than individual sheets.
Night Train FMS integrates various Finn-Power cells of right angle shears, laser cutters, turret punch presses and bending units to form a seamless system able to carry out a full shift overnight and virtually unmanned.
According to Mr Channels, Finn-Power provides compatible integration from the initial stage of automation right through to the point where Temperzone can operate completely unmanned with their Night Train FMS.
Mr Channels says that the entire upgrade process is being conducted in stages with a Finn-Power Shear Brilliance being currently added to their existing Finn-Power Shear Genius to further speed up the plant.
Finn-Power, through its Australian distributor Maxitec has provided Temperzone with a complete blueprint for the Night Train FMS system for a complete, 24/7 unmanned sheetmetal operation.
Mr Channels plans to put all existing machines in a layout for a full Night Train FMS integration, adding a decoiler to allow the plant to run on coiled steel rather than individual sheets.
The steel from the coil will feed directly into the Night Train FMS system, which in turn will feed into the Shear Brilliance and Shear Genius units. The layout also accommodates a Finn-Power EB bender at the end of the FMS system.
Estimating the complete upgrade to take one to two years in all, Mr Channels says that the integration of all these technologies will allow him to buy the coiled steel and put that on Night Train, which feeds into all the punching, cutting and folding machines, resulting in finished components ready for assembly into air conditioning units with no manual handling.
Sheetmetal working companies can operate with full staff on a day shift, which would set up materials before leaving and programme the Night Train FMS to operate automatically, effectively keeping the production line working around the clock without spiralling wage bills.
The cells can load, scrap, remove, sort and stack, while the overall system can load and stack sheets, look after component stack buffering, provide cell to cell transfer and remove bent components.
Shear Brilliance is an integrated right angle shear machine that uses linear drive technology to simplify and speed processes in punching, forming, tapping, marking and shearing.
Shear Genius, also a right angled shear automates the entire material flow in sheetmetal jobs from material storage, loading and unloading to scrap removal, component sorting and stacking.
With a Night Train at the hub, the whole system will straighten, cut, store, stock and deliver as required to the Shear Genius and Shear Brilliance machines.
Cut and punched blanks will be automatically delivered as required to the EB bender and eventually be passed out to powder-coating and assembly applications.
Most of Temperzone’s air conditioning units are manufactured in-house including heat exchangers, coils, fans and scrolls.
Since the company’s initial investment in Finn-Power automation, it has grown from four assembly lines to six assembly lines with no dependence on forklifts to move materials.
The strategic alliance between Temperzone Australia and Hitachi has resulted in one of the most comprehensive ranges of air conditioning products in the domestic and commercial markets in Australia.
Temperzone is a major Australasian manufacturer of air conditioning equipment with manufacturing plants in Sydney and Auckland.