Reusable Packaging News September 2017 - Page 21

Reusable Packaging News

K.Hartwall Makes Massive Investments in New Manufacturing Equipment

To further improve quality and efficiency, K. Hartwall reports in its blog that it has invested in the cutting-edge laser cutter, wire processing, and welding techniques.

K. Hartwall has purchased two new wire processing machines: a Wafios R45 wire straightener and cutter with double pay off stations and a Numalliance FTX13 wire 3D bender. Both machines, which were installed this spring, are the latest technology in their field with extremely fast set-ups and running speed. Also, the 3D bender will give new possibilities to develop innovative solutions using wire.

In June, K. Hartwall’s second LT Fiber tube laser cutter was installed. A remarkable feature of this new machine is an active scanning process which checks any deviation on the tube and makes automatic adjustments to the cutting parameters to improve precision and quality. At the same time, the production speed has been increased by close to 70%.

The company also has added two new robot welding cells: one installed at the end of last year and the other during August. They enable the manufacture of larger products especially for postal and automotive customers.

K. Hartwall has also heavily invested in new welding equipment. A year ago it decided to upgrade some of its robots with the latest welding technique from Fronius. They are the leading welding equipment developer. The result has been improvements both in welding speed and quality, while power efficiency has increased significantly, reducing energy consumption. Additionally, the new technology allows the possibility of welding a range of metals, including steel, aluminum, stainless and pre-galvanized steel.