A wide range of household products such as detergent and dishwasher pods and foodstuffs such as biscuits use coats of powder to make sure that the products don’t stick to each other. This layer is generally one to three hundredths of a millimetre thick.
We have been able to use the laws of physics to reduce the thickness to just a few microns. Powdering baking trays is usually done by scattering a layer of flour over them and removing excess flour by tilting the tray. The flour is then reused. We have developed a technique that involves blowing a carefully controlled, very thin layer of flour onto the tray, so that the tilting is no longer needed.
This technique is also very suitable for detergent or dishwasher pods. Without a layer of powder, the pods would all stick together. If there is too much powder on the pods, they look less attractive and there is the risk of a layer of powder being left behind at the bottom of the packaging. It is therefore important that you can’t see that the layer is there. This method of powdering creates a film that is just a few microns thick: invisible yet extremely effective.
When we visit a factory, we often see that certain elements in the production process are inefficient. Analysing that process lets us recommend alternative solutions. Quite often, small changes can save time and/or materials.
In addition, we look to see what modifications can be made to reduce the wear and tear on components. Cost calculations show which investments are interesting and which are not.
We will enjoy the challenge of helping you optimise your production process.
Very large objects in particular are difficult to process because there are no ‘normal’ processing methods for them. They tend not to fit in the machines, or the usual tools are too small. We see it as a challenge to get the job done despite that.
There was one occasion when we handled a large steel fork that had an 18-metre rod welded to it. Getting that in place in the hall took quite a bit of manoeuvring. We also made a large flatbed container, in which the symmetry was very important. There are lots of examples like that, although patents and confidentiality often mean that we can’t say anything about them.
No matter how weird and wonderful, we’ll find a way of handling it.
We noticed that the counter-pressure in a grain silo can cause the grain flow to get stuck at certain moments. The grain then only starts moving again after the silo is given a good thump.
Applying the laws of physics let us develop a hopper that did allow the grain to flow out smoothly. The right combination of knowledge and technology.
We have found a solution for restoring the rubber on rubber-coated rollers to its optimum state. We succeeded in coming up with an unconventional treatment in which we peel the rubber off a little way, once again creating a straight and rough layer.
Another major challenge was getting rid of the flat spots that you can get on large rubber forklift trucks tyres when they are stationary for too long or have made emergency stops. Tyres with flat spots do not give a smooth ride. Rubber is awkward to process, though, particularly when large areas such as these are involved. Making an auxiliary tool of just the right size lets us make those large tyres nicely circular again.
Any metalworking company can make a keyway. But it can be a tricky job if the object being processed is particularly large.
That was another nice challenge that we were able to find a suitable solution for. We managed to use machines in a totally different way and cut the keyway perfectly.