Human-technology interaction brings success

Finnøy Gear & Propeller has invested in a five-axis lathe and milling bench Photo: Finnøy Gear & Propeller Finnøy Gear & Propeller has invested in a five-axis lathe and milling bench Photo: Finnøy Gear & Propeller

With the help of 5-axis machining, Finnøy Gear & Propeller is focusing on robotisation and automation in order to keep its production in Norway.

The company is the first in the country to acquire the fourth generation of DMG MORI DMC 80 FD duoBLOCK, a five-axis lathe and milling bench. The machine helps create sustainable solutions from receiving orders and process planning through to 1:1 simulation for machining of finished workpieces and delivery of complete propulsion systems. The model is equipped with a high-speed pallet changer and universal machining centre whilst FD-t technology drills provide speeds of up to 800 rpm and 2050 Nm.

"The technology gives us the versatility we need for our custom-made solutions," explained Kurt Idar Harnes, programmer at Finnøy Gear & Propeller. Large workpieces of up to 900 mm in diameter and 1 450 mm in height and a maximum load of 1,400 kg are machined," he added.

A key factor in the success of production technology is work preparation and process planning. Trond Svartdal at Jærtek has helped the company by suggesting ways to best use the equipment and streamline operations using Edgecam. The CAM solution makes it possible to develop and test production processes virtually, leading to time savings of approximately 40%. Sven Alvestad at Seco and Odd Arne Aschehoug at Kyocera have also provided tools at start-up for increased productivity and profitability.

By Rebecca Strong

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