automatic process lines

Surface Finishing Engineering Ltd (SFE) supply a wide range of automatic process plant systems. Our engineers have experience of automatic process lines from 0.5m wide for Formula 1 parts up to 18m wide for aircraft wing components.

As well as standard anodising, electro-plating, phosphate cleaning and etching, we also provide automatic FPI (Fluorescent Penetrant Inspection) equipment.

We focus on plant and equipment being engineered for the 21st Century; equipment is robust and importantly, careful attention is given to the aesthetics of the plant.

Features implemented to Improve aesthetic appearance include:

  • Cladding around or attached to the equipment
  • Neatness of equipment layout
  • Materials being resistant to the chemicals and easy to clean
  • Quality and appearance of the fabrications and overall construction of the plant

Equipment Basics

  • Designed for minimal maintenance
  • Equipment is easy to keep clean
  • Transporter motors are high quality, requiring minimal inspections
  • Lifting is via plastic webbing belts - no need to lubricate and no corrosion
  • Transporter designed to ensure maintenance is accessible and safe to carry out
  • Equal priority given to access for maintenance as well as operator access

Automation of the Process Line Systems

  • Controlled via a PLC and computer HMI
  • Software systems are purposely designed for the surface finishing industry
  • Numerous features including traceability up to NADCAP standard and allows users to input and interrogate information to any level required
  • System can be interfaced with the clients’ network allowing remote interrogation and can be connected for text and SMS messaging
  • Inputting new process sequences are simple menu systems
  • Parts are stored in a library which include a photograph of the part of how it should be mounted on to jigs
  • Barcode entry is also a common feature to eliminate human error
  • CCTV monitoring offered to reduce the need for personnel to carry out physical inspection

The Future of Automatic Process Lines

  • Automatic transporter process lines have been around for 50 years however SFE have been moving things further with automation of processes only previously carried out manually
  • Sophisticated analysis equipment and automatic dosing maintain chemistry in equilibrium
  • Ensures consistency of processing and process specification compliance
    • Part rotation can be implemented
    • Automatic making and breaking electrical contacts and siphoning of liquids
    • Automated emptying and filling systems, eliminating the need for transporting hazardous chemicals around site and stopping the dangerous practice of manually adding chemicals into the tanks

Good Engineering

  • Good engineering is a top priority for SFE
  • Simplicity of design and eliminating unnecessary complication whilst at the same time considering equipment longevity has led to numerous improvements
  • Continuing value analysis in the design allows for significant improvements whilst at the same time reduces maintenance and risk of failures
    leading to a reduction in costs thus increasing value to our customers.
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Surface Finishing Engineering Ltd
Unit 16-19 Webner Industrial Estate
Ettingshall Road
West Midlands

Tel: +44 1902 409 186

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