Machine tools drive cost savings

Top tier suppliers to the oil and gas sector need to work smarter, quicker and more cost-effectively to not only meet customer demands, but ensure that their own bottom-line margins are maintained and, ideally, improved.

Starrag bei KSB, Pegnitz, 16.1.2017

As part of Starrag’s product ranges, machines from Dörries and Scharmann, in particular, are paying dividends in global oil and gas work. For example, Burckhardt Compression in Switzerland is reducing unproductive times on piston compressors produced using its portfolio of Dörries and Scharmann machines, which are complemented by high levels of automation. In the Netherlands, Mokveld is reducing formerly long machining times, as well as possible relocation errors and certainly costs, by machining its high-pressure control and stop valves complete in a single set-up on a Dörries vertical lathe. Elsewhere in Europe, one-hit machining is benefiting KSB of Germany, with a Dörries vertical lathe minimising unproductive times and replacing two/three conventional machines in the production of pump housings.
In every case, Starrag can easily and cost-effectively ‘modify’ and supply each machine specifically to suit individual requirements.
Manufacturing piston compressors that operate up to 3,600 bar, Burckhardt Compression uses a quartet of Starrag machines – a Scharmann Alpha 1250 M machining centre, a Scharmann Heavyspeed two-ram-type boring mill, a Dörries Contumat VC 2400/200 vertical turning lathe (VTL) and a Scharmann Ecoforce 2 HT4 machining centre – to machine cylinders, cylinder blocks, frames, valve heads and steering rods. Components are produced up to 5.9 m long and weighing 30 tonnes.
According to August Dünki, the company’s director of large part manufacturing: “We especially gain benefits from the use of the Dörries VTL’s additional moveable work table axis [for set-up and/or in-situ workpiece inspection] and have reduced unproductive time via the 72.4 hp Ecoforce 2 HT 4.”
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