HepcoMotion reports that its linear motion business is positively booming. The first trading quarter of 2011 was the company's best ever, prompting the company to invest over £1.5mllion in capital equipment to absorb increased demand.
Both its Braintree and Tiverton manufacturing sites are set to benefit from enhanced production. The Essex factory is home to Braintree Precision Components (BPC), the Hepco Group company whose manufacture of journals and rings will be supported by increased turning capacity. Additional boring and grinding machines will also be commissioned in the coming months.
The HepcoMotion Sealed Belt Drive (SBD), pictured right, has been the subject of considerable development and accounts for a substantial share in overall sales growth. It is suitable for applications involving high loads and demanding duty cycles, providing an exceptionally clean and reliable linear motion product.
To support elements of SBD production and the manufacture of other small components, HepcoMotion is substantially increasing its milling capacity at its principle factory in Devon. This will come into immediate effect but will be complemented by the purchase of several new machines, including a £.25million Hurco machining centre that is due to be operational in September 2011.
The main role of this machine will be the manufacture of 1–3m parts, rings up to 2m in diameter and ring segments - a field in which HepcoMotion has considerable expertise. An additional £350,000 is also being invested in turning capacity for rings up to 1200mm in diameter, thereby increasing the available capacity by 75 per cent.
Towards the end of 2011 further upgrades and purchases are planned, in particular investment in vee profile grinding capacity, both to meet current demand and in anticipation of further growth.