Portal milling machines can be equipped with a pallet transport system for that purpose. When machining engines, these significantly raise the efficiency. In Asia, the demand for such systems is currently on the rise. WaldrichSiegen will deliver two portal milling machines with a shared pallet system to Weichai Power in Weifang, China by the end of this year.
Weichai Power Co., Ltd. is an A + H listed company. It is the only enterprise in China that covers the complete value chain of power systems, heavy vehicles, and automobile electronics and parts. The production of small to middle-sized medium-speed heavy diesel engine pre-series for a broad range of applications is currently being expanded with a focus on maximum efficiency. The two portal milling machines of the type ProfiMill by WaldrichSiegen will be responsible for the fast and precise machining of engine blocks in the future.
As one of the largest manufacturers of smaller and large diesel engines in China, Weichai Power produces very large quantities. With the help of the pallet system that links both machines with each other, these are machined in record time: while two engines are being machined, the remaining four pallets can be set up with the workpieces to be machined next. The pallet management system ensures smooth, automatic transport from the set-up area to the two machines. There, it swaps the pallets. The ProfiMills seamlessly begin to machine the next workpieces. Downtime during set-up is therefore eliminated completely.
Machining engine blocks is a demanding application. The machines apply eight milling units each to this task, one among those respectively suitable for five-axis machining. The tool changers automatically provide up to 320 tools per machine. With this solution, WaldrichSiegen combines a technologically sophisticated machine concept with maximum cost-effectiveness.
The successful conclusion of this contract was followed by another order: two more portal milling machines will be built in Burbach for Weichai Heavy Machinery Co., Ltd., another member of the Weichai Group. In March 2019, they will be delivered to Weichai and then also start operation in the series production of diesel engines.