From previous experience JNDC identified that standard lighting solutions used in the maintenance industry were not ideal for work in confined areas. The industry was in need of a product to replace cumbersome torches and inspection lights which could allow users to go about their work hands free.
JNDC were approached with a problem associated with the original pile driver equipment that only bores holes to 1 m. The initial idea involved the development of a concept to allow an increased vertical travel to 2m, an increase in the driving force of the equipment along with a review of the overall design to increase reliability and to reduce complexity.
Carrying on from my last blog, the parts had been machined and all went really well with that.
After the parts were checked, we sent them off for polishing. This took about a week to complete as it is really labour intensive, but as you can see the results are fantastic, all in the space of two weeks! What do you think?
Three factories were visited and the overall impression on quality and manufacturing was very good. One in particular stood out with attention to detail on the quality of tooling design and manufacture. Their approach to supporting the customer with recommendations to optimisation of the parts was extremely beneficial to improving part quality and overall costs. The photo below just shows how well the factory is laid out. Western standards of health and safety were observed. Simple safety devices like having light gates / laser sensors on all equipment results in extremely low injuries, all of which are minor.