MANUFACTURING: On-Going Improvements at Fabrinox
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FABRINOX, the Paarl-based company which has made a name for itself as a leading sheet metal manufacturer, continues to improve on its quality management systems.The company, which last month turned 15 years, is already ISO 9001:2000 certified. Yet on-going improvements remain key in order to keep Fabrinox at the leading edge of technology in order to provide customers with cost effective solutions, says MD Andre Visser.
“Our quality management systems are audited internally, then by a second party – the SABS – and lastly by third party inspections. Recent third party audits include those of Lesedi Nuclear Services, Areva NP and SAAB/Avitronics, all international companies”, he says. The Areva audit included some aspects of the FR N100 standards for the nuclear industry.
“We are currently also in the process of implementing ISO 3834 for the management of quality in welding. The implementation and certification process will be audited by the International Institute of Welding. This scheme is aimed at providing an environment in which all welding related processes will be controlled and monitored, welding personnel are well trained and all parent and welding materials are traceable”, Visser tells CBN.
In addition to the welding certification, Fabrinox’s welders and robotic welding equipment are qualified for specific welding procedures which may be required by the drawing and design review for specific sub-assemblies or projects to conform to standards such as ASME VIII or ASME IX in the case of pressure vessels.
Visser explains that the company is now geared to target the manufacturing of specialised high pressure vessels, much of which may go into the expanding market being created by Eskom.
Another area too that Fabrinox will be focusing on is to further entrench itself in the manufacturing of stainless steel food catering equipment, specially in view of the expected increased demand for these products in the run-up to 2010 soccer cup.
“In order to maintain our high standards, we have implemented customised quality plans for sub-assemblies and projects in order to monitor the work in process on a continuous basis. This not only ensures our high standards for finished products, but also ensures the manufacturing processes are as cost effective as possible in order for us to keep our customers competitive”.
“Our aim is to deliver an unbeatable value for money service in the sheet metal market with the most advanced technology and skilled workforce. We are therefore constantly training and upgrading the skills of our workforce and expanding on our equipment.” Fabrinox manufactures mainly from sheet metal and prides itself of adding value by giving customers total solutions by utilising an efficient and cost effective supply chain.
By utilising its expertise and technology it offers total manufacturing solutions which include:
• Under licence manufacturing• Import replacement manufacturing• Manufacturing design• Batch manufacturing• Project management• Project solution
With the help of Fabrinox’s integrated ERP management system it is able to give real-time feedback on work in process from quotation phase to delivery.Its record system enables the company to have its customers’ history at the tips of its fingers.
Customer back orders are sent electronically on a daily basis when requested to keep them updated on the status of work in progress.
Fabrinox claims to be the leader in hi-tech manufacturing of quality, customer orientated and cost-effective sheet metal products, serving customers ranging from the agricultural, food and beverage to armaments, IT, nuclear and architectural indus-tries.
These services include project management to oversee under-licence manufacturing, custom fabrication and installation.
Furthermore Fabrinox has an extensive range of laser cutting and bending machines, hydraulic presses, knuckling machines and plate rollers.
Fabrinox recently added a bead blasting plant and a Motoman Robotic welder to its existing capacity as a result of increased service demands from a growing customer base.
The Robotic Welder has a reach of 1.7m and is equipped with a Mig and Tig application, giving Fabrinox the advantage of two welding options from a single Robot.
It is also equipped with a turn/tilt mechanism which offers high versatility in a demanding job-shop environment.
The turn/tilt mecha-nism allows welding in a constant down-hand position, regardless of the shape, up to a maximum of 250kg for the jigs and parts that are being welded.
The bead blasting plant, installed outside the factory, covers and area 6 x 4 meter x 4 meter high. Fabrinox Bead Blasting plant uses glass which is custom for stainless steel and related metals.
“This ensures the finish to be up to the standard and quality that Fabrinox both demand and promise our customers”, Visser says.
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