Racing transmissions manufacturer uses blower-powered dryer to speed up manufacturing processes

The Problem

XTRAC are an internationally recognised leading supplier of custom-engineered transmissions for applications on land, sea and air with major successes in Formula 1 racing applications. Processes and practices are always under review, be it to improve efficiency or to ensure compliance with international manufacturing standards.

Previously, when machined components were progressing through the various stages of manufacture they were coated in a heavy, oil-based corrosion preventative, which had to be removed and reapplied after each operation. This rust inhibitor was sticky, messy to handle, time consuming to remove and presented H&S concerns.

To eliminate these issues, XTRAC introduced VCI bag technology along with an aqueous-based detergent that has a rust inhibitor additive which replaces the original heavy coating substance. Once applied, this new rust inhibitor leaves only a thin protective film that permits the work piece to be worked on at the next stage of manufacture without having to be removed. The cleaning and application operations involved with the original heavy rust inhibitor took about 25 minutes to complete. With the new system, application and drying-off take around five minutes (drying only seconds). With each component passing through an average of ten stages involving rust inhibitor application and removal some 200 minutes can be saved during the manufacturing process.

Compressed air had been considered but the risk of moisture-contaminated air potentially causing rust promotion plus the inherent dangers arising from using high pressure air for the operative resulted in it being discounted.

The Solution

XTRAC had considered a heated drying chamber, but this was far more expensive and much slower in drying components than the JetBlack Safety system.

The Outcome

“The JetBlack Safety Cleaning Station plays a significant role in our new between stages handling operations. The effective, safe drying of the Cleaning Station has facilitated the switch to the new process whilst also proving to be very cost-effective. We currently have two units installed and another three have been ordered, which is an indication of our satisfaction with the Cleaning Station.” Andrew Jackson, Senior Process Engineer, XTRAC.

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