Two new manufacturing stations are to be added to the 51 machining, metalworking and assembly stations already present on the 6-hectare factory site in Ham, France.
The aim is to offer end-to-end manufacturing on site, producing valves in a range of nominal diameters from 8 to 2,400 millimetres. “By controlling production in-house, we can manage flows, reduce timescales and ensure we achieve the quality our customers require,” explains Cyril Patoux, the company’s Methods and Maintenance Manager. Specifically, the first machine is a Tour DMG CTX for ball valves which complies with the latest requirements of oil and gas operators. The second, a 50-tonne colossus with a footprint of 100 m², is a turn-mill centre capable of machining butterfly valves with a nominal diameter of 1,400 millimetres. In conjunction with the arrival of these two new machines, Methods department technicians will be trained in the use of CAM (Computer-Aided Manufacturing) software, for speedy conversion of a computer plan into a machine program. Introducing this software dramatically reduces the risk of error, as well as the lead time for production start-up.