Keltech Engineered Excellence "Jigs & Fixtures"
Keltech's customer portfolio boasts some of the worlds largest brand names in Original Equipment Manufacturing (OEMs). Company reputation and success is built on our superior quality. This fact is more impressive when taking into account the complexity and variation of parts we manufacture for our enviable customer base at our Waterford facility.
Keltech welding jigs and fixtures are custom designed and manufactured on site by the process division of our engineering department. Tooling is developed per part number to ensure; part accuracy, repeatability, stable production efficiency and operator optimum ergonomic conditions.
During the VOC (Voice of Customer) consultation stage we diagnose the critical elements of each part that must be met. We stick rigorously to a Poka-yoke methodology during the design phase which aids in the seamless transition of parts into serial production.
Simple But Effective Examples.
Case study 1:
Two Filler necks protrude from a tank at an angle to the tank surface (one on each side) Jig J270 ensures that the filler necks are inserted at the correct angle, height, and rotation. The jig has inbuilt provision for installing the left-hand and right-hand filler necks using existing features on the tank to prevent incorrect use. It also uses cut outs to reduce its weight and provide convenient grab handles for the operator. Interlocking parts allow the jig to be assembled without the need for measuring or aligning critical parts.
Case study 2:
The tank filler neck needs to be orientated exactly to ensure the customers logo is rotated correctly once the cap is installed. Jig J233 locks the filler neck in the correct position, at the correct height and square to the surface of the tank. It uses the filler necks cap locking geometry to lock the filler neck to the jig in the correct orientation. The use of this clever jig means there is no requirement for any operator measuring or alignment. The design of the laser cut parts ensures that when the jig is assembled every part is perfectly square.
Case study 3:
Class A safety Roll Cage with hundreds of critical dimensions to be met. Jig J152 ensures accurate locating during its manufacture of all critical points. This simplifies the task of assembling the roll cage and prevents operator error where parts maybe placed incorrectly. It also ensures the Roll Cage does not distort during assembly. The jig includes centre of gravity indicators, these aid internal factory transport and also provide a safe attachment for the overhead crane when removing the Roll Cage from the jig defect free. A vehicle Roll Cage can quite literally be the difference between life and death, there is no margin for error.
A special thanks to Liam Fitzpatrick for writing this months blog.
"Tommy Farrell Flash Cup" Welding Competition Launched.
Last weekend we held our inaugural "Tommy Farrell Flash Cup" welding competition! This now annual event is an opportunity for our welders to display their skills in a competitive but fun format. The tournament is the brain child of Keltech's new in-house welding trainer Jeff Imrie.
SOD TURNED ON MAJOR FACTORY EXPANSION
Bright and early on the morning of the 21st of June the diggers rolled in to begin work on Keltech's latest development, a 40,000sq feet expansion to the existing facility. The suitably named K3 extension when completed in December will create a link between the current K1 and K2 buildings bringing Keltech to a combined manufacturing footprint of 160,000sq feet under one roof.
Greg Watson-Returning home after 100 years away.
Over 100 years ago, Kevin Redmond Carbery’s family left 1920’s Ireland and Wexford, in search of prosperity. His destination of choice? Johannesburg, South Africa; the site of one of the largest gold rushes in history. Carbery’s pioneering spirit was matched by his ingenuity and entrepreneurship. Soon after arriving in the “City of Gold” he had set up and was running a successful grocery store.
Student's Take Up The Torch
This week our 10 newest welding students have successfully completed the theory element of their intensive WWETB training programme and have now quite literally taken up the torch (the welding torch that is). The group have begun the practical module of the programme onsite at Keltech's training centre based in the newly refurbished K2 area of our 150,000 sq ft facility.
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With Keltech's most recent customer acquisition we can now lay claim to an enviable fact; from our Irish facility based in County Waterford we supply steel fuel & hydraulic tanks to 6 of the top 10 construction original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) in the world...
Keltech Packs Punches On Light Gauge
Here at Keltech we know a thing or two about sheet steel. We cut in the region of 7,500 tonnes of sheet steel every year when producing complex fabrications for several of the world's leading Original Equipment Manufacturers. To put that tonnage in context; at our 150,000 sq. ft Irish facility we cut 1 Eiffel Tower worth of steel every year.