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TURBOCAM International

Automated Processes
TURBOCAM in 2001 greatly increased
its production capability when it opened
its TURBOCAM Automated Production
Systems (TAPS) division in response to
demand for turbocharger compressor
impellers used in trucks and cars.
The division - which is designed to
work around the clock while being fully
unmanned on Sundays - uses Mikron
5-axis milling machines. TURBOCAM
has partnered extensively with machine
supplier Agie Charmilles to provide the
machines. TAPS operates the largest installed base of Mikron 5-axis equipment
worldwide, TURBOCAM notes.
Parts on the TAPS assembly line are
changed robotically, and the process is
continuously monitored to ensure the
close tolerances and surface finishes

needed for high-performance turbomachinery applications.
The TAPS division can manufacture
machined-from-solid aluminum, stainless steel and titanium compressor impellers. The plant has the capacity to
produce more than 600,000 impellers
a year. In addition, TAPS produces turbocharger turbine nozzles that require
difficult operations that could lead to repetitive motion-related injuries. "TAPS
has developed many robot-operated systems that automate these tasks," TURBOCAM says. "One such system was
named 'best in class' for Six Sigma efforts by our customer Cummins."

Advanced Technologies
The high-volume automated processes
used in TURBOCAM's TAPS division

Northeast

are just one example of the advanced
technologies at the company's disposal.
In 2008, it licensed the TX1 technology, which greatly improves the wear
resistance of steel. The process makes
its products more durable and able to
withstand high temperatures.
"The TX1 process is a unique thermal
diffusion surface transformation technology, which improves the toughness
of steel without creating brittleness,"
TURBOCAM says. "These improved
characteristics transform lower-cost
materials so they either match or outperform more costly exotic alloys in
high-wear applications.
"TX1 is not a coating," the company explains. "Instead of traditional
surface-coating methods, which are
prone to brittle fractures and spall-

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