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MOULDS & TOOLING

Automation and
optimisation
Arriving at this level of recognition in
the industry is the result of a proven
track record in the company's areas of
expertise, achieved by a steady programme of investment in automation
and professionalisation. IGS GeboJagema has gone from being a company that makes moulds to a full-service solutions provider. "Everything
that can be automated has been automated," says Hans Arts. "We are a
paperless company."
One example is the model-based
definition approach used by the six
engineers employed by the company, which allows them to place the
product manufacturing information
directly into the 3D model, eliminating the need for 2D documentation
and enhancing the information
flow.
The driving force behind the development towards fully automated
'lights-out' production is Peter
Mertens, CEO at IGS GeboJagema.
Mertens, who himself started out in
the workshop, knows everything
there is to know about mould making. He realised early on that the one
way to stay competitive in this market, especially with the ever-growing
problem of labour shortage, was to

IGS inhalers
provide top quality, high precision
moulds in the most efficient way
possible - and that meant equipping
the company with the most sophisticated technologies and machines
available, all of which were chosen
by him personally.
As a result, the number of processing operations - milling, grinding,
EDM, etc. - has been substantially
reduced, says Hans Arts: replaced by
advanced CNC machines able to handle it all. "Moreover, each of these

machines has been equipped with a
robotic system, for instance a
Turn-Assist station from RoboJob, instead of the manual loading system
we were used to. Automating the
loading and unloading of the CNC
machines has doubled the number of
operating hours a week."
And last year, IGS GeboJagema
also became the first company in Europe to install a 5-axis Makino D200Z

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