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moulds & tooling

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high-speed milling cell in Europe, with
the latest high-speed servo technology
and an integrated robot. The new
Makino is another step up from the
3-axis machines to Industry 4.0 standards, offering more speed, precision
and flexibility. Another three 5-axis
cells, complete with robots, will be
added over the course of this year.
The company is specialised in complex multi-cavity moulds, where repeatability is extremely important. "Precision
at the micron level," Arts points out.
"We can't have differences between
mould cavities, as the interchangeability
of the products is essential when it
comes to assembly of the mould."
Automation has made it possible
for the company to achieve the level
of repeatability necessary, while keeping its prices at an acceptable level.
"Unmanned production also means
that, next to increasing our precision,
we have also increased our efficiency:
we've tripled our turnover, but the
number of mould technicians has remained the same - we still employ
the same number as we did back in
2011."
Because of the company's highly sophisticated machine park, he added,
the tool parts no longer need further
work when they come out of the machine but are ready for assembly.
IGS GeboJagema is now also moving beyond automation alone, towards the more digitalised environment of Industry 4.0. "The system
ensures that the latest version of the
project is the only one available - revisions are always up to date. This eliminates the possibility of errors." Arts
said. "Also, the new Makino is controlled by the ERP system." As a result,
the operator can no longer affect the

Fully automated production runs day and night

IGS healthcare mould

output of the machine; the system is
responsible for the planning and determines the priority of the tasks to be
done. It is a development that will only
increase in the future, as more and
more machines will be connected, to
create a 'smart' production setting.

machines or on the customer's machine, on which the product will be
moulded. In that case, it can be temporarily installed in one of the available validation cells. The only thing the
customer needs to do is the performance qualification - the PQ."

Production-ready mould
validation

Continued growth

IGS GeboJagema is extremely proud of
its very rigorous mould validation procedures, and justly so. "Our knowledge in this area equals or sometimes
even surpasses that of our customers.
We have customers with extremely
stringent requirements. In the past, we
have had at least one customer look at
their own processes, and then opt to
use ours. Mould validation here goes
far beyond what is usually offered - it's
an important part of what sets us
apart, and the reason why many customers choose to work with us," Arts
explains. The company has developed
a scientific moulding approach to the
validation process, involving determining the correct settings and the process window to achieve the product
quality required. All critical measurements are checked in the metrology
lab equipped with advanced technology, including a laser interferometer - a
piece of equipment found in no other
tooling manufacturer in the world.
IGS GeboJagema also has its own
range of injection moulding machines, including a number of fast-cycling electric presses, mainly for the
optical moulds - on which the moulds
are tested along with hot-runner controllers, chillers, coolers, resin drying
and masterbatch colouring equipment. The services include initial dry
cycles of tool, process definition, Design of Experiments, FOT, component
inspection reports, initial batch runs,
explained Arts. "We can perform
everything through the Factory Acceptance Test of the moulds either on
one of our own injection moulding

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The rapid growth of the past seven
years shows no signs of slackening. The
company changed hands a few years
ago - the previous owner was Vado Beheer B.V. who sold it to Nordian Capital
as of January 1, 2016. IGS GeboJagema has continued to prosper under the
new ownership and is currently in the
throes of an expansion project that will
see, next to the redesign of the office
areas, the addition of a completely new
Customer Service Centre, where more
than 20 injection moulding machines
will be housed. This will not only free
up much-needed space in the production area, it will make tool trials easier
to carry out, as the machines will be
installed in the new Centre ready to be
hooked up for use. The new office
space is needed to accommodate the
recent growth in staff: next to a number of technical people, a new business
development manager was recently
hired, among others, to increase the
company's footprint in the packaging
industry.
As the company adds high performance packaging to its areas of expertise, IGS GeboJagema can look
forward to seeing the amount of
work continuing to increase. With the
company's advanced level of automation and ongoing process of digitalization, it is confident that even in today's tough competitive environment
and despite the dearth of skilled employees in the market, as one of the
leading mould makers in Europe it
will continue to be able to more than
meet the demands of its customers
and to deliver the level of quality on
which these customers depend.

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