Machining for GEA Pharma Systems

A large process engineering company, GEA Pharma systems, recently sent in a set of drawings, to request for the Red Box Engineering team to replicate them. The team were happy to take on the project to manufacture the product based purely on the design.

GEA is one of the largest suppliers for the food processing industry as well as a wide range of other industries. The international technology group focuses on process technology, components and sustainable energy solutions for sophisticated production processes. The company creates around 70% of its revenue in the food and beverages sector and currently employ over 18,000 people worldwide. Making them a market and technology leader in its business areas.

The engineering team took the 3D model provided by GEA and loaded it into Autodesk, a 3D design software. The design team then decided how they wanted to machine each part. By creating a step-by-step process the team took a stock piece of material and formed the end product. This was done by machining it using different tools.

Once the operations had been programmed, the team ran a simulation to ensure that the machine was able to create the part without any issues. After they was happy with the simulation, they ran a test part from a softer material. This enabled the team to check that the part was within tolerance before machining it out of the required material, stainless steel. Once that part was machined it was then measured for quality checks before being released to the customer.

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