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Ricoh select ROMI Machines
Ricoh select ROMI Machines

Ricoh select ROMI Machines

Added to MTDCNC by Romi Machines (UK) Ltd on 04 December 2014

As one of the most established brands in the global printing industry, Ricoh is without doubt a market leader and innovator in its sector. So, when the Telford manufacturing facility of the 109,000 employee group, needed to upgrade the machine tools in its toolroom, it turned to ROMI Machines (UK). 


The Telford manufacturing facility is tasked with the production of blow moulded print cartridges and associated components. To maximise and maintain the up-time on the production floor, the Ricoh toolroom department has to react to any situation with lightening reflexes. However, in recent years the toolroom department has witnessed that its range of machine tools were incapable of maintaining Key Performance Indicators (KPI's) such as impeccable surface finishes that are required for many of the parts that pass through the department and are crucial to the quality of the finished product that is shipped from the production floor.


The company that operates in over 180 countries worldwide investigated the available machine tool solutions from the leading manufacturers, and narrowed its search down to three suppliers. Each of the final three machine tool builders in the tendering process were marked on a score card approach that reviewed critical elements such as surface finishes, service and support, tolerances & accuracy and many more. 


Beating off stiff competition, Ricoh's first installation was a ROMI C-420 teach lathe with a Siemens Shopmill 828D control unit with full 3D graphics package and an 8 station tool turret. The ability of the ROMI C-420 machine to be used as a standard manual 2 axis lathe or as a CNC controlled machine proved a big selling point to RICOH as the toolroom has manual machinists as well as CNC trained machinists. Commenting upon this, Ricoh's tooling engineer, Mr Scott Pardoe says: 'The ability to use the ROMI lathe as a manual and CNC machine is ideal for us for a number of factors. Firstly, our skill-set varies across the toolroom with CNC and manual machinists. The ability of the machine to work both manually and via CNC opens the lathe up to all operators, giving us improved capacity. Furthermore, our department will make anything from simple one-off parts that are more suited to manual machining and also batches of more precise parts that require CNC turning. So, the ROMI covers all bases.'


The second machine through the door at Ricoh was ROMI D-1000 AP Direct Drive machining centre. This machine was supplied with 15bar through coolant BT40

spindle with 25HP Direct Drive motor. The tool carousel provides 30 tools as standard, so Ricoh benefits from a high level of flexibility and capability that generates impressive productivity with cutting feeds of 20m/min.


Commenting upon delivery of the second D-1000 VMC, ROMI Machine's Sales Manager, Mr Paul Reeves says: 'Participating in such a rigorous feasibility study and coming out on-top is a huge endorsement for our range of machine tools and their capability levels. Furthermore, since installation, the machines have proven to deliver the productivity, flexibility and build quality demands that this prestigious manufacturer was intent upon receiving. Another factor in the purchasing decision was the opportunity for Ricoh to work with a machine tool vendor that is a truly international group, just like Ricoh. This global support network instils confidence in the customer, especially a customer that is also a globally renowned name.'


Commenting further upon the installation, Mr Scott Pardoe says: 'When we machine a part that was previously machined on a different manufacturer’s machine, the surface finish is far better and the tolerance can be achieved without second operations or finite tuning. This is a clear benefit of the ROMI machines. The impressive build quality reduces vibration and tool chatter and this has an extremely positive impact on our surface finishes and tolerances. By completing the jobs with greater ease, we can react faster to the demands of the production facility.'

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