ETMA was contacted by a client from the home appliances business area to produce 4 typologies of metal parts for a kitchen robot.
Since the beginning of the project, ETMA has produced more than 1 million parts in 8 years, and is currently producing more than 100,000 parts/year.
THE CLIENT’S REQUEST
The client reached out to us wanting to involve ETMA, through its technical capacity, in the development of some of the components of the new kitchen robot that would later be placed on the market. These components are composed of 4 different typologies, namely:
- Connector (2 typologies)
- Shielding/top of the blade shaft
- Connection terminal
Once the project was under way, ETMA soon detected a constraint in the development of the parts’ geometry regarding the client’s production process. This was due to the fact that the client had an idealised geometry, but it became necessary to develop and adapt that same geometry to the production and assembly conditions.
Thus, we were required to resort to prototyping, by adjusting and validating sizes and dimensional tolerances until coming up with a finished product.
THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE PROJECT
In order to live up to the challenge proposed by the client, the cooperation between ETMA’s technical and development departments was crucial by adding important inputs to prototypes and first samples, during the initial stage of the project.
With the collaboration of a partner from the area of home appliances, we were able to reach a finished ETMA product easy to integrate in the client’s production process, meeting the high-quality standards that this type of home appliance demands.
The production of these parts comprises the following production processes:
- Tools and Equipment
- Stamping and Automatic Forming
- Heat Treatments
- Surface Treatments (Tin)
It should also be noted that, throughout this project, ETMA showed its responsiveness on certain materials, therefore being considered the ideal partner.
With the flexibility that characterises it, the company managed to simultaneously develop all the parts, even though these were made of different materials, namely: stainless steel, bronze and carbon steel. In addition, the wide range of work shown made it possible to satisfy every need of the final client with the same supplier.
THE ADVANTAGES OF HAVING ETMA AS A PARTNER
The results obtained lived up to the expectations of both parts, once more showcasing that ETMA, through its innovation, development, expertise and flexibility, fulfils its mission of adding value to its clients.
Therefore, ETMA’s mission aims at answering to the challenges of its clients, offering the specialised technical support needed, from the project to the finished product, via the 10 integrated production process system. Such goal was fully demonstrated in this case study.
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