A world leading rotary valves manufacturer has trusted in AMPO FOUNDRY for the manufacture of finish machined stainless steel castings for its rotary valves. Those valves will be used for food and pharmaceutical applications worldwide.
Rotary valves are one of the most common means of feeding pneumatic conveyance systems, both pressure and vacuum types. There are many other applications where they are used simply for metering of a controlled feed rate. It is a compact mechanical device for continuously discharging bulk powders or granules under gravity flow and it is mainly used for food and pharmaceutical applications, such as in this case.
Common product characteristics, including being sticky, cohesive, corrosive, tendency to “build-up” on the swept surfaces, etc., are compatible with the use of stainless steel with polished or non-stick coated surfaces.
Consequently, all of the castings that AMPO FOUNDRY will supply will be stainless steel parts with excellent surface finish and will be produced using Ceramic Moulding Technology, which enables AMPO to offer large cast components as well as complex geometries, with the best surface finishes.
This moulding technology is moreover highly automated, and this has enabled it to increase its competitiveness.
All the components will be fully machined on a 5-axis machining center with FMS (Flexible Manufacturing System). AMPO is currently completing the construction of a new 12,500m2 machining workshop in Idiazabal (Spain), where it has invested in intelligent machine tools. Ampo’s machined components will provide the customer with a significant added value, i.e. a reduction in total cost and delivery lead time, in addition to improving quality control.