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In keeping with its commitment to provide high-quality products to our customers, Flexpipe uses leading-edge quality control procedures. Learn more about these procedures by taking a quick tour of the component manufacturing process at Flexpipe.
Unlike other pipe and joint manufacturers that use a single-step or semi-automatic process, Flexpipe uses a fully automatic manufacturing process for metal joints to ensure product consistency. Also, our five automatic stamping machines can produce up to 100 000 metal joints per day. Major investments have been made in the last 5 years to create integrated and automated stamping lines.
Today, we are convinced that we have one of the best metal joint production lines in the world due to its substantial production capacity. As little human intervention is required to run these automated machines, we’re able to reduce our production costs and offer more advantageous pricing to our customers.
Furthermore, having machines with a greater level of automation means there is less room for human error. As a result, our production line staff can focus on quality control.
Before they are coated, all metal joints are deburred with a particular piece of equipment that is independent from the stamping machines but is still integrated into the line. This mechanical deburring offers more consistent quality in terms of smoothness and removal of any sharp edges.
To ensure straightness and tolerances, operators conduct hourly quality control with adapted jigs. Check out this video to see how it is done.
With that specific jigs, they are able to measure the empty space between connectors to ensure that every joint is identical.
Over the last while, we have developed our expertise regarding manufacturing and repairing stamping molds. A team is now dedicated to this task full-time and has access to an impressive array of sophisticated equipment to carry out the job. Flexpipe has invested significant sums of money to this sector of its activities. Additional specialized staff members have been hired to meet the increasing demand.
Within the scope of their duties, the employees visually inspect all molds before starting production. After every 100 000 components are produced, a rigorous inspection is carried out. Also, a preventive maintenance program for stamping machines is also applied with care.
Julien is Flexpipe’s president and co-founder. He came upon lean manufacturing in 2006 and launched Flexpipe in 2010. His mission since then has been to introduce the modular system to new markets by making it affordable and accessible.