TANIQ develops custom automation processes for design and manufacturing of mandrel-built rubber products. These processes are difficult to automate, because they are expertise and labour intensive, and the products are built in small quantities and large varieties. Based on the conventional processes it is hard to imagine that the manual production of a large variety of product types and sizes made in small volumes, can be automated. However, TANIQ has developed new technology using design software and flexible robotic arms. This makes it possible to efficiently automate the design and production process, increasing performance and consistency while saving costs.

Most mandrel-built rubber products are manufactured by manual application of reinforcement sheets. This process has been used for over more than 40 years, and has only seen incremental improvements. TANIQ offers an alternative which requires changing conventional design thinking and the operational processes. It however, brings significant (and necessary) improvements to meet increasing demands. 

 

 

Process development

TANIQ’s solution consists of design software coupled to robotic winding processes, which provides a flexible automation solution suitable for products manufactured in small volumes, with a large variety in designs. This technology has already been successfully applied to expansion joints, lifting bags, pipe-plugs and large diameter hoses and will be extended to various other applications in the coming years. 

Development of your design and production processes

The Technology Platform has already been developed for a wide range of mandrel-built rubber goods, from which experience you can directly benefit. However, since each manufacturer has their own design and unique product and production know-how, a standard solution per application does not exist. Therefore, TANIQ will work closely together to integrate your existing know-how in your custom developed design software and production process, enabling you to maintain your unique product features.

  • Product design process

For making new product designs TANIQ will use their design software. Next, all know-how required to make your design will be captured during product development process and embedded in a custom-made design software.

  • Product analysis (FEA) 

As part of the development process you can also use Finite Element Analysis to analyse the design which you made with the design software. Testing your design for various load cases in a digital environment before building physical products can save significant time and money. A custom FEA Toolbox can be developed which you can use for new product development and making product FEA reports.

  • Robotic winding processes

The first prototypes of your product will be developed on TANIQs robotic winding equipment. For your production the same process could be used, or additional processes and tooling can be developed to further customize the production process to your needs. Ultimately a customised or completely custom automation system is developed.

 
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The following steps and activities can be part of the process development project:

  • Continued product development (if required/desired)
  • Madrel & tooling design, re-use and development (optional)
  • Prototype testing (optional)
  • Automated production setup development, build and testing at our facility
  • Custom software development
  • FEA software development (optional)
  • Transport
 

After product and process development, setting-up production at your facility is the next step