TT Gaskets is currently seeking momentum for international growth. We are determined to create new capabilities. Our production is undergoing a wide variety of changes as we take small and big steps toward our goals. Among other things, we modernized our waterjet cutter as part of our overall development.
Our comprehensive reform program began in 2020 and will continue until the end of year 2022. In particular, our aim is to accelerate lean production, efficient plant flow and improve our manufacturing efficiency. An important part of the reform program is raising the level of product automation and therefore modernizing one of our waterjet cutters. Most of our machinery is modern but the FinJet 6 waterjet machine needed significant changes.
– Now the machine is easier and more comfortable to use, since the manual adjustments were replaced by automated ones. When the cutting settings were adjusted manually, we couldn’t always execute exactly what we wanted. Thanks to the modernization the drawing became easier, the risk of errors has been minimized and the material can be utilized with less loss, says Jenni Virta, Work Planner at TT Gaskets.
– The modernization of the waterjet cutter also improved work safety and environment. It’s no longer necessary to climb on the machine, which had to be done several times a day. Also the noise in the production facilities was clearly reduced by placing the machine in a sound-proof booth.
The modernization was carried out by Muototerä, who manufactured the waterjet cutter and has been a partner of TT Gaskets since the 1980s. Cooperation in water cutting technology and its development has continued for more than 30 years.
– We have a good relationship where the best thing is strong trust on both sides. We are two family-owned companies that share similar values, such as long-term business development. As a system supplier, we offer TT Gaskets the latest technology and know-how. Thanks to their wishes we develop and stretch to even better implementations in return. Among other things during the cooperation, we have thought about how to combine high-pressure technology and automation, says Risto Kallio, Managing Director of Muototerä.
– In the modernization of the waterjet cutter 6, TT Gaskets had a clear vision, for example on of how quickly and accurately the machine should operate. The project proceeded with determination, and the old technology was update to this day. Now the waterjet cutter can be worked for several more years or even decades, he estimates.