Sizer manufacture pelleting presses for the biomass & animal feed markets and have been manufacturing this equipment, in much the same way, since the 1920's. As part of their product improvement drive, Sizer wanted to investigate how to maintain a competitive advantage by bringing the design up to date and take advantage of modern materials and manufacturing techniques.
Fripp Design and Research undertook a number of activities which included:
- Reverse engineering of old drawings dating back to the last century
- Taking old engineering design principles and bringing them up to date
- Producing a new method of manufacturing key tools, reducing weight and, in turn, stress
- Creating a 3D CAD library of the main components in the Sizer pelleting machine
The outcomes of the project were numerous. Fripp Design and Research we able to identify new materials and production techniques for several components, we were able to reduce the weight and stress on key areas of the assembly; all of which have achieved the goals set out by Sizer of reducing cost, improving reliability and decreasing the weight of the pelleting machine.