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Design for Manufacturing Efficiency

Our decades of experience designing and manufacturing bespoke heavy vehicles, enables us to optimise efficiencies through the entire manufacturing process.

We do this through efficient use of modern tools such as CNC plasma, laser & water-jet cutting, CNC machining. Techniques such as tabbing & slotting and CNC etching for efficient and accurate assembly with lower skilled workforces, as well as modular assembly techniques to allow simple breakdown of components into easily manageable sections.

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    Project Example: TOLL Mk5 Powered Dolly

    THE OPPORTUNITY

    The traditional approach to heavy vehicle manufacturing has been to produce one complete bespoke unit with capacity for small to medium production runs.  Smith Global saw the opportunity to push the boundaries and design and produce a modular approach to the manufacture of heavy vehicles to provide clients the benefit of flexibility and significant gains in efficiency.

    THE SOLUTION

    Smith Global partnered with a world leader in mine haulage and transport logistics, TOLL, to develop a Powered Dolly for its heavy mine haulage operations that is completely modular in construction in order to increase manufacturing and shipping efficiencies.  The complete powerpack and chassis can be shipped in CKD form.

    The entire powerpack, fuel-tank access platforms, front guards, rear walkway and other sub-assemblies allow for parallel manufacture by multiple parties which fit together at the final assembly. This efficiency is supplemented by extensive use of CNC plasma and laser steel cutting, including etching, tabbing and slotting to reduce fabrication error and mark-up time.

    The modular approach also reduces maintenance time with easy maintenance access and parts disassembly.

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