As is so often the case when optimising production processes, the initial starting point was the request of a client, who up till then had purchased complete unprocessed bars from ACO Eurobar and processed himself. The client now preferred to purchase components which had already been partly processed and to outsource various different pre-machining steps. For ACO Eurobar this represented an opportunity to become more deeply involved in the mechanical machining – because up to then the pre-machining of continuous-casting, for instance in order to take off the hard shell as an additional machining task, was up to now not part of the core competencies of machining. Machinery and equipment was taken over, the robot cell was installed and the company began producing pre-turned individual components.
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