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Tomsk Plant of Electric Drives Updates its Fleet of Special-Purpose Equipment

Date of publication: 18 March 2021

Tomsk Plant of Electric Drives (TOMZEL) continues to modernise its production facilities. The company purchased 3 new types of equipment: a laser marking machine, a laser cutting and metal cutting machine and a waterjet cutting unit.

At present, the new equipment has been commissioned and is being used in the machining shop of TOMZEL. The use of the new machines allows to increase the productivity of work and guarantee high precision in processing parts of manufactured products.

The new waterjet cutting unit is designed for cutting sheet material of various types (rubber, textolite, steel, aluminum alloys) under high pressure water jet, both with the use of sand and without it. The unit is equipped with a computer numerical control system with a modern interface and allows to cut out necessary details in accordance with the requirements of engineering documentation. In addition, the use of specialised software provides for the creation and import of drawings directly from the developer/designer. Among the advantages of the unit are also a high degree of accuracy in cutting parts and the ability to work with sheet material with a thickness of up to 100 mm. The use of the unit allows to automate the production process as much as possible.

The laser cutting and metal cutting machine is designed for automatic high-precision cutting of various sheet metals with dimensions of 1.5 by 1.5 metres and rolled metal with a diameter of up to 300 mm. The new laser marking machine is used for industrial engraving of finished parts and assemblies, barcodes, serial numbers, production dates resistant to external climatic factors. At the same time, the technologies used allow marking on various types of materials, including steel, film, synthetics and plastic.

Chief Engineer of TOMZEL Sergey Tarabykin said that the renewal of mechanical and process equipment is one of the priority directions of the plant's development. The company annually spends about RUB 80 million for the modernisation and technical upgrading of production facilities. In 2021, these works will continue, 2 five-axis milling machining centres will be purchased.

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TOMZEL (Transneft Western Siberia subsidiary) was founded in 1998. The main business area of the plant is the development, production and maintenance of specialised products for fuel and energy sector companies. The plant includes 5 production buildings, the total area of which is about 10 thousand m2. The main partners of TOMZEL are Transneft subsidiaries, as well as other leading companies of Russia and the Eurasian Economic Union.