Project Management

Neff Press engineers are customer-focused.

A project engineer is assigned as the main point of contact and works with the customer from design through commissioning. Each customer gets the same treatment, no matter the project size.

This includes:

  • Reviewing the project scope and determining deliverables during an Engineering Kickoff Meeting.
  • Collaborating with our customers during the design process via online or in-person design reviews.
  • Helping the customer understand and update legacy processes. It is common that Neff facilitates a better understanding of our customer’s in-house processes and highlights where improvements are applicable.
  • Compliance with a variety of customer-specific machine standards.
  • Managing process qualifications and runoffs on our floor (FAT) and acceptance at the customer’s factory (VAT).

MECHANICAL DESIGN

Advanced and Dependable.

 

  • Application experience to select the correct press frame based on loading conditions, tool clearance and other factors. Neff’s engineering employs many proprietary press designs that ensure a dependable press.
  • Complex 3-D CAD modeling via SolidWorks Professional – Finite Element Analysis and Motion Simulation via SolidWorks Simulation Pro ensures a robust press frame.
  • Wide application experience in the selection of tool steels for all press applications.
  • Broad experience in a variety of mechanical technology including:
    – Material handling devices like indexers, shuttles, robots and pick and place units
    – Rack and pinon variable speed multi-axis drives for gantry machines and Drive-by-Wire joystick control
    – Quick die change components and Coil feed equipment
    – Heated and chilled platens and process chillers
    – Downstream inspection via scales, vision, and contact and non-contact probes
    – Augers, gearboxes and roller chain
  • Ability to collaborate with customer part and die files via a variety of 3-D file formats.
  • Simulation of complicated machine installs and rigging by mimicking the customer’s factory in the 3-D environment.

HYDRAULIC DESIGN

Clean and Robust.

 

  • Scalable designs as simple as discrete valving up to precision servo hydraulics.
  • Clean design using proprietary integrated manifold blocks with test ports for troubleshooting.
  • Energy efficient hydraulic units through load holding check circuits, accumulators, and variable speed pump drives.
  • Hydraulic units built on fundamental principles such as:
    – Special attention to fluid velocity, tank size, tank layout, pump suction condition, and fluid aeration
    – Fluid condition management including filtration, cooling, and sealed systems
    – Redundant valving for safety compliance
    – High safety factors on pressure-rated components
    – Optimal motor selection via RMS sizing
  • Capability to use fire-resistant and ecologically safe hydraulic oils (Water-Glycol, Quintolubric, EcoSafe, etc.).

ELECTRICAL DESIGN

Safe and Modern.

 

  • Sound “by the book” electrical design compliant with UL 508a, NFPA 70 and NFPA 79.
  • Safety code Compliance ANSI B11.2 (1995), CSA Z142 and EN693 as well as pertinent OSHA standards. A Neff engineer sits on the board of the ANSI B11.2 committee. When necessary Neff works with the approving entity (ex: Pre-start contractor for CSA Z142) to ensure expedited signoff by the third-party inspector.
  • Explosion-Proof designs complying with NEC 505 and ATEX.
  • Expertise with widely accepted and modern software such as:
    – PLC Programming – Allen Bradley (Rockwell Toolkit), Siemens (TIA Portal), etc.
    – Delta RMC Tools
    – Schematic design and panel layout using AutoCAD Electrical
  • Safety controls as simple as a safety relay to full-blown safety PLC solutions.
  • Process reporting (OEE, pass/fail data, press-fit curves, in-die quality analysis, and diagnostics).
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