ERJ staff report (DS)
Bobruysk, Belarus - Belshina has brought its mould-making activities in-house through use of specialised CAD/CAM software from Delcam. The company has progressively upgraded the number of seats for the software and now has sufficient capacity to manufacture all its moulds in-house and no longer uses subcontractors.
Currently, the factory produces more than 300 moulds each year, and growing. The company makes more than 200 different types of the tyre in three plants: one for mass production of car tyres; one for tyres for buses, trolley-buses, lorries and tractors; and one for the largest tyres for vehicles for earth-moving and quarrying. A fourth plant manufactures and repairs moulds for the other three sites.
The most recent addition to the mouldmaking plant was a special four-axis machine tool from Taiwan, purchased in 2011 to mill inscriptions and trademarks onto the surfaces of moulds.
At the start of 2012, Belshina undertook an evaluation of its complete set of CADCAM software as part of a continuous development review. Following this review, the company ordered four seats of the FeatureCAM feature-based machining software and its first seat of ArtCAM for artistic applications, such as engraving of logos and trademarks.
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Press release from Delcam