The Assembly division is designed around similar technologies with large assembly areas supported by full JIT sequence ensuring the smooth operation of the factory.
Globally, the trend is for component manufacturers to be suppliers of sub-systems and modules. Our high levels of vertical integration mean that Smiths has been able to effectively move into this arena.
The following are currently assembled in climate control:
Our key operations focus on the ability to integrate a full range of automotive systems.
Production lines are developed and designed according to customer specifications. These lines abide to very stringent quality requirements. Integrated systems, including computer driven SPC ensure that the built units meet customers' requirements. Kanban systems are run throughout all processes from the supply of components, through production to the delivery of the finished product . New generation production lines have in-process automated quality checks (Poke Yoke), which ensure international standards are consistently met.
At Smiths we believe that each project should receive individual attention. When projects are received from customers a project management team is put together comprising design, process, quality and industrial engineers. This approach has proved to be highly effectively in ensuring the smooth running and implementation of projects.
In order to ensure up-front customer specification compliance and on going quality requirements, Smiths has an extensive range of test facilities for system and component performance and durability validation.
Smiths' fluid exchanger components are produced in line with stringent specifications and standards (ISO) for both local OEMs and international customers.
Smiths' Fluid Exchangers manufacture automotive air-conditioning pipes and hoses, and other automotive pipes.
Thick walled vibration resistant aluminium, which meets stringent international requirements, is used in the production of Air conditioner hoses. Thin wall aluminium pipe is used for the production of liquid lines and other automotive components.
Our product Line-up includes:
99% of all components are bent, on any of our 7 CNC Facilities. Four of which are capable of dual LH/RH bending on the same pipe.
Pipes are scanned through a 3-D measuring machine (infra red scanner) and measured via master computer programs. Fittings and parts are brazed on dedicated fixtures. The hose end products undergo a polymerised coating process that acts as a seal, eliminating the possibility of gas leaking.
New brazeless technology has recently been introduced. This new technology eliminates operator error and provides a more cost effective solution. Further advances recently have been the introduction of “scribe and pull” technology, which replaced the older cutting of thin wall pipes hereby ensuring an efficient cost effective process.
Testing is via comprehensive 3-D measuring facilities whilst all products are 100% leak-tested to specification in line with quality accreditations and standards. Final assembly products are 100% quality control bought off on checking fixtures to ensure compliance to assembly specifications.
All of Smiths heat exchanger products are produced to stringent specifications and standards for both local OEMs and international customers. Our wide range of facilities means that Smiths has the ability to be very flexible in its manufacturing processes to meet customers' requirements.
Smiths produces a large array of heat exchanges (see products).
As a key OEM supplier, our long standing reputation has been founded on the basis of turnkey technologies and projects supported and backed up a continuous development programs. These are equally focused on production and design applcations. Our strategy of ensuring a risk free business model comprises a system of Nocoloc furnaces and Core builders and rollers ensure that takes place and that each unique fin design is supported. Modern high speed decoiling facilities, alternative wet or dry fluxing and multi-use brazing furnaces also ensure flexibility and quality in our heat exchanger processes. In-house designed core builders for core assemblies facilitate flexibility in manufacturing and also assist to maintain low tooling costs.
Radiators, heaters and condensers use brazed aluminium cores, which provide a more durable product. Smiths produces the following components with the following tube sizes:
*Smiths is also able to produce parallel flow condensers with integrated receiver drier.
NOTE: Other sizes can be introduced should the customer have a specific requirement.
All Smiths' heat exchangers are 100% leak tested and specification qualified, in line with our quality accreditations and standards. All products are 100% bought off on checking fixtures to ensure compliance to assembly specifications.