Farrat isolate multiple machines across the production line at new £1bn automotive manufacturing facility in Slovakia

The recent €1.4bn (£1bn) investment into the new manufacturing facility in Nitra, Slovakia, marks the first time a UK automotive company has opened a plant in the country.

The 300,000m² facility stands at the forefront of aluminium manufacturing and engineering expertise in Slovakia and has been designed with the flexibility to enable smart, connected manufacturing technologies that will support improved process efficiency and deliver up to 150,000 vehicles a year.

Farrat worked with the Structural Engineer and Project Personnel to ensure that a variety of machines within the plant were sufficiently isolated and capable to inspect at high speed with precision.

This included engineering and bespoke-manufacturing components for several vibration isolation systems for robot mounted non-contact sensor systems, CMM’s and Presses across the production line.

Construction of a machine isolation pit using Farrat ISOMAT materials

Farrat ISOFOAM120 was installed on the walls of machine foundations to provide lateral isolation. This system is typical where a high stiffness foundation is critical but a degree of active or passive isolation is required, even if only from the risk of random events such as dropping heavy items nearby.

Over 1,000 ISOMAT pads of various rubber compounds and sizes, were then used to fine tune dynamic natural frequencies and stabilise each machine for optimum performance.

Farrat ISOMAT Foundation Isolators are the cornerstone of Farrat’s Isolated Foundation Solutions. Our ISOMAT pads have a unique profile coupled with a selection of our elastomers and thicknesses.  Due to extensive testing and experience, Farrat ISOMAT pads deliver highly predictable performance characteristics over many years of service.

Farrat ISOMAT is produced in 3 elastomeric types: IMBR, IMCR and IMNR.

Installation of Cupper Press Isolated Foundation
Farrat ISOMAT Isolated Foundation during construction

Large automotive manufacturers and leading OEM’s are increasingly designing facilities and machinery to work faster and with more precision, whilst reducing weight and cost.

Farrat Isolated Foundations are consequently integrated into factory design to ensure that the operating conditions (in terms of vibration levels) are controlled to within equipment specifications, to maximise productivity and conform to H&S and local authority requirements.

Whether you are relocating existing machinery, installing new equipment or are involved in detailing foundations, Farrat have the knowledge and experience to provide the right Isolated Foundation solution for your production facility.

Farrat has designed and delivered industrial vibration control solutions for many of the world’s largest and most complex projects in the automotive, canning and aerospace markets. Whether you are relocating existing machinery, installing new equipment or are involved in detailing foundations, Farrat have the knowledge and experience to provide the right Isolated Foundation solution.

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Over 220 Farrat CR60 Bridge support Pads dispatched to Liberia to isolate the Mount Coffee HPP hydro-electric dam.

Farrat CR60 pads will be used to support emergency spillway bridge slabs to allow for bridge movement

Mount Coffee HPP will be the largest power generating facility in Liberia and will operate as part of the CSLG Power Network, which will be used for interchange of power with neighbouring countries. 

The rehabilitation project, which has been identified by the Government of Liberia as the cornerstone of its objective to expand access to sustainable, affordable, and reliable electricity for its citizens, is located approximately 27 kilometers (km) northeast of Monrovia in Montserrado County, Liberia. The plant was originally designed as a run-of-river scheme with the provision for six units, however the powerhouse was only constructed for four units. The original four units will be rehabilitated using Francis turbines supplied by Voith Hydro (alongside generators and associated electro-mechanical equipment for the powerhouse).

Farrat CR60 pads will be used to support emergency spillway bridge slabs to allow for bridge movement. The first pads were required on site within 3 weeks of the order being placed with Farrat. Needless to say that Farrat delivered ahead of schedule.