At the beginning of 2016 National Machinery LLC took a controlling interest in SMART Machinery Srl. Will Lowry visited SMART’s headquarters in Tortona, Italy, to speak to Enrico Ghezzi, president at SMART, about how the new partnership is progressing and the opportunities that lie ahead. Alberto Gorreta, commercial director at SMART, also participated in the meeting.
Offering a modular system with 14 different sizes, SMART has established itself as a leader in technological advancements for thread rolling, including developments such as direct drive and servo technology – as well as 8 active patents.
Since it was formed in 2001 the company’s main focus has been to leverage new technology to provide the marketplace with new solutions. “When we first set-up the company and introduced our new systems it ‘broke the ice’ for the industry,” states Mr Ghezzi. “We were offering machines that were electrical rather than mechanical, which provided energy efficiency – due to patented solutions – whilst still delivering highly productive products.”
These patented solutions include SMART’s direct drive technology, which can be used on both threaders and pointers. The totally gearless direct drive provides maximum torque at zero speed and requires fewer parts, which in turn means less wear and more space for other machine components. Other benefits included an average 20% higher efficiency, reduced noise and machine vibration, as well as a longer running life due to fewer moving parts.
Another significant component of SMART machines is the patented use of linear motors in the induction system that injects the blanks into the dies. Linear motors provide precise adjustments of all introduction functions including control of the exact position of the part between the thread rolling dies and precise placement against the dies. Servo technology provides faster changeovers and reduced tooling costs.
Will joined Fastener + Fixing Magazine in 2007 and over the last 12 years has experienced every facet of the fastener sector - interviewing key figures within the industry and visiting leading companies and exhibitions around the globe.
Will manages the content strategy across all platforms and is the guardian for the high editorial standards that the Magazine is renowned.