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Moog Inc. completes new state-of-the-art design, manufacturing, and testing facilities for RKP pumps

Moog Controls : 08 August, 2006  (Company News)
Moog Inc. announced the completion of new facilities for manufacturing of radial piston pumps (brand name RKP Pumps) in Nuremberg, Germany, and for advanced product design and testing in B
Moog Inc. announced the completion of new facilities for manufacturing of radial piston pumps (brand name RKP Pumps) in Nuremberg, Germany, and for advanced product design and testing in Böblingen, Germany. With a combined investment of 12 million euro, the project constitutes a major development effort for Moog’s European operations.

The project has resulted in a 2400 m² extension of the Böblingen facility, including a new technology center for the research and development of industrial hydraulics, such as pumps, servo and proportional valves, and electronic products. Engineering and design centers for all of Moog’s major industrial hydraulic product lines are now in one state-of-the-art location.

Also in Böblingen, Moog invested 2 million euro for product development laboratories and engineering centers and 5 million euro for technical infrastructure. New capabilities enable functional and endurance testing for the RKP Pump. Over 1 MW of installed power is available. In addition, a noise testing chamber was built apart from the main building, where the sound level of pumps can be measured at different operating conditions.

In Nuremberg, the new facility consists of over 5000 m² for machining, assembly, and testing of RKP pump, as well as production engineering, purchasing, and material controls functions. Also in Nuremberg is the Moog European Distribution Center, a 2000 m² warehouse operated by an external logistics provider.

Moog invested over 2 million euro in Nuremberg, including monies for two new machining centers, new finishing machines, and three new test stands. These new machines and the improved layout of the shop floor will generate efficiency improvements, resulting in short delivery times and improved customer service.

The RKP Pump is a radial piston pump design available in 7 sizes between 19 cc and 140 cc per revolution and maximum speed range: 1,800 to 2,900 rpm. The standard design permits continuous pressure to 280 bar [4,000 psi] with 350 bar [5,000 psi] peak limit. The high pressure version is capable of continuous pressures up to 350 bar [5,000 psi] with 420 bar [6,000 psi] peak limit. Used extensively in plastics, metal-forming and metal cutting applications, this product is well known for low noise levels, compact design and high reliability. The RKP Pump can be operated, not only with mineral oil, but also with a wide variety of water based fluids. As a variable displacement pump with a variety of control options, low energy consumption, and precise control, it is commonly used in open and close loop applications.

'This investment shows our commitment to our existing customers and to developing this product to further enhance its many benefits,' said Jens-Heiko Adolph, Sales Manager, Moog GmbH.
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