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Omnitrack has been manufacturing innovative movement solutions since 1909. We’ve always strived to produce the highest quality products from the best materials & we enjoy working with companies who share our ethos like Lasit, who manufacture precision laser marking machines.

Our Lasit laser-marking machine incorporates the latest high technology 'Fibre Laser' system and offers considerable advantages over older generation lasers in terms of precision and longevity. With over 750 different products to mark, the flexibility of the Lasit laser-marking system is fantastic for the flexible clear marking of part numbers, logo & website on products of differing sizes, shapes & materials.

The objective given to Michel Mazzonlini, at High-Technology Fibre Laser Systems Spa, was not only to improve professionalism & consistency of our branded Ball Transfers but also to offer improvements in production flexibility & cost savings over our previous mechanical marking systems. Having conducted market analysis to determine the right machine for us Michel identified Lasit Spa, the premier European laser marking company despite no distributor network, as the perfect match. Following a visit & a tour to the Lasit assembly plant in Torre Annunziata, Naples, Italy we were immediately impressed by the Ievolli family-run company who, like us, offer a very personal service & are dedicated to excellence in service & quality..

They worked with our engineers to develop methods in marking our products, both prior and post assembly, for maximum production flexibility. The new methods have led to increased efficiencies in lead times, reduced production costs & branded finishes for all of our new products.

A change in our production methods, necessitating a different way of using the machine, meant that the Lasit technical team had to visit our production facility in Stroud, UK. Gio Ieovoli was incredibly helpful & attanged for a service engineer to visit from Italy within 2 days. He was able to adapt the machine to our new way of working – all done very professionally & efficiently. This has then been followed up superbly by their online technical support & remote access service.

Our machine is constantly in use & we're looking forward to buying another new machine from Lasit as production increases!

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How do they attach the wings on an aeroplane?

It’s quite common for the wings of an aeroplane to be made at an entirely different location from the fuselage – so how do they go about fitting them together?

The assembly requires both heavy lifting & maximum precision – a wing subassembly can weigh as much as 2,000 Kg [4,400 Lbs] before any of the mechanical components have been installed & the many fixing holes used to attach the wing to the fuselage have to be perfectly aligned. Aircraft wing subassemblies can take up to 50 working hours to complete so the manoeuvring of them needs to be both completely controlled & efficient to comply with production schedules.

Omnitrack ‘double recirculation’ Ball Transfer Units have been used to move heavy items with maximum precision & minimum effort since 1952. An innovative internal mechanism allows them to be used at any angle of orientation without any loss in load bearing capacity or quality of movement – something which traditional ‘hemispherical cup’ ball units fail to provide. With the largest unit in the High Capacity range currently offering 4,550 Kg [10,000 Lbs] of load bearing capacity, aircraft wings can be easily supported & positioned using just a small number of ball units.

The 9840, for example, has a maximum load rating of 1100 Kg [2420 Lbs] so just 3 of these units could be used ‘ball down’ on hardened track to manually handle a 2,000 Kg [4,400 Lbs] aircraft wing with as little as only 100 N of horizontal force required to move it. The combination of ‘effortless’ movement & maximum precision provides aircraft wing handlers an efficient method of aligning the wings with the fuselage without the need for expensive crane networks or relatively cumbersome electric tugs.

The 9840 can be found in the HIGH CAPACITY ball transfer units page of our website, in the 98 Series Tolerance Ring section.