2007-2012 – The Innovation Phase
HFMML was founded with substantial backing of three partners including founder Daniel Coats. Entities include intergenerational businesses who have been running successfully for over 55 years. The sole driver for this business is constant innovation and revolutionising helix forming. The HFMML business has been further validated by NZ Government R&D Agency Callaghan Innovation underwriting the R&D plans
2012-2014 – The Revolutionary Machine
In 2012 HFMML positioned the first HF1 Series machines in Japan. Since then the company focus has been directed at enhancing performance of machines. Targets have been to lead the world ensuring; safety, reliability with advance on line diagnostics, quality of true helix form, reducing training requirements, and reducing the chances of operational error. At the same time HFMML has also been extending the service life of machines driven by new technology developments
2014-2015 – A custom Built Approach
At the end of 2014, with experience built having started transforming global industries with the release of the first HF1 Series machine. The company’s interest kept growing in finding solutions to more intense problems such as cold forming helices from wear plate and forming larger diameter and thickness helices. HFMML made a large investment in research and development of a wear plate capable machine release to the market in Mid 2015. This machine has already entered production in Europe and gained interest from a number of companies around the world.
The Helix Flight Team
The HFMML team is made up of genius mathematicians, designers, engineers and metallurgy people that all work for one cause: allowing companies to move away from Craftsman black art of forming helices. With the great effort of our team, HFMML is now deemed as one of the top 4 finalists for HERA Innovation award 2015.
Blank Cut Design manager is a specifically designed software that allows for the design of perfect helix flight blanks resulting in production of perfect helix flights every time. Once designed, the helix flight blank cut design can be delivered to your cutting department, or your blank cut supplier, via DXF file.
Ken is very happy with the HF1 performance. “We are pleased with the simplicity, flexibility and reliability of the HF1 as it continues to produce perfect pitch and helix to pipe fit ups.” Ken goes on to note “as industry becomes increasingly familiar with screw piles, our sophisticated clients are requiring true pitch helices as part of their specifications. They recognize that in order to meet the design requirements, the pressing of the helix is a critical quality element.
In recent years, it was decided to introduce HF1MD to handle increase size and auger production inquiries of large helix to machine. HF1MD was digitized, numerically control and has been very much improved. HF1MD had become easy to set up operations. Stick position and hydraulic pressure settings are numerically controlled, reproducibility is ensured. Operator has become easy to find the optimal machine settings then. Good thing is that the operator can be confirmed by looking at the display while pressing. Evaluation of the shape and the quality of helix is ideally high. I can evaluate that production of spiral of large pitch became possible.
We commissioned an HF1 MD VX flight forming machine from Helix Flight Manufacturing Machines to replace our aging conventional flight press. The improvements in productivity were instant, in both quality and press time. Our operators and support staff were given one days training on the new machine, the results were immediate. Because of the Ultra adjustable support system we were able to quickly achieve the desired setup after the first flight, then multiple flights formed to exacting conformity thereafter. We can now have a larger number of staff that are able to form