The new Graphit® system from Trilogiq comprises a complete set of composite, aluminium and stainless-steel components including tubes, connectors and roller beds that can be assembled into adaptable trolleys, racks and other bespoke structures to stock, store and transport items in a wide range of industries and applications. The components are up to 86 per cent lighter than conventional steel-based modular systems, produce stronger joints and are resistant to liquids, contaminants and corrosion. Graphit is the first fully-reusable system of its kind which means users can maintain maximum efficiency in evolving environments while achieving excellent value and rapid return on investment. The system is exclusively available in the UK from the Tube and Bracket Company and is ideal for applications in the automotive, aerospace, electronic and general engineering sectors.
Graphit is the result of more than two years of research and development at Trilogiq and builds on the company’s experience in devising ergonomic modular lean manufacturing logistics systems since 1992. It complements Trilogiq’s existing steel-based LeanTek range while offering a number of time, weight and cost saving advantages.
Graphit connectors are manufactured in a range of colours from composite materials including carbon fibre and are up to 60 per cent lighter than comparable steel components. The VeryGrip® coupling mechanism incorporates high performance thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) which provides a highly accurate and secure grip which cannot be over-tightened and does not damage or mark the tube or the joint. All components can be reused as often as required without affecting the structural integrity or appearance of the installation. Graphit is the only system of its kind that offers these benefits.
During assembly the unique and patented interlocking InstantMatch® design allows components to be aligned quickly and easily with complete accuracy. A TPU insert holds the nut and screw in the correct position so that they can be brought together and tightened with one hand using simple tools. Assembly can be up to 30 per cent faster than conventional systems which reduces downtime and improves productivity. When an installation is being reconfigured the SoftAdjust® feature allows components to be repositioned quickly and accurately with complete ease. The simplicity and speed of adjustment is designed to encourage users to make the small modifications to introduce the incremental process improvements that are at the heart of the lean manufacturing concept.
The combination of composite casing with the TPU creates a unique MonoBlok® that ensures the connector grips around the whole circumference of the tube to provide the maximum possible strength and rigidity for the joint. This also resists liquids, moisture and contaminants which together with the use of the advanced materials in the components eliminates the risk of corrosion and damage. Installations retain their reliability and appearance for longer which reduces maintenance and replacement costs.
Graphit tubes are available in a choice of carbon fibre, anodised aluminium or stainless steel in a variety of finishes and shades to complement the colours of the connectors. They can be supplied in 2.5mm gauge for standard applications and 3.0mm gauge for heavy duty applications. Aluminium tubes are 65 per cent lighter and carbon fibre tubes 86 per cent lighter than steel alternatives. Like other modular systems the tubes can be supplied, or cut on site, to any length to create the desired configuration and dimension for the application. The end stops are supplied with clean profile lines to guarantee consistent seating inside the joint.
When maximum strength-of-joint is required an innovative slip ring can be used in conjunction with the connector and tube. This provides absolute protection against joint deformation in the event of a shock or impact and maintains the grip quality over time.
In addition to the connectors and tubes a roller track component is available in various lengths so that users can incorporate live racking into their installations, for example to support line-side delivery or replenishment of fast-moving inventory. Trilogiq’s extensive range of wheels and accessories can all be used with Graphit to provide users with complete flexibility to design and configure their installations for maximum efficiency and productivity.
The weight saving that can be achieved with Graphit allows users to configure trolleys and other mobile installations that are easier to handle and move than similar designs constructed using steel components. In applications where loadings or other limits are a consideration the reduced weight of the installation allows more or heavier items to be handled without exceeding restrictions.
The use of advanced materials, innovative design and variety of finishes and colours throughout the Graphit system helps users to enhance the appearance of their production environments. It can also help them to demonstrate a progressive approach to their manufacturing operations.