Vision & Technology
We strive for constant development! And we manage to achieve our goals thanks to many years of experience and up-to-date technology. We invest in new machine technology every year, which allows us to make the high-quality products and make our customers happy. The whole process - from the computer concept and simulation to the final product - takes a long time. But both the laser and CNC technologies and the welding robots allow to do perfect job and make the 100%-quality products.
We use many kinds of unusual technology which allow us to achieve our goals easily. One of our core technologies is the profile 3D-laser cutting which perfectly shapes every single form of every part we design. We also use computer-controlled profile-forming - that makes the form very accurate and it reduces the probability of error. The robot-welding stations make stable seams regularly and accurately, without unwanted influence of heat. CNC machining centres produce high-quality parts with high accuracy. But every production needs to be controlled. We use a measuring lever to control the size during the whole production process and designing of the new parts.
We use our own powder painting facility to make a fine surface adjustment because the stable outlook is very important. That’s why we use a electrostatical coating and heat treatment afterwards. We recently opened a new wheel lacing line too.
Since most of the components are produced in our company, we strictly supervise the whole processing and we needn’t be worried about the subcontractor’s quality. The constant development and production of high-quality products is our philosophy!
Another new thing is laser engraving of components. It lasts much longer than printing or labels and it’s not so vulnerable to mechanical damage or external conditions - moreover, it’s modern product labelling technology.
3D concept and simulation
We always base on a basic concept that has to combine customer requirements, know-how and vision and thereafter we can bring this complex into a functional state. After determining the basic parameters, we project our ideas into a parametric computer model. On the digital model, we can verify the theoretical assumptions and determine the appropriate footbike geometry. The digital model already takes the human anatomy into account, which allows to examine the effect of the footbike geometry on rider's position while riding. Afterwards, the critical places are subjected to computer simulation (MKP) and optimized both formally and functionally to deal with all peripheral conditions. Despite all these measures and know-how, it is naturally necessary to test the footbike in real conditions. After these tests all requirements are transferred to the final product. the whole process is, despite the use of up-to-date technologies, a long-distance run. But without these modern methods it is very difficult to achieve the required result. We practise our own development and we have our own workshop, where we can constantly do research in order to provide you with the finest products.
Laser processing is a new and unconventional technology allowing to create multiple shapes in the profiles - with high-precision and without any concussion. With "normal" technology is this almost impossible or very difficult. This is a great opportunity for us to come up with new design solutions and we needn't be limited to the common shapes and intersections of individual profiles. At the end of 2017, the technology equipment has been enhanced, when we purchased the newest TRUMF TUBE 5000 laser machine. This machine is equipped with a source with the Fiber technology, which allows us to form aluminium or other alloys as well. Moreover, it has a swivel head for 3D cuts and special measurement technology, which provides even higher accuracy.
The most of the footbike components is 3D-formed. We use a 3D-CNC controlled bending machine which guarantees dimensional stability and is able to create spatially complicated bends. This technology and special tools eliminate the negative impact of forming on individual bends.
We have currently three robot workstations where new footbikes are born every day. But why do we actually use robots? If we want to produce the best footbikes, it is also necessary to focus on the heat resistance of the welded spots - And observing the technological procedures is no less important. But without skilful programmers and welders, these robots would be nothing but a piece of expensive furniture covered in dust. But the robotic levers can produce in high quality and make such welds which are otherwise very difficult. For example, the lower reinforcing frame weld shows us what these robots can do. But the robots are not omnipotent of course. Therefore, some welds are still made manually with the highest accuracy possible.
Most of the components (such as hubs or stems) are manufactured in their own machining centres. So we can produce components which have been designed for footbiking and which are not limited to commonly available velo components.
Our footbikes are complex in shape, so not all dimensions can be measured with common tools. With the help of the 3D lever, we can measure even the most complex construction nodes and compare them with the digital model.
All footbikes are painted with a powder-coated multilayer paint with the most modern powder paint machine. This makes footbikes not only a unique design but they are also very resistant to all external influences and mechanical abrasion. We have developed a special technology for applying powder paint to the inner side of the frame: This technology is applied at the lower side and provides better resistance to possible water penetration, especially during the rain.
We started to label our footbikes with laser-engraving. Compared to common labels, it provides long-term stability and it creates an extraordinary design. This is one of the modern labelling methods.
The wheel lacing line provides the centring and stiffness of the wire spokes on every wheel. The automatic wheel spinner evaluates whether the wheel is within the run-out tolerance. If not, the wheel does not leave the production line. That’s why you always get the precisely centred wheel.
All footbikes are assembled, properly adjusted and checked before shipping. Afterwards, the handlebars and the wheels are removed and the footbike is put into the box. All these operations are performed by experienced assemblers. So you get the footbike you can immediately take off for new adventures!