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Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik: New slitting line for Eisen + Stahl Service Center

High efficiency through short non-productive times

Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik: New slitting line for Eisen + Stahl Service Center

GEORG slitting lines excel in terms of winding accuracy; photo shows a plant, delivered in the past

GEORG has received an order to manufacture and supply a new slitting line to the German steel service center E + S Eisen + Stahl Service GmbH. With the new line, the Mannheim-based company will be adding the sale of slit strip out of its own facilities to its portfolio, thus taking another important step towards metal product processing in addition to trading.

Eisen + Stahl sells steel, stainless steel and aluminum sheet and plate, which the company cuts in its own facilities to the sizes demanded by its customers. To date, slit strip ordered by customers has been sourced from third parties. With the new slitting line supplied by GEORG, Eisen + Stahl will in the future be able to slit the strip at its own facilities in Mannheim. Thus the company will be able to cater to call-off orders much more flexibly. Additionally, the new line will reduce the company“s dependency on third-party supplies.

The new line will be designed to handle up to 1,650 mm wide and up to 5 mm thick steel strip, or up to 2 mm thick strip in stainless grades. It will be able to produce up to 30 slit coils from one mother coil at speeds of up to 400 m/min. The new line will be designed to optionally pay the strip off from above or below. Thus slitting can be performed with the inside or outside coil surface up, whatever may be requested by the customer.

Thanks to the high degree of automation, the GEORG slitting line will have much shorter non-productive times than traditional lines. For example, removal of the slit coils from the recoiler and placement of the coils on the payoff reel will take place synchronically. Any knife changes that may be necessary will also be performed in the process.

The scrap chopper features GEORG“s „shimless tooling“ technology, which dispenses with the necessity to insert shims while the knives are being reground.

The automatic, patented CNC-based system for arranging the separators saves setup times. While in the past, the separator discs used to be installed manually, this system now automatically sets the separator discs precisely at the correct positions, without any manual intervention. With four separator shafts in place, the new machine achieves optimally wound coils.

Against the backdrop of high energy costs, GEORG will equip the machine with highly energy-efficient motors and drives. Certain plant components, such as the brake rollers, will be operated in generator mode, allowing them to feed excessive energy into a link.

Axel Sturm, Head of Sales of GEORG“s Finishing Lines division, emphasizes that the lines made by GEORG are of interest not only for the big strip producers: „The order for E + S demonstrates that investing in quality-equipment from GEORG also pays for small and medium-size businesses. Last but not least the high degree of automation and proven longevity make our machines extremely attractive for steel producers and steel service centers as well.“

Dominik Naber, Managing Director of E + S, explains why he decided to buy a GEORG slitting line: „GEORG equipment is known for excellent precision, short non-productive times and long lifetimes. Of course, also costs mattered. But considering its overall duration of service, the new machine also provided major advantages in terms of total cost of ownership.“

The new line is expected to start producing at the E + S facilities in Mannheim in September 2018.

About EISEN + STAHL Service Center GmbH

Eisen + Stahl Service GmbH, based in Mannheim, Germany, is an owner-managed steel trading company looking back on more than 40 years of business. The family-owned company sells sheets, plates and slit strip made of hot or cold-rolled, hot-dip galvanized or zinc-plated steels, stainless steel grades or aluminum, in standard or customized sizes.

The current facilities include as key assets a cut-to-length line for 6,000-mm-long sheets, a recoiling plant and a fully automatic plate shear. Its extensive stock of items stored over an area of more 10,000 square meters allows E + S to instantly deliver products to customers all over Europe.

The company is certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

About Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik

GEORG is a business partner worldwide well-reputed for reliable and powerful high-tech mechanical engineering solutions. The company“s cutting-edge finishing lines and machine tools as well as production lines, machines and equipment for the transformer industry are in operation in numerous renowned companies around the world.

The various product areas of the family-owned company, which employs more than 450 people and is now in its third generation, cater to most diverse markets and customers throughout the world. The company structure is based on a divisional setup, with three divisions acting on the market as independent profit centers.

The divisions GEORG Finishing Lines, GEORG Transformer Lines and GEORG Machine Tools are supported by the company“s own manufacturing facilities at the headquarters in Kreuztal, Germany. The GEORG Corporate Services division completes the portfolio with a wide range of value adding services. The company maintains a worldwide network of sales and service branches to be within easy reach for its international customers.

GEORG Finishing Lines

The Finishing Lines division manufactures a wide range of slitting and cut-to-length lines as well as multi-blanking, side trimming, inspection, recoiling and packaging lines and high-precision heavy-duty roller levelers. The lines provide long-term efficiency, as they are characterized by very short setup times, ease of operation, low HR requirements and perfect, process-controlled operation.

For more information please visit www.georg.com

Company-Contact
Heinrich Georg GmbH Maschinenfabrik
Thomas Kleb
Langenauer Straße 12
57223 Kreuztal / Germany
Phone: +49.2732.779-539
Fax: +49.2732.779-39171
E-Mail: thomas.kleb@georg.com
Url: http://www.georg.com

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VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

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At NEPCON China with VisionXP+ Vac and CondensoXC

Rehm presents new equipment for reflow soldering

At NEPCON China with VisionXP+ Vac and CondensoXC

VisionXP+ Vac

NEPCON China is one of the most important trade fairs for the electronics sector in Asia. From 29 to 31 August 2017, visitors in Shenzhen can find out about innovations from the world of electronics manufacturing in the areas of consumer electronics, communication, automotive and medical technology. In Hall 1 Booth 1J55, Rehm Thermal Systems is set to present the new VisionXP+ Vac, an efficient system for reflow convection soldering and the CondensoXC, a compact system for reliable condensation soldering. Our team on site is looking forward to your visit!

VisionXP+ Vac: The 2-in-1 solution for reflow convection soldering
The VisionXP+ Vac combines numerous further developments, above all in respect to the optimisation of energy management and the reduction of emissions. The plant allows customers to save up to 20 % energy during electronics production and consume 10 tonnes less CO2 on average per year. The vacuum option makes convection processes with or without vacuum possible for the first time – in one system! Gas inclusions can be eliminated reliably inline during the convection soldering process. With a vacuum of up to 2 mbar, void rates of less than 2 % can be achieved. As a further new feature, the VisionXP+ Vac is optionally equipped with a second pyrolysis for even more effective residue management.

CondensoXC: Compact in design – big in the process
The CondensoXC for reliable condensation soldering is compact in design and impressive in performance thanks to its innovative process chamber. The patented injection principle means exactly the right amount of Galden® is supplied to the process, for optimal profiling. The closed-loop filter system allows the medium to be recovered and filtered almost 100 %. The system is fully vacuum-compatible and has an integrated process recorder – for optimal traceability.

Visit Rehm at the NEPCON China in Hall 1, Booth 1J55!

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

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Stiebel Drive Technology welcomes new USA Sales Manager

International customer relationships to be further expanded

Stiebel Drive Technology welcomes new USA Sales Manager

Timothy Ruiz is the new USA Sales Manager of Stiebel Drive Technolgy Inc. (Source: Stiebel Drive Technology)

The dynamic and powerful solutions from Stiebel are in worldwide demand as the driving force for challenging applications in the fields of mobile hydraulics and materials handling technology for bulk goods. This is also true in North America, where the gearbox experts, headquartered in the North-Rhine Westphalian town of Waldbröl, have been on the spot for their customers for 8 years.

The family-owned company with international operations is now strengthening its sales expertise in the North American market with the appointment of Timothy Ruiz. The multilingual engineer is assuming the position of USA Sales Manager. He was previously employed in sales roles at industrial concerns such as BoschRexroth, SKF & Ringfeder North America and brings corresponding experience for the US market. At Stiebel, the 43-year-old will take responsibility for further expanding the OEM business of internationally operating customers in particular.

Paul-Hermann Schumacher, Managing Partner of the Stiebel Group, is pleased with this addition to the Stiebel team: „By making this commitment, we are systematically pursuing our previous path of growth in North America. His experience as an engineer and in the key account business makes Timothy Ruiz a valuable addition to our company and our customers.“ Stiebel is expecting Ruiz to further promote sustainable networks with its customers worldwide.

Timothy Ruiz is reachable for customers in the USA via email to t.ruiz@stiebel-drives.com or directly by phone: + 1 (864) 286-7152.

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Since its founding in 1946 the focus of Stiebel-Getriebebau has been on the developing and manufacturing of gearboxes. Today the company known as the driving force is a widely respected partner for gearbox solutions in conveyor technology and mobile hydraulics. As a specialist for customised gearbox designs, Stiebel offers specific answers to complex challenges in numerous businesses. As a well-known brand worldwide for gearbox solutions the company from Waldbröl (70 km east of Cologne) is always close to its customers – with various branches and subsidiaries.

Company-Contact
Stiebel-Getriebebau GmbH & Co. KG
Central switchboard
Industriestraße 12
51545 Waldbröl
Phone: 02291 791-0
Fax: 02291 791-290
E-Mail: info@stiebel.de
Url: http://www.stiebel.de/en/homepage.html

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PSV
Lara Bender
Schlachthausstr. 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: 0271 77001622
E-Mail: l.bender@psv-marketing.de
Url: http://www.psv-marketing.de

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Rehm is one of the best suppliers in Continental’s Automotive Group

Prize-giving ceremony for „Supplier of the Year 2016“

Rehm is one of the best suppliers in Continental

(Source: Continental AG)

From among 911 strategic suppliers, the Continental Automotive Group has identified its best partners around the world on the basis of a comprehensive, systematic evaluation. Rehm Thermal Systems impressed as the only supplier of manufacturing equipment in the area of „Investment and Engineering (Soldering Machines)“ and was one of 15 companies recently awarded a prize for outstanding performance at „Supplier Day“ in Regensburg. Looking back at 2016, the focus was placed specifically on the increased requirements with regard to quality and reliability.

„Both developments within the automotive industry, and the increasingly complex worldwide platform concepts and the increasing demands of our customers with regard to quality, present new challenges for the entire supply chain“, said Dr. Elmar Degenhart, Chairman of the Executive Board of Continental AG, in his speech. „Quality is now no longer an objective in the sense of an indicator of customer satisfaction, but an essential requirement. One goal of our work is to pursue a consistent zero defect strategy in all areas. All companies in the supply chain must therefore firmly anchor this quality standard in their DNA, so that it is embodied by all employees and shapes each individual process step.“

The individual customer care provided by Rehm Thermal Systems was highlighted as being particularly praiseworthy. The Swabian mechanical engineer uses direct contact persons and always bases its product portfolio on the needs of its customers. In cooperation with Continental, many specific special solutions in the reflow area have already been implemented in this way in the past. An international presence continues to play a central role for both companies.

„It makes us very proud to be among Continental’s top partners worldwide and it shows that we are meeting the increasing quality and technology requirements in a dynamic industry like electronics production. The award is a special honour for us. We very much appreciate the confidence shown in us, the exchange of experiences and the mutual inspiration in numerous joint projects in the course of our now almost 25-year partnership“, said Johannes Rehm, Managing Director of Rehm Thermal Systems.

Every year since 2008, Continental has awarded prizes for „Supplier of the Year“ to outstanding suppliers in the automotive business, in the six areas of Electronics, Electromechanics, Metal, Plastic and Rubber, Investment and Engineering Services as well as Division-Specific Solutions. The selected companies are rated in the categories Quality, Technology, Logistics, Costs and Purchasing Terms.

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

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Rehm opens new branch in Taiwan

Expansion of the Sales and Service department in Asia

Rehm opens new branch in Taiwan

(from left) Andy Wang, Ralf Wagenfuehr, Ricky Lam, Titan Huang, Johnson Ma, Jack Deng und Arie Chen

With around 23 million inhabitants spread across an area roughly the size of the German state of Baden-Württemberg, Taiwan is one of the smaller countries in Asia. In the electronics industry, however, the island is a major global player, with leading manufacturers such as Asus, Acer and HTC becoming global brands in recent years. In order to meet the needs of Asian electronics manufacturers and strengthen partnerships with them, Rehm Thermal Systems has recently set up a new branch in Taiwan.
Together with long-term clients and business partners, the Rehm team celebrated the opening of the branch and the inauguration of the new premises, led by Regional Sales Director Titan Huang.

„A clear trend in the Asian electronics market is, in particular, massive growth in the semiconductor industry. With the new branch, we are offering customers in Taiwan and the region even more reliable sales services and faster support, with particular focus on semiconductors. But the team is also on hand to offer help and advice on any other queries regarding Rehm“s product range“, says Michael Hanke, Rehm’s Chief Customer Officer.

In the Technology Center on site, thermal processes can be optimized together with customers and partners and numerous applications can be tested and compared.

Contact:
Rehm Thermal Systems Limited Taiwan Office
1F, 75#, Qingpu 4th Street, Zhongli Dist., Taoyuan City, Taiwan
Regional Sales Director: Titan Huang
titan.huang@cn.rehm-group.com
T: +886 919358442
F: +886 (03) 287 2298

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

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transfluid aims to improve its services in the U.S.

Manufacturer of leading tube processing machines invites U.S. partners to technical training and information-sharing workshops

transfluid aims to improve its services in the U.S.

transfluid’s U.S. Partners at the German headquarters in North Rhine-Westphalia. (Source: transfluid)

Advanced tube processing machines that deliver the latest tube solutions are extremely complex. To grasp all of their technological and value-added features and functions while also providing optimal support, even the most experienced service professionals need to attend training workshops regularly. For transfluid, a high-tech machine manufacturer whose products are in high demand worldwide, this combination of regular training workshops and practical knowledge building is a fundamental principle. That is why the company recently invited the employees of its sales and service partners in the U.S. – Advanced Fabricating Machinery and Modern Machinery – to its German headquarters in North Rhine-Westphalia.
It was the first time that employees of Modern Machinery visited the company headquarters in Germany. Modern Machinery has been looking after transfluid customers in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan since 2016. For many years, Advanced Fabricating Machinery has been providing on-site support for our American transfluid customers, covering primarily the East Coast region all the way down to Georgia, including Tennessee.

Technological focus in the interest of the customers
„We are very pleased to welcome our American partners here for the service training workshops and, naturally, would like to thank them for attending. For outstanding service in the U.S., it is very important to us to share information in person and to transfer knowledge. This helps all of us to advance together. Our customers, particularly in the United States, will benefit from this. And that, of course, is our main priority,“ says Stefanie Flaeper, CEO of transfluid, in describing the visit. The intensive training workshops focused on tube bending and tube forming machines, cutting tubes or pipes cleanly without chips using t cut machines; and lastly, the options and benefits of tailor-made transfluid automated systems for tube processing that meet specific customer needs.

Comprehensive support within 24 hours
In view of the strong increase in its customer base in the U.S., the recent training workshops offered by transfluid have once again improved the services expertise of its partners. Within their respective regions, both Advanced Fabricating Machinery and Modern Machinery can now respond to support requests within 24 hours, thus ensuring immediate service for transfluid customers in the U.S.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net

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PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: http://www.psv-marketing.de

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Rehm sales team newly reorganised

Expansion of national and international contact networks

Rehm sales team newly reorganised

(from left): Peter Schiele, Anna Grünauer, Philip Längsfeld and Martin Meyer

Which system is appropriate for my production requirements? Where can I find quick advice when I need a spare part or a new feature? Or, who is the person to contact when my company is based in Europe, America, or Asia? Rehm Thermal Systems has reorganised its sales team and can now offer faster customised answers to these and other questions.

„We“ve given the sales team a new structure, allowing us to support our customers and partners better now. I“m also looking forward to welcoming two new faces to the team. We“re strengthening our international partnerships and are now better able to make optimum use of new market potentials“, emphasises Michael Hanke, Chief Customer Officer at Rehm.

Martin Meyer, Business Development Key Account
With the expansion of the Key Account Management division, Martin Meyer is now working with Stefanie Stier, to manage Rehm’s global headquarters and major customers, based in Europe, Asia, North and South America. „In this way, we“re further developing our ability to address the needs and interests of our key accounts, expanding long-term business relationships, and opening up new markets“, he says. Martin Meyer started out at Rehm in 1991 as a design engineer. In 1996, he took over sales tasks and business development with a focus on Asia. Most recently, he was responsible for customers and distributors in Europe and for establishing and expanding sales structures in this region.

Philip Längsfeld, Head of Sales Europe
Since 1 May 2017, Philip Längsfeld has overseen sales for Western Europe. In this role, he supports cooperation and sales partners in customer acquisition, advises them on product portfolios, and strengthens Rehm“s presence in Europe. „Especially for our branches and distributors, a concrete contact person is an important part of representing our common interests externally. I see myself not merely as an advisor, but as a companion“, he says. With the successful completion of his dual studies in business management, which he undertook in cooperation with Rehm, Philip Längsfeld is well acquainted with corporate structures. He previously worked as an internal sales manager. He passes these tasks on to Anna Grünauer.

Anna Grünauer, Head of Back Office
Rehm welcomes a new member of the team, Anna Grünauer, who took over the sales office on 1 April 2017. She thus acts an interface between the sales office and the sales field team, taking care of sales control, and managing customer contacts. „Rehm is active as an up-and-coming company with innovative products and ideas in a wide range of industries, and offers many development opportunities. I“m especially pleased with the cooperation with renowned national and international customers“, emphasises Anna Grünauer. Her many years of experience in product marketing at a medical technology company will provide an excellent foundation from which to begin her new successes at Rehm.

Peter Schiele, Sales Manager CondensoX/Special Systems
Since 1 June 2017, Peter Schiele has been the new contact person for worldwide sales of the reflow condensation soldering systems CondensoX and for special systems. He worked successfully for many years as a sales manager and key account manager for renowned customers in the automotive industry, having gained extensive experience in technical sales, as well as in system component development and reflow vapor phase soldering. In addition, he founded his own solar technology company in 2005. „For me personal contact with the customer is very important if we want to configure a system that meets expectations optimally. I“m looking forward to the projects that I“ll be able to achieve at Rehm in the future“, says Peter Schiele.

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

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GKN Sinter Metals awarded ‚Best Supplier‘ by Somfy

GKN Sinter Metals awarded

GKN Sinter Metals recognized by Somfy as ‚Best Supplier‘

GKN Sinter Metals has received the Best Supplier Award for its quality performance by Somfy, the global market leader in automatic awnings and shutters for buildings. Over recent years, GKN has been a key supplier for Somfy’s manufactured shutters.

The award recognizes the outstanding performance of GKN Sinter Metals‘ site in Bruneck, Italy which manufactures high-class planetary gears and components for Somfy´s electrical shutter motors. GKN accepted the award at a global supplier conference in Krakow, Poland.

Since 2014, GKN Sinter Metals Bruneck has shipped over 75 million parts and components with a defective rate of below 10 ppm, which highlights the precision, reliability and cost effectiveness achieved with sinter metal technology in industrial applications.

Leonhard Kuenig, Sales Director and representative of GKN Sinter Metals at the award ceremony, said: „This is a great recognition of our efforts working as a team, both internally as well as together with our customers, not only to provide excellent quality but also dedicated customer support.“

He added: „I would like to dedicate this award to all our employees who contributed to this. It has been a challenge to get where we are and the award is the best motivation to maintain our competitive edge with Somfy in all aspects of a value-adding partnership.“

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and approximately 7,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016.

Contact
GKN Sinter Metals
Ralf Radschun
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
Phone: 03603895980
E-Mail: Ralf.Radschun@gkn.com
Url: http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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Robots as tube bending machines?

How automation can be improved and handling concepts can provide specific benefits

Robots as tube bending machines?

For low-vibration machining with long tubes, the bending machine is simply put in the robot’s hand. (Source: transfluid)

The trend towards flexibility in machining processes with a high degree of automation is still clearly enduring in many sectors. Nonetheless, with all the innovative strength and performance power of such systems, we still have the question: When and how does it make sense to automate? And, is the robot a means to an end or the deciding factor?
Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid, has the answers. The specialists for high-tech tube processing equipment have already been developing their ‚t motion‘ solution for process automation for many years and for a great variety of application areas. „Of course, with all the enthusiasm for automation there is always the question of benefits. Because the reasons for deciding to go for an automated process, are certainly diverse. Sometimes the objective is to achieve process capability and quality independent of the operator. In other sectors or applications, the focus is on cost reduction for a process. Because a great deal of ‚know-how‘ is required to be able to leverage the optimum results from the machining components through to operation“, explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The question of suitable handling
transfluid can rely on their wide product range for the realisation of the individually developed manufacturing cells. With the integration of well-proven technologies for tube bending or forming, the automation options are always consistently exploited. For example, if it is necessary to cut at the start, transfluid’s chipless orbital tube cutter provides a tidy route for direct further processing. As a result, it is possible to carry out forming processes at the end of the tube and bending pre-formed tubes, for example, without any delays.
With the great variety of possibilities, such as integrated labelling systems or optical measurement systems, the clarification of the general question of the layout of the respective handling system is one of the most important. „Robots are one variant, the other could be an electrical servo driven 4-axis linear handling unit, for example. Both systems have their appeal – certainly the linear system if the central factors are the handling times, short tubes or machining prior to the bending process“, says Stefanie Flaeper. The advantages of the linear systems in comparison to robots lie in particular in the high speed and that they are simpler to program. „Linear systems increase the degree of utilisation of the integrated machines. In contrast, a robot is a great deal more flexible. At least when it comes to automated tube bending“, explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The robot as a machine
A supplementary concept for the forward-looking ‚t-motion‘ automation systems from transfluid is the option to employ the robot as a machine rather than only for handling tasks. „With one of our current projects, we must find a solution and decide whether we install a bending machine and automate this via a robot, or simply take the opportunity to use a robot as a machine“, says Stefanie Flaeper.
In order to realise this, the transfluid engineers have simply put a bending machine into the robot’s hand.
This robot bending machine is able to bend right-left with a single setting. And, it is extremely flexible, in particular when long tubes have to be bent – or for example, pipe-hose combinations whereby the hose has already been installed prior to the bending process.

No tool change and vibration-free automation
Because this enables the bending head to be equipped with several levels, it is possible to bend different tube diameters without a tool change. The advantage of such robot bending machines is obvious: The bending of long tubes can be automated without substantial vibrations and the bending speed can be maintained as relatively constant over the whole length. The robot has innate advantages when it comes to the handling of the tubes from a magazine and the transfer to a store after processing. This allows steel tubes up to 22mm in diameter to be bent without a mandrel.

Robots also bend pre-machined tubes
In addition to conventional bending methods, there is also a further process available for using robots to bend tubes with an internal mandrel. This is fascinating if both ends of the workpiece have already been machined, for example. The robot can start with the bending from both sides. As a result, the transfluid concept has opened up an amazing opportunity to bend both ends into the final shape without an additional length being required.

Programming was yesterday“s solution
„The programming of robots represents an entirely justified hurdle for many companies. For this reason we have made it simple and in fact missing altogether with our robot bending systems“, stresses Stefanie Flaeper. With the transfluid systems, the coordinates are loaded from the CAD system and the robot knows how it must bend. Furthermore, it is possible to connect to measurement systems and so manual corrections can be very simply implemented, as the robot is operated via a normal bending machine controller. As a result, the utilisation of the robot can be even more cost effective.

Plug & Play
With the intelligent networking of their processing technologies from chipless tube cutting through re-forming through to bending, and with integrated technical options, such as product marking, weld seam checking, camera checking systems or the feeding and fastening of external components such as flanges, transfluid has been developing individually tailored automation systems for almost two decades. For specific challenges with linear handling for rapid cycle times or by robot for universal tasks and with complete incorporation of external systems or peripheral functions. This is how „Plug & Play“ production starts.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Firmenkontakt
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
+49 2972 97 15 – 0
+49 2972 97 15 – 11
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
https://www.transfluid.net

Pressekontakt
PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
+49 (0) 271 7700160
s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
http://www.psv-marketing.de

Engineering

GKN Sinter Metals recognized for Design Excellence with two MPIF awards

GKN Sinter Metals recognized for Design Excellence with two MPIF awards

Award-winning technology: the GKN output pulley and the GKN planetary carrier assembly

GKN Sinter Metals has received two Grand Prize Design Excellence Awards from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF). The awards were in the Automotive Transmission category and the Automotive Chassis category.

The MPIF Design Excellence Awards recognize companies who use the flexibility of Powder Metallurgy (PM) materials to push new designs and concepts into a progressive industry. GKN accepted the awards at the annual PowderMet Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the Automotive Transmission category, GKN Sinter Metals‘ planetary carrier assembly for Ford Motor Company’s 10-speed transmission won the Grand Prize. The sinter-brazed copper-steel assembly is comprised of a cage and a flanged hub, and features a novel twist-lock geometry as a bearing retainer.

GKN’s copper-steel output pulley for Nidec Automotive Motor Americas won the Grand Prize in the Automotive Chassis category. The pulley includes a compacted, net-shape groove for an electric reclining mechanism in a mini-van rear seat application, significantly reducing cost.

MPIF recognized eight products across the industry at the conference for elite awards, and GKN is the only company in 2017 to win two Grand Prize awards. MPIF is an international federation with a mission to advance PM and particulate materials.

„GKN is pleased to receive two awards in 2017 and recognizes MPIF“s role in promoting the PM industry,“ said Alan Taylor, Vice President Lightweight Technology, GKN Sinter Metals. „The two winning parts detail the breadth of design opportunities when using PM and provided our customers exceptional value when compared to other metal working processes.“

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and approximately 7,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has three divisions: GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline and GKN Powder Metallurgy, which operate in the aerospace and automotive markets. Over 58,000 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 9.4 billion in the year to 31 December 2016.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Kayla Varicalli
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
03603895980
kayla.varicalli@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

Pressekontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Hütter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
03603895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals