Automating machine tools using robots creates a lot of benefits for production, making the entire process faster, more cost-efficient and more reliable. EMAG’s pick-up technology is particularly suited for automation because the machines’ internal automation systems mean they can be loaded and unloaded very effectively using robots and can easily be interlinked. A conversation with Stefan Erhardt, head of the Automation and Robotics Business Unit at EMAG, discusses the possibilities with combining robots and EMAG machines in production.
Machine owners who regularly maintain their machines prevent many unplanned downtimes and thus improve the entire production reliability of their facilities. Nevertheless, many users still let their machines run until severe damage has occurred – without ever performing a comprehensive check beforehand. What is important when it comes to inspection and maintenance, and what opportunities does IoT technology offer in this regard? A conversation with Patrick Theiss, head of the After Sales/Service business unit at EMAG.
EMAG L.L.C. is excited to announce that Mark Comeaux, Regional Sales Manager responsible for IN, OH, KY, TN and WV has been awarded our 2020 Sales Excellence Award.
Although 2020 was difficult for many manufacturers, Mark used his determination, drive and commitment to EMAG and his customers to secure $12.6 million in new sales. The machines sold touch on all technologies available within the EMAG Group and included equipment to manufacture transmission shafts, end machining, rough and finish turning on a 3-turret lathe complete, induction hardening of automotive steering pinions and ECM technology for high purity valves and medical components. Some projects include:
- Three turnkey cells utilizing our VTC 250 DUO ED machines including gantry robot, post process gages with feedback to machine and automatic mastering.
- Three turret self-loading vertical shaft lathes that process shafts for a transmission company, used for facing and centering the shaft, rough and finish turning – all performed in one, compact machine.
- Induction hardening machine used for the processing of steering pinions.
- Multiple electrochemical machines used to produce high purity valves and a variety of medical components.
- Two VT 4-4 hard turning machines for shafts used in the production of hydrostatic and orbital motors.
- A VM 9 VTL with full turnkey capabilities, including gantry and automatic conveyor infeed system. Processes include turning and burnishing.
- Automation re-tool of current EMAG machines originally installed in 1999 – this is a transform automation system that moves parts from OP to OP, flips them over, and includes a blow off device for rotating clutch.
Although his sales numbers are extraordinary, his commitment to customer relationships and willingness to help teammates are what really won this distinction.
Mark is no stranger to sales achievements, he’s been with EMAG since July of 2016, and has received four annual top sales awards. We’re very lucky to have him, and appreciate all his contributions to EMAG and the sales team, and his commitment to his customers. Congratulations Mark, from all of us at EMAG!
For over 50 years, Kordel has developed a variety of drive systems and transmissions used in agricultural and construction equipment, as well as industrial trucks. This is a task that requires both robust machining and precision, simultaneously. The family-owned business with its headquarters in Dülmen near Münster, Germany relies on the competence of its employees, flat hierarchies and a high level of integration with a “state-of-the-art” machine system. For over 20 years, EMAG’s pick-up technology has played a major role at Kordel. More than 17 production solutions from the Southern German machine builders are used at the production sites in both Germany and Poland. The most recent additions are two VLC 200 GT turn-grind centers. Below is a conversation we had with the Kordel Managing Director, Johannes Kordel, about the success of his company, and the important part mechanical engineering has played in it.
For over 30 years, Bäringhaus & Hunger, based in Grünhainichen near Chemnitz, have been active in the part manufacturing industry – experiencing growing success with the production of high-precision turned and milled parts. About 90 percent of orders received at Bäringhaus & Hunger come directly from suppliers in the automotive industry. From almost the very beginning, EMAG has played an important role in this as a mechanical engineering partner, and currently have over 20 machines on the Bäringhaus & Hunger shop floor. How did this partnership develop and why is it still so important today? We spoke with partners, Matthias and Sebastian Hunger, the second generation of the family to run the company, about the secret to their company’s success.
With the introduction of EDNA, EMAG has developed a complete ecosystem for digitizing industrial production. This required strengthening bonds between teams across company boarders – in addition to the EMAG subsidiaries, diverse external digitization specialists were involved. For this reason, we knew that we had to invite several different people to join this conversation: Peter Strohm, Business Development Manager IoT at EMAG, as well as Ricarda Schuhmann and Lukas Siegele from our partner intuit to tell us about the development process, the possibilities offered by EDNA and why they are so happy about receiving this very special award.
The VLC GT series is one of the most successful new product developments for EMAG in recent years. The combination of the proven pick-up automation system, vertical machining operation and the option of using different technologies for hard machining in the spacious machining area, has made some fantastic production solutions possible.
With the VLC 350 GT, the next biggest expansion stage is being launched. We spoke to Marina Manger, assistant team leader of the TPM-1 application team, about the new machine and the ideas its development was based on.
EMAG eldec is breaking new ground in the production of inductors for induction heating and relies on the latest manufacturing methods, such as additive manufacturing.
We discussed the advantages this provides and the new opportunities this opens up with Kadir Yilmazli, who is responsible for ongoing development in this area as a development engineer for additive manufacturing at EMAG eldec.
CNC-Technik Weiss GmbH joined the EMAG Group at the end of 2019. We’ll interview Bernd Weiß, the company’s Managing Director, to learn more about the company, as well as the plans for the development of new cylindrical grinders.
Whenever containers are lifted by trucks, large excavator shovels are swiveled or heavy containers are tilted at production plants, powerful rotary drives are to thank! The number of application examples for this technology is almost unlimited. As market leader in this sector, HKS Dreh-Antriebe GmbH with headquarters in Wächtersbach, Hesse relies on vertical hobbing machines from EMAG Richardon – major gearing is created with their help. These specialists have recently acquired a new machine of this type for their production site in Neukirch, Saxony. In the following interview, HKS Production Manager Mario Vogt explains why they made this investment decision and what technological challenges stand out in this process.