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.
In many ways, the production of large components presents a particular challenge in manufacturing. Used in commercial vehicles, large transmission, or wind power, these parts are large – making them difficult to handle and slowing down production speeds. Adding to the production challenge is the additional technological requirements being placed on the parts, as well as the demand for improved reliability and precision, with decreased costs per piece. All of which needs to be achieved while improving process speeds.