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NOV 2018

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International Perspective 22 MoldMaking Technology —— NOVEMBER 2018 By Barbara Schulz Machine-Tool Investment Considerations Several European moldmakers offer rational for their purchasing decisions when they invest in new machine-tool technology. I t is not possible to establish ixed rules when it comes to choosing the right machine tool. However, attuning to the needs of shops and delivering on the promise to ensure machine availability as much as possible are often said to be the most important factors that drive moldmakers to opt for a certain machining center or machine- tool brand, no matter the initial price tag. Several European moldmakers offer rational for their purchasing decisions. Uptime, Location and Reputation Moldmaker Schweiger Formenbau in Ufing, Germany, specializes in automotive work, creating highly sophisticated molds that are used in premi- um vehicles. For example, the company builds two-component injection molds that make headlight end plates. These customers place high demands on the end products and do not accept the slightest blem- ish. Accordingly, the injection molds have to meet similar requirements. As a rule, surfaces must be as smooth as glass and the company must maintain tolerances of less than ‚.‚ƒ millimeter. For Managing Director Anton Schweiger and his team of approximately …† employees, this means meeting the highest standards of precision and quality with every injection mold Kegelmann Technik near Frankfurt, Germany, operates six Hermle five-axis machining centers. All of them are automated and arranged in machining cells, where a robot handles blanks and pallets for unmanned operation. A machine- tool builder who builds reliable machines that rarely need unscheduled service and who can react quickly is essential. that Schweiger Formenbau produces. Additionally, the com- pany is competing in a global market, which—among other things—is subject to enormous pressure regarding costs. However, facing the strain of global competition, the quali- ied toolmaker and his team have adjusted and positioned themselves. The team relies on an automated process chain that ensures absolute security and ends with injection molds that meet all requirements. In ƒ‚‰Š, the company built a new production hall and invested in two DMC ƒ‰‚U and ƒ…‚U ive-axis machining centers from DMG MORI. Image courtesy of Kegelmann Technik.

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