Hurco - Case Study Automated cell for mould production reduces set-up times

Author / Editor: Fiona Wright / Barbara Schulz

Austria/ UK - Julius Blum, an Austrian manufacturer of top-quality slides, hinges and other products for kitchen units, uses 3-axis and 5-axis machining centres from Roeders to help maintain the company’s international reputation as an innovator and technology leader.

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The automated Roeders machining, washing and measuring cell in Julius Blum’s toolroom in Hoechst, Austria.
The automated Roeders machining, washing and measuring cell in Julius Blum’s toolroom in Hoechst, Austria.
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Three of the high-speed machining centres, which incorporate jig grinding capability, are in an automated cell devoted to manufacturing injection mould tools for producing plastic parts used in Blum’s products. A Fanuc robot on a linear track interconnects the machines with a washing station, a coordinate-measuring machine and several storage systems for tools and workpiece pallets.

Gerhard Gorbach, operation resources manager of number 3 plant at Blum headquarters in Hoechst said, “Our products are designed to offer customers perfect motion quality and to maintain this characteristic throughout the full life cycle of the furniture they have been built into.

“To maintain quality, we manufacture almost all of our component parts in-house, right down to the plastic bearings in the drawer slides. Every aspect of our products, however marginal some might seem, influences the customer’s overall impression.”

Ralf Hildebrand, manager of the grinding department added, “Product quality is only one factor for achieving success. The other is cost efficiency. The only way we can achieve that is to extend the quality ethos to the machines we use as well as to our practices on the shop floor, in the metrology department and all the way along to the packing section.”

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