Corporate Strategy From mould manufacturer to systems partner: BBG redefines itself

Editor: Alexander Stark

Germany — BBG is transforming itself from a mould, machinery and plant manufacturer to an international system partner for polyurethane processing, including glass encapsulation, and the production of moulded composite components.

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BBG Group is transforming itself from a mold, machinery and plant manufacturer to an international system partner.
BBG Group is transforming itself from a mold, machinery and plant manufacturer to an international system partner.
(Source: BBG)

As a full-range supplier, BBG supplies all components for fully automated, continuously documented production that can be tracked over the entire lifetime of the components. The company offers their components for retrofitting or integrating existing equipment into end-to-end production lines. The manufacturer is represented by its own subsidiaries in the target markets of Europe, the Nafta countries and Asia, in particular China.

The family-owned company now offers all the working steps required from a single source. In addition to project planning and plant design, this covers the selection of coordinated modules including interface coordination and their integration into a central control system. The installation of all components, their commissioning, and operator training are also part of the service. The degree of automation of a production process can be freely determined, as can the scope of the documentation of material and process data. These are stored centrally and can be retrieved at any time.

Two robot-equipped automation cells are new, which apply release agents to mold surfaces (pictured) and primer or paint to components in an unmanned process.
Two robot-equipped automation cells are new, which apply release agents to mold surfaces (pictured) and primer or paint to components in an unmanned process.
(Source: BBG)

The modules used cover the work steps for fully automated production lines. They start at the provisioning of materials and the loading of the system, and include the actual manufacturing process and the removal of the produced components right through to visual inspection, post-processing and packaging.

In addition to various individual components, in particular the moulds, the mould carrier and press systems are designed and manufactured in our own production facilities. BBG sources other modules from long-standing partners, adapts them to customers’ requirements and integrates them into the production lines.

The novelty of the company's solution consists in two robot-equipped automation cells, which apply primer or paint to components and release agent to mould surfaces in an unmanned process. BBG presented the concept for automatic release agent application using a prototype at its Innovation Day in 2019. The automation cells improve the quality and process safety of the operations. The two modules were used for the first time by a North American supplier of passenger car and commercial vehicle parts.

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