HOERBIGER Hydraulics give Shape to Airplanes
[ Published in HOERBIGER@MOTION 01/2011 ]
High-end technology for the air and down-to-earth classical design: the application spectrum of machine tools is very broad. Bystronic Maschinenbau GmbH in Gotha, Germany, has manufactured press brakes since 1872. Over the decades, these press brakes have been transformed from simple mechanical pipe-bending machines to computer-controlled high-precision presses. The high-tech machines give shape to airplanes and lamp posts. HOERBIGER hydraulic drive technology provides the power required for precise bending moments.
The Airbus is one of the best-selling airplanes in the world–and Bystronic Maschinenbau GmbH in Gotha ensures that even the huge components of this airplane are shaped automatically and economically. The company specifically developed a system consisting of two press brakes with two robots for the airplane manufacturer. And this is just one highlight of the recent past. Bystronic Maschinenbau GmbH can build up to 700 presses annually.
Producing press brakes is a high-tech process. This is reflected not only by the machinery in the new production hall of Bystronic Maschinenbau GmbH in Gotha, but also by the qualification profile of the staff. About every fourth person of the approximately 200 employees holds a university degree, and ten percent of the workforce is engaged in design and development. In addition, the company relies on "home-grown" talent and attaches great importance to education and training.
However, these are just a few of the factors for its success. Bystronic Maschinenbau GmbH primarily sets itself apart from the competition by providing individual solutions on a series production basis. The customer can put together a machine using a catalog of features. Moreover, Bystronic offers a wide range, covering everything from a very small press (capacity: 600 kilonewtons, corresponding approximately to a mass of 60 tons) to very large equipment (35,000 kilonewtons) for bending lengths from about 6 to over 60 feet. Another unique selling proposition is the high vertical integration, ranging from mechanics to electronics and software.
Drive technology plays an important role in the performance of press brakes. Traditionally Bystronic has relied on hydraulic power. Formerly, the required systems were developed and manufactured under its own auspices. Now Bystronic obtains these key components from an outside provider: HOERBIGER Automatisierungstechnik GmbH in Altenstadt, Germany. This company has evolved from a simple component supplier to a significant partner for the entire hydraulic system and is involved in new developments right from the start.