Strothmann to automate tandem press line in China

  • December 10, 2013
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December 10, 2013 - Strothmann Machines & Handling won a contract for press automation from Shanghai Superior Die Technology Co.,  worth about 5 million euros. Strothmann will supply the complete parts handling consisting of a blank loader with fully automated tooling change, the new High Speed Transfer (HST), and parts unloading at the end of the new tandem press line. Employing linear servo technology, the HST is based on Strothmann ’s proven CompactTransfer which was designed for press retrofits. Siemens press simulation software is used to determine the safest, most efficient travel curve. At a 6 m distance between the press centers, up to 15 strokes per minute are feasible. The theoretical maximum acceleration is 25 m/s² in the horizontal axis and 15 m/s² in the vertical axis. The system is designed for blanks measuring up to 4,100 x 2,100 mm, the rated payload is 120 kg (blank and tooling). The HST is fastened to the press frame in travel direction. It is extremely compact and accessible – all modules are mounted above the floor, neither expansion tanks nor supply cables need to be installed in the press basement. This minimizes maintenance times. The freed-up space is used by tooling carts that automatically drive the toolings to the transfer point while the dies are changed. Company Background Based in Schloss Holte-Stukenbrock, Germany, Strothmann Machines & Handling GmbH provides automation solutions for mechanical engineering, automotive industry, aircraft assembly, wind energy industry, and other sectors. With a service range that includes the branches PressRoomAutomation, IndustrialAutomation, and ProductionLogistics, Strothmann develops and integrates entire new press lines and assembly lines as well as modernization projects in order to optimize production processes throughout the value added chain. Founded in 1976, the company offers a comprehensive program of handling technologies with a special focus on linear robots. Strothmann’s RoundTrack technology, a rail system suitable for the shop floor, enables ideal logistics solutions particularly in heavy load applications. Strothmann belongs to the Siempelkamp Group and has sales partners on three continents, sales and service offices in North and South America, and a subsidiary in China.

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