New investment at Alpen plant
At LEMKEN’s Alpen plant, the turn of the year is a time not only for repair and maintenance work but also for modifications to production facilities. Over the past few weeks and months, new machinery and equipment worth more than 1.7 million euros have been installed.
Back in November, a new AXA machining centre took its place in the machining department. This enormous unit, measuring 12 m by 4.86 m by 3.90 m, can be used to carry out drilling and milling activities of all types, including work on the gear troughs of rotary harrows. The unit boasts five axes, a swivel-mounted machining spindle and a 360° rotatable table. An additional turning mechanism was also fitted for the gear troughs of rotary harrows.
The noise of diggers heralded the construction of the new bending and hardening unit in the prefabrication area. Before building could start, it was first of all necessary to dig up the floor and pour foundations. But following what must surely be a record-breaking assembly time, the unit was put into service on 2 January as scheduled. Process reliability is therefore guaranteed, including for the larger parts that are anticipated in future.
After 16 years of operation, the old industrial robots at the fully automated roller hearth furnace have been replaced by the latest generation of robots. The three new robots used to load the furnace and remove the hardened parts are equipped with the latest control technology, ensuring that LEMKEN is ideally prepared for the future.