Pintsch Bubenzer has launched a new, environmentally friendly electric wheel brake—the BRBe—for electric overhead traveling (EOT) cranes at ports and steel mills, and other heavy duty applications.
The BRBe is currently available for cranes with wheels from 500mm (19.68 in.) to 1,000mm (39.37 in.) diameter and wheel flange widths from 160mm (6.29 in.) to 254mm (10 in.). It is also suited to paper mill logging cranes, mobile / harbor cranes, steel mill outside service cranes, stacker and bulk storage cranes.
The most common sizes for the new range are the BRBe70, with 56000N braking force (70kN contact force); and the BRBe90, with 72000N braking force (90kN contact force). The brake can be sized up or down based on the application along with adaptation to the bolt pattern of existing wheel brakes or retrofitted to a new application.
Joel Cox, president at Pintsch Bubenzer USA, said: “The product is launched as an alternative to lessen the impact on hydraulics on cranes and make installation improved while reducing costs to owners. The product is greener and avoids the typical hydraulic cylinder repairs or potential for leaks and contamination at docks. Our BRB120 and BRB90 designs are popular hydraulic wheel brakes, but this was built with greater ease and simplicity in mind both for OEMs [original equipment manufacturers] and end users.”
Cox stressed that installation of the new brake doesn’t eliminate the need for runaway or storm brakes. He said: “Specifications still call for storm brakes. And ports, for example, still use mechanical tie downs during hurricanes and big storms when they have time to prep for them. Our wheel brakes are good to keep the crane from rolling and preventing them from catching momentum down the runway. It is up to the end client or OEM discretion whether to use wheel brakes, push down [on rail] brakes, or rail clamps for everyday use.”
Importantly, the BRBe, which can be retrofitted, is designed for outdoor cranes, such as ship-to-shore, rail-mounted gantry and rubber-tired gantry cranes. In the event of microburst wind, gale storms, tornados, or hurricanes, a traditional storm brake would determine the wind speed and lock; in other words, it would push down on the rail, wedge rail or grab rail head, and squeeze the wheel flanges.
A brake from the norm
“If a known storm is coming,” Cox said, “Operators typically have storm tie downs that are more mechanical and binding to the earth. However, depending on the location of the crane and the special tie down points on a dock or runway, it might be in danger of traverse to get to those points in unexpected weather conditions. With storm brakes, long runs of piping, hoses, cylinders and valves are all subject to leaks and water ingress, for example—and potential failure. A wheel brake design might have 16 brakes with between 16 to 32 locations; that’s a lot of potential fail spots. The reaction time is also very important to what operators can achieve.”
On the all-electric BRBe wheel brake, meanwhile, there is no hydraulic power unit (HPU); instead a low amperage, three-phase power unit (the largest produces only 1.8 FLA) is utilized, which comes water intrusive ready with IP67 class and is suitable for a standard temperature range of -30°C to +60°C.
The electric wheel brake originated from the RWBe, a green concept that removed all hydraulics. Pintsch Bubenzer added its new BUEL thruster line-up, which had a traditional thrusting version (H model), a self-contained HPU version (G) and a version for storm brakes (S) that would pull and not thrust. The new, all-electric version is used with the BUEL S model. The BUEL G is used to remove traditional HPU units on other applications not related to traveling motion.
Cox said: “The [BRBe] unit is already showing up on cranes in the USA and has environmentally friendly design since it requires no oil change, lifetime internal filling and intermittent operation. It requires no bleeding, no special wiring, and no pipes or hoses to worry about. Further, operation is coil spring applied.”
He added: “Since it is hurricane season, we are raising awareness about an often overlooked issue: how do you tie your crane down? If you assume that when you see a storm coming you can grab a sling and shackle, it is too late. Having proper braking and storm brake prevention is an important consideration.”
Plibrico's customer-centric core value assist in making safe return-to-work strategies successful
As thermal processing plants re-open across America, they face challenges and uncertainties never witnessed before, from reestablishing supplier channels for critical materials, to servicing new orders resulting from pent-up demand. All while at the same time ensuring the health and well-being of their employees.
One company that is helping make plant re-openings successful is the Plibrico Company. A major supplier of refractory solutions for the aluminum, steel, mineral and petrochemical processing industries, with special expertise in ensuring the safe, productive operation of high-temperature furnaces, boilers, and incinerators.
Plibrico is playing a major role in the safe return-to-work strategies of its industrial customers by instituting a robust COVID-19 Response Plan that includes swift action to client dynamic needs. Many thermal processing plants that were running on a reduced schedule or idled, are now returning to work and starting to reopen. As production starts to ramp up, organizations find themselves in critical need of refractories for unplanned repairs or maintenance. Refractories that are vital for them to ensuring reliable and safe return to operation.
"I am extremely proud of the Plibrico employees that have helped our customers make a strong comeback during this turbulent time," notes Brad Taylor, President and CEO of the Plibrico Company. "Today's demand for refractories has presented both a challenge and an important opportunity for us to demonstrate our flexibility and commitment to customer success."
Taylor points to Plibrico's Oak Hill, Ohio manufacturing site as an example of the company's strengthened resolve. The majority of Plibrico's refractory materials are manufactured at this centrally-located production facility. An extensive inventory of raw materials are stored and processed here, resulting in the plant being known industry-wide for its fast turn-around of quality refractory products.
"Even during April and May when customers were grappling with the volatility of the marketplace, Plibrico increased its commitment to its customers thru increased inventory and staffing. The increases allowed added flexibility to ensure on time delivery at a time when our customers needed us the most," said Taylor. "Plibrico customers have come to rely on the flexibility and strength of our manufacturing facility to be able to help them meet their challenging schedules, and that’s what we deliver. These are the situations where Plibrico has always excelled."
One example was a customer that had an unexpected schedule change and required a large expedited order of multiple refractories. The catch? All refractories needed to be produced and delivered to Nebraska in only two days. The purchase order was received on a Tuesday morning that had the plant spring into action. Remarkably, the Plibrico team manufactured the entire order by Wednesday. Next up was Plibrico's logistics team which put in extra hours processing the paperwork, loading the truck, and getting the shipment delivered to Nebraska to satisfy the customer's short timeline.
Another case of an exemplary customer experience came in the form of an aluminum processing plant. In the midst of a scheduled repair, the aluminum plant's manager realized he needed two more pallets of special refractories to finish the project. Plibrico received the order on a Monday morning, and once again quickly responded, re-organizing its schedule to manufacture the special material the customer needed. Despite it being a holiday week, the Plibrico team secured a truck and shipped the load overnight so that the customer had it first thing in the morning when the work crew came in, avoiding additional costly down time.
As the economy starts moving forward, thermal processing plants are beginning to increase their production schedules and shuttered plants are starting to re-open. Successful safe return-to-work strategies include reengagement of supplier channels for critical materials like refractories. Pivoting plant schedules and changing demands, makes supplier flexibility and superior customer service key to achieving success. Plibrico’s customer-centric core values, safe robust response plan, and willingness to go the extra mile are helping its customers achieve their return-to-work goals. Plibrico customers are emerging stronger and better prepared to meet their production and competitive market demands.
To learn more how the Plibrico Company can help you, visit www.plibrico.com.
ABOUT PLIBRICO COMPANY, LLC
Plibrico Company, LLC is an industry leading single-source supplier of aluminosilicate and high alumina monolithic refractories used in the processing of aluminum, steel, sugar, cement, waste, power generation and other demanding thermal environments. For over a century, organizations have trusted us to develop innovative and reliable refractory and mechanical solutions that consistently increase efficiency, improve production uptime and safely boost the performance of our customers' thermal processing operations and equipment.
Committed to growth and focused on providing value to customers, Plibrico has brought together one of the broadest product and technical service portfolios in the refractories industry. Our wide portfolio allows us to fully service our customers from concept to completion.
Plibrico's Mechanical Services division specializes in the repair, maintenance, installation, and upgrade of industrial, institutional, and commercial HVAC, heating and cooling systems. As a trusted partner for many power and processing industry customers operating in critical environments, Plibrico helps keep facilities up and running, reliably.
Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois, Plibrico serves its customers through a centrally located manufacturing plant, and a network of refractory construction offices and partners throughout the United States and Canada. Plibrico supplies high quality monolithic refractory materials worldwide under the Plico® brand.
Inflatable Tube and Pipe Purging Systems simplify the process of inert gas purging by restricting weld purge volumes, making huge savings in time and inert gas.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® design and manufacture PurgElite®, a range of low cost Tube and Pipe Purging Systems that help to achieve a clean, oxide free, zero colour weld in just minutes, available from 1” (25 mm).
Ron Sewell, Chairman for HFT® said: “Purging a pipe prior to welding is critical to the success of welding stainless steel, titanium, zirconium and other reactive alloys. PurgElite® systems are simply inserted in the pipe and positioned with the aid of the luminous RootGlo®. When the gas flow is started, the dams inflate, sealing inside the pipe and argon then purges the interspace automatically. A Weld Purge Monitor® connection is standard on each PurgElite®, so the welder can monitor the oxygen content of the purge volume throughout the entire welding process.”
Each PurgElite® features IntaCal®, a purge gas feed device, which means there is no complicated valving for the operator to adjust and set. Quick connect/disconnect fittings with collets and ‘O’ ring seals for gas tight sealing, fitted with anti-release circlips are fitted to all systems to prevent parts accidentally separating inside pipes.
HFT®’s innovative PurgeGate® Valve is available as an accessory, a unique one way valve suitable for all types of Inflatable Pipe Weld Purging Systems. PurgeGate® regulates the gas flow and pressure during weld purging to prevent the dams from over inflating and bursting.
Heat Resistant Covers with a rating up to a temperature of 300ºC are available as accessories to protect the inflatable dams. These are attached with ties sewn into the covers.
Watch the PurgElite® demonstration video, available at: https://youtu.be/Q-dSRpPvd1s
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® have a worldwide Exclusive Distributor network, which can be found at www.huntingdonfusion.com.
Made in Wales ‘Manufacturer of the Year’ and Welsh Business Awards – Exporter of the Year.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® are Weld Purging Innovators, Designers and Manufacturers with offices located globally.
Huntingdon Fusion Techniques HFT® invented the ‘Weld Purge Monitor®’ in 1975 and own all international intellectual property rights and registered trademarks.
Weld purging is the act of removing, from the vicinity of the joint, oxygen, water vapour and any other gases or vapours that might be harmful to a welding joint. Such gases may combine with the metal to form undesirable compounds that may reduce corrosion resistance or may be instrumental in creating cracks or other structural defects in metals.
Next generation high-performance drill for steel applications sets bar for tool life, productivity.
Kennametal has introduced an expansion its solid carbide drilling portfolio, the HPX drill for high performance, large volume drilling in steel. Designed to quickly and efficiently punch holes up to 8 x D in any ISO-P steel material, the HPX drill provides up to twice the tool life and three times the productivity compared to competing products, even in dry or minimum quantity lubrication (MQL) applications.
What makes the HPX drill the superior choice for Steel applications? The difference is in the design. Steels are used for a wide variety of automotive, commercial, and industrial applications, often in production volumes where maximum tool life and throughput is critical. Yet steel creates a high degree of mechanical loading during drilling operations resulting in forces that lead to rapid tool wear and chipping of the tool’s more vulnerable corners. Kennametal has eliminated this failure point by applying a small corner chamfer and straightening the HPX drill’s cutting edges. Together with the rounded margin lands running down the length of the flutes, this serves to stabilize the drill while reducing friction.
Built-up edge is another common problem when drilling alloy steels. The HPX drill’s straight cutting edge helps eliminate some of this, but the real clincher is the drill’s optimized edge preparation. This gentle hone further reduces the friction that leads to built-up edge, as do the tool’s highly polished flutes. Couple that with a carbide grade designed specifically for steel—KCP15B—and a proprietary multilayer AlTiN coating, and the HPX drill sets a new standard for tool life in high-volume ISO-P drilling.
Lower forces, even better reliability
Special gashing on the HPX drill improves the chip formation and curls a smaller chip. The material specific HPX point geometry creates significantly lower cutting forces, which works great for machines with lower spindle capabilities, unstable cutting conditions, or unstable workpiece clamping. A continuous cross section makes the HPX drill more resistant against tool breakage, and the ultrahigh polished chip flutes ensure superior chip evacuation.
Manufacturers wishing to turn off their high-pressure coolant pumps in favor of dry cutting or MQL systems, efficient chip evacuation along with low-friction cutting is a must, and the HPX drill delivers on both counts. In fact, the drill comes equipped with a leakproof MQL interface that meets DIN 6535 and 69090-03 standards—no more special orders or in-house modifications.
With over 80 years as an industrial technology leader, Kennametal Inc. delivers productivity to customers through materials science, tooling and wear-resistant solutions. Customers across aerospace, earthworks, energy, general engineering and transportation turn to Kennametal to help them manufacture with precision and efficiency. Every day approximately 10,000 employees are helping customers in more than 60 countries stay competitive. Kennametal generated nearly $2.4 billion in revenues in fiscal 2019. Learn more at www.kennametal.com. Follow @Kennametal: Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Lincoln Electric® introduces the VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR helmet, complete with exterior grind control, often preferred by welders. When choosing a Powered Air Purifying Respirator for a fabrication environment, its respiratory performance, versatility and optic quality are three important variables to consider – all of which the VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR helmet provides. Additionally, the helmet features a number of benefits that improve the welding experience.
The VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR features a low-profile external button to switch between weld and grind mode, a smart blower system, and an extra-large 12.5 sq. in. auto-darkening lens with Lincoln Electric’s exclusive 4C® Lens technology. Featuring a lens with superior 1/1/1/1 optical clarity, extreme color accuracy, light weight and an even shade from any angle, this feature increases operator comfort for long hours of welding.
Chase Rutti, product manager, accessories, stated, “when welding must be performed in enclosed or other areas where it’s difficult to access effective ventilation or control exposure to welding fume, one option is personal protective equipment for the individual operator. Our new VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR system, with a popular exterior grind control, helps the operator save time with easy access to the most common fabricator activities – welding and grinding for pre- or post-joint preparation.”
Offering comfort and safety for the welder, the helmet also features a unique, patented airflow design. The airduct is integrated into the top of the headgear and features two air flow baffles, which the user can adjust to change the direction and distribution of the set air flow. This feature maximizes operator comfort and helps prevent eye dryness.
With the system’s superior battery life, operators can work a full shift without interruption, improving efficiency. While the VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR comes with a battery that outlasts competitor battery lives, Lincoln Electric also offers an extended battery which can operate for up to 16 hours, providing flexibility when working overtime and functioning as a safeguard if the battery is not charged overnight.
The VIKING™ 3350 XG PAPR bundle includes the following equipment:
- 3350 XG PAPR Welding Helmet
- Blower Unit
- Lithium Ion Battery
- 120V Battery Charger
- Padded Belt (29-52 in.)
- Shoulder Straps
- 2 HEPA Filters
- Spark Screen
- Hose with Cover
- Duffle Bag
For more information, please visit www.lincolnelectric.com.
About Lincoln Electric
Lincoln Electric is the world leader in the design, development and manufacture of arc welding products, automated joining, assembly and cutting systems, plasma and oxy-fuel cutting equipment and has a leading global position in brazing and soldering alloys. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Lincoln has 59 manufacturing locations in 18 countries and a worldwide network of distributors and sales offices covering more than 160 countries. For more information about Lincoln Electric and its products and services, visit the Company’s website at https://www.lincolnelectric.com.
In late autumn 2020, the new prototyping centre from Fronius International will be put into operation. At the site in Wels, Upper Austria, the welding technology manufacturer will not only be working on individual solutions for customers in the field of joining technology, but also welding small series components for the prototype phase.
Trends such as e-mobility are resulting in new components and thus new challenges in production, for example when it comes to specific knowledge in joining technology. The special systems that are required, particularly for prototype manufacturing, can pose an investment risk. “When working with suppliers over the past few years, we have discovered that the construction of prototypes is an important topic that comes with a degree of uncertainty for our customers. For this reason, we have decided to support them in this regard,” explains Harald Scherleitner, head of sales in the Fronius Business Unit Perfect Welding.
As an important strategic step towards becoming a solutions provider, in the future Fronius Perfect Welding will be welding components for prototypes according to customer requirements. This means the customer does not need to invest in their own prototyping centres and also has the welding knowledge of Fronius at their disposal. Wolfgang Scherleitner, head of the prototyping centre, continues: “We offer our customers technical support and develop the ideal welding solution for the specific component in house. If this eventually goes into series production, as a general contractor we can also supply the necessary welding systems.” The Fronius prototyping centre will be put into operation at the start of November this year.
Business Unit Perfect Welding
Fronius Perfect Welding is the innovation leader for arc welding and is the global market leader for robot assisted welding. As system providers, Fronius Welding Automation also turns customer-specific automated complete welding solutions into reality in a number of areas, from container construction right up to cladding for the offshore sector. Power sources for manual applications, welding accessories and a wide range of services add to our portfolio. With more than 1,000 sales partners worldwide, Fronius Perfect Welding is never far away from our customers.
Fronius International GmbH
Fronius International is an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach and other sites in Wels, Thalheim, Steinhaus and Sattledt. Founded by Günter Fronius in 1945, this long-standing company with a rich tradition will be celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2020. What began as a local one-man venture has grown into a global player with more than 5440 employees worldwide working in the areas of welding technology, photovoltaics and battery charging systems. Its export ratio of around 93 percent is achieved with 34 international Fronius subsidiaries and sales partners/representatives in more than 60 countries. Moreover, its innovative products and services and its portfolio of 1264 registered patents make it an innovation leader on the world market.
Combilift’s products are appreciated by thousands of customers around the world for their ability to enable safe, space saving and more productive materials handling, but they are also award-winners when it comes to their outstanding design. Combilift was amongst the winners of the 2020 Red Dot Design Award for its recently launched Combi-CBE4 model - the world’s first compact counterbalance design electric powered multidirectional forklift with its patented traction on all wheels.
The “Red Dot” distinction is now established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design, and as one of the world’s largest product competitions, these awards attract submissions from over 50 countries every year. This is the 2nd Red Dot Award that Combilift has received - it was a winner in 2014 with the Combi-WR4 multidirectional pedestrian operated reach stacker.
The Combi-CBE, with 4t lift capacity, features the company’s internationally patented independent electric traction which provides all front and rear drive wheels with 100% traction control, therefore negating the need for differential lock on slippery surfaces. By inputting the wheel-base parameters, the traction commands are calculated by the control system. As the truck drives, the speed and rotational direction of the wheels are controlled independently, and tight turns can be negotiated with no tyre wear. This also offers precise acceleration and deceleration control for the operator, significantly reducing long load momentum twisting when travelling sideways. The Red Dot jury commented as follows: “This compact, multidirectional forklift truck is characterised by its extraordinary manoeuvrability and high traction as well as emission-free operation.”
“We are very proud that one of our products has once again been recognised as a worthy winner by the jury,” said Combilift CEO and Co-founder Martin McVicar. “Both these accolades are testimony to the high calibre of our product designers and R&D department, and to the benefits achieved in collaboration with our clients during the design process of a new model.”
The CB-series is the smallest counterweight forklift in the world with a dimension from the back to the front of forks of only 1.85 meters. Compared to other traditional counterweight forklifts this reduces operating aisles to less than 3.5 meters. This 3-in-1 solution from Combilift allows the operator to handle pallets in less space than all other forklifts on the market, and by flicking a switch allows the change to sideways mode in under 3 seconds for handling long loads - in the same aisle, with the same machine.
Martin McVicar: “If there was ever a time to make sure that your warehouse is working at optimum capacity and efficiency, then it’s now. A multi-purpose forklift allows you to do more with less, to optimize space safety and efficiency. It also enhances and improves the return of your investment (ROI) and reduces the total cost of ownership to an absolute minimum. In recent years demand for storage facilities has risen due to the continued growth of E-Commerce, and the Coronavirus has had a further dramatic impact on shopping habits and therefore the warehousing sector. Combilift’s innovative, multi-directional technology coupled with over 20 years of experience in volume optimisation means we’re experts in making your space work harder. Our free warehouse planning consultancy service lets you visualise the potential Combilift can unlock within your existing footprint.”
The 2020 Red Dot Design award is the second one awarded by the jury for a Combilift product. In 2014 the company was amongst the winners for its Combi-WR4 multidirectional walkie reach truck. This was also the second accolade for this model in the same year as it had previously won the 2014 Ergonomics Award at the UK Fork Lift Truck Association Awards for Excellence.
The Combi-WR4 was another world first: a pedestrian reach stacker which combines multidirectional travel with features such as a pantograph reach, side shift and tilting fork carriage. It not only ensures a very safe environment for operators and those working alongside them but also enables space saving handling and storage of palletised and long loads in very narrow aisles. A salient aspect of the WR4’s design is its unique patented multi-position tiller arm which rotates the rear wheel parallel to the chassis and back again, enabling the operator to stand at an offset position and therefore outside of the danger zone.
NC program ready in seconds // Tools to help design tube connections // Programming in 3D
TRUMPF has developed a new programming software for laser tube cutting machines called “Programming Tube”. The software executes many work steps automatically, so that for many finished parts, no additional programming effort is required. The intuitive way of working ensures that users get used to the system quickly.
3D design made simple
Programming Tube supports files in all common formats and enables the upload and construction of tubes and complete assemblies. When it comes to assemblies, the software programs bent connections at the touch of a button. These connections replace constructions that normally consist of several individual tubes. Connection and positioning aids between the tubes can also be implemented at the touch of a button. These aids help to simplify subsequent production steps, e.g. assembly or welding, prevent errors and save costs.
Generate NC programs automatically
Programming Tube provides an extremely rapid method of programming tubes in 3D. Once the design process is complete, the software performs the programming process automatically. The software makes life easier for programmers by automatically determining how the laser tube cutting machine should eject parts and tap threads. Programming Tube creates the NC program from the thread parameters, including the necessary tools and the correct processing sequence. The way of working is intuitive. Instead of typing parameters into a dialogue field, they can now be adjusted directly on the 3D simulated part by simply using the mouse – which is less complicated. Users can also move the approach position of the laser with the help of the mouse. Additional modifications can be incorporated in the 3D simulation of the machining process if necessary.
The high-technology company TRUMPF offers production solutions in the machine tool and laser sectors. It is driving digital connectivity in manufacturing industry through consulting, platform and software offers. TRUMPF is the world technological and market leader for machine tools used in flexible sheet metal processing, and also for industrial lasers.
In 2018/19 the company – which has about 14,500 employees – achieved sales of 3.8 billion euros. With over 70 subsidiaries, the TRUMPF Group is represented in nearly all the countries of Europe, North and South America, and Asia. It has production facilities in Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, the Czech Republic, the USA, Mexico, China and Japan.
For more information about TRUMPF go to www.trumpf.com
Total metals & mining industry M&A deals in Q2 2020 worth $1.83bn were announced in the US, according to GlobalData’s deals database.
The value marked an increase of 65.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 11.9% when compared with the last four-quarter average of $1.64bn.
The US held a 20.7% share of the global metals & mining industry M&A deal value that totalled $8.86bn in Q2 2020.
In terms of deal activity, the US recorded 42 deals during Q2 2020, marking a rise of 35.5% over the previous quarter and a rise of 20% over the last four-quarter average.
The US metals & mining industry M&A deals in Q2 2020: Top deals
The top five metals & mining industry M&A deals accounted for 99.4% of the overall value during Q2 2020.
The combined value of the top five metals & mining M&A deals stood at $1.82bn, against the overall value of $1.83bn recorded for the month.
The top five metals & mining industry deals of Q2 2020 tracked by GlobalData were:
- ‘s $1.78bn merger of Alacer Gold and SSR Mining
- The $23.78m merger of Evrim Resources and Renaissance Gold by
- Metalla Royalty and Streaming’s $5.77m asset transaction with
- The $4m acquisition of Idaho North Resources by Metalla Royalty and Streaming
- Greenpro Capital’s acquisition of Millennium Sapphire for $4m.
This analysis considers only announced and completed deals from the GlobalData financial deals database and exclude all terminated and rumored deals. Country and industry are defined according to the headquarters and dominant industry of the target firm. The term ‘acquisition’ refers to both completed deals and those in the bidding stage.
GlobalData tracks real-time data concerning all merger and acquisition, private equity/venture capital and asset transaction activity around the world from thousands of company websites and other reliable sources.
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Fronius International visits the long-established Innsbruck construction company Huter und Söhne. The Metalworking division in particular enjoys an outstanding reputation here: The company’s own metalworking shop alone employs 60 people, who have 10 permanent welding stations and additional mobile welding systems at their disposal. Across all processes, Huter relies exclusively on welding technology from Fronius.
Innsbruck, at the heart of the Tirol: Huter und Söhne has been active in the construction industry here for more than 150 years – the city center is shaped by numerous buildings that owe their existence to Huter. To date, Huter und Söhne has gradually succeeded in establishing itself in a variety of different branches of the construction industry.
Universal Construction Concepts
From conventional construction, carpentry, and laminated timber construction to joinery services and metalworking – Huter und Söhne is a general contractor offering complete solutions. From foundation to roof truss, from solid wood front door to corrosion-resistant railings – they make more than 70% of the construction components themselves. This results in turnkey construction approaches being made available to the citizens of Innsbruck, of course.
“With around 250 employees, we can cover a variety of different architectural styles: from housing estates, office buildings and business premises, to industrial building and hall extensions – and we also have the expertise to build a sturdy home”, says Thomas Gattringer, master metalworker, welding practitioner and instructor for Huter und Söhne. “It goes without saying that we take up all the challenges posed by innovations in structural engineering. Energy-saving construction is also part of our service portfolio, for example.”
The Huter und Söhne Metalworking Shop
It becomes clear during a subsequent tour of the Metalworking division’s facilities that the metalworking shop is basically separated into materials.
Right at the start is the steel workshop: railings, stairs, ramps, canopies, car ports etc., are made here from conventional construction steel. The employees handling the solid steel girders that bar the way as you enter are not exactly holding back: “Brute force is needed here”, explains Gattringer. “Mounting brackets for balcony boxes, for example. The metal plates are 20-30 millimeters thick. We use 1.2 mm wire and then weld the whole thing in three layers. So you need an enormous amount of power, which is why we mostly use the robust TransSteel 3500c.”
Gattringer also explains that due to regulation EN 1090, welding tasks like this at Huter must only be carried out by the TransSteel 3500c. Of course, the TransSteel 2200 also comes under the prescribed certificate of conformity package, but not only does the TransSteel 3500c have the necessary high power, it also and most importantly has water cooling, which is vital for overcoming welding challenges like this. “If the tasks are minor, we also make use of the older VarioStar systems, which are simply indestructible.”
Frame construction – a subdivision of structural steelwork in the next workshop hall – demonstrates really clearly how little Huter actually has to buy: the door frames leaning against the wall are made from scratch in-house. First the fitters cut suitable strips from the 1.5 mm galvanized steel plate and trim them to make complex profiles. The individual components are then welded together to make finished door frames.
The aluminum workshop is next in line. This is where all aluminum system construction takes place, producing profiles for windows, doors and facades, and complete roof structures.
The stainless steel workshop is just a few meters away: The workers there wear T-shirts and white gloves – it is all about fine dexterity. The employees in this department are real TIG specialists and you can clearly see the almost artistic requirement of their work. At present, they are mainly working on handrails, stainless steel door frames, and railings. The spotless visible seams were all made by the Fronius MagicWave 230i, or the TransTig 230i.
At the end of the workshop visit, Gattringer explains: “We have high quality standards, so of course we need the right tools. When it comes to thermal joining, we only work with welding technology from Fronius.”
Mobile Use and the TransSteel 2200
“We also rely on Fronius systems for mobile finishing work”, continues the welding practitioner. Smaller tack welding jobs on stair railings are quickly and easily resolved with TransPocket. But when it comes to joining prefabricated handrails with high-quality visible seams, the fitters are happy to have the TransSteel 2200 to hand: “Because the seam appearance is important with this type of work, TIG welding is essential.”
Fitters seem to be totally convinced, particularly by the TransSteel 2200’s touchdown ignition in TIG mode: “System operation is so smooth that we find it easy to work and remain highly professional at the same time. It is true to say that you only need the minimum of practice and after just a few attempts, welding tasks can be performed at a level we would otherwise only manage in the workshop with the high frequency TIG systems TransTig and MagicWave.”
Gattringer also explains that the weight and handling of the TransSteel 2200 are most impressive: “The Multiprocess capability is a real plus, of course – especially the quick switch between processes. It takes no time at all to convert the system for the different process variants, as adjustments can be made intuitively and immediately, without requiring much previous knowledge. So we are ready to go extremely quickly.”
In fact, the simplicity of the Fronius devices wins favor with the welding practitioner in other aspects too: “The mere fact that we do not need high-voltage current! Since this is often unavailable on construction sites, we occasionally found ourselves having to organize generators in the past – a significant amount of extra work that is now no longer required.”
Universal Application with Multiprocess
Construction sites where there is no clear definition of the tasks to be completed are also part of everyday life for fitters: “In this situation, we are sure to pack the little TransSteel in the car just in case, because then we are ideally equipped for all tasks.”
Huter fitters really do have to draw on all the process variants in mobile use: “We can apply all the processes professionally and weld at more or less the same high level.”
Huter and the Jeweler
Only recently, there was a typical assignment for TransSteel at one of Innsbruck’s famous jewelers. Part of the renovation work required solid steel girders to be put in to support the ceiling construction.
But with so many upright structures (temporary supporting elements to support the ceiling) taking up space, we were severely restricted: “There was not enough room anywhere; we had to weld in all positions and it was always out-of-position welding. The lack of space meant we would have been at our wits end with the larger MAG systems, and if we had been forced to use smaller electrode welding systems, we would probably still not be finished. TransSteel flexibility definitely came to the rescue here!”
Quality and Service
Gattringer and his colleagues love the quality of Fronius products: “High-quality materials that last forever! But if there should be a problem, someone comes out at once and repairs the whole thing. If that doesn’t work, the equipment is replaced immediately – a service that is almost indispensable, with our deadline pressure.”
The Fronius sales team is also extremely well informed about workshop processes. The wearing and spare parts warehouse is checked regularly by Fronius employees, who are responsible for keeping it stocked: “The high-quality service from Fronius saves us a great deal of time and energy. All in all, this is an extremely valuable partnership for us.”
Business Unit Perfect Welding
Fronius Perfect Welding is an innovation leader for arc welding and a global market leader for robot-assisted welding. As a systems provider, the Fronius Welding Automation division also implements customized automated complete welding solutions, for the construction of containers or offshore cladding for example. The range is rounded off by power sources for manual applications, welding accessories, and a broad spectrum of services. With more than 1000 sales partners worldwide, Fronius Perfect Welding has great customer proximity.
Fronius International GmbH
Fronius International GmbH is an Austrian company with headquarters in Pettenbach and other sites in Wels, Thalheim, Steinhaus and Sattledt. With 4,760 employees worldwide, the company is active in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics and battery charging technology. 92% of its products are exported through 30 international Fronius subsidiaries and sales partners/representatives in over 60 countries. With its innovative products and services and 1,253 granted patents, Fronius is the global innovation leader.
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