On the theme of "Flexible, individual solutions", Klingelnberg GmbH made its debut appearance in an in-house exhibition taking place at the company's Hückeswagen plant on 18 and 19 June. During the two-day event, Klingelnberg experts presented their innovative product developments and solutions to numerous customers and business partners.
The event afforded a live view of many new developments and countless interesting presentations, with Klingelnberg demonstrating during the two-day event just how fascinating machine designs in gear technology can be. The show's highlights included presentations of the advanced vertical concept in the bevel gear machines (C 30 and G 30), the new P 16 precision measuring center designed to measure miniature workpieces, and the new BC 12 measuring device for precision measurement of stick blades, as well as a presentation of new tool systems. The mechanical engineering firm presented all of these innovative machine designs directly in live demonstrations.
Klingelnberg covered a broad range of topics in interesting lectures, in which Klingelnberg experts reported on current challenges in drive technology and the company's unique Closed-Loop concept for gear manufacturing, among other topics.
New standards in bevel gear machining
Built on the same design concept, the C 30 bevel gear cutting machines and the G 30 bevel gear grinding machines are setting new standards in the gear machining industry. All bevel gear machines in this most recently developed series are equipped with a heat-stable, vibration-damping machine bed. Thanks to the optimized axis arrangement of the machines, reduced traversing paths ensure significantly less load on the drive components – and a stiffer design of the overall system. A major novelty of the machine series is the innovative operating concept with state-of-the-art control technology: The touchscreen display with a newly developed operator guidance facilitates intuitive machine control compared with standards typically seen in the marketplace.
Precision measuring centers – reliable down to the last detail
In the area of gear measuring technology, Klingelnberg presented its trendsetting P 16 precision measuring center, designed to measure miniature workpieces. The P 16 owes its compact size to an innovative modification: Thanks to a newly developed workpiece clamping system which is optimally adapted to accommodate small workpieces, there is no need for a counter support.
Innovative tool system: ARCOFLEX
Klingelnberg is a leading manufacturer of gear cutting tools in addition to machine tools and precision measuring centers, and as such it is only fitting that the company also presented a new tool system at the in-house exhibition. The newly developed ARCOFLEX system is ideal for producing individual gear sets and small batch sizes. This is due to the fact that only one cutter head setting is needed to produce pinions and ring gears of different sizes.
"Networking" in a stimulating yet relaxed atmosphere
All in all, experiences were enthusiastically exchanged, and numerous technical discussions took place among the gearing experts. Moreover, visitors had the opportunity to get an additional glimpse behind the scenes, giving them deeper insights into the company's lean production and lean management principles in action. And guests were also treated to delicious food from the grill and refreshing drinks, leaving them fully satisfied.
In the end, all participants in Klingelnberg's first in-house exhibition drew a positive conclusion of the event. Klingelnberg also deemed the exhibition a success: "An in-house exhibition held at our plant is the ideal platform for interacting with gear specialists in a focused, practice-oriented manner," summarizes Dr. Hartmuth Müller, Chief Technical Officer of the Klingelnberg Group. "This type of event will certainly not be the last of its kind at our company!"