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WEMA Glauchau receives Intec-Award 2015

Intec-Award for a World First

On the evening of 23.2.2015 dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony of the machine build­ing fair Intec in Leipzig the Werkzeug­maschi­nen­fab­rik Glauchau received one of the cov­eted awards. In the cat­e­gory ›com­pa­nies with up to 100 employ­ees‹ the com­pany won the award with a world first. The company’s spe­cial cool­ing sys­tem increases the energy effi­ciency of inter­nal cir­cu­lar and uni­ver­sal round cir­cu­lar and roller bear­ing grind­ing machines. It was devel­oped in co-oper­a­tion with the Fraun­hofer Insti­tute for Machine Tools and Metal Form­ing IWU. In award­ing the prize the jury said:

The inno­va­tion rep­re­sents the begin­ning of a new gen­er­a­tion of grind­ing machines as well as rev­o­lu­tion­is­ing the machin­ing process.

The Intec young gen­er­a­tion award was given to the com­pany Niles-Sim­mons Indus­triean­la­gen GmbH and Oliver Georgi. In his diploma project Georgi analysed options for opti­mis­ing the work­ing space of a Niles-Sim­mons machine tool, described its effects on the machin­ing process and defined deriva­tions for tech­ni­cal appli­ca­tions. The results were so con­vinc­ing that they were trans­ferred to the company’s other machines. After com­plet­ing his stud­ies at the Chem­nitz Uni­ver­sity of Tech­nol­ogy, Oliver Georgi was hired by the com­pany Niles-Sim­mons.


The com­pany NILES-SIM­MONS Indus­triean­la­gen GmbH received the Intec Young Gen­er­a­tion Award. Dipl.-Ing. Oliver Georgi, who began his career as a stu­dent appren­tice in the com­pany, was hon­oured for his diploma project »Opti­mi­sa­tion of Work­ing Space to Extend the Tech­nol­ogy of Machine Tools«. Accord­ing to the exec­u­tive part­ner Prof Dr Hans J. Nau­mann,

with his diploma project Georgi faced the chal­lenge of devel­op­ing machine tools able to meet the grow­ing demands being placed on work­pieces and their man­u­fac­tur­ing process. Thanks to his analy­ses, the con­ven­tional design of work­ing space was opti­mised through the use of new types of assem­blies with the tech­ni­cal machin­ing scope being sig­nif­i­cantly increased.

The award is the result of a thor­ough voca­tional edu­ca­tion and train­ing and an early detec­tion and engage­ment of young “High Poten­tials” in the com­pany.

NILES-SIM­MONS Indus­triean­la­gen GmbH also came sec­ond in the cat­e­gory of com­pa­nies with more than 100 employ­ees in inno­vat­ing its machine series  N30. Here the require­ments of a pro­duc­tion process accord­ing to Indus­try 4.0 were imple­mented for the first time at a CNC machin­ing cen­tre. The com­bi­na­tion of assem­blies for uni­ver­sal and pre­ci­sion machin­ing work and the addi­tional inte­gra­tion of var­i­ous error com­pen­sa­tion pro­ce­dures allow highly pre­cise geome­tries to be pro­duced on rota­tion­ally sym­met­ric work­pieces. This tech­nol­ogy can be used inde­pen­dent of the size of a batch as well as for up to a quan­tity of 1. The inno­va­tion there­fore rep­re­sents a great leap for­ward in the com­plete machin­ing process.

WEMA Glauchau, which has been a mem­ber of the NILES-SIM­MONS-HEGEN­SCHEIDT Group since May 2013, was awarded a prize in the cat­e­gory of com­pa­nies with less than 100 employ­ees for hav­ing devel­oped a new mechan­i­cal con­cept that enables the dry machin­ing of grind­ing work. Ronald Krip­pen­dorf, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor of WEMA Glauchau:

The cool­ing oper­a­tion is per­formed using cryo­genic gas thus sub­sti­tut­ing the con­ven­tional flood­ing cool­ing through the use of cool­ing lubri­cants. This enables a sig­nif­i­cant improve­ment in the energy and envi­ron­men­tal bal­ance of our machines while in use and when they are being built as we are no longer using envi­ron­men­tally harm­ful cool­ing lubri­cants, and we can also use up to 80% less elec­tri­cal energy to cool, fil­ter and feed the cool­ing lubri­cant.

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