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.
NILES-SIMMONS-HEGENSCHEIDT GmbH honoured Three Times
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.