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After 27 years as President of GMTA (German Machine Tools of America), formerly American Wera, Walter Friedrich appoints Scott Knoy as his successor to the presidency of GMTA.
Friedrich was one of the first three employees when GMTA (American Wera at the time) started in January of 1991. Previously, he worked as a project manager for Liebherr Machine Tool for 4 years and completed vocational training in toolmaking and NC programming while working for 12 years at PITTLER (now DVS Group) in Germany with whom he moved to the USA in 1983. On January 30 of this year, he spoke with the company’s board of directors and decided to step down. The change was effective on February 8, 2019.
Since joining GMTA on July 1st, 2005 Scott Knoy has contributed greatly to the growth of the organization. GMTA is a leading supplier of machine tools, laser welding systems and parts washers to the automotive power transmission, gear and other markets in North America. Friedrich is confident that Knoy is fully prepared to handle all his new responsibilities. “From day one, Scott has proven his commitment, determination, and knowledge of the automotive and gear industries. I’m sure he will continue the company’s expansion.”
Scott Knoy is grateful for this opportunity saying, “I am honored and excited to begin this new chapter as GMTA’s president. My objective is to make sure that GMTA continues to serve our customers’ needs, while looking for new opportunities.” Knoy is a graduate of the University of Michigan and has a master’s degree from Lawrence Technological University.
Walter Friedrich will maintain an active role in the company as Senior Advisor and board member.
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GMTA is the exclusive distributor for a number of top-quality German and other metalworking machine builders companies including BvL, Fimat, WEMA Glauchau, Samag, Profilator GmbH, Praewema, K+G and Arnold. The company’s headquarters is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan with a subsidiary in Queretaro, Mexico.Continue reading
The full line of WEMA grinding machines includes internal, universal, external, roller bearing, and customized solutions.
German Machine Tools of America is now the North American distributor of WEMA Glauchau GmbH. These high precision grinding machines will be shown by GMTA at IMTS 2018.
WEMA’s internal grinding machines maximize operating times with more efficient and integrated procedures. A repeatedly allocable tool and workpiece headstock are guided on up to six axes with an accuracy of 0.1 μm. WEMA SI is scalable and is adapted to the clients’ needs through specific mounting for the greatest machining efficiency. Powerful drives ensure quick availability with additional work and peripheral modules reducing costly non-productive times. Available in 4 different series (S2I, S3I, S6I and S10I), it offers machining of chuck and shaft-shaped parts. In addition, the internal grinding machines are equipped with internal cylinder/ cone, internal polygons, internal screw threads, up to 4 applicable grinding tools and high rigidity through the use of cast beds/hydropol beds.
With WEMA SU, universal grinding machines are available for the complex task of three-way machining of all major workpiece sizes. The machines are equipped with external and internal grinding units. Clamping operations provide decisive efficiency and precision benefits. WEMA’s technology enables machines to perform highly complex operations, while peripheral modules permit greater flexibility. These machines’ features include up to 3 swivel axes, machining of 4 sides in one clamping operation, machining of chuck and shaft-shaped parts and external grinding wheels with a maximum diameter of 600 mm. WEMA SU also offers additional features such as: 4 insertable internal grinding tools, 4 external grinding tools and cones, polygons, etc.
The company’s external grinding machines can machine parts up to 1,500 kg with external lengths of Ø 600 mm and 2,700 mm. Grinding wheels are available in Ø 500, 600, and 750 mm. Typical workpieces include railway axles, rollers, pipes and shafts.
Assemblies of the roller bearing grinding machines feature a strict modular structure used for various operations. One is for sequential internal, external and rim machining operations. Another is for simultaneous internal and external machining operations. Other modular structures are used for external machining operations, internal machining operations and rim machining operations. Machining jobs can be carried out on single or multi-row outer rings (OR) and inner rings (IR) of diverse bearing types. Notable features on these WEMA machines include three different types of milling centers (SW3, SW6, SW10), grounding of borings and tracks of inner rings, as well as tracks and outer diameters of outer rings. Outside rings have a diameter of approximately 300 mm to 900 mm. Shoulders, rims, etc can also be ground and different grinding operations can be performed in sequential or simultaneous grinding procedures.
Although the company’s grinding machines cover a wide range of possible applications, they also build and design grinding machines to order ranging from more or less customized adaptations to complete designs of the machine.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan – German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) today announces the appointment of Dan Thomas as Project Manager for this major supplier of various machine tools, lasers and parts washers to the North American automotive, off-highway, heavy equipment and other power transmission markets.
GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “We welcome Dan to our team. His role will be a vital part of our ongoing efforts to be more customer-centric, as we expand our machine offerings, penetrate new markets and expand existing ones.”
Thomas will be responsible for the end-to-end coordination of the project flow at GMTA, from initial contact through commissioning of machines and systems onsite.
GMTA is a major supplier of machining centers, integrated laser-based work cells, fully-automated parts washing lines and related tooling, focusing primarily on gear, spline and other power transmission components.
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Provided by German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), Samag multi-spindle horizontal machining centers and deep hole drilling machines, used primarily for large block milling and deep hole drilling, now offered to the automotive powertrain, off-highway, moldmaking and other markets
Ann Arbor, Michigan – Now available from German Machine Tools of America (GMTA), a full line of Samag machining centers, including multi-spindle, horizontal machining centers, deep hole drilling machines and combination milling/drilling machines, is offered for the North American market.
Samag, based in Saalfeld, Germany, with offices worldwide, engineers and builds a variety of multi-spindle machines, including the MFZ Series for large workpieces, the smaller, modular WBM Series for up to six spindle deep drilling and the combination TFZ Series, which offers users the ability to bore and mill complex cubical workpieces on four sides with a single clamping. On the largest standard machine, large scale moldmaking is possible, with a maximum drilling depth of 2300mm (over 90”), 65mm (over 2-1/2”) bore and a 50-ton capacity work table.
The company also supplies complete turnkey operations, including robotic articulation, parts handlers and transfer mechanisms for high-production work such as connecting rods and complete machining of differential housings.
GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “This new partner dramatically expands our capability in the large block milling market. Plus, with deep drilling technology and the combination machine concepts, we will be able to offer significant advantages to our current and potential customer base. We’re excited to have the Samag name and reputation for quality machine tools added to our family.”
Videos of Samag machines in action may be seen on YouTube by visiting www.gmtamerica.com.
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Ann Arbor, Michigan – GMTA (German Machine Tools of America) represents various top-quality German and other metalworking machine builder companies, including Profilator GmbH, Praewema, K + G, Rasoma, FIMAT and BvL, as well as Arnold lasers and other equipment. These machines are sold to the North American market by GMTA, primarily for gear and spline production, as well as other power transmission and various metalworking applications. The company’s target markets include automotive, off-highway, energy and other heavy equipment manufacturing. Machines are provided for gear honing, gear grinding, the patented Scudding® and now the game-changing Hard Scudding® process for gearmaking, polygon milling, turning, gear tooth pointing and multi-task machining operations, as well as various laser operations or fully-engineered machine tool and laser line integration. This newsletter is provided to our friends in the media to keep you and your readers updated on “News of Note” at GMTA.
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