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Siemens Offers Optimized Control Panel Construction to Machine Tool Builders

by TJ Terrell, Business Development Manager,
Siemens Industry, Inc., Machine Tool Business

Given the multiple challenges associated with in-house panel building such as quality design, expertise, support and technology, outsourcing quickly becoming a viable option

A single source that can provide the design data, digitalization expertise, hardware, engineering, panel build and installation assistance, with factory warranty coverage, can yield myriad advantages for the builder.

A single source that can provide the design data, digitalization expertise, hardware, engineering, panel build and installation assistance, with factory warranty coverage, can yield myriad advantages for the builder.

Panel building on machine tools is no longer as simple as wiring a few components and calling it a day. Now, there are more deadlines, cost pressures, standards, new directives, plus an increasing pressure to innovate. Besides commonly encountered problems related to time, cost, compliance and quality, there is also an increased degree of automation in the pre-fabrication of cables and the automated production of sheet metal parts. In addition to the mechanical design and development of the automation concept, planning of the electrical power supply and distribution is the third engineering discipline involved in the production of a new machine. Electrical planning provides the framework for the automation engineer, as it involves specifying basics such as communication, topology and the control concept.

Increasingly, the daily work of electrical designers isn’t limited to planning activities. It now includes downloading, storing, processing and backing up data. These data management activities are an important part of the process, yet they occupy substantial time. To save time, machine tool companies need to create and implement a plan for handling data. If a machine tool builder has more than one electrical designer, it is worthwhile to relocate the product databases to a central server. Data only need to be maintained and imported once, then every user can access it. Since the engineering process is closely tied to other processes like procurement, storage, project-specific provisioning, assembly and inspection, it is useful to connect these processes electronically. All ECAD, or electrical drawing systems, are able to connect to typical Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems. This makes it easier to calculate the price of a control panel. Prices are transferred from the ERP system to the product database of the ECAD solution.

Even though clients expect manufactured products to be high-quality, costs need to be kept to a minimum in order for companies to remain competitive. When machine tool builders think of cabinet costs, they typically think of costs originating from engineering, devices and materials, assembly and wiring. Engineering costs typically comprise 45% of the overall cost, devices and materials make up another 45% and assembly and wiring are the remaining 10%. However, there are also hidden costs like costs to order material, store it, the value of time from procurement, the time spent by engineering coordinating with suppliers or redesigning the cabinet and payment terms dictated when you order material.

Simplified designs are made possible by the expertise of custom panel builders, who bring experience in component clustering, footprint and enclosure space utilization to the task.

Simplified designs are made possible by the expertise of custom panel builders, who bring experience in component clustering, footprint and enclosure space utilization to the task.

Increasing cost pressures stem from various sources. In general, the complexity of the documentation to be created is constantly increasing. End-users and machine builders want a high level of detail for better and more independent production. The communication portion of the integrated components is continuously increasing. A basic controller now has measuring and monitoring devices for tasks such as energy usage or machine condition monitoring. This makes planning more complex and time consuming. Demands on service personnel have also increased, as maintenance personnel must receive all necessary information for component replacement quickly and efficiently.

Although a favorable purchase price is desired, this doesn’t automatically lead to an economical control panel. The electrical planner works with a product log before it is purchased or integrated. Unfortunately, the burden placed by a component on electrical planning is often overlooked in the purchase decision. The manual creation of a complete dataset for a new project in the ECAD software often takes more than 2-½ hours. Therefore, the ability to use existing data is very important. Fortunately, ECAD systems often offer complete data packages that can be downloaded via data portals.

The use of tools for daily work is also changing. Only a few years ago, a “drawing” was the main way electrical plans were created. ECAD programs offered functions for easy and precise placement of circuit diagram placement and their interconnection. Then, the concept of object orientation was added to the software. A placed symbol is no longer simply a collection of drawn lines, but one of many views of a device that’s integrated into the control panel. With object orientation and automation functions in every ECAD software, users can take advantage of these benefits in their daily work. This “toolbox” concept has been popularized in various industries such as packaging, printing, converting and metal forming machinery. It allows slightly modified and next gen machine builds without the need to redo the entire electrical landscape.  This evolution represents a significant potential savings for builders and integrators alike.

Easily optimized control panels are produced by qualified partners for machine builders.

Easily optimized control panels are produced by qualified partners for machine builders.

In-house projects often lead to delayed deadlines, wasted money and wasted effort. In fact, a significant number of machine tool builders often can’t afford building panels in-house.  Occasionally, in-house cabinet building is done to keep a workforce employed. However, in today’s highly competitive business environment, the builder must evaluate whether or not overall cost could be lowered by reallocating resources?  Often, this is not considered by machine builders, but could prove advantageous. Outsourcing to companies who specialize in electrical control and cabinet builds can establish milestones with contract manufacturers for timeline-based pricing, thus eliminating project management uncertainties and reducing time-to-market for the builder, beyond the time and materials costs.

Innovative projects or highly complex automation or robotic integration schemes often rely on multiple concepts to ensure they stand out in the market. Companies may lack the ability to have more staff working on developing projects. By working with another company, machine tool builders can use diverse teams of technologically advanced engineers to develop projects while eliminating the excess labor and engineering costs devoted to panel and cabinet builds.

As new software, automation technologies and tools continue to evolve, companies are placed in a competitively disadvantageous position. Tools and software programs can require a license or an expensive user fee. By outsourcing to a dedicated partner, machine builders can utilize the newest and most appropriate technologies for projects, in a cost-effective manner.

Problems with the equipment or the software can also lead to inactivity and unplanned expenses for a builder. An outsourced support staff monitors equipment efficiencies, diagnoses problems and repairs equipment in a more effective and economical manner.

Flexible set-up permits on-the-fly adaptation of control hardware, when design changes are required or subsequent iterations of a machine are produced.

Flexible set-up permits on-the-fly adaptation of control hardware, when design changes are required or subsequent iterations of a machine are produced.

By partnering with Siemens, for example, the process of panel building is streamlined and simplified. The company offers a unique product and system portfolio of CNC, PLC, drive, motor and other components in the control loop, backed by many years of expertise, data communications, software and tools. We further help the machine tool builder on the path to digitalization and also offers comprehensive support throughout each of the panel building stages including design, quoting, order, build and support. This achievement is often accomplished in tandem with a Solution Partner, authorized electrical distributor and job shop located in close proximity to the machine tool builder.

In the design stage, our company can assist with UL/EC standards and sizing optimization. Furthermore, the company offers component optimization, expert know-how and content-neutral devices. Additionally, the company can evaluate specification requirements and provide support regarding the application of standards and certifications, based upon the end-user’s market, physical location etc.

When quoting, Siemens and its partners can offer competitive pricing and fast response times to meet application-specific needs.

Ordering is likewise simplified, without complicated purchase orders and numerous line items, once the project details are set.  One of the key reasons for outsourcing the cabinet build is to simplify the procurement process through time reduction. For a typical package, there may be more than 200 line items on the bill of material, each of which must be entered and tracked by someone in procurement. Outsourcing allows that procurement person to focus on obtaining better pricing instead of needless administrative work. In addition, there is no need to store pieces and parts for the panels in-house, as the partners maintain that carrying cost.

The building of the panel takes place in a UL-Certified production facility. There is a dedicated project manager onsite to handle engineering change notices (ECN) and communication.  Our company and its partners provide quality control and assurance, along with clear scheduling and resource management. Continuity testing is performed, as well as automatic routing of the wiring and custom painting, per customer specification. All control panels feature a one-year warranty, pre- and post-purchase consultations, a communication log and a transparent ECN process.

There are several additional benefits when choosing Siemens to outsource panel and cabinet production. The company acts as the builder’s single source for all ordering, service, support and delivery, with comprehensive project management. Using a third-party to build a control panel greatly reduces the builder’s time-to-market. The total cost of ownership for the machine tool builder, which includes engineering, electrical and manufacturing engineering costs, is significantly lower when outsourcing, as well. In addition, our company has invested in a variety of panel shops to develop a “best practices” protocol for various machine categories.

Machine builders further receive competitive pricing by leveraging Siemens global agreements and enjoy extended payment terms, that is, terms at the completion of the project vs. when the order is placed.

Despite being implemented in the market presently for only one year, several machine tool companies are already realizing substantial savings with this new control panel initiative.

The company utilizes a global network of trusted partners with panel design and build expertise. These partners have years of experience and can optimize the overall design, cabinet heating and cooling, footprint, Siemens content, third-party content and more, thereby further enhancing the machine builder’s benefits.

Integrated Control Panels


For more information on this new approach to machine tool control panels, please contact:

TJ Terrell
Machine Tool-Business Development
Siemens Industry, Inc.
390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
770-653-9612
tyran.terrell_jr@siemens.com

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Exact Metrology Preserves History with Scanned Replica of Statue

Scanning the statueExact Metrology worked with the Reading Historical Society museum in Cincinnati, Ohio to scan a replica of a World War I statue.

The original statue was created in 1919 and it sits atop a monument for those who bravely served during World War I. This monument was the first World War I monument in Reading and one of the first in the U.S. A few years ago, a replica was created and placed in the Reading Historical Society museum in Cincinnati, Ohio. Wanting to keep this piece of history alive, the Reading Historical Society contacted Exact Metrology to scan the statue.

Exact used their Artec 3D scanner for the task. The Artec 3D scanner is a portable 3D camera that captures video, each single frame of which is a 3D image. Walking around the object captures it with camera from various angles and the accompanying software combines the scanned frames in a single mesh. All Artec scanners have measuring speed up to 1.5 million points per second, while also providing high resolution (up to 0.2 mm) and high accuracy (up to 0.02 mm).

Scanning of the statue took two hours and two days to process the data. The data was then transferred to the University of Cincinnati, where a number of statues were 3D printed in small form. These statues will be sold at a fundraiser.


For more information, please contact:

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcost Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 855-469-4464
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

 

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings.   The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements.  

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850°F Cabinet Oven from Grieve

Cabinet Oven from GrieveNo. 934 is an 850°F (454°C), cabinet oven from Grieve, currently used for heat treating at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 38” W x 20” D x 26” H. 10 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 600 CFM, 1/2-HP recirculating blower provides horizontal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve cabinet oven has 6” insulated walls, an aluminized steel exterior and Type 430 stainless steel interior.

Controls on the No. 934 include a digital indicating temperature controller, 10” diameter circular chart recorder and SCR power controller.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Corey Calla Named President at SencorpWhite

Photo of President Corey CallaSencorpWhite, the recognized global leader in high quality, end-to-end solutions for automated packaging, integrated AS/RS systems, and warehouse automation software, announced today that Corey E. Calla has assumed the role of President, effective October 1, 2018. As the new President, Calla has responsibility for White Systems, including the operations of the InTek and Minerva Software divisions, both recent strategic acquisitions to build on White Systems’ industry recognized hardware and legacy. Calla is also leading the Customer Service initiatives for SencorpWhite and its product offerings including thermoforming, sealing and automated storage equipment, based in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

White is a pioneer in innovative, integrated inventory management systems, high-density storage solutions and is a leading provider of storage and retrieval systems for the hospital pharmacy space, manufacturing, distribution and fulfillment, aerospace, in-store pickup and military point-of-use solutions. He will report directly to SencorpWhite’s CEO Brian Urban.

Corey Calla has held leadership various leadership positions at Honeywell Intelligrated over the past 23 years and has extensive experience in sales, service, product development, and management. He has led the introduction of many initiatives to develop new products, enhance customer experience, and streamline business systems.  He has also designed and developed a cloud-based suite of applications to expedite service and support and managed a 40-person strategic sales team with exceptional results.

“We are excited to enter the next chapter in our evolution and we are most excited about the experience and leadership Corey brings to our organization. His deep knowledge of sales, service and software systems makes him a natural fit to grow both our products and our customer base,” said Brian Urban, SencorpWhite’s CEO. “I am confident Corey will leverage his many years of experience in warehouse automation and service to drive exceptional growth for White Systems.”

Initially, Calla will focus on growing White Systems’ storage and retrieval hardware and software businesses, while expanding its reach into integrated systems and capitalizing on the company’s recent successful distribution installations across a variety of sectors, including:

  • Aerospace at Airbus, Gulfstream and United Airlines
  • Manufacturing at Boeing
  • Repair facilities for the United States Air Force and Lockheed Martin
  • Hospitals at Providence Hospital
  • Apparel at ChefWorks

These White Systems installations are automated systems comprising either stand-alone or combinations of White vertical and horizontal carousels, vertical lift modules (VLMs), StorBot robots and inventory management software.

“I am enthusiastic about the future of White Systems and our newly acquired software divisions. New opportunities continue to open in several key vertical markets, including hospital automation and consolidation, home delivery, in-store pickup, and a focus on efficiency as labor markets tighten,” Calla said. “For over 70 years, the White brand has been synonymous with performance and quality. I am truly excited to be leading the next phase of innovation and growth here, focused on driving customer value,” he noted.

About SencorpWhite:

SencorpWhite, a Connell Limited Partnership portfolio company, is a leading provider of unique end-to-end solutions for the packaging and management of high-value inventory. The company’s products and services–which range from Sencorp brand innovative thermoformers and CeraPak and CeraTek brand packaging technologies to White brand automated storage and retrieval systems and inventory management software–cover the entire supply chain, from the point-of-manufacture through distribution and point-of-use. For more information, call (508) 771-9400 or visit http://www.sencorpwhite.com.

About Connell Limited Partnership:

Connell Limited Partnership is a family-owned business headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts. Connell has a history of owning and operating industry leading manufacturing companies that provide superior products, exceptional customer service and operational excellence to market leading OEMs. The Connell family is dedicated to supporting a wide range of philanthropic endeavors, with a large commitment to the medical field, including the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, the Connell and O’Reilly Families Cell Manipulation Core at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, the Connell Nursing Research Scholars Program at Massachusetts General Hospital and the William F. Connell Emergency Department at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. More information is available at http://www.connell-lp.com.

 

For more information on this release, please contact:

SencorpWhite
400 Kidds Hill Rd | Hyannis, MA 02601 USA
508.771.9400
info@sencorpwhite.com
www.sencorpwhite.com
Attention:  Brian Urban or Victoria Garofalo

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Chemcoaters Becomes Parent Company of Eco Green Coatings

Eco Green Coatings

Chemcoaters, a leading coil coater and manufacturer of proprietary coating chemistries, now owns Eco Green Coatings. Effective immediately, Eco Green Coatings has become a wholly owned subsidiary of Chemcoaters. The announcement was made by Chemcoaters at the company’s headquarters in Gary, Indiana.

Eco Green Coatings is the creator of InterReactive® coatings and the developer of the InterCoat® Chemguard family of coatings. As part of InterReactive® coatings, InterCoat® Chemguard is an innovative corrosion resistant and adhesion-enhancing coating that creates a permanent covalent reaction with any zinc or zinc-alloy coated substrate. InterCoat® Chemguard can be used as a stand-alone corrosion resistant coating or can be applied as a Hybrid Pretreatment that enhances corrosion resistance while simultaneously improving adhesion of prepaints, post paints and powder coatings.

For more information, please contact:

Mike Tieri
Vice President of Sales and Marketing
Chemcoaters Inc.
700 Chase Street,
Gary, Indiana 46404
Phone: 219-977-1929
Email: MikeT@chemcoaters.com

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NOARK Electric Releases Several New Accessories to its Motor Circuit Protection Control Product Line

Noark Ex9S32 line

Pomona, California – NOARK Electric, a leading low-voltage, electrical product manufacturer, announced the addition of several new accessories to its Ex9S32 line of motor circuit protection control products.  The mounting plate, adapter and bus bar system allows UL508A panel builders to assemble easier, faster and in compliance with Type E and Type F stand-alone and group motor control starter applications for a wide variety of compressor, pump, and fan control scenarios.

NOARK continues to develop and bring to the market even more product line extensions and accessories necessary for all areas of motor control and protection.


NOARK Electric (North America), located in Pomona, California, is a leading global electrical component and intelligent control system supplier. The company is establishing a representative and distribution network to serve its primary markets, which include the building trades and electric panel board builders in various industries. As a global supplier, NOARK currently operates four R&D centers, three distribution centers, 15 office locations and employs over 1,000 associates. Sales currently exceed $2 billion worldwide.

To see a firsthand demonstration of Noark’s latest product developments, visit us at the 2019 AHR Expo at Booth C7947 and the ASHRAE meeting in Atlanta, or contact your local sales representative at nasales@noark-electric.com

For more information, please contact:

Ed Joe, Marketing Director
Noark Electric (North America)
2188 Pomona Blvd
Pomona, CA 91768
Phone: 779-771-8881
Email: ed.joe@noark-electric.com
Website: na.noark-electric.com

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Bliss Munitions Equipment Will Exhibit at the Shot Show

Bliss MunitionsBliss Munitions Equipment will exhibit at the upcoming SHOT Show in Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2019. Bliss Munitions is a global, full-service ammunition equipment manufacturer.

Bliss Munitions manufactures a number of presses, including Cupping Presses, Draw Presses and Transfer Presses. Their Bullet Assembly Machines (BAMs) are used to manufacture projectiles for both pistol and rifle cartridges. They are versatile enough to convert from one caliber to another.

The SHOT Show is an annual trade show geared towards the shooting, hunting and firearms industry and is the biggest show of its kind. The show serves commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products.

The SHOT Show runs January 22-25 at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas, Nevada. Bliss Munitions Equipment will be at booth 621.


For more information, please contact:

Anthony DeMerle
Bliss Munitions Equipment
1004 E. State Street
Hastings, Michigan 49058
Blissmunitions.com
734-865-0949
Tony.demerle@blissmunitions.com

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Special Universal Oven

500°F Special Universal Oven from Grieve

Special Universal OvenNo. 856 is a 500°F (260°C), special universal oven from Grieve, currently used for curing composite parts in vacuum bags at the customer’s facility. Workspace dimensions of this oven measure 42” W x 40” D x 50” H. 48 KW are installed in Incoloy sheathed tubular heating elements, while a 4200 CFM, 3-HP recirculating blower provides universal airflow to the workload.

This Grieve special universal oven has 4” thick insulated walls and Type 430 stainless steel interior. Features include an integral leg stand and 4 (four) levels of 2 (two) 3/8” NPT pipe ports connected to common manifold. Additional feature include a vacuum gauge and ball valve on each port.

Controls on the #856 include a digital, microprocessor based, thermocouple actuated, indicating temperature controller, motor control push buttons, an on-off heat switch and LED pilot lights.


For more information, please contact:
THE GRIEVE CORPORATION
500 Hart Road
Round Lake, Illinois 60073-2835
Phone: (847) 546-8225
Fax: (847) 546-9210
Web: www.grievecorp.com
Email: sales@grievecorp.com
Attention: Frank Calabrese

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Exact Metrology Exhibits at SHOT Show

Exact Metrology will exhibit at next year’s SHOT show, held in Las Vegas, Nevada. This annual trade show is geared towards the shooting, hunting and firearms industries. SHOT is the biggest show of its kind. Besides serving the shooting and hunting industry, it also serves commercial buyers and sellers of military, law enforcement and tactical products.

Given the industries mentioned, Exact Metrology is looking to speak to companies that manufacture firearms, hunting and outdoor trade equipment. The job titles that are most relevant to the company are manufacturing engineers, research and development and quality personnel.

Exact Metrology can provide scanning equipment for all of the markets that pertain to SHOT. However, the most common piece of equipment used is CT or computed tomography scanning in the firearms sector. This process captures 3D images at specific intervals by rotating the object 360 degrees. Thus, 3D views of the inside of a gun, for example, can be obtained without cutting or destroying it.

The firearms market includes suppliers that make scopes, silencers and other gun accessories. Exact Metrology can provide these suppliers with 3D CAD models that allow users to compare the model to the actual part and detect problems. This in turn, permits high quality and accurate reverse engineering of guns.

Exact Metrology will be at booth S1630 at the SHOT Show between January 22 and January 25, 2019 at the Sands Expo Center.


For more information, please contact:

Dean Solberg
Exact Metrology, Inc.
20515 Industry Avenue
Brookfield, WI 53045
Phone: 262-533-0800
Local: 866-722-2600
www.exactmetrology.com
deans@exactmetrology.com

 

Steve Young
Exact Metrology, Inc.
11575 Goldcost Drive
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: 614-264-8587
Local: 513-831-6620
www.exactmetrology.com
stevey@exactmetrology.com

 

Exact Metrology, with facilities in Cincinnati and Milwaukee and affiliated offices throughout the Midwest, is a comprehensive metrology services provider, offering customers 3D and CT scanning, reverse engineering, quality inspection, product development and 2D drawings. The company also provides turnkey metrology solutions, including equipment sales and lease/rental arrangements. 

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Schuler Holds Tech Day in Puebla

New developments such as the servo press MSP 400 and the process monitoring system show the benefits of networked forming technology

Canton, Michigan – Schuler has developed solutions for the digitization and networking of forming technology with the new servo press MSP 400 or the process monitoring system for hot stamping systems. They are part of the “Smart Press Shop,” Schuler’s answer to Industry 4.0 (“Industrial Internet of Things”, IIoT). The main benefits for press operators have now been experienced by the visitors at Schuler’s Tech Day at the end of November in Puebla.

  • Schuler’s TechDay
  • Schuler’s TechDay
  • Schuler’s TechDay
  • Schuler’s TechDay

“The digital transformation of the press shop is already well underway,” says Carlos Valdés, CEO of Schuler in Mexico: “Not only the major car manufacturers, but also medium-sized suppliers can use the Smart Press Shop for more efficient production and fewer rejected parts. Thus, Schuler is putting forming technology on the fast track to the digital future.”

In the morning, Schuler celebrated their fourth group of apprentices completing their vocational training at the Cedual Training Center. The 16 industrial engineers and toolmakers prepared themselves for their job with theoretical and practical phases based on the German model. The training center, which Schuler founded in 2012, is equipped with a teaching workshop as well as an audiovisual lecture theater and three classrooms.


For more information, please visit:
www.schulergroup.com/smart_press_shop

For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:
Guido Broder, Vice President of Sales & Marketing
Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA
734-207-7200
Guido.Broder@schulergroup.com

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Images 1, 2 & 3: At Schuler’s TechDay in Puebla, Mexico, visitors learned solutions for networking in forming technology.
Image 4: Schuler’s apprentices celebrate completing their vocational training at the Cedual Training Center.

About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com
Schuler is the technology and global market leader in the field of forming technology. The company provides presses, automation solutions, dies, process expertise and service for the entire metalworking industry and for lightweight automobile construction. Its customers include automobile manufacturers and automotive suppliers, as well as companies from the forging, household appliance, packaging, energy and electronics industries. Schuler is a leader in coin minting presses and implements system solutions for various high-tech industries. The company generated 1.233 billion euros in sales in the 2017 fiscal year and has a presence in roughly 40 countries with approx. 6,600 employees. Schuler is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.

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