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Bretting Develops New Controls Platform for Napkin, Interfold Towel and Tissue Machine Lines

Planning and partnerships lead to success on export machine series

C.G. Bretting Manufacturing Company Inc. has been in business for over 120 years, serving the OEM paper converting industry and providing contract manufacturing services for more than 60 years. Bretting is located in Ashland, Wisconsin on the southern shores of Lake Superior. The fourth generation of the Bretting family leads the business today, while the fifth generation is currently on deck.

Bretting paper converting machine, utilizing all Siemens controls, including motors, drives, PLC and motion controller plus related software.  Bretting builds machines for various paper converting operations such as napkins, interfolded paper towels, bathroom roll and boxed facial tissues.

Bretting paper converting machine, utilizing all Siemens controls, including motors, drives, PLC and motion controller plus related software. Bretting builds machines for various paper converting operations such as napkins, interfolded paper towels, bathroom roll and boxed facial tissues.

OEM paper converting equipment converts rolls of paper into folded and rolled paper products such as napkins, interfolded napkins, singlefold facial tissue, multifold paper toweling, kitchen towel rolls and bathroom tissue rolls.  Bretting is an industry leader in global sales and service of OEM paper converting equipment. Machines are designed, manufactured, assembled and tested at the Ashland factory, prior to shipping to the customer’s site for set-up and commissioning.

Simotion motion controllers, Sinamics drives, Simatic PLCs and various Simotics motors were used in the building of the first all-Siemens controlled platform machine at Bretting.

Simotion motion controllers, Sinamics drives, Simatic PLCs and various Simotics motors were used in the building of the first all-Siemens controlled platform machine at Bretting.

Bretting recently delivered its first paper converting machine controlled entirely by Siemens hardware and software.  The project was a major undertaking for Bretting, Siemens and Standard Electric (local Siemens distributor) and was deemed a great success, according to Dave Vedder, director of engineering, C.G. Bretting.  “Planning and partnerships with our vendors were keys to our success on this first 41-axis Siemens-controlled machine.  We planned for success and achieved it. The project started more than 24 months prior to delivery of the machine to the customer.”

Vedder continued to explain the process.

“The project started with listening to our customers, who had been requesting Siemens automation on our equipment for some time. Meeting customer needs is a Bretting strength. We realized it was time to act.  The Bretting Leadership Team commissioned an effort to provide an acceptable solution. That solution comprised Sinamics drives, Simatic PLC and Simotion motion controllers.”

The purchasing department then met with the local distributor, Standard Electric. Meetings were organized with Standard Electric, Siemens and Bretting within several weeks.  Planning for the first Siemens machine was initiated.   It was determined the products and software available would satisfy the full range of Bretting machine functionality and other requirements. Initial planning included:

  • The establishment of partnerships, along with clarification of pricing, delivery, support and inventory levels
  • Small dedicated R&D lab for training, programming and testing
  • Training for field service, hardware engineers and software programmers
  • First Machine Support for engineering, programming, build, startup and full commissioning in the field

A formal customer inquiry for a new machine followed about six months later.  The inquiry included a requirement for a full Siemens automation solution on the customer’s new paper converting machine.  Bretting, Siemens and Standard Electric were now well prepared and ready to respond, Vedder explained. Proposals for the machine with full Siemens automation solutions were shared with the customer.  A new set of planning protocols was started, one that focused specifically on the first Bretting paper converting machine to be equipped entirely with the new vendor’s products and software onboard.

First machine planning included-

  • Siemens hardware and software engineering coaching
  • Bill of Material reviews
  • Schedules for parts ordering and delivery
  • Machine build support
  • Machine startup support
  • Machine installation in the field support
  • Warranty and field issue support process

The customer ordered the machine approximately six months after the initial inquiry.  The plans for the first machine were approved and authorized for production. Some checks and adjustments were required during the machine engineering and build process. “The combined talents of Siemens, Standard Electric and Bretting addressed and resolved any issues as they occurred,” Dave Vedder explained. “The customer approved the machine during the Final Machine Checkout process. The time from Order to Checkout was similar to other machines we’ve produced during recent years.”

The machine was then disassembled and shipped to the customer’s site in Europe. The reassembly, startup and final commissioning proceeded without issue.  The machine is currently running successfully in the field, with no significant service issues reported, according to Vedder.

Planning and partnership were key to the success of this first export paper converting machine with Siemens automation onboard, all made possible by the combined efforts of the machine builder, the controls supplier and the local value-adding electrical distributor.

Bretting is an ISO9001:2008 Certified manufacturer with sales representatives worldwide.

For further information on this story, please contact:

3401 Lake Park Road
Ashland, WI 54806
Phone: 715-682-5231
Web: www.bretting.com
Attention: David Vedder, Director of Engineering


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390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL  60007
Phone: 847-640-1595 Fax: 847-437-0784
Web:  www.usa.siemens.com/motioncontrol
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Attention:  John Meyer, Manager, Marketing Communications

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Siemens to Present Innovations for Greater Machine Tool Productivity

BOOTH E-5010

CHICAGO — At this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago, Siemens will introduce new solutions and services for machine tool manufacturers and end-users.  Under the theme, “Productivity in Motion,” the presentation will focus on turnkey solutions for the job shop, aerospace, automotive, mold/die and medical part manufacturing industries.

For machine tool builders and end-users, Siemens will exhibit the newest innovations in CNC (Computer Numerical Control), motor and drive technology, as well as new value-adding services ranging from condition monitoring and manufacturing IT to innovative solutions for CNC training and machine tool retrofits.

Highlighting the booth for attendees will be a raffle to win a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, as well as the opportunity to register for a 60-day free trial license on Sinutrain, the full suite of Siemens CNC training modules.


New at IMTS 2012, Siemens will introduce a shop floor CNC specifically designed and engineered for the 230V, three-phase) economy-priced market, with up to three-axis plus spindle control capability in milling or turning applications.  Offered as a package with Siemens Sinamics drives and Simotics motor solutions, this new control will be demonstrated on a knee mill, during the show.  This new CNC will be available for both OEM machine builds and in-the-field retrofit.


Introduced at IMTS 2010 and already a world-class force in the mid-range machine tool market, the Sinumerik 828D will be running on various machines and simulators in the booth.  New for IMTS 2012, the Sinumerik 828D BASIC T (turning) and BASIC M (milling) will also be on display, expanding this range of Siemens CNC to enhance job shop performance in all segments of this market.

The Sinumerik 828D BASIC T is designed to address the needs of shopfloor turning machines.
It combines CNC, PLC, operator panel and axis control for five axes/spindles, including live tooling.  Milling and drilling operations on a turning machine, both for face and peripheral surfacing, are therefore possible.   In tandem with the new Sinamics S120 Combi drives package, the 828D BASIC T represents a new level of efficiency and virtually maintenance-free operation, as the fans, hard disks and batteries of past CNC generations are eliminated.

Likewise, the new Sinumerik 828D BASIC M class features the same quality performance as the T class, for use on milling machines.  Even in complex moldmaking operations, mirror-smooth surfacing and reduced machining times are enabled.  Again, in tandem with Sinamics S120 Combi drives package and Simotics feed and spindle motors, the 828D BASIC T will operate a milling machine at the highest level of performance possible.  Superior axis and spindle dynamics within a broad speed bandwith yield quality workpieces, every time.

All the other benefits of the Siemens CNC family, including the Sinumerik Operate graphical user interface platform as well as ShopMill and ShopTurn easy programming are offered in these new 828D CNCs.

The Sinumerik 828D is capable of full graphical, high-level language command and supports ISO programming that is customary in the United States.  This control family is ideal for single-part and small-batch production.  Programming time can be further reduced for small-batch production with the use of the ShopMill and ShopTurn graphical workstep programming system, while high-level language programming can be used in conjunction with programGuide to significantly reduce programming times for large-scale serial production.

Also included with this expansion of the Sinumerik 828D family of CNC, modern PC and mobile phone technology are also available to the mid-range machine tool.  Extensive online help animations and a new type of input prompting system with moving picture sequences provide the basis for exceptional user convenience. USB, Compact Flash (CF) card and Ethernet ports enable high-speed data transfers onto storage media or integration of the control system into corporate networks.

Through the use of its Easy Message functionality, the Sinumerik 828D family offers production status monitoring by text messaging (SMS). Depending on the recipient’s profile settings, the machine tool can transmit information about workpiece machining status, report on the tool condition currently in use and send machine maintenance bulletins to a mobile phone, anytime and anywhere.  These combined functions are designed to help keep machine downtime to a minimum.


Still the highest technology standard in the industry, the Sinumerik 840D sl CNC makes
another series of advancements, all being demonstrated at this year’s show. The system platform
offers a comprehensive range of functions for machine tools.  This universal control covers wide-ranging machining technologies used in metalworking operations such as turning, drilling, milling, grinding, laser machining, nibbling and punching, plus it can be used in multi-tasking machines such as turn-mill or mill-turn centers.  Whatever the application, Sinumerik 840D sl leads to maximum productivity for the job shop or industrial-scale production department, as well as optimum surface quality for all mold and tool building applications.

Sinumerik Operate

Sinumerik Operate is the graphical user interface that provides an integrated milling function for turning machines or integrated turning function for milling machines.

With the benefit of modern touchscreen operation, the new Sinumerik operator panel OP 019, now extended to include the new Power Control Unit (PCU) 50.5, allows high-speed key actuation at the large 19-inch glass front, which conforms to the IP66 protection rating.  Another new feature of the OP 019 design is the wide LEDs, which allow the operator to clearly visualize every key actuation, no matter what the angle of vision, and an integrated key lock helps safeguard against operating errors. The new operator panel is able to provide a basic machine display with three or four channels showing up to 13 axes.

Sinumerik Ctrl-Energy

Sinumerik CTRL-E is the new green high achievement in CNC operation, designed for the strict requirements of the international energy efficiency standard EN16001.  It provides a full assessment of the energy consumed by the machine tool in every cycle, on every part produced and throughout the machine’s life cycle.  Specific power loads can be shut down automatically during downtimes, plus generated braking energy can be stored or fed back into the power grid.  In this way, Siemens Sinamics drives package are achieving up to 99% energy efficiency, while Simotics motors are likewise running 90%+ levels, unprecedented in the machine tool market previously.

Sinumerik Integrate is an onboard CNC solution that allows machine tool data to be integrated quickly, simply and reliably into other company processes.  This IT integration of production processes allows managers, machine operators, part programmers, maintenance engineers and machine tool builders to be inter-connected with each other and integrated into the overall system by means of defined processes.  Sinumerik Integrate facilitates this network by concentrating IT-related functions into a single process suite, using six different available modules that cover every aspect of the machine tool integration process.


For the aerospace market, the Sinumerik 840D sl is the latest in CNC technology that increases performance and user productivity.  It is a universal and flexible CNC system featuring the innovative Sinamics S120 drives that can be used with up to 31 axes.  It is a distributed, scalable, open and
inter-connecting system, offering a wide range of specialized functions for milling, drilling, turning, grinding and handling technologies, with full kinematic transformations for optimum machining and surface quality.

Sinumerik 840D

The Sinumerik 840D offers users innovative features that increase productivity on the manufacturing floor, especially the challenging segments of high-speed and five-axis
aerospace machining.

Connectivity is the watchword in aerospace at this year’s show.  From a single solution provider, machine builders and end users alike can enjoy full and seamless connectivity of their CNC and PLC technologies, plantwide and worldwide among facilities, as Siemens provides its international network of support to all facilities, in all operating and conversational languages.  Hardware and software solutions from a single source are available, to the scale and scope needed by any aerospace OEM or tier vendor.


In the automotive industry, Siemens continues to solidify its position with the Transline System Solution, the solution for automotive powertrain.  This system integrates diverse metalcutting technologies such as milling, drilling, turning and grinding, and the assembly of powertrain parts, under a common system architecture.  With the introduction of the Flexible Assembly Configuration System (FACS), Siemens has now also streamlined the line changeover world in dramatic fashion.  What took weeks now takes hours.

Based on the new Sinumerik 840D sl, Simatic PLC and Simotics motor technologies, Transline solution line transforms the company’s concept of “productivity in motion” into a real-world application for total factory automation.  By specifying Transline, machine tool users benefit from faster start-up times, better equipment serviceability and increased productivity.  Operator cross-training and workcell operation are further enhanced.


During the show, Siemens will also have displays of its Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) services, as well as Siemens Safety Integrated and other production network offerings.  TIA Portal, enables the design and configuration of all process automation from a single computer screen, along the entire process supply chain.  Siemens Safety Integrated for Factory Automation comprises advanced drive technologies, automation systems, operator control and machine monitoring, fail-safe communications and safe industrial control advancements.


SinuTrain, the Siemens package of CNC training software on CD-ROM, provides milling and turning machine operators with a high degree of practical hands-on experience, prior to using the CNCs on their actual machines.  It is designed to run on Windows XP or Windows 7 operating systems and is the optimal solution for machine tool control-identical simulation training.  It installs and operates with less memory, so other work can easily be accomplished during simulation of the machining.

With SinuTrain, actual NC programs are developed and simulated, using a direct connection to the company’s CAD systems to further speed the program generation protocol.  In this way, machine tool operators not only learn the control language commands, but they also visualize part programs on a PC screen that are identical to the actual machine screen.  As a further benefit, programs generated through SinuTrain on the PC software can then be used on the machines.

A FREE 60-DAY TRIAL LICENSE of Sinutrain will be available to all show attendees.

My Documentation Manager allows Siemens CNC users to customize online service and operations manuals to suit their specific machine tools.

New mobile apps for iOS and Android devices that are now available from Siemens will be demonstrated, including Easy CNC with G-code compatibility conversion, Motion World, the Siemens customer magazine for CNC automation and CNC4you.

Other exhibits on display in the Siemens booth include the new Simotics 1FK7 / 1FT7
high-inertia servomotors, the 1PH8 main spindle motor, linear motors and direct-drive torque motors that contribute to the increase in machine performance.  The exhibition will also focus on machine tool retrofit, field service, customer service, spare parts and repair, all of which support the machine tool builder and end-user.  Special displays will also feature Siemens solutions for medical part manufacturing and power generation.

In the booth’s theater area, educational seminars about CNC technology, Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) developments, factory automation and more will be presented.

Finally, Siemens will have active participation in the Automation Pavilion being held at IMTS 2012, directly adjacent to the Siemens booth in the East Hall.

For more information about Siemens CNC solutions for the machine tool industry, visit our website: www.usa.siemens.com/cnc.

Please forward all inquiries to:

390 Kent Avenue
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Phone: 847-640-1595
Fax: 847-437-0784
Web:  www.usa.siemens.com/cnc
Email:  SiemensMTBUMarCom.sea@siemens.com
Attention:  John Meyer, Manager, Marketing Communication

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Siemens Industry Sector is the world’s leading supplier of innovative and environmentally friendly products, solutions and services for industrial customers. With end-to-end automation technology and industrial software, solid vertical-market expertise, and technology-based services, the sector enhances its customers’ productivity, efficiency and flexibility. With a global workforce of more than 100,000 employees, the Industry Sector comprises the Industry Automation, Drive Technologies and Customer Services Divisions as well as the Metals Technologies Business Unit. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/industry.

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division is the world’s leading supplier of products, systems, applications, solutions and services for the entire drive train, with electrical and mechanical components. Drive Technologies serves all vertical markets in the production and process industries as well as the infrastructure/energy segment. With its products and solutions, the division enables its customers to achieve productivity, energy efficiency and reliability. For more information, visit http://www.usa.siemens.com/drivetechnologies.

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