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Suhner Offers POLYDrill Range of Multi-Spindle Drills

Suhner features several options in its popular multi-spindle lines. Among them is the POLYDrill family, offering a huge selection of multi-spindle heads from the standard range. Fixed and adjustable hole pitches and compact models allow the tool to be used in a variety of situations. In addition, Suhner can supply tool holders from all stock for all popular brands of machining centers.

multi-spindle lines

Drilling capacity is available standard between 0.06-1” (1.5-25 mm). Minimum hole spacing is 0.27” (7 mm), while maximum hole spacing is virtually limitless. Optional tool holders include ER, ST, JT33, Weldon and customized styles. Additional options are axial and radial compensation and custom layout and spacing,

The POLYDrill range includes various multi-spindle heads such as: MH 20/5, MH 20/7, MH 20/10 and MH 20/13 plus multiple spindle heads with 2 adjustable spindles for the utmost in flexibility. The MH 20/5, 20/7, MH 20/10 have maximum speed of 4000 RPM. Maximum drilling capacities are 5 mm, 7 mm and 10 mm, respectively. MH 20/13 has a maximum drilling capacity of 13 mm and a maximum permissible speed of 3000 RPM.

The MHF has up to 10 spindles, a custom made pattern and a fixed spindle distance. Maximum drilling capacity is between 5-13 mm and the speed range is 2500-4000 RPM. MHFP is equipped with 8 spindles with preloaded angular contact bearings for use of carbide tools and fixed spindle distance. Maximum drilling capacity is between 7-20 and the speed range is 0-8000 RPM. The drive system VG 4-8 allows the user to power up to 8 machining units with a single motor with flex shaft power delivery. The speed range for this drive system is between 46-9320 RPM. Flexible drive shafts NA 7/10/12 have a speed range between 12,000-20,000 RPM.

For more information, please contact:

Lee Coleman, National Sales Manager-Machining Division
Suhner Industrial Products Corp.
25 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161 USA
Direct: 706-314-2927
Mobile: 706-409-1876
Fax: 706-235-8045

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Schuler Accepts High One-Off Burdens on 2019 Earnings for Future Concept

Engineer/ Technician Working on a Personal Computer with Two Displays, He's Designing New Component in CAD Program. Out of the Office Window Components Manufacturing Factory is Seen.

In the future, Schuler will strengthen its offerings in the field smart networking, among others.

As expected, the strategic realignment of press manufacturer Schuler resulted in high one-off burdens on earnings in 2019. Due to cyclical effects, new orders were down but performed much better than the German machine tool industry as a whole. Consolidated sales reached € 1.136 billion (prior year: € 1.212 billion). Earnings before interest, taxes and goodwill amortization (EBITA) fell to minus € 75.5 million (plus € 45.3 million).

As part of its future concept, Schuler invested heavily in 2019 in the restructuring of its manufacturing sites; in its focus on core competencies in press construction, automation and service; and in the strengthening of the Group’s innovation capabilities. The company has thus responded to the far-reaching structural changes taking place in the global automotive industry.

“Group’s inner strength permits extensive realignment”

“As a press manufacturer, Schuler is part of the dramatic transformation of the global automobile industry toward electromobility, autonomous vehicles, and digital networking. In 2019, we identified and began to implement the resulting strategic and structural consequences for our company,” stated CEO Domenico Iacovelli at the presentation of the company’s results for fiscal year 2019 in Göppingen, Germany.

“This obviously had a significant impact on earnings. However, there was no alternative. Schuler has the financial strength, the global footprint, and the technological quality to be able to withstand such a one-off burden for the workforce, the balance sheet, and earnings in a market environment characterized by challenging transformation processes and political risks. This makes us confident that we can expand our leading position in metalforming technology in the medium term and thus achieve better results once again,” added Iacovelli.

Normal operating business slightly profitable

Together with the previously announced writedowns on the intangible goodwill of subsidiaries AWEBA and Yadon, the structural measures to realign the company amounting to € 84 million, and other one-off items, Schuler recognized negative special items of almost € 96 million in 2019. Net income after taxes was minus € 121.9 million (plus € 13.5 million). In its normal operating business – in other words EBITA before restructuring costs – Schuler generated a slightly positive result of € 8.5 million in a very challenging business environment.

New orders well above one billion euros

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With products like servo press lines, Schuler reached consolidated sales of €1.136 billion in 2019.

Schuler started its fiscal year 2020 with an order backlog of € 868 (€ 926) million. New orders received in 2019 amounted to € 1.092 (€ 1.255) billion. Europe accounted for the largest share of new orders (€ 562 million, thereof Germany € 293 million), followed by the Americas region (€ 253 million), and China (€ 221 million). With a decline in consolidated new orders of 13 percent in 2019, Schuler performed much better than the German machine tool industry as a whole, which suffered a decline of 22 percent according to the latest figures of sector association VDW.

Schuler CFO Thomas Kamphausen explained that the company had borne the full load of costs incurred by its structural adjustments in 2019. “We do not anticipate any further significant additional special items in 2020. Major cost reductions resulting from our structural adjustments are to be expected as early as 2021,” he said. “As far as our regular business development in 2020 is concerned, it is too early to estimate any effects of the Corona virus disruptions on our revenue and profits at this point.”

At the end of 2019, Schuler’s equity ratio amounted to 35.4 (40.1) percent – and was thus still above the industry average. The number of Group employees fell to 6,276 (6,574). At year-end 2019, headcount in Germany amounted to 3,962 (4,195).

Future concept: focus, localization and innovation

Announced in summer 2019, Schuler’s future concept is based on three main pillars. As the name CORE suggests, Schuler will focus in the future on its core business of building cutting-edge presses, as well as the optimization and digitalization of automation systems for the manufacturing processes of its internationally operating clients in the automotive, industrial, hydraulic and other sectors. In addition, Schuler is systematically strengthening its offerings in the field of service and smart networking.

In 2019, Schuler sold its die construction unit for the production of car body panels to Deutsche Werkzeugbau, a company set up by a strategic investor group. However, its core business of cutting-edge die construction for customers in the metalforming industry was spun off from Schuler Pressen GmbH and established as a separate growth business under the umbrella of the AWEBA Group, a subsidiary of Schuler.


Schuler Innovation Rate 2019 grows to 45.4 percent

The second pillar of Schuler’s future concept is a significant acceleration of new development and time-to-market processes in the field of press construction. The Group’s calculation basis for this objective, the Schuler Innovation Rate (SIR), doubled to 45.4 (prior year: 22.9) percent in 2019. This figure indicates that current product innovations accounted for almost half of all new orders received in Schuler’s main business fields of Automotive, Hydraulic and Industry during the past fiscal year. This enabled Schuler to offset a large part of the reduced demand from the automobile industry for classic forming technology products.

The third pillar of the future concept is a strict focus on localizing production and added value. Together with Group investment Yadon, Schuler China mainly serves customers throughout Asia. Schuler’s Brazilian operations focus in particular on the North and Latin American markets. Germany remains the location for machines and equipment produced for Schuler’s European customers. The high quality standards at all sites create a manufacturing network which can flexibly balance out peaks in demand between the regions. Within Germany, Schuler has pooled its press production in Erfurt and is expanding its home base in Göppingen to become a central innovation site. In the coming months, an additional service center with its own production and assembly capabilities serving customers throughout Germany will also be set up in Göppingen.

Schuler Group at a glance (IFRS)

2019 2018
New orders € million 1,092 1,255.1
Order backlog € million 867.5 926.1
Sales € million 1,136.3 1,212.1
EBITDA € million -9.1 71.5
EBITDA margin % -0.8 5.9
EBITA € million -75.5 45.3
EBITA margin % -6.6 3.7
EBITA before restructuring costs € million 8.5 58,3
EBT € million -103.9 18.0
EBT margin % -9.1 1.5
Group profit or loss € million -121.9 13.5
Balance sheet total € million 1,171.6 1,233.9
Shareholders’ equity € million 415.0 495.0
Equity ratio % 35.4 40.1
Cash flow from investing activities € million -17.7 -16.4
Employees incl. apprentices 6,276 6,574
    Germany 3,962 4,195

About the Schuler Group – www.schulergroup.com

Schuler offers customized first-rate technology in all areas of forming – from the networked press to press shop planning. In addition to press, our product includes automation and software solutions, dies, process know-how and service for the entire metalworking industry. Our customers include automotive manufacturers and suppliers, as well as companies in the forging, household appliance and electronics industries. Press from the Schuler Group mint coins for more than 180 countries. When it comes to the digital transformation of the forming technology, we support our customers worldwide as a supplier of innovative system solutions. In its fiscal year 2019, Schuler posted sales of € 1.136 billion. Founded in 1839 with headquarters in Göppingen, Germany, Schuler AG has about 6,000 employees at production sites in Europe, China and America, as well as service companies in more than 40 countries. The company is majority-owned by the Austrian ANDRITZ Group.


For further information on Schuler Inc., North America, please contact:

Guido Broder, VP
Schuler Incorporated
7145 Commerce Blvd.
Canton, MI 48187 USA


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Suhner Offers Economaster® Drilling Units for Value-Priced Production Use

All the features and reliability of Suhner technology at an affordable price, whether OEM or end user…MADE IN AMERICA 

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EconoMaster® value-priced drilling units from Suhner are suitable for medium-duty production cutting of light metal, wood, composite, foam and plastic materials

Suhner introduces the EconoMaster® line of drilling units, affordably priced at under $3000 for the basic unit, in stock for immediate delivery or customizable to suit the particular operation. This economical solution is ideal for multiple materials such as light metal, wood, composite, plastic and foam. Because these units are entirely produced at the Suhner factory in Rome, Georgia, response times for delivery and customized construction are very fast, according to Sales Manager Lee Coleman. “We recognized the need to bring our global technology to a local level, here in America, and the EconoMaster® is a key step in that process.”  Suhner is based in Brugg, Switzerland with plants and distribution centers worldwide.

The EconoMaster® drilling unit features low power and air consumption, adjustable motor housing, adjustable total stroke up to 4”, hydraulic feed control cylinder, J33 taper spindle end, 0-1/2” drill chuck, electric front & rear position limit switches, belt tensioner and chrome-plated quill. Basic unit weight is 45 lbs.

Other key features include adjustable feed stroke of ½-3”, 400 lb. thrust at 85 psi, operating pressures to 110 psi, TEFC/IP56 protection, standard 230V/460V, concentricity of .002” TIR, speed ranges to 9600 RPM and an air connection retract/advance of ¼” to 27 NPT.

EconoMaster® drilling units can be supplied with an adjustable stand, inline vertical configuration and multiple spindle heads for medium-duty production drilling, with many other spindle options and toolholders available. Please consult the factory.

For more information, please contact:

Lee Coleman, National Sales Manager-Machining Division

Suhner Industrial Products Corp.
25 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161 USA
Direct: 706-314-2927
Mobile: 706-409-1876
Fax: 706-235-8045

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Suhner Offers Various Tooling Products in Its Machining Division

New brochure details wide assortment of components for machine tool builders, integrators and end users in all metalworking sectors

Suhner, a leading manufacturer of automated tooling components, slides and multi-spindle components, has expanded its product offering, detailed in a new brochure the Machining Division. Known best for its drilling and tapping units, milling units, machining slides and other specially designed devices for high production work, the company continues to experience increased demand for its machining products and services.  As detailed in this new brochure, the Suhner Machining Division offers several new and enhanced products including flex shaft multiple drive system, QUILLmaster Drilling Units, TAPmaster tapping units, stationary and self-feed, flexible-shaft driven drilling units, POLYdrill multiple spindle heads, SPINDLEmaster machining spindles and SLIDEmaster.  All are designed for high-production work, especially in the automotive and other mass component market sectors.

The flex shaft multiple drive system works with MULTImaster drilling units. It offers up to 8 driving units, a motor rating of 5 HP (3.7 kW) standard and an output speed between 46-9,320 rpm. Optional features include a larger motor and a right angle drive.

QUILLmaster drilling units are self-fed drilling units, motor driven and pneumatic-fed. The total stroke is up to 4.9 in. (125mm), same as the controlled stroke. Furthermore, the QUILLmaster has a drilling capacity with  diameter up to  0.8 in.  (20 mm) for mild steel and a motor rating between 0.3-5 HP (0.22 kW -3.7kW). Tool holding options include ER, ST, ISO/CAT, HSK & custom.

Suhner stationary and self-feeding, flexible shaft driven drilling units feature total stroke up to  3.1 in. (80 mm) and controlled stroke up to 2.9 in. (75 mm).  The flexible shaft drilling unit has a drilling capacity with diameter up to 0.47 in. (12 mm) into mild steel. Available tooling holding options are ER, ST and custom.

TAPmaster includes CNC or leadscrews tapping units. Leadscrew tappers offer a total stroke up to 3.9 in. (100 mm), a tapping capacity up to .787 in. (20 mm) and a thread pitch between 64-13 TPI (0.4-1.75 mm). Available options are custom leadscrew pitches and crash protection on some units. Servo tappers feature a total stroke up to 5.5 in. (140 mm) and a tapping capacity up to .787 in. (20 mm).

POLYdrill multiple spindle heads include adjustable and fixed spindle heads. Drilling capacity ranges from 0.06 to 1 in. (1.5-25 mm). Minimum hole spacing is 0.27 in. (7 mm), while maximum hole spacing is limitless. Tooling options include ER, ST, JT33, Weldon and custom. Additional features are axial and radial compensation and custom layout/spacing.

The company’s SPINDLEmaster features precision turning spindles and slide units. The drilling capacity has a diameter up to 1.6 in. (40 mm) into mild steel and a motor rating between 0.75-10 HP (0.56 kW-7.5 kW). Tool holding options include ER, ISO/CAT,  HSK, Weldon and ABS. Available options  are coolant through automatic tool charger, taper roller or angular contact bearings and higher capacity spindles.

Lastly, the SLIDEmaster offers pneumatic, hydraulic and servo (ball screw) slide types. Stroke options include 6.3, 12.6 and 18.9 in. (160, 320 and 480 mm). Additional options include custom stroke lengths and higher capacity slides.

For more information, please contact:

Suhner Industrial Products, LLC
43 Anderson Road SW
Rome, GA 30161
Phone 706/235-8046
Fax 706/235-8045
Attention: Lee Coleman

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Rattunde Unveils New ACS + CFMtwin Machine

See Rattunde in Hall 6, Stand E-40 at Tube Fair in Dusseldorf, April 7-11, 2014!

Major German supplier of finished length tube and solid bar processing equipment offers dual tube cutting and finishing in one setup; produces up to 5000 pieces per hour with up to 40% energy savings


Rattunde ACS + CFMtwin machine for simultaneous dual tube processing; can produce up to 5000 parts per hour

Rattunde Corporation, a German-based manufacturer of finished length tube and solid bar production, today announces the introduction of the ACS® + CFMtwin machine, the newest member in the company’s family of tube production systems.  Equipped with a specially-designed twin machining head that fits onto the standard head, this new machine can cut two tube or bar sections simultaneously, then machines both ends of both workpieces, also simultaneously.   This new Rattunde machine can produce up to 5000 finished pieces per hour.  The option also exists for single tube or bar production on the same machine.

The ACS® + CFMtwin machine, when in twin mode, can process two workpieces of 10mm to 41.5mm OD each into finished lengths from 10mm to 1500mm.  Example:  21mm OD x 3.5mm wall x 45mm length cut from a 6.5 meter mill length of stock material, based on carbon steel.  When the twin head is removed, the standard machining head can process a single workpiece up to 105mm OD.


Close-up of twin cutting head; machine cuts two workpieces simultaneously

In addition to the twin workpiece processing, this new Rattunde machine offers the OEM or production house all the capabilities found on Rattunde’s ACS® family of tube and bar production systems, including secondary brush deburring, end machining (chamfering and facing), inspection, washing, drying and robotic packaging.  The entire machine and all auxiliary workstations are motion-controlled by CNC from a single operator station for maximum efficiency.  The ACS® + CFMtwin is built on the same platform as the existing and popular Rattunde ACS® + CFM and ACS + CFMcurve systems.

Even when processing in twin mode, the setup time for a new job can be under 15 minutes, according to Rattunde engineering.  Other standard features on this new Rattunde machine include data management on all workpiece parameters (approx. 10,000 workpieces), data logging of every part produced for full part traceability, material lead and end edge detection for minimized crop cut and tag end.  All operating limits are set from the control panel, with continuous tool break monitoring for the saw blade and all cutting tools.


Each end of the two workpieces is simultaneously chamfered before automated transfer to the cleaning and final packaging stations

Alec Banish, director of business development at the company, states, “This new machine clearly gives us a decided advantage in the market for high-production requirements.  Plus, with the standard machining head still in place on the machine, the ACS® + CFMtwin can be a highly flexible, adaptable production system for many types of manufacturing operations as well as a wide variety of end product producers.”  

Because the machine offers essentially double the production in the same machine footprint, up to 40% energy savings have been documented on a 25mm OD x 3mm wall x 42mm long piece from a stock length of 6 meters in a typical batch count of 45,000.

For more information on this development, please contact:
4980 Kendrick Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Phone:  616-940-3340
Fax:  616-940-2771
Web:  www.rattunde-corp.com
Email:  company@rattunde-corp.com
Attention:  Richard Stadler or Alec Banish

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Rattunde Building New Facility to Manufacture in America

Major German supplier of  finished length tube and solid bar processing equipment to open new 30,000 square-foot facility in Grand Rapids area for tooling and component manufacturing; plans in place to expand for full machine builds


New Rattunde facility underway in Caledonia Township, Michigan, near Grand Rapids, due to open in April, 2014.

Rattunde Corporation, a German-based manufacturer of finished length tube and solid bar production systems, has been operating in the North American market for over seven years.  The company’s success during that time has resulted in today’s announcement by Rattunde Corporation President Richard Stadler of plans to build a 30,000 square-foot facility near the company’s current location in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  14 acres of land have been purchased by the company in nearby Caledonia Township and work has begun on the new facility, scheduled to open in April, 2014.

The plant will continue to house the North American sales and service operations and will allow for expanded spare parts inventory and manufacturing operations, including the production of tooling and various machine components.  Area within the new facility will also house a technical center with a machine onsite at all times for demonstration and training.  Future plans call for an expansion of the building to over 100,000 square feet, enabling Rattunde to produce their entire finished length tube and solid bar production systems here.  This decision was reached, after an analysis of the current and anticipated business needs of the company, according to Stadler.  “Our growth in North America has been rapid, though not unexpected, due to the unique nature of our equipment and the reliability and performance characteristics of our machines.”   Stadler further noted that solid growth of the company into diverse markets throughout North America made the new facility a logical choice.

image002In commenting on the new facility, Richard Stadler noted, “There were several reasons why we wanted to remain in the greater Grand Rapids area, but one of the main reasons is the excellent talent base here.  Companies are built on people and, whether you are looking for an experienced veteran of industry or a fresh graduate from one of our ranking high schools, colleges, or universities, outstanding people can be found here.”

Concurrent with this development, Rattunde has expanded its workforce with technical service and administrative personnel.  As Stadler explains, “Whenever a machinery company grows quickly, there’s an ever-present need for more customer service and technical personnel.  Of course, new people must be found and trained.”  But, Stadler went on to explain that rapid growth also means working smarter.  Rather than waiting for a customer to reach out to Rattunde in a time of need, Rattunde is proactively sending technicians to the customer and performing comprehensive machine inspections, identifying and correcting small issues before they become large ones.


In the end, Stadler says, “This new facility will solidify our North American presence in the high-volume tube and solid bar production markets, thus benefiting our current and future customers in many ways.  It’s a purpose-built building, with a forward-looking eye on all we will need to build our machines and systems from the ground up.”  Rattunde will continue to occupy its current facility until completion of the new facility.

For more information on this development, please contact:

4980 Kendrick Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49512
Phone:  616-940-3340
Fax:  616-940-2771
Web:  www.rattunde-corp.com
Email:  company@rattunde-corp.com
Attention:  Richard Stadler or Alec Banish

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