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Efficient automation solutions for e-components
Halblech, 09.11.2021 - Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik has been offering modular platforms and technologies for the production of e-components for central components in the drive, battery and power supply to the market for many years.
These include automated solutions for battery cell and module connectors completely mounted in carrier frames, ZSB circuits in hybrid motors, shielding sleeves for charging plugs, conductor rails and bus bars for power distribution and hairpins, connection pins and I-pins for stators. Hairpin technology in particular enables the type-flexible mass production of drive motors for electric vehicles in cycle times similar to those of a combustion engine. The use of hairpin-shaped coil segments and a high degree of automation makes it possible to manufacture high-quality stators.
The new White Paper "Electromobility" will explain:
- How hairpins can be manufactured flexibly and economically using Bihler servo technology.
- The competitive advantages offered by standardized and modular machine and tool technology in the production of e-components (shielding sleeves, bus bars).
German Ski Association tests skis on Bihler equipment
Halblech, 29.06.2021 - To ensure that our DSV skiers race down the mountains even faster in the future, the Bihler team developed a special machine for the perfect racing ski.
At the 2021 World Ski Championships in Cortina, the German racers impressed with four medals at once. This is the result of the conscientious work of the ski pros, their coaches and, for a good two and a half years, the DSV Technology Center in Berchtesgaden. Here, specialists are working on how to further improve the mechanical properties of the racing material. Since the beginning of June, Bihler's new TBM 1 torsion bending machine has been making a decisive contribution. The special machine, nicknamed "Ski-Tobi", forms the first step towards the perfect racing ski. It simulates a wide variety of force influences on the ski and thus provides important, technical data on the various models. This data provides information on how a new model behaves in comparison to a tried-and-tested one - without the need for test runs on the slopes. In this way, it is possible to determine in advance which athlete will achieve the best results with which model.
From left: Alpine skiing athlete Dominik Schwaiger, Karlheinz "Charly" Waibel, head of the DSV Technology Center, Mathias Bihler and Alpine skiing athlete Josef Ferstl.
The new "b on top" is here!
The period of the pandemic has confronted us all with many changes and a lot of work still remains to be done. We have used the time to develop a new manufacturing concept for the production of the future. It is a modular, intercompatible and flexible complete system that will make your production operations even more reactive and powerful. In this way, you will achieve the necessary efficiency since this will become an even more crucial factor of success in the future.
At the same time, we will support and accompany you with our long-standing know-how and expertise. In this way, we can implement new, pioneering projects, as the numerous examples in this edition show, and achieve success through our mutual cooperation.
We hope you find the current edition inspiring,
(Partner and Managing Director)
Revolutionary research project
Halblech, 06.05.2021 - Bihler recently launched a research project in collaboration with the Institute for Metal Forming and Casting at Munich Technical University.
The revolutionary objective: To compensate for the influence of fluctuations in material batches on parts quality by means of an in-process inline measurement concept. The background: Process-related interfering factors and variables are reliably kept in check, in particular when Bihler plant and equipment is used. By contrast, material fluctuations in the steel strip that is to be machined constitute a significant problem because these have an impact on the part’s springback behavior.
Potential for considerable savings
Indeed, any given coil will exhibit different thicknesses and mechanical characteristic values and these differences are only exacerbated when material is taken from different batches. In the past, it has not been possible to detect these fluctuations and, instead, they have had to be captured at process level – a time- and cost-intensive solution. The project, which is being run on a Bihler GRM-NC, analyzes the strip material using eddy current and capacitive sensors. Thanks to the characteristic values generated by this analysis, fluctuations in the batch can be detected directly in-process and taken into account during bending – thereby opening up the potential for considerable savings.
New Key Account Manager: Focus on the connector industry
Halblech, 05.05.2021 - Kay Wesendrup is working for Bihler as a new Key Account Manager for Germany, Austria and Switzerland (DACH).
His work focuses on supporting and further developing strategic relationships with Bihler customers involved more specifically in the plug connector industry. In this role, the 42-year-old is also concerned with new developments in the technology and product fields as well as with analyzing the potential for future Bihler products.
The Certified Mechanical Technician brings a wealth of experience with him. Thus, Kay Wesendrup previously worked as Group Head for New Tool Construction and as Deputy Design Manager for long-standing Bihler customers. “I’m looking forward to being the first point of contact for new tasks for both new and existing customers and working with them to build on our shared success in a spirit of partnership-based cooperation,” explains Kay Wesendrup.
Key Account Manager
Bihler Technology for E-Mobility
Halblech, 02.02.2021 – Electric mobility is gaining more and more momentum. Bihler has been involved intensively in the research and development of this new technology for several years and already offers groundbreaking automation solutions.
Automotive suppliers use these solutions to produce battery cell and module connectors completely mounted in carrier frames, ZSB circuits for direct drives, shielding sleeves, busbars as well as hairpins for stators.
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Modernize your machinery!
Halblech, 21.01.2021 – Upgrade your existing Bihler machines for new tasks. With the cost-effective BC R Retrofit package, this can now be done quickly and easily in three steps:
- We deliver the required machine components to your site.
- Service technicians will then retrofit your machine and install the BC R control system.
- Commissioning and approval.
Time required for the entire process: approximately one week!
The advantages of doing the retrofit: The machine is up to date, with full spare parts support, and as an option, network-capability for the digital age.
Save time and money
Halblech, 01.07.2020 – With the new Bihler Augmented Reality Remote Service, we now support you even more efficiently in the operation of your Bihler systems. Together, we solve potential issues in the form of a video call much easier and faster. We are using the latest AR technology compatible with smartphones, tablets, and AR headsets.
In real-time streaming, our service expert virtually looks over the shoulder of your machine operator and guides him step by step. Graphic highlighting of real objects in the operator’s field of vision facilitates handling. Your advantages: You benefit from precise remote diagnosis, save time and money and can continue production immediately in most cases.
Bihler supports mask production
Halblech, June 22th, 2020 – Bihler is breaking new ground during the Covid-19 crisis: Every day, the expert for stamped and formed parts produces up to 40,000 wires for certified mouth and nose masks for the automotive supplier Zettl.
The request of the Bavarian company Zettl barely reached Halblech when the Bihler team had already developed an automation solution for the wires based on the highly standardized LEANTOOL tool system. Implemented on a GRM-NC servo stamping and forming machine, the lean production process delivers 120 ready-to-install mask wires per minute. The wire is bent in four steps in the circular bending tool and cut off by means of a separating module. Between 30,000 and 40,000 finished wires are then sent to Zettl for further processing every day.
Image: Mathias Bihler (Managing Partner)
Halblech, 14.11.2019 – Armin Chiesola (Member of the Board of Managers / Head of Sales at Meusburger) and Mathias Bihler (Managing Partner) are proud of the successful cooperation of their companies. Bihler and Meusburger developed the first standardized stamping and forming die sets with Meusburger standard parts for Bihler NC presses. The new die sets in types 'tunnel cut' or 'spring-loaded guiding plate' are significantly more cost-effective and available from stock.
A passion for Bihler technology
On September 21-22th Swedish and Danish Bihler technicians met for a reunion in Denmark. The eight men are managers, tool designers and tool makers with an overall experience of more than 300 years in Bihler technology. They have come together regularly every year since 2003, one year after their mentor Fini Malmros so tragically passed away. All of them have a background at Lesjöfors Fjäder AB. Today some of the members are at Lesjöfors and others are in other businesses, but still, with connections to Bihler. The team thanks Roland Nielsen for hosting them in Denmark.
Front row: Guiseppe Campora Denmark, Mr. Finn Rasmussen Denmark and Mr. Jonny Andersson Sweden.
Rear row: Mr. Roland Nielsen Denmark, Mr. Bjarne Petersen Denmark, Mr. Stig Nord Sweden, Mr. John Sörensen Denmark, Mr. Bengt Persson Sweden.
Standardised stamping and forming die sets for Bihler presses
Halblech, 15th July, 2019 - In a close cooperation Bihler and Meusburger developed the first standardised stamping and forming die sets with Meusburger standard parts for Bihler NC presses. The new die sets in types 'tunnel cut' or 'spring-loaded guiding plate' are available for stamping presses with forces up to 400kN.
The standardisation of stamping and forming die sets has great advantages: they are significantly more cost-effective, and they are available from stock. The die sets themselves also offer many product advantages – from precision alignment edges to practical anti-rotation protection, as well as helpful mounting threads in the plates for pull handles, eye bolts and spacer discs, and useful vent holes.
Stamped and formed part manufacturers who already own a Bihler NC press can obtain the exclusive stamping and forming die sets quickly and easily from Meusburger. Those considering the purchase of a new Bihler Servo stamping and forming machine type RM-NC or GRM-NC with die set will receive an offer from Bihler for the entire package, made up of the NC stamping and forming machine including the suitable standard stamping and forming die set from Meusburger.
Supplier Innovation Award for Bihler and Schürholz
Halblech, April 29th, 2019 – At this year's Brose Technology Days in April, Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik GmbH & Co. KG and Schürholz GmbH received the Brose Supplier Innovation Award.
The two companies received this award from the world's fourth-largest automotive supplier in recognition of their outstanding innovative achievements and excellent cooperation. Together with Brose, Bihler and Schürholz developed a pioneering production technology for manufacturing housings for actuation motors. Bihler's modular BIMERIC servo system served as the platform for a wide variety of machining and assembly processes such as stamping, bending, laser welding and the patented joining of covers and housings. The innovative combination of these processes has led to cost reduction, material saving and weight reduction.
Mathias Bihler, Managing Partner at Bihler, emphasizes: “The award highlights the great innovative strength of the Old Economy in mastering essential issues such as material efficiency”.
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