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News from the Bihler world
Bihler Forums 2023
Halblech, 23.03.2023 - Rising raw material and energy prices, strict climate requirements and ongoing supplier difficulties - more than ever, material- and energy-efficient manufacturing is of strategic importance.
At the Bihler Forums Germany, Spain, UK, Scandinavia and Italy, you will learn first-hand how Bihler technology can best position your production for future projects. The Bihler Forum Scandinavia will take place on 26.04.2023 at the Best Western Plus Waterfront Hotel in Gothenburg. Use the events also for an intensive exchange of experiences and networking. We look forward to seeing you.
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70 years Bihler machines
Halblech, 15.03.2023 - UFA 1, KRM, RMP 25, BSA 45, ORM 0 or GL 3000. Who still remembers the old types? It's been a while. All these machines have contributed to the success story of Bihler.
At the very beginning the machines still seemed simple in their construction. But even then, the basic concept was the same as in today's stamping and forming machines. Many things have been improved and optimized over the decades. The result are pioneering manufacturing systems such as the GRM-NC, the BIMERIC Modular or the new LM 2000 linear machines. What has remained unchanged is the unique "Bihler quality". What really lies behind all the abbreviations and numbers?
70 years of success in the market
Halblech, 29.01.2023 - This year, Bihler celebrates its 70th anniversary. Seven decades in which we have helped our customers succeed with creativity and passion. This is reason for us to be proud of what we have achieved and to face the challenges of the future with unwavering optimism.
Today‘s company and the history of Bihler are inseparable from the founding father Otto Bihler. A pioneer straight from the book. A man who lived his American dream in the Allgäu. Learn more about the life of Otto Bihler and the beginnings of our family business.
The new "b on top 2022" is online
Halblech, 18.11.2022 - Given the aftermath of the pandemic, increasing raw material and energy prices, supply chain shortages, and now the conflict in the Ukraine, many companies are taking a cautious approach to the future. However, I am convinced that despite these difficulties, the economy will not stand still. That is why it is my advice that now is the right time to move forward with strategic projects and invest pro-actively for the future. The crucial element is to become more competitive.
How well we manage our resources plays a vital role as to our success. Whether it is in the form of employees, raw materials, energy, or expertise – it is essential that resources be utilized in a strategic, focused way. The challenge is to make optimum use of available resources, while creating greater value added. To best support our customers, we at Otto Bihler Maschinenfabrik are continuously developing new, innovative machine and process technologies, as well as solutions to enhance the performance of existing processes, to ensure effective resource management and energy-efficient production. Where this success can lead you can be seen in the articles of this edition of b on top.
(Partner and Managing Director)
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One platform, two technologies
Halblech, 01.11.2022 - The LM 2000 platform is the latest addition to Bihler's portfolio of stamping and forming machines. The machine platform is available in two variants, the LM 2000-KT and the LM 2000-NC.
These two machines are state-of-the-art, linear machine tools that use cams or servo units in the production of stamped or formed parts from strip material. The LM 2000-KT is designed for use in medium- and large-size batches, while the LM 2000-NC is intended for use in small- and medium-sized batches. Where classic mechanical stamping and forming machines are limited to the use of only individual tools, the LM 2000-KT and the LM 2000-NC are fully tool-compatible with standard linear tools - such as LEANTOOL Linear - or with parts from LEANTOOL Linear, or with the user's linear tool standard.
In accordance with the ‘plug & produce’ concept, you can simply transfer your stamping and forming tool - one-for-one - and can then immediately continue production. The machines offer cycle rates of up to 500 1/min., and with a total machining length of 2,000mm on the machine plate enabling fast setup and rapid changeover, you will realize maximum added value in your production activities.
New Bihler Modular Series - Plug & Produce
Halblech, 01.11.2022 - The new Bihler Modular Series helps you to master the ever-increasing demands inherent in production activities. The Modular Series offers five of the latest generation of highly standardized machine types.
All of the machines are equipped with uniform interfaces in the forming areas, and as a result, they are fully compatible with one another in terms of the linear stamping and forming tools that are used. That compatibility adheres to the "plug & produce" principle, and provides you with machine-independent use of each of the tools - thereby significantly reducing the variety of solutions and machines you would need. If your production requirements should change, either in terms of batch size, or in terms of further processing steps, you have the ability, at any time to reuse, transfer, or adapt the forming tools between the five machines.
The flexibility of the machines represents an opportunity for an enormous savings in terms of production planning effort. It also provides a stable basis for more efficient job planning, and it enables you to utilize your machinery to full capacity. In addition, a uniform design guideline enables you to develop any necessary forming tools - quickly and easily - and independently from the machine itself.
Brochure - "Modular Series"
Plug & Produce - consistent, modular and compatible
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New manufacturing dimensions with linear tool technology
Halblech, 15.10.2022 - At EuroBLECH 2022, you can witness the newest manufacturing capabilities in Bihler linear tool technology. Bihler will proudly present - for the first time - the LM 2000-KT and the LM 2000-NC - the next generation of standardized linear machines.
The cam / servo-controlled LM 2000-KT and the LM 2000-NC are designed to offer the widest range of applications, and the maximum in performance capability. A total machining length of 2,000mm is available on the machine plate, enabling fast setup and rapid tool changeover.
With the new modular Bihler product line, and its application of the “plug & produce” concept, the manufacturer can, depending upon their requirements, simply transfer their linear stamping and forming tool - one-for-one - to the appropriate machine. They can then immediately resume production, saving both time and costs, and optimizing the usage of their machine park.
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Bihler at WIRE 2022 - Efficient automation solutions for wire manufacturing
Halblech, 27.05.2022 - Look to Bihler technology to enhance your production and to increase your profitability in the future. Our modular, standardized machine and tool technology offers you efficient automation solutions for a wide range of wire forming manufacturing processes for many types of products - including, for example, such items as hairpins made of enameled flat wire, or sophisticated tension strap hangers made of steel wire. You will have the chance to view this advanced Bihler technology "live" at our booth at the WIRE Trade Fair.
You will also have the chance to see the new "Bihler Cockpit" digital tool, which is being exhibited for the first time. The “Bihler Cockpit” allows you to analyze your production processes easily and quickly, and to fully utilize the valuable optimization potential your Bihler machines offer. And the optimized bNX "forming study" is now even more intuitive and safer to use with new developments.
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Secure your market success
Halblech, 20.03.2022 - Optimism is growing in UK sheet metal forming industries and fiscal incentives are boosting confidence to invest in capital assets. Join that spirit of optimism with us.
At MACH we will be showcasing our latest machinery and manufacturing technologies. Visit our booth and gain valuable insights into our new developments and services. Catering for all industries, especially in the field of e-mobility we offer you groundbreaking automation solutions for metal wire and strip parts as e.g. hairpins with high productivity as well as busbars with vast material savings up to 50 percent.
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).
Here you can download the White Paper free of charge.
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.
Article in "b on top": Interview with Wolgang Maier, Alpine Director of the DSV
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
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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.
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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.
Bihler runner-up at the Best of Industry Award
Halblech, 03.07.2019 – Bihler took second place in the Best of Industry Award in the metal forming category for its newly developed LEANTOOL system.
This time, a total of 31 companies from eleven categories were put forward for the vote with their innovative products and solutions. The decision was made by a jury of experts from industry and research and the trade editors of "MM Maschinenmarkt", as well as more than 17,500 private voters, each with a 50 percent share.
The jury of experts and the Bihler voters were impressed by the many advantages of the standardized modular tool system. With the LEANTOOL system, users can now realize their new tools for stamped and formed parts from strip material more easily, twice as quickly and up to 50 percent more cost-effectively. In conjunction with the GRM-NC automatic servo stamping and forming machine, they benefit from very fast "time to market" and highly flexible production.
Image (from left: Oliver Barthel (MM Publisher), Christoph Schäfer, Marc Walter, Mathias Bihler (Managing Director), Pedro Gato López
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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