As the result of a continuing trend towards the lightweight design of car bodies, more aluminum parts are being used, according to the Austrian company. Whereas aluminum used to be deployed more in the gearbox and motor segment, more and more so-called structural parts are being manufactured in aluminum, for instance in the chassis. To deliver savings in the production chain of structural parts, an evaluation of the manufacturing process as a whole is deemed necessary. As is explained, requirements for the milling and the tolerances are less in comparison to motor or gearbox parts. Anger Machining says it is taking up the theme of structural parts manufacturing and has extended its product portfolio with specially adapted machines for the new requirements. The company is not only focusing on the machining of the parts itself, but also on the overall value chain. This includes the material flow between the single operations (up to a part length of 1,700 mm).
Production with a holistic approach
In order to offer manufacturers of structural parts potential savings in production, it is necessary to evaluate the complete process, as the exhibitors from Angermann Machining point out. With its new processing solutions, the company is not focusing on the machine itself, but is also considering the entire manufacturing process including material flow.