‚Spirit of partnership‘ - that means the following key values guiding our relationships: fairness, respect, service attitude and showing interest:
With respect to our customers we are also interested in what kind of end product is made from their production of rolled and slitted products, in which aspects sustainability is regarded and in which requirements derive for the Achenbach technology. Therefore, Achenbach stands at the side of the aluminium industry, since aluminium is fuel-saving in the transport industry, non-corrosive and light-weight in the construction industry and protective in the food as well as pharmaceutical industry. Last but not least, it can be recycled nearly infinitely.
Being leaders in technology and quality requires highly qualified personnel. Achenbach traditionally either finds this personnel in the region or wins it over for the region. It is by tradition and conviction that we are committed to the Buschhutten location which we develop continuously and further.
Achenbach Technology Centre
As Leaders in Technology, strategic thinking and doing are essential in order to maintain or preferably expand technological leadership. In concrete terms, this means to do right now well-aimed development work to open up success potentials in the market for tomorrow.
Regarding the technical features of the various machine types, Achenbach focuses on those components, which are immensely important for their customers and plant operators and which make the difference towards its competitors.
The external indiction of this proceeding is most recently the building of the new Achenbach Technology Centre: Having a total area of 1600 m² for presentation, development and assembly, this building has just been finished. First of all, the new division Achenbach Digital Solutions will move in including the business unit Achenbach OPTILINK® Big Data Applications like the IoT Platform for digital system networking within the customers' production process or with apps regarding maintenance and support or E-warehouse especially for the spare parts procurement.
Besides that, the entire business unit Achenbach OPTIROLL® Rolling Mill Automation Systems will move in the ATC. Last but not least, an ultramodern assembly line for a very important technical feature of the Achenbach OPTIMILL® Rolling Mills will be located here: Achenbach UniFlat® Flatness Measuring Rolls.
Last but not least, the Achenbach simulator will be located in the ATZ to enable visitors to virtually roll by themselves basing on the latest rolling mill technology.
The new ATZ is trendsetting, as here highly-precise mechanical design and manufacturing solutions are brought together with overall could-based big data solutions.
Modernization project: That’s partnership!
It is a special sign of partnership to execute a comprehensive machinery modernization in a maximum downtimes-saving manner. This is particularly the case, if it is about core machinery in the customer’s production. It requires a service-orientated attitude and in addition lots of know-how and experience. Here is a current example:
Symetal, Inofita, Greece, placed an order with Achenbach by the beginning of 2019 for the electrical modernization of an Achenbach non-reversing 4-high foil rolling mill of 1998. The comprehensive modernization comprises the drive system replacement while maintaining the strip motors, the update of the PLC systems S5 to S7 with all local in- and outputs, the replacement of the system visualization as well as the exchange of all control desks. Furthermore, machinery safety is to be improved, i.e. all machines are to be fenced according to the latest safety standards, and all relevant functions are controlled by a safety-approved PLC system. In close cooperation with Symetal, this complex task package was divided into 4 modernization phases in order to schedule them in a way that they are to be executed within same time as the scheduled maintenance downtime. After each modernization phase, the machine goes back to full production for a certain time. This in turn means that for each modernization phase temporary, coherent interfaces must be generated for the remaining parts of the old machine up to the next modernization step. At present, modernization step 1 and 2 are executed to the customer’s entire satisfaction.
A long-term vision is falling into place: the Campus Buschhütten for which the 130 years old foundry halls are converted cautiously.. The aim of this initiative is to sustainably strengthen the economy in Südwestfalen, one of the most powerful industrial regions in Germany, especially with regard to metal processing.
Facing megatrends the digital transformation as one of the current, the Campus is determined to be a place for innovation, research and demonstration of trendsetting production technology - a unique combination of industrial tradition and forward-looking approach, in which the actors can cooperate in individually selectable network partnerships in two directions: Companies to further develop the production technology of their products and/or to test new proceedings regarding digital transformation in the field of production technology as well as the academic institutes to check their research findings for relevance in a so-called 'Sandbox'.
The Campus Buschhütten consists of four centres: On the one hand, two university institutions will take part in the Campus project: the university of Siegen with a long-term space rental for their International Production and Engineering Management IPEM chair and the RWTH Aachen with their Werkzeugmaschinenlabor - machine tool lab WZL, who will process trendsetting topics such as '3D metal print' and 'digital factory planning' in the Campus Buschhütten.
On the other hand, there are two factories moving to the Campus: the SDFS Smart Demofactory Siegen, where, apart from research and demonstration of new production technologies, products will be manufactured in line with the market, such as the rear axle for the e-car e.GO and the Smart Leraning Factory Achenbach Buschhütten SLAB, implementing a new concept for technical-industrial training in close cooperation with the chair in Technical Didactics of the university of Siegen.