Bobcat Firm just lately accomplished a $9.3 million funding in punch press automation and press expertise at its manufacturing facility in Gwinner, North Dakota. The brand new press line is anticipated to greater than double press manufacturing capabilities, scale back vitality consumption, decrease noise ranges and enhance advanced forming for sheet steel elements, all of which can assist meet the growing demand for Bobcat gear. The corporate additionally invested a further $1.2 million for entrance and constructing upgrades on the Gwinner location.
“As the house of our authentic manufacturing facility in North America, we’re excited to put money into the power and add this new automation expertise to the Gwinner plant,” mentioned Mike Ballweber, president of Bobcat Firm North America. “This funding will present us with new capabilities and efficiencies in our steel stamping operations, and it additionally aligns with our dedication to innovation, sustainability and continued investments in our manufacturing footprint.”
Bobcat partnered with AP&T North America, Inc., a number one supplier of superior manufacturing options, for the totally automated tandem line, which incorporates design and construct of the brand new 2000 Ton Valveless Servo Hydraulic Lead Press on the Gwinner facility.
“Bobcat is among the first firms in North America to take a position sooner or later by implementing this automated resolution utilizing our new press expertise,” mentioned Dr. Christian Koroschetz, chief gross sales officer of AP&T Group. “This funding additionally helps Bobcat’s curiosity in pursuing sustainable, energy-efficient manufacturing options.”
The extremely automated, closed-looped, valveless servo-hydraulic press is 70 % extra vitality environment friendly than a standard hydraulic press. The press additionally gives elevated productiveness and superior forming capabilities, which permits the urgent of extra intricate and complicated designed elements, together with shorter cycle occasions. The press line and automation are sensible managed by way of internet-based options.
Bobcat first grew to become conscious of the brand new press expertise by way of a relationship with Wisconsin-based TCR Built-in Stamping Programs, a number one gear producer guide and system supplier for the steel forming business. Bobcat partnered with TCR Built-in Stamping Programs to offer the brand new press management techniques and magnetic fast die modifications for all different presses within the tandem line.
“Whereas visiting AP&T in Sweden, I used to be launched to their newest automation breakthrough and knew it could present a major development for Bobcat. This distinctive resolution offered the flexibility to maneuver elements in extra of 200 kilos in a short time over nice distances; it was good for them,” mentioned Todd Wenzel, president of TCR. “Along with the newest automation, AP&T additionally demonstrated their new valveless, servo hydraulic expertise for me. It’s distinctive capabilities, too, had clear utility for the Gwinner facility and is according to Bobcat’s sustainability objectives.”