As a manufacturer of customer-specific industrial gearboxes, Eisenbeiss GmbH is increasingly focusing on bringing a large share of production in house. With a Heckert HEC 1000 machining centre tailored precisely to the needs of its application, the company, located in Upper Austria, is now set up perfectly for machining large transmission housings.
Anyone needing technically advanced industrial gearboxes simply cannot ignore Eisenbeiss GmbH from Enns. The company has a long history, having been founded in 1911, and has become one of the leading providers of specialist gearboxes for a wide range of applications. Customers of this niche provider include members of the plastic, food processing, steel, aluminium and energy industries.
Further expanding vertical range of production
The manufacture of extruder gearboxes is an important business area for the Upper Austrian company. A high level of vertical integration allows the greatest possible flexibility and the means to achieve short lead times despite a wide variety of individual customer requirements. In 2015, Eisenbeiss decided to invest in a large machining centre in order to increase both capacity and productivity. An existing machine, which is over 20 years old, will make way for the new machining centre. “We have limited space available on our site. We had earmarked a certain area of the building for the machine to further optimise the production process. Finding a concept that would fit was a particular challenge. Another decision was whether to choose a machining centre with four or five axes. To aid this decision, we provided an overview of the available and upcoming machines at the 2015 EMO trade fair in Milan. We looked in detail at six concepts from different manufacturers, and the final decision was between just two”, recalls Johann Panzenböck, Group Leader for Cubic Manufacturing at Eisenbeiss.
A series of criteria were applied to evaluate the machines. The machining centre itself, a large tool magazine and a set-up point needed to be accommodated in the limited 8.5 m x 7.5 m space. Ideally, there also needed to be enough space available for handling large workpieces. “For us, though, the essential criterion was whether the new machine would allow us to process a particular gearbox housing, known internally as ‘part 7’. We passed this framework to the respective machine manufacturer and asked them to present a suitable space concept” continues Panzenböck.