Top-quality units by BENZ for the automotive sector.

With machining units for the automobile industry made by BENZ Werkzeugsysteme you get technical solutions of the highest quality! We make full use of innovative technologies, always on the cutting edge of what is currently possible. And in order to know today what the market will need tomorrow we keep in close contact with our customers. Technological progress is a natural component of our identity, which means that you will always find clever, detailed solutions in our product range. These solutions are not an end to themselves; in our eyes they are rather geared towards the goal of supporting our customers with their machining tasks - making their production much easier and more efficient!

Example: Engine block machining in the automobile industry

Success story: BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system
in flexible tool construction for LuK

Upon acquiring three new Gildemeister turning centers for their tool shop, LuK also decided on the new BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system. Production management at LuK found many reasons in its favor, such as the compact design, precision, high degree of flexibility thanks to a wide range of adapters, and the fast and safe tool exchange with the shortest possible set-up times.

A high degree of flexibility with fast response times
Typical requirements in any tool making are a high degree of flexibility with fast response times in single part production. Aspects such as tool variety, set-up times and, of course, precision, are especially important here. This is also true at LuK, a product brand of the Schaeffler Group.

Headquartered in Bühl, Germany, on the edge of the Black Forest, the company is a globally renowned manufacturer of couplings and gears for the automobile industry and has around 260 employees in the tool shop at the Bühl and Kappelrodeck locations. Clamping and forming tools, as well as component parts, i.e. manufacturing equipment, are primarily manufactured there - predominantly in single made-to-order production. In order to adequately meet increasing requirements for greater capacity three new CTX beta 500 Gildemeister turning centers were purchased. Equipped with a 12-compartment servo revolver for live tooling the machines are also capable of drilling and milling operations, eliminating the need to reclamp workpieces in other machines for these work processes.

Solution: BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system
In order to also save set-up times during the relatively frequent tool changes, LuK equipped the new machines with a modular tooling quick-change system. Different systems on the market were analyzed at length by their technology department, with the goal of finding the best possible solution. Especially impressive was the extra compact design of the new BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system. It results in a high level of stability, which is ultimately also reflected in the processing accuracy of the tool system. Additionally, the compact design saves space in the working area.

One particular advantage of the system is the variety of tool adapters available for all common tool holders. It makes it possible to use a nearly unlimited range of tools. As an added point,  LuK particularly praised the operating comfort and ease of the system. Tool adapters can be changed without special tools. And since this can be done within the machine in just a few seconds, set-up times are reduced considerably, which the production management in the LuK tool shop can confirm. What's more, thanks to the use of the BENZ Solidfix® modular quick-change system, the tool exchange can be pre-set, further reducing set-up times.

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