By Dr. Christian Walti
It seems to me that collaboration is becoming an increasingly key concept. I’m happy the observation I made at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic has been repeatedly confirmed. Although the pandemic has kept us apart, we have faced it together in spirit.
Since July 2020, Alexander Attenberger has been supporting our virtual efforts, and I’m impressed by the way our new Chief Sales Officer (CSO) is bringing together our highly motivated sales colleagues to provide solutions for the customer rapidly and ‘on point’. Success depends on a major project: the further digitalisation of distribution.
The same impetus is also being applied to each of the projects discussed in this edition. For an excellent example of mettle, I recommend reading the report on traditional foundry Industria Metalli in Lombardy, Italy, which used the involuntary break in production to build a mechanical manufacturing facility. In spite of the pandemic, the company’s Heckert machining centres were commissioned without any notable delays thanks to intensive support from Starrag.
Another company that made a bold investment in its future was Swiss-based bending machine manufacturer JORNS:
Its new Starrag five-axis large-scale machining centre has drastically reduced the machining process for thick welded structures from four hours to two and a half hours. By introducing an unmanned shift, JORNS can now take on additional external orders. Another traditional company bravely breaking into new markets is Omni Aerospace in
the USA, which is using two ECOPEED F 1540 to machine aluminium wing ribs up to four metres in length. According to the company’s founder and CEO John J. O’Neill, these rapid twin machines are providing “unrivalled performance, previously unachievable levels of precision and excellent surface quality”.
We have a special business relationship with German slewing bearing manufacturer thyssenkrupp rothe erde®, which has been producing gigantic bearings using Starrag machine tools for decades – predominantly XXL slewing bearings for wind turbines with a maximum diameter of six metres.
However, anyone who thinks that the only way to achieve maximum power and performance is to use the latest high-tech equipment is very wrong. In 1928, SIP, now a subsidiary of Starrag, sent an MP4 optical precision measuring machine from Geneva to the USA – and thanks to its volumetric accuracy of 0.001 to 0.002 mm, the machine has been used there as reliable measuring equipment ever since, by various companies including General Electric.
I hope you enjoy reading the 2–2020 edition of Star and that it inspires you on your path to a collaborative future.