Growing Demand for Güdel Robot Tracks and Gantry Robots Leads to Major Investment in US Manufacturing
Multimillion investment on custom machining center to boost capacity at Güdel US manufacturing facility.
ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN. Güdel, Inc. is investing several million dollars on a custom bridge mill designed specifically for machining TrackMotion and gantry modules built in the US. Installation of the machining center is slated for the first quarter of 2015.
With a bed that measures 16 meters long by 1.5 meters wide, the new machining center is ideal for milling Güdel’s longest beams. Additionally, it has the ability to machine three faces and both ends of a beam in one setup which, compared to standard bridge mills, is a significant advantage for throughput and time savings.
According to Güdel’s CEO, Stefan Nilsson, “This is a strategic investment by Güdel. This new machining center increases our capacity and improves throughput as North American demand for TrackMotion and gantry robots increases.”
The machining center has a moving portal bridge and is equipped with an automatic tool changer for 40 tools. The machine uses a Heidenhain iTNC530 HSCI contouring control for milling, drilling and machining. Two similar units are already operational at Güdel world headquarters.
About Güdel Inc.
Güdel Inc. is the US subsidiary of Güdel Group, a global manufacturer of robotic automation products, systems and services. Güdel supplies linear motion modules, robot track motion units, gantry robots and components to OEM’s, systems integrators and machine builders serving the automotive, aerospace, logistics, heavy industrial and power generation industries. Güdel Inc. is located in Ann Arbor, Michigan in a dedicated 45,000 square foot facility, providing North American customers with engineering, design, production, and customer service support. Güdel Inc. also operates a satellite engineering office in Troy, MI.
Güdel Group was founded in 1954. Headquartered in Langenthal, Switzerland, today Güdel operates in 21 locations worldwide.