Walther Trowal opens the „North American Tech & Training Centre“

To cope with the increasing business volume in the Americas and to better serve the American customers in the field of surface finishing and preparation, Walther Trowal is expanding its sales branch in Grand Rapids, established in 2005, with additional manpower and a process development lab. Recently the Walther Trowal LLC has officially opened its “North American Tech & Training Center”.

The company, initially established as a sales office, has become an operation with its own test center, after-sales service activities and a sizable warehouse for compounds, media and spare parts. Effective immediately two recently hired application and sales engineers, stationed in Grand Rapids, are now supporting the already existing nine distributors in the US and Mexico, including our sales office in Querétaro, Mexico.

Moreover, the newly established process development lab, equipped with a range of different finishing machines, now offers American customers the possibility to test the Walther Trowal equipment with their work pieces directly in the United States and to optimize their finishing processes.

Ken Raby, Vice President and General Manager of the Walther Trowal LLC, is now in a position to serve his North-American customers even better: „We consider close proximity to our customers as essential to our future success. With our expanding sales and technical base in Grand Rapids we can adapt our processes and systems much better and, especially, much faster to the requirements of the American users. Especially in the field of mass finishing it is essential to develop and optimize the various finishing processes for our customers through processing trials under manufacturing conditions in our test lab”.  

The new „Tech & Training Centre“ is also equipped with a lab for coating technology. This allows the customers to test various coating methods and develop the right process for their coating requirements with the “Trowal Coating” technology.

Christoph Cruse, general sales manager at Walther Trowal in Haan, explains why the company is expanding its presence in North-America: „The North-American market is somewhat different from Europe – Especially in the United States the automobile industry is still a key player, but is subject to enormous cost pressures. That is why it is essential for us to offer our customers fast and competent service. Long reaction or downtimes are no longer acceptable! In addition, we also see a tremendous potential in the rapidly expanding aerospace industry and medical engineering.“

In Latin America Walther Trowal has also expanded its presence with the recently opened sales office in Queretaro, Mexico. The local staff is supported by the knowhow and service of the colleagues in Grand Rapids.

The capacity of the new, large warehouse ensures that the Walther Trowal LLC can offer short delivery times for equipment and consumables. The mass finishing, shot blasting and coating equipment as well as the plastic finishing media are still supplied from the Walther Trowal headquarters in Germany. Ceramic media continue to be manufactured at the plant in Stoke-on-Trent, Great Britain.

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Kögel Port 40 Simplex Containerchassis bescheren Mahlstedt mehr Flexibilität im Containerverkehr

Die Spedition Mahlstedt GmbH mit Sitz in Delmenhorst, einer Stadt in Niedersachsen in Deutschland, übernimmt 30 neue Kögel Port 40 Simplex Containerchassis in den Fuhrpark. Mahlstedt beschäftigt sich seit der Gründung des Unternehmens mit Überseecontainern. Damit hat die Spedition 40 Jahre Erfahrung in Sachen Seecontainer und weiß genau, was hier wichtig ist. Aus diesem Grund setzt Mahlstedt künftig auch bei Containerchassis auf Kögel Qualität. Die Port 40 Simplex Containerchassis mit pneumatischem Heckausschub haben ein geringes Eigengewicht in der Grundausstattung von 5.200 Kilogramm, ein technisches Gesamtgewicht von 41.000 Kilogramm und eine Sattellast von 14.000 Kilogramm. Sie eignen sich für den Transport von 20- und 30-Fuß-ISO-Containern sowie 40-Fuß-Highcube-Containern.

Einfache Bedienung und vielfältige Einsetzbarkeit

Der Port 40 Simplex punktet bei der Spedition zudem mit einer einfachen und bequemen Bedienbarkeit durch eine pneumatische Steuerung per Knopfdruck. Für eine längere Lebensdauer verfügt der Heckausschub beim Port 40 Simplex über eine wartungsarme Führung auf Spezial-Gleitern aus Kunststoff und zwei Ausschubrollen. Zum einfacheren Be- und Entladen der Container an der Rampe sind die Containerchassis optional mit einer optimierten Heckpartie ausgestattet. Damit lässt sich noch näher an die Rampe fahren und der mit einem Überfahrblech zu überbrückende Freiraum zwischen Container und Rampe verringert sich. Die Containerchassis eignen sich bei eingeschobenem Rahmen für den Transport von einem heckbündig gestellten 20-Fuß-ISO-Container. Ist der Heckausschub ausgefahren, passen ein 40-Fuß-Highcube-Container oder ein heckbündig gestellter 30-Fuß-ISO-Container oder zwei 20-Fuß-ISO-Container oder ein mittig gestellter 20-Fuß-ISO-Container darauf.


Natürlich sind die Kögel Containerchassis auch mit einer vielfältigen Individualausstattung für die unterschiedlichsten Anforderungen in den diversen Einsatzgebieten erhältlich. Zur Individualausstattung der Mahlstedt-Containerchassis gehören eine ADR-Adpaterbox, LED-Rückfahrscheinwerfer, ein Reifendrucküberwachungs- und Füllsystem, ein Telematik-System, ein Werkzeugkasten und vieles mehr.

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Bei den Kögel Port 40 Simplex Containerchassis ist der gesamte Fahrzeugrahmen durch die Nano-Ceramic-Technologie und KTL-Beschichtung mit anschließender UV-Lackierung dauerhaft vor Korrosion geschützt.

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Motor Spindle Safety System MS³

The most common accidents involving the use of machine tools include spindle crashes. Common causes include programming errors, incorrectly defined tools, disregarded interference contours, or unintentional high-speed operation. The forces involved are so enormous that components of the motor spindle, ceramic spindle bearings, shafts, encoders, clamping system and the entire machine geometry can be affected or even completely destroyed. A case study from RWTH Aachen shows that repair costs after a crash in the amount of five-digit euro amounts are not uncommon. Collision avoidance systems for machine tools minimize damage and reduce downtime and repair costs in the event of a collision. Nevertheless, only very few machine tools have a spindle collision protection at all. This is usually based on compression elements that act like a car bumper and are completely destroyed in the event of a crash.

Although the spindle components remain intact, downtime still occurs. The motor spindle protection system MS³ from JAKOB Antriebstechnik GmbH detects collisions by means of several sensors and reports them electronically to the machine control. This can bring the feed axes of the machine tool to a halt with measures such as braking and reversing the drives. But beyond that, the motor spindle protection system can immediately interrupt the power flow at the interface between the spindle box and the motor spindle by means of 3D deflection in the event of a collision-induced overload, even before the electronic emergency stop, mechanically and energy-autonomously.

This effective combination of mechanical protection system and active electronic sensor monitoring makes the system superior to purely electronic collision avoidance systems and effectively protects the shock-sensitive components of the motor spindle from the high force peaks of the collision. The resulting kinetic energy of the crash intercepts a built-in shock absorber. The difference is made by a double flange system with built-in permanent magnets. They can guarantee the required high holding forces and rigidity. During the disengaging process, compression springs guide the motor spindle and then return it to its original position. The downtime is limited to the exchange of tools, additional external service is no longer needed. The system is energy self-sufficient, maintenance-free and adaptable to all common motor spindle geometries.

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