American Wera recently changed its name to German Machine Tools of America (GMTA) and was on hand at IMTS 2012 last week in Chicago to better articulate the services it provides, linking American manufacturers with German machine tool companies like Profilator, Pittler, Präwema, WMZ and MAE. These companies manufacture a variety of machine tools, like grinders, turning equipment and presses for the automotive, energy and other markets.
MAE recently partnered with GMTA to bring its industrial presses to American manufacturers. These heavy-duty presses can accomplish bar, pipe and tube straightening, as well as rail-wave wheelset pressing. The machines are said to use advanced technology to improve tooling changeovers and limit downtime.
The hand crank straightener on display at IMTS 2012 featured a laser-guided machine vision system to adjust and maintain optimal settings, limiting the impact of human error. Additionally, the machine had probes to analyze workpieces constantly and ensure consistent, efficient straightening as well as prevent lengthier machining periods.
The straightener has advanced safety vision capabilities so that if any cracks in a workpiece appear, the machine shuts down to wait for an engineer or operator inspection so the source of the problem can be immediately identified. Additionally, the hydraulic fluid generated from bar resistance during pressing operations is recycled, saving a great deal of typically exerted energy — up to 80 percent.
Check out the video above to see an MAE press in action.