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HAHN Group presents digitized plant systems at FAKUMA as part of its extensive product portfolio

As part of the FAKUMA trade fair, the HAHN Group will be presenting solutions for the plastics industry from its subsidiaries WEMO Automation, Waldorf Technik and GeKu at its stand B3-3115. The highlight of the exhibition is a trade fair system from Waldorf Technik and Sumitomo Demag, which has been expanded to include digital monitoring systems from HAHN Digital.

The HAHN Group booth B3-3115 combines the exhibits of the companies WEMO Automation, Waldorf Technik and GeKu automation systems at the FAKUMA trade fair. An exciting detail of the exhibition this year is the MOBILE.EXPO truck, which carries selected automation and robot systems from the entire HAHN Group company network. This includes digital systems that you can touch and try out such as “EVE Support” as a remote maintenance system from HAHN Digital or the options for “Virtual Commissioning”, i.e. the virtual commissioning of systems before they are built. As part of the HAHN Group MOBILE.EXPO, over 13 locations in 5 European countries will be visited by December 17, 2021 in order to present the competencies of the company network to customers, local partners and employees.

With Vario TIP®, Waldorf Technik presents the patented and world-leading system concept for the manufacture of medical and diagnostic consumer products. The Vario TIP® system is characterized by its unsurpassed degree of freedom for different tool configurations and packaging units, with an extremely space-saving design and complete cavity sorting. With Vario TIP®, high numbers of cavities of up to 128 are possible, with cycle times with peak values of 3.8 seconds. The automation system takes on all basic functions such as removal, transfer, screening, buffering and filling. In addition, the system includes a large number of unique functionalities that can be used customer-specifically. This includes camera inspections, cavity-sorted replacement of bad / missing parts, filter assembly and customized packaging of the finished parts.

At the Sumitomo Demag stand (B1-1105), the HAHN Group’s digitization and interface expertise will also be demonstrated. An Intelect S 100 / 460-250 was combined with an automation system from Waldorf Technik, which is based on the Vario Tip® FSS system. This creates a fully automated production cell for the manufacture of caps for insulin syringes on a 16-cavity mold in a total cycle time of six seconds. The use of vacuum sensors on the removal gripper sends data on product quality and the gripper position. A camera system provides additional optical information on the structure, quality and number of the finished parts for automated quality management. The data generated enable the products to be traced, as each test result can be assigned to the mold cavity and the time of production. This allows a well-founded analysis and observation of the quality in order to be able to react in a targeted manner to deviations in good time, such as deselecting cavities as a measure.

The further development of the Vario TIP® FSS with a particularly narrow structure opens up the market for MedTec injection moulders in new performance classes without requiring more clean room space. FSS stands for Floor Space Saving and offers an extremely reduced space requirement compared to the Vario TIP® standard model. By cleverly arranging the buffer areas required for separating the cavities, Waldorf Technik has succeeded in reducing the area by half compared to the basic system. The functionality and variability of the Vario TIP® standard are of course retained.

With the use of EVE Analytics: Connect from the HAHN Digital portfolio, Waldorf Technik enables continuous monitoring of the automation system in real time. With the information obtained in this way, operators can react immediately to anomalies and enable higher efficiency and output. With its EVE Suite portfolio, HAHN Digital offers further solutions for digitization in the manufacturing industry, with maximum data security and close cooperation with the experts from the HAHN Group corporate network. As part of the MOBILE.EXPO exhibition, further digital products and technologies for modern automation systems will be exhibited. This includes EVE support as a remote maintenance system from HAHN Digital or virtual commissioning applications. Visitors have the opportunity to try out the various products directly in the exhibition truck and experience them up close.

WEMO Automation presents a wide range of innovations and concepts for cost-efficient and fast handling, including among other things injection molding machines in cooperation with ABB Robotics. WEMO is known on the European market as a supplier of 3-5-axis linear robots. Together with ABB Robotics, WEMO is now expanding its portfolio around the adaptation of the wide range of six-axis industrial robots from ABB. Effective immediately, WEMO will support the market as an ABB value provider for customers worldwide. With many years of experience in the integration of ABB robots, WEMO offers solutions and support at the highest level.

The offer ranges from flexible configurations to standalone concepts and SGM concepts. This covers most of the applications in the plastics industry, taking into account the respective individual requirements. The advantages of the different configurations and concepts lie in the use for different tasks as well as the simple installation and commissioning. As always, WEMO offers standard solutions and options such as interface EOAT adapters, protective devices and much more.

The “ABB + WEMO hand-in-hand concepts” are space-saving and flexible solutions for using robots in the plastics industry. The WEMO robots are mounted on the injection molding machine with an integrated ABB robot for further downstream operations. The advantages here are commissioning for both devices at the same time as well as the simple addition of communication solutions and other functions.

With the new management by Johannes Kjellgren as CEO and Håkan Larsson as COO, WEMO Automation will strengthen the Robotics Division within the HAHN Group in the future. This bundles the know-how in the areas of linear, collaborative and mobile robotics and makes it even easier for customers to access. In addition, the respective sales and partner networks complement each other very well in order to further increase customer proximity. Through the group network, WEMO is also to be developed even more strongly as a regional hub in Scandinavia in the future.

GeKu, with the exhibition cell for automated contact provision, is part of the mobile exhibition belonging to the truck. For the automotive and electronics industries, GeKu developed a specialized system for providing contacts that can be used as part of the automated production of connectors and sensor housings. The system uses a bending cutting tool with a punching system driven by a servo motor. The force used is approx. 30 kN, but it can also be supplied as a larger version with higher forces and is adapted to the required tools. For each contact group, individual contacts can be made available within approx. 4 seconds. The system uses a KUKA robot whose parallel gripper is equipped with a spreading stroke for the individual contacts. The processes within this automation system can be customized for customers and their requirements and can also be delivered as part of complete automation cells.

Thomas Marufke strengthens HAHN Group Material Handling Division

Thomas Marufke is expanding the management of the Material Handling Division as of August 2021. He takes on the role of Bernhard Rupke, who will retire at the end of the year. Together with COO Gregor Kessler, Thomas Marufke will continue to unify the division and expand its leading position in automation solutions surrounding injection molding machines.

As managing director, Thomas Marufke controls the expertise of the HAHN Group in automation systems for plastics production and processing. In his role, he will be responsible for the customer-oriented areas of sales and service as well as the oversight of topics relating to project management and technology. Together with Gregor Kessler, COO of the Material Handling Division, he will take care of the strategic development of the division. Both also take over the management of Waldorf Technik.

Through his career, Thomas Marufke earned many years of experience in the plastics industry. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from the Technical University of Darmstadt, Marufke last worked for KraussMaffei Automation GmbH for over 20 years, of which he spent nine in the position as managing director.

The Material Handling Division includes the brands Waldorf Technik, GeKu Automatisierungssysteme and WEMO Automation with locations in Germany, Sweden, the USA and Turkey. A presence in Asia is also currently being established. These companies will benefit from Marufke’s profound expert knowledge of automation and robot technology for all aspects of injection molding production.

“I am delighted that we were able to win Thomas, a proven expert and great character, for the HAHN Group,” explains Philipp Unterhalt, CEO of the HAHN Group. “With his skills and many years of experience as managing director, he will support our companies in the plastics processing market segment in offering an even more extensive range of services for our customers and partners.”

“The companies Waldorf Technik, GeKu Automatisierungssysteme and WEMO Automation are powerful brands that stand for the highest quality and precision,” states Thomas Marufke regarding his new tasks. “I am looking forward to working with a strong team to further expand our customers’ satisfaction, to grow internationally and to deliver economical solutions for injection molding automation worldwide.”

In his role, Thomas Marufke takes over the duties of the previous managing director and division director Bernhard Rupke, who is retiring. After a transition period, he will continue to support the HAHN Group in an advisory capacity. “We would like to thank Bernhard very much for his work over the past few years,” explains Philipp Unterhalt. “With his support, we brought the companies in the division closer together and mastered the Covid period superbly. We wish Bernhard the best health and satisfaction.”

HAHN Plastics Automation: The HAHN Group has competent people all over the world

In the interview with Stefan Kropp you can find out more about international cooperation and the exchange between our HAHN Group subsidiaries. Stefan Kropp has accompanied GeKu Automatisierungssysteme since its incorporation and has repeatedly taken on different roles. 1.5 years ago he accepted the offer to move to HAHN Plastics Automation in the USA. You can find out more about the connection between GeKu and HAHN Plastics Automation and how the working styles might differ between the countries on the HAHN Plastics Automation website.

GeKu: With us, customers get to know their systems down to the smallest detail.

Get to know Patrick Tarnowski, who has been with GeKu Automatisierungssysteme GmbH since 2012. In his role, he takes on the service technology and training management for test systems. You can find out what other tasks he handles, what he particularly enjoys about his work and what makes the company so special on the GeKu website.

GeKu: Good performance creates great opportunities for young employees

On the GeKu website you can find out what successful training and employee development looks like within the HAHN Group. Get to know Marcel, who stood out with his particularly good performance during his training at GeKu. He then had the opportunity for a very special exchange within the HAHN Group corporate network. Find out more about the exchange with HAHN Automation in the USA and what Marcel takes away from this experience on the GeKu website.

GeKu names Ingo Heuer and Cord Rodenberg as additional managing directors

Diepenau, Germany – Ingo Heuer and Cord Rodenberg join the GeKu management team alongside Thorsten Gerling.

Effective February 1, 2020, Ingo Heuer and Cord Rodenberg became members of the management of GeKu Automatisierungssysteme GmbH. This reflects the company’s growth in recent years. In their roles, the new managing directors take over the operational management of the company. Thorsten Gerling remains CEO of GeKu and will focus on the company’s future strategic direction and development. The management trio aims to further develop GeKu and its employees within the HAHN Group, leading them successfully into the future with continuous growth.

Ingo Heuer and Cord Rodenberg have firm roots in the company. Heuer joined GeKu in 2013, three years later he advanced to the position of technical manager. Rodenberg has had a similar career trajectory. After several positions in German mechanical engineering companies, Rodenberg joined GeKu as a sales engineer, where he became sales manager in 2016. Heuer and Rodenberg have completed an additional degree in business administration while working at GeKu, which means that they are well prepared for their role as managing directors. Both have been responsible for many areas of the company independently since the beginning of 2019. The official raise into the management is the next step.

“In Ingo Heuer and Cord Rodenberg, we have found two additional managing directors for GeKu, which complement each other perfectly,” explains Thorsten Gerling, founder and managing director of GeKu Automatisierungssysteme GmbH. “We are certain that with this expansion in our management we will continue to promote and secure the positive development of GeKu. We are also proud to have such qualified talents in our own ranks.”

In addition to the strategic management of GeKu as managing director, Thorsten Gerling takes over the development of HAHN Robotics Diepenau GmbH as managing partner. The newly founded company will start operations in spring 2020. The new company is already planning for strong growth. Together with GeKu’s 25th anniversary, this development demonstrates the durability and innovative strength of the Diepenau location.

More flexible solutions for plastics manufacturing

Diepenau, Germany – GeKu and HAHN Robotics work even closer together with a new location in Northern Germany and are expanding their offering for the plastics industry.

GeKu recognizes the expanded potential of collaborative robot solutions for customers in the plastics industry. The HAHN Group, together with the Managing Director of GeKu, Thorsten Gerling and Marco Unverzagt, Managing Director of HAHN Robotics, establishes a subsidiary of HAHN Robotics in Northern Germany.

For the plastics industry, the companies of the HAHN Group have jointly developed application cases with collaborative robot technology for the handling of plastic parts. For example, cobot Sawyer from Rethink Robotics proves to be very easy to install and operate in this application area. At the same time, Sawyer is very flexible and can be used in many ways in companies in the plastics industry. Employees are relieved from taking on repetitive tasks and engage in more demanding tasks in the value chain. This ensures a high level of acceptance of the cobot within the workforce. Visitors to the fair can see at booth E61 in hall 10 how collaborative robot technology will support automation processes.

For about 25 years, plastics manufacturing has profited from GeKu’s automation of highly complex injection molding processes as well as individual high-tech automation and handling solutions. The founding of the subsidiary company Diepenau in Northern Germany, under the management of industry expert Thorsten Gerling, enables an expansion of their offers with security analyzes and integration of collaborative and industrial robot systems. The resulting solutions for plastics manufacturing are even more adaptable and target the challenges of the customers. With a total investment of 1.5 million euros, GeKu and HAHN Robotics will continue to serve the continuously growing needs of the automation industry in the future.

Thorsten Gerling, Managing Director of GeKu and the new subsidiary of HAHN Robotics in Northern Germany, is excited for the possibilities: “We are looking forward to being able to offer the plastics industry in the future even more flexible and future-oriented solutions. Through the cooperation within the HAHN Group, we have already recognized numerous trends and are working on the goal-oriented implementation of solutions for the needs of our customers and cooperation partners.”