The WENZEL Group is celebrating following the installation of its landmark 9000th high-tech measuring machine. Designed and manufactured by WENZEL, the product follows another important milestone in the German metrology specialist’s history, with the firm also recently commemorating its 50th year in the business.
The installation of the WENZEL LH 1512 3D Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) coincides with a record-breaking output of almost €92m for the company in 2018, with strong sales success across its four regions DACH, EMEA, Asia and America. The CMM purchase also comes full circle with the WENZEL’s prestigious history, with the very first measuring machine sold in Austria and now its 9000th going to another firm in the region, voestalpine Krems GmbH. With growth expected over the next few years, the record-breaking sale is exemplary of the German firm’s strong position in the metrology market, as well as a mark of how measurement products are heading into the digital era.
Lauding the landmark installation and prosperity across the region, Dr. Heike Wenzel, managing partner of WENZEL Group GmbH & Co. KG, said: “In 1981, the very first measuring machine built by WENZEL was sold by GGW Gruber in Austria. Now, the 9000th machine manufactured in the German factory with the serial number 189000 has also gone to Austria. That cannot be a coincidence.”
Installed at the Krems site in Austria, the decision to purchase the WENZEL LH 1512 3D Coordinate Measuring Machine by voestalpine means the firm can streamline its operations across the automotive, construction, energy and wine & fruit sectors with high levels of performance and accuracy. Like all WENZEL machinery, the new CMM has been engineered from granite to eliminate heat sensitivity and increase precision within its new environment. The low cost of ownership, as well as the optimal price-performance ratio of the WENZEL CMM, were also core motivating factors behind the purchase of the 18-tonne machine by the Austrian technology specialist.
Renowned for its precision, the LH 3D CMM is the latest in high performance, bridge-style technology. Its long-term mechanical accuracy and ergonomic design, along with sensor choices to suit a wide range of applications, means the machine is ideally suited for situations which require high throughput. The WENZEL LH 1512’s gantry design caters to this requirement and is specifically designed for the inspection of large-volume and heavy workpieces, as Johannes Riha, managing director of supplier GGW Gruber explains:
“The LH 1512 measures thanks to the swivel head, granite construction and air bearing guide elements in all axes, giving high levels of accuracy. It also automatically compensates for temperature fluctuations that affect the workpiece from its chosen setting. Likewise, the integrated air damping compensates for all vibrations from the surrounding environment.”