HEIDENHAIN automation partners

Our hardware and software solutions for the Digital Shop Floor, along with our numerous control functions, enable the smart, convenient, and customized networking of HEIDENHAIN controls within digitalized production processes and automation systems. Are you planning an automation project? The online platform of the HEIDENHAIN Automation Partners gives you access to componetent partners and inspiring sample solutions for your individual project. You can also submit project queries.

HEIDENHAIN automation partners:
Competent advisory support for a high security of investment

HEIDENHAIN is firmly anchored within the machine tool industry as an innovative partner with a strong tradition. Our automation partner program helps our customers deeply integrate their controls into an automated production environment. The HEIDENHAIN automation partners include software providers, automation system providers, and turnkey providers. Together, we tailor customers’ projects to their unique circumstances, implementing their projects within the shortest possible time for higher productivity and greater process efficiency in a digital production environment.

Contact person – Sales

International Sales

+49 8669 31-3142

internationalsales@heidenhain.de

The software solutions for the Digital Shop Floor, the Connected Machining package of functions for HEIDENHAIN controls, and our services for digitalizing your processes support you in implementing uniformly digital job management in a networked production environment, including vertical integration with enterprise resource planning systems. Workpieces and tools are always available at the machine when needed, ensuring that all processes run smoothly and without interruption. This brings high productivity to your automated production environment, letting you leverage the full benefits of a digital shop floor.

To submit a project query, you can contact the following automation partners directly:

Turnkey suppliers

Cellro develops solutions for an intelligent, automated production environment featuring modularity and flexibility. Within it, humans and machines work together to achieve optimal efficiency. Small and medium-sized machining companies can maximize their profitability.

Automation example

ProjectAutomation of a GF Mikron HSM 600 machining center with a HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530 control
Project startJanuary 2017
Project endAugust 2017
ApplicationCellro Compact 1500
City, country6336 Langkampfen, Austria
IndustrySupplier for metal removal machining
Products deployed 
  • Cellro Compact 1500
  • GF Mikron HSM 600
  • HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530
At a glanceVarious types of products were to be manufactured in the machining center. These products were to be automatically clamped onto one or more pallets and completely machined. The customer desired an automation solution in combination with the machine from a single provider. This was possible through Cellro and GF Machining Solutions.
Benefits for  customerGreater spindle efficiency on the machine and higher production capacity. It was possible to manufacture in a single shift, rather than two, as well as over the weekend, which was the main requirement.
Contact person Cellro: Michiel van Buul
Contact personsales@cellro.com
https://cellro.com/de

 

Fastems is a producer of factory automation systems, providing flexible production systems, robot-supported automation solutions, production control software, portal systems, and interlinked systems. The company's RoboFMS ONE pallet automation system, for example, combines the advantages of an industrial robot with those of a flexible production system.

Automation example

ProjectAutomation solution for two machining centers for parts production starting with lot size one
Project end2017
ApplicationFastems FastWizard
CompanyTrimatec
City, country48356 Nordwalde, Germany
IndustrySystem provider of mechanical milling technology for lot size one and small series of high-quality, high-accuracy workpieces and components
Products deployed
  • Two 5-axis DMC 60 H milling machines with the HEIDENHAIN TNC 640
  • Storage lift system
  • Fanuc robot
  • Vise shelf
  • Vise station
  • Centering station
  • Turnover station
  • Buffer stations for preclamped workpieces
  • Host computer system
  • HEIDENHAIN DNC interface
  • NC program creation, including robot control in the CAM system
At a glance
  • Fully automated 6-sided milling starting with lot size one
  • Around-the-clock production, seven days a week with merely conventional, single-shift operation for the machine operator
  • Flexible inclusion of urgent jobs into the planned production sequence
Benefits for customer
  • Increased productivity
  • Less burden on staff
  • High flexibility in job planning
Project link

Report from Klartext 68

 

Manufacturing-control systems are the core expertise of SOFLEX. With its control technology, SOFLEX offers a complete portfolio of software products for entry into digital production control, from dynamic, detailed planning and job control all the way to fully automated workpiece and resource provision.

Automation example

ProjectManufacturing-control system at Merz Maschinenfabrik
Project startJuly 2014
Project endMarch 2015 (first stage)
ApplicationSOFLEX control system version PCS 4
CompanyMerz Maschinenfabrik GmbH
City, country72379 Hechingen, Germany
IndustriesMachine building, single-cylinder circular knitting machines and automated circular knitting machines for the production of medical stockings and compression products
Eingesetzte Produkte
  • SOFLEX control system version PCS 4
  • Interface to CAD/CAM system for the exchange of NC program and tool data

Automated equipment:

  • Two machining centers with the HEIDENHAIN TNC 640
  • Two machining centers with the HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530
  • Four setup stations for automated material provision
  • Robot on a linear axis
  • Shelf as storage/buffer for workpieces and materials

Automated stand-alone machine:

  • Machining center with pallet pool and the HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530
At a glance

Project started in June 2014:

  • Construction of the automated system with setup stations, storage shelf, robot, and four already existing machines with a pallet pool (control: HEIDENHAIN iTNC 530)

Alteration in April 2017:

  • One machining center was removed from the automated system and continued to be operated as a stand-alone automated machine remaining integrated in the control system

Alteration in October 2017:

  • Integration of a new machining center (control: HEIDENHAIN TNC 640) into the automated system

Alteration in April 2018:

  • One of the older, already existing machines was replaced by a new machining center with a HEIDENHAIN TNC 640  
Benefits for customer
  • Integration into the internal corporate digital data stream
  • 24/7 production: the storage space with machine pallets enables provisioning of the machine even during unattended shifts
  • Shorter cycle times for production jobs thanks to dynamic prioritization based on delivery dates
  • Automated production starting with lot size one
  • Time savings for setup processes thanks to the automated provisioning of raw materials to the setup stations
  • Manufacturing quality optimization thanks to guided processes and the visualization of additional data at the setup stations
  • Machine and operating data acquisition for subsequent evaluation and optimization
Project link
Contact personsSOFLEX: Johannes Haar, Johannes Klaiber

 

EROWA is known for its workholding systems and advisory services in process automation. The company’s “Flexible Manufacturing Concept” forms the basis of its state-of-the art automation solutions for small-batch and single-part production. CERTA Systems GmbH provides the necessary software and process advising. The process control system from CERTA can be integrated into all common applications from the CAD/CAM and ERP/PPS worlds and automates workflows involving machine tools, measuring machines, robots, and handling equipment in a production setting.

 

Automation example

ProjectAutomation of a Fehlmann 5-axis milling center with an EROWA Robot Dynamic 150 Linear
Project startApril 2017
Project endAugust 2017
ApplicationProduction of parts ranging from delicate watch parts to high-quality aerospace components
CompanyHelfenstein Mechanik AG
City, country6055 Alpnach / Schweiz
Industry Aerospace, medical technology, gas detection technology, watch industry, machine-building industry
Products deployed 

Machine

  • Fehlmann Versa 825 with a HEIDENHAIN TNC 640

Automation

  • EROWA Robot Dynamic 150 Linear
  • EROWA UPC chucks and UPC pallets
  • EROWA rack magazine
  • EROWA loading station

Process control system

  • EROWA JMS 4.0 ProductionLine
At a glanceThis flexible, lean, and extremely user-friendly automation solution enhances the machine, making it a highly productive machining cell with “Made in Switzerland” quality.
Benefits for customer
  • Significant increase in machine uptime while providing the flexibility needed for handling short-notice orders
  • Completely unmanned production outside normal operating hours and on weekends
  • Fully automated production of demanding, complex prototypes and small-batch workpieces
  • Exceptionally user-friendly equipment operation
Contact 

EROWA AG: Alois Bättig

System supplier

Indunorm Bewegungstechnik is a supplier of linear motion technology and handling systems. Indumatik workpiece changers automatically load the machine tool with blanks and remove the finished parts, including during unattended shifts. Indunorm provides advisory services for the automation of existing and new equipment. It also both plans and produces tailored solutions as a single-source provider.

Automation example

ProjectAutomation of a machining center with Batch Process Manager from HEIDENHAIN and Indumatik® Light 120
Project startJanuary 2019
Project endJune 2019
ApplicationProduction of single parts and small series
CompanyDESMA Schuhmaschinen GmbH
City, country28832 Achim / Germany
Industry Specialty machine manufacturer with in-house production
Products deployed 
  • Hedelius Acura 65EL
  • Indumatik® Light 120
  • HEIDENHAIN TNC 640
  • HEIDENHAIN Batch Process Manager
At a glance
  • Pallet automation for flexible manufacturing with different types of workholding
  • Flexible automation solution for single parts and small series
Customer Advantages
  • Unattended third-shift loading of pallets into the machine
  • Low machine cost per hour due to unattended shift
  • Increased productivity thanks to high spindle operating times
  • Setup during machining
  • Easy operation thanks to Batch Process Manager from HEIDENHAIN
Contact information

Indunorm Bewegungstechnik GmbH,
www.indunorm.eu

Desma Schuhmaschinen GmbH,
www.desma.de

ZERO CLAMP develops and produces premium products for machining technology. Its applications are turning, milling, grinding, electrical discharge machining, and measurement. A recent addition to the ZERO CLAMP product portfolio is the Zerobot loading robot for the automation of production processes. Featuring a flexible handling system, the robot is made for automated parts production in small and medium-sized series starting at around five parts.

Automation example

ProjectHermle C250 U automation
Project startMarch 2017
Project endApril 2017
ApplicationIn-house production (of ZERO CLAMP products)
CompanyZERO CLAMP GmbH
City, countryBruckmühl, Germany
Industry Machine building
Products deployed 
  • Zerobot 100-P with two workpiece racks
  • Hermle C250 with rotary transmission and a HEIDENHAIN TNC 640
  • Machine table with a ZERO CLAMP TK 200/4 A automatic base unit
At a glance
  • Blank handling with pneum. centric clamping device 160
  • Pallet handling for second-side machining
  • Clamping device handling
  • Handling of preloaded, narrow parts in centric clamping device 80
Benefits for customer
  • Increased machine operating time (unattended shifts)
  • Greater efficiency, more efficient staff deployment, automation of simple loading work
Contact person ZERO CLAMP, Markus Koppenhöfer

Software supplier

Comara has stood for innovative machining software since 2004, specializing in the collection, analysis, and usage of real-time data from machine tools. Comara sees itself as an eye-level partner for small- and medium-sized companies, offering these customers fast and economical production optimization solutions. The now 20-member team has extensive experience in machine connectivity and the systematic recording of all conceivable process parameters from CNC controls.

Along with its end-user business, Comara is an official partner of various machine manufacturers. Comara software solutions are installed in over 12 500 machines across the world.

ProjectOptimization of machining processes on 5-axis machining centers and boring mills
Project startOctober 2019
Project endFebruary 2020
ApplicationSingle-part to small-batch production, primarily of parts with multi-hour run times and constant tool infeeds. Savings were implemented from the very first part onwards. In serial production, the throughput time was reduced by 10 %. However, the focus was not on reducing the throughput time, but on monitoring the used, partly very expensive special tools in order to avoid tool breakage.
CompanyMHWirth
Country41812 Erkelenz, Germany
IndustryOil and gas industry
Products deployed
  • BAZ Juaristi TX-1 and Juaristi TX-3
  • Juaristi TS-5 and Juaristi MP-5 RAM large boring mills
  • HEIDENHAIN Adaptive Feed Control (AFC)
At a glance
  • Optimization of small-batch and single-part production
  • Implementation of AFC on an existing iTNC 530 control
  • AFC training for staff members at MH Wirth
Benefits for customer
  • Wear monitoring for high-cost tools with immediate deactivation upon reaching the lower wear limit (reduction of tool costs)
  • Higher productivity thanks to Adaptive Feed Control (AFC)
  • 10 % savings (regarding process flow)
  • Savings realized from the very first part onwards
Project link

Other products and solutions from Comara:

  • Comara appCom: the intuitive production assistance system for your machines
  • Comara iCut: optimize machining processes in real time
  • Comara Analyzer: analyze the machining process down to the individual CNC block and much more.
Contact personsComara, Mr. Sebastian Albert
sales@comara.de

The software manufacturer EVO Informationssysteme develops software solutions exclusively for the manufacturing industry. Its products include the PPS/ERP software EVOcompetition, the production data and documentation management system EVOjetstream, and the machine data acquisition software EVOperformance.

ProjectDigitalization and networked production
ApplicationEVO industrial software
Products deployed 
  • EVOcompetition (ERP/PPS system)
  • EVOworkforce (PTT/HRM system)
  • EVOteamwork (messenger system)
  • EVOjetstream (EDM/DMS system)
  • EVOtools (tool management)
  • EVOperformance (PDA/MDA system)
  • EVOcrosstalk (EAI system)
At a glance
  • Software solutions for medium-sized manufacturing companies
  • Modular system
  • Machine- and system-independent
Benefits for customer
  • Process analysis
  • Digitalization of processes
  • Networking of machines and systems
Project linkhttps://www.evo-solutions.com/en/evo-informationssysteme-gmbh
Contact person EVO Informationssysteme, Mr. Jürgen Widmann