Customer and Special Solutions

The Hofmann product segment customer and special solutions when it comes to automation, cost savings and large quantities in your production. Alongside the wide range of standard equipment, HOFMANN provide a further service for customers seeking bespoke specifications & capabilities.

By employing a team of experienced engineers, HOFMANN will design & manufacture products to meet your specific needs. This has proven to be an invaluable service for customers seeking a product for a specific application, allowing automation processing to be more efficiently designed or certain functions inbuilt to provide cost savings and scalability in production.

As manufacturing processes become more complex, so too has the demand for this option, leading the company to invest in the ‘Customer Solutions’ segment as major part of their business model.

Thanks to a modular design, HOFMANN equipment can easily be modified with additional axis can be provided from the product very cost efficiently, enabling the productivity of machining centres to be increased quite simply and at reasonable cost to our customers; a refreshing alternative from extended lead time and mounting costs required by several other comparable manufacturers.

The close dialogue with the customer is most important at the Hofmann customer and special solutions product segment in order to obtain the optimum solution for the respective application. Special features such as special mountings of the servomotor, connections to machine-side power supply or number and design of the workpiece holders are defined and implemented in close contact with the customer. In contrast to specified modular systems, there are virtually no limitation in design and construction.

Purpose/Applications

  • To allow far greater Production.
  • Reducing set up and tool change times.
  • Adaptations for use on specific machines.
  • Performance beyond the perameters of defined standard solutions.
  • Retrofitting, flexibility and improving performance of existing machines.

Benefits of a specially configured HOFMANN unit

  • Direct access with the HOFMANN Special Solutions Team of engineers.
  • Virtually no limitation in design or construction.
  • Equipment is fully tested for rigidity, accuracy & operation prior to despatch.
  • Bespoke units will achieve high cutting data.
  • Bespoke units only use proven and reliable components from the standard Hofmann dividing Units.

Examples of Use​​

Customer and Special Solutions
Customer and Special Solutions

Hofmann RWNC-160/2 dividing unit with mounted two vertically indexing spindles in one housing. The indexing spindles are equipped each with a 4-fold rotary transmission to supply the hydraulic pressure for the clamping devices. The hydraulic pressure are supplied central by the palett of the machine and the base plate of the dividing center. Furthermore the indexing spindle have a Heidenhain-Decoder as direct meassuring system, for the exact positioning of the workpiece.

The technical construction of the dividing center was established in the range of our customized solutions in close collaboration with our customers – as usual.

Customer and Special Solutions

Delivery of a total of eight RWNC-300 LD axes for four Heller MC 16 machining centers of an automotive supplier. The machining center has a pallet changer and thus two pallet locations, which are located alternately in the workroom or on the retrofit station. For the production of aluminum castings, this had to be retrofitted with an additional rotary axis with hydraulic clamping device. With the addition of two axes per machine, not only was it possible to process a major order, but also significantly upgrade the machines that have been in use for several years.

Customer and Special Solutions

Another project is the combination of a six-spindle RWNC-160/6 axis with an MC 5000 machining center from Heller. This axle has succeeded in drastically reducing tool change times. When working on identical parts, the changeover time could be reduced by 40% since six workpieces can be clamped in parallel. With this axis, it is also possible to use a wide variety of clamping systems. This makes this special solution a flexible system.

More examples you can find in our categorie User Reports.