BUTTING invests in automated press system

The focus of BUTTING’s business activities is the manufacturing of high-quality longitudinally welded pipes made from stainless steels. But the range of products and services has for many years gone far beyond just producing pipes – as shown in the motto “More than pipes”.

For example, in the field special pipes and components, high quality special pipes and customised components are manufactured. These include piping components and parts ready for installation with special features in relation to surfaces, tolerances, mechanical processing, laser processing, and forms and geometries. BUTTING in Knesebeck recently invested in an automated press system. This makes possible the efficient production of components ready for installation, and pipe parts to the highest technical standard.  

State-of-the-art control engineering, combined with a system of robots, allows the forming of individual parts and series products in great numbers. The new press can process housings with a pressing force of up to 200 metric tons. The ram fixed stop and a die cushion mean the press is equipped with components that enable the advanced cold forging procedure to be applied. The components can be automatically fed in and discharged by using the robot system. Irrespective of this, however, it is also possible to load the press manually, e.g. for individual components.

The system was installed in the company’s Production Centre in Knesebeck and has been in operation since the beginning of 2016. The new press allows pipes to be widened, pulled in, extruded, flanged or processed in other ways. Not only standard tools, but also special tools constructed and produced in-house can be used for this purpose. Special programme processes guarantee a high degree of precision and repeatability.

With the new press system, BUTTING is expanding its existing range of products and services for producing ready for installation components and parts. Peter Franz, BUTTING’s sales manager for the piping technology field, makes clear: “The automated system opens up new possibilities to expand our product portfolio and adapt it to the increasing demands of markets and customers.”

The Production Centre at BUTTING offers customers good value and specific global solutions to meet the highest demands for quality. Up to one million piping components a year are produced here. The Production Centre is equipped with modern 3-D laser and forming facilities and CNC turning and milling technology and performs at the highest technological level. The new press system has once again improved and broadened the spectrum of possibilities and individual solutions for customers.

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