As one of the leading manufacturers of screw jacks for a wide variety of applications Maschinenfabrik Albert from Gampern is known for its customer and application specific solutions. The products from Upper Austria act as the "pulsing heart" that moves many machines, assemblies and installations, such as large radio telescopes, oil platforms or theatre stages. The new UniSpeed 7 from SHW Werkzeugmaschinen provides increased productivity and flexibility in machining of large parts. This also benefits customers including one of the world's most renowned ballet companies.
"First-class machinery is essential for the manufacture of our customer and application specific screw jacks", emphasises Martin Kirchmaier, CEO of Maschinenfabrik GmbH Albert, which belongs to the Inkoma Group. "The new UniSpeed 7 from SHW Werkzeugmaschinen has advanced us enormously in the machining of large parts".
It is not just the technical characteristics and pendulum machining that have impressed the Austrians but especially the fact that the machine is very rigid and free from vibration and is completely enclosed. This is of particular advantage to the manufacturer of safety-related gear units when it comes to moving the boards that capture the interest of the world. But first things first.
Great depth of production assures outstanding quality
Maschinenfabrik Albert manufactures high quality screw jacks in standard and special designs, which have established it as a leader in the field of mechanical drive technology. The Austrian company and member of the INKOMA Group since 2000 is known and appreciated for this capability throughout the world. Wherever something has to be moved, it is often Albert screw jacks that are responsible for making sure it happens; powerfully, reliably and with pin-point accuracy.
This means that huge radio telescope antennas in the most inhospitable locations are adjusted with millimetre precision, oil production platforms are protected from the "champagne effect" and theatre stages are moved under the strictest health and safety authority requirements.
The manufacture of the individual components of a screw jack such as spindle, gear housing or swivel bracket are given top priority at Albert. "We place the highest value on the quality of each individual part," says Kirchmaier, "as eventually our products often have to work for decades in the harshest conditions, such as in the manufacture of paper."
And this is the very reason why the company operates with a depth of production of around 90%. Since March 2014 Albert has relied on the latest product of SHW Werkzeugmaschinen from Aalen, East Württemberg, for the processing of large spindles, often several metres in length, and the associated housing.