German Machine Tools of America (the former American-Wera) has rolled out its new website, www.gmtamerica.com, which includes details on the name change and all the lines of high-quality German machine tools represented by the company, with links to those manufacturers’ sites, operational videos, full machine specifications, and a complete listing of the GMTA network of sales and service offices in North America.
GMTA is the American partnership that represents all the following lines of German machine tool manufacturers:
These machines, which include grinders, hones, lathes, mills, turn/mill, mill/turn, and fully-robotic machining centers and work cells, are primarily used for gear and spline making, as well as bar, billet, shaft, axle straightening, and wheelset pressing in the automotive, off-highway, rail, steel, and other heavy-duty or high-production metal manufacturing markets in North America. The company pioneered scudding technology and is an acknowledged market leader in this high-precision, high-speed method of gearmaking.
GMTA provides application engineering, machine sales, commissioning, training, and complete customer service from its various locations. The company’s headquarters in Ann Arbor, Michigan is currently being expanded to further supply assistance to customers and will include a full showroom of machinery to be used for demo and training purposes. Commenting on the new website, GMTA Vice President Scott Knoy comments, “We now have a website that reflects all our capabilities, shows customers and prospects our machines in action, and gives them a very easy-to-navigate site, through which they can access our full team of sales and support professionals, as well as our German partner companies.” GMTA President Walter Friedrich adds, “We are very proud of this website and we know it will help our business grow to benefit our partners and us. We have a strong presence in the North American machine tool market and this site tells our story quite well.” For more information, visit the new website: www.gmtamerica.com.
In related news, Crown has purchased a new GMTA machine to straighten axles and splines for their lift truck power transmission assemblies. The MAE hydraulic press scans the workpiece and, instead of using a master gear or other net shape component, compares it to a math model, since absolute straightness is required to reduce vibration and wear on the components. The straightening is done in a computerized, highly accurate manner and reverified. The machine, purchased directly off the show floor at IMTS in September, proves very useful in either a high-volume production or one-off environment.
Siemens in Mexico bought a Pittler PV630 ValueLine vertical turning machine for motor manufacturing. For video of this machine, visit YouTube.com and search “Pittler PV630 Value Line.”