At our 70-year anniversary this year, the Zuse Hüller Hille Kick-Off-Days, Prof. Christian Braun of the University of Karlsruhe made it clear that in the digital transformation that is changing our industry, not machines and computers are the main players, but humans still have the lead role. He put a focus on the new possibilities arising with Industry 4.0, especially with regard to services offered to our customers. In contrast to the b2c sector, where forerunners like Amazon, Google, Uber and many others have long since paved the way for the digitization of work places and customer services, b2b players are still narrowing their 4.0 interest on smart technology and intelligent machines.
The first brand appearance of Zuse Hüller Hille at this year’s EMO was a full success. On 250 square metres, we presented our new corporate identity, our new brand appearance and, as a highlight, our horizontal machining centre NBH 800 5X. A lot of our visitors, roughly half of which were from outside of Germany, showed great interest not just in the NBH 800 5X, but also in other products like the NBV 700 or the MASTURN Line. For the first time, we also employed 3D screens to interactively present products and future developments. If you couldn’t make it, you can see some of the highlights in our picture gallery.
At this year’s EMO, our first exhibition as Zuse Hüller Hille, we had many interesting discussions about the aerospace sector. Aircraft components are subject to extreme internal and external forces. Because of this, they are typically made of durable, highly resistant materials like titanium and titanium alloy. Aerospace machining is therefore mostly characterized by tight tolerances and hard-to-machine metals. Also challenging are the typical forms like turbines, turbine blades and aero-structural components determining the form of an aircraft.
When machining turns fully autonomous, production possibilities multiply – from batch size 1 to fully autonomous volume production.
At the EMO this year, we had many interesting discussions about the potential and possibilities of autonomous machining. We at Zuse Hüller Hille believe that the individualization of our world entails the need to specialize production processes in just the same way. This is why we focus our R&D efforts strongly on autonomous machining, advancing the transformation towards a production that follows the product, and not vice versa.
Die Zuse Hüller Hille Serien NBH und NBV Serien sind bekannt für die leichte Integrierbarkeit in große Produktionslinien sowie Flexibilität in Fragen der Automation. Erfahren Sie mehr über historische Innovationen in der Bearbeitungstechnologie bei Hüller Hille in unserem Teil 2 zur Unternehmensgeschichte.
In the end, the product decidesAt our 70-year Hüller Hille anniversary, Horst Heckhorn (CENIT AG) and Ralph Christnacht (CEO & Founder, Zuse Automation) talked about their perspectives on the future of machining, where additive and reductive machining merge, and the product determines its production. Are you curious to know why inductive charging, smart PLM, and the Deutsche Post Street Scooter herald a new course in production? To learn more on the vision of Zuse, and where Zuse Hüller Hille is headed, watch the speech here (in German only).
Eine hochdynamische deutsche Geschichte
In landschaftlich schöner Lage, an einem Berghang am Neckar bei Mosbach, liegt die Maschinenfabrik Diedesheim. Hier werden schon seit 1947 Werkzeugmaschinen hergestellt und in die ganze Welt vertrieben, seit 1994 speziell unter dem Markennamen „Hüller Hille“. Aber was hat es mit der Geschichte der international renommierten Qualitätsmarke für Hochpräzisions-Fertigung auf sich, und wofür steht der Name „Hüller Hille“?