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GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digitale Zukunft für die Metal-AM-Serienfertigung

GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digitale Zukunft für die Metal-AM-Serienfertigung

GKN Powder Metallurgy stellt sich konsequent auf Industrie 4.0 ein und wird zum digitalen Unternehmen im Bereich Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM).

Der weltweit größte Hersteller von Präzisionsteilen aus Metallpulver kündigt an, im zweiten Halbjahr 2017 die digitale Metal-AM-Produktion mit dem Best-in-class-Workflow zu starten und die wichtigsten Voraussetzungen für die Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0 zu schaffen: Intelligente, vernetzte Systeme verkürzen die Produktionszeiten und ermöglichen eine stärkere Individualisierung der Produkte. Auf der Prozessseite werden Geschäftspartner deutlich stärker in die Entwicklung und in die Produktion eingebunden.

GKN möchte seine Innovationen entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette des Additive Manufacturing einbinden – von der Herstellung der Pulvermetall-Werkstoffe über das AM-Design bis hin zu Produktionsdienstleistungen.
Das Unternehmen wird zudem die erste vollständig digitalisierte Prozesskette für die AM-Serienfertigung von Produkten für die Automobilbranche sowie von Industrie- und Konsumgütern einführen.

Als Innovationsträger die Zukunft aktiv gestalten

„Als Innovationsführer in der Metal-AM-Serienfertigung ist es unser Anspruch, auch bei der Digitalisierung des Unternehmens und unserer Angebote zu den Innovationsträgern der Branche zu gehören. Wir werden die Zukunft aktiv gestalten. Dass wir das können, werden wir im nächsten Schritt mit unserem Werk beweisen“, sagt Guido Degen, Senior Vice President Business Development & Advanced Technology.

Vorteile für die gesamte Wertschöpfungskette

Die Konzentration auf digitale Prozesse und Produktionswege macht sämtliche Arbeitsschritte entlang der gesamten Wertschöpfungskette künftig deutlich schlanker und effizienter. Das verspricht beispielsweise im Prototypenbau der Automobilindustrie eine spürbare Verkürzung der Entwicklungs- und Produktionszeiten. Darüber hinaus eröffnen digitalisierte Abläufe erhebliche Kostenvorteile gegenüber konventionellen Prozessketten- und Produktionsverfahren. Das Werk wird auch die ISO 16949 (Automotive), AS 9100 (Aerospace) und ISO 13485 (Medizintechnik) erfüllen.

Mischung aus Technik und individueller Beratung bleibt Maxime

Bei aller Konzentration auf die Digitalisierung der Angebote und Dienstleistungen spielt die individuelle Beratung sowohl bei der Produktentwicklung als auch bei der Optimierung der Prozesse eine unverändert große Rolle. „Die Mischung aus persönlichem Kontakt und technischem Pioniergeist macht uns erfolgreich. Das ist ein unverzichtbarer Bestandteil unserer Unternehmens-DNA und selbstverständlich auch unserer neuen Metal-AM-Strategie“, erklärt Guido Degen.
Sie möchten mehr darüber erfahren, wie durch Metal AM nun Produktionsverfahren und Geschäftsmodelle revolutioniert werden? Lesen Sie aktuelle News zum Thema auf unserem Innovation-Blog:
www.gknsintermetals-blog.com

Über GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy umfasst die Unternehmen GKN Sinter Metals und Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals ist der weltweit führende Hersteller von Präzisionsteilen für die Automobilbranche sowie für Industrie- und Verbraucheranwendungen. Hoeganaes ist einer der weltweit größten Produzenten von Metallpulver, dem wesentlichen Rohstoff für Pulvermetallurgie. Mit über 6.600 Mitarbeitern an mehr als 30 Standorten weltweit ist GKN Powder Metallurgy kundennah positioniert.

Über GKN plc
GKN plc ist ein weltweit agierendes Technologieunternehmen mit den drei Bereichen GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline und GKN Powder Metallurgy, die im Bereich Luft- und Raumfahrt sowie in der Automobilbranche tätig sind. In mehr als 30 Ländern arbeiten über 56.000 Menschen für GKN Unternehmen und Joint Ventures. GKN ist an der Londoner Börse gelistet (LSE: GKN) und verzeichnete im Jahr 2015 Umsätze in Höhe von 7,7 Mrd. Pfund.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Hütter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
03603895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy: Digital future in serial Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy announces further steps in Metal Additive Manufacturing

GKN Powder Metallurgy has announced further steps in its course towards Industry 4.0 with a new dedicated digital area for Metal Additive Manufacturing (Metal AM) during an event at its plant in Bonn, Germany.

At a meeting with key customers and partners, the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products recently shared plans to start a Metal AM digital enterprise in Q2 2017 using best-in-class workflow, taking the most important aspects of the Industry 4.0 agenda from theory to practice.

Based on intelligent, connected systems, it will benefit from reduced lead times, enabling stronger customization of products. On the process side, business partners will be much more involved in development and production.

GKN is working to drive innovations across the whole Metal AM value chain, from production of metal powder materials, AM design and manufacturing services. It will also provide the first fully digitized AM process chain in serial production for automotive, industrial and consumer products.

Actively shaping the future as innovation leader

As an innovation leader in Metal AM serial production, we are fully committed to taking a pioneering role in the industry in terms of digitalizing our company and our offers. We will actively shape the future and demonstrate that we can do this with the next step we take with our Metal AM serial production plant,“ says Guido Degen, Senior Vice President Business Development & Advanced Technology.

Benefitting the complete value chain

By concentrating on the implementation of digital and production processes, all work steps along the entire value chain will be substantially leaner and more efficient in the future. For example, this promises a noticeable reduction in development and production times in prototype construction in the automotive area. In addition, digital processes allow for considerable advantages compared to conventional process chain and production methods. The plant in Bonn will fulfill the ISO 16949 (automotive), AS 9100 (aerospace) and ISO 13485 (medical devices) certification norms.

Mix of technology and individual consulting remains the maxim

Individual consulting will continue to play a large role in product development and the optimization of processes. „The combination of personal contact and technical pioneering spirit makes us successful. This is an indispensable part of our corporate DNA and naturally of our new corporate Metal AM strategy,“ says Guido Degen.

Interested in more news about how Metal AM is revolutionizing production methods and business models? Then visit our Innovation Blog: www.gknsintermetals-blog.com.

About GKN Powder Metallurgy
GKN Powder Metallurgy comprises GKN Sinter Metals and Hoeganaes. GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s leading manufacturer of precision automotive components as well as components for industrial and consumer applications. Hoeganaes is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of metal powder, the essential raw material for powder metallurgy. GKN Powder Metallurgy is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and about 6,600 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

Firmenkontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
Susanne.Huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

Pressekontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Susanne Huetter
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (3603) 895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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A New Era in Additive Manufacturing

GKN Sinter Metals starts automotive series production with 3D printing system

A New Era in Additive Manufacturing

Simon Hoeges and the MetalFAB1 – the first Metal Additve Manufacturing machine for autom. production (Source: GKN Sinter Metals/Photographer: Ralf Bille)

Its name is MetalFAB1; it is 6.5 meters long, 1.9 meters wide and 2.5 meters tall. Its job: the first Additive Manufacturing machine in the automotive industry, to enable the series production of precision parts for engines and transmissions. Its home: GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH in Radevormwald, Germany. That is where Guido Degen, SVP Advanced Engineering and Dr. Simon Hoeges, GKN AM Director, started a new era in Metal Additive Manufacturing (AM) when they pressed the famous red button on Thursday, November 10, 2016.

GKN Sinter Metals will use the MetalFAB1 to produce small and medium-sized series of complex automotive components for the original equipment and replacement parts markets. Customers include most of the leading automakers and their system suppliers. The MetalFAB1 can simultaneously print hundreds of parts in one batch, meaning on one single build plate. Simon Hoeges: „Depending on how many data sets we feed into the MetalFAB1, these can be 300 identical or 300 different parts. This gives us unprecedented production capacity and flexibility.“

The integrated and automated 3D printer with the highest productivity through multiple lasers is manufactured by the Dutch company Additive Industries b.v. In a joint development program the technology is further optimized for the needs of the automotive industry.

GKN Sinter Metals once again reinforces its leadership position as innovation pioneer in the area of metallurgy in materials, processes and systems engineering with this multi-million Euro investment. With the MetalFAB1, GKN Sinter Metals is in a position to offer its customers all around the world complex and creative product solutions in next to no time.

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Over 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of 7.7 billion GBP in the year to 31 December 2015.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals Engineering GmbH
Anne Lohoff
Krebsöge 10
42477 Radevormwald
+49 (228) 9335 237
anne.lohoff@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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GKN Sinter Metals awarded for design excellence by MPIF

GKN Sinter Metals awarded for design excellence by MPIF

GKN receives three MPIF Awards at Boston’s PM Design Excellence Awards Luncheon (Source: Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF))

GKN Sinter Metals received three prestigious design awards from the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF) at the annual technical conference POWDERMET2016. This annual awards competition, held in Boston and sponsored by MPIF, sees parts makers from MPIF’s member companies invited to submit components that demonstrate the benefits of Powder Metallurgy technology.

This year, MPIF received 24 submissions from nine member companies. The parts were reviewed by a panel of judges with criteria based on design configuration (40%), engineering properties (40%) and promotional value (20%). The winning parts will appear in many publications over the next year, giving added exposure to these achievements in powder metallurgy design while honoring the fabricators and end users responsible for them.

GKN’s Awards Team, which consisted of Abdul Butt, President Americas, Brian Durbin, VP Sales and Marketing, Joel Mandel, VP Engineering, and Alan Taylor, VP Lightweight Technology, joined together to submit the following technologies: Forged Powder Metal (FPM) Differential Gear Set, Aluminum Heat Sink, and Electric Power Steering Pulley.

GKN’s VP of Lightweight Technology, Alan Taylor, played a major role in organizing this year“s submissions and was honored to be a part of such a wonderful event. „MPIF is a well-known industry trade group who awards the best designers in the industry.“ said Taylor.

The Grand Prize in the Automotive-Transmission Category was awarded to GKN Sinter Metals for the Differential Gear Set, which includes five components-a side gear, two pinion gears, a locking side gear, and a locking plate-comprising a forged PM electronic locking differential gear set made for Ford Motor Co. The parts go into the rear axle differential of the Ford F-150 light truck; the first time forged powder metal differential gears have been used in such an application. The higher performance delivered by the forged PM differential gears compared to that of competing metal-forming processes will help usher in downsized gear systems, satisfying a critical need in future automotive design.

GKN was also recognized for an Award of Distinction in the Electronic/Electrical Category for an Aluminum PM Heat Sink made for Visteon. The part is used in a high-volume global automotive stereo application. The part is produced to net shape with no secondary machining operations needed. The high material ductility of the special aluminum PM alloy, combined with the precise positioning of the tooled-in assembly holes, enables assembly of the heat sink without the need for attachment screws.

Another Award of Distinction was given to GKN Sinter Metals in the Automotive-Chassis Category for a copper-steel driven pulley for an Electric Power Steering System made for Nexteer Automotive. The pulley is a complex net-shape-compacted part with a unique helical geometry and tight tolerances. Close collaboration with the customer in the design of the part, which includes net-formed lightening holes, yielded savings of more than 10%.

Taylor continued, „Since GKN has such a broad range of products it made our choices quite simple. Of the three parts that were submitted, one was Powder Forging, the other Aluminum Powder Metallurgy and lastly, Conventional PM. All three have performance and light weighting attributes to help boost fuel economy. It was truly an honor for us to be recognized for all three of our submitted parts.“

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Approximately 56,100 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP 7.7 billion in the year to 31 December 2015.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals
Susanne Hütter
Am Fliegerhorst 9
99947 Bad Langensalza
03603895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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GKN Sinter Metals receives Johnson Controls Performance Award

GKN’s passion for Quality and Performance has been recognized with the Silver Performance Award 2015 by Johnson Controls (JCI), one of the world’s largest automotive suppliers.

GKN Sinter Metals receives Johnson Controls Performance Award

Award Ceremony (Source: Johnson Controls)

The award was for sinter metal parts that are an integral element in the manufacture of car seats and GKN has made more than a billion of these parts in Bonn, Germany. Timothy Laughlin, RPPC Engineering Director, and Thomas Jeworrek, Key Account Manager, accepted the award during the Global Automotive Seating Supplier Awards and Expectations Day on September 30 in Plymouth, Maine, USA on GKN Sinter Metals‘ behalf. The award goes to suppliers who excel in key business areas like quality, logistics, technology and service. The outstanding performance is recognized on four levels – platinum, gold, silver and bronze.

Today JCI is one of the Top 10 customers of GKN Sinter Metals in Bonn. The plant also shared a long-term customer relationship with Keiper, which has become a subsidiary of JCI in 2011. GKN already received multiple awards from Johnson Controls and Keiper in the past:

– Keiper Supplier Award in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2010
– JCI Silver Performance Award in 2011 and 2015

Since 2000, GKN Sinter Metals Bonn, Germany, has supplied seat specialist Keiper with metal components – called „wedges“ – that enable seats to recline. An amazing milestone was reached 2014 when the one billionth such part was produced at Bonn – all made with zero defects.

Matthias Voss, plant manager of the Bonn plant, states: „We are delighted to receive this award from our valued customer Johnson Controls. It validates all the hard work by our employees to produce quality products, and our commitment to our customers to be partners in creating innovative solutions.“

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world“s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company“s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Approximately 51,400 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP 7.5 billion in the year to 31 December 2014.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals
Susanne Hütter
Am Fliegerhorst 9
99947 Bad Langensalza
03603895980
susanne.huetter@gkn.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals

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Eighty years of GKN Sinter Metals in Bonn

Eighty years of GKN Sinter Metals in Bonn

GKN Sinter Metals in Bonn celebrates its 80th anniversary

A milestone was celebrated this month as the GKN Sinter Metals plant in Bonn celebrated its 80th anniversary as an industry-leader.

Business partners, customers and politicians all attended the anniversary celebrations, which included a presentation of the site“s history and a tour of the modern production facility.

The historical roots of today“s production facility can be traced back to 1934, when „Ringsdorff-Werke“ opened a new plant for sintered bearings. Molded coal plates were previously produced there from copper and graphite powder – the starting point for the subsequent sintering production.

Matthias Voss, managing director of GKN Sinter Metals Components GmbH, said: „The choice of the location was right and the Bonn plant has developed and grown steadily in the recent years. In 2015 we are planning to expand our production area by 2,500m² – so we will not only create the foundation for the production of new components but also for new jobs in Bonn.“

The Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, added: „Today“s 80th anniversary celebrations emphasize how important it is for the region to have innovative and responsible businesses like GKN, who promote talented young people.“

Former plant manager Antonio Casellas retold the history of the plant, describing the strong loyalty of the employees towards GKN and outlining the economic highs and lows that the business has witnessed.

One of these highlights was achieved earlier this year, when the plant supplied leading customer Johnson Controls (formerly Keiper) with its one billionth „Keiper wedge“ part – all produced with zero defects. Dr. Heinz Voss from Johnson Controls was one of the customers who attended the event.

„I am impressed by the presentations,“ said Voss, Johnson Controls“ Vice President Global Engineering – Product Group Metals & Mechanisms Automotive Seating. „I“ve learned many interesting facts about the past and even more impressive future plans for powder metallurgy, which has huge potential!“

GKN Sinter Metals Bonn employs about 550 employees and produces around 320 million sintered components annually for clients worldwide.

About GKN Sinter Metals
GKN Sinter Metals is the world’s largest producer of precision powder metal products. With a focus on superior delivery, quality and total solutions, the company offers extensive technical expertise in design, testing and various process technologies. GKN Sinter Metals offers a full range of complex shapes and high strength products for automotive, industrial and consumer markets worldwide. The company’s global footprint spans more than 13 countries across five continents. GKN Sinter Metals is in close proximity to its customers with more than 30 global locations and more than 6,000 employees.

About GKN plc
GKN plc is a global engineering group. It has four divisions; GKN Aerospace, GKN Driveline, GKN Powder Metallurgy and GKN Land Systems, which operate in the aerospace, automotive and land systems markets. Approximately 49,700 people work in GKN companies and joint ventures in more than 30 countries. GKN is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: GKN) and recorded sales of GBP 7.5 billion in the year to 31 December 2013.

Kontakt
GKN Sinter Metals
Susanne Hütter
Am Fliegerhorst 9
99947 Bad Langensalza
03603895980
susanne.huetter@gknsintermetals.com
http://www.gkn.com/sintermetals