Back to the roots
TRUMPF’s large-scale bending machines offer the perfect oppertunity for many companies to enter new markets. Dietmar and Frank Röhrle have successfully found a unique selling point with their EHT VarioPress 400. Frank Röhrle is keen to use this as a springboard to get back into the supply business.
Dietmar Röhrle, the founder of Röhrle Stahl- und Blechbearbeitungs GmbH, originally intended to take things easier once he hit 50. But at 54, he is still playing a key role in the business by supporting his son Frank, who has taken over the reins of the company. Equipped with an EHT VarioPress tandem system and a TruLaser 5060, Frank Röhrle is planning to set up a new job shop and make his mark in the large format business.
The new tandem press brake at Röhrle in the German town of Böbingen measures two meters by four. The elevated machine was installed and calibrated at the end of January 2016 in just two days. The fact that Röhrle called on TRUMPF’s services is explained by the three elderly EHT press brakes in the production hall — each of them around 20 years old, and all of them still doing their job as faithfully as ever.
To keep its large-format business as flexible as possible, Röhrle decided to purchase two VarioPress with 400 tons of press force each and arrange them in a tandem configuration. Each machine provides four meters of bending space, and the two machines can either run separately or work together on components up to eight meters long.
“This new press brake gives us a unique selling point across a broad region,” says Frank Röhrle, confident that this will lead to plenty of orders in the future. With its extra-large stroke, installation height, and throat depth, the system can process larger metal sheet parts, expanding the array of parts the company can tackle.
The EHT VarioPress 400 is a fully featured machine. The EHT tool cabinet reduces set-up times, keeps things organized and ensures no time is lost searching for tools. The machine also includes additional bending aids that allow heavy, delicate and hard-to-handle bending parts to be machined by just one operator — quickly and reliably. The laser-based angle measurement system and the point-based crowning system ensure perfect results from the very first workpiece. The tandem machine is controlled using the EHT Press Control, a touchscreen control panel which also caters to 3D programming.
Frank Röhrle is certainly impressed. “We’re very happy with the whole package from EHT and TRUMPF. It won’t take long for people to start hearing about the productivity of our new machines.” The 20-year-old recently obtained his master craftsman’s diploma and is keen to take his father’s company back to its roots. Röhrle Stahl- und Blechbearbeitungs GmbH was known as a producer of large-format parts in the past. More recently, however, the Senior has been focusing on assembly and maintenance services. His son Frank is now keen to get back into the supply business. To achieve this, he is relying not only on the tandem press brake, but also a TruLaser 5060 with 6 kW of laser power and a 6 × 2 meters shuttle table. The company took this new strategic focus on board in February 2016. “Now my son is getting things up and running. I’m confident it won’t take him long and that all our efforts will pay off,” says Dietmar Röhrle optimistically.
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This article was first published in spring 2016.