83,000 operating hours and now as good as new again
PUBLISHED: 12 Jan 15
Top: MMH 101 multiwire drawing machine with 83,000 hours of operation behind it; bottom: The same MMH 101 after reconditioning
Niehoff specialists have been upgrading used Niehoff machinery for decades. For Maschinenfabrik Niehoff, top quality, durability and value retention have always been the top priorities when it designs and produces its machines and lines. As a result, it definitely makes good sense to have Niehoff specialists recondition older machines and bring them up to the latest technical standards.
With special measures it is even possible to increase their original level of productivity. Niehoff Original+ After Sales has been optimizing machines and lines in this way for decades. One of the latest examples is the full reconditioning of a multiwire drawing line.
83,000 hours in operation
Niehoff supplied this line, an MMH 101 multiwire drawing machine with integrated RM 140 continuous annealer and an S 631 spooler in 1996. Designed for the simultaneous drawing of 24 copper wires, the line already has 83,000 hours of operation behind it and is to be used in one of the userís non-European plants after reconditioning.
The first measure taken before every machine is reconditioned is an inspection of the line by a Niehoff engineer on site. After this the Niehoff specialists discuss with the user all the reconditioning work which is necessary and possible, and draw up a quotation for the work.
In this case the drawing line was transported to the company's headquarters in Schwabach, Germany, completely dismantled, cleaned and stripped of its paint. After each of the assemblies had been checked, the machines were repainted. The bearings and sealing flanges were completely replaced. In addition, the annealer was completely refurbished and the line's electrical components were adapted to the power network of the country in which it is to be used in future. Given the hot climate where the line is to be used in future, an additional cooling system was installed in the control cabinet.
Following assembly, a test run and a pre-shipment inspection by the user, the line was delivered to its new point of use in North America, installed and put into operation by Niehoff engineers.
Original documents at hand
Niehoff specialists are best qualified to recondition the machines and lines manufactured at Niehoff with maximum expertise and put them back into tip-top condition.
Because Niehoff designs and produces the machines, Niehoff specialists have access to well-maintained documentation and machine data. On top of that, all of the specialists who are involved in a project are fully familiar with the underlying machine technology.
Most of the spare parts required for each reconditioning job are produced in house on cutting-edge machining centers to OEM quality. Where third party components are brought in, Niehoff makes sure that they all meet the high Niehoff quality standards. Niehoff service specialists have been looking after Niehoff machines around the world for decades. They therefore have an incredible amount of experience, know-how and practice - and all users of Niehoff benefit from it.
Niehoff Original+ stands for the reliable supply of spare parts which comply with Niehoff quality standards and professional and fast customer service.
Complete Solutions from a Single Source
Maschinenfabrik Niehoff with an experience of more than 60 years engineers and manufactures - except for extruders - nearly all machinery needed for the production of wires made from non-ferrous metals as well as automotive, data and special cables. The Niehoff Group offers products and services that range from product development and planning to turnkey projects of complete cable factories.
The portfolio includes technical assistance by specialists who speak the languages of the customers, the reliable supply of original Niehoff spare and wear parts, machinery inspection, equipment upgrade and corrective maintenance as well as machine operator and maintenance training courses.
The Group employs about 750 employees worldwide and operates from its headquarters, five manufacturing subsidiaries (in Brazil, the US, the Czech Republic, India, and China) and sales and service centers in Japan, Singapore, and Russia.
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