ThyssenKrupp: Loyal Liebherr customer for 50 years
ThyssenKrupp Rothe Erde has been placing its trust in gear cutting machines from Liebherr for 50 years. A significant benefit to the industrial operation is the high level of flexibility of Liebherr machines. They can be adapted to specific production requirements in a targeted manner.
Since 1966, ThyssenKrupp Rothe Erde has been a satisfied customer of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik. Rothe Erde is the biggest manufacturer of large diameter bearings in the world. The factory in Lippstadt manufactures gears up to 10,000 millimetres, e.g. for large diameter bearings in wind turbine systems or cranes. Certain work steps, such as gear milling, are performed by the industrial company in the traditional way on Liebherr machines.
Efficient production thanks to fast retooling
Currently, the main items of equipment used in Lippstadt are the modular 4-gear hobbing machines for wet and dry machining. Jürgen Lange (graduate engineer), head of factory planning in Lippstadt, is especially impressed by the high productivity and availability of the LC 10000. Fast and simple retooling contribute towards the efficient production processes. This makes it possible to quickly change to other workpieces or from external to internal machining.
Constructive partnership that has lasted for decades
The many years of co-operation enable the project partners to agree on production right down into detail. “To ensure that the level of quality is ultimately achieved, we have invested the right amount of time. Naturally, many things need to be clarified from the outset, particularly with such a large machine. It is not simply a case of erecting it in a production hall. We were constantly in dialogue with Liebherr regarding the design – even when there were slight teething problems. It is important for us as partners that there is mutual respect in projects of this kind. Discussing the projects and individual requirements is quite easy – this has always been the case with the machines”, Jürgen Lange (graduate engineer) emphasises.
The successful co-operation is a signal for Liebherr that the service quality is right: “We place the highest value on sustainable work”, highlights Dr Alois Mundt, Manager of Liebherr-Verzahntechnik (gear cutting technology). From the initial consultation stage to commissioning and aftersales service, the customer is at the centre.
The high level of quality of the LC 10000 is in no small way thanks to the thermal stability as well as the wear-free and high precision hydrostatic bearings in the machine table. It is precisely these high quality table bearings for the machine that Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH uses from ThyssenKrupp Rothe Erde. The customer-supplier relationship, here, is reciprocated. And the trust is valued on both sides.