DANOBAT strengthens its international presence
Industrial plant in Italy opened in collaboration with Alberto Tacchella
DANOBAT, the leading manufacturer of machine tools and production systems has opened a 2,500 m2 plant in the town of Bistagno (Piemonte), in order to strengthen its position in Italy, the second market in machine tools in Europe after Germany. The plant is an excellence centre dedicated to carrying out tests on advanced grinding processes, support service and digitalisation technologies. As part of its commitment to Italy, the company has established an alliance with Alberto Tacchella, one of the most important specialists in machine tools in the country.
The new industrial plant was opened in the north of Italy on 21 June and is the company’s first facility for producing advanced solutions in the transalpine country.
The opening ceremony of DANOBAT’s new plant, located approximately 140 kilometres from Milan, was presided over by Basque Government minister for Economic Development and Infrastructure, Arantxa Tapia and the president of Piedmont Region, Sergio Chiamparino, joined by members of the Spanish as well as the Italian authorities. Also present at the event were DANOBAT’S general manager, Xabier Alzaga, managing director of the DANOBAT GROUP, Pello Rodríguez and the president of Mondragon Corporation, Iñigo Ucín.
The facility is dedicated to exploring new business opportunities, as well as providing the company’s current and future clients with a high value added after-sales and technical service, with an emphasis on closeness and proximity, as well as the availability of an essential stock of replacement parts. The team of experts who will be working in the new facility is made up of highly qualified personnel, including a group of 10 engineers who are specialists in carrying out tests and service provision. The plant will be used for carrying out customised machining tests as well as demonstrations with state-of-the-art equipment incorporating the most advanced technological developments.
The specialists in this new plant will assist clients throughout the solution’s entire life cycle, including the period covering preliminary studies, commissioning, start-up of the machinery and the performance of all its operations until the end of its useful life.
They will likewise deliver training services and instruction in grinding technologies, as well as provide services aimed at offering customised machining solutions, the optimisation of manufacturing processes for components already in production and even the adaptation or overhauling of machinery for the manufacture of new pieces.
This plant means that the Basque company will have a facility similar to the excellence centre it currently has in Elgoibar, where it carries out machining tests so that the customer can choose the solution which best suits their needs and make an investment with every guarantee.
A step further in digital industry towards Industry 4.0
DANOBAT will likewise place its digital value proposition at the disposal of its clients in Italy. It is aimed at offering smart machine management, improving maintenance strategies, raising equipment competitiveness and optimising production in the manufacturing plants. This line of DANOBAT’s activity offers consolidated services, which are aimed at helping build smart, interconnected, automated manufacturing environments with the capacity for autonomous decision making.
DANOBAT’s offer of digital services is integrated by Smart HMI, an intelligent interface that offers assistance in machine operation and enables access to real-time information on the status of the equipment and its operation.
The main advantages of this service are the increased availability of equipment, the logical operation of the controls, programming aids and the on-screen presentation of specialised machining cycles, as well as documentation on handling and maintenance.
Measures for digitalisation also include the Data System, a group of services based on Big Data technologies, data collection and monitoring to know the machine’s situation, anticipate failures and improve the equipment’s productivity.
As part of its efforts towards promoting digitalisation, DANOBAT has also developed Control System, aimed at managing automated manufacturing lines for centralising control processes, decision making based on a knowledge of the status of the machines and information centralisation.
In addition, the Control System allows for the monitoring of data and key indicators, the drawing up of reports and the production of information for optimising processes and raising safety, among other advantages.
The latest grinding technologies
The Bistagno industrial facility’s fundamental mission is to make demonstrations and carry out tests and, with a view to fulfilling this objective, it will be equipped with state-of-the-art equipment like the IRD-400 internal and radius grinding machine, a solution designed especially for the machining of dies and matrices, ceramic workpieces, gears, bearing rings and injection pumps, among others.
The main advantages offered by this development is the maximum precision in results in workpieces with a highly complex geometry and high productivity.
The Italian plant will also have the company’s LG-600 and LG-1000 grinding machines. These machines were developed for grinding slender pieces efficiently with ultra- precision results, great productivity and the highest quality standards.
The LG grinding machines, offering a high degree of customisation and very high machine availability, were designed for the manufacture of precision hydraulic components, automotive parts, cutting tools, cams or parts with eccentric diameters.
In addition, DANOBAT has chosen this plant for its ESTARTA-650 centreless grinding machine. This is one of the most rigid machines in the market and is specifically designed for high speed production (120 m/s with CBN technology).
Tests can also be carried out at the plant using DANOBAT’s DoGrind software. This is an interactive, intuitive system designed by the company’s engineers for use in automatic environments. The DoGrind development allows for the programming of s
mart cycles and has a grinding program library. The design for menu presentation is both logical and intuitive with menus organised in hierarchical fashion.
The plant will be equipped with key components for machines such as wheelheads and workheads, among other devices.
Greater international presence
The opening of the plant falls within the context of the Basque manufacturer’s strong commitment to Italy, the second most important machine tool market in Europe after Germany. Its focus on Italy takes the form of collaboration initiatives between the company and prominent representatives of the field of industrial manufacture in the country, like the agreement reached with Alberto Tacchella, one of the most important specialists in machine tool manufacture in Italy.
Born in Piemonte in 1960, Alberto Tacchella has spent his entire professional career in the sector of industrial manufacture and production systems. The collaboration agreement reached by both parties allows DANOBAT to strengthen ties with its clients and foment the existing trust relationships.
The partnership agreement with Tacchella and the opening of the new plant are aimed at reinforcing DANOBAT’s positioning in a market where the Basque company already works for major companies such as automotive sector manufacturers, Fiat and IVECO, aeronautics company, Avio and railway manufacturer, Lucchini.