Strengthening of the management
The old and new management of KAPP NILES, from l to r: Helmut Nüssle, Martin Kapp, Michael Kapp, Michael Bär, Matthias Kapp
Young generation bears responsibility
After many years of success at machine tool manufacturer KAPP NILES, Martin Kapp is retiring from the joint management of the company along with Helmut Nüssle. His sons Michael and Matthias Kapp are continuing the family tradition as of 1st July and strengthening the new management together with Michael Bär.
The motivation for strengthening the management, combined with a reorganisation of the areas of responsibility, was not only the retirement of Martin Kapp but also the increasing importance of global markets. “We have decided to broaden and strengthen the management team. This will allow us to focus more on operational topics and intensify our global orientation, especially towards China,” says Martin Kapp.
In the future, Helmut Nüssle will be responsible for China, the most important single market in the group, the coordination and development of the international offices and strategic issues. Michael Kapp will cover the value-creating areas as well as the development and sales, with Michael Bär heading up the commercial part. Martin Kapp will join the advisory board at this time and take over as chairman.
After studying mechanical engineering, the two brothers Michael and Matthias Kapp first worked for other companies and have now been with KAPP NILES for several years. Michael Kapp was previously responsible for production, Matthias Kapp was previously in charge of marketing. The grandsons of company founder Bernhard Kapp would like to maintain and expand the current business areas and increasingly focus on new business areas such as digitalisation and E-Mobility.
Michael Bär brings his years of experience in the commercial sector to the management team. The graduate in business administration has been with the group since January 2012, most recently as division manager for controlling, finance and human resources.
Even with the new management, KAPP NILES remains true to itself: the family-run company has always maintained open communication with its employees and attaches highest importance to stability, independence, and security for the future.
KAPP NILES is a globally operating group of companies with high-quality and economical solutions for finishing gears and profiles and is partner for companies from numerous industrial sectors in the segments mobility, automation and energy. The perfect interaction between machines, tools, and technologies enables extremely precise machining to a thousandth of a millimetre.
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KLINGELNBERG to present innovative solutions at EMO Milan
Considered one of the world’s leading trade shows for machine tools, EMO is held in Italy and Germany in alternating years. Headlined “the magic world of metalworking,” the industry meetup will take place from 4 to 9 October 2021, on the fieramilano Rho how grounds in Milan. System-supplier KLINGELNBERG will present its innovations in Hall 02 Stand D14. These include the debut of the Höfler Cylindrical Gear Roll Testing Machine R 300 for high-precision testing technology.
R 300 – the gear noise finder
The Höfler Cylindrical Gear Roll Testing Machine R 300 is the latest machine development in the area of cylindrical gear technology. Due to the increasing quality requirements in large-scale transmission manufacturing, some transmission and vehicle manufacturers now require a certificate of quality for all gears installed in the powertrain. A further driver of ever-higher inspection levels is E-Mobility, which places much higher demands on the noise behavior of a transmission due to the elimination of the combustion engine.
To meet this challenge, KLINGELNBERG is building on roll testing technology, a familiar method from the bevel gear industry that is now moving into the world of cylindrical gears. Designed for all five roll testing methods, this compact machine is the ideal solution for anyone who wants to combine inspection cycles and reduce disassembly costs while benefiting from a user-friendly design. The many quality control requirements for gears can only be met with a flexible test machine.
Depending on the configuration, the R 300 provides the option of using all five roll testing methods. These include the single flank test, structure-borne noise and angular acceleration test, double-flank and helix roll test. Thus the R 300 can be used at every point in the production process chain for cylindrical gears, from monitoring the soft cutting to checking the hardening distortions to evaluating the noise behavior of the installation-ready gear. In terms of axis traversing paths, the R 300 covers the same component spectrum as the tried-and-tested Höfler Speed Viper Generating Gear Grinding Machine. Wheel components can be tested up to an outside diameter of 300 mm. In conjunction with the optional counter support, shafts up to 800 mm long in extreme cases can be analysed to determine their running performance and noise behavior. Yet the machine’s footprint is a compact 2 m2 – saving costs on expensive production floorspace.
Reducing measurement times in serial measurement with a hybrid solution
Klingelnberg first presented the initial development stage of the hybrid solution with optical measuring technology at the EMO Hannover exhibition back in 2017. The application at that time centred on digitisation of axially symmetrical gear components. Components such as bevel gears and cylindrical gears, and other geometries as well, can thus be measured with an extremely high point density (digitised), followed by additional processing. This additional processing is extremely flexible. In addition to simply depicting the results as a 3D model, comparisons can be made against a CAD target geometry, or a geometrical evaluation can be conducted by creating sectional views. This application is used for reverse engineering, for example.
Klingelnberg has made significant advances in the Optical Metrology system since 2017. Particularly in terms of sensor systems, measured data acquisition, and further processing, there has been significant progress. For this reason, Klingelnberg has been focusing its efforts on the entire signal chain in optical measuring technology and has joined forces with other development partners to develop a measurement system tailored specifically to the requirements of gear measurement. In this system, the active, current-carrying elements, such as a high-power light source, electronics and signal processing, are arranged separately from the sensor in the control cabinet. The distinct advantage of this is that it prevents thermal effects from occurring on the sensor itself as well as around the sensor, on the 3D tracer head, for example.
With the new measurement system, KLINGELNBERG presents a solution whose sensor system is ideally suited for measurements in the sub-micrometer range. This will allow the tactile pitch measurement to be replaced by optical measurement, significantly reducing measurement times in serial measurement applications.
Founded in 1863, machine manufacturer KLINGELNBERG is one of the leading companies in the gear industry. Thanks to numerous innovations in the areas of calculation, production, and measuring technology, it considers itself a technological leader in this industry. With its acquisition of Höfler Maschinenbau GmbH’s core business in 2012, KLINGELNBERG has added machines for machining cylindrical gears to its range of products, reinforcing its position as a holistic system provider.
Headquartered in Zurich, the machine manufacturing firm currently develops and manufactures at its sites in Zurich, Hückeswagen and Ettlingen. The company also maintains a presence with sales and service offices and numerous commercial representatives around the world. KLINGELBERG solutions are used in the automotive, commercial vehicle, and aviation industries, as well as in shipbuilding, the wind power industry and the general transmission manufacturing industry. Applications range from vehicle drives, aircraft turbine engines, and cement mill gear units to drive systems for ships and oil rigs.
With over 200 patent grants, the company continuously demonstrates its capacity for innovation. Above and beyond this, its 14001 certification and participation in the VDMA’s Blue Competence initiative give credence to the company’s sustainable, environmentally sound business practices.
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