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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KAPP NILES Metrology acquires metrotek software rights
With effect from 1st April, KAPP NILES Metrology GmbH has acquired all rights to the software, including source code, from metrotek GmbH in Karlsruhe. The employees at the Karlsruhe location were successfully integrated into the KAPP NILES Metrology team.
The evaluation software is the central element of a gear measuring machine in addition to the high-precision mechanics and control technology. The consistent development of the globally proven evaluation software ensures the company a further competitive advantage. This strategic measure strengthens the market position of KAPP NILES Metrology.
The company offers stationary and mobile measuring machines, measuring instruments and special measuring equipment.
The stationary machines can be used to measure gears, gear cutting tools and rotationally symmetrical components from 6 up to 6,000 mm gear diameter. The portable machines allow measurements of unlimited component size:
KNM 2X / 5X / 9X series – measuring machines for small and medium-sized workpieces up to 1,250 mm
The KNM 2X / 5X / 9X analytical measuring machines are designed for high-precision measurements of gears, gear tools and rotationally symmetric workpieces. All guides and base plates made of granite are extremely stable in the long-term and have identically low expansion coefficients. Air bearings with emergency operation properties ensure perfect and wear-free guides without short-term errors. Air spring elements underneath the base plates safely shield from jolts and vibrations. Special bases are not required. Non-ferrous linear and torque motors of the rotary tables ensure ultimate position precisions and path accuracy. Despite the compact design, spacious travel ranges ensure a tangential generating motion towards the base circle for any profile. Based on the requirements, different scanning touch probe systems can be used. The control cabinet can be arranged freely.
KNM X series – measuring machines for large workpieces up to 6,000 mm
According to customer-specific requirements, the KNM X series can be either designed as a stationary machine for medium and larger sized gears, or as a docking station. For this purpose, any size of the machine base can be combined with a rotary table and a transportable 3-axes measuring device. The KNM X machines boast high-precision mechanics with optimal accessibility, laser-based safety equipment, large bearing clearances and generously dimensioned guiding cross-sections. Linear motors are used in all linear axes. High-precision rotary tables with air or hydrostatic bearing (diameter of 500 to 1,800 mm) feature direct drives / through-holes. Controlled air spring elements underneath the base plates safely shield from jolts and vibrations. No special foundations are required. The use of drives close to the centre of gravity ensures a low level of dynamic distortions.
KNM C series – measuring machines for complex workpieces
The machine has been optimally adapted for the determination of geometrical errors at bearing rings, slewing rings and cylinder-shaped workpieces. The CNC-controlled 4-axis structure allows for the expansion to a significantly larger component range, such as gears or 3D-measurement tasks on prismatic workpieces. All machines of the KNM C series are equipped with state-of-the-art drive technology (linear motors), and feature generously dimensioned guiding cross-sections and large bearing clearances. The base plate, vertical columns and axes are made of granite. This ensures stable thermal behaviour. Air spring elements underneath the base plate safely shield from jolts and vibrations. The raised Y-guide and a drive close to the centre of gravity reducethe dynamic distortions to a minimum. Measurement uncertainties are at MPEE≥ 0.6 μm + L/400 | MPETHP≥ 0.8 μm. Reliable software is available for fully automated measurement cycles.
KNM P series – portable measuring machines for gears and diverse components
The equipment in the KNM P series has been optimally adapted directly to the production machine according to the specific customer requirements regarding the autonomous measurement of gears, ring-shaped workpieces such as bearing rings, housings etc. The combination of base plate and rotary table in a customised design (docking station) forms a full-featured 4-axis measuring device. Measurements can even be carried out without rotary table directly in the workshop area. In the KNM P machines, specially designed high-precision mechanics add to optimal accessibility with state-of-the-art drive technology (linear motors). The CNC-controlled 3-axis structure allows for checking all gear parameters or general workpiece profiles. Arbitrary workpiece diameters and easy transport are especially worth emphasising. The measuring equipment is placed on a sturdy base connected directly to the production machine or foundation.
KAPP NILES Metrology GmbH has been firmly integrated into the KAPP NILES group of companies for three years. With the Metrology product division, the product portfolio of grinding machines, grinding and dressing tools as well as complex technology consulting has been comprehensively expanded.