Machine tool builder MAG says a recent acquisition will expand its range of technology offerings and enable gear manufacturing customers to realize savings in cycle time, setup and part handling. The acquired company, Samputensili GmbH (Chemnitz, Germany), offers a line of hobbing and chamfering/deburring products that will be integrated into MAG’s existing line of turning centers.
The acquisition is part of a broader agreement between MAG and Samputensili, a producer of gear and screw manufacturing equipment owned by SAMP (Bentivoglio, Italy). In North America, Star SU (Hoffman Estates, Illinois) will continue to provide sales and service for all gear manufacturing products produced by the two organizations.
Turning centers incorporating the new hobbing technology have already been exhibited at IMTS 2010 and at the AMB machine tool expo in Germany. At IMTS, the company introduced integrated gear hobbing for VTCs in table sizes ranging from 1 to 8 m. At AMB, MAG’s exhibition included a configuration of its VDM 1000 VTC with hobbing capability for workpieces as large as 1,150 mm in diameter and 1,000 mm in height.