The aspirations associated with the incorporation of Hummel-Formen GmbH into ElringKlinger AG four years ago as its Lenningen plant have more than been fulfilled thanks to a successful process of integration. Indeed, developers and production experts make no secret of the fact that profound knowledge in the field of tooling is a decisive factor as to whether new developments or new processes can actually be implemented in practice.
There is an audible sense of pride in the voice of Thomas Wolf, Head of Technical Sales, when he describes what has already been accomplished in Lenningen and what has been planned for the future. The expertise applied to tool construction, 3-D product engineering and process development has helped the plant to extend its competencies across virtually the entire process chain. Jürgen Weingärtner, Head of Technical Service at ElringKlinger, sums it up as follows: “Drawing on our experience, we are able to provide customers with solutions tailored to their requirements, applying various methods and using a range of materials – as well as combinations thereof.”
To make this possible, the Lenningen plant has evolved continuously from a technological perspective. Today, for instance, the focus is no longer on the actual tool itself. Rather, the emphasis is on thinking in processes. “Behind every task there is a new process,” as Thomas Wolf puts it. A string of newly developed solutions in recent years reflects the successful transition from a die and mold maker to a developer of specialist processes applied to manufacturing operations.