Suppliers face constant cost and deadline pressures. Especially in times like these, organizations often hesitate to invest in new technologies and training for their employees – at the risk of the train leaving without them. But Björn Alber, owner of Karl Alber Werkzeugbau e.K. in Leinfelden-Echterdingen, wants to be absolutely sure that doesn't happen.
For nearly 45 years, his company, now 11 employees strong, has been working mainly as a contract manufacturer for die, mold, prototype and industrial manufacturing. The firm provides products and services ranging from 2D and 3D programming to complete production of individual precision parts. The company’s service catalog is correspondingly extensive: their equipment spectrum includes 5-axis milling, HSC milling and hard machining. They supply the automobile and automobile supplier industries, the aerospace industry and numerous well-known German industrial manufacturers.
The machine shop is impressive: at its center are the Deckel Maho DMU 200 P 5-axis HSC gantry milling machine as well as the 6 m Mecof traveling-column HSC milling machine. These two machines are accompanied by Tebis CAD/CAM programming stations, where the machine operators generate their own programs. This enables the trouble-free processing of paperless manufacturing orders based on 2D and 3D data. At a third Tebis CAD/CAM workstation in the office, the manufacturing data are prepared and programming is performed for the remaining CNC machines.
Björn Alber, owner of Karl Alber Werkzeugbau e.K., and Ulrike Keller from Tebis AG in front of the new Mitsubishi Fa20-vs wire EDM machine in the company’s machine shop.