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Velbert, May 07, 2021

Complete modernization of 20-MN extrusion press at Erbslöh Aluminium

Product portfolio expanded

Together with the Technical Service of SMS group, Erbslöh Aluminium Gmbh in Velbert, Germany, has implemented a complete modernization of its 20-MN extrusion press. The objective of the modernization was increasing productivity, expanding its product portfolio, safeguarding plant availability and improving energy efficiency. At the same time, the extrusion force was boosted to 22 MN.

For increasing productivity and expanding the product portfolio the press window has been enlarged. A movable shear for discards patented by SMS group, a new linear billet loader and a complete new hydraulic system were installed. Besides safeguarding spare parts availability, productivity could be enhanced with the new hydraulic system thanks to reduced non-productive times. Another development of SMS group, the ecoDraulic system, made it possible that a significant increase of energetic efficiency was achieved. With its intelligent automatic start-stop function, this system deactivates the hydraulic pumps not used in the extrusion process.

In this connection, the complete electrical equipment was installed and the latest visualization technology was employed which at the same time laid the foundation for an entry into digitalization.

We have invested considerable time and effort into an extrusion press which is individually customized to our needs and our highly complex products. Bodo Klimm, Project Manager at Erbslöh Aluminium GmbH

Bodo Klimm, Project Manager at Erbslöh Aluminium GmbH summarizes the modernization: “For safeguarding our competitive edges we have focused at all times on product quality, productivity and production reliability. By implementing the complete refurbishment we have made a large investment in the future and are now optimally equipped. We have invested considerable time and effort into an extrusion press which is individually customized to our needs and our highly complex products. In addition to plant technology, the focus was not only on energy efficiency but also on the technological design for digitalization.”

Erbslöh Aluminium GmbH

Erbslöh Aluminium GmbH combines competency in handling the sophisticated material gained since the early days of aluminium processing with contemporary management methods. Since the company was founded in 2001, it represents the development, production and sale of extruded aluminium profiles for automotive and industrial applications.

To cover the entire range of automotive technology and modern industrial applications, Erbslöh develops and produces tailor-made extrusion profiles made of aluminium.

With press equipment consisting of seven extrusion presses with an extrusion force of 12.5 to 44 MN, Erbslöh is able to meet customers’ demanding requirements. Particular attention deserves the in-house gloss-alloy casthouse processing high-purity billet alloys. The resulting semi-finished products – in form of ALMINOX® products – enjoy highest reputation worldwide.