AddisonMcKee 'Hydra Green' Technology Enjoys Max Exposure


Global leader in the design, manufacture and supply of the world's finest tube bending and endforming technologies, AddisonMckee of Lebanon, Ohio, Brantford, Ontario and Bamber Bridge, UK has recently returned from one of its busiest ever appearances at a trade show with its recent attendance at Mach 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. Organized 'by the industry for the industry' and attended by over 20,000 visitors, amongst them, this year, one very important visitor in the form of Business Secretary Vince Cable, MACH is the major showcase for the most exciting new technical innovations in advanced manufacturing technologies.

And it's fair to say that the AddisonMckee stand created a real buzz throughout the
five days of the show with its exciting new innovations and green technologies. The
sort of groundbreaking technology being demonstrated on the stand is precisely what MACH attendees travel to the show to see so it was understandable that AddisonMckee's new IO 'Hydra Green' sizing Tube end-forming machine, along with its new eb80 ESRB Tube Bending machine, should prove to be one of the stars of the show. While the entire show was hailed by its organizers, the Manufacturing Technologies Association, as the most successful ever with Dr. Cable himself commenting: 'The people here demonstrate the UK's extraordinary capacity to create, engineer and manufacture world class products. These technologies feed into the value chains of so many businesses..... and are vital to creating a thriving, balanced UK economy'.

Hydra Green: achieving greener end results

The company's innovative new 'Hydra Green' technology is designed to allow its latest end forming equipment to take advantage of hydraulic power without the constant noise, heat and energy usage associated with traditional hydraulic power units.

Whereas traditional hydraulic systems for endforming machines use an AC motor
continuously driving a hydraulic pump even when the machine is not in use and no oil
pressure and/or flow is required, AddisonMckee's new technology is designed so that the
pump is in operation only when there is a demand for pressure/flow.

In the final analysis, the 'Hydra Green' solution, at the heart of the new HG70 range of end formers, will deliver a number of key benefits over a traditional hydraulic circuit in terms of using 50% less electricity due to the significantly reduced duty cycle of the hydraulic pump, minimizing heat emissions and drastically reducing noise emissions by as much as 50%.

The system also achieves a major reduction in the amount of hydraulic maintenance
required. While the smaller hydraulic reservoir uses a remarkable 65% less oil.
The technology's functionality will also allow for enhanced machine motion control by
using the variable speed of the servo pump to control oil flow rate and machine speed.

A major boost

The new eb80 ESRB Tube Bending machine represents a significant alternative to the
existing world renowned DB 75 machine but with major cost advantages achieved through
removing the ball screw providing the boost and allowing the gearbox and motor instead to provide the force required for boosting, enabling freeform bending for the full length of the bed!

A model of modular flexibility

Given the cost of floorspace at any facility, the new machine's modular design also has
significant benefits if bed length flexibility is important. The standard machine itself is two metres long but offers the capability to increase in length by bolting two sections together to extend the bed when required, converting the machine easily and cheaply to a three/four metre model.

For more information about AddisonMckee and its products and services, please contact:

Phillip Aspinall - General Manager - Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 1772 334511

Email: paspinall@addisonmckee.com

Website: www.addisonmckee.com

Jennifer Rankin - North America

Tel. +1 513.228.7000

Email: jrankin@addisonmckee.com

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