AddisonMckee to Demonstrate a Boost for Productivity at Tube Dusseldorf 2012

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, will be showcasing some exciting new innovations and green technologies on stand 5E14 at Tube Dusseldorf from 26th to 30th March 2012 . The AddisonMckee stand will feature the new eb80 ESRB machine together with an I/O 'Hydra Green' sizing machine, while there will also be a machine tooling area available to view.

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 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 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.

A pipeline of new ideas

Tube Dusseldorf 2012 is the renowned international trade fair that provides a truly global platform for the world's market leaders in the tube and pipe industry. Here, experts, specialists and innovators from around the globe meet to exhibit and share learning on future trends in the industry in both machinery and equipment, providing a constant flow of ideas for pipe and tube manufacturing and processing. In all, Tube 2012 will play host to over 30,000 international trade visitors from over 100 countries who will be able to experience for themselves the future of pipe technology, live and hands-on at the fair.

Forming better strategies for all its customers

The fortunes of AddisonMckee have certainly taken a turn for the better in recent months as the market climbs out of recession and the company's landmark presence at Tube Dusseldorf is certain to provide further evidence of the company's increasing strength, confidence and industry-leading expertise.

New ownership has galvanized the company by introducing a number of measures to ensure a smoother ride for all its customers, in, amongst others, the automotive, aviation, truck and shipbuilding industries.

And, significantly, while the company remains a truly global concern with its major facilities in Lebanon, Ohio in the US and Brantford, Ontario in Canada, and partners all over the world, in response to overwhelming demand from its European customers AddisonMckee has restored the manufacturing facility at its UK HQ at Bamber Bridge, Lancashire, a move which underscores the company's commitment to its European partners not least by significantly reducing costs.

As AddisonMckee CEO Alastair Tedford remarks: "The Company has emerged stronger than ever this year with an extremely healthy order book. As a management team, we believe this is due to building on the company's core values to offer customers a better service than ever before coupled with a significant investment in research and development. Our presence at Tube Dusseldorf 2012 provides us with a massive opportunity to present the capabilities of a new re-energised AddisonMckee on a high profile international stage".

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

Phillip Aspinall - General Manager - Europe

Tel: +44 (0) 1772 334511


Jennifer Rankin - North America

Tel. +1 513.228.7000



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