Spectacular replacement of machinery for more efficient production

Watt Drive Antriebstechnik GmbH has recently completed a major investment in the modernisation of machinery at its site in Markt Piesting. The Austrian gearbox specialist has taken delivery of a new 1.1 million Euro production machine.

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The new 4-axis machining centre Makino A99E will be utilised for the machining of gearbox housings and is the first step in a broad-based modernisation/ expansion campaign at the Markt Piesting site. The overall objective is to effectively increase its production capacities.

Gerald Schubert, Plant Manager at Watt Drive Antriebstechnik GmbH stated, "We want to modernise the site in a sustainable way and secure all of the important competitive advantages in the market. The production of geared motors in Markt Piesting has reputation for maximum quality and we want to continue growing in a competitive market. This is why it is important to increase our production capacities which will deliver shorter process times and will reduce production costs, without sacrificing quality. In turn greater production precision and less scrap inevitably leads to lower costs. Also, new, more powerful machines will enable us to minimise maintenance costs. With the planned measures, we want to set an important new direction for the future of Watt Drive in Austria by the year 2023."

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Installation of the new Makino A99E machining centre took place in early August 2018 with the world's most powerful all-terrain crane, the Demag AC 1000-9, with a carrying capacity of 1,200 tonnes (Source: Watt Drive/René Binder; Konrad Kehrer)
Video of the intricate process: Replacement of a machining center