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Energy supply systems for the machine tool industry: standardised and pre-assembled


  • What was needed: Complete energy supply system, standardised and pre-assembled
  • Requirements: Short assembly times, everything from one source, uncomplicated project implementation
  • Product: readychain® harnessed energy chain
  • Application area: Machine tool manufacturing
  • Success for the customer: The company gets everything from one source and directly from the manufacturer with pre-assembled readychain energy supply systems. The number of suppliers and orders could be reduced to a minimum with readychain.

About the portal milling machine ValuTec:Due to the size and complexity of the machines in the field of special mechanical engineering, where everything revolves around turning, milling and grinding, and this in the most varied machine sizes, Waldrich has always adapted its machines individually to the machining situation of the customer. That costs a lot of time and money. This is why Waldrich Coburg decided to build a portal milling machine in just one configuration - ValuTec.

Portal milling machine

The challenge

With the new ValuTec, the specified assembly time was only three weeks. Due to their size and complexity, assembly times of three months and more are common for Waldrich Coburg machines. Of course, this reduction can only work with the right conditions and the right suppliers.


For the ValuTec milling machine, Waldrich Coburg used pre-assembled energy supply systems from igus for the first time. Waldrich even purchases the individual cables, which are installed somewhere on the machine, as well as the guide troughs in which the energy supply systems are installed, everything from igus.

readychain complete system in portal milling machine

Whereas Waldrich previously had one supplier for each individual part, the chain, the cables and the hose systems with the corresponding logistical effort, the company gets everything from a single source with pre-assembled readychain energy supply systems - straight from the manufacturer.
Another advantage is the single point of contact at igus instead of many different contacts to deal with when such a large project is implemented. The system responsibility lies entirely with igus.
The energy supply system used in the milling machine consists of more than 8,000 individual parts that have to be assembled at the right time and delivered on time. The complex system could be reduced to only eight order numbers. igus takes over the procurement of all necessary individual parts up to the delivery of the ready-to-install energy supply system. This makes the costs transparent for Waldrich Coburg.

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