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»Quality is a crucial topic for us. The tolerances of our core components range between two to three hundredth of a millimetre. That is why we deliberately opted for HELLER machines renowned for their stability.«  Gerhard Aigner, Production Manager

Doubled capacity, drastically reduced idle times

HELLER solutions at Engel Austria

It is the most advanced and most productive manufacturing line at Engel Austria in Schwertberg: three HELLER H 8000 working as a linked automated system with the aim to gradually double the capacity and to achieve a 20 percent reduction in idle times. Already during the run-up phase the system has come within reach of achieving these goals.


Task Setting

  • 17 to 20 percent reduction in production costs to be achieved by cutting machining times with a special emphasis on idle time reduction
  • Linked manufacturing line to gradually take over production of 500 different components previously produced on stand-alone machines
  • Reduction of outsourced work by approx. 2,000 hours/year by doubling of capacities and optimising setup processes
  • Guaranteed just-in-time delivery of components even in the event of order fluctuations
  • The tolerances of the core components range between two to three hundredth of a millimetre

Project scope and solution

  • Three HELLER machines model H 8000: one has been exclusively designed for machining of cast iron, one for steel and one for a combination of cast iron/steel
  • The three HELLER machining centres model H 8000 with 531 tool storage places each and Fastems automation system with 156 pallets
  • Two of the three 4-axis machining centres are equipped with HELLER's integrated outfacing head


  • Improved capacity and reduced non-productive time
  • Increased availability of the system
  • Guaranteed high component quality
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