Bobcat invests in energy-efficient press technology

Bobcat, a manufacturer of compact construction equipment, is increasing production capacity at its Gwinner, North Dakota facility, with the help of AP&T Group. A new, highly automated tandem press line, which recently began production, will more than double press production capabilities, reduce energy consumption, lower noise levels and improve the forming of complex sheet metal parts.

“This investment will provide us with new capabilities and efficiencies in our metal stamping operations, and it aligns with our commitment to innovation, sustainability and continued investments in our manufacturing footprint,” says Mike Ballweber, president of Doosan Bobcat North America.

The new line includes AP&T’s energy-efficient servo-hydraulic press and automation. Furthermore, the assignment includes line integration, operator training and support.

“Bobcat is one of the first companies in North America to invest in the future by implementing this automated solution using our new press technology,” says Dr Christian Koroschetz, chief sales officer at AP&T Group. “This investment also supports Bobcat’s interest in pursuing sustainable, energy-efficient manufacturing solutions.”

The new AP&T servo-hydraulic press is 70% more energy efficient than a conventional AP&T hydraulic press. According to the company, the press also provides increased productivity and superior forming capabilities, which enables the pressing of more intricate and complex designed parts, along with shorter cycle times.

Bobcat first became aware of the new press technology through a relationship with Wisconsin-based TCR Integrated Stamping Systems, an equipment manufacturer consultant and system provider for the metal-forming industry.

“While visiting AP&T in Sweden, I was introduced to their latest automation breakthrough and knew it would provide a significant advancement for Bobcat,” saysTodd Wenzel, president of TCR. “In addition, AP&T demonstrated their new servo-hydraulic technology.”
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