Approximately 220 research and development employees are tasked with developing specific industry solutions and innovations, in close cooperation with customers. Klingelnberg, a technology leader in its industry, introduced its dry cutting process for spiral bevel gears in 1997, offers excellent gear measuring technology, and has implemented a Closed Loop production method for bevel gears and cylindrical gears that is based on a software program developed in-house – a fully automated link between the production machines and the measuring technology. Machine setting values are automatically adjusted to the nominal data with such precision that deviations measure a mere two to three micrometers – a quantum leap in quality.
Klingelnberg’s corporate philosophy is to adapt perfectly to existing environments and ensure compatibility with the existing software and machine structure. Creating these interfaces and incorporating physical uncertainties such as hardening distortions into the systems were the hardest “nuts” for the comprehensive system suppliers to crack. For this achievement, the company received the “Industrie 4.0” award in the Integration Design & Production category on December 1, 2016. The trade journal Produktion and ROI Management Consulting AG grant this award to highly innovative Industry 4.0 solutions at the “Industrie 4.0” trade convention.
Klingelnberg has successfully adapted ist system for bevel gear production for use with cylindrical gears. With Klingelnberg’s newly developed Gear Designer simulation software, design engineers have the ability to derive the manufacturable flank geometry from the function-based geometry. This innovative Closed Loop approach has now given rise to the possibility of a cyber-physical production system for gears in which every step in the value chain is described by a digital twin. For this achievement, the company received the "Best of Industry Award" by the trade journal MM Maschinenmarkt in the "Industry 4.0" category on June 7, 2018.
Winner of Best of Industry Award in the category “Industry 4.0” (Trade Journal MM Maschinenmarkt)
Winner of Industrie 4.0 Award in the category “Integration Design & Production” (Trade Journal Produktion, Consulting Firm ROI Management Consulting AG)