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Versatile load carriers for the retail sector

Among other things, Wanzl in Leipheim produces shopping, transport and luggage carts. Whether it is at the supermarket, garden center, furniture store or the airport: anyone using the carts expects not just a trendy appearance, but more than anything, a high level of quality. Production manager Karl-Heinz Horn explains: "We need the machine mainly for contour cuts which ensure an optimum weld connection." In the past, the tube end contours were punched or milled. "That had its limitations in terms of technology," says Horn, "and it was also labor-intensive and expensive." Wanzl has relied on a TruLaser Tube 7000 since the beginning of 2014 to get the job done. The machine provides the best processing quality, and also impresses with its flexibility. As the TruLaser Tube 7000 enables tool-free production, it can be used to process different materials and model variants lightning-fast.

Wanzl GmbH & Co. KGaA

www.wanzl.com

Wanzl with its headquarters in Leipheim in Swabia is one of Germany's hidden champions and manufactures products that include shopping, transport and luggage carts for retail, industry and airports. As well as ground-breaking product and design innovations, Wanzl vouches for the high quality of the products that have to withstand a lot of wear and tear on a daily basis.

Industry

Metal industry

Number of employees

> 4,600

Site

Leipheim (Germany)

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TRUMPF products
  • TruLaser Tube 7000
Applications
  • Laser tube cutting

Challenges

Wanzl in Leipheim manufactures a great variety of trendy load carriers. Production manager Karl-Heinz Horn explains: "We hardly ever manufacture standard series, but process a lot of project business instead. This means up to one hundred production orders per day." The shopping, transport and luggage carts have to withstand a lot of wear and tear while still looking chic. Wanzl was looking for a production solution for applying contour cuts that guarantee an optimum weld connection while also doing justice to the high level of product variety.

We hardly ever produce standard series. We really need flexibility with up to one hundred different production orders per day.

Karl-Heinz Horn
Facility manager at Wanzl GmbH & Co. KGaA

Solutions

The fully automatic TruLaser Tube 7000 laser tube-cutting machine produces with minimum non-productive times and cuts tubes and profiles with outer circle diameters of up to 254 millimeters and wall thicknesses of up to eight millimeters.

 

Implementation

The system not only scores with perfect cutting quality but also flexibility. The tool-free production facilitates the lightning-fast processing of different materials and model variants. With a turnaround of around 300 finished transport carts per day, this is a great advantage for Wanzl.

Forecast

Wanzl offers the appropriate means of transport for every demand and can swiftly adapt to new models and materials.

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Image source: Wanzl Metallwarenfabrik GmbH