The Automate 2019 Show and Conference, North America’s largest showcase devoted to automation industry trends, leading-edge technology and business innovation, has opened this week at McCormick Place in Chicago. For the first time Broetje-Automation is part of the leading trade show this year. Meet our experts for automated and robotic manufacturing solutions at booth #9253.
Building on more than 40 years of experience with the integration of production lines, Broetje-Automation has specifically positioned itself as a supplier of integrated production systems. This includes the entire portfolio of robotic solutions for manufacturing and assembly purposes. From the small and light cobots that can collaborate on the shopfloor with the worker sharing workspace and processes through virtual twins and augmented reality to the stiffest robot on the market, the in-house developed PowerRACe, Broetje-Automation is an integrator that provides the customers the most effective tailor made production systems.
“While many of today’s robotic applications only serve as a logistical support, doing handling jobs in the industrial production, Broetje-Automation focuses on manufacturing processes that add an extra value creation in the production of the customer.” says Ken Benczkowski, President of Broetje-Automation USA. With more than 40 years of experience on the highest standards of the aerospace industry, Broetje-Automation has a profound experience in various processes such as drilling, riveting, inspection, sealing and many more.
The PowerRACe, a robot specifically developed to keep highest accuracy under heavy loads, Broetje-Automation has developed it’s own robot. “It is the best of two worlds” explains Benczkowski. The PowerRACe combines the accuracy of a machine center with the flexibility of a robot, keeping highest quality standards even under heavy loads. It therefore opens up new applications in various industries. PowerRACe offers up to 50% better efficiency and performance compared to traditional robot solutions.
Another sector with highest potential for automation and industrialization is the composite sector. With increasing production rates, composite manufacturing today has to meet the requirements of a mature, series-capable industrial production. Broetje-Automation uses the extensive experience of specialized production facilities for the aviation industry as well as a deep understanding of composite production processes in order to exploit the full potential of composite automation – for prepreg, thermoplastics, and dry fibre.
STAXX flex - the latest product development - is a compact and versatile end effector for 2D and 3D fiber stacking. Due to it’s low weight it easily can be mounted on any standard robot and therefore is a very competitive industrial solutions. With the STAXX flex fiber placement head Broetje-Automation hits another milestone in automating the entire value stream of composite manufacturing. Thanks to the ability to integrate processes across various production steps, efficiency and productivity in composite manufacturing can be increased significantly.
Broetje-Automation will expand its presence in the North-American market in the coming months. In the second half of the year the company will open its brand new production facility in the Chicago area providing customers a perfect environment with fast time to market access close by.
Broetje-Automation - innovative manufacturing technology and complete system integrator know-how for your industrial production requirements.
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Broetje-Automation is the world's leading expert in production processes for the aerospace industry. Digitalisation, the use of smart and interconnected tools and the establishment of new manufacturing concepts are changing the way aircraft are built today. Broetje-Automation now presents its latest innovation on the way to the connected factory of the future.
Together with the partners Airbus Operations, the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence, EngRoTec and The Captury, a research demonstrator for hybrid manufacturing scenarios in aircraft construction is shown at the HannoverMesse for the first time to the general public. This new solution was developed in the project "Hybr-iT - Hybrid and intelligent human-robot collaboration" funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
At the DFKI booth (Hall 2, C59) the company will show, how two humans and six robots can work together as a hybrid team on several production tasks. The robots take over what is unergonomic, repetitive or physically stressful for humans, such as setting and sealing rivets on aircraft fuselages. The robots organize themselves "around the human being", who thus gains degrees of freedom and flexibility in the execution of his work plan.
Broetje-Automation has taken a big step forward in the industrialization of collaborating robots (so-called CoBots). While the Cobots' previous areas of application were limited to comparatively low-value-added activities, physical work on the aircraft component could now be successfully demonstrated for the first time. This significantly increases the effectiveness of the technologies used and thus the cost-effectiveness of the application.
For this purpose, Broetje-Automation has developed various end effectors which are mounted on a lightweight robot on an autonomously moving platform and thus independently perform work on the workpiece. The worker takes over the tasks that require higher cognitive or sensorimotor abilities, such as fine adjustment and quality control. He is supported by interconnected HoloLens glasses through an augmented reality application, which is integrated into the IT production environment by Broetje-Automation with the help of a digital twin that allows quality control as well as planning and implementation of additional work steps in real time.
The demonstrator will be shown until the end oft he week at the Hannover Messe in Hall 2, booth C59. The experts that have conducted the project will be there to answer any questions throughout the entire duration of the fair.
Broetje-Automation looks back on a successful JEC World 2019 in Paris. In addition to the presentation of the various automation solutions with which industrialization in composite production is being further advanced, a birthday could be celebrated also. The Fiber Placement Center, which was founded in 2018 by SGL Carbon and Fraunhofer IGCV and in which Broetje Automation has been involved from the very beginning, celebrated its first birthday. At the same time, the admission of two further partners to the center was celebrated.
The FPC offers its customers the opportunity to develop new manufacturing concepts and demonstrate them in prototype production on an area of more than 500 square meters with various high-tech facilities.
›› Showcase for standardized composite series production
At the Fiber Placement Center Broetje-Automation is presenting the world's first CNC-controlled STAXX Compact 1700 machining centre, which has been specially developed for industrial series production. This allows pre-impregnated carbon or glass fiber bundles, so-called towpregs, to be automatically and reproducibly routed away from the coil very close to the desired final contour. The process significantly reduces material losses and (press) scrap and thus (unit) costs.
"In order to meet the requirements of series production, we have focused on developing the STAXX Compact 1700, a robust and process-reliable solution that can also be integrated into existing production structures. We are very pleased to be able to present this standardized concept at the Fiber Placement Center in Meitingen", says Thomas Oetken, Senior Sales Manager at BA Composites GmbH, the composite subsidiary of Broetje-Automation GmbH.
The standardized approach of the STAXX Compact 1700 integrates all necessary automation components without interface and adaptation problems to a universal, thus highly efficient and comfortable manageable overall solution. It is also easy to connect to existing systems and extensions at any time.
›› New STAXX development for complex components
At this year's JEC World, Broetje-Automation presented a further development of the STAXX Compact. With the STAXX 3D, the system concept was extended by the ability to store complex components in 3D.
The STAXX FLEX fiber delivery head was this year presented to the public for the first time. STAXX Flex is currently the lightest end effector for fiber placement on the market. It can also be used effortlessly on standard robots and has the ability to place 16 tows simultaneously even on complex shaped components.
›› Reinforcement in the Fiber Placement Center
The successful concept of the Fiber Placement Center is now being implemented by the two new partners
Cevotec and Coriolis Composites. Cevotec plans to build a SAMBA Pro prepreg plant in Meitingen by mid-2020, which will add the innovative fiber patch placement process to the FPC's range of services. Coriolis is to expand the FPC's machine park with a Coriolis Csolo system for further automated production.
Further information on the Fiber Placement Center can be found at:
The digitization of production processes in the aerospace industry offers new opportunities for significant productivity gains in composite manufacturing. Building on more than 40 years of experience with the integration of production lines, Broetje-Automation has specifically positioned itself as a supplier of integrated production systems. “Industry 4.0“ applications play a key role in this.
With increasing production rates, composite manufacturing today has to meet the requirements of a mature, series-capable industrial production. Without stable "end-to-end" organized production processes, the industrial use of fiber composite components in the aerospace industry will not be competitive in the long run.
›› Turnkey capability as a prerequisite for industrialization
The Broetje-Automation Group uses the extensive experience of specialized production facilities for the aviation industry as well as a deep understanding of composite production processes in order to exploit the full potential of digitization together with its customers. The in-house experts for composite materials have brought various new production processes onto the market in recent years. The focus is on innovative fiber placement and tape laying systems, continuous preforming as well as 3D handling, cutting and draping systems for all types of composite materials through to automated sealing, which can be precisely integrated into the customer's existing production systems according to the customer's requirements.
›› Standardized machine communication as enabler for industry 4.0
The systems developed by Broetje-Automation are already equipped today for use in digitized manufacturing. The backbone of every integrated solution is standardized machine communication. The core components of almost all Broetje-Automation systems for the aerospace industry are high-end Sinumerik 840D sl CNC controls, the functionality and performance of which also enable very demanding and complex functions on the basis of a uniform platform.
›› Assembly / Line Management for effective production control
The individual components are interconnected by the Assembly / Line Management System developed by Broetje-Automation to ensure the necessary transparency in production. In addition to the creation of overall assembly controls and paperless documentation, the software also permits process-accompanying flow control with the aid of KPI indicators (QCDP) over the entire production chain. This leads to a significant increase in productivity and cost reduction due to the more effective production control of the interconnected machines. An open interface to the respective MES/ERP of the customer closes a gap in the digitization of production processes that often occurs today.
›› Digitization as a key to industrialization of composite production
This provides the customer with a uniform interface for effective control of both individual systems and the entire production line. With the consistent application of state of the art industry 4.0 principles with the help of solutions from Broetje-Automation, the way of the transition to industrialization of composite production if opened for the future.
In a few days the world’s largest trade show for composite solutions will open its gates in Paris. Broetje-Automation, the world's leading expert in specialized production processes for the aerospace industry shows the latest composite trends. See our brand new head for automated fiber placement (AFP), and discuss with our experts in Hall 5 G67 new solutions such as our pioneering continuous preforming system and many more!
Building on more than 40 years of experience with the integration of production lines, Broetje-Automation has specifically positioned itself as a supplier of integrated production systems. Now we are leveraging this experience for the benefit of the composite industry. With increasing production rates, composite manufacturing today has to meet the requirements of a mature, series-capable industrial production. Some core product to deliver smart composite manufacturing will be showcased at the JEC World 2019 from June 12-14 in Paris, France.
Make sure to step by our Booth G67 in Hall 5 to see our newest product development that will be displayed through the entire show. STAXX flex, our latest product development is a compact and versatile end effector for 2D and 3D fiber stacking. With the STAXX flex fiber placement head Broetje-Automation hits another milestone in automating the entire value stream of composite manufacturing. Thanks to the ability to integrate processes across various production steps, efficiency and productivity in composite manufacturing can be increased significantly.
The fiber placement head was designed for complex parts that previously had to be manufactured by manual lay-up. With its compact design and its local material storage, the STAXX flex is the perfect solution for the further industrialization of composite manufacturing.
Combined with our Line Integration solutions, we are capable of getting the highest efficiencies out of your composite production. The Line Management System (LMS) from Broetje-Automation offers transparency over the entire manufacturing process and thus allows effective control of entire production chains. As an interface to the customer's MES/ERP systems, it is the backbone for the integration of composite production.
Our focus on serial production in an industrial environment is inherent to all of our products. Our solution for continuous composite preforming is another example showcased at JEC World. For the first time, our Continuous Composite Preforming Cell delivers high volume serial production of complex and near-net-shape preforms for composite components through the RTM process.
The fully automated robotic cell combines several of our own patent-pending solutions, including the following product developments:
Broetje-Automation - innovative composite manufacturing technology and complete system integrator know-how for your industrial production requirements.
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Our trade show dates 2019
Broetje-Automation is exhibitor at the following trade fairs. We are looking forward to welcoming you!
International Composites Event
March 12 - 14, 2019
Hall 5, Booth G67
More information: https://www.jec-world.events
SAE AEROTECH Americas
Charleston, SC, USA
March 26 – 28, 2019
More information: https://www.sae.org/attend/aerotechamericas
Hannover Messe Industrie
April 01 - 05, 2019
Hall 2, Booth C59
More information: https://www.hannovermesse.de
April 08 - 11, 2019
More information: https://www.automateshow.com
Paris Le Bourget Airshow
June 17 - 23, 2019
More information: https://www.siae.fr
MAKS 2019 - International Aviation and Space Salon
July 23 - 28, 2019
More information: https://www.aviasalon.com
September 10 - 12
More Information: https://www.composites-europe.com
SAE AEROTECH Europe
September 24 - 28, 2019
Booth #39/40, 46/47
More information: https://www.sae.org/attend/aerotecheurope
China International Import Expo
November 05 - 10, 2019
More information: http://www.shanghai-expo.org
Communication and Marketing
The Supervisory Board and the Management Board of Broetje-Automation herein announces a change in the leadership of the company. Effective 1 January 2019, Mr. Lutz Neugebauer has taken over as Chief Executive Officer of the Broetje-Automation Group. He succeeds Mr. Bernd Schröder, who has managed the company for the last 12 years.
Mr. Neugebauer has been with the company since 1991 and has held various management positions. Previously, he served as Chief Operating Officer and as a member of the management board. With him, an experienced manager assumes responsibility for the group.
Under the management of Mr. Schröder, Broetje-Automation has developed into an international group of companies with over 850 employees at 24 locations in seven countries. He led Broetje-Automation to above-average growth in a challenging market environment. In addition to expanding the product portfolio (Operations Tooling, CFRP Technology, Assembly Lines, Sealing Automation) the international footprint (above all USA, China, Japan, Russia) was also significantly expanded.
The relocation into a new headquarters in Loy was completed in 2015. This change as well as many years of experience from various customer projects were used to reorganize internal processes, develop new products and further improve performance.
The Supervisory Board would like to thank Mr. Bernd Schröder for his work and commitment and wishes him, Mr. Neugebauer, and the entire management team every success in the future. Mr. Schröder will be available to the company with his experience as an advisory capacity.
Rastede/Loy. 2019 will be a special year for the Broetje-Automation Group: The mechanical engineering company from the German North-West looks back on 40 successful years as a specialist in manufacturing and assembly technology for the aviation industry.
Since the foundation of the company in 1979, Broetje-Automation has established as a turnkey supplier in the aviation industry worldwide. With over 850 employees at 24 locations in seven countries, the company today offers a comprehensive portfolio of manufacturing technologies for a wide variety of materials and applications in the aviation industry.
The company began forty years ago with manufacturing systems for the automotive industry, but quickly focused on applications for the aviation industry. The equipment, often developed in collaboration with partners and customers, laid the foundation for the leading drilling and riveting technology expertise the company is known for worldwide. This success is also based on a well-established network of suppliers and technology partners as well as an intensive dialogue with customers worldwide. For more than 10 years, Broetje-Automation has also been leveraging the state initiative Niedersachsen Aviation with its good network in Northern Germany.
The group has grown as a comprehensive provider of all types of manufacturing solutions up to complete production systems for the aerospace industry. Over the years, the product portfolio has been expanded to include further applications such as operational tooling, fully automated CFRP technology, sealing automation and assembly lines / assembly systems. Since 2013, Broetje-Automation has established BA Services GmbH as an independent unit to support customers worldwide in the service of production systems.
Broetje-Automation is one of the drivers for the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the aerospace industry, with the in-house development of a comprehensive software package ranging all the way to complex assembly/line management, which for the first time offers an integrated software solution for cross-machine production optimization.
The various robot systems that are revolutionizing production technology also play a special role here. As early as 2016 Broetje-Automation has introduced "PowerRACe", the world's first robot specifically developed for the aviation industry. In contrast to standard industrial robots, it is capable of meeting the demanding precision and stability requirements of the aerospace industry.
Broetje-Automation is also a driver of innovation in another robotics trend: Collaborative robots, so-called COBOTs, are intelligent tools that close the gap between manual work on the shop floor and fully automated large-scale systems. Broetje-Automation has already successfully demonstrated various applications in aircraft production. The spectrum ranges from pure assembly support to more complex operations such as drilling, riveting or sealing.
With the constant further development of its service portfolio, the traditional company is well equipped for the next 40 years of innovation in aircraft production.
Exhibiting at the China International Import Expo in Shanghai and the Airshow China, Broetje-Automation was present at two leading international trade fairs.
SHANGHAI/ZHUHAI. The Chinese market is becoming increasingly important for the international aerospace industry. Broetje-Automation has been present in this market for many years. This year Broetje-Automation took part in two leading international trade fairs in China in order to further expand customer and supplier relationships and deepen existing partnerships.
The Airshow China in Zhuhai is the largest and most important trade show for the aerospace industry in China and is actively supported by the Chinese central government. Besides showcasing the latest products and initiating business relationships within the industry, the show also includes numerous conferences on current developments and technologies in the aviation industry as well as an extensive flight program. The exhibition takes place every two years in Zhuhai, China.
Broetje-Automation was present at the Airshow China for the third time. As part of the German Pavilion organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) in cooperation with the Association of the German Trade Fair Industry (AUMA) and the Federal Association of the German Aerospace Industry (BDLI), Broetje-Automation presented its extensive product range for automated production processes in the aerospace industry. With 33 exhibitors, the German Pavilion was a great success and received the "Outstanding Pavilion Award" for its good joint appearance.
Another highlight for Broetje-Automation was the participation in the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai, which took place for the first time. More than 3,600 exhibitors from over 172 countries took the opportunity to position themselves for future business in the booming Chinese market. The presence of German industry at CIIE was also impressive: in addition to Broetje-Automation, 170 companies from Germany were represented at the Import Expo in Shanghai.
Holger Mayländer, Chief Sales Officer, was satisfied with the trade show appearances in China: "The Chinese market is one of our strategic growth markets. We were able to make numerous new contacts and had good discussions at both trade fairs. We met with many of our customers on site. The perfectly organized German Pavilion under the umbrella of the Federal Ministry of Economics was very helpful for this".
Broetje-Automation is the world's leading expert for specialized production processes in the aerospace industry. 850 employees, located worldwide, plan and implement highly efficient solutions for the assembly of aircraft. The spectrum ranges from individual tools to a wide variety of assembly systems, from composite manufacturing to turnkey applications of entire manufacturing systems. Broetje-Automation is thus able to offer efficient turnkey production solutions for all aircraft types.
CIO Applications Magazine recognizes Broetje-Automation for providing solutions transforming the aerospace industry.
Robotics and automation have become an integral part of today's industrial manufacturing environment. As a multidisciplinary technology that brings together mechanical and electrical engineering, software and IT, robotics integrates traditional manufacturing solutions with new cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things under the umbrella of the much-discussed Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). This trend is creating new opportunities in many production-related industries such as the aerospace and automotive industries.
Broetje-Automation has been driving robotics forward with its products together with customers, research partners and suppliers in the aviation industry for 40 years. The magazine "CIO Applications" has therefore listed Broetje-Automation in its annual "TOP 10 Robotics Solution Providers 2018" award.
Dr. Axel Peters, Chief Technology Officer at Broetje-Automation, explains the current technological developments at Broetje-Automation in a guest article. With the "PowerRACe" it Broetje has developed a robot tailored to the individual needs of the aviation industry. PowerRACe offers up to 50% better efficiency and performance compared to traditional robot solutions.
Read the full interview here
Learn more about PowerRACEe
We are looking forward to welcoming you!
International Composites Event
March 06. - 08., 2018
Hall 5, Booth E56
More information: http://www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-world-2018
April 25. – 29., 2018
More information: https://www.ila-berlin.de/en
China International Import Expo
05. - 10. November 2018
November 06. – 11., 2018
More information: http://www.airshow.com.cn/en/
We are looking forward to welcoming you!
International Composites Event
March 14. - 16., 2017
Hall 5a, Booth E46/E54
More information: http://www.jeccomposites.com/events/jec-world-2017
July 18. – 23., 2017
Comment booth with BDLI
More information: https://www.aviasalon.com/en
China Composites Expo 2017
September 06. – 08., 2017
SAE 2017 AeroTech Congress & Exhibition
Dallas/Ft. Worth, Texas, USA
September 26. – 28., 2017
More information: http://www.sae.org/events/atc/
In the last decades Broetje-Automation has successfully installed a large number of automated fastening systems in Japan. To strengthen our local presence in Japan and to enhance our repair, maintenance and upgrade services to our installed base and future machines, BA Japan K.K. was founded end 2015 in Nagoya.
With this set-up we will improve our communication with business partners and customers and support for future sales projects. BA Japan K.K. will consequently hire new staff and intensively train them in the headquarters. In Nagoya we made our first step to directly serve the majority of our installations. Further steps we will be able to serve every Japanese customer site.
The time has come. After five years of planning and one year of intensive construction, the new Broetje-Automation Headquarters are complete. Consisting of a new production hall; a four storey administration building; and a staff restaurant, the headquarters have been built on approximately 35,000 m2 land situated at the industrial area of the motorway junction Oldenburg-Nord.
Around 450 Broetje-Automation employees will be working together in Rastede. Previously the employees were based on two sites. One of these sites was in Jaderburg, where the Services and R&D divisions were based. The second site was in Wiefelstede, which was home to the Production, Administration and Consulting divisions.
“Greater flexibility and faster reaction times will be necessary in the future in order to address the rising challenges of the market.” said Bernd Schröder, the CEO of Broetje-Automation. “For this reason, we are removing the physical separation of the two sites and combining our Know-How to one group headquarters, which has been built based on the latest findings of labour research.” Shorter lines of communication between the individual areas; more flexible production; and an improved flow of material will enable customer orders to be processed faster than ever.
“Our Company has grown tremendously in recent years – we urgently require space for more work areas.” reports Bernd Schröder. “At the new location we are able to offer our employees individual work areas and provide them with a pleasant working environment. The work of our Project Teams is also going to play a more central role in the future; therefore the work stations and meeting areas will be more interlinked.”
Using the latest technology, the meeting areas in the new premises have been designed as interactive spaces. This encourages both global exchange between the different business locations, and collaboration with international customers. Additionally, “Quiet Areas”, and so called “Think-Tanks” will be available to enable the employees to work without disruption.
“The attractiveness of the work areas and the tasks themselves will be raised to new levels in all departments. This, in turn, will contribute to the success of the Company.” continues Schröder.
Gutperle Grundbesitz GmbH from Viernheim, was secured as an experienced rental investor. With a focus on commercial real estate, this investor has managed over one hundred properties over the last four decades, and currently rents around 700,000 m2 of building space. In recent years, property projects for the Mars Group, Daimler AG, Lidl and the Deutsche Telekom have been implemented.
This cooperation is a secure basis for the future planning of Broetje-Automation in the long term.
Freytag & v.d. Linde Gmbh from Oldenburg carried out the construction management. Due to particularly good cooperation, and a great commitment from the company, all time schedules were met and the building could be occupied as planned.
“A huge thank you to all the companies and individuals involved in the construction, as well as to our employees, who, with their ideas and commitment, have contributed to the success of reaching this milestone in our Company history.” emphasised Bernd Schröder. The Company is looking forward to continuing to write its success story as a leading global manufacturer of production systems for the Aerospace Industry.
The new address is as follows:
Am Autobahnkreuz 14