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What’s happening in and around Leitz? You can find out here. We inform you about current news regarding the company and our products and display important deadlines. We have also compiled all out current press releases here. Leitz – we keep you up-to-date.

Leitz at Ligna 2017: Solutions in new dimensions

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – For decades, Leitz innovations have moved customers forward in a competitive market, keeping them one step ahead with creative processing solutions that ensure quality and efficiency. Our progressive thinking and technology continue to set trends, achieving solutions that make production processes faster, more flexible and cost effective, and ensure the highest quality – while maximizing the combination of ecology and economy.
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Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
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Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products

Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
read more


Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible

Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
read more


Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award

Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
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Head of the Leitz Corporate Group and Executive Director of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) ret. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher has died

Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, the long-standing Chairman of the Management Board of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen, passed away on September 27th, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 77. His wife Monika Brucklacher and his daughter Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (Chairman of the Advisory Council), the Business management and all employees of the Leitz Corporate Group composed of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG (Oberkochen), Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG (Kapfenberg, Austria), Bilz GmbH & Co. KG (Ostfildern) and all of their national subsidiaries, mourn a special person and an outstanding entrepreneur.
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Process Optimization with the Leitz powerpack

Eight tool and technology modules – eight components for higher processing quality, more productivity and higher performance. The Leitz powerpack is targeted to all manufacturers in the wood and plastics industries who would like a boost to their machining processes.
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Management change in the Leitz Group

As of September 1st, 2016, Jürgen Köppel (53) will become the new Spokesman for the Management of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen. Alessandro Telesio (59) will leave the company after more than three years of holding this position for Leitz Group.
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Laser ornaments and damping mass are reducing vibrations of circular sawblades

The lower the vibration of the circular saw blades during the cutting process, the better the cut quality and lower the noise emission. New laser ornaments and a specific damping material on Leitz circular saw blades have precisely this effect.
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Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is honored with the Red Dot Award

At the 2015 Ligna Fair, Leitz successfully introduced its new profile tooling system ProfilCut Q. After receiving the Gold Medal on the Drema trade fair for ProfilCut Q’s premium version in 2015, now Leitz has been awarded the Red Dot Award for the same product.
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The Leitz Group enjoyed success at the Holz-Handwerk

With the Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, Leitz had a great start into the second quarter of the year. A continuous stream of prospective and current customers on the Leitz booth resulted in excellent business discussions, orders and relationship building. Leitz strengthened its internationally leading market position and expects successful business after the fair.
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Leitz: Tool highlights and innovative technologies at the Holz-Handwerk

Leitz is exhibiting at the Holz-Handwerk its ProfilCut Q profile tooling system and innovative solutions for window production amongst other products. The tool producer will also offer visitors a backstage insight of their After Sales Service.
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Leitz GlossCut circular saw blades: Bright prospects for processing perspex

Many base materials are concealed by laminates or coatings. For PMMA or PC laminates however, the main focus is on the surface being cut. Leitz has the GlossCut saw blades in its program especially for sizing these materials. Now the tool producer has brought an update to the market.
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Leitz ProfilCut Q: Successful market introduction

At the 2015 Ligna Fair, Leitz introduced ProfilCut Q, a new generation of its market-proven profile tooling system. More and more manufacturers are discovering the benefits of ProfilCut Q every day.
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MP Robert Halfon praises “outstanding” Leitz Tooling

In response to Leitz Tooling’s local recruitment and apprenticeship drive, capital investment in state of-the-art equipment, and their ongoing charity work, in February, MP for Harlow Robert Halfon visited the company’s Harlow-based UK head office to find out more.
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Material diversity yields extraordinary kitchen designs

Baier, a carpentry business in Bavarian Vilsbiburg, relies on diversity of materials to set itself apart in the industry. For six years this shop has used a variety of non-wood materials in its kitchens and interior fittings in addition to solid wood and wood-derived materials. Baier's long-standing tooling solutions partner, the Leitz Group, supplies tools and processing know-how.
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Leitz focuses on Industry 4.0 and service excellence to make Ligna 2015 a resounding success

At Ligna 2015, Leitz featured networked tooling production and after-sale service excellence. Visitors to the Leitz booths also witnessed a number of innovations in tooling, including the ProfilCut Q profile cutterhead system.
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Industry 4.0 for processing wood and plastics

At this years Ligna, Leitz addressed the fair-topic of networked production. The tool producer showed on both of its stands prototypes of networked tools. Leitz also presented at the fair the research project of eApps4Production.
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Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:
The quickest profile tooling system in the industry

At Ligna, Leitz has presented the new generation of its ProfilCut tools: Pro-filCut Q. In its premium version, this solution offers the highest cutting speeds in the industry. ProfilCut Q has many other advantages including fin-ish quality and ease of use.
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Leitz at Ligna 2015: Preparations are in full swing

Leitz has big plans for this year’s world-leading trade fair for the forestry and wood industry. The tool manufacturer spotlights the role of tools in networked production and demonstrates what Leitz After Sales Service is all about. Many other innovations can be experienced in the Leitz booths.
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Leitz PlugTec: See it in action at machine manufacturer and distributor locations

Almost one year ago, the Leitz PlugTec window joint was introduced at the Holz-Handwerk Fair. Since then it has been well received in the market, and preliminary projects have been successfully completed. Now customers can observe PlugTec production in action at machine manufacturer and distributor facilities.
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Quality from first cut to last cut: Leitz DryCut circular sawblades

Leitz DryCut sawblades are superstars in dry and metal construction as well as carpentry. These blades offer optimal performance in all materials and show remarkable strength in cut quality throughout the product lifetime.
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Leitz Tooling Systems Joins WDMA

WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Leitz Tooling Systems is the newest member of the association.
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14.02.2017

Leitz at Ligna 2017: Solutions in new dimensions


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – For decades, Leitz innovations have moved customers forward in a competitive market, keeping them one step ahead with creative processing solutions that ensure quality and efficiency. Our progressive thinking and technology continue to set trends, achieving solutions that make production processes faster, more flexible and cost effective, and ensure the highest quality – while maximizing the combination of ecology and economy.
Year after year, Leitz continuously sets the benchmark for new, future-oriented technologies and products with ground-breaking solutions. At Ligna 2017, Leitz will again demonstrate its innovation power.

Sustainability
To consistently optimize the application of valuable resources, new ideas and methods are essential. Leitz is the first in the industry to invest in its own coating research and technology. Our customized Marathon high-performance coating in-creases tool life significantly and improves productivity. With our thin-kerf saw blade technology, Leitz demonstrates that less is much more – improving material utilization with the most minimal cutting widths.


Ill. 1: The Marathon high-performance coating, designed by Leitz, increases tool life and consistently improves productivity (picture: Leitz)

Flexibility
Our comprehensive range of products offers a multitude of options that provide excellent solutions for every application. In addition to this extensive offering, tech-nology combinations such as hybrid, integral and RipTec tools provide more ways to increase flexibility in production. Our re-sharpenable, constant diameter tooling systems ProFix and ProFix C, combined with the changeable knife system of Pro-filCut Q, offer a customized and efficient solution for each customer requirement. This diversity is unmatched in the market.


Ill. 2: The Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is the fastest profile tooling system in the industry. Users can run higher cutting speeds with the same number of teeth, achieving higher productivity and improved output (picture: Leitz)

Productivity & Efficiency
With ProfilCut Q Premium, Leitz offers the fastest profile tooling system in the in-dustry. Users can run faster cutting speeds with the same number of teeth, achiev-ing higher productivity and improved output. ProfilCut Q also sets new standards in precision, cutting quality and handling. Additionally, the lifetime of the tool is signifi-cantly increased by the Marathon high-performance coating on the knives. Leitz EdgeExpert diamond tools are another solution for profitable production in many application areas. Beyond processing, Leitz focuses on reduced set-up and ma-chine downtime, optimizing the production process. An example is the Leitz Bril-lianceCut saw blade, which eliminates one complete working step. Through the combination of two tooling systems, the perfect synthesis of processing quality and cost efficiency becomes possible. Leitz hybrid technology combines tungsten car-bide tooling systems with diamond cutting edges, decisively optimizing production processes. A significant increase in performance and efficiency is also realized with Leitz Integral Technology – pre-cutting and finish processing in one tool.


Ill. 3: The Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blade eliminates one complete working step, optimizing the production process (picture: Leitz)

Expertise
Only the perfect interaction of human being, machine, workpiece and tool ensures optimal quality and efficiency that is critical to economic success. With more than 140 years of experience and process knowledge, Leitz is the only choice for achieving maximum functionality, process safety and efficiency with the most ex-pansive and innovative product offering.



Ill. 4: Technology combinations such as hybrid, integral and RipTec tools increase flexibility and allow for a perfect synthesis of processing quality and cost efficiency (picture: Leitz)

Reliability
Leitz is a manufacturing service provider and reliable partner to its customers. From our technical expertise when selecting the ideal solution from the Leitz assortment through pick-up and delivery service to trouble-free tool supply (CompleteCare) in various levels of Tool Management solutions – reliable and worldwide, Leitz is always the local supplier of choice.

Discover how Leitz continues on the path of innovation at Ligna 2017. Visit us in hall 15, stand F16, where we present our “Solutions to new dimensions”. We look forward to seeing you there!





14.02.2017

Intelligent tools from Leitz manage production


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The new era of manufacturing, Industry 4.0 and The Smart Factory, presents new opportunities for production processes in manufacturing and for the tools used. In the future, tools will not only be responsible for the processing quality of the workpiece, but will become a central information medium to control complex manufacturing processes and processing efficiency.
To fulfill this important role, it is necessary that the tool be able to identify itself with regard to its dimensional and operational characteristics. This on-board data includes basic elements regarding operational safety, and parameters for optimal processing efficiency.
The increasing complexity of CNC machines and production lines, along with the expanding variety of materials to be processed, confronts manufacturers with many challenges. Intelligent tools can help by providing important operational parameters for various raw materials. Information such as tool geometry, maximum RPM, direction of rotation, setting dimensions, feed rates in combination with RPM and correction data are programmed into the tool.


Ill. 1: Tool with QR Code (picture: Leitz)

Based on the data provided, a machine can set appropriate processing parameters. Feedback about the application allows in a learning system to register lifetime and critical operating conditions and to further optimize future production. Additional benefits from this link include improved operational safety, trouble-free resetting of tools and simulation of machining processes. This also results in quality improvement and increased energy efficiency, as the tools are always used in the rated range leading to stable and efficient production processes on the tool side.
Intelligent tools help to optimize production, as well as provide the basis to improve the total value-chain around the tool.
Tools become a knowledge base and consequently form the central communication unit of a standardized data structure (application data, critical values, history, process cycles, etc.).


Ill. 2: Tool with DataMatrix Code (picture: Leitz)

This electronic connection allows for:
•    assessment of the tool condition (wear)
•    determination of the remaining tool life – including forecasts about performance  time
•    allocation to the machine – including optimal changing cycles
•    allocation of maintenance parameters
•    tool tracking.


Ill. 3: Tool with Chip RFID (picture: Leitz)

In combination with the suitable Tool Management model, a simplification of the total tool logistics is achieved. This results in an increase of availability, reduction of inventory, increase of process efficiency, development of process know-how and simplified tool programing.


Ill. 4: Tool with Chip NFC (picture: Leitz)

Through increased linking in the production process and along the complete value-chain, tools in the future will play a central role and provide Plug & Play solutions, which optimize manufacturing efficiency on a continuous basis.

The type of tool coding is not playing a mayor role, more important is the clear identification, the collection and the provision of the data.





14.02.2017

Sustainable Use of Oil Palm Wood for High Value-Added Products


Oberkochen / Hannover, February 14, 2017 – The international network “PalmwoodNet“ will present the results of their Oil Palm Wood project for the first time at LIGNA 2017.
Project Background
The total plantation area for oil palms amounts to almost 50 million acres worldwide and is expected to increase. Palm oil is used in the food and biochemical industries as well as for energy. The palm oil yield decreases significantly after a palm reach-es the age of 15 to 20 years. For this reason, plantations are cleared and replanted after 25 years. Based on a planted area of about 50 million acres, an average of almost 2 million acres would have to be re-planted annually on a long-term basis. As a result, large volumes of the resource oil palm wood accrue during replanting of “unproductive” plantations in Asia, Africa and South America. Estimates forecast 100 to 120 million cubic meters of trunks per year.

Oil palm trunks are commonly left to rot, chipped as fertilizer or even burned – all measures resulting in rapid CO2 emissions. The main reasons for non-utilization of oil palm wood are the extreme density distribution within the trunk, the very high moisture content and the significant difference in structure and properties of oil palm wood in comparison to “normal” wood species.

However, the ongoing dramatic decrease in available timber from natural forests and relatively small volumes from plantations (e.g. Rubberwood, Aciacia mangium) have started to cause wood shortages with severe economic and ecologic damag-es, further aggravated by illegal harvests. Next to this decreasing timber supply, the worldwide growing demand for wood products and energy will make the utilization of oil palm trunks imperative in the future.


Ill. 1: Lightweight core panel with a core of oil palm wood and a cover layer of beech veneer (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 2: 3-layer board of oil palm wood (picture: Leitz)

Earlier studies and pilot projects on the utilization of oil palm trunks for products have shown high technical and economic potential. However, to date there are no industrial implementations for the reasons outlined above. Currently, no compre-hensive solutions and very little information on products, markets and processes are available to investors and companies who are interested in utilizing oil palm wood. Additionally, machines and tools have not yet been adapted or optimized for pro-cessing oil palm wood.

Project Description
The overall project objective is the best possible use of timber from unproductive, overaged oil palms for the production of high value-added products, e.g. one-layer and multi-layer panels, blockboards, gluelam in standard dimensions and cross laminated timber (CLT) in Thailand and Malaysia.  Despite the fact that large vol-umes of oil palm wood are available, little use has been made of this resource to date. The project is to provide the foundation for a sustainable use of oil palm wood taking into account technical, economic, ecologic and social aspects. Conservation of resources and tropical forests, climate protection, generation of jobs and income in the resource countries and new market development are also project goals.

To support the project, different companies and institutions have joined the interna-tional network “PalmwoodNet” in a multi-stakeholder approach. The five core parnters of PalmwoodNet are Jowat SE, Detmold; Minda Industrieanlagen GmbH, Minden; Möhringer Anlagenbau GmbH, Wiesentheid; Leitz GmbH + Co. KG, Ober-kochen together with Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG, Kapfenberg/Austria and Palmwood R+D, Freiburg  as well as various German universities and other industry partners who will assume specific development and implementation tasks.

A number of other project partners, including R+D institutions, universities, wood-working companies and plantation holders from Malaysia and Thailand, have been integrated into the network. Only plantation holders who have certified a substantial share of their planation area according to international standards can participate in the project.
The contribution of Leitz and Boehlerit includes the interpretation of cutting pro-cesses to produce the planned oil palm wood products and outlining suitable work-ing steps and cutting procedures. More specifically, this entails the development of suitable cutting materials and tools for achieving the required quality and efficiency of cutting processes. 

The PPP-Project “Oil Palm Wood“ sponsored by DEG (Deutsche Investitions und Entwicklungsgesellschaft mbH) with funds from the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development officially began in November 2015 under the lead-ership of the project coordinator Jowat SE.


Ill. 3: Oil palm wood structure with high density (picture: Leitz)



Ill. 4: Example of a door panel: Light core of oil palm wood, hardwood frame and plywood cover layer (picture: Leitz)

Currently, work results and solutions are available from the following areas:
•    Suitable products from oil palm wood
•    Primary and secondary processing techniques, including wood preservation and drying
•    Machines and tools
•    Adhesive technology
•    Ecology and sustainable supply
•    Financial data for assessing performance and competitiveness, etc.

These project results will be presented for the first time to the public at LIGNA fair by the core and associated network partners. Visit Leitz at Ligna 2017 (Hall 15) to learn more about our involvement in the Oil Palm Wood project.





11.10.2016

Bright prospects for processing PMMA and PC: The new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades make it possible


Great news for all users dealing with PMMA or PC: With the new Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades, the saw blades supply a mark-free finish quality saving a lot of time and money in extra finishing
Oberkochen, October 11th, 2016 – Trimming, sanding and polishing – three working steps normally necessary for fine finish in acrylic glass (PMMA) or polycarbonate panels (PC) processing. The newly designed Leitz BrillianceCut circular saw blades drastically reduce the need for extra finishing processes. In the case of processing PMMA and PC break-out is reduced, leaving a fine finish quality. Leitz customers who have tested BrillanceCut have confirmed reduction in the finishing process.


Ill. 1: BrillianceCut - a close-up view (picture: Leitz)

This makes BrillianceCut sawblades the best solution for PMMA and PC specialists. The Leitz engineers in Oberkochen have designed a specific cutting geometry to exactly match these working materials. At Holz-Handwerk 2016 Leitz presented new innovations for circular saw blades – new laser ornaments are now filled with a special damping material. Thus, BrillianceCut belongs to the Leitz Excellent family of tooling: Higher stability and quiet running with high quality of finish.


Ill. 2: BrillianceCut – in practice. (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades supply perfect results, especially with respect to PMMA and PC processing but also in other plastics and compound materials. Leitz customers have also tested the new Leitz circular saw blades with PA, PVC, HPL, Alucobond® as well as with some polymer-bound materials, for example Corian®.


Ill. 3: BrillianceCut - application example (picture: Leitz)

The BrillianceCut circular saw blades are available from stock with diameters of 350, 380, 400 and 450 mm for all standard panel sizing sawing machines. For users working with special machines, Leitz offers special production of this new type of saw blade.





09.12.2016

Leitz receives the Top 500 Family-Owned Companies award


Oberkochen, 09.12.2016 – The owners of Leitz, Mrs. Monika Brucklacher and. Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, received the prestigious “Top 500 Family Businesses Award”, presented by the Managing Director of Stiftung Familienunternehmen (Foundation for Family Businesses), Stefan Heidbreder.
The award is based on a study made by the foundation: „The economic importance of family businesses“, which has been updated every two years since 2006 by re-nowned economic research institutes. The study demonstrates that the group of large family businesses contributes disproportionately to growth and employment in our country and generates better development than non-family-run DAX enterprises.

The ranking is based on revenue and employment as well as on types of trades. The Leitz Group is placed 198th with the sector of the largest German family controlled companies and 44th in the state of Baden Württemberg.


Ill. 1: Stefan Heidbreder, Managing Director of Foundation for Family Businesses handing over the TOP 500 award to the LEITZ owners, Monika Brucklacher (on the right) and Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (picture: Leitz)

Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, main shareholder and chairman of advisory board, thanked her colleagues of the Advisory Board, the Executive Management Board and the Leitz staff: „ All of you have contributed to this success“. Special thanks go to her late father, Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, who shaped the development of the family company for more than 40 years.





29.09.2016

Head of the Leitz Corporate Group and Executive Director of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) ret. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher has died


Prof. h.c. Dr. Dieter Brucklacher, the long-standing Chairman of the Management Board of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen, passed away on September 27th, 2016 after a short illness at the age of 77. His wife Monika Brucklacher and his daughter Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher (Chairman of the Advisory Council), the Business management and all employees of the Leitz Corporate Group composed of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG (Oberkochen), Boehlerit GmbH & Co. KG (Kapfenberg, Austria), Bilz GmbH & Co. KG (Ostfildern) and all of their national subsidiaries, mourn a special person and an outstanding entrepreneur.
Oberkochen, September 29, 2016 - Dr. Dieter Brucklacher was born in 1939 in Oberkochen. He studied physics at the University of Stuttgart and Karlsruhe from 1959 to 1965. From 1966 to 1974 he was working as a scientific employee for the research institute „Institut für Material- und Festkörperforschung mbH“ in Karlsruhe.
Dr. Dieter Brucklacher was appointed Managing Director in 1975. In addition to his management tasks he crowned his academic career with a doctorate in engineering sciences at the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe.

In 1982 Dr. Brucklacher took over the position of Chief Executive Officer at Leitz. With his strategic vision he expanded the traditional company from one to two company groups; one specializing in machine tooling for wood and plastics and from the 90's tooling for metals processing.
Since the 2000’s, under the direction of Dr. Brucklacher, the company groups Leitz and LMT have become worldwide operating enterprises and are world market leading leaders in their segments. Dr. Brucklacher was active in the company until his last day.

Dr. Brucklacher gained a worldwide reputation in his industries through his activities. In 1997 he was elected President of the Regional Association Baden-Württemberg of VDMA (Mechanical Engineering Industry Association). In 2007 he became President of the Federal Association of VDMA in Frankfurt and at the same time the admission and inclusion to the chairmanships of the Federal Association of German Industries (BDI) and of the Confederation of the German Employers' Associations (BDA), both headquartered in Berlin.


The knowledge and experience of this successful entrepreneur were highly sought after both nationally and internationally: in 2002 Dr. Brucklacher was appointed as an honorary professor of the Nanjing Forestry University in China. He joined the supervisory bodies of many renowned companies.

In 2008 he was awarded the German "Bundesverdienstkreuz erster Klasse" (German Federal Cross of Merit 1st Class).This is just one of numerous awards he received worldwide. In 2014 he was awarded the honour of „Award German Mechanical Engineering“ (Preis Deutscher Maschinenbau) for his life's work. Dr. Brucklacher was an honorary citizen of his home town, Oberkochen.

But also as a friend and patron of music and the fine arts, Dr. Brucklacher had become known far beyond the borders of his region. Out of his love for Jazz, he established the International Music Festival “Jazz Lights”, which will take place for the 27th time next spring.





05.07.2016

Process Optimization with the Leitz powerpack


Eight tool and technology modules – eight components for higher processing quality, more productivity and higher performance. The Leitz powerpack is targeted to all manufacturers in the wood and plastics industries who would like a boost to their machining processes.
Oberkochen, July 05, 2016 – A powerpack for greater efficiency and quality in window and door production – Leitz has published a new dedicated brochure. As regards the content, the brochure combines eight proven Leitz tool and technology components: RipTec, Integral technology, High Speed Cutting, Hybrid technology, Chip-tools, Coatings technology, innovative tooling systems and engineering services. All these powerpack components have one thing in common: Users can optimize their machining processes with it. Customers, who have decided on one or more of the technologies and the tools from the powerpack, confirm significant increases of machining quality, productivity and performance times by its application.


Ill. 1: The Leitz powerpack is targeted at manufacturers in the wood and plastic processing industries who wish to increase their production output. (photograph: Leitz)

Martin Kenntner, Head of Application Engineering at Leitz, sees the powerpack as a modular system of process tuning: “At the beginning of each process optimization is the definition of its respective objectives. Depending on whether a user for example wants to increase output or improve his machining quality, different options of our power pack are available.” Together with Leitz customer advisors and application engineers, users then select one of the suitable modules of the powerpack and integrate them in the processes. This not only works for new machines. “We can also upgrade existing machinery with the powerpack modules and thus increase performance“, said Kenntner. The eight power pack modules therefore could be of interest for companies who are not planning large investments.


Ill. 2: One module of the Leitz powerpack: Hybrid technology. The combination of tungsten carbide tooling systems with diamond edges reduces the production costs, e.g. machining of glue joints in window and door production (photograph: Leitz)

“Small cause, large effect“ is the principle behind the eight Leitz powerpack modules. Relatively low organizational effort on the acquisition and realization of the modules allows for considerably better process results. This becomes particularly clear with hybrid technology, for example. This combines tungsten carbide tooling systems with selective diamond edges. If it is integrated in the machining process on extremely hard workpiece materials or in abrasive zone areas such as glue joints for example, then the wear of the tungsten carbide edge reduce considerably. Therefore, users benefit from a constantly high machining quality and reduced rejects and rework.

The eight modules of the Leitz powerpack are mainly targeted at the solid wood sector, especially to window and door producers. Individual components, however, are also suitable for other industries of wood and plastic processing, e.g. for furniture and floor production. Most of the power pack components can be used both on spindle moulders, on continuous machines and CNC machining centres.



06.06.2016

Management change in the Leitz Group


As of September 1st, 2016, Jürgen Köppel (53) will become the new Spokesman for the Management of Leitz GmbH & Co. KG, Oberkochen. Alessandro Telesio (59) will leave the company after more than three years of holding this position for Leitz Group.
Oberkochen, June 06, 2016 – From 2009, Köppel was the Director of sales, service and marketing (CSO) for the Homag Group AG (Schopfloch) and before that, from 2004 he was the Managing Director of Brandt Edge Banding Machines GmbH (Lemgo) in the wood and wood processing industry. From 2000 until 2004 he managed the Sales and Application Engineering position of Gildemeister Turning Machines GmbH, Bielefeld. From 1994 until 2000 he held leading positions with Leico GmbH & Co. Machine Tool Industry, Ahlen. Prior to that, during his 12-years posting at the German Air Force, he completed studies of Aerospace Engineering and a second degree in Industrial Engineering.

Additional to his function as a Speaker of the Leitz Management, Köppel also will be responsible for Marketing and Sales. Together with his colleagues Dr. Georg Hanrath, Robert Lukassen and Michael Voss, he will move the strategic expansion of the Leitz Group and continue to strengthen its position as a global market leader of precision tools for the professional processing of wood, wood derived materials and plastic.

Dr. Cornelia Brucklacher, Chairwoman of the Leitz Advisory Board: “We are glad to secure Jürgen Köppel as the new Speaker of the Management for the Leitz Group. He knows our industry in detail as well as its characteristics and is appreciated by our international customers. We wish him every success for the demanding tasks ahead and look forward to good cooperation. I would like to sincerely thank Alessandro Telesio for his services in promoting the good development of our company.“





11.05.2016

Laser ornaments and damping mass are reducing vibrations of circular sawblades


The lower the vibration of the circular saw blades during the cutting process, the better the cut quality and lower the noise emission. New laser ornaments and a specific damping material on Leitz circular saw blades have precisely this effect.
Oberkochen, May 11, 2016 – Leitz has designed new laser ornaments for its circular saw blades. These reduce vibration generated during cutting and thus increase stability and improve the quiet running of the circular saw blade. The benefit of the new laser ornaments allows better cutting quality, higher RPM and increased noise reduction. In cooperation with the Institute for Machine Tools at the Stuttgart University, Leitz has also designed a specific damping mass that can fill the ornaments. They reinforce the vibration dampening and by this release the positive effect of the laser ornaments.


Ill. 1: Leitz‘s Excellent-circular saw blade with new laser ornaments and damping mass (photo: Leitz)

“In the development of circular saw blades we pursue several goals”, says Andreas Kisselbach, Head of Leitz Research & Development at Leitz. By reducing the cutting forces, the energy used by the circular saw blades can be reduced. By reducing the cutting width of the blades, the material waste can be reduced and yield increased. In order for circular saw blades for specific working materials to be developed, tooth shapes and other factors are optimised. Looking at alternative tungsten carbide types and diamond to increase performance times are also a permanent topic. “Increasing the stability of circular saw blades is another development in focus “, as per Kisselbach. “Today, a circular saw blade has to be capable to process many different working materials. Each of them requires different cutting speeds“, he explained, therefore, circular saw blades have be able to run at any RPM. The new laser ornaments and the damping material would be a means to increased stability.


Ill. 2: The new laser ornaments allow for a better cutting quality, higher RPMs and reduced noise emission (photo: Leitz)

Leitz has divided its program of circular saw blades into three quality levels. The entry, the Premium and the Excellent level. The Premium range has the new laser ornaments, optimized gullets and tooth heights to reduce air turbulence and have to have a positive effect to influence the vibration behavior of the saw blades. The laser ornaments on the Excellent variants are filled with the new damping material and achieve optimal stability and quiet running.


Ill. 3: Leitz Premium circular saw blades (decay curve in yellow) have laser ornaments, therefore they vibrate less than the standard circular saw blades (dark blue). The Excellent versions (light blue) have laser ornaments filled with a damping material and vibrate even less than Premium versions (photo: Leitz)





27.04.2016

Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is honored with the Red Dot Award


At the 2015 Ligna Fair, Leitz successfully introduced its new profile tooling system ProfilCut Q. After receiving the Gold Medal on the Drema trade fair for ProfilCut Q’s premium version in 2015, now Leitz has been awarded the Red Dot Award for the same product.
Oberkochen, April 27, 2016 – ProfilCut Q, the new generation of profile tooling system by Leitz is proving great success. Since its presentation on last year’s Ligna in Hannover, there is nearly no country where it is not being used. However, ProfilCut Q has not only impressed the users, but also the jury members of two prestigious awards. Already in October 2015 the premium version of ProfilCut Q had won the Gold Medal on the Drema trade fair in Poznań. Now Leitz has received the renowned Red Dot Award in the Product Design category with its ProfilCut Q Premium, too.


Ill. 1: The ProfilCut Q Premium is the fastest profile tooling system in the woodworking industry. In addition to improved productivity, the new Leitz ProfilCut generation provides advantages in finish quality and usability (photograph: Leitz)

The new Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is the fastest profile tooling system in the woodworking industry. Conventional systems reach their limit at cutting speeds of 80 to 90 meters (maximum) per second; this new Leitz generation of profile tooling is approved for cutting speeds of up to 120 meters per second. This allows users to run higher feed speeds with the same number of teeth, increasing productivity and output. Leitz paid strict attention to high running accuracy; together with high speeds this leads to improved finish quality.


Ill. 2: Leitz engineers also integrated a handling advantage during the development of the new ProfilCut Q Premium. The main and secondary knives can be easily accessed and changed within the tool set (photograph: Leitz)

ProfilCut Q Premium won the award primarily for its unique tool body. Due to its aluminum body the tool has clearly a huge weight advantage compared to conventional steel tool bodies and operates with less vibration than comparable products. The new design contributes to decreased vibration during machining which contributes to the tool performance and surface finish as well as making this tooling system a real eye-catcher. In fact ProfilCut Q Premium’s design has no corners or edges typical to many tools. As ProfilCut Q Premium creates less vibration, optimum values are achieved in cutting speeds and rotation accuracy while simultaneously improving noise reduction by 3 dB(A) compared to any other profile tooling system on the market.


Ill. 3: Leitz with the Red Dot Award, ProfilCut Q Premium. (photograph: Red Dot GmbH & Co. KG)

Red Dot Award
The Red Dot Award is awarded for highest design quality in the Product Design, Communication Design and Design Concept disciplines. It is one of the highest-respected design competitions in the world. This year, manufacturers and designers from 57 countries from all over the world submitted a total of 5,200 original designs of their latest products in the hope of being awarded this sought-after accolade. Among them, the jury made up of 41 academics and design artists, heads and editors of design publications who have no association with the concepts submitted, selected the winners based on following criteria: degree of innovation, aesthetic quality, functionality, usefulness and ecological compatibility.

For further information and related links about ProfilCut Q profile tooling system please visit our Leitz YouTube-Channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8qJx6D7yII





31.03.2016

The Leitz Group enjoyed success at the Holz-Handwerk


With the Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, Leitz had a great start into the second quarter of the year. A continuous stream of prospective and current customers on the Leitz booth resulted in excellent business discussions, orders and relationship building. Leitz strengthened its internationally leading market position and expects successful business after the fair.
Oberkochen, March 31, 2016 – At this year’s Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, Leitz presented itself, products and services on a 370 m2 booth. The full-range supplier additionally made a focus on window production and solid wood processing in order to be interesting to the visitors of the Fensterbau Frontale exhibition which took place at the same time at the Nuremberg exhibition grounds. Leitz was very satisfied with the running of the fair. The company had seen an increase in the number of incoming orders by a full 10 percent in comparison to the Holz-Handwerk from two years ago. Several substantial orders for wood-, plastic- and aluminium-window projects had been placed. Also the special offers dedicated to the show proved popular with the visitors to the Leitz booth.


Ill. 1: The Leitz booth on the Holz-Handwerk 2016 (photo: Leitz)

Leitz felt very confident after the exhibition: “For us, the Holz-Handwerk had been a great start to the new quarter”, commented Alessandro Telesio, CEO of the Leitz Group. “We have shown an excellent performance. Our messages of a being a manufacturing service provider and partner for optimal processes were well received by our customers”, as per Telesio. Many visitors of this year’s event for wood- and plastic-processing had detailed investment plans and required specific information. Due to this, Leitz expects a good business development after the fair. This was also indicated by the considerable increase of incoming orders from the OEM sectors: “Users, who have invested in new machine technology, subsequently also require the tools and processing know-how”, explains Telesio. The Leitz-CEO thanked all persons involved who ensured that Leitz was a success at the exhibition: “Having a presence at the exhibition is very challenging. It only becomes really successful if you have a good team. And our team was excellent.”

According to the organizer, 110.000 people visited during the four days of the Holz-Handwerk. As in previous years, the majority of visitors were from Germany and the neighboring countries. However, Leitz welcomed numerous customers from overseas on its booth. Many of these visitors also took the time to visit the main Leitz factory in Oberkochen. Here they discussed current international processing trends.


Ill. 2: Leitz welcomed on its booth various customer groups from overseas who combined the Holz-Handwerk with a visit at Leitz in Oberkochen. There was also a group of window producers from China amongst them (photo: Leitz)

Window production and the solid wood processing focus
At its Holz-Handwerk booth, Leitz showcased tooling highlights and innovative technologies for window production and solid wood processing. Thereby, the ProfilCut Q profile tooling system remained unchallenged. In its Premium version, the profile tooling system can operate with cutting speeds of up to 120 meters per second. Leitz presented its powerpack on an own exhibit. Its eight tool- and technology-components was aimed at window and door producers who are interested in optimizing their machining processes. Under the slogan “Tools as new” Leitz gave a look behind the scenes of its After-Sales-Service. The service sector on the booth showed what happens from between when the service salesman collects a tool for sharpening or repairing from the customer to returning the tool to the customer. Other exhibits on the Leitz booth showed technologies for furniture production, extracts from the full range of tools, tool solutions for timber construction and circular saw blades with new laser ornaments filled with a specific damping mass resulting in increased stability and quiet running of the saw blades.


Ill. 3: The tool highlight on the Holz-Handwerk: The Leitz ProfilCut Q profile tooling system (photo: Leitz)

In the Leitz YouTube-Channel, there are two videos available showing background information referring to the Leitz participation at the Holz-Handwerk 2016. You can view the YouTube-Channel at: www.youtube.com/leitztooling.





18.02.2016

Leitz: Tool highlights and innovative technologies at the Holz-Handwerk


Leitz is exhibiting at the Holz-Handwerk its ProfilCut Q profile tooling system and innovative solutions for window production amongst other products. The tool producer will also offer visitors a backstage insight of their After Sales Service.
Oberkochen, February 18, 2016 – Leitz announces their presence as an exhibitor at the forthcoming Holz-Handwerk in Nuremberg, March 16th to 19th. Visitors to the exhibition can find Leitz in the centre of hall 10.0, on booth 206. Exhibiting on the stand are tooling highlights and innovative technologies for window production, timber construction and furniture production. Next to, the "Powerpack" exhibit shows eight tool and technology modules for window and door production. Being offered also is a number of sales promotions for the exhibition. On four blue cubic exhibits are extracts from the full range of Leitz tools, including circular saw blades with new filled laser ornaments with a special damping material therefore increasing stability and reducing the operating noise of the blades.


Ill. 1: Visitors of the Holz-Handwerk can find Leitz in hall 10.0, stand number 206 (photo: Leitz)

The undisputed highlight of the Leitz tooling presentations at Holz-Handwerk is their ProfilCut Q profile tool system. There are few exhibits on the stand that does not include the new system. The reason being: ProfilCut Q can be applied almost universally. For example not only for window manufacturing, also many furniture, interior door and stair producers have run the Leitz profile tool system since the product was released last year. Even plastics and aluminum machining companies have discovered ProfilCut Q. The Premium version of the profile tooling system is capable for running at cutting speeds of up to 120 meters per second, thus, users can work with higher feed rates with the same number of teeth, achieve higher productivity and more output. Additionally, ProfilCut Q has high machining quality and the benefit of performance, easy handling and setting.


Ill. 2: The tool highlight on the Holz-Handwerk: The Leitz ProfilCut Q profile tooling system (photo: Leitz)

One of the main topics from Leitz at the Holz-Handwerk exhibition is window production. The Company is thereby also targeting the visitors to the Fensterbau Frontale. The "Powerpack" exhibit for example, is displaying tools, technologies and services with which the manufacturers of windows and doors can optimize their processes. By window manufacturers purchasing innovative tool-systems, RipTec, integral and/or hybrid technology for example, can expect an increase of processing quality, output and performance – even on existing plants. The eight "Powerpack" modules are therefore of particular interest for smaller businesses, where a restricted budget is available for process optimization.


Ill. 3: On the "Powerpack" exhibit, Leitz shows among other things its hybrid technology: The combination of HW-tooling systems with diamond knives reduces the production costs, for example those of glue joints in the window- and doors pro-duction. (photo: Leitz)

Under the slogan "Tools as new", Leitz gives exhibition visitors an insight to behind the scenes of Leitz After Sales Service. The service area on the exhibition stand demonstrates what happens to the tooling between collection, by one of the service representatives, and returning the tool to the customer’s premises. Video monitors and graphics show nine core processes performed at Leitz Service Stations and some of the machinery used. Specialists from Leitz service stations are on–hand to explain how they optimize the quality during each of the process steps, this therefore suggests that they can offer Leitz customers tools as new.

Further highlights from Leitz at the exhibition are tool solutions for timber construction and machining of Non Wood materials. On display for example are the HeliCut 11 router for solid wood processing, coated planer and profile knives as well as shank tools and circular saw blades, optimized for many different working materials.





20.01.2016

Leitz GlossCut circular saw blades: Bright prospects for processing perspex


Many base materials are concealed by laminates or coatings. For PMMA or PC laminates however, the main focus is on the surface being cut. Leitz has the GlossCut saw blades in its program especially for sizing these materials. Now the tool producer has brought an update to the market.
Oberkochen / Nuremberg, January 20, 2016 – The Leitz GlossCut circular saw blades are especially designed for cutting perspex (PMMA) and polycarbonate (PC). On these materials, they score with high processing quality. The saw cut results in transparent, mark-free cutting surfaces without edge chipping. Thus the operation before polishing or scarfing can be deleted whereas users of conventional circular saw blades cannot get around it. The GlossCut saw blades owe their high processing quality to specific saw bodies and a special cutting geometry.


Ill. 1: Leitz introduced an update of its GlossCut saw blades.There are different versions available for portable saws, table saws, stationary production machines and CNC machining centers (photograph: Leitz)

Better cutting results, lower noise emission and increased performance time
Leitz now has released a GlossCut-Update on the market. The GlossCut saw blades have new laser ornaments which are filled with a specific damping material. This increases the stability and quiet running of the saw blades which result in a better cut. Furthermore they reduce the noise emission of the GlossCut saw blades by 4dB(A) and are quieter than comparable products from other manufacturers. Enhanced tool construction and a new, more wear-resistant, type of tungsten carbide enable performance times to be up to 20 percent longer.

GlossCut in new variance
Leitz now provides its GlossCut saw blades in optimized versions for portable saws and for CNC machining centres. Users with circular saw benches and sizing saws can utilize as many GlossCut product versions as before the update. Leitz GlossCut saw blades are now available in 160, 165, 190, 210, 250, 300 and 350 mm diameters.

GlossCut circular saw blades also achieve excellent processing results with plastic/aluminium composite materials such as Alucobond, Duromers as HPL and wood fibre materials also, for example MDF.





20.01.2016

Leitz ProfilCut Q: Successful market introduction


At the 2015 Ligna Fair, Leitz introduced ProfilCut Q, a new generation of its market-proven profile tooling system. More and more manufacturers are discovering the benefits of ProfilCut Q every day.
Oberkochen / Nuremberg, January 20, 2016 – Manufacturers who are adding ProfilCut Q to their tooling options are discovering the speed and quality of the newly-engineered tooling system. ProfilCut Q is now helping manufacturers in Germany, France, Italy, China, Brazil and the USA amongst others turn out higher quality products more quickly. The majority of ProfilCut sales (60%) have been of the Premium version with its enhanced speed and accuracy. ProfilCut Q Premium offers cutting speeds of up to 120 meters/second. This allows for higher feed speeds and results in greater output. Approximately 40% of the ProfilCut Q installations are currently on throughfeed machines.

Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:  The quickest profile tooling system in the industry

ill. 1: The ProfilCut Q Premium is the quickest profile tooling system in the woodworking industry. In addition to improved productivity, the new Leitz ProfilCut generation provides advantages in finish quality and usability (photograph: Leitz)


Although ProfilCut Q has enjoyed great success among window manufacturers, it can also be found in plants producing furniture, interior doors and stairs. Even plastics and aluminum processors are discovering the greater productivity ProfilCut Q offers. The new generation of ProfilCut can be adapted to a wide range of applications. It can be equipped with RipTec or Integral technology and become a specialty tool for visible surfaces and high-value wood products requiring maximum quality. When combined with Leitz Hybrid technology, ProfilCut Q improves processing times and tool life—even with very hard or abrasive materials.
Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:  The quickest profile tooling system in the industry

ill. 2: Leitz engineers also integrated a handling advantage during the development of the new ProfilCut Q Premium. The main and secondary knives can be easily accessed and changed within the tool set (photograph: Leitz)


ProfilCut Q is also exceptionally easy to service. “Many users think high-performance tooling is difficult to handle.” says Martin Kenntner, Head of Leitz Application Engineering. “One of the unique benefits of ProfilCut Q is that the clamping system and edge arrangement allow users to change knives easily and quickly, without disassembly of the toolset.”

ProfilCut Q Premium for industry and trade
ProfilCut Q Premium offers cutting speeds up to 120 meters per second. It is ideal for manufacturers utilizing CNC routers and requiring high output. In addition to solid wood and engineered wood materials, ProfilCut Q Premium is an excellent choice for processing plastics and difficult or abrasive materials. ProfilCut Q Premium is also offered in special configurations for spindle moulders and angular systems where cutting speeds of up to 90 meters/second can be achieved. ProfilCut Q has two varieties of knives, depending on the application or material to be processed. The standard version, Marathon Multi Coating (MC), offers an excellent combination of productivity and cost-effectiveness. The optional Tungsten Diamond Coating (TDC) version provides the longest edge life available.





22.02.2016

MP Robert Halfon praises “outstanding” Leitz Tooling


In response to Leitz Tooling’s local recruitment and apprenticeship drive, capital investment in state of-the-art equipment, and their ongoing charity work, in February, MP for Harlow Robert Halfon visited the company’s Harlow-based UK head office to find out more.
Leitz Tooling UK is the UK’s largest supplier of tooling to the British woodworking industry with all their tools safety tested to BS EN 847 standards. A privately owned German manufacturer with locations worldwide, the company has service and sales centres covering the whole of the UK and the Harlow head office is a centre of excellence for diamond tool servicing in the UK. Talking with Robert Halfon MP, managing director Simon Liddell said, “As a global company, the decision to locate our UK head office in Harlow 26 years ago was based on its excellent transport links to the rest of the UK and into the Continent as well as the pool of skilled personnel on its doorstep. Our purpose built centre houses not just administration and sales but is our main tooling service facility, and we host seminars and training here most weeks for customers from all over the country.”



Mr Halfon congratulated sales manager Brian Maddox, and engineers supervisor Tony Kumm, two of Leitz’s intrepid team along with Dave McCann who completed the epic Three Peaks Challenge last year raising over £5,000 for children’s charities. Always looking to the next challenge, Brian Maddox is running the London Marathon on 24th April this year for Action Medical Research and Haven House Children’s Hospice is campaigning for as much support as he can muster: “The training hurts! I’m probably too old, too fat and surprisingly I’m not the athletic type, but I am fully committed. Every donation helps, not just the kids charities but my motivation too, and at 4am before a 12km training run I need all the help I can get!” Every seminar held by Leitz, be it on tool optimisation and productivity or A+ energy rated timber window production, has a booking fee of £15 per person which is donated in full to the charities.

Mr Halfon said, “It is so wonderful to visit this Harlow-based company Leitz today. It is an outstanding company which employs many local Harlow residents. It is a manufacturer of high quality tooling and what is particularly good is they have actually employed more people over the last few months; another example of why jobs and businesses are coming back to our town. I congratulate everyone – the staff and the company as a whole – I am very proud that this business is in my town.”

Leitz has an open policy to recruitment across every level of the company, from technical sales and service representatives to apprentice engineers and office administrators. “We continue to grow and improve our capability, capacity, productivity and customer lead times,” said Simon Liddell. “Part of our succession planning includes local recruitment and building the skill set needed to satisfy the industry of tomorrow.”

To sponsor Brian’s London Marathon for Action Medical Research, visit: https://www.action.org.uk/sponsor/BMaddox1. For the latest news, products and to buy online from Leitz Tooling, visit www.leitz-tooling.co.uk.
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02.09.2015

Material diversity yields extraordinary kitchen designs


Baier, a carpentry business in Bavarian Vilsbiburg, relies on diversity of materials to set itself apart in the industry. For six years this shop has used a variety of non-wood materials in its kitchens and interior fittings in addition to solid wood and wood-derived materials. Baier's long-standing tooling solutions partner, the Leitz Group, supplies tools and processing know-how.
Martin Bauer is a man of many talents. The 28-year-old completed his studies in the field of construction techniques and now substitutionally runs the business at Baier joinery. Bauer is responsible for sales and customer service, as well as assisting in construction and production planning. From time to time, you will even find him at the CNC machine in the workshop. His favorite job is to design unique kitchens and interior furnishings for his customers. "People should get exactly what they want when they come to us", says Martin Bauer. For this reason, he devotes countless hours to each project, advising and incorporating customers into the planning process. "Many customers again develop an awareness of quality craftsmanship and want to furnish their homes to reflect their personalities—no ‘off-the-shelf’ furniture."

New interior furnishings of the orthopaedic practice of Gisbert Rodammer in Altoetting, Germany were produced by Baier
Ill. 1: New interior furnishings of the orthopaedic practice of Gisbert Rodammer in Altoetting, Germany were produced by Baier. (photo: Baier)

Baier is located in Haarbach (Vilsbiburg, Bavaria, Germany), a village of about 600 people. The plant employs 13 people: 9 in the workshop, 2 assemblers and 2 office workers. Baier produces approximately 40 kitchens per year and growing. In addtion, the company designs and produces interior fittings—most recently an order for the complete interior fitting of an orthopaedic practice. Baier also takes on smaller projects such as individual furniture, interior doors, kitchens countertops and bathroom furnishings—all of which are regularly manufactured in the workshop.

Baier workshop
Ill. 2: Baier workshop (photo: Leitz)


Diversity of materials as an element of distinction

Baier is very versatile with material selection. Naturally, the carpentry uses solid wood, chipboard and veneer for manufacturing kitchens and interior fittings. In addition, compound elements, decorative laminate, Alucobond, Corian and acrylic glass are used. Six years ago, Baier dared to process HPL panels for the first time. "Today non-wood materials make up about 30 percent of our production," says Martin Bauer. The Baier team is well known for their comprehensive expertise in processing non-wood materials. Other manufacturers frequently place orders with Baier. For example, Baier produces grooves in table-top panels for a German premium kitchen manufacturer. The finished panels are then used as functional trays in kitchen drawers. Vertical dividing walls are attached in the grooves so dishes and pots do not slip.

Production of functional trays using table-top panels on the Homag Venture 316L with Leitz Diamaster Plus routers
Ill. 3: Production of functional trays using table-top panels on the Homag Venture 316L with Leitz Diamaster Plus routers (photo: Leitz)

Why does Baier engage in such material diversity? Martin Bauer doesn't hesitate: "The primary reason is functionality. Take the table-top panels, for example. They have a number of advantages over wood", he says. "The panels are very stable and rarely move. Moreover, they are easy to clean, durable and water-resistant." These features make the panels perfect for kitchens countertops. "We also prefer this material in sanitary facilities for hygienic reasons", he explains. "In the furnishings for the orthopaedic practice, we intentionally used a lot of table-top material. Water is used on a regular basis which, in the long run, can become a problem." Furthermore, there are aesthetic reasons to use non-wood. "These working materials are very suitable for achieving distinctive designs", enthuses Bauer.

Material diversity offers many more design options for kitchens and interior fittings. His customers appreciate this. "Ultimately, material diversity allows for individuality", says Bauer. "This is why customers choose us."

Total precision in non-wood processing
On one hand, non-wood materials have many advantages for product differentiation; conversely they place high demands on processing. Total precision is required. Small inaccuracies are inconvenient in processing wood, but can be corrected with abrasive paper. Manual rework of non-wood material is impossible. "Wood makes it easier to get a good cut", Bauer confirms. "However, if something goes wrong during processing HPL-panels or acrylic glass, it means you must scrap it." This quality standard is challenged even more by the short turn-around timeframes. Many non-wood materials have long delivery times. It can take four to five weeks to get the table-top panels used for the functional trays delivered, "Because we have to supply the finished trays within six weeks," Bauer says, "there is no second chance for processing. It must be done accurately the first time."

One thing is essential for Martin Bauer—to be able to process non-wood materials at the required quality: high-precision CNC technology. "In the future, CNC machines are indispensable for companies of our size", Bauer is convinced. This also applies for companies that are completely busy with wood processing. "I think the only alternative is the acquisition of individual parts." For twelve years, Baier has had a CNC machining center in their workshop. However, the machine has encountered some limits with the increase of non-wood applications. "We intended to work even more precisely and were looking for a machine with five-axis technology", said Bauer. Last year he bought a Homag Venture 316L machining center.

Leitz supplies tools, shrink-fit chucks and know-how
All Baier machines are equipped with Leitz tooling, including the new Homag machining center. For efficiency, it is necessary to use diamond tools for processing table-top panels. "Tungsten carbide tools, for example, can only be used for five running meters when processing functional trays", says Bauer. "The lifetime of Leitz diamond cutters nearly corresponds to that of the woodworking sector." Thus a number of different Leitz Diamaster Plus cutters are used for sizing and grooving compound material panels. The special cutting design with alternate shear angle allows for groove and tear-free processing of edges and cutting areas. All cutters are used with Leitz Thermogrip shrink fit chucks. The thermal tool clamping increases the running accuracy of the tools and reduces strokes through single knives which would be especially visible in compact gluelam.

All machines at Baier are equipped with Leitz tools
Ill. 4: All machines at Baier are equipped with Leitz tools (photo: Leitz)

Machines and tools are not enough for processing non-wood materials. Production know-how is a must. The Leitz staff has been actively involved in Baier's success. Leitz specialist, Johann Liebl, acts as a liaison between the non-wood team at the Leitz Oberkochen head office and the carpentry in Vilsbiburg. "Non-wood materials, for example, require different access routes and feed rates than wood processing", explains Bauer. "If you don't have an expert at your disposal, you have no choice but trial and error." Partnering with Leitz has saved a lot of time and money. Leitz still assists Martin Bauer with machining questions. When he has a new working material that must be processed, he phones Johann Liebl and gets advice. Additionally, the Leitz service specialist who visits the shop once a week, not only brings resharpened tools, but always some processing expertise.

Martin Bauer, Deputy Managing Director of Baier carpentry
Ill. 5: Martin Bauer, Deputy Managing Director of Baier carpentry (photo: Leitz)

The right decision
Martin Bauer is convinced that Baier made the right decision to enter the non-wood processing sector. Regardless of how much he enjoys working with wood, the company could not grow their business successfully without non-wood materials. At Baier, people are thinking ahead. Martin Bauer intends to invest in a new operation building. The construction plans include office space and a common area for the Baier staff. On the ground floor, Bauer plans a showroom where the variety of working materials can be showcased and his customers can be inspired by innovative designs.





12.06.2015

Leitz focuses on Industry 4.0 and service excellence to make Ligna 2015 a resounding success


At Ligna 2015, Leitz featured networked tooling production and after-sale service excellence. Visitors to the Leitz booths also witnessed a number of innovations in tooling, including the ProfilCut Q profile cutterhead system.
Oberkochen, June 22, 2015 – In hall 12 Ligna visitors could observe servicing and reconditioning of tools Live on the show floor. With the slogan "Good as new", Leitz installed a complete service station in its booth. "High-level tool service is the fundamental component of our service commitment", said Alessandro Telesio, speaker for Management of the Leitz Group. Quality of service determines whether tools perform at the same level from the first day of use until the last and whether their lifetime potential is fully maximized. "Therefore we wanted to show our visitors what makes our service so special", continues Telesio.

The main feature of Leitz's other booth in hall 26 was networked production—Industry 4.0. Visitors could see the first prototypes of networked tooling. These tools contain tiny data chips with individual codes that are stored in a cloud. "There, tools will actively save individual data with ongoing updates", said Telesio looking to the future. Machines, service technicians and users can easily access this data. Booth visitors also observed "eApps4Production", a current research project. The objective of this project is to develop engineering apps which collect various information from production processes and provide this data to any end device. "The Apps will open up new options in process optimization“, predicts Telesio.

Leitz at LIGNA 2015
Ill. 1: Many visitors came to both Leitz booths to see networked tools and after-sale service offerings (photo: Leitz)

Working together to develop Industry 4.0
Networked production was one of the main topics at this year’s Ligna Fair. "In Hannover, many enterprises shared their vision of networked processes“, according to Telesio. "Now all players in the industry must agree upon how to put these ideas into motion." This will be a constant dialogue between users and machinery and tooling manufacturers: "Industry 4.0 can't advance without cooperation across all industries", explains Telesio. At Ligna, Leitz had productive discussions and forged new partnerships with other industry leaders, which will provide the basis for further development. "With respect to networked tools, we would like to stay one step ahead through the remainder of 2015 and present new results", adds Telesio.

Industry 4.0 - Smart tools from Leitz
Ill. 2: Networked tools are active and smart process components. They generate data which can be shared independently over a network (photo: Leitz)

The quickest tooling system in the industry
Among the many tooling innovations Leitz showcased was the new ProfilCut Q profile cutterhead system, whose Premium version was presented as the quickest tooling system in the industry. ProfilCut Q not only scores with high cutting speeds but also offers advantages in finish quality and handling. Furniture producers saw the wide range of tooling systems offered by Leitz, always optimized for very special processing jobs. Leitz innovations on display included jointing cutters, cross-cut saws, scrapers and the new Quattroform tooling system.

ProfilCut Q Premium from Leitz
Ill. 3: Among many tooling innovations, Leitz presented the ProfilCut Q profile cutterhead system. Its Premium version is said to be the quickest tooling system in the industry (photo: Leitz)

Positive outlook for Leitz
The mood at Leitz after the trade fair in Hannover is excellent. "We presented our company very well, and our message was heard", states Telesio. The international audience was very professional. "Many visitors had very definite investment plans." As a result, Leitz expects significant after-fair business. “However, just as important is that the trade fair was enjoyed by all”, said Telesio. This launches Leitz into the second half of the business year with growing momentum.





11.05.2015

Industry 4.0 for processing wood and plastics


At this years Ligna, Leitz addressed the fair-topic of networked production. The tool producer showed on both of its stands prototypes of networked tools. Leitz also presented at the fair the research project of eApps4Production.
Oberkochen / Hannover, 11.05.2015 – Tools as active and intelligent process components – this is the Leitz interpretation of Industry 4.0. „In the course of its life cycle, each tool produces countless data“, explains Andreas Kisselbach, Head of Research and Development at Leitz. „In Industry 4.0, the tools exchange their data via Internet with its networks.“ Network partners for example, are machine and tool service. The communication process within the network is automated, making active intervention by users unnecessary. What is the benefit for the user? Kisselbach: „Networked tools allow faster commissioning and higher process security.“ Thus, a considerable increase of productivity and effectivity in production can be achieved.

Leitz Industry 4.0
ill. 1: Networked tools are active and intelligent process components. They generate data which can be shared with its integrated partners (photograph: Leitz)

On the Leitz Ligna-booths, the first prototypes of networked tools could be seen. They contain tiny data chips with individual tool codes leading into a Cloud. There, data such as master and application data, critical and offset values, performance times and service cycles are saved and constantly updated. This data, in turn, can be accessed by users, machines and service technicians. „Of course, our prototypes are not yet in the position to communicate independently“, as per Kisselbach. For that purpose all process components had to use uniform codes and had to be networked. „However, if machines and tools speak the same language and access the same Cloud, then the data exchange can start.“

The networked tools are further developments of chip tools which Leitz already released to the market in 1993. Its chips are used as memory media and correction values are transferred after each tool is serviced by Leitz. When the operator loads the machine with the tool containing the chip, an automatic data transfer takes place. This reduces the set-up time and almost completely prevents errors during the machine adjustment. „Chip tools have proven in practice“, as per Kisselbach. „However, for a real Industry 4.0 solution they require a machine-independent data format.”

Leitz Chip-Tools
ill. 2: In 1993, Leitz released the first chip tools to the market (photograph: Leitz)

Research project eApps4Production
On the Leitz booths, visitors also could learn about the research project eApps4Production. The objective of the project is for the development of Engineering Apps being able to collect different information from various production processes and make them available on any terminal device. By this, users for example, in future shall be able to detect critical operating states of machines and tools and will be in the position to collect operating data such as performance times.

Leitz eAppsProduction
ill. 3: The objective of the research project eApps4Production is for the development of Engineering Apps being able to collect different information from various production processes and make them available on any terminal device (photograph: Leitz)

„The Engineering Apps will offer new opportunities in process optimisation“, according to the forecasts of Kisselbach. By this, productivity and machine availability could be increased whereas fault-based breakdowns could be minimized. „The information however also can be used for new Pay Per Use models for production”, as per Kisselbach. Thus, users could make their costs variable in the future.

The eApps research project is supervised by the project sponsor Karlsruhe (PTKA). Among the partners are Leitz and the Fraunhofer IPA in Stuttgart / Germany. The project is promoted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).





11.05.2015

Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:
The quickest profile tooling system in the industry


At Ligna, Leitz has presented the new generation of its ProfilCut tools: Pro-filCut Q. In its premium version, this solution offers the highest cutting speeds in the industry. ProfilCut Q has many other advantages including fin-ish quality and ease of use.
Oberkochen / Hannover, May 11, 2015 – The new Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium is the quickest profile tooling system in the woodworking industry. "Conventional systems reach their limit at cutting speeds of 80 to 90 meters (maximum) per second", says Christian Wimmer, Head of Sector Management at Leitz in Riedau. This new Leitz generation of profile tooling is approved for cutting widths of 120 meters per second. "This allows users to run higher feed speeds with the same number of teeth, increasing productivity and output", per Wimmer.
Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:  The quickest profile tooling system in the industry

ill. 1: The ProfilCut Q Premium is the quickest profile tooling system in the woodworking industry. In addition to improved productivity, the new Leitz ProfilCut generation provides advantages in finish quality and usability (photograph: Leitz)


Additionally, the new profile tooling system distinguishes itself in processing quality and performance—as proven in many field tests run by Leitz customers. During the development of ProfilCut Q, Leitz paid strict attention to high running accuracy. "Together with high speeds this leads to improved finish quality", explained Wimmer. The "Q" represents quality and quantity offered by ProfilCut Q.

Easy knife changes for decreased set-up times
Leitz engineers also integrated a handling advantage during the development of the new ProfilCut Q Premium. Until now, operators had to remove conventional complex tool sets from the machine and dissemble them before being able to change knives. Not so with ProfilCut Q Premium. The main and secondary knives, such as edge-rounding knives, grooving knives or spurs, can be easily accessed and changed within the tool set. This saves a lot of time. "The option to simply change knives within the set is another unique selling point of our ProfilCut Q Pre-mium“, states Wimmer.

New clamping system
One reason for superior cutting speed of ProfilCut Q Premium is its newly devel-oped clamping system by which the knives are axially and radially clamped without clearance. The enhanced running accuracy of the new profile tooling system can also be attributed to the clamping system. Leitz engineers in Oberkochen/Germany and Riedau/Austria worked on this project for two years. "Our customers and lead-ing machine producers need profile tools with higher cutting speeds", says Wimmer. Tests quickly revealed that this would not be possible with available clamping sys-tems.

A real eye-catcher
Another contributing factor to ProfilCut Q's cutting speed is the tool body. Its unique design makes the tool harder and more wear-resistant. The aluminum body
reduces noise by 3 dB(A) compared to conventional tools and decreases vibration during operation. "ProfilCut Q Premium's design has no corners or edges typical in many tools—making this tooling system a real eye-catcher," says Wimmer.
Leitz ProfilCut Q Premium:  The quickest profile tooling system in the industry

ill. 2: Leitz engineers also integrated a handling advantage during the development of the new ProfilCut Q Premium. The main and secondary knives can be easily accessed and changed within the tool set (photograph: Leitz)


ProfilCut Q for industry and trades
The ProfilCut Q tooling system is universally applicable, e.g. for production of win-dows and doors, furniture and flooring. This Premium version shows its full potential as the perfect solution for customers using stationary technology and producing high volumes of parts. In addition to solid wood and wood-derived materials, plastics and special abrasive materials can be processed. Leitz provides a ProfilCut Q version specifically for spindle moulders and angular systems. This version allows for cutting speeds up to 90 meters per second. Customers can choose between two coated knife models: Marathon Multi Coating (MC) for demanding profiles in small and medium companies or Tungsten Diamond Coating (TDC).





09.02.2015

Leitz at Ligna 2015: Preparations are in full swing


Leitz has big plans for this year’s world-leading trade fair for the forestry and wood industry. The tool manufacturer spotlights the role of tools in networked production and demonstrates what Leitz After Sales Service is all about. Many other innovations can be experienced in the Leitz booths.
Oberkochen, 09.02.2015 – From May 11-15, Leitz will exhibit at Ligna in Hannover. The Oberkochen tool manufacturer welcomes visitors in two booths: Hall 12 where solid wood processing is the primary feature, and Hall 26 where furniture production is showcased. Alessandro Telesio, spokesman for the Leitz Group Board of Directors, is already looking forward to the fair, anticipating many good discussions: "A magic triangle consisting of customer, machine manufacturer and tool manufacturer is essential in developing the best ideas“, he is convinced. "In Hannover, all parties will gather, making Ligna the ideal location to forge new part-nerships."

Leitz booth on LIGNA 2015

Automation will be a primary focus for Leitz at this year's event. Both Leitz booths explore the potential that exists when tools are integrated in networked manufactur-ing. Visitors can expect to see tools in which small chips are inserted. "These chips turn tools into intelligent process modules with the option for 360 degree communication", explains Telesio. In the Leitz booth, both finished products and products under development are displayed. For example, Leitz is partnering with the developers of the eApps4Production project. "eApps stands for Engineering Apps" says Telesio. "With this product, users will be able to realize future critical operating states of machines and tools quickly, as well as determine lifetimes more accurately." This will allow for stronger process security and improved service performance.

Leitz Tools with Chip

With the slogan "Good as new", Leitz highlights their After Sales Service. In Hall 12, there will be a "live" service station in the booth. "We want to show our guests the typical Leitz service quality", says Telesio. The idea is to allow visitors to look over the shoulders of the Leitz service team. "Our experts will be on hand to provide advice for optimal tool maintenance", adds Telesio.

Other important focuses of the Leitz exhibit include zero joint technology, hybrid tools and processing of non-wood materials. Leitz will also display a number of new developments such as a program for circular saw blades, the HeliCut 11 routers for solid wood processing and an improved version of the ProfilCut profile cutterhead system.





19.01.2015

Leitz PlugTec: See it in action at machine manufacturer and distributor locations


Almost one year ago, the Leitz PlugTec window joint was introduced at the Holz-Handwerk Fair. Since then it has been well received in the market, and preliminary projects have been successfully completed. Now customers can observe PlugTec production in action at machine manufacturer and distributor facilities.
Oberkochen / Munich, January 19, 2015 – Some things you have to see for yourself. That's what Leitz says about their newest window joint innovation. "We like to bring users to machine manufacturer and distributor facilities where they can see PlugTec production on CNC-machines", says Leitz window expert Martin Kenntner. The PlugTec presentation is especially worthwhile for companies who are considering investing in new machinery. "Window producers who want to make processes quicker and more effective can benefit from these demonstrations”, says Kenntner.

See PlugTec production in action at machine manufacturer and distributor facilities and events

ill. 1: See PlugTec production in action at machine manufacturer and distributor facilities and events (photo: Leitz)


Machining centers equipped with tooling for the production of PlugTec can be found at Biesse in Ulm-Elchingen, at Homag in Schopfloch and Herzebrock, and at Weinig in Tauberbischofsheim. A Masterwood machine with these tools is waiting to be put into operation at Engelfried in Aalen. In Italy, you can watch PlugTec pro-duction at Biesse in Pesaro and at SCM in Rimini. Leitz also offers PlugTec demonstrations in the Riedau Technology Center.

PlugTec production will be showcased in a number of exhibitions during the first six months of 2015. Weinig will display the corner joint at Ligna 2015 in Hannover, SCM at its open house and Biesse at their Windays event. In addition to integral and hybrid tools, PlugTec will be showcased at the Leitz Ligna booths in Halls 12 and 26.

Leitz PlugTec combines high stability and cost-effective production

ill. 2: Leitz PlugTec combines high stability and cost-effective production (photo: Leitz)


As per Kenntner, this innovative window corner joint has been proven in practice and has met all expectations defined during product development—confirming PlugTec's superior stability compared to conventional corner joints. Even before market introduction, product tests at the IFT Rosenheim Testing Institute showed the following: The load capacity of the sash weights amounts up to 150 kilograms—even at wood thicknesses of 68. Furthermore, total process time decreases by nearly 10 percent when using PlugTec. Feedback from several machine manufacturers supports these findings, making PlugTec one of the most effective window corner joints on the market.





08.01.2015

Quality from the first cut to the last: Leitz DryCut circular sawblades


Leitz DryCut sawblades are superstars in dry and metal construction as well as carpentry. These blades offer optimal performance in all materials and show remarkable strength in cut quality throughout the product lifetime.
Oberkochen, January 8, 2015 – Leitz engineers have designed special circular sawblades for applications on mobile crosscut saws and portable saws. These resharpenable blades are named DryCut and cut steel, non-ferrous metals, plastics and compound materials without cooling—nearly spark-free. Even sandwich panels and trapezoidal sheets are no challenge for DryCut circular saw blades, yielding exceptional cutting results.

DryCut-Sablades - Real superstars

ill. 1: DryCut-sawblades from Leitz


Test runs in Leitz development centers as well as customer facilities, reveal even more: consistent cut quality throughout the lifetime of the blade. Karlheinz Tuschke, responsible for solutions in non-wood applications at Leitz, thinks this is due to the soldering technology used in Leitz production, a special tungsten carbide quality and strict quality control.

Another strength: Significantly longer performance times compared to conventional HS circular sawblades. This is primarily due to the tungsten carbide tipping. "Secondly, the outstanding performance time is a result of innovative tooth geometry", explains Tuschke. "This allows for a special soft cut." Additionally, DryCut circular sawblades are resharpenable up to 8 times.

DryCut-Sawblades - Cutting nearly spark-free

ill. 2: Cutting nearly spark-free


Leitz DryCut circular sawblades are available in diameters of 160, 165, 190, 210 and 225 mm for portable saws and 254 and 355 mm for mobile crosscut saws. They can be used on Jepson, Bosch, Metabo, Mafell, Festool, Makita and Milwaukee machinery as well as many other well-known brands. All diameters of DryCut circular sawblades are available from stock.



06.01.2015

Leitz Tooling Systems Joins WDMA


WASHINGTON, DC - The Window and Door Manufacturers Association (WDMA) announced today that Leitz Tooling Systems is the newest member of the association.
The Window & Door Manufacturers Association defines the standards of excellence in the residential and commercial window, door, and skylight industry and advances these standards among industry members while providing advocacy resources, educational and professional programs, and ways for members to provide greater value to their customers.

Leitz Tooling Systems engineers and manufactures machine tools for processing wood and advanced materials. A significant portion of Leitz annual revenue is reinvested in research and development, exchange programs with universities and market research involving machine producers and customers.

Leitz works with both equipment OEMs and end users to develop advanced tooling solutions for windows and doors, with consideration for engineering, design and manufacturing code differences across the world. That gives the company a broad perspective and range of solutions for virtually any production requirement. This knowledge base has led to numerous tooling innovations-including custom solutions for window and door manufacturing.

Leitz utilizes a comprehensive, consultative approach in their customer relationships, working to understand challenges and goals for quality, production cost, and output. The company also has developed strong partnerships with raw materials suppliers, and hardware and software companies to help streamline processes in all aspects of manufacturing.

The Leitz world headquarters and primary production facility is in Germany. Leitz operates production facilities in Europe, Asia and America. Leitz has sales subsidiaries in 36 countries and no fewer than 140 company-owned service centers world-wide.

Leitz Tooling Systems has 8 locations in North America including 5 in the United States, 2 in Canada, and 1 in Mexico.

"We're looking forward to our participation in the WDMA, to both learn from and contribute to the knowledgebase of the membership body," said Mike Lind, Leitz CEO. "We have decades of experience in specialized window and door tooling, but the industry is always evolving. This membership gives us a great opportunity to apply our expertise for making manufacturing easier and more efficient."





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