Just after having finished our 50th anniversary of URBAN welding technology, we're already inventing welding in PVC window industry anew again. How this works will be revealed in a few weeks on the occasion of the Fensterbau/Frontale in Nuremberg
However, what we can tell you already now: We invested a lot of time and know-how in the development of new processes offering you even better production results. The process being the best for you would have to be discussed individually with our specialists as a general proposal can’t be made.
Furthermore, the current issue of Urban News contains a whole lot of interesting topics for you.
I hope you enjoy reading our current Urban News and I look forward to meeting you on the Nuremberg show.
New impulses on the Fensterbau 2018 in Nuremberg
Let's start into an exciting Fensterbau event 2018. On the occasion of the show highlight Fensterbau/Frontale 2018 in Nuremberg from 21st to 24th of March -meeting point of the trade-, you may expect a great deal from your machinery expert Urban. We would like to invite you to visit our booth 127 in hall 3.
We would be glad to present you the technology of the future for the PVC-window industry, as usual from the point of view „innovation without risk“. As you may expect from a full-range supplier like Urban, we do not just offer you the “one and only solution” but a number of ways to reach a solution to ensure best possible results in practical application.
„Our customers have different requirements and -of course- totally different preconditions as each production layout looks different. Therefore we have various technologies available to respond flexibly. Our customers can always be assured to get from us exactly the solution that suits best their materials and also their production processes. That’s what we call real partnership“ says Martin Urban, Managing Partner of Urban GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG based in Memmingen.
For experts of the trade, Urban present in Nuremberg -among others- the new welding and corner cleaning technology for corner joints in a perfect optical finish. „Customers will be impressed not to see weld beads anymore on visible surfaces“, says Martin Urban.
A lot of things to be seen again on the Urban booth # 127 in hall 3 on the Fensterbau/Frontale in Nuremberg.
New welding and corner cleaning process for the windows of the future
A perfectly tuned solution for excellent results
New welding and corner cleaning technologies for windows of the future are the exhibition focus of Urban GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG on the Fensterbau/Frontale 2018 in Nuremberg. The Bavarian quality manufacturer will present you on the world’s leading trade show its solution for very nice corners on coloured window and door profiles (hall 3, booth 127).
„Coloured profiles are becoming more and more popular all over the world and both builders and architects set a high value on a nice look in particular at corner joints. This represents a real big challenge for the window manufacturer as neither stability nor functionality should be jeopardized” explains Martin Urban, Managing Partner of Urban Group of Companies
The leading machinery manufacturer for the PVC window industry offers their customers several possibilities for optically outstanding corner joints i.e. besides the conventional welding process, optionally the Vario-Cut-II-welding procedure with three-dimensional milling or with U-groove technology with wrap-around fixtures and final colour optimization during cleaning. Unlimited flexibility ensured as both variants are feasible in one machine.
„There is no „one size fits all solution“ for everyone but there is one individual solution available for each window and door manufacturer that suits best to the existing production environment. So it’s all the more important to be able to offer different procedures” explains product manager Andreas Lerchenmüller.
The excellent machining quality is based on the machine frame concept that was continuously evolved over decades by Urban and which is perfectly appropriate for a modular structure.
The harmonized interaction of centering units and toolings allow our customers to produce even the most tricky window shapes. With the new Vario-Cut-II-technology, we have extended once more the machining possibilities which helps us a lot in this sensitive field“, says Martin Urban.
With the novel Vario-Cut-II-milling technology, Urban has also an eye on co-extruded materials. No matter if it’s about PVC core or clipped-on aluminium claddings or combinations of PVC with aluminium decor foil or wood: With the milling machining method, there are no limits set to flexibility and I’m curious about the future choice of materials in the field of window and door manufacture” explains Martin Urban.
TOP: the new SV 430-C
13 freely selectable tooling places for flexible operation
The corner cleaning machine SV 430-C by Urban suits perfectly in particular for the Central and Eastern European market. This machine is now also available with drilling unit for cross-corner brackets. Due to its robust handling, outer corner machining is very popular especially in Eastern Europe.
With the new SV 430-C, Urban GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG developed a very flexible corner cleaning machine for PVC window profiles with a freely programmable CNC axis control.
The Urban novelty convinces by a very good price-performance ratio and allows optimum adaptation to the individual requirements of the window production company.
The PC control, as standard with industrial PC, allows the operator a user-friendly handling of the corner cleaner and ensures an excellent and uncomplicated integration and linkage to other machines and production units.
The profile identification offers -as an option- the fully-automatic identification of profile systems. The good accessibility towards the individual modules is the guarantee for quick and easy maintenance and cleaning of the machine.
High flexibility and rationality is achieved by the SV 430-C through up to 13 freely selectable tooling positions and their smart assignment. The short throughput times resulting from it will help the window manufacturer to save precious production time.
The standard tooling equipment consists of two grooving or cutting knife units, two inner corner cleaning knife units, two drilling/milling units and a disk cutter unit. Numerous special toolings are optionally available and offer a variety of machining possibilities: Milling/drilling unit, vertical, for radius machining, knife cutting unit, horizontal/vertical, as well as inner corner cleaning knife units for bevelled inner corners and curves.
In addition, the user has the possibility to provide the SV 430-C with an automatic turning station. Fully-automatic turning and feeding of window elements ensure time savings and an increase in productivity. The proven turning technique guarantees trouble-free turning and adapts to the individual production line.
Logistics in the focus
Even logistics processes in the window and door production are in the focus on the Urban booth at the Fensterbau/Frontale in Nuremberg.
„Everybody’s talking about industry 4.0. This, however, is already standard in the trade. In this field we’re already one big step ahead and we can offer our customers not only the fitting solutions for handling equipment and destacking shelves but also the appropriate software solutions for optimizing logistics processes in manufacture“ says Martin Urban.
Thanks to the software developed by Urban for distribution buffer units (VPA), windows and door manufacture companies have all logistics processes under control. „How this works in practical application, we will show by way of example in Nuremberg“, says Gerhard Rogg, head of software development at Urban.
Ready for ideas of the future
Urban participates in technology hub
How can productivity in window production be increased through the so-called technology hub? How does smart manufacture revolutionize the future window production? And how can quality assessment be materialized sustainably although costs are supposed to be minimized at the same time for all processes?
These are only a few of the questions Urban GmbH & Co. Maschinenbau KG and further partners from industry and research are dealing intensively with. On board are also the Kunststoff-Zentrum SKZ (Plastics Center SKZ) Urban is cooperating with for more than 30 years as well as the RAL-Gütegemeinschaft für Kunststoff-Fenster-profil-systeme (RAL Quality Association for PVC profile systems for windows).
For more than 30 years, Urban is a significant partner in the field of industry and development for the industry related research at the Würzburg based Kunststoff-Zentrum SKZ (Plastics Center SKZ. Time and again, the machinery manufacturer and leading technology partner Urban participated in publicly subsidized research projects at the SKZ. Also a number of direct research work had been commonly concluded by SKZ and Urban such as the project „welding process development for fibre-reinforced PVC window profiles“ (2011 to 2012) or the project „innovative technologies for welding of mineral-filled and fibreglass-reinforced plastics“ (2011 to 2013).
„It’s only logical and consequent that we address these topics together with leading partners in the PVC-window industry such as technology hub and smart construction. Processes of the future will be defined sustainably by top players of the industry cooperating and moving ahead together” says Martin Urban.
„There are huge challenges the industry is facing and all parties are invited to use the potentials of the future. Of course, this is increasingly handled through implementation and optimization of digital services. Industry 4.0 is only the first step in the field of window manufacture“ says Michael Walther, chairperson of the working committee “profile and machine” of the Gütegemeinschaft für Kunststoff-Fensterprofilsysteme (Quality Association for PVC profile systems for windows).
Through technology hubs und smart construction ideas, the value added chains of construction element manufacturers (windows, door, roller shutters etc.) and suppliers of smart-home-products are supposed to meet in future with developers of building-information-modelling systems and software solutions but also with experts in the field of data transfer, architecture, planning and sustainable building. The objective is to develop partnerships, services, and product innovations with the focus on reduction of production costs and improvement of resource productivity.