Installing the Wenzel LH 1512 3D CMM coincides with a record-breaking output of almost €92 million in 2018, based on strong sales success across its four regions: DACH, EMEA, Asia and America. The CMM purchase also comes full circle, with the very first measuring machine sold in Austria and now its 9,000th going to another firm in the country, Voestalpine Krems GmbH.

Lauding the landmark installation and prosperity across the region, Dr Heike Wenzel, managing partner of Wenzel Group, says: “In 1981, the very first measuring machine built by Wenzel was sold by agent GGW Gruber in Austria. Now, the 9,000th machine manufactured in our German factory – with the serial number 189000 – has also gone to Austria. That cannot be a coincidence.”

Installed at the Krems site in Austria, the decision to purchase the Wenzel LH 1512 3D CMM by Voestalpine means the firm can streamline its operations across the automotive, construction and energy sectors with high levels of performance and accuracy. Like all Wenzel machinery, the CMM has been engineered from granite to eliminate heat sensitivity and increase precision within its environment. The low cost of ownership and the competitive price-performance ratio of the CMM were further motivating factors behind the purchase of the 18-tonne machine by the Austrian technology specialist.

Wenzel’s LH 3D CMM is the latest in bridge-style technology. The machine’s long-term mechanical accuracy and ergonomic design, along with sensor choices to suit a range of applications, means it is suited to situations which require high throughput. A gantry design caters to this requirement, and the machine has been specifically developed for the inspection of large-volume and heavy workpieces, as Johannes Riha, managing director of supplier GGW Gruber explains: “The LH 1512 succeeds thanks to its swivel head, granite construction and air bearing guide elements in all axes, giving high levels of accuracy. There’s also automatic compensation for temperature fluctuations that affect the workpiece. Likewise, integrated air damping compensates for all vibrations from the surrounding environment.”