One machine has been installed at Stauff’s manufacturing site in Sheffield, UK. The other has been installed at Stauff’s production facility in Sydney, New South Wales.
This latest purchase of Unison Breeze machines by Stauff follows on from the organisation’s recently signed five-year strategic partnership with Unison Ltd, an agreement providing all Stauff''s operations around the world with dedicated in-country support, assistance with product development and other benefits.
Once both new Breeze models are operational, there will be no fewer than 15 Unison tube and pipe bending machines at Stauff ’s manufacturing centres around the globe.
“It has been an honour to supply Stauff with so many of our all-electric tube and pipe bending machines over recent years,” said Unison Ltd’s global account manager for Stauff, Steve Chambers. “Stauff’s latest purchase of two 35 mm Breeze CNC machines, however, is particularly significant.
"Not only does it further underpin Stauff’s appreciation of the uncompromising levels of accuracy and repeatability that our clean, all-electric tube and pipe manipulation technologies provide, but it also marks the purchase of the first new Unison machines by STAUFF under the strategic partnership agreement.”
“We have worked with Unison Ltd for more than ten years,” adds Ken Cleal, head of production at Stauff UK and Stauff global production manager for tube and tube manipulation. “Throughout that time, we have received nothing short of the highest levels of service and support from them, whether that be assistance with product development, operator training, or machine tool maintenance.
"Unison machines consistently provide the uncompromising levels of accuracy and repeatably that are essential to our operations. Additionally, Unison’s Unibend operating system is exceptionally intuitive and user-friendly, making it extremely popular with our teams.”
Stauff’s new 35 mm Unison Breeze left- and right-hand machines will be used for the manufacture of small run complex components, such as hydraulic lines for braking systems. Materials bent will include aluminium, corrosion-resistant steel and exotic alloys.
With the ability to bend in both clockwise and anticlockwise directions, the machines are ideal for parts of complex geometry and will provide Stauff with exceptional flexibility. Equipped with Opt2Sim, Unison’s sophisticated ‘Design for Manufacture’ CAD tube bending simulation software, both machines will also streamline the production of complex, high-value components.