With a modernization, punching technology specialist Heinrichs secures the supply of spare parts and enables remote access to the system.

Schuler has already equipped numerous Müller Weingarten HUQ systems with a new control system. The advantages speak for themselves: a self-explanatory user interface in large format, the possibility of quick help from Schuler Service via remote access and, last but not least, the long-term guaranteed supply of spare parts. For these reasons, punching technology specialist Heinrichs, headquartered in Lennestadt/Germany, has now also opted for such an update on its forming line.

The modernization was completed within just seven days, reports Technical Manager Knut Schönewald: “I was quite surprised because I had never seen this in projects of this size before. But this update went very well thanks to the modular control system, and the Schuler employees were very committed.” The experts backed up all product and tool data on site and uploaded it to the new system so that production could restart just a few days after the feed had been optimized.

The HUQ press from Heinrichs produces components for vehicle seats, among other things, on behalf of a major automotive supplier. The product portfolio includes a total of 1,580 different stamped parts. Many well-known car manufacturers are among the more than 160 customers of the fourth-generation family business, which employs around 360 people at three locations. Last year, the Heinrichs Group achieved a turnover of 80 million euros.

The company was founded in 1913 by Wilhelm Heinrichs in Plettenberg. His son Karl Heinrichs moved the headquarters to Lennestadt-Meggen, just over half an hour’s drive away, in 1937. A second plant was added there in 2002, and another is located at the subsidiary Histeel in Kaunas, Lithuania, which was founded in 1994.

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