Metalltechnik Vils is an Austria-based manufacturing business that’s been around for more than 100 years. They specialize in producing precision parts according to drawings and complete assemblies, including electrical and hydraulic systems.

Despite a high-profile client list, they still face strong competition from low-cost machine shops. To remain cost and time effective, they rely on DMG MORI, a PTC customer, for their machine tools, turning centers, lathes, and ultrasonic and laser machines.

DMG MORI is the brand of DMG MORI SEIKI AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT, a global manufacturer of machine tools, turning centers, lathes, ultrasonic and laser machines. The German DMG MORI SEIKI group includes companies like DECKEL MAHO, GILDEMEISTER, GRAZIANO, SAUER and FAMOT.

Better, Faster Production with PTC-Designed Machinery

Recently, Metalltechnik Vils added DMG MORI’s DMC 80 U duoBLOCK®, a 5-axis milling center for complex parts, to their lineup. The latest version of the DMC 80 U duoBLOCK® is packed with loads of new features, including:

  • Large traverse paths
  • Higher table loads
  • A high-capacity tool changer
  • A fast, space-saving pallet changer

The designers at DECKEL MAHO also increased the workspace’s size, making it easier to set up large machine parts or large, multiple clamping devices. Christoph Allgaier, commercial director for Metalltechnik Vils, said that using the new product will help maximize their capacity and respond to changes on orders within one day, instead of weeks.

To get the quality, precision and speed to market they needed for the DMC 80 U duoBLOCK®, DECKEL MAHO turned to PTC Creo. “The pace of innovation we reach today,” said Dr. Hans Gronbach, head of R&D, “is only possible with PTC Creo and PTC Windchill.”

Precision, Productivity, Teamwork and Flexibility through PTC Creo

DECKEL MAHO was able to capitalize on PTC Creo in the following ways:

  • PTC Creo’s 3D virtual prototyping let designers test a variety of structural properties of the duoBlock® early in the process, before the first physical part was even made.
  • PTC Creo’s top-down design option allowed individual designers to evolve subassemblies concurrently in 3D, load the changes to assess daily progress, and identify and resolve issues instantly. This completely negated the need for 2D technical drawings.
  • PTC Creo’s skeleton models, layouts, parametric family of parts, simulation and cabling features let them quickly create detailed models from concepts, minimizing the need for physical prototypes.

They were also able to use PTC Creo Simulate to optimize the new design for dynamic and static masses. This increased its reliable precision and stability and reduced its overall energy usage.

Ultimately, the DECKEL MAHO team moved the duoBLOCK® from concept to production in 14 months, a 53% time decrease from its 2D-based approach. The center’s improved accuracy, long-term precision and stability make it the highest performing center with the smallest footprint to date.

A great machine like the DMC 80 U duoBLOCK® can lead to more business and better-satisfied customers. Designing with PTC Creo will allow DMG MORI to support companies like Metalltechnik Vils for the next 100 years and beyond.

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To learn more about DECKEL MAHO’s use of PTC Creo, read their PTC customer profile.