Control panel supply deal for hydraulic press manufacturer

08 November 2010

Believed to be the largest manufacturer of hydraulic presses in Latin America, Hidral-Mac has established a partnership with WEG for the supply of electrical control panels for all its lines of hydraulic presses.

Hidral-Mac produces around 600 machines per year, designed for use in most industrial sectors. They provide cutting, bending and forming of parts from keys to fans, refrigerators and cars.

Today, around 10% of Hidral-Mac machines include WEG panels. The goal is to reach 30% in the next six- months, and 100% within a year. “The electric control panel is the brain of the machine: it is the panel that defines the operation and provides safety… and the standard of our serial machines now is WEG,” said Marcelo Lopes Névoa, Manager of the Electrical Department at Hidral-Mac.

Hidral-Mac offers a range of presses from 5 up to 1,000 tons, in addition to special projects. The company has been using WEG motors and PLCs for over five years. Originally, the company assembled its own panels in-house, but this was found to greatly increase production costs and was a time consuming operation. In 2008, through its Customized Starters Sales section, WEG came up with the idea of making a prototype of the complete Hidral-Mac panel. The product was developed from specifications provided by Hidral-Mac and was then tested and approved. “The Customized Starters section was created specifically for the purpose of supplying solutions for customers’ machines,” said Manfred Peter Johann, Sales manager for WEG Automação.

According to Marcelo Névoa, WEG’s supply has made it possible to increase the quality and reliability of the panels. “They are delivered with excellent finishing, and are ready for operation with the guarantee of efficient after-sales service: we install them and just turn them on,” he said. This solution has also offered the company a 20% reduction in its production process, as a result of savings mainly in time and labour. “Our focus is to have the largest assembly line of hydraulic presses in the world. With the panels ready- assembled, we can concentrate on our main focus,” said Névoa.

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