Schuler and Porsche Form Joint VentureDecember 1, 2018
Porsche AG, a German car maker, and Schuler Group, a Canton, MI-based provider of metalforming technologies and products, announced plans to build a press shop together for the car factory of the future. The objective of this joint venture is to create the “Smart Press Shop” as part of a networked Industry 4.0 approach. A Schuler press release says pioneering technologies will enable the flexible production of complex car-body parts, with the focus on aluminum body panels and small-batch production.
The joint venture will utilize Schuler’s Servo 20 technology, with maximum output of 18 to 20 strokes/min., while reportedly reducing energy consumption per stroke and per part. A newly developed die-changing concept makes it possible to produce small-batch sizes with a high degree of economic efficiency. Further features of the new line include an optimized servo drive in the downstream presses, plus a reduced footprint.
The joint venture, expected to create more than 100 skilled jobs, will operate as an independent entity, with name and location yet to be determined.
Technologies: Stamping Presses