Biebl’s highly trained employees produce 1.5 million parts annually, using state-of-the-art machines, in 10,000 square metres of hall space. The company’s main applications are lubrication and cooling water pipes, hydraulic pipes and handrails, and they handle pipe diameters of between 3 and 100 millimetres and lengths from 100 millimetres to 5 metres. Beyond production, Biebl offers services including end machining, welding, forming or sawing, and supplies its customers with completely manufactured, ready-to-install piping for assembly.
“The 4th industrial revolution is all about digital, and we are happy and proud to be a part of it,” says Florian Biebl, Managing Director of Albert Biebl GmbH.
In the past, the company performed quality assurance using gauge testing, followed by tactile measurement with a measuring arm. “At that time, this was an incredible advance,” says Biebl. “However, each cylinder had to be touched three-to-four times, and for tubes with 10-20 bends, measurement took a relatively long time.”
In 2012, the company put its first TubeInspect system into operation, bringing immediate quality gains and time savings – especially for long tubes and tubes of smaller diameters, which can present tricky measurement challenges. With TubeInspect, these difficulties are a thing of the past.
“This first machine has operated flawlessly for us,” Biebl says. “But to expand our inspection and measurement capabilities and offer our customers more, we decided to upgrade to the next generation – the TubeInspect P16.2 HRC. Because of the many parts we produce, we’ve kept our dependable first TubeInspect as a backup system to protect us from unforeseen downtime.”
The accuracy and speed of the TubeInspect P16.2 in combination with the capabilities and flexibility of BendingStudio XT enable Biebl to offer its customers truly customised solutions and stand out from their competitors.