A tour through one of the largest machine factories - Netherlands.

Herrald Hulst, working as a Project Manager in the Sales department of Machine Factory Elburg, welcomed me (Marloes Middelkamp - Marketing Manager Trotec Laser BV) and my colleague Emiel Tiemessen (sales director Trotec Laser BV) to the office and production area of the Machine Fabriek Elburg.

About Machine Fabriek Elburg


Machine Fabriek Elburg is a specialist in machining castings, supplying accurate turning and milling parts and assembled products. They manufacture semi-finished products for trucks, engines, compressors, pumps, agriculture and oil & gas. They do this in both large and small series. Thanks to their many years of experience, they export their products worldwide and have a strong position on the European market. They are certified according to IATF16949, ISO 14001, ISO 9001 and deliver 10PPM according to automotive requirement (= a maximum of 10 parts deviating per 1 million delivered parts allowed).

Machine Fabriek was founded in 1984, they celebrated their 25th anniversary last year with all employees and partners. Machine Fabriek Elburg team now consists of 100 employees and his main business is the truck industry. Customers such as DAF Trucks in Eindhoven, DAF Trucks in Westerlo Belgium and PACCAR (parent company of DAF worldwide) are some of the major customers. In addition, they have various other large customers in the Netherlands and in Europe from the engine industry (Liebherr and MTU in Germany), the gas industry (Mokveld Valves from Gouda) as well as in the cooling industry (GEA Refrigeration Netherlands NV from Den Bosch), and the agricultural sector (Krone and Claas in Germany). Herrald Hulst talks about their distinctive capacity: "we process both small and large series and, in addition to 35 stand-alone machines in turning and milling, we also have a fully automated Flexible Manufacturing System on which we produce fully automated with robots 24/7".

The challenge


"We went looking for a laser machine, because our new customer Liebherr from Germany wanted to have the parts provided with a lasered data matrix code. The laser was and is a completely new supplement for us. With the laser machine we now can meet the traceability requirements and so we can soon be deployed for more diverse assignments and customers. There is now a working group of 4 people who operate the laser. They have had a short training, after which they were soon able to operate the marking laser, "says Herrald Hulst.

Trotec solution

In the search for a high-quality laser machine, we compared various suppliers. In the end, we opted for a SpeedMarker 700 marking laser from Trotec. In addition to the time and energy that the company Trotec put into its product and (new) customer, Trotec came up with a competitive offer and complete concept that both Machine Fabriek Elburg and its end customer can agree with.In addition, we were also able to have some small series lasered at Trotec on a demo machine prior to the fast delivery so that the customer immediately had a result in-house for evaluation. We are very satisfied with the laser machine, because it is easy to use. It has made us even more complete as a supplier, "says Herrald Hulst.

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