Growing Demand for Güdel Robot Tracks and Gantry Robots Leads to Major Investment in US Manufacturing

Installation of the machining center is slated for the first quarter of 2015.

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN. Güdel, Inc. is investing several million dollars on a custom bridge mill designed specifically for machining TrackMotion and gantry modules built in the US. Installation of the machining center is slated for the first quarter of 2015.


With a bed that measures 16 meters long by 1.5 meters wide, the new machining center is ideal for milling Güdels longest beams. Additionally, it has the ability to machine three faces and both ends of a beam in one setup which, compared to standard bridge mills, is a significant advantage for throughput and time savings.

According to Güdels CEO, Stefan Nilsson, "This is a strategic investment by Güdel. This new machining center increases our capacity and improves throughput as North American demand for TrackMotion and gantry robots increases."

The machining center has a moving portal bridge and is equipped with an automatic tool changer for 40 tools. The machine uses a Heidenhain iTNC530 HSCI contouring control for milling, drilling and machining. Two similar units are already operational at Güdel world headquarters.

About Güdel Inc.
Güdel Inc. is the US subsidiary of Güdel Group, a global manufacturer of robotic automation products, systems and services for welding and metal fabrication. Güdel supplies linear motion modules, robot track motion units, gantry robots and components to OEMs, systems integrators and machine builders serving the automotive, aerospace, logistics, heavy industrial and power generation industries. Güdel Inc. is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with 45,000 square feet in dedicated manufacturing space, providing North American customers with engineering, design, production, and, customer service support.

Featured Product

TUV Rheinland Robot Integrator Program

TUV Rheinland Robot Integrator Program

The industry's first comprehensive Robot Integrator Program saves robot integrators significant time and cost investments by allowing them to mark each cell compliant with ANSI/RIA R15.06 with the TUV Rheinland Mark. As opposed to a traditional certification or an on-site field labeling, TÜV Rheinland's Robot Integrator Program certifies the knowledge and skill-set of robot integrators in addition to testing robotic cells and processes against ANSI/RIA R15.06. This reduces the need for frequent onsite or off site testing and allows manufacturers to apply a single TÜV Rheinland label to multiple cells. The Robot Integrator Program individually assesses a robot integrator's understanding of the ANSI/RIA R15.06 standard along with the ability to consistently produce compliant robot cells. Following the requirements and procedures of the new program will enable robot integrators to produce individually compliant robotic cells under one serialized TÜV Rheinland Mark, which meets the national electric code and allows acceptance by Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) and end users.