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AUMUND manufactures its own bucket elevator chains

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AUMUND Fördertechnik GmbH is a global player with experience as an international producer of machines and major components. A bucket elevator chain, as the mainstay of the chain bucket elevator, has a particularly significant role to play. AUMUND has therefore given its in-house research and development team the task of making new chain developments and improvements, as the demands on bucket elevator chains are continually increasing.

Its own chain manufacture gives AUMUND independence from outside suppliers and ownership of control and quality of its chains, enabling it to bring to market new developments and improvements in chains, alongside its standard portfolio.

TILEMANN Ketten & Komponenten has produced bucket elevator, reclaimer and conveyor chains as well as specialised components reliably for more than 100 years. Now that this specialist manufacturer belongs to the AUMUND Group, AUMUND Fördertechnik has its own source, which not only supplies to AUMUND but also to SHADE Lagertechnik GmbH and SAMSON Materials Handling Ltd (both AUMUND Group Companies) as well as to renowned general contractors for original equipment, and other prominent globally active end customers.

AUMUND uses materials which enable ever-increasing tensile strength and, importantly for tall bucket elevators, an ever-decreasing weight component. In its production process, TILEMANN favours improved heat treatment methods and optimised manufacturing and assembly procedures. One example is continuous monitoring of the press-in pressure of the bolts during assembly, in order to confirm that the fit is exactly within the specified range. This creates an optimum interaction of the chain with the drive and tensioning segments. Process checks are carried out at shorter intervals all the time, and documentation is issued in more and more detail, facilitating the exact trace of chain supply.

AUMUND has invested several million euros in manufacturing at TILEMANN, and in so doing has optimised the production process and increased productivity. In order to meet the increased demand in the market for chains and to further decrease lead times for customers, AUMUND is planning further investment in production in 2020 by expanding the factory facilities.

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