Achenbach Buschhütten

Right at the top with Germany's oldest mechanical engineering company

Achenbach Buschhütten was founded in 1452 and is one of the oldest family-owned companies in Germany – and one of the founding partners of The company is a leading manufacturer of rolling mills and foil cutting machines for high-quality non-ferrous metals.

Achenbach Buschhütten always wants to offer its customers outstanding mechanical equipment, thus enabling them to secure success potentials in their respective markets and at the same time to secure their future viability in view of developments such as digitalization and Industry 4.0.

Together with Achenbach Buschhütten, has developed the cloud-based platform OPTILINK® – within 20 months from proof of concept to the complete First Release. This enables live data to be collected from various sources in production, for example on speed, thickness and flatness in the aluminum rolling process. The metal processor can use this information to assess the efficiency of individual work processes. Any errors in the process can also be detected at an early stage and production interruptions can be minimized or avoided altogether.

Whether the machines are three, 20 or 100 years old is irrelevant for the connection. Thanks to Google’s open tools, the platform co-developed by can work with any standard PLC (programmable logic controller) and is therefore independent of heavy industry technologies. Even data from machines from other manufacturers involved in the process, such as operating furnaces or grinding machines, can be viewed because the system is easily transferable to other plants and scales easily. An individual solution can therefore be set up very quickly.

Since individual machines can be connected easily, flexibly and cost-effectively, entire production chains can be upgraded more quickly – regardless of the industry. OPTILINK’s performance spectrum ranges from complex OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness) considerations to quality monitoring and predictive algorithms for automatic anomaly detection. will continue to support Achenbach Buschhütten in the future in the further development of the platform.

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With the technology of the platform we are able to network not only our own machines but the entire supply chain; an unprecedented opportunity for us as machine and plant manufacturers, but also for our customers and their customers: efficient and sustainable production, less waste and direct feedback for better end products.

André E. Barten, Managing Director Achenbach Buschhütten GmbH & Co. KG
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