STAUFF, the global manufacturer and supplier of precision fluid power products for mechanical, industrial and plant engineering, has signed a five-year strategic partnership with UK-based Unison Ltd, the leading name in all-electric tube bending machinery.
Unison Ltd has supplied STAUFF’s global facilities with Unison Breeze all-electric tube manipulation machines for more than ten years. The strategic partnership takes the relationship between the two businesses to a new level and reflects the high degree of service and support that Unison has provided to STAUFF over that period.
Based around a specially created global machine tool strategy, the strategic partnership will enable all STAUFF group companies worldwide to benefit from dedicated in-country support, assistance with product development and technical capability. It will also provide STAUFF with enhanced machine tool warranties, an outstanding global service with guaranteed response times, planned preventive maintenance (PPM) and on-site training for users of Unison machines.
“We were delighted to be invited to put together a strategic partnership agreement for consideration by STAUFF, and for our proposals to be accepted,” comments Unison Ltd’s Global Account Manager for STAUFF, Steve Chambers. “STAUFF is a major customer of ours and it has been a pleasure to support their tube manipulation requirements with tailored solutions over the years.”
Ken Cleal, Head of Production at STAUFF UK and STAUFF Global Production Manager for tube and tube manipulation added: “We are pleased to have signed this significant agreement with Unison Ltd. Not only does it provide us with ongoing certainty regarding tube bending machine tool supply, service and support, but it also helps fulfil our ambitious green agenda. With dedicated Unison support and spares in each country in which we operate, our global carbon footprint will significantly reduce. Additionally, by using Unison’s all-electric, energy efficient tube bending machines, we also remain committed to embracing clean manufacturing technologies. We have always received the highest standards of service and support from Unison Ltd and look forward to further strengthening our relationship with them as we move forward.”
STAUFF currently has no fewer than thirteen Unison machines in daily use across its UK-based and overseas operations. These include 50 mm and 100 mm (maximum tube diameter) multi-stack Breeze machines, 16 mm and 35 mm left- and right-hand pipe bending machines, 50 mm ‘pinball style’ pipe bending machines and Unison EV Bend 1000 16 mm OD manual CNC benders. Applications include components and systems for construction, agriculture, arboriculture, oil and gas extraction and processing, food and chemical processing, mining, marine and the rail industry.
All Unison Breeze tube bending machines offer rapid setup, fast tooling changes, exceptional power, rigid mechanical design, and all-electric control for right-first-time repeat sub-contract work, or immediately after producing a single trial part. These are attributes that Unison Ltd believes make its Breeze models the ultimate tube manipulation machines for businesses specialising in small batch production runs. Unison’s recently upgraded Unibend software has equipped its Breeze machines with cycle time speed improvements in the region of 25% compared to earlier versions. Available as a retrofit option for Unison Breeze machines that are equipped with the company’s latest Unibend control system, the software also incorporates new teach routine and simulation features.
Unison Ltd: intelligent tube technology
Established in 1973, Unison Ltd is the UK’s leading manufacturer of tube and pipe bending machines, offering the largest range of all-electric benders for diameters from 4 mm (5/32”) to 275 mm (10” schedule pipe). With a reputation for building highly powerful, highly robust machines that deliver uncompromising levels of accuracy and repeatability, Unison Ltd continually innovates the tube and pipe bending marketplace. The company manufactured the world’s first all-electric tube bender in 1994, followed by the world’s first all-electric multi-stack tube bender, then the world’s largest all-electric tube bender for the shipbuilding industry. Available in single-stack, multi-stack and right/left varieties, Unison machines are delivered to more than 20 countries globally. Unison’s tube bending software is recognised as the most user-friendly control system for tube bending machines. The software is written and supported by Unison, ensuring complete control of its evolution, with no need for third party support.
About STAUFF Group
For more than 50 years, the companies of STAUFF Group have been developing, manufacturing and distributing pipework equipment and fluid power components for mechanical and plant engineering and for service and industrial maintenance. In addition to mobile and industrial hydraulic machinery, typical applications include commercial and special purpose vehicles, rail transportation and energy technology. STAUFF products are also used in marine, agriculture, construction, oil and gas applications and in the process, food and chemical industries. STAUFF’s overall range includes about 50,000 standard products in categories spanning hose and tube connection and fastening technology, shut-off and control technology, measuring and analysis, filtration technology and hydraulic accessories. The full portfolio of STAUFF products is available to purchase on the STAUFF Digital Platform at: www.stauff.co.uk