Altenloh, Brinck & Co. Group
For the Altenloh, Brinck & Co. Group, tradition equals progress as it looks back to over 185 years of corporate history, shaped by trend-setting milestones. These have made the Altenloh, Brinck, & Co. Group what it is today: a specialist that masters the ABCs of quality, performance and innovation from the ground up.
Craftsmanship and high-tech are combined at SPAX International. Development engineers, toolmakers and the production department are working in perfect unison for this purpose. The result is a brand name product of the highest quality: SPAX, of which more than 50 million pieces are produced each and every day.
Homeworkers and processors are by now banking on the quality of the SPAX brand. A multitude of innovative detailed solutions guarantee the user the highest degree of safety and economic viability when working with SPAX.
Since it was launched on the market in 1967, SPAX, the “cross-recessed particle board screw” has set benchmarks in the fastening technology. For this reason, SPAX has been synonymous with innovation and quality in the screw manufacture for decades. Over the years, SPAX has continuously been further developed in order to always keep up with the times. In fact, often enough well ahead of the times – and the competition.
SPAX screws are produced and customized as countless product variants with many different dimensions, designs and packaging units. They are specially tailored to meet the most diverse needs of industrial, trade and DIY customers. Professional users can purchase the branded product in specialist shops and homeworkers can buy it in home improvement stores.
These days, SPAX International is a global player with distribution companies throughout Europe and overseas, to facilitate the worldwide sale and round-the-clock availability of SPAX screws. The name SPAX International stands for state-of-the-art fastening technology for various fields and industries.
Although the branded product SPAX is available around the globe, the company remains true to its location in Ennepetal, Westphalia. Here too, the quality seal reads ”Made in Germany”. The corporate philosophy is and will always be distinguished by an uncompromising level of quality, whose high standards the company believes can only be fully attained at the local production site. Even the complex equipment for the manufacture of the screws is therefore developed in-house. The many years of experience with the production and the highly qualified employees achieve a head start on many competitors and especially on copycats.
As a system supplier of formed parts and components, ABC Umformtechnik specializes in fastening systems, non-standard and specialty screws for the automotive industry and its sub-suppliers.
The scope of performances of ABC Umformtechnik comprises the entire process chain: from requirements analysis and intensive customer counseling to the development and design to the tool manufacture. From sample production to pilot lot and serial manufacture to just-in-time delivery.
All production- and application-related aspects are taken into consideration from the very beginning when customer-specific solutions are developed. In so doing, our main focus is on a close and fair cooperation with the customers.
ABC Umformtechnik products are not mass produced, but customized exclusively for customer-specific applications. No conventional standardized products are therefore available. The wide range of products and production options includes among other things:
However, ABC Umformtechnik’s expertise goes far beyond the actual, product-specific development and manufacture:
Surface protection systems:
In cooperation with partners, ABC develops surface protection systems (e.g. sealing top coats for wheel bolts), which feature multi-functional properties to meet different requirements.
In cooperation with material manufacturers, ABC Umformtechnik develops novel materials for joining elements, which feature an improved deformation behavior and optimized weight, with unchanged strength.
Technical application testing:
The possible failure of bolted joints used in applications with the highest degree of safety requirements can have catastrophic consequences. ABC develops its own measuring and analytical procedures and uses them to test these kinds of bolted joints.
Standards for safety screw fittings:
ABC develops standards for safety-critical screw fittings on its own or in cooperation with partners (e.g. the VDA [German Association of the Automotive Industry], VDI [Association of German Engineerunternehmensgruppe or IFBT [Institute of Facades and Fixing Technology). Insofar, it goes without saying that ABC not only complies with all of the regulatory standards, but often develops them on its own for process safety on all levels, based on the specific requirement.
In close cooperation with its customers in the process industry, AZ Ausrüstung und Zubehör develops requirement-optimized, individual solutions. The focus is on the design and future batch production of assemblies, with the combination of different materials playing a special role. In so doing, AZ’s special know-how has found an industry-wide market.
When it comes to the realization of design ideas, AZ has many years of experience with the handling of different materials and their compounds (e.g. rubber metal, plastic metal, etc.). As a primary developer, AZ assists its customers, from the identification of ideas, to product and process development to the batch delivery. In so doing, the focus of the product development is on a cost-efficient future batch production from the very start.
In addition, AZ developers and design engineers also prepare product and process optimization proposals for products and procedures that are already in place. Improvement potentials with regard to quality, costs, weight or functionality are realized, and existing products upgraded. This is based on customer feedback and various tests of the function, shelf-life and manufacturing processes of the overall product.
Just as the permanent collaboration with the manufacturing department, state-of-the art engineering and development tools help achieve maximum cost efficiency for the benefit of the customer. In so doing, solutions are frequently found, which by far exceed what the customer originally requested.
If AZ is to carry out the batch production, state-of-the art machinery will be used, whether it concerns component assembly, injection molding technology or stamping and bending technology. The assembly systems are designed and built by AZ’s own jig and fixture construction. In so doing, customer needs and customer requirements always serve as benchmark for the development of tailor-made production processes. AZ’s customers can rely on the manufacturing expertise, up to and including the equipment and tool manufacture.
Prototyping, function and life tests, quality management and logistics performances round out AZ’s performance portfolio.
Some examples of AZ products developed or produced exclusively based on customer requests are pedalries, mechanical lock elements, brake components, bodywork or engine assemblies, transport safety devices, height adjustment elements and many more.
SABEU GmbH & Co. KG is a leading producer and supplier of membranes and components for the healthcare and diagnostics industry.
Membranes are used for filtration processes, where substances such as liquids, air or gas are retained during the passage through a permeable filter material. SABEU GmbH & Co. KG supplies different types of membranes for this purpose:
Nuclear trace membranes are used for example for quantitative analytical methods in cell biology or environmental analyses. Membrane filters are used for microfiltration, to retain microorganisms and particles.
In addition, SABEU develops injection molded items made of all common thermoplastic polymers or thermoplastic elastomers and manufactures them on state-of-the art, fully automatic injection molding machines.
This enables SABEU to manufacture both tailor-made single products as well as to produce assemblies from ultra-complex multi-part components. In fact, this includes everything from the preliminary draft of ideas to design studies, mold and tool manufacture, to the automation and injection molding technology to large scale and small scale batch production in the clean room. Upon request, this obviously includes the integrated membrane installation. Product finishing, packaging and international logistics are also part of SABEU’s performance portfolio.
The manufacture of various models and combinations of screw caps and accessories for industrial packaging with the brand name FLUXX is another pillar of SABEU’s production. These products are purchased by the agricultural chemistry, industrial chemicals, food, healthcare and cosmetics industries. The SABEU product range includes seals, dosing systems and degassing systems.
Generally speaking, SABEU with its many decades of experience is the perfect partner when it comes to developing items that are compatible with synthetic materials as well as to designing injection molding tools and peripheral devices.