dGw Gummiwerke AG based in Northern Saxony-Anhalt is a specialist in rubber mixtures of all kinds, and compounds of rubber and metal. The products are mostly developed in cooperation with the customer, and are used in many areas-from automotive to training equipment for athletes.
Industrial park Tangermünde, production site of dGw Gummiwerke AG: in an air-conditioned hall the size of a tennis court, huge strips of natural and synthetic rubber are stored in large crates. The material comes from various supply companies in Italy, Holland and overseas. It only stays in the so-called mixed warehouse for a few days, until further processing in the production hall, where around two dozen employees get the various rubber and silicone mixtures into shape, in the most literal sense of the word.
In nine modern high performance presses, they are pressed in steel moulds with a closing pressure of up to 400 tonnes. Up to 1,300 moulded parts are made per shift, from various rubber mixtures and composite materials (seals, rubber sleeves, hoses and other construction components). Their future areas of use are primarily in plant engineering and car manufacturing.
Tailor-made rubber composite components on demand
In agreement with the customer, the components are not only shaped mechanically, but also produced with tailor-made characteristics, such as varying hardness and elasticity, low abrasion with great mechanical load, tensile strength and stability, and high or low temperatures. In the past ten years, the company has continually built up its product range, and thereby specialized in customer-specific multi-component parts made of various rubber mixtures and rubber and metal compounds.
Safe power sockets for electric cars
One example of the components produced in Tangermünde is the cable harness holder, which must fulfill particular requirements for thermal and mechanical stability, which are used by Porsche. The company was also significantly involved in the optimisation of filling points for modern electric cars. To prevent rainwater from getting into the electric filling point of the vehicle, and causing a short circuit, the filling lid must be provided with additional water protection. That is why the company developed special rubber hose sections, which have optimum mechanical and insulation characteristics.
Wheels for summer training equipment for skiers
Another example of the multitude of components produced in Tangermünde are the multi-component wheels for summer training equipment for skiers. “The development goes back to a contact with a sports equipment manufacturer from Thuringia, which we made at FAKUMA last year”, says Plant Manager Dr. Gernert. A special ski on two wheels was developed, with which skiers can continue with cross country and/or biathlon training even in summer. Special rubber mixtures and a low-friction inner ring made of aluminium allow standardised running characteristics.
High quality standards
Each component undergoes several quality inspections in the production process. Unwanted ridges are eliminated directly at the machines, and if necessary in a follow-up inspection by the employees. Thanks to optimized production processes, the company can produce in series of up to 1.2 million parts, according to customer requirements. dGw Gummiwerke AG also offers its customers assembly of components. The accessible location of the company in Northern Saxony-Anhalt allows quick delivery of the manufactured products in all directions.
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