Awards were handed over personally by Mr. Wölfel and Mr. Höhn in march at the GrindTec in Augsburg.
The cooperation and relationship with Alfons Schmeier and Meister Abrasives has been essential in providing continued support to SCHAEFFLER.
HPL (High Performance Lubrication) Grinding Wheels rely on premium grade CBN crystals fixed within a durable, porous, lubricated acting bonding matrix to allow substantially faster grinding of difficult materials without sacrificing quality due to wheel loading and/or part burning.
The new HPL superabrasive wheels are a significant extension of the HPB- (High Performance Bonding) Technology. HPL wheels contain components acting like a lubricant that are intrinsic to the bonding matrix chemistry and are released uniformly as the wheel breaks down. Wheels manufactured with this technology minimize friction from bond/work piece interactions, minimize heat generation, and deter the onset of metal loading into the bond structure.
HPL technology also makes it possible to implement wheel characteristics that are not economically feasible with standard vitrified bonds. The superior grit retention and lubricating properties of the bond make it possible to utilize high concentrations of premium grade CBN crystals that in a standard bonding matrix would generate too much pressure and heat. This allows Meister to manufacture wheels with superior cutting performance and wear resistance compared to the known systems.
The unique properties of these intrinsically lubricated wheels address a wide range of problems such as: burning of parts, wheel loading, excessive wheel wear due to heat related issues, and quality issues due to temperature sensitive materials.
Applications for the new HPL abrasives technology include:
HPL (High Performance Lubrication) CBN grinding wheels are available for both internal and external grinding with mesh sizes ranging from 60 to1200.
The management of the Meister Group, headed by CEO Dr.Eng. Peter Beyer, CSO Alfred Zenczak and CFO Yves Surbeck has, together with the Rieker Investment AG, acquired the majority of the Abraxos Holding AG shares. In relation to this management buy-out, the original sole-owner and now shareholder, Thomas Meister, will be continuing his work on the Board of Directors in order to ensure continuity.
The strategic focus of the Meister Group and the newly integrated Alfons Schmeier GmbH & Co. KG continues to be on innovation and global growth in both the automotive sector and the growing semiconductor industry.
In accordance with its family tradition, Rieker Investment AG pursues a broadly diversified investment strategy, characterized by its long-term financial commitment to largely independent operating companies in various sectors.
The Abraxos Group employs 200 people worldwide and is headquartered in Andelfingen, Switzerland. Rieker Investment AG is part of the family-owned Rieker Group, headquartered in Thayngen, Switzerland.
Andelfingen CH/Helmbrechts DE, 2.2.2017
Abraxos Holding AG, Switzerland, has taken over 100% of the shares of Alfons Schmeier GmbH & Co. KG as per 01.02.2017.
Further divisions of Abraxos Holding AG are Meister Abrasives Switzerland, USA, Italy and Asia Pacific. With this acquisition, the Group expands its global presence and cements its position as the world market leader in precision internal grinding.
The product portfolios of Meister and Schmeier are a perfect match and offer enormous potential for further joint innovation thanks to combined technical know-how. Customer focus as well as applications engineering knowledge will be further enhanced.
Both companies’ product ranges will continue to be available in their well-known superior quality and will continue to be manufactured in the existing sites. Both brands, Meister and Schmeier, will remain and will be sold side-by-side.
Eventually, the sales organisations will be restructured following the “one face to the customer” principle. However, in the short-term, it is business as usual. Ordering processes remain the same. Customers ordering from both suppliers are kindly asked to continue placing enquires and orders with both suppliers, as they are used to. All customers will be contacted before any changes apply.
Thanks for your loyalty to Meister and Schmeier.
Thomas Meister, President Abraxos Holding AG / Ulrike Schmitt, Alfons Schmeier GmbH & Co. KG