If you’re a regular reader to our blog, you’ve seen our stories about the Steinhauer Mod Center machining technology we debuted last summer. The MC-80 is a software-driven machining center that supports CAD files and automates precision drilling and cuts. Using the MC-80 results in increased productivity, a better experience for our customers and a reduction in time-intensive manual labor.

Panel Craftsmen stand in front of the MC-80. From left: Zach Fothergill, David Ferrara, Edgar Audelo, Garrett Huff, Morgan Burris, Ryan Stephenson and Brock Atkinson.

Panel Craftsmen stand in front of the MC-80. From left: Zach Fothergill, David Ferrara, Edgar Audelo, Garrett Huff, Morgan Burris, Ryan Stephenson and Brock Atkinson.

You can read more about how we welcomed the well-traveled MC-80; our training camp with our fantastic German instructor; and some thoughts about the machine after about four months of using it in our Arvada, CO panel shop.

Since we’ve embraced the new technology of the Mod Center, we read with interest that late last year, Pentair acquired German-based Steinhauer Elektromaschinen AG. We’re fond of Steinhauer and enjoyed working with them as we researched and purchased our new MC-80 in 2014.

Minnesota-based Pentair creates enclosures to protect industrial controls, electrical components, communications hardware, electronic devices and electrical heat management systems. Its brands include Hoffman, Raychem, Schroff and Tracer.

“UCEC looks to stay ahead of new technology developments in the custom panel building industry,” says Mark Inboden, President and CEO of UCEC. “After working with the Steinhauer Mod Center for more than seven months, we have seen that the automated technology leads to a reduction in labor-intensive work. We’ve enjoyed a significant increase in productivity which is a benefit to our customers.”

 

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