by Dr Christian Walti

Dear reader,

Is it the same for you? At the moment, I am enjoying every journey, whether I’m traveling for work or leisure, because no matter how perfect online events are, it cannot replace the in-person experience. Therefore, I am now inviting you on a tour of the Starrag world (the stops on our journey can be found in the current issue of our customer magazine, your personal tour guide).

We will begin at the site in Rorschacherberg, Switzerland, where you will find out about our most significant investment in the future: Marcel Capeder, Team Leader at the expanded Starrag Training Center, who explains how we are overcoming the shortage of skilled workers with a restructured and revised training program. We see the center as a school of life that enables its students to think and work in a solution- oriented, entrepreneurial and responsible manner as part of a team.

The aim is to help them to develop into multidisciplinary specialists. We will encounter typical examples of this further south in Vuadens, where a solution-oriented team have developed the top-of-the-range Bumotec s191 model into the equally versatile Bumotec 191neo mill/turn center, which is designed to overcome the challenges of digital transformation.

However, Starrag now has something particularly special to offer to our most talented students at our school of life: a workstation in the newly founded “Aerospace Competence Center”, which is located at the Rorschacherberg site and now incorporates the group’s expertise on producing the turbines and structural components of aircrafts.

At Starrag S.A.S. in Saint-Étienne, France, a completely different type of teamwork was required to assemble a disassembled Berthiez grinding machine in distant China and commission it by the deadline. Due to the COVID-19 travel ban, Starrag China took over the task – with special remote support from the French grinding experts.

Grinding quality is also a priority for Porsche Werkzeugbau in Germany’s Erzgebirge region: The Porsche subsidiary swears by its new Droop+Rein machine duo, which is used to manufacture pressing tools for molding skin parts of vehicle bodies extremely quickly, reliably and with class-A surface quality.

In contrast, for Enrico Danz in the German region of South Thuringia, everything depends on precision: The production manager of the Stahlwille die forge ordered a high-precision Starrag Heckert H55; the use of this machining center in a forge, will without doubt astound a number of production experts. You will discover why, after you learn about the Gyro Gearloose of the die forging sector and the large pliers that were manufactured on the Heckert with “tangible” success.

His products will only interest you in an emergency: Surgical mechanic Peter Tschida from the district of Tuttlingen, Germany, manufactures medical instruments on a Bumotec s191 high-precision mill/turn center. Read the exciting story of an inventor who, together with his sons Florian and Maximilian, first had to learn the high tech of high-precision machining.

I hope that this brief tour has made you curious about the world of Starrag and inspired you to read the Star issue 01-2022.

Happy reading!

Christian Walti