Bobcat Co., West Fargo, N.D., has completed a $9.3 million investment in punch press automation and press technology at its manufacturing facility in Gwinner, N.D. The new press line, which recently began production, is expected to more than double press production capabilities, reduce energy consumption, lower noise levels and improve complex forming for sheet metal parts, all of which will help meet the increasing demand for Bobcat equipment, the company said. The company also invested an additional $1.2 million for entrance and building upgrades at the Gwinner location.
“As the home of our original manufacturing facility in North America, we are excited to invest in the facility and add this new automation technology to the Gwinner plant,” said Mike Ballweber, president, Bobcat Co. North America. “This investment will provide us with new capabilities and efficiencies in our metal stamping operations, and it also aligns with our commitment to innovation, sustainability and continued investments in our manufacturing footprint.”
Bobcat partnered with AP&T North America, a leading provider of advanced production solutions, for the fully automated tandem line, which includes design and build of the new 2,000 ton valveless servo hydraulic lead press at the Gwinner facility.
“Bobcat is one of the first companies in North America to invest in the future by implementing this automated solution using our new press technology,” said Dr. Christian Koroschetz, chief sales officer, AP&T Group. “This investment also supports Bobcat’s interest in pursuing sustainable, energy-efficient manufacturing solutions.”
The press line and automation are smart controlled via internet-based solutions. The Gwinner manufacturing complex serves as the first Bobcat production facility, which was established in 1947. Today, the facility covers 700,000 sq. ft., employs approximately 1,500 employees and produces Bobcat loaders and utility work machines.