The history
of Härtwig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG

The origins of Härtwig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG in Cunewalde can be traced back to the late 1990s. In 1998, Andreas Härtwig founded a metalworking company in the town with a population of 5,000 people in the Lusatian Highlands during the period of economic change following the German reunification.

In 2006, this company turned into Härtwig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG, and a tool building company that had been founded by his father was merged. Today, roughly 60 employees fabricate and machine individual components as well as entire assemblies for machines. Approximately 1,000 different parts pass through the different fabrication and machining steps each day.

We supply mechanical engineering companies and the automotive industry. However, we do not manufacture car parts, but rather transport systems and other equipment that will be used in the factories of vehicle manufacturers. Our orders primarily originate from our region, but we also serve customers in Germany and a dozen other countries.

Härtwig Maschinenbau manufactures individual parts and complex assemblies for machines.

The spectrum of the available metalworking processes is extensive and includes sawing, laser cutting, turning, milling, welding, and painting.

Just as in other industries, the future of metalworking is closely linked to digitalization. Following the »Industry 4.0« principles, humans and machines have started to operate in an electronically linked manner at Härtwig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. There are almost no workplaces left that do not require computer control.

and development

Cooperating with various research institutes and industrial partners, Härtwig Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG is involved in research and development projects.

Shown is a cross-section of the force distribution of a forming die.

2019 - 2021
Led by Fraunhofer IWU and collaborating with Electronics-Components Dresden GmbH and the company Fibercheck: Joint Zwanzig20-smart³ project: AdapStiff - SMA integration in forming tools (sponsored by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research) The goal is to provide means for a forming process to adapt the force distribution in a controlled manner without manual intervention while the die is installed in a press. This aims to lower the rate of components defective due to fluctuating environmental and operating conditions and increase the process reliability and capability.

2010 - 2012
Coordinated by Technische Universität Chemnitz Institut für Allgemeinen Maschinenbau und Kunststofftechnik and collaborating with Monara GmbH and the company fabric-ID: iBoxII - development of a modular container system which integrates RFID technology. Sponsored by the State of Saxony and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) The goal of the research project was to create a container concept for automotive industry and mechanical engineering components and assemblies which is optimized from the economic point of view.

Sketch of the iBoxII, a modular container system incorporating RFID technology.
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