When it comes to small series and individual production, the company Schmiede & Bauschlosserei Behrendt is in demand around Osternienburg in the south of Magdeburg in Germany. The portfolio includes construction, manufacturing but also assembly thanks to a 19-strong team. In order to be able to produce more flexibly and faster, the family business invested in the field of cutting. After an intensive search and a thorough examination of the market, the Behrendt family decided on a combined drilling-plasma cutting machine from MicroStep because of "the cutting quality and the endless rotating bevel tool".
In the heart of the Schmiede & Bauschlosserei Behrendt in Germany, the fire still burns in the furnace. The former blacksmith's shop, which was founded around 1900, developed into a family business that is widely known for its staircase construction, wrought-iron grilles, gates and doors and knows how to combine traditional craftsmanship with modern service. For more than 70 years, the business has been firmly in the hands of the Behrendt family. Karl Behrendt made the beginning, with Karl-Heinz, Göran and Chris today three generations including women are active, the next generation is already dashing through the halls of the approximately 1,000 square meters of factory space.
Many satisfied customers because of on-time delivery and consistent quality
The punctuality and quality of the work are in demand not only in Osternienburg, between Leipzig and Magdeburg - from prefabricated construction companies, medium-sized companies and private individuals alike. "We are available for big things but also work for smaller companies. We can react quickly from 0 to 100. Due to our adherence to deadlines and suitable results, we count many satisfied customers. Customers appreciate our efficiency," says owner Göran Behrendt, explaining the strengths of the 19-employee training company, which specializes primarily in the production of small and very small series.
Up to 30 times faster with new solution
Behind the company lies a year of modernization – after all, the machinery was expanded to include the field of cutting - including an overhead crane for easy loading. The Schmiede & Bauschlosserei Behrendt invested in a combined drilling-plasma cutting system of the CombiCut series from MicroStep for cutting contours and bevels but also for drilling, countersinking and tapping on sheet metal. The company received support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) – and the new acquisition quickly paid for itself since it was put into operation in mid-2018. "We save a lot of time with beveling, countersinking, slot drilling or marking. Depending on the component, we are 30 times faster than before, when we did a lot of manual production (with band saw, grinding machine, punching device, editor's note)," says machine operator and next scion of the family, Chris Behrendt.
Looking for a compact system with a high degree of flexibility
It was he who pushed for an investment in 2016. The response time was to be improved, the reproducibility of the components increased, the work steps automated; all in order to be able to better absorb bottlenecks, to be more independent of contract cutters and to be able to deliver high-quality results more easily. "The system should be powerful, robust, modern and space-saving. Our space is limited. Flexibility was particularly important to us, so that we could do several processing steps with one system," Göran Behrendt looks back. So the two looked around at EuroBLECH 2016 and were enthusiastic about the solutions offered by modern system types. During a demonstration at the Kjellberg Technology Center in Finsterwalde afterwards, the focus ultimately fell on MicroStep because of the compact design of the MasterCut Compact on display – after all, the Behrendts were originally looking for a 2D plasma cutting system.