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20.01.2020 AUMUND now able to manufacture its own chains

Following its recent acquisition of TILEMANN Ketten & Komponenten, AUMUND Fördertechnik, Rheinberg, Germany, is now able to design and produce its own chains, giving it independence from outside suppliers and total ownership of control and quality of its chains, enabling it to rapidly bring to market new developments and improvements alongside its standard portfolio.

On the face of it, today’s bucket elevator chains look hardly any different from those of 15 years ago, but with bucket elevator chains the ‘inner values’ are more important. AUMUND uses innovative materials which enable ever-increasing tensile strength and – importantly for tall bucket elevators – an ever-decreasing weight component. In its production process TILEMANN favours improved heat treatment methods and optimised manufacturing and assembly procedures. One example is continuous monitoring of the press-in pressure of the bolts during assembly, in order to confirm that the fit is exactly within the specified range. This creates an optimum interaction of the chain with the drive and tensioning segments. Process checks can now be carried out at shorter intervals and documentation is issued in more and more detail, facilitating precise traceability of chain supply.  

To keep up this rate of modernisation AUMUND has invested several million euros in manufacturing at TILEMANN and in so doing has optimised the production process and increased productivity. In order to meet the increased market demand for chains and to further decrease lead times for customers, AUMUND is planning further investment in production this year by expanding the factory facilities.


The TILEMANN (AUMUND Group) manufacturing plant in Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, which will undergo further expansion this year


Bucket elevator, reclaimer and conveyor chains can now be supplied in-house to AUMUND Fördertechnik as well as to group companies SCHADE Lagertechnik and SAMSON Materials Handling; these products will also be sold to other renowned global manufacturers of original equipment

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