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BENDING TO THE NEEDS OF THE INDUSTRY

Addison McKee : 28 June, 2002  (Company News)
Addison-McKee, now acknowledged as the world
The original Addison Tool Company was founded in 1956 when it began importing
Pedrazzoli metal cutting saws from Italy. Gradually, tube-bending machines were also added to the range and in 1974, the company became the European agent for the first CNC tube-bending and measuring machines.

Another milestone was reached in 1981, with the launch of Addison’s own highly
advanced DB 63 and Addata bending and measuring machines, which it specially
designed to meet the needs of the automotive exhaust industry.

Following its acquisition by the Elliott Group in 1989, the company went from strength to strength, and its portfolio of skills was further extended when it merged with the well-known US tool-making company McKee, acquired by Elliott in 1998.
Based in Ohio, the company’s U.S. counterpart McKee-Addison, also employs the very latest technology and production facilities to produce approximately 150 endforming machines annually, which are used in auto exhaust systems, furniture, sporting goods, hospital equipment and a host of other products.

A solutions-led approach

Today, Addison-McKee is a formidable player in the automotive exhaust industry
market, employing 200 people from its UK headquarters at Walton Summit, Lancashire. The company prides itself on being primarily a solutions provider serving the needs of a global blue-chip client base by designing and manufacturing purpose-built machines including benders to make tubular manifolds and equipment to automatically bend pipes of differing radii. It also designs and manufactures equipment for tube sizing, expanding, reducing and slotting.

In the early 1980’s Addison set the tone for its innovative approach by launching a fully automatic CNC pipe-pending machine, the Powerbend PB 63X – which was the very first dedicated UK designed and manufactured ‘empty’ draw bender for the automotive exhaust pipe manufacturer.

In 2002, the company continues to meet its customers’ needs for individual solutions through a responsive, tailor-made approach. This has led to a number of revolutionary design solutions.

Solutions through advanced technology

Advanced control technology, a key feature of the company’s approach, is exemplified in the Addison-McKee Databend Control System, now used in thousands of installations worldwide. Its advanced software is interfaced with the unique Addata Plus - a self-contained free standing Tube Measuring and Inspection Centre featuring a unique and highly sophisticated non-contact sensing system.

The company also manufactures Addison Bending Cells, known as (ABC’s). The equipment, which incorporates automatic loading to Databend CNC tube bending machines with off-loading devices and transfer to end-forming and/or sizing machines enables manufacturers to maximise the efficiency of their production lines.

Addison-McKee’s commitment to finding cost-cutting environmental solutions for the industry is further illustrated by the advanced ‘green’ design and cutting edge technology of the new Electra 75 range – a new generation of all-electric tube bending machines.

The system has a number of key advantages for users including a modular construction that enables different formats to be produced based on the same fundamental design. More importantly however, the fully programmable 9 axis basic Electra offers CNC control of all movements paving the way to new, radical solutions to traditional tube manipulation problems.
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