November 2018 - A quality frontrunner in fixturing
German engineering has deservedly secured a tremendous reputation around the world for its innovation, quality and reliability. With top class universities turning out highly qualified graduates, the country’s engineers and the products they design are in high demand across the globe. Witte Barskamp KG, located in Bleckede near Lüneburg in northern Germany, is a perfect example. With its roots in the aviation industry, the company is today one of the world’s leading specialists in modular fixing systems, and is characterized by its focus on quality, accuracy and reusability. In 2019, Witte Barskamp will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
August 2018 - WITTE clamps soft plastic injection-molded parts accurately and gently
WITTE clamps soft plastic injection-molded parts accurately and gently for measuring process
Soft and delicate plastic lids for detergent bottles must be measured during their manufacturing process.
Experience shows that repeatable clamping of these flexible plastic parts is not easy. All kinds of clamping force can act on the components causing them to bend and thus jeopardize the actual measuring process. Any kind of selective clamping pressure, which would ultimately lead to deformation of these sensitive thin-walled injection molded parts, must be avoided.
July 2018 - Vacuum Clamping for testing SD Cards
An essential prerequisite for checking conventional SD memory cards is the accessibility of these sensitive workpieces from at least 5 sides.
What could be better than a gentle and at the same time repeatable process using a special vacuum clamping device for multiple parts.
June 2018 - WITTE ALUFIX Lightweight Plates
In addition to precision and long-term quality, "lightness" is an essential parameter in fixture building and metrology.
May 2018 - WITTE scooter
The scooter is an autonomous feeder system for measuring equipment. It was developed to coordinate the transport of fixtures. It is equipped with an autonomous navigating drive unit, mounted with a conveyor belt together with a functional surface (i.e. grid plate).
August 2017 - Witte: New and improved vacuum base for measuring arms
For many years, the WITTE vacuum base for measuring arms and devices has been used successfully in quality assurance. This self-sufficient item with integrated vacuum generator and control elements gives measuring arms a solid base on site.
Witte has now further developed this vacuum base, which can also be used on free-form surfaces, and has added some new control elements and optimized others.
July 2017 - Witte: New automatic liquid separator for vacuum systems
Witte has now developed a liquid separator, which is integrated into the suction line of vacuum clamping systems and automatically removes all sucked-in fluids.
May 2017 - WITTE - Innovative addition of vacuum slot type chucks system
The new modular clamping chucks are an innovative system addition and expansion of possible application areas for vacuum clamping using slot type chucks from Witte.
February 2017 - What measuring technicians want
Driverless sandwich plate transport system from Witte Barskamp KG brings flexibility to VW Crafter measuring room.
December 2016 - Improved vacuum unit from Witte
Witte is now offering one of their most popular vacuum units over the last decade with a new improved design
This tried and tested series of modular vacuum units has been adapted to current customer requirements and brought up to state of the art in terms of operation and process reliability.
August 2016 - Various possibilities of part clamping using vacuum systems
Different manufacturing, test and measuring processes in areas of mechanical machining or new technologies in the field of semiconductor technology or RFID sector are just a few applications where Witte vacuum systems are used and making a significant contribution to the reliable production of products.
April 2016 - Witte is renamed and extends its management
From 01.04.2016 Horst Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG will operate under the name
Witte Barskamp KG.
March 2016 - Consistent expansion of Witte Sandwich Plate programme
"Reference Systems" or measuring and holding fixtures are as relevant as the measuring equipment itself for accuracy and reliability of results, whether using tactile or optical measuring processes.
January 2016 - Ice- Vice freeze clamping using the power of nature
The clamping specialists Witte from the Lüneburg Heath, are constantly finding new methods of workpiece clamping, whether on a machine for mechanical processes or on a coordinate measuring machine.
December 2015 - Portable measurement arm securely fixed at the press of a button
... and directly where they are needed
For some time now WITTE Vacuum Bases are providing an accurate and secure basis for a wide variety of applications with measurement arms
October 2015 - Witte WEIGUSS enables machining of delicate components
Machining of filigree parts, which lack contact or support surfaces, is possible with Witte WEIGUSS mould clamping technology.
September 2015 - Modular scan frame for use in optical scanning cells
During optical component testing quick referencing, short measuring times and universal applicability demand part fixturing solutions, which address these specific parameters 100%.
July 2015 - Witte: Self-contained vacuum chuck with double-sided vacuum clamping surface
In this version there are two different clamping possibilities on the top and bottom. One side is designed for fixing to a base and the opposite side is configured to clamp the actual workpiece.
February 2015 - Measuring without delay
Mobile sandwich plates save time and effort via highly accurate positioning in measuring area for calibration
January 2015 - Measuring plates with integrated lift tables
A special version of Witte aluminum sandwich plate enables measuring of complete vehicles according to reference point system.
December 2014 - Automated car body measurement
Witte equips new series measuring room at VW Emden with driverless sandwich plate transport system.
September 2014 - New Vacu-Vise-clamping system from Horst Witte Geraetebau
This clamping system consists of a specially designed vacuum chuck and two clamping jaws, which are mounted on a rigid, but resiliently deformable support plate. When vacuum is switched on, the support plate is drawn into a trough and deformed in such a way that the clamping jaws tip towards each other and thereby clamp the work piece securely with great force.
September 2014 - Modular Base Chassis for vehicle models and fixture building
The Modular Base for Chassis is a universal, modular system for vehicle development during design, build and model phase up to prototyping and part coordination phase using cubings and meisterbocks.
April 2014 - our longstanding, established software Alufix Expert has been developed further
In order to design software supported fixtures even faster, Alufix-Expert software in an updated version is available and can be used not only for planning and designing fixtures, but also for productive use by completely creating a full fixture design without any further processing in a classic CAD system.
January 2014 - New starter set ECO 2014
In order to introduce entry level users to technology for work piece clamping, Witte has brought an ECO set onto the market at an attractive price.
August 2013 - Innovation at EMO 2013: Light transmitting vacuum chuck by Witte
Together with 3-D-Micromac AG in Chemnitz Horst Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG has developed a light transmitting vacuum chuck.
Optical recognition systems can be used for identification of components while part is clamped.
August 2013 - Innovation at EMO: Self-contained vacuum chuck working with integrated vacuum supply
Witte has developed a completely new type of vacuum chuck which operates without any kind of extra vacuum supply unit.
May 2013 - Mobile precision in XXL format - The Witte company has now developed a sandwich plate mounted on roller bearings, which are easily navigated on all kinds of floors (E.g. tiles, assembly or shopfloor areas).
Accurate and rigid Witte sandwich plates are mainly used as base for fixtures. Meanwhile other applications such as a means of transportation between the measuring and assembly areas are increasing.
May 2013 - Multifunctional interior design fixture "Cockpit" from Witte
Growing quality demands in the automotive industry are not least noticeable in the manufacture of interior parts. Function and aesthetics need to be smoothly coordinated. Many interior components must have a perfect look and feel together when combined, so that these parts later meet design and function requirements.
April 2013 - Rail-Pod Witte vacuum clamping system
Nowadays modern rail carriages are manufactured from aluminium double hollow profiles. Machining of such extruded profiles is done on large milling machines. Processes involved are machining side walls, milling of the joining points to the floor and roof, as well as cutting of window and door openings.
October 2012 - Systems and components for photogrammetric measuring
The transformation in three dimensional measuring technology as well as shape inspection using optical methods, which set in years ago, is constantly setting new standards in shorter and shorter cycles.
September 2012 - Accurate, secure part clamping in seconds
Clamping of offset printing plates for exposure purposes, CFK work pieces for milling, aluminium panels for drilling and milling operations and clamping of wafers for grinding or measuring with modern imaging equipment.
Designers and production engineers are often approached with these and similar challenges. When specifications on machining times, cycle frequencies and tolerances follow, the issue of clamping becomes quite complex.
August 2012 - Floating plates – Hovercraft plates with micro-porous surface
Whether lightweight components or parts weighing tons have to be moved...
..with hovercraft plates, it is possible with minimal effort.
Areas of application are varied and range from use in assembly lines, QC applications, automation technology to positioning on tool machines.
July 2012 - Dimensional checking of body-in-white in the field of vehicle startup
In all branches of industry demands on quality are increasing and the automotive industry is no exception. Not only technical performance is an issue, but also visual aspects, which becomes evident especially during dimensional inspection of the body parts.
June 2012 - Fixing aircraft parts reliably
For thin-walled, non magnetic materials vacuum clamping is preferable where machining of large, uneven parts is required.
Witte Gerätebau, manufacturer of different fixturing systems, specializes in the sector of vacuum clamping technology for difficult applications and special solutions.
February 2012 - Witte vacuum unit works automatically
Horst Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG, a major manufacturer of vacuum clamping chucks, systems and vacuum units, sells over 30 variations of vacuum pumps and units. Customers can choose between different types ranging from simple and highly effective vacuum pumps to vacuum workstations for mobile use.
January 2012 - Vacuum clamping of sensitive and flexible parts on a lathe
Clamping sensitive and flexible work pieces on lathes using vacuum while preserving their shape: this was the challenge given to the clamping professionals at Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG by a company operating in offshore technology.
June 2011 - Alufix RFID - New product debut at Control 2011
Alufix from Witte, used by recognized manufacturers in automobile and aircraft companies for measuring and inspection purposes, is well-known amongst experts worldwide.
Now the Bleckede company can integrate RFID technology (radio frequency identification) into their proven modular fixturing system.
May 2011 - Vacuum chucks now with venturi technology
Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different workpiece fixturing systems, now has slot-type and grid-type chucks available equipped with low-maintenance Venturi technology.
April 2011 - Multifunctional vacuum-chuck
Until recently Vac-Mat, grid-type, grid hole, Metapor and slot type chucks co existed next to one other, now all clamping applications are possible using a multi-functional vacuum chuck.
April 2011 - Cool clamping method
For a long time tiny 3D parts could only be fixed for machining using complicated, time-consuming methods for example specially manufactured forms or by mould clamping.
The fact that meanwhile these problems belong to the past is due to the development of freeze clamp technology.
June 2010 - Laser pointer for positioning measuring accessories
When measuring sheet metal, gathering data on bolts and holes can be very time consuming. With Fixinspect measuring accessories, precision-machined adapters in the shape of hemispheres, this process can be considerably simplified and speeded up
May 2010 - New fixture variations:
Aluquick SOLID and Alufix ECO
Economical alternatives to the classic fixturing systems from Witte
April 2010 - With grid and groove
Until recently profiles for modular fixturing have only been available separately either with a groove or with a grid, Witte Bleckede has now combined the specific advantages of both kinds of profile in a new product: Aluquick.
March 2010 - Retooling for cubings
Test and function cubings serve car manufacturers for function checks as well as for evaluation of design and fitting accuracy. Pilot series work pieces are mounted, examined and improved until they reach series condition.
March 2010 - Gauges in aluminium and ureol
For visual examination of outer door parts gauges are used, which also enable dimensional checks on a coordinate measuring machine.
March 2010 - Flip-Pod Vacuum-System simplifies fast machining of large parts
A special milling machine was recently developed for fast and accurate machining of large surface sandwich type plates i.e. plywood, plastics or fiber materials. Previously this process was done manually with electrical saws.
October 2009 - Clamping honeycomb parts with ice
Machining honeycomb type workpieces makes special demands on clamping technology. Neither conventional clamping methods nor vacuum systems have been able to create ideal conditions for 3D machining of these parts.
October 2009 - Measuring arms upside down
Vacuum-Disc enables on the spot applications with mobile measuring arms on suitable surfaces
October 2009 - Witte Bleckede: Research of lightweight construction technologies
For Horst Witte Bleckede, developer and manufacturer of modular workpiece fixturing
systems, the study of new materials and technologies plays an important role. The company
itself is engaged in several research projects to enable integration of latest findings into their
own product development.
September 2009 - Trendsetter
Multi-functional measuring and matching fixture holds individual parts and assemblies of six different passenger car side panels
Use of standard components enables retooling
July 2009 - 40 Years Witte Bleckede
Horst Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG celebrated their 40th anniversary on 1st July. What started as a subcontracting company for highly accurate aerospace parts, is nowadays an internationally reknowned manufacturer and supplier of fixturing systems.
June 2009 - Automatic loading system for measuring machines
Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of modular fixturing systems, offers an automatic loading system for coordinate measuring machines.
April 2009 - Modular cubings
In the automotive industry data control models and/or cubings are used for design evaluation and
functional tests. Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of various workpiece fixturing systems, is breaking new
ground by manufacturing modular cubings, enabling the combination of characteristic full or strip
models with the advantages of modular measuring fixtures.
March 2009 - Pirouettes!
Sandwich plates are often used as a base for measuring fixtures and structures. However they are
increasingly being used as a means of transport between measuring center and assembly area.
November 2008 - Space saving solution: 14 measuring fixtures on 4 square meters
For providing modular, repeatable fixtures Witte Bleckede offers different systems for configuring
October 2008 - Universal fixturing with Aluquick
The new fixturing system Aluquick from Witte Bleckede is suitable for all kinds of applications. Particularly
in aircraft maintenance work (MRO - maintenance, Repair and Overhaul) it can complement
gauges used for checking irregular shaped pipes and thus achieve considerable savings in time and
October 2008 - High end
Recently a customer approached Witte with a request for a clamping cube or tombstone for machining
plastic parts completely on 5 sides in only one clamping process.
September 2008 - Touch clamping
Witte Bleckede, designer and manufacturer of various vacuum clamping systems has introduced
another new idea to the market: A grid vacuum chuck with touch valves.
July 2008 - Cutting clamping time
Vacuum clamping systems of Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different fixturing systems, are available
in various versions, shapes and dimensions. Compared to conventional clamping methods they
enable substantial time savings because clamping and releasing of work pieces takes place in just a
July 2008 - Vacuum clamping XXL
Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different workpiece clamping systems, are particular specialists for
developing vacuum clamping solutions for difficult applications.
May 2008 - Perfect symbiosis: Alufix and RapidFit
In order to speed up manufacture of special parts Witte is taking advantage of rapid prototyping possibilities and utilizing RapidFit from Materialise.
May 2008 - Lean but not mean
Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different workpiece clamping systems, presents a new modular fixturing system AQ at the Control in Stuttgart.
February 2008 - Control debut: Aluquick
In order to satisfy the increasing demand for a simple, economical and at the same time modular fixturing system, Witte Bleckede has developed a new product: Aluquick.
December 2007 - Alufix & RapidFit
Alufix & RapidFit Perfect symbiosis
October 2007 - Schneider Electric, India
Schneider Electric India works with modular fixturing system Alufix
October 2007 - Tour de Alufix
For the last three months Witte’s demo van has been on the road in Europe. It is equipped with all important components to introduce and demonstrate Alufix to customers on site.
September 2007 - Pallets for tablets
Highest quality and accuracy are obligatory when manufacturing tablet-presses. In order to set up parts fast and flexibly for checking, Fette uses the Alufix fixturing system from Witte.
July 2006 - Fixture design with the Expert
Fixture design using Expert Holding die cast parts with Alufix Automobile suppliers in Switzerland are on the ball and have developed into an important economic factor. Numerous companies manufacture interior parts for well-known vehicle manufacturers.
July 2006 - Fixinspect PG: Measuring accessories for Photogrametry systems
Accessories for optical measuring of hidden or difficult to reach areas.
April 2006 - Vacuum chucks for surface measuring equipment
Witte Far East Pte Lted (Singapore), manufacturer of different fixturing systems, not only have a large range of standard items but are also specialists for custom built solutions and specials
April 2006 - Uniqueness with that certain “extra”
The latest creation of fixture supplier Witte Far East Pte. Ltd. (Singapore) is a sandwich plate with integrated lift function for a German car manufacturer.
March 2006 - Little helpers for vision based measuring systems
Fixinspect LT – for laser trackers
Fixinspect PG – for photogrammetry
In order to define positions of threaded or punched holes, threaded or welded bolts
November 2005 - Witte Fixinspect at DC
Halving measuring time of bolts and holes
Nothing holds up the measuring process more than ascertainment of holes. There are approximately 100 to 150 holes and bolts to measure in a car body. Accessibility for the measuring stylus is the biggest problem, whereby measuring staybolts at an angle is particularly challenging.
November 2005 - Clamping with Ice „Bedded“ and “ Gripped “ on Ice
The TKR company , who make special tools in the Western part of Germany has itself developed and produced fine-mechanical special tools, for the cable making technology .
With a know-how that has grown with years of experience and their ultra modern machines, TKR Gevelsberg, manufactures an extensive and specialized spectrum of parts.
November 2005 - Clamping Technology for Airbus
standard right the way down the line. Because of this in the Varel plant, where for instance fuselage parts for the AIRBUS are machined, a Fladder machine is being used for deburring of these large aluminium workpieces.
November 2005 - Witte: Vacuum chucks as conveyor
Highly sensitive products like glass substrate for flat displays need to be handled extremely carefully or even better not manually handled at all. The Basler company took this to heart: Their quality control specialists offer equipment with a hovercraft transport conveyor belt system, which comprises of Witte modules. The original application for these modules was vacuum clamping.
November 2005 - Clamping filigree parts
For almost all shapes and sizes of parts there are suitable clamping technologies available on the market. However demands on clamping systems increase when parts are very large or very small. Conventional methods often cannot ensure acceptable results.
When we are talking about non-magnetizeable parts with complicated shapes the following clamping methods provide good solutions depending on requirements:
1. Vacuum clamping technology
2. Freeze technology
3. Moulding technology
4. Modular clamping systems for measuring
November 2005 - Witte - Measuring Fixtures for DC
Building accurate measuring fixtures for different workpiece shapes and sizes using modular fixturing system Alufix.
November 2005 - Airbus Nordenham
Manufacturing of fuselage parts for different Airbus projects is carried out in Nordenham.
November 2005 - fixturing systems for Phaeton
In this top level Volkswagen automobile there is a lot of quality work from Zwickau involved. The body for the top class “Phaeton” model of Volkswagen is built in Zwickau/Mosel manufacturing plant and as far as measuring is concerned is closely looked at during the complete manufacturing process. Highly modern equipment is used for all QA checks, after which final assembly takes place in the glass factory in Dresden.
November 2005 - Fixturing - Alufix always fits
Fixturing: Alufix always fits
Alufix fixturing system for building measuring fixtures has asserted itself notably for complicated fixtures like meisterbocks for bodies-in-white.
November 2005 - Meisterbocks for holding complete bodies-in-white
During development of new car models all body parts must constantly undergo comprehensive quality checks, however data collected in this way says nothing about how adjacent parts fit in relation to one another.
November 2005 - News from Horst Witte Gerätebau, Germany
Witte Bleckede, specializes in the development and manufacturing of modular workpiece fixturing systems, will present a rapid fixturing kit at the Control in Sinsheim (Germany).
Alugrip can be integrated and used together with existing Alufix material.
November 2005 - Stand alone solutions Gauges for manufacturing:
Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different workpiece clamping systems also make gauges in aluminium.
November 2005 - Mini Ice Vice
Clamping and machining of small parts has always been a big problem in manufacturing industries. Witte Bleckede, manufacturer of different clamping systems now offers a further item in their freeze technology range. With a clamping surface of 40x40mm Ice Vice Light is especially suitable for machining small parts.
November 2005 - Ready, steady, go
For newcomers to vacuum clamping technology Witte Bleckede now offers a starter set, which contains all items required from chuck to pump. This set is unique in that it can be used for various applications.
November 2005 - Odyssee through the world of clamping technology
Clamping chucks with highest precision requirements
Vacuum clamping technology for machining of micro-structured workpieces
October 2005 - Off the beaten track
Compared to conventional methods vacuum clamping has always had the edge when it comes to difficult part geometries or sensitive materials.
Witte Bleckede offers decades of experience using vacuum clamping technology and is specialised in developing and manufacturing not only their own large range of standard items but more especially custom built solutions.
October 2005 - A-340
Witte Bleckede, developer and manufacturer of different workpiece clamping systems, offers a comprehensive range of standard vacuum components which can also clamp complicated part geometries.
April 2005 - Modular vacuum chucks for various applications
Purchase of a modern machining centre is preceded by a time-consuming process of comparison and decision.
Once selection has taken place the next decision must be made:
November 1999 - Freezing technology at DoCeram
The Ice Vice clamping system is used in the manufacture of high-performance ceramics as well as with the unbaked ceramic forms – right up to the grinding of the sintered ceramics. Many advantages in this clamping technology become noticeable with every new case.