HEITEC and VJT – strong duo as of now for North America and Mexico

Two wheel testing machines for the BORBET group

Since April 2019, the world’s fastest fully automated wheel testing machine has been operating also in North America – and this is so successful that the second machine has already been ordered and is going to be put into operation in January 2020.

The wheel testing machine HeiDetect Wheel Robot from HEITEC PTS reduces significantly the test time of each wheel and, with its integrated industrial robot, can be best integrated in existing manufacturing process. These advantages have also convinced the BORBET group which, as one of the leading manufacturers of alloy wheels, produces worldwide and has been a customer of HEITEC PTS since 2012.

Image: Partnership HEITEC and VJT with BORBET (from left to right): Jürgen Keller (CEO BORBET Alabama), Michael Frieß (Managing Director HEITEC PTS), Mrs Sheetal Alreja (Service Director VJ Technologies)

Partnership yields benefits: German X-ray technology established itself in the US market

Due to the existing partnership since 2016 between HEITEC PTS and the American company VJ Technologies (VJT), also the North American location of BORBET Alabama Inc. in Auburn, USA, could be equipped with German X-ray technology from HEITEC PTS. Installation of this plant, as well as maintenance and service from the end of 2020, will be carried out by VJT locally on the spot. The advance technical high-end solution, short response time and low total cost of ownership justified the purchase of the two wheel testing machines HeiDetect Wheel Robot. Enormous cost advantages can also be offered by the spare parts package provided on site which ensures short downtimes if required.

A benefit for all: Use of local components

But the great strength of the partnership between HEITEC PTS and VJT, which has existed since 2016, is not only based on the target-oriented serving of regional markets, but also on a comprehensive cooperation in development, purchase and production. This cooperation has already proven in joint projects in Germany and China and, in the case of wheel testing machines for BORBET Alabama, has now also been extended to the North American and Mexican market: So in the wheel testing machines for the US market, for instance, locally produced X-ray sources of the VJ group were installed.


Technology from HEITEC PTS GmbH to prevent manipulation in cycling

The International Cycling Federation (UCI) wants to hunt down allegedly used electric motors in the most important races with X-ray trucks. So far, special thermal cameras have been used in the search for the presumably installed mini drives in the wheel frames. In future, X-ray machines from HEITEC PTS GmbH are to be used at the Giro d'Italia, the Tour de France, the Vuelta a Espana and the five most important one-day races.

This was published by the UCI at its press conference on March 20, 208 on the fight against "technological fraud".

HEITEC PTS GmbH presented fully automatic inline CT testing system

A world first at Euroguss 2018: HEITEC PTS GmbH presented a new fully automatic X-ray inspection system at Euroguss in Nuremberg. This allows components to be inspected within a minute - while production is running.

World premiere on the Control 2017

The HeiDetect ValuCT is celebrating its world-famous 3D computer tomograph at the HEITEC stand (Hall 6, number 6112) at Control 2017, the international trade fair for quality assurance in Stuttgart. The device delivers full-fledged 3D scans of small-volume components without the knowledge of the X-ray technique.

More information can be found here.

In Kuchen open the gateway to the world

Kuchen, New York, Shanghai:
Erhardt + Abt Automatisierungstechnik cooperates with the American company VJ Technologies (VJT) to set new standards in the field of automated x-ray inspection. The aim of the partnership is to combine the product safety and quality of a high-end "Made in Germany" technology with a regional plant production in order to be able to serve demanding production environments such as the automotive industry. More information can be found here.

Let's go - breaking into new markets

Erhardt+Abt has the know-how to achieve high throughput rates with an integrated industrial robot during in-line operation of mass production. Therefore, HeiDetect Wheel Robot is one of, or even the fastest x-ray inspection system for cast aluminium wheels on the market.

With the HeiDetect Wheel Robot, Erhardt+Abt has become established on the European market and thereby set new standards, not only for the X-ray inspection of cast aluminium wheels.

Through the cooperation with VJ Technologies, one of the world's leading suppliers of non-destructive workpiece testing with a network of offices around the world, these standards now get market access to the USA, Mexico, China and India. 

This provides a competitive advantage not only for Erhardt+Abt. Both sides see large potential in a cost-effective production of systems combined with the product safety and quality of a high-end technology "Made in Germany".

We present this cooperation on the WCNDT 2016, the World Conference on Non-destructive Testing. The conference will be held from Monday, 13th of June to Friday, 17th of June 2016 in Munich. The partners will present themselves at the booth of VJ Technologies (FE 23).

WCNDT 2016

19th World Conference on Nondestructive examination.
13 - 17 June 2016 in Munich, Germany.

More than 2200 participants are already registered and the event is mostly sold out.
The organizer is ICNDT.


ICNDT, the International Committee for Non-Destructive Testing, is a nonprofit - organization for international development of the science and practice of Non-Destructive Testing in conjunction with individual NDT - companies dedicated and recognized continental grouping of NDT - companies.


With an innovative approach based on a Kuka robot , it is the technicians from Erhardt + Abt managed to automate the process .

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Since July 2015 Erhardt + Abt is a member of the Network of Companies for the packaging industry and packaging solutions. The association Packaging Valley Germany e.V. networks over 40 companies in the packaging industry. Included are packaging machine manufacturers, manufacturers of component and bespoke machines, as well as service providers for the packaging industry and machine manufacturing.



Erhardt + Abt-Team masters cycle marathon Alb-Extrem 2015

With best weather and in new shirts, the team of Erhardt + Abt participated in the challenging cycle marathon Alb-Extrem like the years before.


Première at GIFA 2015 in Düsseldorf. Erhardt + Abt Automatisierungstechnik GmbH from Kuchen claims that it already had the fastest wheel inspection system on the market. With the integration of an industrial robot, this tried and tested technology has now undergone a revolutionary overhaul, and was presented to the public for the first time at GIFA 2015 in Düsseldorf as the HeiDetect Wheel Robot.


Together with the Fraunhofer-Entwicklungszentrum Röntgentechnik EZRT presented Erhardt + Abt from 5 to 8 May 2015, at the International Trade Fair for Quality Assurance Control the range of applications of nondestructive CT inspection of workpieces based on the versatile HeiDetect XS CT system.


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