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Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH

50+ years of experience

Our company now offers over 50 years of experience in the production, development and processing of high-performance plastics.

In line with requirements – nothing more, but also nothing less

The company was founded based on this philosophy by Mr. Wilfried Wolf in the late 1960s. He began to fill up the gap present in the high performance plastics market by starting as a plastics retailer with integrated customer support in the selection of materials.

A few years later, the company was expanded with cutting machines (lathes, milling machines, etc.), introduced the tribological tests on materials (1972) and volume productions by injection moulding, up to the first ZEDEX® material developments & extrusion and compounding lines.

After these first important steps, the Wolf company has been improved and expanded over the years, and since the beginning of this century Mr. Gunter Wolf, son of Mr. Wilfried Wolf, has expanded the production area, improved the laboratory with test benches to test bushings and spindle nuts and introduced mechanical and thermal analyses in the laboratory.

Cross-process know-how and responsibility from a single source is one of the advantages we offer to our customers.

 

 

 

 

Cross process Know-How and Responsibility in one hand

Valuable creativity is restricted by ignorance, lack of foresight, communication problems and the resulting limitations. A product passes through more steps during its developing. Normally the processing is the bottleneck of the creativity, and it does not let your idea to be incorporated in the product. In the same way, the developer has not got any possibility, to be creative in doing the compound formulation. Besides, unwanted aggravating influences are added between the various processes, such as properties changes of the material by machining for example, in which the processing conditions are often not specified at the time of the processing. The interactive influence and the information flow between the various processes can be efficiently used to determine the product conception. From the idea to the end-product, we establish all the process steps of the product developing and we can always react flexibly and creatively realizing a successful product.

360° – WOLF IS YOUR PARTNER FOR THERMOPLASTIC HIGH-PERFORMANCE POLYMERS

It is a great advantage for our customers to have with us a single competent partner for the entire process chain, starting from his requirements to delivery of the final product.

ZEDEX® R&D
Polymer testing, compound development and damage analysis

R&D build the foundation of our success. We do it since 1972 in our own laboratory in Kerpen, Germany. Through intensive research and continuous development of materials, our high performance plastics ZEDEX® have exceptional properties.

If the material for a specific application will not be present in our product range, we can modify an existing material making it suitable for the application or even develop it specifically. Our key competences are changes to optimise tribological properties.

In failure cases of your components, we can mostly determine the cause of the malfunctions through mechanical tests, thermal tests, micro or macroscopic examinations of the defective parts. Optionally, we recommend you our appropriate high performance plastic ZEDEX® for your application.

ZEDEX® DESIGN

Since 1968 we resolve problems, which come into being using plastic for machine elements.

A component made of plastic should be designed respecting the requirements, without having unnecessary safety properties. Every type of over-dimensioning has got negative effects, both economically and technologically. Only through experience, know-how and creativity, this target can be achieved.

We provide our support dimensioning your technical components and designing them suitable for material, processing condition and applied load. We inform you about the optimal shape and thus, how to obtain the maximum efficiency.

ZEDEX® PRODUCTS

Semi-finished, granules, 3D Tribofilament, Coating

We offer you the high performance plastics ZEDEX® in almost any shape:

  • As semi-finished with a finely coordinated range of dimensions
  • As cut-offs
  • As granules for further processing e.g. in the injection moulding
  • As 3D Tribofilament for additive 3D printing
  • As coating to optimise the tribological properties of the pairing.

Additionally we offer tailor-made products as compound, blends and semi-finished based on construction and high-performance plastics such as PAI, PEEK, PEI, PESU, PET, PK, POM, PPS, PU, TPI, PPSU, LCP, ETFE etc.

ZEDEX® MANUFACTURING

Extrusion, injection moulding, machined, 3D printed, casting

We manufacture your component according to your drawing or you name the application and we design your component according to your requirements. No matter if extruded & machined, injection moulded or 3D printed, we determine the optimal manufacturing process for each component.

For the pump & naval sector we produce our new Blue Water & Dirty Water products by casting. These are available as roughly cast moulded bushings or as bushings according to the customer’s drawing or based on our design.

ZEDEX® SOLUTIONS

Final parts such as precise plain bearing, slotted bearing, stave bearing, half shell bearing, foil bearing, hydrodynamic bearing, slideway, spindle nuts, track roller, gear, seal, scraper, wear part and insulating part, metal-plastic part, 3D printed part etc.

Since 1968 we have begun to successfully introduce plastic materials’ components from us designed, manufactured and made of engineering & high-performance ZEDEX® polymers, in fields of application considered visionary. We have learned a lot in our path, but our most precious spring of the Know-How is formed by the results of material tests and subsequently by those of the components, that we have been conducting since 1972.

Our core competences are modifications to optimise the tribological properties (no maintenance, transfer layer – dry running – wear resistance – low friction), but on construction & high-performance plastics we carry out all the usual and unusual modifications as well, e.g. fibre reinforcing, detectability, thermal and electrical conductivity, colouring, antistatic, mechanical resilience, thermal stability etc.

Through our experience we understand how technical components work and which reactions and processes inside the plastic materials take place during the use and which modifications are necessary to reduce negative reactions.

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Timeline of the company Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH

1968

Establishment

  • Establishment Wilfried Wolf Kunststofftechnik
  • Trade with plastics

1970

Expansion

  • Manufacturing of machined finished parts

1972

Start of tribological tests

  • Introduction of tribological material testing

1978

Volume production

  • 1. Volume production of injection moulded parts to the tractor industry

1980

Name change

  • Company name changed to Wolf Kunststoff-Gleitlager GmbH
  • Triplication of the production area

1985

Extrusion

  • Introduction of the first extrusion line for the production of semi-finished products

1987

Compound development

  • Introduction of the production of plastic compounds

1989

1st compounder

  • Commissioning of the 1st compounder for the production of plastic compounds

1993

Component testing

  • Introduction of test benches for plain bearing bushes and spindle nuts

1995

Expansion

  • Opening of foreign production

2000

Additional shareholder

  • Mr. Gunter Wolf is appointed managing partner

2001

Laboratory 2.0

  • Expansion of the laboratory with mechanical and thermal analyses

2002

Damage analysis

  • Introduction of the component and damage analysis

2004

Dispatch time

  • Quadrupling of the storage space to shorten the dispatch time

2008

Expansion

  • Expansion of the company area to 3800 m²

2010

Extrusion

  • Large hollow rods extrusion up to 400 mm in diameter

2011

Laboratory 3.0

  • Triplication of the laboratory space
  • Start of fatigue tests (Eplexor)

 

2013

Plate extrusion

  • Expansion of plate extrusion, capacity and dimensions
    (w = 1200 mm & thk=110 mm)

2014

PU – polyurethane

  • PU-based material development for hollow rods up to 2000 mm in diameter

2016

Cooperation

  • Start of cooperation with perfluorence GmbH in the field of reactive extrusion and tribochemical reactions

2017

Filament extrusion

  • Start of filament extrusion for 3D printing

2018

3D printing

  • Production of customer components in ZEDEX materials through FFM / FFF process

Our mission

Fun and passion in developing new materials,
to exceed current feasibility limits.

Our Vision

We want everyone to know, that we have the most appropriate product solutions.

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Heisenbergstr. 63-65
Industrial area II
50169 Kerpen-Türnich
Germany

Telephone +49 2237 / 9749-0
Fax +49 2237 / 9749-20