Udo Herbes, Managing Director
“Engineering precisely what you value.”
As a global technology leader in manufacturing high speed, high power and high-precision machine tools for milling, turning, boring, and grinding workpieces of metallic, composite, and ceramic materials, the statement holds a major significance in the way Starrag North America operates. Udo Herbes, the managing director of Starrag, explains, “We evaluate the specific needs that our clients might have and then provide a solution for the entire project by delivering highly productive and durable complete machine solutions which include precise cutting applications, installation, training and support services.”
For Starrag’s clients in the Aerospace industry, the main predicament today relates to delivering quality flight-ready parts within the design tolerance and surface finishes in a time-efficient manner. Starrag, to this end, provides aerospace manufacturing solutions with unmatched throughput, extremely high surface finish, and accuracy. Combined with its program ServicePlus—which elevates the technical availability of these machines to a staggering 95 percent—Starrag ensures that customers can deliver flight-ready parts within their promised delivery schedules. The other pain-point that Starrag mitigates for its clients is labor rates, which have increased dramatically in the last few years. The company provides vast expertise of standard or highly customized FMS solutions. “We have over 600 FMS solutions in the market (worldwide),” says Herbes. This allows Starrag customers to run multiple machines with reduced personnel.
Starrag offers a wide array of machine machining solutions and configurations for the aerospace and other industries. Starrag machines can be configured as horizontal machining centers, large horizontal milling machines, large vertical milling machines, large vertical turning machines, and even machines that can mill / turn / and grind on a single piece of equipment. All can be provided with or without automation that can be completely customized to the customer’s needs. “We are proud of our ability to offer engineered solutions to allow our customers to have optimized solutions for all of their manufacturing needs,” mentions Herbes.
Apart from the aerospace industry, Starrag is an ideal industry partner for the defense, industrial, energy, or transports industry.
We comprehend the specific needs that our clients might have and then turn-key the entire project by delivering highly productive and durable complete machining solutions
With an ability to be a single supplier for a full range of manufacturing needs, Starrag can offer a solution, irrespective of the component that a client might need. The Starrag product portfolio range covers parts as small as a gear in a luxury watch to as large as a nuclear propeller. This also applies to the wide array of materials that customers are required to work with. “Be it hard or soft metals, Starrag machines are ready to perform and also provide full support for your project,” informs Herbes.
Staying true to its core philosophy, Starrag can stay ahead of the competition as its solutions are tailored to the customer’s needs, and are not just a standard product catalog. This enables Starrag to provide the lowest cost of ownership and the largest return on investment to its clients. Another factor that steers the company ahead is its global presence. “We have many customers who discuss solutions with us here in the US, and later the machines will be installed in Asia or Europe,” says Herbes. Many of Starrag’s most successful cases are in the defense industry, with over 50 machines installed in the F35 program alone. One of Starrag’s most successful installations in the commercial and defense aircraft segment is in Grove, Oklahoma, at Orizon Aerostructures. What began as a single machine installation has grown to 10 machines today, including automation, with plans for additional pieces of machines and FMS in the future. The partnership with Orizon and the Starrag team (backed by the prowess of ServicePlus) elevates the technical availability of these machines to a staggering 95 percent— ensuring that Orizon can deliver flight-ready parts within their promised delivery schedules.
Being in the metal/machine tool industry for over 35 years, Herbes understands the nuanced process of machining and has been a key component of the success that Starrag has achieved in the US. Through his decades of international experience in the machining world, he teaches and leads his team so they can better assist their clients in offering the right solution. For the future, Herbes envisions that Starrag will continue to help clients in gaining additional business and which will, in turn, increase the demand for additional Starrag machines. “We value our partnerships with our customers. Building new relationships while maintaining our existing will allow Starrag continued growth in the years to come,” concludes Herbes.