The Millionth Shredder Hammer – Made by SWB

In September 2015, German-based Stahlwerke Bochum GmbH (SWB) had reasons to celebrate: Its Bochum factory finished the 1,000,000th differentially hardened shredder hammer, which will serve an important task in scrap recycling and thus help to conserve natural resources.

The success story of this best-seller, invented by SWB 30 years ago and further developed up to this day, has been celebrated with some 140 employees, international representatives, and special guests. Plus, the company‘s freshly designed Internet presence went online exactly in time for the jubilee.

The differentially hardened shredder hammers which are used in shredders for cutting secondary raw material scrap have been sold to customers in 48 countries worldwide. This makes SWB the world leader in this market segment. Exports account for 75 percent of their turnover. Main buyer countries are the USA with Canada, followed by France, England, Belgium, Spain, and Japan.

Photo: SWB

Photo: SWB

New Internet Presence

On the occasion of the jubilee, the Internet presence of Stahlwerke Bochum GmbH has been completely revamped. The site, available in six languages, has been expanded with a wealth of information and optimized for mobile device displays.

SWB products are used in processing plants like car shredders, scrap shears, stone crushers and other recycling equipment subjected to highest levels of wear. SWB wear parts have the highest resistance to abrasion, erosion and impact and therefore significantly improve the efficiency of the processing equipment in which they are used. The service offered by SWB includes application consulting and matching the wear parts to the design and application of the respective machines.

SWB production is based on computer-aided simulation of the casting technology. The pattern production is followed by machine moulding for series in a semi-automatic moulding plant or by hand moulding for piece production of wear parts up to 7,000 kilogram. Depending on the level of wear, SWB supplies wear parts made of low and high alloyed steel as well as of cast materials for highest levels of wear. A final individual heat treatment ensures that the quality and performance of the parts will match the high future requirements in any case.

Photo: SWB / Volker Wiciok