Swainsboro, GA-based Hotset America is a subsidiary of Hotset GmbH, a global manufacturer headquartered in Lüdenscheid, Germany. The company is known for its cartridge, coil and flexible tubular heaters, as well as temperature sensor products for the plastics and machine industries; but Hotset America has expanded its offering to control cabinets, which they supply for a global leader of injection molding machines.
For Hotset America, its control cabinet business is an important ongoing part of operations. To ensure that those operations run smoothly and effectively, the company has standardized on Siemens power distribution and control products, including drives, breakers, power supplies, and other control hardware for its cabinet builds.
“We’ve now built between 500 and 600 control cabinets for our customers, with practically no issues, due to a combination of factors,” says David Cieslica, president of Hotset America. “Siemens does an excellent job, helping us with application engineering assistance, product support, and— a real key for us— hands-on training for their products and services, so we can maintain a consistent flow of finished units to our customers.”
Establishing a Competitive Advantage
According to Cieslica, the hotset competitive advantage is the company’s ability to deliver exceptionally high quality control cabinets in a short assembly time, at a competitive advantage. It’s also important to the customers that the products are made in America. Hotset subscribes to a build-where-used philosophy, making the Georgia entity far more than a distribution outlet for a European manufacturer.
The company currently builds control cabinets for injection molding presses, and other electrically powered machinery, as well as turnkey solutions related to thermal processing. Hotset is entirely dedicated to the OEM, selling customized designs in control cabinets, alongside their full line of thermal products.
The Hotset America team is comprised of design engineers, mechanical engineers, thermal specialists, quality personnel, and a crew of installation technicians that Cieslica says, “I’d put up against any in the industry.” All the control cabinets are fully run-tested and consistently shipped on time to OEM customers.
Extending the Brand
Over many decades, the hotset brand has primarily stood for hot runner technology, and for the production of industrial heating elements— predominantly for plastics processing. However, for a long time now, this image has ceased to correspond with reality.
In recent years, hotset has not only expanded geographically, but has also developed beyond the boundaries of plastics technology. And during this, their systems expertise and engineering competencies have been significantly extended.
According to Cieslica, this new hotset brand is critical to the company’s ongoing success.
“We take the brand concept very seriously,” he says. “We strive to be a true value-adding supplier to our customers; and we see the same attitude from Siemens, as they are constantly offering us suggestions on more efficient implementation of their products into our cabinet design.”
He also notes the advantage of collaborative engineering with Siemens.
“While we utilize almost entirely standard products— implementing them into our CAD formats— we often require assistance in the configuration of the controls inside the cabinet, given our frequent customer challenges for more compact cabinet footprints and machine integration specifics,” explains Cieslica.
Georgia on their Mind
Hotset America was originally established in Vermont, but moved to the relatively remote Georgia town where it is now based for a number of reasons.
“We were attracted by many factors, starting with the Savannah Port Free Trade Zone, but we quickly discovered something else that strongly influenced our decision and, I suppose, appealed to a personal belief of mine,” says Cieslica.
“The Georgia Quick Start program is internationally renowned for its workforce development strategies that provide training for qualified, new, expanding and existing businesses. Our company had a great desire to help rectify the unemployment situation locally, so we’ve brought a number of people into the operation, trained them, and watched them grow— often with amazement.” (He cites a particular individual, who was previously a delivery driver, but since joining hotset has become a highly skilled cabinet builder, and today is the company’s production supervisor.)
The Importance of Reliability and Commitment
Cieslica emphasizes how much Hotset America has relied on Siemens as it has grown.
“We’ve entered into a long-term contract with one customer, a global leader in their market, so we knew we needed a reliable supplier who could support our growing cabinet business in America,” he explains, adding that another OEM has signed a contract with the company for 105 cabinets. “Siemens has been here to help us in many ways, and we appreciate their commitment to our business,” Cieslica concludes.
Hotset has been selling products in the U.S. since 1985, and Hotset America was established in 2010. Today Hotset America supports the U.S., Canadian, and Latin American markets, maintaining its parent company’s full heater product suite while providing other services such as the control cabinet builds, focusing on the plastics, rubber, packaging, metal forming and die-casting industries.Have an Inquiry for Siemens about this article? Click Here >>