In co-operation with a well-known automotive supplier, the firm of Dömer will be manufacturing in the future a component for the new A4 platform. The component will be punched on a Bihler system as a plate; it will then be bent and in the same process resistance-welded. The integration of the resistance-welding into the complete punching-bending process brings a clear saving in lead time and thereby a cost reduction. As has already been demonstrated with the Dömerring products, the firm of Dömer is pursuing in a consequent manner the objective of process integration. Monitoring of the welding functions is fully integrated so that the complete process is being monitored continuously.