Indonesia: The number of air passengers in Indonesia is expected to grow around 30 percent year-on-year, to reach 140 million in 2018, increasing from approximately 108 million in 2017, according to Bintang Hidayat, airport director, Indonesia’s Transportation Ministry.
Frankfurt, Germany: Sales in Germany’s precision tool industry increased seven percent in 2017, exceeding 10 billion euros (US$12.3 billion), according to a report by the German Mechanical Engineering Industry Association (VDMA). The industry is forecast to grow five percent in 2018.
Gloucestershire, United Kingdom: Metrology system and metal 3D printing machine manufacturer Renishaw has appointed William Lee as chief executive officer, effective 1 February 2018.
The Universal Robots UR3 robot is a compact lightweight 11 kg table-top robot with a payload of 3 kg, equipped with 360-degree rotatable wrist joints and an infinitely rotatable end joint.
The robot is capable of working with a human team or as a standalone operator, and can be used in applications requiring 6-axis capabilities such as assembly, polish, glue and screw to create products of uniform quality.
The robot optimises production workflow while maintaining safety, and reduces production costs.
Tailift’s Elektro Servo ES23 is a punching press that features higher speed and precision while being energy-saving.
Equipped over-load protection, the punching press is an effective implement for thinner sheet metal. It is combined with processing abilities of punching, forming, roller cutting and tapping, an all-in-one machine. The integration assembly reduces floor space requirements effectively.
It features low average electricity consumption, energy-saving, thus eliminating the hydraulic .
Italy: The Italian Ucimu-Sistemi Per Produrre (Systems to Produce) index of machine tool orders rose 21.5 percent in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared to the prior year. Ucimu is an Italian machine tool, robots, automation systems and ancillary products manufacturers’ association with over 200 member companies.
Wolfsburg, Germany: The Volkswagen Group has reported it is developing on-demand additive manufacturing (AM) technology for replacement parts such as water connectors for car engines.
Seco has released three insert grades TP2501, TP1501 and TP0501, for steel turning with Duratomic coating technology to provide improved toughness, heat resistance and chemical inertness. This lengthens tool life and offers the potential for higher cutting speeds.
TP2501 suits a variety of workpiece material requirements and unpredictable working conditions with its highly secure edge toughness behaviour. TP1501 is well-balanced and suits applications requiring high wear resistance in low-alloy steel workpieces. TP0501 provides high wear resistance and cutting speeds, and suits stable machining conditions and situations requiring high output.
The TP grades also feature used-edge detection that do not impact tool performance, yet allows machinists to quickly and accurately identify used edges with the naked eye.
Schuler has released the MSD-400, a servo press with a force of 400 metric tonnes that increases flexibility and efficiency of manufacturing, and hence productivity.
The servo press allows manufacturers to individually programme both stroke height an forming speed, while simultaneously reducing energy consumption at the same output level. As such, it can positively influence die service lives. With a coil line and roll feed, the press comprises a complete forming system.