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MJ Gerüst Deploys Schuler’s Servo Technology For Special Forming

MJ Gerüst Deploys Schuler’s Servo Technology For Special Forming

MJ Gerüst GmbH, one of the leading scaffolding manufacturers in Germany, based in Plettenberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, has placed an order with Schuler for its third identical servo press. It is a 400-ton line with bed dimensions of 3,050 by 1,400 millimeters, which forms perforated scaffold decks and other parts from sheet metal for scaffolding.

Schuler will supply the servo press, which is scheduled to go into operation at the end of the year, including the complete automation from a single source. “MJ Gerüst also wants to rely on Schuler’s proven servo technology for this special forming requirement,” explains Area Sales Manager Olaf Klein. The machine will be located at the beginning of a production line about 50 meters of length, which also includes a profiling line as well as a welding line.

“This will enable us to further optimize the manufacturing process by eliminating the need to transport parts between production lines and making even better use of the high output capacity of the servo press,” adds Alexander Böhne, Technical Manager Die Construction / Stamping Shop at MJ Gerüst. “We also equipped all three machines with a soundproof booth and spared no expense or effort to do so.”

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EJP Expands In The International Wire Industry

EJP Expands In The International Wire Industry

EJP Maschinen GmbH, based in Baesweiler near Aachen, Germany, has acquired a substantial share in Italmec Sp. z o.o. from Katowice / Poland—completing its product range with wire drawing machines for ferrous wires and offers complete production lines from a single source for the entire process chain from wire rod to finished coil.

In spring 2020, EJP founded EJP WIRE Technology together with Lothar Köppen, which supplies machines and the related process technology for the pretreatment of wire. At the same time, EJP entered into a cooperation with the Polish machine maker Italmec for the marketing of wire drawing lines.

The cooperation has developed so positively, that Italmec is now a member of the EJP Group. Also completed in January is the shareholding in WWM Technology Srl. in Conselve/Padua/Italy, which is since decades specialized in making of the full product range for the production of welding wires.

Jacques Paraskevas, the Managing Director of EJP Maschinen GmbH, sees his involvement in the two companies as another logical step towards complete solutions for the wire industry: “In the wire division of the EJP Group, we now combine German engineering with production in Katowice. From now on, we supply all machines for the complete process chain of wire production with modern technology and in the best quality at very attractive prices.”

Paraskevas continues, “There were many changes in the international market in 2020. Through the participation in Italmec and WWM, we are filling a gap that was created last year. In the wire industry, we are now one of the few suppliers that produce complete plants for the entire “wire” process chain and at the same time have a global sales and service network. We also utilize synergies between the wire industry and our traditional focus on “rods, tubes and profiles”, as many of our customers produce both wire and other long products.”

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TIMTOS Hybrid 2021 To Bring Light In Taiwan Machine Tool Industry

TIMTOS Hybrid 2021 To Bring Light In Taiwan Machine Tool Industry

The world’s first hybrid machine tool show after the pandemic outbreak, Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS 2021), March 15 – 20, has reached its final countdown. To let people know more about the show, the organizers Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) and Taiwan Association of Machinery Industry (TAMI) held a global press conference highlighted with CEO Panel on January 20.

Top executives from the machine tool industry, chairmen of Fair Friend, Hiwin, and Chin Fong, talked online in the CEO Panel on “Restructuring for Smart Machine Industry in Post Pandemic Era” with TAITRA Chairman James Huang and TAMI Chairman Pa-Hsi Ko. All of them have affirmed that the launch of TIMTOS will ultimately bring a positive significance to the global machine tool industry, particularly it can boost confidence in Taiwan machine tool industry, which suffered a slump in the first half and recovered somehow in the second half of last year.

TAITRA Chairman James Huang said that Taiwan’s performance in pandemic prevention has attracted worldwide attention, especially the resilience and flexibility manifested by the Taiwan manufacturing industry during the pandemic, which is proven to be a crisis and a turning point as well. Chairman Huang added that in TIMTOS, the unprecedented changes in the market and the increasing demand for technological development contributed to industrial transformation will be seen in a variety of new products developed by TIMTOS exhibitors.

TAMI Chairman Pa-Hsi Ko also pointed out that the capability of Taiwan’s pandemic prevention is the key to attracting leading manufacturers from home and abroad to join TIMTOS. Included this year are not only domestic makers such as Fair Friend, Victor Taichung, YCM, Dah Lih, Hiwin, Syntec, and LNC, but also foreign high profile makers, DMG MORI, FANUC, MAZAK, TRUMPF and Siemens. The exhibition is definitely an important platform to showcase the achievements of Taiwan’s smart machinery and smart manufacturing.

Chairman Huang and Chairman Ko, both of whom have learned of this year’s online and offline trade show so much that they seem to have become the best spokespersons for TIMTOS 2021 Hybrid.

In addition, the organizers detailed how TIMTOS Hybrid can provide visitors with an experience beyond the constraints of time and space, and how the On-site Guide for Online Visitors as a featured platform that help exhibitors and buyers grasp business opportunities by connecting each other online.

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3D Printing And Titanium — A Life-Changing Combination

3D printing And Titanium — A Life-Changing Combination

3D printing is delivering customisation options that make it possible to create almost any shape using additive manufacturing (AM) technology. In fact, the possibilities of 3D printing are so game-changing, it is even possible to create carbon copies of our own skulls. Sandvik’s additive manufacturing and metal powder specialists are exploring the potential of AM in the medical field, and are preparing for the future of medical implants.

Life-threatening accidents, vertebral damage, chronic osteopathic conditions and side-effects from medical treatment can all cause irreparable damage to patients. The consequences can be painful, debilitating and even fatal, so we must develop solutions to help the human body overcome challenges, enhance the healing process and improve patient prognosis. Medical implant technology has developed vastly over the years, and one of manufacturing’s most disruptive technologies is set to transform the way we treat patients.

Medical implant developers require a manufacturing technology that delivers speed, individualisation and the ability to produce complex designs. 3D printing, paired with bio-compatible materials like titanium, is demonstrating its evident potential as the medical industry’s manufacturing technology of choice for life-changing solutions.

In the past, surgeons used metal mesh to replace areas of the body such as skull bones, which tended to be weak and lacked precision. 3D printing eliminates these flaws because it uses medical imaging to create a customised implant, shaped exactly according to the individual’s anatomical data. This means that the patient can be fitted with an exact match to replace the lost or damaged area of the skull.

In Sandviken, Sweden, lies one of the world’s most cutting-edge titanium powder plants. At the plant, Sandvik’s experts are unlocking the potential of 3D printed titanium devices for the medical industry. “Titanium, 3D printing and the medical sector are the perfect match,” explains Harald Kissel, R&D Manager at Sandvik Additive Manufacturing.

“Titanium has excellent properties and is one of few metals accepted by the human body, while 3D printing can rapidly deliver bespoke results for an industry where acting quickly could be the difference between life and death.”

In addition to titanium’s material benefits, AM can help overcome some of the challenges when producing medical implants and prosthetics. Typically, the process of being fit for a prosthesis involves several visits to create a device that fits a patient and their needs. As a result, the time between a patient’s life-changing surgery and them receiving their device can be painstakingly slow.

“If a patient undergoes a serious accident, one that destroys areas such as the skull or spine beyond repair, they simply do not have time to spare to ensure their reconstructive devices fit correctly. Instead, they’re given solutions that work, but aren’t tailored to their bodies,” Kissel explained.

“Long waiting times and a lack of customisation can really impact how a patient feels after they’ve undergone a life-changing event or procedure. Even in 2020, there are still prosthetic patients using devices that do not move, or are simply just hooks.”

“Using computer tomography, it is now possible to optimise designs that simply cannot be produced using other manufacturing methods. What’s more, we can make our designs lighter, with less material waste and in shorter lead times. Patients could receive a perfectly matching device, in less time and using a high-performing, lightweight material.”

In summer 2020, Sandvik’s specialist powder plant was awarded the ISO 13485:2016 medical certification for its Osprey titanium powders, positioning its highly automated production process at the forefront of medical device development. As AM disrupts many areas of manufacturing, it’s clear that its potential in the medical sector will be life changing.

Sandvik is also part of one of the most ground-breaking research projects within the medical segment to date, contributing with its extensive material expertise. The Swiss M4M Center in Switzerland is a public-private partnership initiated by the Swiss government, aiming to evolve medical 3D printing to a level where patient-specific, innovative implants can be developed and manufactured quickly and cost-effectively.

“The Swiss M4M Center is intended to build up and certify a complete end-to-end production line for medical applications, like implants. Being able to facilitate this initiative through the unique material knowledge that is found within Sandvik is an empowering experience. Joining forces with an array of experts to reinvent the future of medical devices as well as the lives of thousands of people — is an experience out of the ordinary.”

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MAPAL Expands Management Board

MAPAL Expands Management Board

MAPAL has used the past few months as an opportunity to reorganise and restructure. The new direction focuses even more strongly on MAPAL’s core processes and key topics. As a result, the Management Board of MAPAL has grown from three to five members. In addition to the President Dr Jochen Kress and the current members Dr Ralf Herkenhoff and Dr Michael Fried, Siegfried Wendel (62) and Jacek Kruszynski (58) were appointed as members of the Management Board on 1 October 2020.

After more than 40 years at MAPAL and long membership of the extended management team, Siegfried Wendel has been appointed Chief Sales Officer (CSO). He is responsible for sales worldwide and for the individual sales channels.

Jacek Kruszynski, who has been a member of MAPAL’s extended management team since January 2020, was appointed as the new Chief Technical Officer (CTO) on 1 October. The areas of product and market segment management in addition to research and development are under his direction.

Dr Jochen Kress is convinced that he has laid the foundation for the safe future of the company: “The new structure supports us in fulfilling customer and market requirements in an even better way.”

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Emerson’s Shanghai Research And Development Center Recognised For Innovation In Welding And Precision Cleaning

Emerson’s Shanghai Research And Development Center Recognised For Innovation In Welding And Precision Cleaning

Branson R&D Center receives designation for exceptional work delivering high-performance plastic and metal assembly technology to China and the world.

The Shanghai municipal government recognised Emerson’s Branson Research and Development Center for its contributions to technical innovation in ultrasonic, laser, vibration, infrared and thermal plastic welding, as well as ultrasonic metal welding and precision cleaning.

In a Nov. 19 ceremony, Gong Zheng, mayor of Shanghai Municipal People’s Government, presented the designation “Shanghai Multinational Company R&D Center” to Emerson’s David Shen, general manager for Emerson’s Branson welding and assembly products. The Center, which employs a staff of more than 30 R&D personnel, was one of nine organisations recognised that day for meeting specific investment, employment, facility, and technology transfer and adoption benchmarks set by the government.

“China’s industrial supply chain is undergoing a rapid economic recovery, a factor that has injected confidence into the global fight against COVID-19,” said Shen. “We will continue to adhere to the localised development strategy of ‘in China, for China,’ using innovative technologies and industry expertise, proactively focusing on new product development, and contributing to the transformation and upgrading of industry.”

As a large-scale, comprehensive ultrasonic equipment production and technology development enterprise, Emerson is committed to technological innovation in the fields of plastic welding, ultrasonic metal welding and precision cleaning.

Shen added that as a trusted welding expert for leading companies in various industries in China, Emerson will continue to advance welding technology, provide customers with professional and reliable customised welding application solutions, and help customers to succeed in light of new market trends. “The strength of our research and development expertise contributes to this effort,” he noted.

The plastic and metal welding experts at the multinational center in Shanghai have played a primary role in developing and introducing key Emerson technologies to China and to the world. These include the Branson GLX-Micro ultrasonic plastic welder, the Branson GL-300 laser welder, the Branson GMX-20 ultrasonic metal spot welding platform, and the Branson GCX ultrasonic generator for precision ultrasonic cleaning systems.

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Gravity Pull Systems Introduces Industrialised MES Solutions For AM Processes

Gravity Pull Systems Introduces Industrialised MES Solutions For AM Processes

Gravity Pull Systems, Inc., the enabler of industrialisation in additive manufacturing has launched an integrated Schedule Optimiser and MES system that provides a simple solution to a highly complex problem:

While most of existing solutions for Planning/Scheduling and Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) require a special process design to meet relevant requirements for AM processes, Gravity’s product suite Synoptik provides a technology that enables best economics of scale and supports profound digital transformation in additive manufacturing.

The Synoptik product suite provides an all-in-one solution, enabling

  • Holistic process planning across entire manufacturing processes, including post-processing with the objective to achieve the most optimal levels of material consumption, material re-use and capacity utilisation
  • full transparency and traceability by a 24/7 total view on each & every process step
  • industry-specific Audit & Compliance conformity for Aerospace, Automotive, Automation and Medical industries
  • significant cost savings by reduced manufacturing costs while ensuring sustainability

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Farsound Achieves Aviation Suppliers Association’s Quality System ‘ASA-100’ Certification

Farsound Achieves Aviation Suppliers Association’s Quality System ‘ASA-100’ Certification

Farsound announced that it has met the requirements of the Aviation Suppliers Association’s Quality System Standard “ASA-100” and FAA Advisory Circular 00-56B.

Recent changes introduced by the CAAC (Chinese Airworthiness Authority) mandate aircraft parts distributors to be approved to quality standard ASA100 if they wish to continue supplying parts into China.

Following a successful approval assessment audit, demonstrating compliance to the requirements, Farsound has received its approval certificate to ASA100.

“This is a major achievement for Farsound, especially in the very short timescale, and will allow us to continue, and grow our business in China. My thanks go to everyone who has been involved in this project,” commented Graham Mitchell, Farsound’s Quality Director

Established February 25, 1993, the Aviation Suppliers Association (ASA), based in Washington, D.C., is a not-for-profit association, representing more than 640 global member companies. Collectively, they lead critical logistics programs, purchasing efforts, and distribution of aircraft parts world-wide. Member companies include: distributors, suppliers, surplus sales organisations, repair stations, manufacturers, airlines, operators, and other companies that provide services to the aviation parts supply industry.

The ASA Accreditation Program is a 36 month audit program based on the ASA-100 Standard. The standard was created to comply with the FAA Advisory Circular (AC) 00-56, the Voluntary Industry Distributor Accreditation Program. ASA-100 emphasises issues such as impartiality, competence, and reliability – all specific to the regulated needs of the aerospace industry.

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Siemens Releases Simcenter 3D 2021

Siemens Releases Simcenter 3D 2021

Siemens Digital Industries Software has announced the availability of the latest release of Simcenter 3D software, part of the Simcenter portfolio of simulation and test solutions. Simcenter 3D and the Simcenter portfolio are part of the Xcelerator portfolio, Siemens’ integrated portfolio of software, services and application development platform.

In the 2021 release, Simcenter 3D continues to further improve its powerful unified and shared engineering platform for all simulation disciplines to help users gain full value of the benefits that simulation provides in terms of cost, speed and impact to innovation. Introducing new enhancements to the AI (Artificial Intelligence) driven user experience, new simulation types as well as refinements in accuracy and enhanced performance speed, Simcenter 3D 2021 can help companies understand true performance of their designs early in their development process.

In many applications, product innovation includes the engineering of the advanced material used in them, which is why new materials are being introduced into the market at unprecedented speed. Cracking is a very important consideration for advanced materials, however micro and meso cracking in advanced materials is difficult to model with the finite element method. Simcenter 3D now includes full representative volume element (RVE) separation and 2D and 3D automatic insertion of cracks or cohesive zones in materials. Macro and microstructural models now allow for full mesh separation for a crack to propagate completely through a material.

“Simcenter Multimech allows us to model microstructural cracks and determine how they would affect the overall part,” states Neraj Jain, group leader in simulation and engineering at the DLR Department of Ceramic Composites and Structures. “Using this tool, we can actually see where a crack is developing, how the crack will change our material, and how it will affect the final microstructure of the material.”

New to Simcenter 3D is an auralization post-processing tool that allows users to listen to simulated pressure results to evaluate sound quality. This allows acoustics engineers to actually hear the noise produced from various vibrating components or products as opposed to having to visually evaluate through charts or graphs.

Simulation-driven design can drastically lower the time it takes to bring a product to market. For this reason, Simcenter 3D’s thermal analysis capabilities have been scaled into a vertical solution for mold designers and design engineers. The new NX Mold Cooling product uses Simcenter 3D technology to allow designers to rapidly set up and simulate the thermal performance of an injection mold insert directly in NX as they are designing the mold. This allows for easy and rapid thermal analysis of injection mold designs without having to wait for expert analyst feedback.

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Top 5 Articles In 2020: COVID-19, Fast-Fab & Machining

Top 5 Articles In 2020: COVID-19, Fast-Fab & Machining

As we move into 2021, lets take a look back at the most popular COVID-19, Fast-Fab and Machining articles in 2020:

COVID-19

  1. Thailand’s Roadmap To Become The Regional EV Hub By 2025

The Thailand government has drawn up a roadmap which is set to transform Thailand into a regional electric vehicle (EV) and motorcycle hub for ASEAN in five years.  Strategies will be put in place to promote EVs and the government has targeted the production of 250,000 EVs, 3000 electric public buses and 53,000 electric motorcycles by 2025.

  1. Coronavirus Hits Automotive And Aerospace Supply Chains

As the world continues to grapple with the coronavirus outbreak, its impact can also be felt by automotive and aerospace manufacturers.

  1. Manufacturing Industry In A Post-Pandemic World

Now that markets are slowly opening up and manufacturing activities are gradually restarting, many are wondering how the manufacturing industry would look like, what the new requirements will be—for customers and suppliers alike—and what the manufacturing industry should do in this ‘new normal’. In this Outlook special, six industry leaders share their thoughts on what to expect, and how to navigate through the challenges in a post-pandemic environment.

  1. Asia Set for a Rebound in 2020

The Asian economy is set for a rebound in 2020 as some of 2019’s export headwinds ease, policymakers pro-growth policies reinvigorate domestic economies, Southeast Asia continues to emerge as a global powerhouse, and consumption remains a bright spot, according to Deloitte’s latest Voice of Asia report.

  1. COVID-19 Updates: Auto Makers Revving Up Production To Drive Market Recovery

In the wake of the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, global light vehicle sales in 2020 are now forecast to drop to 69.6 million units, 22 percent lower than in 2019, with risks to the forecast still skewed to the downside, according to IHS Markit.

Fast Fab

  1. Tool and Die Shop Reduces Production Time to Machine Die Form Plates

Here’s a look at how a tool and die maker reduced time to machine die form plates from 11.3 to 4 hours.

  1. TRUMPF Discusses Opportunities For Growth In Vietnam

At the recent MTA Vietnam 2019 trade show in Ho Chi Minh City, Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN) spoke with Patrick Kemnitz, General Director of TRUMPF Vietnam and Head of Business Development for Southeast Asia, and Edward Yuen, General Manager for Singapore and Vietnam, about the trends shaping the metalworking industry in the region, challenges and opportunities for growth. They also provided their insights on where the Southeast Asian market is headed in the next years.

  1. EDM: Past, Present and Future

As the industry moves toward Industry 4.0, EDM machines are expected to become more intelligent as manufacturers incorporate more and more advanced functionality to enhance the productivity and efficiency of the system. Article by Makino.

  1. GEORG: Cost-Efficient Lamination Cutting And Stacking

Machines of GEORG’s “precisioncut robotline” series cut and stack transformer cores by means of a robot in a fully automatic process. The machines can produce complete closed and open cores, with or without top yoke. Available in different sizes and configurations, the machine series covers the full range of distribution transformers from 100 kVA to 10 MVA and up to 2,000 mm center length.

  1. Plate Roll Technology Addresses Wind Tower Manufacturing Challenges

Here’s how one company addressed the challenges of wind tower manufacturing. Article by Stefano Santoni, DAVI Promau.

Machining

  1. A Look at Walter’s Two-in-One Machining Concept

For 17 years now, tool manufacturers have been successfully implementing Walter’s two-in-one concept in production. Here’s a look at what exactly is behind this concept. Article by Walter Maschinenbau GmbH.

  1. High Speed Accurate Machining

High cutting speed is a natural attribute of high-speed machining. Understandably, a tool should be also precise. However, in the last years, the issue of tool accuracy has become an additional point to consider. What is the reason? Why is high speed machining penetrating more and more into rough processing? How do cutting tool producers formulate their solutions to meet these new industrial demands? Read on to find out. Article by Andrei Petrilin.

  1. Walter To Close Frankfurt Facility

Walter AG, one of the world‘s leading providers of precision tools for metal machining, plans to phase out production at its manufacturing and reconditioning site in Frankfurt. The company is thus seeking to consolidate its production footprint in Germany in order to remain efficient in a changing market. The products manufactured in Frankfurt are to be relocated until spring 2021 to other plants within the group.

  1. Optimising Aerospace Parts Manufacturing

How does the aerospace industry manage to optimise its manufacturing processes and produce more parts of the highest quality in less time? Simon Côté, product manager at Creaform, explains.

  1. The Right Grade Creates The Right Tool: Selecting Tool Materials

Cutting tools have different design configurations. Some of them are assembled comprising a body with replaceable cutting elements (indexable inserts, for example), another is wholly produced from solid material. Functionally, a cutting tool may be divided into a cutting part that is involved in cutting, and a mounting part, which is necessary for mounting the tool in a holder or a machine spindle.

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