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Walter Expands Perform Product Range With New Milling Cutters With Corner Radius

Walter Expands Perform Product Range With New Milling Cutters With Corner Radius

Walter has expanded its Perform product range with the launch of the new MC232 Perform solid carbide milling cutters. The MC232 milling cutter features a corner radius and reduced neck, allowing the user to better approach individual component geometries. It also improves the tool life of the milling cutter, as the edge stability is increased. The reduced neck in turn makes the milling cutter more flexible, as the user can use it with an even wider variety of cutting depths.

Other features of the Perform line have been adopted: the high level of cost efficiency for small and medium batch sizes, or Walter’s own WJ30ED grade, which provides a high level of wear resistance. ISO P materials are the primary application of the MC232 Perform, with ISO M and ISO K as secondary applications. The new milling cutters are likely to be of particular interest to job shops and manufacturers with frequently changing orders or quantities.

The Walter range in the MC232 Perform family now includes solid carbide cutters with or without a reduced neck and with or without a corner radius in a total of 126 dimensions, of 2–20mm in diameter. The milling cutters can be used for all typical milling applications (lateral milling, full slotting, pocket milling, helical plunging, ramping) and are suitable for a variety of materials and milling strategies.

 

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Increasing Integration Of Storage And Sawing Technology

Increasing Integration Of Storage And Sawing Technology

Automation, networking and robotics are rapidly gaining ground in metalworking—especially in storage and sawing technology. Storage systems and sawing machines are increasingly being integrated into a uniformly controlled material flow in which all processes between incoming and outgoing goods are fully automated – from the storage of the long goods raw material to the dispatch of the palletised finished parts. This enables users to make their production processes much more flexible and efficient, improve working conditions and significantly reduce operating costs.

Whether they are in the steel trade, the automotive and supplier industry or in mechanical and plant engineering, metalworking companies across all industries have been facing increasing demands for years. Customers expect ever greater production flexibility, from batch size one to mass production. The variety of materials and sizes is steadily increasing. At the same time, quality standards are rising and there is continuous pressure to cut costs. To hold their own against international competitors, companies need versatile and efficient solutions for a wide variety of production tasks.

More and more users are relying on the automation and intelligent networking of individual workflows in production and logistics. This begins with the storage of the delivered raw material—instead of the previously widespread floor or cantilever storage, companies are increasingly relying on fully automatic long goods storage systems. These automated software-controlled systems have completely convinced users with their significantly higher storage density, fast access times and maximum stock transparency.

Cassettes are usually used as load handling devices for the storage of long goods. A storage and retrieval machine automatically transports these to one or more transfer stations in line with the “goods to the next process” principle. These can be designed differently for the respective requirements, as fixed stations, for example, or in movable form as longitudinal or transverse transfer carriages. Automatic storage and retrieval is not only much faster than by hand, it also protects employees from accidents and injuries as the heavy and bulky goods do not have to be moved manually. Orders are processed at the push of a button via the warehouse control system – or directly via a higher-level ERP system to which the control system is connected via an interface.

The sawing of the articles removed from storage is often the first step in processing or manufacturing. Here too, all processes are increasingly organised without any human participation. The modern KASTO sawing machines can be seamlessly connected to the raw material warehouse by means of manipulators and conveyor technology and are supplied with the required materials. Depending on how it is equipped, the sawing machine can also run by itself. Material is fed to it automatically, and an intelligent machine control system sets all parameters, such as cutting length and cutting speed, based on the job data. State-of-the-art production saws can thus carry out a variety of jobs in succession with different materials and diameters, and operate autonomously for long periods.

Industrial robots also have considerable potential when it comes to handling and processing finished cut parts. Depending on the production cycle, for example they can remove the sawn parts from the machine at maximum speed, so employees no longer have to carry out this repetitive task. In addition, the robots can be used with the appropriate tools to add value for deburring, chamfering, marking, centring, cleaning or measuring and testing the workpieces. The sections can be weighed, sorted by sise or order, and stacked on pallets or in tightly packed containers. For complex processes with different work steps, combinations of several robots and clamping devices can also be realised with KASTO systems. Further connection to driverless transport systems (AGVs) is also common practice nowadays.

Downstream processes are relatively easy to automate with volume saws that process only a few different component geometries. The situation is somewhat different with individualised job saws, however; they have to flexibly process numerous materials and dimensions, and the greater the diversity, the more challenging it is to fully handle all the tasks. For example, the optimal selection of robot tools is important, because the robot should be able to manipulate all the objects to be handled with as few aids as possible. This reduces procurement costs, minimises idle times and increases productivity. Users can choose from mechanical, magnetic or vacuum-driven grippers. The grippers should be as compact as possible to give the robot easy access to the cut parts. KASTO supports users in defining the optimal tools for the upcoming tasks. In regular operation, the robot then independently decides which tool is best suited for the current task. The decision criteria may be the accessibility of the workpiece or the optimisation of the stacking pattern.

Industry 4.0 in Storage and Sawing Technology

With the right components, storage, sawing, automation and robotics technologies can be combined to form decentralised and highly integrated systems that are seamlessly integrated into one continuous material flow. The manufacturer KASTO realises combined storage-sawing-robot systems for its customers, in which all storage, handling, sawing, marking, palletising and bundling processes run fully automatically, from the storage of the raw materials to the picking of the sections. The big advantage here is that the entire system functions with a uniform control software, which can be connected to existing ERP systems such as SAP with only one interface. This significantly increases transparency and efficiency. With additional production machines, such as for turning or milling, the storage, sawing and robotic systems can be linked to form a fully digitalised and automatic production system that organises itself decentrally and independently, in line with industry 4.0.

Automation and robotic support offer significant advantages for the user, who can significantly increase productivity with less personnel, since many processes are not only unmanned, but also run much faster. It is easier to compensate for staff absences due to illness, and production simply continues even during breaks or after shifts. The result is lower personnel costs and a high degree of flexibility in terms of capacity utilisation. For example, companies can process order peaks much better and drastically reduce non-productive times. This also quickly becomes noticeable from a profitability point of view.

Working conditions are also improved by the automated technology, because employees are relieved of heavy, tiring and monotonous work, reducing the risk of accidents and injuries. The quality of the sawn sections is also enhanced, because the robot processes all the parts uniformly and precisely, sorts them reliably and stacks them cleanly. This ultimately benefits not only the plant operators, but also their customers.

 

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Bystronic Releases Entry Level Solution For Bending

Bystronic Releases Entry Level Solution For Bending

Bystronic’s entry level Xpress press brake offers concentrated bending technology at an attractive price point, enabling users without prior experience achieve professional results.

For many companies, a high-quality press brake is prohibitively expensive. Hence, small workshops and beginners often revert to second-hand machines or low-budget models. But the low purchase price is often offset by poor quality. Bystronic’s new entry-level model, on the other hand, is a much more sustainable investment. With its attractive price-performance ratio, the Xpress sets a new quality benchmark in the lower price segment.

With the Xpress, Bystronic’s innovative bending technology is now accessible to a new segment of customers—small job shops, family businesses, and medium-sized enterprises no longer have to accept compromises in terms of quality. Entry-level users can rely on high-quality equipment. And for those companies whose core competencies previously did not include bending, the Xpress allows parts to be manufactured in-house instead of having to be subcontracted at high cost.

Xpress enables a quick entry into bending technology. Featuring the ByVision Bending software, all the process steps are on a single screen, enabling users to design parts with just a few swipes of the finger. The software provides valuable support for the programming of bending sequences. ByVision Bending determines the suitable tools and the ideal bending process for every material thickness and bending angle.

The ByMotion drive control, a Bystronic in-house development, ensures that the upper beam and backgauges of the Xpress are accelerated with high precision. The press force required at any given time is distributed with high precision over the entire bending length, both when coining and when air bending—ensuring bending results with a high degree of repetition accuracy.

The closed O-frame design of the Xpress guarantees high machine rigidity and offers sufficient space for applications along the entire bending length. In addition, the modular design ensures a high degree of flexibility. Different tool clamping and backgauge systems allow individual customisation to adapt to the production environment. Compatibility with all other Bystronic bending systems also makes it easy to expand production.

 

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Airbus Taps Hexagon Subsidiary To Reduce Development Lead Time

Airbus Taps Hexagon Subsidiary To Reduce Development Lead Time

Hexagon subsidiary MSC Software has been selected by Airbus Group, as part of their digital transformation, to reduce development lead time by implementing an End-to-End materials management platform, MaterialCenter. Airbus intends to provide access to a one single material raw data database for Airbus Group and across its divisions.

MaterialCenter provides a complete solution for the current and future needs of aerospace materials data and process management. Designed to manage the complete materials workflow as the single point of entry for all materials related activities, it guarantees that engineers use a consistent source of approved materials derived from traceable integrated processes, resulting in improved simulation fidelity, reduced data loss and elimination of tedious manual data management activities.

MaterialCenter is highly scalable and perfectly suited to support the large number of users and the big amount of data generated and used by Airbus to engineer metallic and composite systems.

“We are extremely proud that MaterialCenter has been selected by Airbus as the End-to-End Materials Management Platform for the Group. We are looking forward to a strong, long-term partnership with Airbus as we implement and deploy MaterialCenter across the group.  This will enable an effective and efficient use of materials and materials data to drive innovative and high-quality product development,” said Roger A. Assaker, CEO of e-Xstream engineering and Chief Materials Strategist of MSC Software.

MaterialCenter is part of a comprehensive 10x Materials Solution that covers (virtual) material development, (virtual) materials testing, standard and advanced (multi-scale) material modelling serving all the major Finite Element Analysis software, effect of manufacturing (e.g. additive manufacturing (AM), automatic fibre placement, etc.), effect of defects, digital continuity and material-centric digital-twin, artificial intelligence (AI), compliance and sustainability.

 

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Sandvik Coromant Releases New Insert Geometries For CoroMill 331

Sandvik Coromant Releases New Insert Geometries for CoroMill 331

Introduced for CoroMill 331, Sandvik Coromant’s -M30 geometry is designed to optimise the groove milling of steel and cast iron automotive parts. Available for size 11 inserts offering radius dimensions from 1.5mm to 3mm, -M30 geometry is defined by its light cutting action. This tough geometry is particularly beneficial when machine shops want to boost security in weak set-up or long overhang applications, where it provides reliability and increased competitiveness. Grade availability includes GC1130, GC1020, GC3040 and the latest GC4330 steel milling grade.

Also launched is -L50 geometry, which is aimed at aerospace component machining, as well as parts in the oil and gas industry. Offered on size 11 inserts with radius dimensions from 3mm to 6.3mm, light cutting action is also the principal attribute of the tough and sharp -L50 geometry, making it suitable for materials such as stainless steel, nickel-based super alloys and titanium. Optimised for use in good operating conditions and heavy application areas, GC1040, GC2040 and S30T are the available grade options.

Alongside -M30 and -L50, size 8, 11 and 14 inserts with a 4mm radius are being made available as standard in -WM geometry, aimed at boosting the milling of automotive parts. Grade options include GC1130, GC1020, GC3040 and GC4330.

Apart from just groove milling, CoroMill 331 is a universal concept that can provide flexible, high-precision machining in numerous face, shoulder, and side and face milling operations across all industry segments. A large assortment covers an extensive choice of diameters, widths, insert geometries, corner radii and grades.

 

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Faro Launches Cobalt Design Structured Light 3D Scanner

Faro Launches Cobalt Design Structured Light 3D Scanner

Faro has launched Cobalt Design, a structured light scanner product family which, combined with the recently introduced RevEng software platform, delivers a one stop, comprehensive digital design solution where small to medium objects can be scanned with precision, in colour, with multiple levels of resolution.

Cobalt Design is the first colour structured light scanner from FARO specifically developed for design applications and is ideal for scanning complex surfaces, especially highly detailed organic shapes. It addresses a variety of design requirements, including reverse engineering, prototype design, packaging design, digital cataloguing and even jewellery and fashion design.

Cobalt Design enables design professionals to set up scan parameters once and then proceed to scan similar objects with the push of a button. Furthermore, several pre-configured scanned and meshing settings are available by default. This in turn translates to less time per scan position, more scans per day and faster completion of scan projects. Additionally, it ensures that results are repeatable and reliable.

Its integrated, rotational axis dramatically improves the 3D scanning process and maximises comprehensive scanning coverage. The scan object/part itself is placed in fixed position on the axis and then the axis can be set to automatically rotate up to 360 deg as it is being scanned.

Cobalt Design captures millions of 3D measurement points in as little as one second with up to 3.1Mpx accuracy for small to medium complex objects.

Precise and high-quality textured scans can be captured in colour and delivered as realistic images that enable even more detailed representations of geometric surfaces and finishing in true to life 3D colour.

“The introduction of Cobalt Design together with the recently announced RevEng software platform reinforces our commitment to be the market and thought leadership for 3D data capture solutions across a variety of design- centric industries and applications,” stated Thorsten Brecht, Senior Director, 3D Design. “We have elevated the 3D structured light paradigm by paralleling the development of both hardware and software, so users are able to leverage every ounce of advanced functionality of both technologies in concert.”

 

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Kennametal Unveils Restructuring Plans, Plant Closures

Kennametal Unveils Restructuring Plans, Plant Closures

Kennametal Inc. recently unveiled several restructuring actions that would facilitate a simplified and leaner structure, while further positioning the company for long-term profitable growth. As part of its ongoing simplification/modernisation initiative, Kennametal is optimising its operations globally, including footprint rationalisation, by closing its manufacturing facilities in Essen and Lichtenau as well as its distribution centre in Neunkirchen, all in Germany. Additionally, the company announced its decision to close its manufacturing facility in Irwin, Pennsylvania, USA.

“The proposed measures are difficult but necessary to achieve structural improvements, further improve operational efficiency and continue to drive value for shareholders,” said President and CEO Christopher Rossi. “We recognise the effect on our employees and will work closely with their representatives to support them throughout this transition.”

These restructuring actions advance the company toward the fiscal 2021 financial targets announced at its most recent Investor Day. They are also part of the previously announced goal of reducing plants through simplification/modernisation, with additional plants currently under evaluation.

Under the proposed measures, the company would consolidate its Essen and Lichtenau operations, including both Kennametal and WIDIA branded products, into other lower-cost Kennametal Industrial facilities. The Irwin operations would be consolidated primarily into the newly modernised Infrastructure plant in Rogers, Arkansas.

Kennametal also proposed plans to outsource the distribution operations in its Neunkirchen and Essenfacilities to a third-party logistics specialist.

The closure plans are contingent on the negotiations with the relevant employee representatives.

The company will continue to maintain a strong presence in Germany, including planned modernisation investments in other Kennametal locations in the country.

The proposed restructurings are expected to be executed over the next two years. Facility closures in fiscal 2020 are part of the current restructuring action, which in total are expected to deliver estimated annualised savings of $35–$40 million and $55–$65 million in pre-tax charges.

Fiscal 2021 closures would result in further structural cost reductions with estimated annualised savings of $25–$30 million. Most of these savings will be achieved in fiscal 2021 with full run rate savings being realised in fiscal 2022. The company is expected to incur pre-tax charges of $60–$75 million through fiscal 2020 and 2021 for this restructuring. These charges are primarily cash with the majority being spent in fiscal 2021.

 

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Global Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market To Register 3% CAGR From 2019-2023

Global Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market To Register 3% CAGR From 2019-2023

The global sheet metal fabrication services market is expected to post a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of over 3 percent during the period 2019-2023, according to the latest market research report by Technavio.

A key factor driving the growth of the market is the increasing demand for fabricated metal parts from major end-user industries. Despite the emergence of carbon fibre, sheet metal forming plays a crucial role in the automotive and aerospace and defence industries. Metals are the major raw materials used in these industries as they can easily be transformed and made into shapes as per application requirement.

With the current focus on lean manufacturing and increasing operational efficiency, including cost-cutting, sheet metal forming process will be a valuable service for OEMs. Since automotive and aerospace and defence industries are the major end-users in the global sheet metal fabrication services market, the increasing investments in these industries will drive the global sheet metal fabrication services market during the forecast period.

As per Technavio, the increasing adoption of cobots (collaborative robots) in metal fabrication process will have a positive impact on the market and contribute to its growth significantly over the forecast period.

Global Sheet Metal Fabrication Services Market - Technavio

Global sheet metal fabrication services market outlook.

A cobot works alongside humans without physical separation or any caging requirement. These cobots use specialised sensors and robot controllers for operation, thereby increasing the operational efficiency and safety in the process line. They are used to ease programming and reduce safety costs. They are built using sensors, such as torque sensors and built-in safety sensors, to identify the presence of humans near them. With the improving safety standards in industries, vendors will increase their investments in improving sensing technologies, specifically for collaborative robots. Moreover, the rising shortage of labour can be addressed by fabricators by using cobots. Vendors in the industrial robotics market are also focusing on developing cobots specifically for the metal fabrication process.

Apart from the increasing adoption of cobots in the metal fabrication process, the advent of additive manufacturing is one other factor that is expected to boost the market growth, according to Technavio. The manufacturing industry has witnessed the emergence of revolutionary 3D printing technology, which is also known as additive manufacturing. The adoption of 3D printers has helped sheet metal fabricators, as dies used in machine tools for the punching process can be produced cost-efficiently using 3D printers. Thus, improvements in the 3D printing technology and the increased adoption will lead to a complete shift in the manufacturing process, besides driving the growth of the global sheet metal fabrication services market during the forecast period.

From a regional perspective, the Asia Pacific led the market in 2018, followed by North America, Europe, South America, and the Middle East and Africa, respectively. During the forecast period, the APAC region is expected to maintain its dominance over the global market and register the highest incremental growth due to increasing demand from automobiles manufactured in the region.

 

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PLM To Revolutionize Complex Processes Of Discrete Industries

PLM To Revolutionize Complex Processes Of Discrete Industries

Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in discrete manufacturing is transforming the entire manufacturing value chain, with manufacturers leveraging digital technologies, including product lifecycle management (PLM) solutions, to streamline their production planning. The higher demand for advanced PLM solutions and the proliferation of technologies and their applications within shop floor processes are expected to drive the $2.05 billion market toward $3.09 billion by 2022, at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.5 percent.

“Manufacturers are actively looking to incorporate advanced technologies such as Big Data Analytics and 3D printing in their production and assembly line,” said Karthik Sundaram, programme manager, Industrial Automation & Process Control, at Frost & Sullivan. “Furthermore, rising customer demand for reduced time to market and mass customisation are prompting vendors to accelerate their manufacturing capabilities through system engineering and configuration management.”

“The US manufacturing industry, especially automotive, is an enthusiastic adopter of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Digital Twin,” noted Sundaram. “Meanwhile, Asia-Pacific is positioning itself as a digital manufacturing hub on the strength of rapid urbanisation, industrialisation, and the economy’s shift to value-added manufacturing. Countries like Singapore, Japan, Thailand, and Hong Kong are especially exhibiting high industrial growth.”

PLM vendors are adopting various strategies for incorporating digital manufacturing products to remain competitive. Successful solutions providers will look to make the most of the growth opportunities offered by:

  • Partnering with companies providing digital solutions and collaborating with government agencies to unlock opportunities within discrete manufacturing.
  • Altering traditional pricing models so industrial manufacturers can penetrate niche markets.
  • Complying with regulatory standards to leverage disruptive technologies and adopting new business models that improve efficiency and factory performance.
  • Upgrading their technical capabilities to improve customer retention and foster long-term customer engagements.

 

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Kennametal Receives Indirect Procurement Supplier Award From Honda

Kennametal Receives Indirect Procurement Supplier Award From Honda

Kennametal Inc. was recently awarded a 2019 Indirect Procurement Supplier Award for Performance Excellence by Honda. The award places Kennametal amongst an elite group of 22 honoured suppliers that provide indirect products and services to Honda’s manufacturing plants in North America, including Honda’s corporate functions across the region. The awards were presented at the annual Honda Indirect Procurement Supplier Conference held at the Bridgewater Banquet and Conference Centre in Powell, Ohio.

Award-winning suppliers were selected for achievements in the categories of Special Recognition, Outstanding Value and Performance Excellence, as well as the Supplier of the Year. These outstanding honourees were selected from the more than 2,200 suppliers that provide equipment, products and services to Honda manufacturing plants and corporate functions across North America.

“Our suppliers and business partners make us a stronger company, helping us realise innovation and advancement, by delivering the benefits the marketplace has to offer,” said Monica Oliverio, department manager of the North American Indirect Procurement Department at Honda of America Mfg Inc. “This complimentary and valued relationship is an important part of our mutual success.”

 

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