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Shorter Cutting Times Even When Cutting Tougher Alloys

Shorter Cutting Times Even When Cutting Tougher Alloys

In light an increasing number of high-volume orders, a metal handler in the oil and gas industry decided to build a new facility to expand its capacity–and to broaden its sawing technology with the help of KASTO.  After experiencing several…

Addressing Challenges In Wind Tower Manufacturing

Addressing Challenges In Wind Tower Manufacturing

How will the wind industry cope with its monumental growth and what are the challenges ahead? Here, Faccin Group shares its wide range of solutions for wind tower manufacturers.   Faccin Group continues to create valuable content for its customers and…

Automation! More Than Just Hardware

Automation! More Than Just Hardware

Flexibility and efficiency are becoming crucial requirements for the industry. Salvagnini explains the impact of automation at each step of the production process.  Rapid industrial developments of recent years continue to set tough challenges. Because industry has changed: flexibility and…

Separating Additively Manufactured Aerospace Parts

Here’s how Ohnhäuser GmbH is using BEHRINGER GmbH’s 3D bandsaw to accurately separate additively manufactured aerospace parts from the printing plate.  Additive manufacturing of parts continues to gain a foothold, particularly in applications where typical production techniques reach their limits.…

Automation On Demand

Automation On Demand

Bystronic’s Bendikt Kreisel describes the benefits of a fully automatic bending cell in today’s sheet metal processing.  Not long ago, automation was associated only with repetitive tasks. High and consistent quality as well as reliability over very long periods are…

Powering Industry 4.0 With Factory Automation

Powering Industry 4.0 With Factory Automation

Using automation, businesses can perform processes with limited or no human intervention. By Dario Mulazzani, DAVI Product Manager Automation. Using automation, Corporations can perform processes with limited or no human intervention. Automation is able to power a range of equipment,…

Going Big: The XXL-format Fibre Laser

Going Big: The XXL-format Fibre Laser

As the population of large-format CO2 lasers age and require more substantial investments in maintenance, there are more shops looking for a solution to efficiently handle XXL cutting jobs. Article by Kurt Van Collie, LVD. Historically, traditional thermal cutting processes…

Germany’s First Electric Car Factory Sets New Standards

Germany’s First Electric Car Factory Sets New Standards

The world’s largest car manufacturer is getting ready for the future. Over the next few years, Volkswagen will make a radical transition to e-mobility, and the Volkswagen plant in Zwickau, Germany, will play a key role in this process. With…

Laser Applications in the Production of Li-Ion Battery Cells and Packs

Laser Applications in the Production of Li-Ion Battery Cells and Packs

The laser is at the center of many solutions when it comes to the global e-mobility trend. Here are a few examples of laser cutting applications in battery cell manufacturing and assembly. Article by Trumpf. The worldwide mobility transition is…

A Reliable Partner for Your Wind Energy Project

A Reliable Partner for Your Wind Energy Project

Faccin Group’s Eng. Andrea Comparin, Rafael Soto, and Eng. Diego Morbini talk about the company’s Wind Towers Division, how they are helping address the challenges in wind tower manufacturing, and the future for the industry. Faccin S.p.A. is a leading metal…

Laser Welding Processes for Martensitic Chromium Steels Ensure a Future Safe from Collisions

Laser Welding Processes for Martensitic Chromium Steels Ensure a Future Safe from Collisions

Research by Fraunhofer ILT looked at new lightweight construction solutions, joining technology and end face seams for martensitic chromium steels. Martensitic chromium steels are one of the steel grades with a future: they are steels that are ideal for automotive…

Pulsed Micro Arc Welding for Coil Terminations Increases Line Throughput

Pulsed Micro Arc Welding for Coil Terminations Increases Line Throughput

Coils with multiple termination points can be welded at one automation station. Article by James Tod, Amada Miyachi UK. Pulse micro arc welding is a good choice for coil termination applications, especially as coils are getting smaller and smaller. Other…

‘Silver’ Welders to Surf the Industrial 4.0 Wave with Collaborative Robots

‘Silver’ Welders to Surf the Industrial 4.0 Wave with Collaborative Robots

In industries facing a grave shortfall of skilled welders, collaborative robots, or cobots, can provide the much needed relief to keep up productivity and production, while retaining existing human workforce as well. By Darrell Adams, Universal Robots There is a…

Bystronic’s Johan Elster: Get Ready for the Upturn

Bystronic’s Johan Elster: Get Ready for the Upturn

Johan Elster of Bystronic Group discussed the impact of COVID-19 in the overall metalworking industry, what manufacturers learned amid this pandemic, and whether the industry is already seeing light at the end of the tunnel. Bystronic is one of the…

TRUMPF Discusses Vietnam Metalworking Market Amid COVID-19

TRUMPF Discusses Vietnam Metalworking Market Amid COVID-19

Patrick Kemnitz of TRUMPF Vietnam talks about the impact of the ongoing pandemic in Vietnam’s metalworking sector, lessons learned, and strategies to adopt amid the ongoing crisis. Article by Stephen Las Marias. TRUMPF is one of the leading providers of…

A System More Compact Than A Conventional Transfer Press

A System More Compact Than A Conventional Transfer Press

With the Compact High Speed Servo Tandem Line, AIDA Engineering has developed a flexible, more-compact system that meets the demands of tomorrow’s jobs. The right automated press setup meets not only the requirements for today’s stamping jobs, but allows for…

Laser Blanking: Going From Design to Production in 6 Months

Laser Blanking: Going From Design to Production in 6 Months

Laser blanking technology is the ideal solution for the mass production of vehicles that do not have a very large production run. Here’s why. Article by Fagor Arrasate. Achieving shortened launch times for new vehicles has been a historic challenge…

Tube Processing Made Easy

Tube Processing Made Easy

Bystronic’s laser cutting system offers manufacturing companies an easy entry into tube processing—a field of business with a bright future. For sheet metal processing companies that want to expand their portfolio to include tube processing, to capture a wider market…

3D Laser Vision Systems For Industrial Welding Robots

3D Laser Vision Systems For Industrial Welding Robots

By equipping welding robots with “vision” and artificial sensory perception, part and positional variations can be adjusted in real-time, making it possible to account for variations such as inconsistencies in tool fixturing, deviations in part fit-up, weld seam geometry, and…

The World of Tube Processing

The World of Tube Processing

Here’s the technology you need for optimal cutting of a broad range of tubular materials and shapes. Article by Trumpf.  Because of their diverse shapes and materials, tubes and profiles can be used with great flexibility—from fitness equipment to furniture…

Face-To-Face With A Master Bender

Face-To-Face With A Master Bender

Brian Smith, president, and KC Lesch, COO, at Albina Co. Inc. discuss the reasons why they selected DAVI Promau for their steel bending, rolling and fabrication processes. Albina Co. Inc. is a family owned business servicing the steel industry since…

Understanding Dished End Manufacturing

Understanding Dished End Manufacturing

Andrea Comparin of Faccin Group explains the dishing and flanging processes.  Nowadays, there are hundreds of manufacturers of tanks, silos, pressure vessels, truck tanks, and metal rolls components around the world. Nearly all these companies need to produce or source…

Protective Films: A Powerful Technology Supporting Laser Cutting

Protective Films: A Powerful Technology Supporting Laser Cutting

Adapted protective films are essential for the productivity of laser cutting machines. In this article, Abdelrazak Kerbal of Novacel explains why. Since the beginning of laser cutting technology, the metal sheets preserved by a protective film faced difficulties while being…

Key Considerations When Choosing An Industrial Cutting System

Key Considerations When Choosing An Industrial Cutting System

Aaron Zou, regional director for Asia at Hypertherm, discusses the trends shaping the metal cutting industry, the common industrial cutting challenges, and key considerations in choosing your metal cutting systems. Founded in 1968 and headquartered in New Hampshire, United States,…

Bending in the Smartphone Era

Bending in the Smartphone Era

How exactly do newer CNC press brakes create more parts than older mechanical or hydraulic press brakes? Find out in this article by Marcel Fiedler of Bystronic Inc. Do you remember getting your first cellphone? What was the first thing…

Accurate to the Micrometre

Accurate to the Micrometre

Here’s how readychain energy chains help Friedrich Vollmer Feinmessgerätebau GmbH achieve micrometre-accuracy in its measurement devices. Article by igus. Cold rolling mills operate at speeds of up to 2,000 metres per minute. A uniform strip thickness is a very decisive…

Process Efficiency in Focus

Process Efficiency in Focus

For the last few years, process efficiency has been one of the hottest industrial topics, as well as one of the pillars of the Industry 4.0 paradigm. Article by Gianfranco Gotter, Salvagnini Group. When talking of combined sheet metal machining…

Forming: Punching in the Third Dimension

Forming: Punching in the Third Dimension

Fitted with an intelligent punching head and the right tool, your punching machine will also demonstrate its talent for forming. Article by Vincent Tan, TRUMPF. Your punching machine can do more than just punch. Fitted with an intelligent punching head…

Programming Tube supports files in all common formats and enables the upload and construction of tubes and complete assemblies.

TRUMPF Launches New Programming Software for Laser Tube Cutting Machines

TRUMPF has developed a new programming software for laser tube cutting machines called “Programming Tube”. The software executes many work steps automatically, so that for many finished parts, no additional programming effort is required. The intuitive way of working ensures…

Focus On Reliability

Focus On Reliability

Three-dimensional energy chain ensures long service life and offers ergonomics in high-precision welding systems. Article by igus GmbH.  Whether in motor vehicle manufacturing or shipbuilding, in precision engineering or general industry, welding is one of the most important joining processes.…

The new headquarters of Bystronic Korea is being built at the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) in Songdo-dong

Bystronic Building New Experience Centre for Southeast Asia

Not far from the capital of South Korea, Bystronic Korea celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for its new Experience Centre. With the new business location, Bystronic Korea is moving closer to its customers and, thanks to the newly created infrastructure, will…

Fibre Lasers: Making their Mark

Fibre Lasers: Making their Mark

As fibre laser technology continues to advance and as the installation base of systems grows across the globe, there is more on the horizon as manufacturers continue to strengthen its capabilities. Article by LVD. In the past 10 years, fibre…

A Company At The Heart Of The Car Industry

A Company At The Heart Of The Car Industry

The reputation of the Japanese for being hardworking and quality-conscious is not just a cliché. This is proved by the family-run company Daisan Kouki. The job shop processes sheet metal for the automotive industry and relies on technology made in…

Bystronic has acquired Weber Laserservice.

Bystronic Acquires Weber Laserservice

Bystronic Benelux BV has taken over its long-standing service partner Weber Laserservice BV. The integration of Weber Laserservice will enable Bystronic to provide its customers with even more efficient service, while also strengthening its market position and boosting its second-hand…

LVD Discusses Challenges And Opportunities In Thailand

LVD Discusses Challenges And Opportunities In Thailand

Joshua Tan of LVD talks about the company’s Thailand market, the challenges and opportunities they are seeing in the region, and how they are helping customers move to Industry 4.0. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Established in 1952, LVD Group…

Leading the Wind Energy Industry Development

Leading the Wind Energy Industry Development

With over 250 installations worldwide and approximately 60 percent of the overall wind energy rolling machines market share, DAVI is a key player in the global wind energy industry development. Article by Dario Mulazzani, DAVI-Promau. The wind energy sector has…

Enhancing Your Cutting Processes

Enhancing Your Cutting Processes

In a bid to improve and upgrade their production capabilities, Daeyoung Sus Tech embarked on a hunt for a cutting system that will reduce cutting time and empower them to meet future production needs. Article by Hypertherm. Today’s manufacturing landscape…

Electric Motor ‘Hairpin’ Processing Using Laser

Electric Motor ‘Hairpin’ Processing Using Laser

Laser technology provides a high level of flexibility and quality when processing hairpins for the electric motors. Article by TRUMPF. Nowadays, manufacturers of electric motors are also looking for more productive processes for volume quantities, with the same high-quality requirements…

Why You Need to Invest in Laser Cutting Technology

Why You Need to Invest in Laser Cutting Technology

Laser cutting technology is making rapid progress. For many fields of application, the fiber laser has outstripped the CO2 laser. However, for thick sheet metal, in particular steel, CO2 laser technology still has its advantages. Article by Ralph Hofbauer, Bystronic.…

Bichamp Sees Strong Bandsaw Potential in Southeast Asia

Bichamp Sees Strong Bandsaw Potential in Southeast Asia

Vincent Chai of Bichamp Cutting Technology talks about the landscape for bandsaw products in Southeast Asia, the latest challenges facing manufacturers when it comes to cutting, and how they are helping customers improve their processes. Article by Stephen Las Marias.…

ANCA Discusses Trends Driving the Cutting Tool Industry

ANCA Discusses Trends Driving the Cutting Tool Industry

Pat Boland, co-founder of ANCA talks about electric vehicle manufacturing, their new motor temperature control technology, and his outlook for the year. Article by Stephen Las Marias. Founded in 1974, ANCA is one of the leading manufacturers of CNC grinding…

Enabling Flexible 3D Laser Cutting

Enabling Flexible 3D Laser Cutting

There has been an increasing demand for laser cutting machines suited for high-mix, low-volume applications. Here’s one development targeted in that area. Article by Trumpf. In the face of an increasingly volatile market, a growing number of product variants, and…

Fibre Laser or CO2 Laser—Which Will Prevail?

Fibre Laser or CO2 Laser—Which Will Prevail?

Many processes in the sheet metal industry are developing rapidly. Laser cutting, for example. In this interview, Johan Elster, Bystronic’s Head of Business Unit Markets, explains where the journey is headed. Nowadays, sheet metal is cut using both fibre lasers…

Six Factors That Have Changed Bending Automation

Six Factors That Have Changed Bending Automation

In this article, Steven Lucas of LVD highlights the key factors that have changed bending automation. The landscape has changed for robotic press brake bending. Advances in machine, software and robot technology have made bending automation more practical for a…

Plate Roll Technology Addresses Wind Tower Manufacturing Challenges

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. MAM Maschinen, part of the ENERCON Group, processes more than 33,000 tons of steel per year. Employing around 300 people, MAM Maschinen is…

Artificial Intelligence in Bending

Artificial Intelligence In Bending

Manufacturers are now adopting artificial intelligence (AI) to further create value for the customers. But how would AI be applied to sheet metal bending? In this article, Melvin Tham, Regional Technology Expert – Bending, for TRUMPF, explains. Using conventional press…

Bystronic is working with Kurago within the framework of an innovation partnership.

Bystronic Partners with Kurago for Smart Production Management Innovation

To develop pioneering process solutions that will drive forward the vision of a smart factory environment, Bystronic is now working with software specialist Kurago within the framework of an innovation partnership. In this venture, Bystronic will be able to rely…

The Metal Machining Versatility of Abrasive Waterjets

The Metal Machining Versatility of Abrasive Waterjets

In today’s dynamic manufacturing world, flexibility and versatility is the name of the game. Those shops that adapt and succeed are those that have moved beyond a single-purpose machinery mentality and embraced highly versatile multi-purpose technologies. Article by Joshua Swainston, OMAX…

Raising Productivity with Plasma Systems

Raising Productivity with Plasma Systems

Here’s how Inoue Kouzai improved its productivity using Hypertherm’s X-Definition plasma system. Article by Lester Lee, Hypertherm. In today’s fiercely competitive manufacturing environment, the ability to maximize productivity while lowering costs is what sets companies apart from their competitors. Businesses…

Thanks to a new technology called dual-sided dieless forming, Nissan plans to offer original specification automotive pieces at mass-production prices.

Nissan Metal Forming Technology Can Help Keep Classic Cars on the Road

For nearly as long as there have been cars, people have been collecting and customizing them. Until recently, however, if classic-car aficionados wanted to replace a damaged hood or fender on an out-of-production vehicle, they had to hire a craftsman…

Laser Cutting In An 8-metre Format

Laser Cutting In An 8-metre Format

Langen CNC Metalltechnik GmbH & Co. KG has been successfully processing metal for 30 years. Here’s how the company was able to further increase its cutting capacity by 35 percent by phasing out two equipment, while simultaneously reducing energy consumption.…

With SortMaster Compact, TRUMPF’s TruPunch 1000 and TruMatic 1000 fibre punch-laser machine can now remove and stack parts automatically.

TRUMPF Enables Automated Removal, Stacking of Parts

TRUMPF’s TruPunch 1000 punching machine and the TruMatic 1000 fibre punch-laser machine can now be upgraded to remove and stack parts automatically by equipping them with a SortMaster Compact. This enables users to boost the quality of parts and operate…

With the new RADAN Designer, Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence enables endless nesting workflow, enhanced common cutting, and faster quotes.

Hexagon Launches Specialist Sheet Metal CAD for CAM

Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence Division has launched Designer, a new piece of specialist CAD for CAM software specifically for sheet metal, alongside the latest release of RADAN. RADAN Designer will form a pivotal part of RADAN’s CAD/CAM functionality in preparing parts for…

With WIKUS WIstore, buyers save time and money through automated ordering processes, and benefit from its digital analysis feature.

WIKUS WIstore Enables Automated and Dynamic Reordering Processes

With the WIstore, WIKUS-Sägenfabrik is launching a digital service solution for automated and dynamic reordering processes based on RFID technology. The service makes the buying process and the logistics more cost-effective and provides a transparent, always up-to-date overview of the…

Dongdong Tao, executive director and general manager of Behringer (Shenyang) Machinery Co. Ltd, speaks to APMEN about the company’s presence in Asia.

Behringer Talks Asia Market, Latest Sawing Technology

Dongdong Tao, executive director and general manager of Behringer (Shenyang) Machinery Co. Ltd, speaks to Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News about the company’s presence in Asia, opportunities in the market, and their latest technology innovations. Article by Stephen Las Marias.…

One Technology—Many Benefits

One Technology—Many Benefits

Here’s a look at punching technology innovations and and the benefits like helping manufacturers toward their Industry 4.0 journey. Article by Trumpf. Punching encompasses far more than just making holes in sheets. You can manufacture complete parts on a punching…

LVD Discusses Punching Technology Advancements

LVD Discusses Punching Technology Advancements

Unlike other sheet metal fabricating technologies that have advanced significantly in recent years, punching is a relatively mature technology. In this interview, Joshua Tan of LVD (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd talks about where the advancements are happening in this industry. Established…

Addressing Dirt and Oil in Deep-Hole Drilling and Milling

Addressing Dirt and Oil in Deep-Hole Drilling and Milling

The continuous dirt accumulation poses the biggest challenge for the deep-hole drilling and milling machine. This article looks at how the energy supply for such machines can be maintained reliably under extreme environmental conditions. Article by igus. In machines combining…

The World Of Tube Processing

The World Of Tube Processing

The conventional method of tube cutting can no longer cope with the high demand for tube designed products, which are increasingly being utilised across various industries. This article discusses why laser tube cutting makes sense now more than ever. Article…

As products get more customised and production batches get smaller, manufacturers need solutions to produce small batches in a flexible and automated way.

Bystronic On Flexible Automation

Bystronic Group is a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet metal processing business. The focus lies on the automation of the complete material and data flow of the cutting and bending process chain. Bystronic’s portfolio includes laser cutting systems, press brakes, and associated automation and software solutions. Comprehensive services round off the portfolio.

Here is a list of the common blade failures and their causes, and some maintenance tips to extend the life of your saws. Article by Dake Corp.

Caring for Your Bandsaws

Here is a list of the common blade failures and their causes, and some maintenance tips to extend the life of your saws. Article by Dake Corp. There are many types of saw blades available for your metalworking cold saw or…

More and more metalworking companies are now relying on integrated automation in their production. And the same thing is happening when it comes to sawing technology.

How Industrial Robots Increase Sawing Productivity

More and more metalworking companies are now relying on integrated automation in their production. And the same thing is happening when it comes to sawing technology. Article by KASTO Maschinenbau GmbH & Co. KG. More and more metalworking companies are…

Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation, one of the largest steel manufacturing firms in the Philippines, broke ground on new plants in Quezon and Batangas.

Philippines’ Steel Asia To Build Manufacturing Facilities In Quezon And Batangas

Steel Asia Manufacturing Corporation, one of the largest steel manufacturing companies in the Philippines, recently broke ground on new plants in the province of Quezon and Batangas. The soon-to-rise steel wire-rod manufacturing facility in the town of Candelaria, Quezon Province,…

In a search for a better solution to improve its production processes, Gi Li Steel found a cutting system that proves to be the answers

Gi Li Steel Enhances Capabilities with Definition Plasma System

In a search for a better solution to improve its production processes, Gi Li Steel found a cutting system that proves to be the answers to the company’s strict requirements. A case study by Hypertherm. BODYTechnological advancement is changing the…

Laser cutting is a fabrication process which employs a focused, high-powered laser beam to cut material into custom shapes and designs.

Laser Cutting In Manufacturing Process

Laser cutting is a fabrication process which employs a focused, high-powered laser beam to cut material into custom shapes and designs. This process is suitable for a wide range of materials, including metal, plastic, wood and glass. Article by Ahmad…

Klaus Kleine and Michael LaHa of Coherent review a new type of cutting laser, the USP industrial laser, which can cut feature sizes of tens of microns.

Femtosecond Lasers for Unmatched Micromachining

Klaus Kleine and Michael LaHa of Coherent Inc review a new type of cutting laser, femtosecond and the ultra-short pulse (USP) industrial laser, which can cut feature sizes of tens of microns, with virtually no heat affected zone. There is…

Bystronic is advancing into a new customer segment. The Xpress offers concentrated bending technology at an attractive price-level.

The Carefree Package For The Entry Into Bending

Bystronic is advancing into a new customer segment. The Xpress offers concentrated bending technology at an attractive price-level. Thanks to the newly developed press brake, even users without prior experience achieve professional results. For many companies, a high-quality press brake…

Today, CNC controlled machines can be found in almost all industries, from small-scale metalwork shops to big manufacturing companies.

CNC Control for Rolling Machines

Today, CNC controlled machines can be found in almost all industries, from small-scale metalwork shops to big manufacturing companies. There is barely any phase of the manufacturing process that is not affected by automated CNC machines. Faccin SPA, a manufacturer…

Pre-process, cut, transport, and sort sheet metal parts according to orders. All this is carried out by the fully automated Production Line.

The Fully Automated Production Line

Pre-process, cut, transport, and sort sheet metal parts according to orders. All this is carried out by the fully automated Production Line. Bystronic is thus presenting a solution for sheet metal processing in the age of automation and digital networking.…

With the “TiltPrevention” assistant function, Bystronic is increasing process reliability in the field of laser cutting. The intelligent function...

Bystronic “TiltPrevention” Solution Optimises Laser Cutting Processes

With the “TiltPrevention” assistant function, Bystronic is increasing process reliability in the field of laser cutting. The intelligent function enables users to create cutting sequences that minimise the risk of creating protruding parts in the sheet. This reduces the disruption…

BrightLine Weld – A Revolution In Laser Welding

BrightLine Weld enables low spatter laser welding at feed rates, only achievable today with CO2 lasers. Partial penetration welds for powertrain applications or full penetration welds for pipes and tubes applications – BrightLine Weld has the potential to revolutionise laser…

Fiber Laser Welding Cuts Costs And Improves Results

Lasers have been employed in a variety of welding applications for many years.

Insights On Why Plasma Is A Potential Viable Alternative To Laser Technologies

Laser is renowned for delivering excellent fine feature and hole cutting thanks to its narrow kerf – roughly 0.2 mm to 0.4 mm on mild steel with oxygen and even narrower when using nitrogen to cut mild steel up to 25 mm in thickness. Fibre laser also produces excellent cut angularity and can cut to very tight tolerances, in the range of 0.2 mm.

With the new MSP 400 servo press, Schuler offers specific solutions for the age of Industry 4.0 or Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT).

Smart Press Shop Live

Schuler offers a variety of digitalization and networking solutions for forming technology – Now, the technology and global market leader in the field of forming technology offers specific solutions for the age of Industry 4.0, also known as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIOT) – like the new  MSP 400 servo press. Contributed by Schuler

How Can Water Cut Through Steel? The Magic Of Waterjet Cutting

How Can Water Cut Through Steel? The Magic Of Waterjet Cutting

A waterjet is a tool used in machine shops to cut metal parts with a (very) high-pressure stream of water. As amazing as it sounds, if you get water flowing fast enough, it can actually cut metal.

Strategies For Successful Punching

Strategies For Successful Punching

Particularly sophisticated machining problems can often no longer be solved with standard tools. Strategies for successful punching include special tools and using the right tooling for manufacturing of highly complex components in shorter and shorter amounts of time. Contributed by…

Improving Metal Cutting Productivity With A High-Powered Sawing Machine

Improving Metal Cutting Productivity With A High-Powered Sawing Machine & Increasing performance, cutting energy consumption, reducing footprint, ease of machine handling, and occupational safety are considerations manufacturers should look into when obtaining new sawing machines. By Kerstin Besemer, press and public relations officer, Behringer

Bringing Bandsawing Into The Modern Age

Bringing Bandsawing Into The Modern Age

Bandsaws have come a long way, from the convoluted contraptions they once were to versatile, intelligent powerhouses operating at swifter speeds. Ben Fuschino, President of Friggi North America gives his insights into the transformation of the bandsaw and all the…

Flexible Production With Bending Robots And Encoding Automation

Flexible Production With Bending Robots And Encoding Automation

The trend towards flexibility in machining processes with a high degree of automation is enduring in many sectors. Contributed by transfluid Flexible Production With Bending Robots And Encoding flexibility in machining processes.

Tapping The Potential Of Automation In Sheet Metal Processing

For Dolanit in China, automating its production chain helped it gain new major customers and projects. Contributed by Trumpf Qi Wang from Dolanit not only recognised the trend toward automation, but is already reaping the benefits from it. The company…

Humans And Robots - Welding Side By Side

Humans And Robots—Welding Side By Side?

Poor concentration and fatigue is sometime you will never see with robots, which have always been seen by their human counterparts as reliable and indispensable “colleagues”. Contributed by Messe Dusseldorf Robots are now increasingly handling the welding, bending, cutting, separation,…

Modular Automation Solutions Increases Efficiency For Sheet Metal Processing

Modular Automation Solutions Increases Efficiency For Sheet Metal Processing

We talked to Alex Waser, chief executive officer and president of Bystronic, and Norbert Seo, senior vice president market division Asia and Australia, for their insights into the rapidly evolving sheet metal processing sector. As globalisation levels the playing field,…

Kasto Process Time Sawed In Half

Kasto highly tempered steel Process Time Sawed In Half

Kasto Process A difficult-to-machine, highly tempered steel for medical engineering presented a major challenge. Contributed By Kasto highly tempered V2A steel, special tool and workshop equipment manufacturer.

Beyond Punching

Beyond Punching

Machine design, tooling and programming software combine to make today’s punch press capable of complex forms. By Dan Caprio, punching product sales manager at LVD Strippit

Tube Bending & Cutting In One Step

Automatic systems developed specifically for exhaust manifold production allow for a completely produced component after each work cycle. Contributed by transfluid

Improving Fibre Lasers By Managing Back-Reflected Light

Improving Fibre Lasers By Managing Back-Reflected Light

While highly reflective material such as copper and brass can be difficult to process for solid-state lasers including fibre lasers, managing back-reflected light can help make cutting faster. By Christian Keller, applications engineer, SPI Lasers

Multitasking In Parallel Sawing & Order Picking During Running Machine Operations

Multitasking In Parallel Sawing & Order Picking During Running Machine Operations

Multitasking In Parallel: Sawing & Order Picking During Running Machine Operations Fully automated plant systems can benefit dealers and customers for applications such as order picking of stainless steel bar stock. By Kerstin Besemer, press and public relations, Behringer

Recreating Legacy Parts: Breathing New Life Into Automotive Parts

Recreating Legacy Parts: Breathing New Life Into Automotive Parts

While additive manufacturing and classic automobile restoration may seem an unlikely combination, being able to recreate legacy parts make a compelling case to adopt the technology. By Jennifer Costa, communications consultant, and Linda Crum, technical writer, ExOne.

Efficient Tube Cutting Using Laser

Efficient Tube Cutting Using Laser

Laser tube cutting machines can reduce overall part costs, or even open up new design possibilities. By Dipl-Wirtsch-Ing Christopher Börner, sales laser tube cutting, and Andreas Finsterle, product management, Trulaser Tube, Trumpf

Customed-made For Fibre Laser Cutting

Customed-made For Fibre Laser Cutting

We take a look at how a sheet metal machine tool builder worked with a laser OEM to build a fibre laser machine. By Andy Sandford of Sticklebacks Communication, for LVD

Put A Stamp On Sheet Metal Processing

Put A Stamp On Sheet Metal Processing

Augustine Quek looks at the technologies that are available in today’s world of stamping.

Good Sheet Metalworking Is Not Just About Cutting

Good Sheet Metalworking Is Not Just About Cutting

Like sheet metal products, sheet metal advancements come in many shapes and forms. We take a look at how specialised ERP and CAD/CAM solutions for sheet metal applications can help the businesses of contract manufacturers. By Michael E Neumann

Solid-State Laser: A Bright Idea

Solid-State Laser: A Bright Idea

Adding versatility and the ability to produce better parts to a fibre laser cutting machine have made it competent in cutting both thick and thin sheet metal while producing a level of quality that was difficult to achieve in the past. By Joson Ng

Fibre Laser Reaching Out To Medium Sheet Thicknesses

Fibre Laser Reaching Out To Medium Sheet Thicknesses

We see how fibre laser cutting technology is a meaningful extension to existing CO2 laser cutting systems. By Oliver Hergt, editor corporate communications, Bystronic Group.

Quick Draw With Automation

Quick Draw With Automation

Automated control system can play an influential role in the cycle time of a deep drawing press. Contributed by David Chia, MD, Beckhoff Automation.

Marked By Laser

Marked By Laser

Laser marking has significant advantages in terms of productivity and costs. It does not hurt when it produces good quality as well. Contributed by Petrina Heng, sales manager, Laser Division of Trumpf Asia Pacific.

Bystronic: Maximising Potential

Bystronic: Maximising Potential

Instead of the alphorn, the Swiss sheet metalworking machine tool producer has tooted the optimising horn at Euroblech. By Joson Ng

Safety & Ergonomics In Press Brakes

Safety & Ergonomics In Press Brakes

Paul Hillam, area export manager of SafanDarley takes a look at the significant safety and ergonomic developments in press brakes.

Panel Bending With Efficiency & Profitability

Panel Bending With Efficiency & Profitability

Panel benders with high productivity and quick tool setup are distinguished by their speed, flexibility and economic benefits, especially for small lot sizes. By Simon Hiebl, Trumpf

Delivering The Perfect Cut

Delivering The Perfect Cut

Which is the best metal sheet and plate cutting process systems to use for a given application or range of products? The answer is not always simple and does not always involve just one of these processes. By Jim Colt, Application Technology Manager, Hypertherm

Getting Smart With Loading

Getting Smart With Loading

Automation solutions impart clarity to your processes. At the same time, this could mean that employees can concentrate on their core tasks and are more motivated – all while operating more economically and potentially increasing financial flexibility. Contributed by Trumpf

Efficiency & Sustainability in Sheet Metalworking Machinery: Getting All Green About It

Efficiency & Sustainability in Sheet Metalworking Machinery: Getting All Green About It

The global sheet metalworking industry is a major user of energy and the cost of electricity is becoming more expensive every year. Paul Hillam, area export manager, SafanDarley tells us more about energy reduction trends in the sheet metalworking arena.

Shaping The Cut: Optimising Plate Fabrication with Oxy-fuel & Plasma Cutting

Shaping The Cut: Optimising Plate Fabrication with Oxy-fuel & Plasma Cutting

Agnes Tong, product marketing manager, APAC, ESAB demonstrates how mechanised oxy-fuel and plasma cutting technologies can complement each other in heavy fabrication applications.

Getting-Efficient-Fixtures

Getting Efficient Fixtures

The transformation in three dimensional measuring technology as well as shape inspection using optical methods, which set in years ago, is constantly setting new standards in shorter and shorter cycles. Contributed by Witte Asia

Innovating the cut

Innovating The Cut

Oliver Hergt, editor corporate communications, Bystronic shares with APMEN some highlights from the fields of laser cutting, bending, and software during the Bystronic event in Tianjin had a focus on customers’ increasing requirements for higher productivity.

Cutting And Weld Preparation: The Many Faces Of Plasma Cutting

Cutting And Weld Preparation: The Many Faces Of Plasma Cutting

Tex Whiting, consumable sales manager for Hypertherm explains to us about the many forms of plasma cutting under different conditions and how to get the best out of it.

Behind The Facade Of Counterfeit Consumables

Behind The Facade Of Counterfeit Consumables

Lester Lee, regional marketing manager, Hypertherm Asia Pacific, Mary Allen, IP protection manager, Hypertherm Inc, Sanjay Kumar, consumables sales manager, Hypertherm India give their thoughts on counterfeits and what manufacturers need to know when purchasing plasma torch consumables.

Getting Up To Speed

Getting Up To Speed

“Fibernomics” (as coined by Bystronic), describes an all-encompassing economic principle which seeks to give the competitive advantage in today’s sheet metal fabrication environment. It begins with the company’s fibre laser cutting system. Contributed by Oliver Hergt, editor corporate communications, Bystronic.

The Automotive Edge: Less Cost, More Value

Eddy Lek, product marketing manager, Asia Pacific, Faro Technologies explores five ways that 3D measurement improves quality and productivity for the automotive industry.

The current state of technology adoption in regards to additive manufacturing was discussed by a group of business and technology leaders at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in October 2015. By Saswitha de Kok, senior consultant, and Corwin van Heteren, senior manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Turning Additive Manufacturing Into Business

The current state of technology adoption in regards to additive manufacturing was discussed by a group of business and technology leaders at the High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, The Netherlands in October 2015. By Saswitha de Kok, senior consultant, and Corwin van Heteren, senior manager, PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Networked Production

Networked Production

In a world where everything is getting smarter, networked production can increase one’s production efficiency. By Bystronic

Getting The Right Punch

Getting The Right Punch

The concept of punching designates a slitting process in which a sheet is severed in one stroke while shapes such as round holes are created in the part, and external contours are cut with single strokes. Punching specialist Trumpf takes a swing at explaining the methodologies and innovations of punching.

Multi-Robot Solutions Enable High Performance 3D Metal Cutting

Multi-Robot Solutions Enable High Performance 3D Metal Cutting

Laser applications have been increasing in use as they support lightweight designs. By Dr Torsten Scheller, global director of technology, product management, and research and development, Jenoptik.

The Digital Transformation (Part II)

The Digital Transformation (Part II)

With Industry 4.0, there is now an increasing trend towards digitalisation in industrial environments. This is the second part of “The Digital Transformation” by Bystronic’s head of development (CTO) Dr Jürgen Hohnhaus where he talks about the benefits behind this development. By Oliver Hergt with photos by Manuel Stettler.

The Digital Transformation (Part I)

The Digital Transformation (Part I)

With Industry 4.0, there is now an increasing trend towards digitalisation in industrial environments. Bystronic’s head of development (CTO) Dr Jürgen Hohnhaus talks about the benefits behind this development. By Oliver Hergt with photos by Manuel Stettler.

From The Machine To An Intelligent Process

From The Machine To An Intelligent Process

Development of new solutions for Industry 4.0 are picking up pace. Dr Jürgen Hohnhaus, head of development, Bystronic, talks about the potential of such developments. By Oliver Hergt. Photos by Manual Stettler

Adaptive Bending Technology Meets The Challenges Of Bending Large Profiles

Adaptive Bending Technology Meets The Challenges Of Bending Large Profiles

Bending boom profiles and large radius shells for markets such as yellow goods (construction and earth moving equipment), transportation and offshore is traditionally a highly labour-intensive process that involves multiple setups and multiple part handlings to achieve an accurately formed part.

Expert Assistance Right At The Machine

Expert Assistance Right At The Machine

How can networking solutions in forming technology increase not only process reliability, but also cost-effectiveness in production? By Simon Scherrenbacher, corporate communications, Schuler

Innovation Drives Stamping Systems Forward

Metal stamping machine tools are seeing updates with new servo motor technology and intelligent machines. By Michael E Neumann

Upgrading Fibre Laser With Automation

Upgrading Fibre Laser With Automation

Automated entry-level solutions for laser cutting offer benefits such as reducing user workload and more efficient loading and unloading cycles. By Jean-Pierre Neuhaus, head of corporate communications, Bystronic.

Lightweight Processes For Ultra-High Strength Steel Sheets

Lightweight Processes For Ultra-High Strength Steel Sheets

Commonly used in passenger cars, research is being carried out to make the laser processing of ultra-high strength steel sheets more economical. By Dr Andreas Weisheit and Dr Dirk Petring, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology

Jetting Onto The 3D Cutting Scene: Why Shops Are Choosing Waterjet

Jetting Onto The 3D Cutting Scene: Why Shops Are Choosing Waterjet

Today’s waterjets can cut much faster than CNC mills and wire EDM machines, and with high precision. But it is not only the cutting speeds and tight tolerances that make them so attractive. By Dr John H Olsen, vice president of operations at Omax Corporation.

The High Five In Cutting

The High Five In Cutting

As time goes on, the advances of water jetting continues to happen especially in the case of accuracy and more industries are seeing its viability in the market for faster, more accurate cuts, Syed Shah explains.

Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Yes, it is fast, but while fast-cutting speeds open up the potential, there are still the upstream and downstream manufacturing processes to consider. By Oliver Hergt, corporate communications, Bystronic.

Cutting The Cost Of Cutting: Latest Developments In Industrial Fabrication

Cutting The Cost Of Cutting: Latest Developments In Industrial Fabrication

Cutting The Cost Of Cutting: Latest Developments In Industrial Fabrication

Creative Metalworking With Higher Productivity

Creative Metalworking With Higher Productivity

By investing in metal sawing machines, Baden-Württemberg-based company Bär Metallbau not only opened up interesting new fields, the company’s core business also increased in precision and economy. By Kerstin Besemer, press and PR Work, Behringer

Developing Networked Solutions In Sheet Metal Processing

Developing Networked Solutions In Sheet Metal Processing

Sheet metal system manufacturers such as Bystronic are developing networked solutions to sheet metal processing. APMEN was in Switzerland to cover the company’s latest developments.

From The Machine To An Intelligent Process

From The Machine To An Intelligent Process

Development of new solutions for Industry 4.0 are picking up pace From The Machine To An Intelligent Process by Bystronic. By Oliver Hergt. Photos by Manual Stettler

Punching Machine Adaptability: Room to Grow

Punching Machine Adaptability: Room to Grow

An entry-level segment punching machine that can gradually be expanded into a fully-fledged combination machine has caught industry attention with a host of innovative features from punching holes to bends flanges and forms threads. By Trumpf

Expert Assistance Right At The Machine

Schuler Expert Assistance Right At The Machine

Expert Assistance Right At The Machine How can networking solutions in forming technology increase not only process reliability, but also cost-effectiveness in production? By Simon Scherrenbacher, corporate communications, Schuler

Innovation Drives Stamping Systems Forward

Innovation Drives Metal stamping machine Systems Forward

Metal stamping machine tools are seeing updates with new servo motor technology and intelligent machines. By Michael E Neumann

Upgrading Fibre Laser With Automation

Upgrading Fibre Laser Cutting With Automation

Automated entry-level solutions for laser cutting offer benefits such as reducing user workload and more efficient loading and unloading cycles. By Jean-Pierre Neuhaus, head of corporate communications, Bystronic.

Lightweight Processes For Ultra-High Strength Steel Sheets Laser Technology

Laser Technology Lightweight Processes For Ultra-High Strength Steel Sheets

Laser Technology Lightweight Processes For Ultra-High Strength Steel Sheets Commonly used in passenger cars, research is being carried out to make the laser processing of ultra-high strength steel sheets more economical. By Dr Andreas Weisheit and Dr Dirk Petring, Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology

The High Five In Cutting

The High Five In Cutting

As time goes on, the advances of water jetting continues to happen especially in the case of accuracy and more industries are seeing its viability in the market for faster, more accurate cuts. Syed Shah explains.

Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Start-to-Finish Strategy With Fibre Laser

Yes, it is fast, but while fast-cutting speeds open up the potential, there are still the upstream and downstream manufacturing processes to consider. By Oliver Hergt, corporate communications, Bystronic

Bystronic: Going With The Flow

Bystronic: Going With The Flow

Bystronic: Going With The Flow When made possible by automation and digital connectivity, everything flows automatically.

Efficient Sawing In A Digitised Environment: Machinery And Equipment Are Key

Efficient Sawing In A Digitised Environment: Kasto Industry 4.0 Machinery And Equipment Are Key

The rise of new Digitised Environment industrial technology, referred to as “Industry 4.0”, is transforming the business models of distributors, manufacturing plants and service providers throughout the world, and Southeast Asia is no exception. By Armin Stolzer, owner and chief executive officer, Kasto Efficient Sawing In A Digitised Environment: Machinery And Equipment Are Key

Flexibility In The Form Of Automation

Flexibility In The Form Of Automation

At Metaltech 2017, APMEN discussed with Norbert Seo, Bystronic senior vice president, market division Asia and Australia, on Malaysia’s unique trends and challenges for the sheet metal industry. flexible automation system, manufacturing system & industrial automation.

Flying Cut Gives Laser Cutting Productivity And Speed

Flying Cut Gives Laser Cutting Productivity And Speed

Utilising the “flying cut” is especially useful to help with jobs that involve many interior holes. By Asier Ortiz, chief technical officer, Lantek Flying Cut Gives Laser Cutting Productivity And Speed

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