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Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Save The Date! Blechexpo2021: Trumpf Launches New TruLaser Series

Blechexpo is an international trade fair for sheet metal working which is held once every 2 years in Stuttgart, Germany. It is a trade fair that begun in 1994 by Südblech which over the years, has gained much fanfare to be ranked top in Europe and second globally for trade fairs on sheet metal processing. 

With industry players to exhibit their latest developments and experts to be present for the three-day spectacle, there is much anticipation among visitors to attend the Blechexpo 2021.

Trumpf, one of the leading industry players in innovation and technologies will exhibit how companies can use networked solutions to streamline processes across the entire sheet metal process chain. Introducing, the new generation TruLaser Series 1000 –with more productivity, process stability, and cost-effectiveness. For the first time, the Highspeed Eco function is being used on this machine type. A nozzle developed by TRUMPF directs the cutting gas specifically to the sheet metal which significantly increases the machine’s feed rate by up to 70 percent, while reducing gas consumption by around 60 percent. Hence, the machine cuts sheet metal significantly faster than conventional 2D laser machines. In addition, the new series also features a newly added CoolLine technology. This function automatically sprays water mist onto the sheet to ensure optimum cooling during the cutting process.

Another new feature of this machine type is the intelligent Smart Collision Prevention function. TRUMPF relies here on a sophisticated algorithm that calculates, for example, the sequence in which the parts must be cut in order to avoid collisions between tilting parts and the cutting head. This reduces downtime and improves production efficiency. Hundreds of cutting data for different materials and sheet thicknesses are already stored in the operating software. Production workers can select the cutting program at the touch of a button and get started right away. “Thanks to its high productivity, broad range of applications and ease of operation, the new generation of the TruLaser 1000 is ideal for companies that want to get into 2D laser cutting. It also ideally complements the machine fleets of companies that already use 2D laser cutting and want to increase their capacity,” says TRUMPF Product Manager Jean-Baptiste Karam.

The machine design has been deliberately kept simple and thus optimally meets the requirements of beginners or companies that already work in one to two-shift operation.

The TruLaser Series 1000 can be used for a wide variety of materials allowing companies to use it for a wide range of applications. An automatic nozzle changer also contributes to the ease of use. With this technology, the new TruLaser Series 1000 automatically replaces the cutting nozzle as soon as the material changes. This eliminates manual intervention by personnel and reduces setup time. The new generation of machines will be available from Blechexpo 2021 in three external dimensions: 3×1.5 meters, 4×2 meters and 6×2.5 meters. Users can choose different laser powers between three and six kilowatts for their machine. Furthermore, the machine can be expanded to include various automation functions for loading and unloading. At the highest level, it is possible to operate it without personnel.

In addition to networked machines, software and services, TRUMPF will be showcasing their compact, fully automated folding machine that can effortlessly process even thick sheet metal. At the world’s leading trade fair for sheet metal working, the company will also be demonstrating how existing machine parks can be set up and networked in a future-proof manner using entry-level solutions. For example, digital assistants that provide employees with even better support with the help of artificial intelligence, for example when sorting the sheet metal parts. Existing machinery can also be made future-proof by retrofitting. The company is also showing a “Service App” that helps employees with service cases, for example through automatic spare part recognition, digital instructions or live support with video function from TRUMPF customer service on site.

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Discovering The ‘Digital Suite’ In Action

Discovering the ‘Digital Suite’ in Action

In the beginning of this year, Schuler presented its “Digital Suite” solutions for networking forming technology. At the Blechexpo trade show from October 26 to 29 in Stuttgart, users can see for themselves the practical benefits of this technology on the example of a C-frame press type CFL 160.

“Schuler is the first press manufacturer to also offer fully networked C-frame presses,” clarifies Managing Director Frank Klingemann, who heads the Industry Division. “This means that we have now digitised almost our entire product range.” However, operators who want to prepare for the Industrial Internet of Things do not necessarily have to replace their presses: “We also offer many solutions that can be retrofitted for existing systems,” adds Service Managing Director Torsten Petrick. “They help with the start of production, ongoing operation, and maintenance.”

Schuler will also be showcasing its mechanical transfer presses, which are available both with and without servo drives, and its hydraulic lines for the production of parts for lightweight automotive construction – be it with hot stamping, hydroforming or fiber-reinforced plastics (composites). For many applications, Aweba provides the appropriate dies. The Schuler subsidiary also supports its customers from the automotive and supplier industries in the transition to e-mobility: with dies and die casting molds for electric motors or battery housings.


Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2019 Concludes With Record-Breaking Dimensions

Blechexpo/Schweisstec 2019 Concludes With Record-Breaking Dimensions

As expected, the 14th Blechexpo international trade fair for sheet metal working, together with the 7th Schweisstec international trade fair for joining technology, was an industry highlight and closed successfully with 1498 exhibitors from 36 countries. 41,152 visitors from a total of 113 countries took advantage of the trade fair duo, which in the meantime has grown to 108,000 square metres of exhibition floor space, in order to bring themselves up to date with regard to sheet metal, pipe and profile processing, as well as cutting, joining, forming and welding technologies, from 5-7 November 2019.

Record-Breaking Figures in all Categories – Nine Fully Occupied Halls – More International than Ever

The Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo broke several records this year: 1498 exhibitors from 36 countries (as opposed to 1339 in 2017) were on hand in Stuttgart. “45 percent of them came from outside of Germany”, sums up Georg Knauer with a satisfied smile. “This year’s Blechexpo/Schweisstec was more international than ever before.”

And it was bigger than ever as well: With a total of 108,000 square metres, roughly 15 percent more exhibition floor space was booked than in 2017. For the first time, Blechexpo/Schweisstec occupied new exhibition hall 10, which enhances the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre with its spacious and modern design.

“For us, this technical event is a leading trade fair of very high significance,” remarked Wolfgang Wiedenmann, deputy sales manager at press manufacturer Andritz Kaiser. Despite the fact that the industry is currently having to deal with noticeable declines in incoming orders for various reasons, Blechexpo/Schweisstec was a well-received and important technology and knowledge platform: where thermal and mechanical processing of sheet metal, pipe and profiles is concerned, as well as processing machines and systems for stamping, bending, bevelling and forming, right on up to peripherals including controllers, software and solutions for handling and quality assurance, this trade fair is a unique marketplace for the industry sector’s current challenges and future issues. As a logical consequence, subject matter covering digitalisation and automation dominated here as well. To an ever-greater extent, emphasis is being placed on modern cutting technologies: alone the issue of laser cutting was presented by 56 exhibitors, and 25 further companies exhibited technologies covering all aspects of high-pressure water-jet cutting.

Highlight for the Sheet Metal Working Sector – Process-Oriented, Practical, Forward-Looking

Held once every two years, the Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo was distinguished once again this year by its strictly practice-oriented concept and was able to cover all aspects affecting the world of sheet metal processing and metalworking, which is now more digitalised and consistently automated than ever before. The Industrieverband Blechumformung (industry association for sheet metal forming) organised a communal booth and was thus able to offer its members the opportunity of presenting themselves in a more comprehensive setting. 16 companies participated. This mutual presence drew attention and formed the basis for an adequate platform for business-related networking.

The trade fair’s topics included trends, innovations and future-proof solutions in the wake of a rapidly changing production environment. For example, modern joining and fastening technologies are becoming increasingly important because many new and hybrid materials can’t be cut or joined by means of thermal processes – as a result, more attention is being focused on mechanical joining technology in the field of lightweight design.

World-Class Supplementary Program Generates Strong Interest

The exhibitor forum in hall 9 was received once again with great interest by the expert visitors. The presentation programme was brimming full all three days, in particular with issues covering all aspects of digitalisation.

This was also the subject of the Expert Meet on the evening of the first day of the trade fair. Organiser Hans Diederichs was able to welcome roughly 50 interested parties to the event in keeping with the motto: “The Steel Industry in Times of Globalisation and Industry 4.0”.

Already for the fourth time, the “Blechexpo Award” was awarded to the most innovative exhibits in five different categories. With its MC 125 automatic stamping press, Schuler was the winner in the stamping and forming technology category. Kjellberg Finsterwalde Plasma und Maschinen won in the cutting technology category with its Q 3000 plasma cutting system. The winner in the joining technology category was Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik with their TruLaser Station 7000 – a 3D laser welding machine. The award for surface finishing technology went to Q-Fin Quality Finishing Machines for their SER600 Super Edge Rounder (a deburring and edge rounding machine). Last but not least, Cenit was distinguished in the handling and automation category for their cross-manufacturer cutting and joining software, namely Fastsuite Edition 2.

The next Blechexpo/Schweisstec trade fair duo will take place from the 2nd through the 5th of November, 2021.


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TRUMPF Workmate: Digital Assistant For Sheet Metal Fabrication

TRUMPF Workmate: Digital Assistant for Sheet Metal Fabrication

TRUMPF has unveiled its new Workmate software solution at the recently held Blechexpo 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Using a tablet, machine operators and assembly workers can browse information designed to make their daily work easier—from advice on setting up machines to recommendations on how parts should be packaged. By ensuring people can always access the key information they need without having to search for it, this software solution saves time and helps both experienced and untrained employees work independently and efficiently.

TRUMPF‘s Workmate helps users organize their day’s work more efficiently by providing a list of all pending jobs. It also offers a dedicated user interface for preparing jobs. Among other things, this shows the user where the parts required for the job are stored. If the parts have to be fetched from the warehouse, the operator can allocate them to the job directly in Workmate to keep stock records updated.

Workmate also provides assistance in setting up laser, punching, punch-laser and bending machines. The software tells the operator which tools the system should be equipped with to process each job. Workmate also specifies which process parameters the operator can use to configure the machine, and it allows users to track job progress while the machine is working. Once the parts are finished, Workmate helps users to remove the parts correctly and stack and label them in accordance with the job requirements.

Workmate also assists workers with manual tasks such as welding or assembly by providing detailed work instructions and safety information. What’s more, Workmate can tell users where fixtures are stored and how the parts processed for a job should be packaged. Workmate will be available from spring 2020.


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Meusburger To Showcase Latest Stamping And Forming Die Set At Blechexpo

Meusburger To Showcase Latest Stamping and Forming Die Set At Blechexpo

Meusburger will feature new standardised stamping and forming die set at this year’s Blechexpo, to be held November 5–8, in Stuttgart, Germany. The companies WBI and Segoni will also offer a glimpse into their product range at the show. Meusburger will be at Hall 6 Stand 6107.

The standardised stamping and forming die set is the first of its kind and was developed in cooperation with Bihler for the Bihler NC presses. The new die sets in types ‘SBH tunnel cut’ or ‘SBP spring-loaded guiding plate’ are available for stamping presses with forces up to 400kN and promise to bring enormous savings in time and cost for Meusburger and Bihler customers in future.

The die sets are available in lengths up to 596mm. While the tunnel cut version is primarily used for prototypes and small batches, the version with spring-loaded guiding plate is ideally suited for producing high precision parts and large quantities.

The standardisation of stamping and forming die sets has great advantages: they are significantly more cost-effective, and they are available from stock. The die sets themselves also offer many product advantages, such as precision alignment edges and practical anti-rotation protection, as well as helpful mounting threads in the plates for pull handles, eye bolts and spacer discs, and useful vent holes.

In addition to Meusburger, the associated companies WBI and Segoni will also be presenting their range of products for mould and die makers. WBI Knowledge Management will introduce their software specially developed for the knowledge management method. With this software, the resource of knowledge can be collected, shared, further developed and saved thus preventing the loss of important know-how.

Segoni will offer a live presentation of the latest version of their software, which enables efficient production planning and focuses on companies with individual production structures active in the fields of mould, die, and jigs and fixtures construction. They will also provide information for visitors on the use and capabilities of the system.



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Bystronic To Showcase Laser Cutting, Bending Tech At Blechexpo 2019

Bystronic To Showcase Laser Cutting, Bending Tech At Blechexpo 2019

Bystronic To Showcase Laser Cutting, Bending Tech At Blechexpo 2019 exclusive premieres in the fields of laser cutting, bending, automation, and software at the Bystronic Blechexpo 2019, which will be held from November 5–8 in Stuttgart, Germany

In which direction is your sheet metal processing evolving? Your market environment is changing and as a consequence, so are your order levels. Your batch sizes are fluctuating. The pressure on costs and lead times is increasing. Forecasts for the industries you serve are more unreliable than ever. How can you ensure your long-term planning and success in this challenging environment? How can you grow, and enhance or even expand your portfolio? Discover the new opportunities at Blechexpo 2019.

At the event, Bystronic will put into spotlight its powerful cutting technology with state-of-the-art features, integrated loading and unloading automation solutions, and integrated warehouse systems. It will also showcase its software architecture that will help users achieve a transparent material and data flow. Bystronic creates the prerequisites for all this with digital networking and the latest generation of machine systems. To know more, visit Bystronic at Blechexpo 2019.


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