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Latest Product Launches From LVD To Sandvik Coromant

Latest Product Launches From LVD To Sandvik Coromant

LVD At Blechexpo 2021: High-Power Laser Machine And More!

The powerful 20 kW Phoenix FL-3015 provides laser cutting productivity and processes efficiently a wide range of ferrous and non-ferrous materials and material thicknesses up to 40 mm. Equipped with LVD’s Easy-Form® Laser adaptive bending system, Ulti-Form guarantees angle accuracy, ensuring consistently accurate bending results.

The latest CADMAN software can also manage the complete sheet metal production process without the need for an ERP system. This functionality makes CADMAN a practical solution for sheet metalworking businesses of all sizes, including companies that don’t have an ERP system.

LVD At Blechexpo 2021_ High-Power Laser Machine And More!

LVD At Blechexpo 2021_ High-Power Laser Machine And More!

MAXXDRIVE® Industrial Gear Units

The overall portfolio of MAXXDRIVE® parallel and right-angle gear units from NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers high output torques from 15 to 282 kNm across eleven sizes. In addition to this proven standard series, NORD DRIVESYSTEMS offers the new MAXXDRIVE® XT series with right-angle gear units having a thermally optimised design in seven sizes from 15 to 75 kNm.In combination with its comprehensive accessories and options programme, the modular system allows for the planning of perfectly matched drive systems for heavy-duty applications like conveyors or agitators. In combination with the suitable accessories, MAXXDRIVE® provides a technically and economically perfect drive solution for each customer project.

MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units

MAXXDRIVE® industrial gear units

Mencom Corp: New Cast Aluminum Distribution Boxes

Mencom offers Die-Cast Aluminum Alloy Distribution Boxes that are used for housing sensitive electronic assemblies, signal, pneumatic, hydraulic, and electrical control devices in wet & dirty (AP/AC Series) Environments or explosive (AX Series) environments.

The AP series distribution boxes feature gaskets that ensure the waterproof protection rating (IP66/IP67) while the new galvanized steel captive cross-headed screws ensure easier installation.  

Both AP & AC series and covers are supplied with provision for a terminal earthing connection to protect it from indirect contacts.The inside of APX distribution boxes contains supports for protective earthing and the application of the bottom plates.

MencormCorp_AP-AC-AX Distribution boxes_Print

MencormCorp_AP-AC-AX Distribution boxes_Print

New EPLAN Data Portal

Selecting appropriate product data in engineering is often time consuming. However, the new EPLAN Data Portal, with a new user interface and improved search algorithms, makes it easier and faster than ever before. Expanded search parameters mean that users can quickly find exactly the components they are looking for. Individualised solutions based on configurators can be intuitively generated – as demonstrated by the Lenze product configurator.

The new EPLAN Platform is on the verge of being released and will also mark the moment when the EPLAN Data Portal will exclusively be available for use in the EPLAN ePulse cloud environment.

New EPLAN Data Portal

New EPLAN Data Portal

Renesas Air Flow Sensor Modules

Mouser Electronics, Inc., is now stocking the FS1015 and FS3000 air flow sensor modules Renesas Electronics. The vertical-mount FS1015 and the surface-mount FS3000 provide precision air flow monitoring for detecting system failures, measuring air handling, controlling fan speed, and more in HVAC systems, analytic gas-monitoring systems, data centers, and air quality systems.

Both the sensors, use a series of MEMS thermocouples to provide high-sensitivity air monitoring. Both sensors measure direct local air at up to fifteen meters per second, allowing system control to adjust quickly, providing closed-loop control while achieving maximum efficiency and cost savings. The solid thermal isolation of the MEMS sensing element combined with a silicon-carbide film offers excellent abrasive wear resistance and long-term reliability.

Renesas Air Flow Sensor Modules

Renesas Air Flow Sensor Modules

Sandvik Coromant Launches New High-Feed Milling Solution

Sandvik Coromant has launched a new high-feed milling tool. The CoroMill® MH20 is primarily designed for milling cavities, or pockets, in ISO S, M and P materials. Ensuring secure and vibration-free machining, especially at long overhangs, the CoroMill® MH20 delivers best-in-class edge security for a variety of industries and is particularly suited for machining aerospace components.

The CoroMill® MH20 complements existing products in the CoroMill® range, and fills a strategic gap in the high feed indexable milling product line. Designed to deliver reliability with minimal vibration, the CoroMill® MH20 has been adapted for applications where components are notoriously difficult to machine, such as in the oil and gas, mold and die and aerospace sectors.

Softing’s mobilLink Power Interface

mobiLink Power, Softing’s multiprotocol interface for commissioning and maintenance of field devices in process automation can now be used with Emerson’s AMS Instrument Inspector to access Foundation Fieldbus devices.

mobiLink Power simplifies mobile access to field devices for process industry operators and supports the three most used communication protocols: HART, Foundation Fieldbus (FF) and PROFIBUS PA. It has an integrated power supply which eliminates the need for additional components during use in workbench applications. A FDI CommServer (Field Device Integration Communication Server) is now available for mobiLink Power, making it fit for accessing Foundation Fieldbus (FF) devices with Emerson’s AMS Instrument Inspector.

Softing’s mobilLink Power interface

Softing’s mobilLink Power interface

Siemens’ 2022 Version Of Solid Edge® Software

Siemens Digital Industries Software has released the 2022 version of Solid Edge® software, which brings embedded rules-based design automation, greater capabilities to work with point-cloud, mesh and imported data without the need for translation alongside new tools to for 2.5 axis machining and ultra-efficient upfront fluid flow simulation. Part of Siemens’ Xcelerator portfolio of products, Solid Edge is an intuitive product development platform for accelerating all aspects of product creation, including 3D design, simulation, visualization, manufacturing, and design management. Siemens brings design automation, more accessible part manufacturing and greater collaboration capability to Solid Edge 2022

Siemens’ 2022 version of Solid Edge® software

Siemens’ 2022 version of Solid Edge® software

TRUMPF Launches Automated Laser Welding

High-tech company TRUMPF will be unveiling a new solution at Blechexpo that aims to help sheet-metal fabricators make the jump into automated laser welding. Many companies in this sector still rely on manual welding, which is both costly and time-consuming – especially in high wage countries such as Germany. The alternative is automated laser welding, but today’s systems tend to be large, expensive, and complex to operate. Companies need low-cost solutions to get a foothold in this business – but these are few and far between. The new system is particularly suitable for job shops that weld products such as electrical cabinets, sheet-metal boxes, and covers.

TRUMPF Launches Automated Laser Welding

TRUMPF Launches Automated Laser Welding

ZASCHE Introduces Series Of Carbon-Fibre Material Handling Solutions

ZASCHE handling, a leading provider of load handling technology, unveils its new series of carbon-fiber handling solutions. Engineered in close consultation with a renowned German university, the low-weight Carbon series offers high performance that does not compromise on safety. The product is available globally in articulated arm and lifting axle formats. This feature improves significant ergonomics on the shop floor, as it ensures that device dead weight is kept lower than a workpiece’s mass.

 

ZASCHE Introduces Series Of Carbon-Fibre Material Handling Solutions

ZASCHE Introduces Series Of Carbon-Fibre Material Handling Solutions

 

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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 (oxy-fuel, plasma and CO2-Laser) have been the technology of choice for cutting extra-large format sheet metal or heavy workpieces. But as fibre lasers continue to increase in power and efficiency, traditional large-format cutting methods are losing ground in certain thicknesses.

The cost-effectiveness of new, high-power fibre lasers and the need for more flexibility, makes the XXL-format fibre laser a strong choice for large cutting applications serving markets such as steel service centres, shipyards, off-road vehicles, construction, large-plate subcontracting, and others. And, 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.

More Flexibility

Like most manufacturers, companies processing large-format metal sheets want to lower their cost per part. This means having a more versatile cutting process that considers both profiling and bending, and reduces processing time. It also means having the capacity to cut a broader scope of materials and material thicknesses, as well as more complex parts.

Increasingly important are optional features (such as bevel cutting) that add value. As fabricators deal with uncertain and changeable market conditions, flexibility is more critical than ever before. 

Modern Design

The modern XXL-format fibre laser cutting machine addresses the need for more flexibility. Key to this is the machine design. 

A number of large-format lasers no longer employ a shuttle table configuration but are gantry-style designs similar to traditional oxy-fuel and plasma cutters. The advantage is that the limitation in the length of a large-format laser machine comes down to the available floor space and not the machine construction.

The laser shown in Figure 1 is a modular design that begins at a 10-meter bed size and can be expanded in increments of four metres up to a bed length of 42 m, accommodating sheets up to 3.2 m wide and material thicknesses up to 30 mm.

For shops processing large plates or even those cutting a diversity of jobs, a large-format machine means larger productivity gains. Large parts can be processed without repositioning while multiple smaller workpieces can be positioned on the cutting table and processed in continuous fashion, without interruption. Parts can be cut on one section of the table, and then offloaded on another, keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.

Large format sheets also make it easier to nest parts of varying sizes, providing better sheet utilisation, less material waste and higher productivity. Smart laser cutting software automates the nesting process for optimal cutting.

A machine design that allows better access also enhances productivity. This streamlined design (Figure 1) uses just one cover over the gantry, allowing loading and unloading operations to take place on a greater portion of the cutting table while the system is processing.

 

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LVD Introduces Robotic Bending System Featuring Automated Tool Changing Press Brake

LVD Introduces Robotic Bending System Featuring Automated Tool Changing Press Brake

LVD introduces Ulti-Form, a new robotic bending system featuring an automated tool changing press brake. Ulti-Form follows the success of LVD’s Dyna-Cell robotic bending cell and takes automated bending technology a step further by incorporating an automated tool changing press brake to keep bending productivity at its peak, handling both small batches and long production runs efficiently with minimal changeover time. Ulti-Form delivers high productivity bending with unattended operation.

TOOLCELL-INSPIRED DESIGN

Ulti-Form features a 135-ton press brake designed using the ToolCell platform, LVD’s top-rated automated tool changing press brake, integrated with an industrial robot. The press brake houses a built-in tooling warehouse and uses a gripper mechanism in the machine’s backgauge fingers to quickly and efficiently change tools. The press brake and robot work together in synergy to keep changeover time to a minimum. As the robot picks the first workpiece from the input stack and centers it, the press brake completes the tool change. Ulti-Form handles parts from 50 x 100 mm up to 1200 x 800 mm weighing up to 15 kgs.

NO ROBOT TEACHING

Ulti-Form is automation that’s easy to use with a fast “art to part” process thanks to LVD’s powerful programming wizard. Programming of both the press brake and robot is handled offline and no robot teaching is required. CADMAN-B software automatically calculates the optimal bend program. The robot software imports all bending data and automatically calculates all gripper positions taking into account the gripper force, collision detection and robot reachability. It generates the fastest collision-free path for the robot across the complete bending operation. The system’s database contains all the setup information needed for the press brake and robot so that Ulti-Form is quickly readied for production.

AUTO-ADAPTING GRIPPER

The Ulti-Form robot gripper is an auto-adapting design engineered by LVD (patent pending). It has the flexibility to accommodate a number of part geometries, automatically adjusting to the workpiece size. This allows a series of different part geometries to be processed without the need for a gripper change, keeping production continuous and uninterrupted.

QUALITY ASSURANCE

Equipped with LVD’s Easy-Form Laser adaptive bending system, Ulti-Form offers automation with a quality guarantee. Real-time in-process adaptive bending technology adds advanced process stability to robotic press brake bending. The Easy-Form Laser system adapts to material variations, including sheet thickness, strain hardening and grain direction, automatically compensating for any changes to ensure consistently accurate bending results.

 

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LVD Launches New Large-Format Laser Cutting Machine

LVD Launches New Large-Format Laser Cutting Machine

LVD launches Taurus FL, a new large-format gantry-style fiber laser cutting machine engineered for extra-large sheet metal cutting capacity. A unique modular design, the machine size begins at a 12-meter bed length and can be expanded in increments of 2 meters to a maximum bed length of 40 meters to suit user needs. The large format allows a diverse range of parts to be cut and efficiently nested, increasing productivity and optimising material usage.

LARGE-SCALE ADVANTAGES

Taurus FL delivers the flexibility to process extra-large sheets or multiple sheets, cut a range ensure high machine dynamics of jobs in varying batch sizes, shapes and material types accommodating workpieces up to 3.3 meters wide and up to 30 mm thick.

Large parts can be processed without repositioning while multiple smaller workpieces can be positioned on the cutting table and processed in continuous fashion, without interruption. Parts can be cut on one section of the table, while loaded/offloaded on another, keeping downtime to an absolute minimum.

Taurus FL is designed for easy access. Only the gantry features an enclosure, not the complete machine. The mechanical design and drive system ensure high machine dynamics in large-format cutting.

The operator has use of two touch panels for convenient access to the control at all times.

A handheld control unit enables the operator to safely move all axes in manual mode for machine setup or to load the nozzle changer. A camera located inside the cutting zone and a monitor on the operator console allow continuous monitoring of the cutting process. The cutting zone has a detachable front panel, providing access for maintenance.

No special foundation is required for the machine.

EXPANDED MACHINE SCOPE

Taurus FL also provides the option of beveling cutting or 2.5D cutting up to 45°. The fiber laser is an ideal tool for reliably producing high-quality bevel cuts in a large-format cutting platform. The bevel cutting option offers a fast and cost-effective way to prepare material for subsequent welding operations or to create geometrical shapes.

The Taurus FL bevel head uses two direct-drive motors. The direct-drive principle uses no transmission components resulting in the highest possible accuracy and a fast responding system. As a result, consistently precise bevel cutting is assured.

The bevel head is able to cut on a horizontal surface as well as cut shapes in pre-formed parts or cut under angle within the limits of the Z-axis and +/- 45 deg.

An optional automatic nozzle changer increases machine uptime and throughput. The unit has storage for 30 nozzles in a turret-style holder positioned close to the cutting head. The nozzle changer features an integrated camera that checks nozzle alignment, size and condition. It offers automatic calibration of the capacitive height sensing and nozzle cleaning after a preset number of piercings.

Optional CADMAN-L software includes automated functions to simplify programming and offers advanced nesting, collision avoidance, On-the-Fly Piercing and Cutting, and process parameter tables to realise the full potential of Taurus FL. For bevel cutting, an optional plug-in is available for SolidWorks, Solid Edge and Inventor.

Taurus FL is offered with a 6-, 8- or 10-kW fiber laser source, which boasts an industry-leading wall-plug efficiency of more than 40 percent.

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LVD Introduces Low-Cost Laser Cutting Machine—YSD LaserONE

LVD Introduces Low-Cost Laser Cutting Machine—YSD LaserONE

LVD YSD LaserONE is a new cost-effective laser cutting machine designed to put the advantages of fiber laser technology within easy reach of sheet metal fabricators by eliminating the extras that increase machine cost and complexity. LaserONE is offered with a 2- or 4-kW laser power source in a 3000 x 1500mm table size and with optional Load-Assist automation.

Developed to address the market need for a low-cost, ultra-practical fiber laser cutting machine, LaserONE is designed, manufactured, sold and serviced by LVD. It cuts a variety of materials and thicknesses with the flexibility of fiber laser, has low operating and maintenance costs, and provides a quick return on investment.

The machine features a Precitec cutting head with NC-focus, automatic focal adjustment and crash protection, Raycus laser source, Siemens control, servo motors and drives.

The YSD LaserONE is equipped with an automatic pallet changer for fast interchanging of the shuttle tables in a cycle time of approximately 30 seconds.  An optional Load-Assist automation system offers easy loading/unloading.

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LVD Introduces Strippit PL Punch-Laser Combination Machine

LVD Introduces Strippit PL Punch-Laser Combination Machine

LVD Company nv introduces the Strippit PL Punch-Laser combination, a machine that combines the punching and forming advantages of the Strippit PX or V Series punch press with the speed and versatility of fiber laser cutting to complete multiple processes on a single machine, answering the need for flexible manufacturing. Three punch-laser models are available: the single-head style Strippit PX 1530-L and Strippit V 1530-L in thick- and thin-turret configurations.

Combined Advantages

Small batches, short lead times, increasingly complex parts drive the need for flexible manufacturing. Strippit PL offers two technologies in one machine for more versatility than single-process equipment. Strippit PL can laser cut intricate shapes and process materials up to 10 mm, efficiently punch holes up to 6.35 mm, produce forms and bends up to 90 mm in length and up to 75 mm high on the Strippit PX 1530-L.

Combination technology offers complete part processing. The punch press handles high-speed punching and forming operations. The fiber laser delivers high-quality cutting of outer contours, intricate inner contours and can be used for material etching.

The combination of technologies eliminates processes, can improve part quality, reduces production time and material handling, and lowers the cost per part in both small lot sizes and high production runs.

Technology Partner

In 1978, Strippit brought punch-laser technology to sheet metal fabrication. Today, a combination machine is more practical than ever because of advances in laser cutting and punching technology.

The solid-state fiber laser has minimal components, offers high cutting speed, and low-maintenance costs making cutting operations faster, more accurate and cost-effective. Strippit PL is offered with a 3 kW or 4 kW fiber laser source.

The Strippit PX single-head 20-ton punch press can punch, form, bend and tap, forming flanges up to 75 mm high, countersinking and scribing with top productivity. Twenty indexable tool stations hold any size tool, up to a maximum tool diameter of 90 mm.

The Strippit V thick-turret model features a versatile 48-station turret. The Strippit V thin-turret configuration has a 40-station turret. Both 30-ton machines are equipped with four programmable 88.9 mm indexable stations and are designed to handle high tonnage applications.

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LVD Showcases New Products In Virtual Technology Events

LVD Showcases New Products In Virtual Technology Events

Following the postponement of EuroBLECH 2020, LVD announces plans for a series of Virtual Technology Events and Technology Days to be held September through November 2020 to launch and showcase new laser cutting, bending and punch press products for the sheet metalworking market.

LVD Technology Events will spotlight products originally planned to debut at EuroBLECH and will offer a combination of virtual events and in-person Technology Days at its Experience Center in Gullegem, Belgium.

Both the virtual and onsite events will give attendees an in-depth look at LVD’s latest advancements. The Virtual Tech Events will provide full product demonstrations, informational sessions on various metal fabricating technology and industry trends, and offer a platform for information sharing, as you would expect at a physical trade show. Technology Days at the LVD XP Center will take place with significantly smaller groups and with increased safety measures in place.

EuroBLECH, the world’s largest sheet metalworking exhibition, has been postponed to March 2021 in light of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.

“Without strong confidence that health and safety guidelines can be maintained in a large tradeshow setting such as EuroBLECH, we need new ways to connect with fabricators to help them discover new technologies,” said LVD CCO, Francis De Bie.

“As we adapt to the ‘new normal,’ it’s more important than ever to help companies build more flexible and resilient businesses.”

Dates and additional details for LVD Technology Events will be announced in early August.

 

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LVD Introduces Movit Line Of Automation Systems For Lasers

LVD Introduces Movit Line Of Automation Systems For Lasers

LVD introduces MOVit, a comprehensive range of automation systems, including new TAS (Tower Automation System) and WAS (Warehouse Automation System) options for LVD Phoenix and Electra laser cutting machines. MOVit systems also include LVD’s Compact Tower (CT-L), Flexible Automation (FA-L) and Load-Assist (LA).

New tower & warehouse systems

MOVit TAS is a single or double tower storage system that can be integrated with up to two laser cutting machines. This tower system offers 16 different configurations available for 3015, 4020 and 6020 laser machine formats.

MOVit WAS offers a custom number of towers beginning at a minimum of three towers, in single or double row configurations. Each pallet has a capacity of three or five tons and a stack height of 90 mm. Multiple laser cutting machines can be connected to the system using integrated load/unload devices. Output stations can be added to WAS to deliver cut sheets to a sorting area or sorted parts to other machines such as press brakes. WAS is available for 3015 and 4020 laser machine formats.

Both TAS and WAS offer the option for unloading directly on the machine/s. Cut sheets are unloaded on a third table where parts can be sorted and made available for additional processing.

The automation systems feature highly customisable configurations. They are designed to keep material flow continuous, production uninterrupted, and sheets and parts organised efficiently. The standard TAS and WAS configurations allow for full lights-out production as finished sheets are returned to available storage.

 

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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.

Machine gantry plays a role in high cutting dynamics.

In the past 10 years, fibre lasers have made a significant impact on the sheet metal fabrication industry. Today, the fibre laser is the most sought-after solid-state laser and is where most laser development work is happening. In global industrial revenues for 2019, sales of fibre lasers far surpassed those of CO2, disc, diode and other lasers. Fibre laser revenues (51 percent) represented about half the total industrial laser revenues in 2019 (Industrial Laser Solutions, January 2020)

No doubt, fibre laser technology has experienced widespread acceptance in the sheet metal cutting sector and a number of factors have powered its growth. Initially best suited for cutting thin sheet metal at high speeds, today the scope and capability of fibre lasers is so much more. 

More power and control

Features like an automatic nozzle changer adds to the efficiency of fibre lasers.

High-powered fibre lasers—6-, 8-, 10-kW—have changed the playing field. While high-powered lasers have existed for more than a decade, it is only within the last four years that laser head technology has caught up, allowing manufacturers to expand the scope of materials and thicknesses that can be cut. As a result, a fibre laser cutting machine with 10-kW source can cut 6 mm mild steel at 12,000 mm/min. Even more impressive is the increase in speed when cutting stainless steel and aluminium.

Advancements in cutting head design have made it possible to change the spot size of the laser giving greater flexibility and optimised cutting speeds over a wider variety of material thicknesses. Modern fibre lasers use a variable beam collimator or “zoom focus” cutting head, which allows the focal point to be expanded when cutting thicker materials and decreased for cutting thinner materials. In this way the density of energy, cutting speeds and piercing times are optimised for each material thickness. A significant challenge when cutting thick mild steel is to create a fast and stable piercing process. The machine-controlled focus adjustment (zoom focus) optimises the piercing process by enhancing piercing stability and quality.

High cutting dynamics

Modern cutting head.

With the use of higher power sources and zoom focus technology, cutting speeds have increased dramatically. A fibre laser can achieve up to 5G acceleration. But leveraging more power and high cutting dynamics is only possible in a machine designed for the job. Basically, if the machine can’t maintain the exact position of the tip of the cutting head at maximum speed and acceleration, the cutting process must be slowed down for parts to keep their desired shape. 

The machine frame plays a key role in keeping the cutting head in position at maximum speeds and so is critical to a fibre laser’s cutting dynamics. An extremely rigid frame can ‘contain’ the inertia of the high-speed movement of the cutting head and gantry making it possible to take advantage of higher levels of power. In a machine without such a solid structure, the frame is not able to ‘contain’ the deflection of the frame, which can cause problems with accuracy and shorten machine life. 

The machine gantry which holds the cutting head carriage should also be a rigid construction to prevent flexing. 

A fibre laser cutting machine that combines both an extremely rigid frame and gantry can maintain high acceleration even while cutting.

Improved efficiencies

Reduced maintenance and operating costs are attractive features of fibre laser technology. The wall-plug efficiency (WPE) of the laser source, which is the ratio of power into the source versus power out at the head for cutting, is a core part of these costs. Latest generation fibre laser sources have pushed WPE from 25 percent to over 40 percent. In comparison, the WPE for CO2 lasers is 10 percent and the WPE for disc lasers stands at approximately 25 percent.

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LVD Launches Virtual Tech Summit For Metal Fabricators

LVD Launches Virtual Tech Summit For Metal Fabricators

LVD introduces its Virtual Tech Summit webinars for metal fabricators. The Virtual Tech Summit provides a platform for LVD technology experts, sheet metalworking companies, technology users and industry professionals to connect in a live, interactive, online setting to learn about the latest technologies, share experiences, discuss trends and solutions. The first Virtual Tech Summit will launch in June 2020 for sheet metalworking companies in The Netherlands and Belgium. Virtual Tech Summits in other regions will follow shortly thereafter.

The Virtual Tech Summit is an educational event and is offered at no cost. For more information, contact LVD at [email protected].

Making a Difference: Metalworking Companies Help the World Fight COVID-19

Every day, manufacturing impacts our lives and our world economy. In these unprecedented times, in the face of a global pandemic, manufacturing is as critical as ever. Sheet metal fabricators around the world – OEMs and subcontractors, firms large and small – are using their resources, skills and manufacturing know-how to help in the fight against COVID-19.

Manufacturing companies, including our industry of sheet metalworking fabricators, are hard at work producing products so urgently needed now.  We recognise and support LVD customers who are making a difference in this effort, and we’re proud to share some of their stories.

The German-Malaysian Institute (GMI) in Selangor, Malaysia, is a hub for advanced skills training. GMI has been quick to respond to its country’s need for personal protective equipment, producing PPE face shields which it distributed to the Ministry of Health in Malaysia for front-line workers fighting the pandemic. GMI also used its ingenuity and onsite fabrication equipment to manufacture special “aerosol booths” used to disinfect hands, cutting transparent plexiglass panels on their LVD laser cutting machinery. This video highlights their work.

Also from Malaysia comes an innovative disinfection tunnel. Toyomi Engineering Sdn Bhd, a part of the MSM Group of companies, designed and produced the Disinfection V-Tunnel which is suitable for factories, schools, offices, hotels, health facilities and retail spaces. The tunnel offers head-to-toe disinfection in a contactless process. As you walk through the tunnel, a chemical-free sodium hypochlorite solution, which is safe to the skin, is administered as a disinfectant mist and ultraviolet lamps provide additional disinfection against harmful microbes. The tunnel also features an optional hand sanitizer.  Watch the video of this product at use in a supermarket.

 

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