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EMO MILANO 2021 Extends Opportunities To Korean Exhibitors

EMO MILANO 2021 Extends Opportunities To Korean Exhibitors

A Press Conference for the South Korean public was held to present EMO MILANO 2021, the world exhibition of reference for the metalworking machine tool manufacturing industry, scheduled to take place at fieramilano in October 2021.

The speakers of the meeting, which was web-streamed, were Mr Luigi Galdabini, General Commissioner of EMO MILANO 2021, Mr So-Ahn Kang, Director General at KOMMA, Korea Machine Tool Manufacturers’ Association, and Mr Vincenzo Calì, Italian Trade Commissioner – Italian Trade Agency Seoul – Korea.

Promoted by CECIMO, the European Association of Machine Tool Industries, EMO MILANO 2021 will take place at fieramilano Rho from 4 to 9 October, when the recovery of investment should already have started.

Indeed, according to the forecasts processed by Oxford Economics, after a 23.4 percent fall registered in 2020, the year 2021 should bring about a recovery in machine tool consumption worldwide, expected to grow by +18.4 percent to 61 billion euro, (Asia 33 billion euro, +15.6 percent; Europe 17 billion euro, +23.5 percent; Americas 12 billion euro, +19.7 percent).

If we observe the single countries, all of them should experience a demand recovery, likely to continue also in 2022 and in 2023. Focusing on Europe, in 2021 both Italy (3.1 billion euro, + 38.2 percent) and Germany (5.7 billion euro, +20.9 percent) should again see a plus sign with regard to investment in production technologies. The growth trend is confirmed for both countries also in the two-year period 2022-2023.

Italian Government set up special fiscal incentives, which consists on tax credit up to 50 percent, for Italian companies investing, in 2021 and 2022, in new machine tools, robots, automation systems, 4.0 and digital technologies. This is a great business opportunity for all the exhibitors (from all over the world), and, in particular, for Korean machine tools builders, as South Korea is third in Italian machine tool import ranking.

South Korea has always been well represented at the world machine tool exhibition, as proven by the attendance data referred to the last edition of EMO MILANO (2015). In 2015, 45 Korean exhibitors participated in EMO MILANO. According to these data, South Korea ranked eighth by number of exhibitors, and in sixth place by exhibit surface. With 2.112 units, 2.6 percent of the total, South Korea came in fourth by number of visitors among Asian countries.

Luigi Galdabini added: “With specific reference to the Italian marketplace, Korean manufacturers should be aware that, for the two-year period 2021-2022, the Italian Government authorities have established a full package of incentive measures for purchasing new, traditional and digital production systems, i.e. related to the issue of smart manufacturing integration”.

“Exhibiting at EMO MILANO 2021 will thus be an excellent opportunity to identify and fulfil Italian demand, supported by these measures, as well as the demand expressed by foreign operators, who have always attended the world machine tool exhibition” concluded the General Commissioner.

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The Logic Of Development

The Logic of Development

Andrei Petrilin of ISCAR writes about the different directions for the development of cutting tools.

In machining, a cutting tool is an element of a technological system that shapes a part by material removal. The system comprises a machine tool, a workholding fixture and a tool holding device.  Shaping a part is performed by various machining processes that use different cutting strategies. The progress made in machining tools resulted in modern machines that enable combined and whole process operations; processes that were separated in the past.  Moreover, advanced machine tool capabilities assure applying progressive machining strategies to achieve maximum performance.

The metalworking industry must deal with different engineering materials. Progress in material science and metallurgy not only brought in new exotic materials but also provided technologies to create materials with pre-defined properties. Producing components from such materials has significantly improved the working parameters of the parts, but machining has become more difficult. In many cases, the root of successful machining was connected only with cutting tool limitations.

A cutting tool, the smallest element of the technological system, connects the part directly and is the link between the machine and material. For realising advantages of high-tech machine tools and productive machining strategies, the cutting tool must meet appropriate requirements. Finding a decent answer to these requirements to respond to ever-growing demands of modern metalworking is a base for new developments in the cutting tool field.

The metalworking industry has been through a rough time with the COVID-19 pandemic, which has affected the world economy and has inevitably led to a decline in economic indicators in the industry. Many bright prospects before the coronavirus were replaced by modest hopes, while on the other hand, this has been a time for deeper analysis of industrial trends, a look into tomorrow, forecasts, and future planning. Progress has not stopped. Metalworking is at the door of serious changes, and the manufacturer should be ready to adopt them. The forthcoming changes cannot bypass cutting tool production—one of the more important links in the metalworking chain. Therefore, to have a clear understanding of the direction of industrial progress and the results of new requirements for the cutting tools of tomorrow is a cornerstone to success for a tool manufacturer. This is the key to new tool developments and the demand for a wide range of products.

There are different directions for the development of cutting tools. The “traditional” way is to make the tools stronger, more productive and cost-effective, a reflection on the natural requirement of the customer to a consumed product. Other directions of development are related to advanced manufacturing technologies that have deeply ingrained the metalworking industry; whereby available tooling solutions still leave a broad field for improvement.

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TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed While Online Exhibition Continues As Scheduled

TIMTOS 2021 Physical Exhibition Postponed While Online Exhibition Continues as Scheduled

In response to the surging pandemic at home and abroad, the show organizers have decided to postpone the physical exhibition, but TIMTOS 2021 online exhibition (TIMTOS 2021 Online) will continue as scheduled to serve exhibitors and buyers worldwide. The announcement comes after the Taiwan Center for Diseases Control stressed that if it is impossible to maintain social distancing among attendees, it is strongly recommended that event organizers should cancel or postpone large gatherings. The physical show is therefore postponed for protecting the health of exhibitors and visitors in compliance with government guidance.

Nearly 1,000 exhibitors will still participate in the TIMTOS 2021 Online. Top machine tool manufacturers will present their latest products. The organizers have held seminars, workshops and recorded tutorials to actively promote this new type of exhibition since last year. Exhibitors can use 3D, VR and videos to display the latest products, and connect with global buyers through online procurement conferences, online real-time matching, video conferences, etc. Industry forums and Factory tour will be held to extend beyond time and space restrictions and expand exhibition benefits!

As scheduled, TIMTOS 2021 Online (online.timtos.com.tw) will be launched from March 15th to March 20th with display and browse functions remained effective from March 21st to April 15th. The official website of TIMTOS will continue the online service throughout the year. The new schedule for TIMTOS physical exhibition will be released soon. Please follow the official website announcement. With the accumulated industrial energy exploded, next TIMTOS will definitely show global buyers the strong strength and energy of Taiwan’s premier machine tool industry and exhibition.

The physical “Taipei International Machine Tool Show (TIMTOS 2021)” organized by TAITRA and TAMI was originally scheduled to be held at TWTC Hall 1 and Nangang Exhibition Hall 1&2 from March 15 to 20, 2021 attracting 1,000 domestic and foreign exhibitors using up to 6,000 booths.

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LAMIERA 2021 Offers Favourable Outlook For Machinery Consumption Recovery

LAMIERA 2021 Offers Favourable Outlook For Machinery Consumption Recovery

The collection of exhibitors’ applications is going on for LAMIERA 2021, the international exhibition dedicated to the industry of sheet metal forming machine tools and innovative technologies related to the sector, which will be on the scene at fieramilano Rho from 26 to 29 May 2021.

More than six months before the trade show, all the major players of the sector already confirmed their participation in the exhibition that will be the first event for the sheet metal forming world after about one year and a half.

Initially scheduled earlier than the usual period, then LAMIERA has been relocated again in May. The new date of LAMIERA, set just before the beginning of the summer, gives a full guarantee today that the exhibition will really take place and, at the same time, offers an even more favourable outlook on the recovery of machinery consumption.

Based on the data of Oxford Economics, the year 2021 will mark a consumption recovery worldwide, also regarding Italy, where the demand for machine tools is expected to grow by 38.2 percent to over 3 billion euro.

After all, in May, the operators attending the trade show will be able to consider new investments and renewed business projects in a more concrete way, in comparison to what they could have done at the beginning of the year, also due to the distance from winter, which will be probably the most complicated period for the health emergency.

“Vaccines, forecasts of demand growth and strengthening of incentive measures for investments in new production technologies included in the Budget Law 2021 are all elements that make up a considerably encouraging context for LAMIERA” – pointed out Barbara Colombo, president of UCIMU-SISTEMI PER PRODURRE”.

To the further benefit of those who will exhibit at LAMIERA 2021, also for this edition, there is a concomitance with Made in Steel. An exhibition dedicated to the iron and steel sector and also addressed to operators interested in the technologies for sheet metal working and forming, Made in Steel will be held from 26 to 28 May, besides the halls occupied by LAMIERA.

The 2021 edition of the event will be organised according to the now well-established model: around the offering of metal forming machines and technologies displayed, there will be dedicated Innovation Areas like Robot Planet, Fabbricafutura, Fastener Industry and Saldatech.

Moreover, following on from the success of the past edition, LAMIERA will combine its exhibition with opportunities of in-depth cultural thematic analysis, developed through the initiative called LAMIALAMIERA: a programme of conferences on specific issues and side events with discussions among opinion leaders and experts, as well as presentations of innovative technologies by the exhibitors.

In addition to the above initiative, LAMIERA will launch LamieraDigital”, the special project dedicated to the applications 4.0 and their integration on sheet metal machine tools, which are becoming increasingly remarkable also for this sector.

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Manufacturing Capacity Doubled

Manufacturing Capacity Doubled

British luxury watch manufacturer Bremont made the most of Sandvik Coromant and DMG MORI’s strategic partnership as it introduced a turnkey manufacturing cell to double capacity at its factory.

The NTX 1000, a state-of-the-art 5-axis machining center from DMG MORI, was is equipped with tool packages from Sandvik Coromant.

​​​Luxury watchmaker Bremont Watch Company is a true British manufacturing success story. Founded by brothers Nick and Giles English in 2002, the company specialises in the manufacture of certified chronometers for the aviation sector. These watches are assembled, as well as shock and quality tested, at the manufacturer’s dedicated headquarters in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, UK. Production of the main components, such as stainless steel backs and casings, takes place just a few minutes’ drive away.

High demand and the launch of six new watch designs meant that Bremont’s production capacity had to be increased. To achieve this, the company purchased an NTX 1000, a state-of-the-art 5-axis machining centre from DMG MORI, which is equipped with tool packages from Sandvik Coromant.

The project was six months in the making, explains Mathew Bates, a machine tool investment specialist from Sandvik Coromant’s UK Machine Tool Solutions team. “From the beginning, the objective was to deliver a ‘right first time’ solution,” explains Bates. “We wanted Bremont to be able to use the new system straight away.”

Close collaboration with application technicians from DMG MORI was needed, with regard to the selection of suitable tools. 

“We knew that we had to produce six new watches,” says Bates. “As soon as the drawings were ready we met with specialists from DMG MORI to compile a list of standard tools and to determine which special tools would be needed.”

Integrated Automation for 24/7 Operation

The DMG MORI NTX 1000 is equipped with a magazine for 38  Coromant Capto tools, with the option of expanding the capacity up to 76 tools. The turn and mill machine is suitable for turning and high-speed milling in five axes, simultaneously. 

Thanks to the bar loader, the machine produces the different stainless steel components around the clock without any operator intervention. 

Everything from a Single Source—Tools, Machine, Automation and Programming

Even before the installation of the machine, Frederick Shortt, application technician at DMG MORI, and his development team created and simulated the numerical control (NC) programs with the Vericut computer-aided manufacture (CAM) system.

“Together with Sandvik Coromant we optimised all programs in such a way that as few tools as possible are needed,” says Shortt.

In other words, Bremont only bought what they really needed. As this all took place before the installation, so Bremont was able to start producing from day one.

“This joint optimisation meant that any teething problems were reduced to a minimum and the investment quickly paid off for Bremont,” explains James Rhys-Davies, Strategic Relations Director, Northern Europe at Sandvik Coromant.

“The call for such turnkey solutions will increase steadily. Although the preliminary costs are sometimes a little higher, the benefits of a fast return on investment (ROI) and maximisation of machine availability make such turnkey production cells a very attractive option, as cost per part is generally much lower.”

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TaeguTec Launches Specific Sleeves For HUSH-BORE Boring Bars

TaeguTec Launches Specific Sleeves For HUSH-BORE Boring Bars

Vibration free HUSH-BORE boring bars are cylindrical shank type products, with no flat parts, for deep internal turning operations in 7xBD to 10xBD (BD: shank diameter) range. Therefore, based on the flat surface design of the head, set-up time can become an issue.

To solve this issue, TaeguTec has launched HUSH-BORE sleeves that can be easily set up in the machine’s tool holder.

These specific sleeves with one-sided slit maintain a robust clamping force and high precision because of its wide contact area when combined with the new HUSH-BORE shank. First, gently tighten the flat surface onto the sleeve with a screw onto the holder. Second, match the HUSH-BORE’s shank line with the sleeve-line. Third, check the zero setting with the dial gauge, ensure it is within ±0.01 mm. Fourth, secure the sleeve by screwing tightly to the tool holder. Thereby, making for easier, faster setting time with better accuracy.

Features

  • Easier and faster shank setting time due to simpler, yet practical design
  • Robust clamping force and high precision
  • Full sleeve line for HUSH-BORE shank diameter range(Ø16-50mm)

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Tungaloy Adds Longer Flutes To Popular TungMeister Exchangeable-Head End Milling System

Tungaloy Adds Longer Flutes To Popular TungMeister Exchangeable-Head End Milling System

Tungaloy has announced that its TungMeister series of exchangeable-head end milling system now includes long-flute end milling heads and new high-rigidity shank holders.

With TungMeister, significant reduction in tool changeover time can be achieved through the ability to replace used heads instead of an entire tool. Since it takes no more than one minute for tool exchange, setup time can be significantly reduced to as short as one tenth of the time it would typically take to replace solid carbide end mills for maximum productivity and cost effectiveness.

Responding to market demands, TungMeister now offers a range of VEH-style square shoulder end milling heads whose maximum cutting depth (APMX) is twice the length of that of the existing range. This provides the new VEH head with a capability of 1.5xD. Its variable-pitch and variable-helix cutting edge design, combined with tapered core geometry, will enhance the tool’s chatter stability while machining at demanding depths of cut.
The new VSSD-style shank holder is offered with thicker shank diameters than those of the existing range, increasing the tool’s flexural rigidity by 200 percent to 320 percent for added more reliable and productive machining.

With over 13,000 possible head-shank combinations available, TungMeister is able to readily provide tooling flexibility that enables users to find a solution for almost every application.
Ten VEH-style end milling heads and five VSSD-style shank holders are added in this expansion.

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Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan To Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40 Days

Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan To Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40 Days

The machine tool makers were instrumental in Taiwan’s race to supply the mounting demand for masks in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Article by TAITRA.

Machine Tool Industry Propels Taiwan to Become World’s Second Largest Masks Manufacturer In Just 40

With COVID-19 devastating world manufacturing now, most factories have either paused work or are slowly recovering. Contrary to most countries worldwide, Taiwan was able to maintain full staff levels in its offices. A part of this result can be attributed to the massive increase in mask production capacity, which now has made Taiwan rank the world’s second largest mask supplier. Such capacity expansion was at first estimated to take six months—much too slow compared to the speed at which COVID-19 spreads. But it ended up taking only 40 days to build up all the 92 sets of automated mask production lines with support from the machine tool industry.

From 2.24 Million to 13 Million Masks Daily

In late January, COVID-19 had begun to spread globally, and Taiwan was at the front line of the strike. Knowing little about the virus, the government decided to expand the country’s mask production capacity so that it would be capable of supplying enough masks for domestic demand. It needed 92 sets of automated lines that required six months for assembly.

“As long as we are provided with the built-up layout, we can assemble it.”

“If there’s demand for robotics in combating COVID-19, we will make it our priority to support.”

“We can help handle the electrical circuits.”

These were the replies when the Taiwan machine tools manufacturers heard about the difficulties faced with mask production. Over 80 manufacturers immediately organised to volunteer and send out staff to join in the mask machine assembly. Given that masks were not a common household necessity as they are now, the lack of manpower made the assembly of the 92 sets a hard task. The volunteers came in to fill in for the needed workforce, and they also self-produced parts that were lacking for mask assembly. They even assisted in troubleshooting during the test runs. Up to 100 workers were volunteering on site during the busiest time, and an average of 60 workers were there every day.

Taiwan’s mask production was at 2.24 million masks per day in January. It increased fivefold within 40 days to 13 million in March. At present, 17 million masks are being produced per day.

 

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APAC Demand For Machine Tools On The Upswing As Manufacturers Invest In New Production Facilities

APAC Demand For Machine Tools On The Upswing As Manufacturers Invest In New Production Facilities

The growing purchasing power of middle-class consumers in Asia has led to an increase in spending on consumer goods. In a rush to meet the escalating demand, manufacturers catering to the APAC region are investing in new production plants and machines, creating a requirement for machine tools in the process. An analysis by Frost & Sullivan reveals that this requirement will push the Asia-Pacific machine tool market to grow at a CAGR of 2.2 percent from 2018 to 2023, reaching $10.5 billion in revenue.

“Business expansion strategies and plant localisation of end-user industries are set to drive the growth of the machine tool industry in the APAC region,” said Divya Saiprasad, Principal Consultant, Industrials at Frost & Sullivan.  “The rise in demand for machine tools can be attributed to the increase in the production of auto components and growth of the automotive industry.”

Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan are expected to remain the top three markets for machine tools in the region in 2023, contributing 69.5 percent. Additionally, emerging economies such as Vietnam, Indonesia, and Thailand are anticipated to showcase strong growth over the next three years, driven by foreign direct investment (FDI) inflow in the manufacturing sector.

“On the end-user vertical front, engineering and automotive sectors are projected to remain dominant,” noted Saiprasad. “The aviation sector is also expected to further supplement the market for machine tools, given the demand from the burgeoning upper-middle-class population.”

Machine tool vendors can tap into further growth by:

  • Integrating new features and technologies into additive manufacturing to increase the overall efficiency of multi-tasking machine tools.
  • Including new technologies such as IoT and Big Data for preventive and predictive maintenance of machines to help machine tool companies enhance their customers’ rate of operations in manufacturing, thereby increasing their brand recognition in the market.
  • Developing and selling smart machines equipped with AI, robots, and software technologies to expand sales and improve the productivity of customers in ASEAN countries.
  • Increasing production efficiency, shortening delivery times, and maintaining price competitiveness to increase sales and improve market profitability.
  • Expanding sales, distribution, and aftermarket service channels in emerging Asian countries to retain customers.

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C-Com Projects With MARPOSS And Oerlikon Balzers To Introduce Intelligent App For Tooling

c-Com Projects With MARPOSS And Oerlikon Balzers To Introduce Intelligent App For Tooling

Step-by-step networking for in-house manufacturing, involving suppliers and customers and efficiently using data together – the digital services provided by c-Com, a member of MAPAL Group, make it all possible. However, the start-up isn’t just developing its own applications. It’s also generating added value for customers by working closely with cooperation partners.

Cooperation with MARPOSS: reduced setup times and maximum tool service life

The optimal and longest-possible use of tools represents a vital cost factor for machining companies. But compromises are often necessary – particularly in series production and as part of automated processes. Tools with a defined tool life are replaced as soon as the specified tool life has come to an end. In many cases, though, the tool has not truly reached the end of its tool life and replacement is not yet necessary. However, companies play it safe to avoid quality issues and the risk of producing items that later need to be rejected.

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This is one of the elements addressed by the ARTIS GENIOR MODULAR module by MARPOSS. The fully automatic tool- and process-monitoring system has been an established feature of the market for many years. It works by recording various measurements and assessing them on the basis of several criteria.

MARPOSS recently launched a collaboration with c-Com GmbH and its c-Com open cloud platform to provide module users with additional value: the ARTIS GENIOR MODULAR module and c-Com are set to exchange data. Once the defined tool limits have been reached, the staff member responsible receives a notification on their mobile terminal – which is made possible by the cooperation with c-Com. As a result, operators can react more quickly and boost the efficiency of their manufacturing processes.

Cooperation with Oerlikon Balzers: transparency and sustainability thanks to digital processing for coating

Many tools are re-sharpened and re-coated to make production as cost-efficient as possible and to use raw materials sustainably. This procedure is very complex for everyone involved – from the machine operators to the staff members carrying out the re-sharpening and coating. If a staff member responsible for re-sharpening sends a tool for coating, this staff member is often not aware of corresponding order status. This results in frequent queries. In some cases, the number of re-sharpening processes is simply marked on the tool shank. Overall, the total benefit is reduced by the very high investment of time and effort required.

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In cooperation with Oerlikon Balzers, c-Com has developed an application that enables significantly more effective and transparent order processing. The prototype was showcased at EMO Hannover. The only prerequisite to benefitting from the advantages of digital processing for coating is identifying all tools with a unique ID.

The c-Com application exchanges data with the myBalzers customer portal run by Oerlikon Balzers. This way, the entire order process is digitalised, and all receipts are available online. It is easy to share documents such as delivery slips, invoices or order confirmations, and the status of each coating order can be viewed in real time. There is no longer a need to ask for order updates – a quick glance at the application provides the user with all the information they need. On top of this, machine operators have access to all the important information about their tool at all times. Thanks to the collaborative approach by c-Com, they can access all data via the cloud.

The c-Com wear detection app: a technical advisor in your pocket

c-Com has developed a wear detection application to provide answers to these questions. The prototype for the application was presented at EMO Hannover. The application is very simple to use: first, the worn blade is documented using a smartphone and a conventional auxiliary lens for zooming in. The app then identifies the type of wear and suggests corresponding recommended actions. This allows users to prevent this type of wear in future.

The application is based on machine learning, a sub-category of artificial intelligence. This means that the application uses datasets to learn. Together with tool specialists at MAPAL, c-Com has compiled and categorized hundreds of images. Effectively, the algorithm was trained by being shown what different types of wear look like, allowing it to assess whether or not a blade is in good order.

 

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