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TRUMPF Acquires Lantek And Expands Software Business

TRUMPF Acquires Lantek And Expands Software Business

The high-tech company TRUMPF acquires the software house Lantek and thus focuses on software in sheet metal processing that runs independently of the machine manufacturer.

“TRUMPF is opening up to customers’ production ecosystems with this acquisition,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of Machine Tool Development at TRUMPF. “Our customers’ process is our focus – with Lantek, we comprehensively cover the sheet metal process chain, even with machines from different manufacturers. In this way, we are taking another big step toward efficient and connected sheet metal production and enriching the Smart Factory solution portfolio.”

After participating in the development of umati, the open machine data interface, the development of omlox, the open positioning standard, and the cooperation with intralogistics expert Jungheinrich on automated guided vehicles, the cooperation with Lantek is a consistent step towards process optimisation and connectivity for the sheet metal production of the future.

“We are looking forward to cooperating closely with TRUMPF. Lantek has been leading the sheet metal software for 35 years thanks to its ability to bring the best manufacturing solutions to any cutting machine, and this will continue to be our goal, assuring interconnectivity and independency between machine tool builders. Our customers benefit from a close exchange in the key technologies of the future AI, data models and holistic process control. This enables us to bundle our competencies and develop software for the future of sheet metal production in an even more open and customer-oriented way in the future,“ says Alberto López de Biñaspre, CEO of Lantek.

 

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EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed To March 2021 In Hanover, Germany

EuroBLECH 2020 Postponed To March 2021 In Hanover, Germany

EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit to take place in October 2020

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 27 to 30 October 2020. The new dates for the next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, are 9 -12 March 2021. This decision was taken after extensive conversations with all exhibitors and partners over recent weeks and months who have expressed their preference not to hold the show in October, in light of the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. Uncertainties around travel restrictions in order to maintain the truly international character of the EuroBLECH event were also a concern to many participants.

Speaking about the announcement, Nicola Hamann, Managing Director of Mack Brooks Exhibitions said: “The past months have been challenging, in particular for the sheet metal working industry and its related industry sectors. We have seen a decrease in orders of capital goods and many companies are telling us about their challenges in dealing with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. Although we have recently received authority approval for our Safety and Security concept to hold EuroBLECH in October this year, we have decided to postpone EuroBLECH to Spring 2021”.

As part of a recent series of industry surveys, the participants of EuroBLECH indicated their requirement to network and conduct business in order to pave the way for the recovery of the industry following the Covid-19 pandemic. EuroBLECH will therefore offer a virtual hub for the global sheet metal working industry in October: “Following feedback from our exhibitors and visitors indicating the need to participate in an event, even if not in a physical form, we will organise a Digital Innovation Summit taking place from 27 to 30 October, our planned event slot. This Digital Innovation Summit will provide our exhibitors with a platform to demonstrate their latest machines and solutions and arrange virtual meetings with international visitors. We believe it is our duty to assist the industry through these extraordinary times by offering a market place this year as a platform for innovations and a starting point for the recovery of the industry”, continued Nicola Hamann.

The EuroBLECH Team will communicate closely with customers and partners over the coming weeks and months and thank their exhibitors, partners, suppliers and visitors for their support during this challenging time. Further information on the Digital Innovation Summit containing details on the Online Presentation Theatre for exhibitors, video on demand options and matchmaking facilities, will be available shortly.

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Modular Power Package For Demanding Benders

Modular Power Package For Demanding Benders

With the Xpert Pro, Bystronic presents a high-end press brake that sheet metal processing companies can adapt to their requirements on a modular basis. The new model in the Xpert series of machines meets the highest demands in terms of process speed and flexibility.

Modular design has long since established itself in the automotive industry. Manufacturers offer a model in various editions and in addition to the standard specifications, customers can choose from a wide range of optional features. Bystronic was inspired by this principle when developing the new Xpert Pro: Customers can choose between three editions and customise them with optional extras.

The three editions of the Xpert Pro will appeal to a wide variety of users: The Classic Edition is ideal for job shops with small batch sizes or for prototype builders. With the Performance Edition, medium-sized companies can produce larger series quickly and reliably. And the Dynamic Edition with bending speeds of up to 20 millimeters per second is ideal for companies that need even more speed to efficiently handle batch sizes of 1000 pieces and more.

Maximum Flexibility

The Xpert Pro’s press capacity can also be adapted to a wide range of requirements. The spectrum ranges from 100 to 320 tons. This enables sheets up to a thickness of 15 millimeters to be bent effortlessly. In terms of bending length, there is a choice of three or four meters. Companies that require even more flexibility can connect two machines together to process extra-long parts.

The modular concept enables the press brake to be adapted very specifically to the requirements of the production environment – and in this respect Bystronic goes one step further than the car manufacturers: If the requirements change, the configuration can be flexibly adapted. The exchange of individual modules, for example of the backgauge, is straightforward and all optional equipment can be easily retrofitted.

The Xpert Pro is also flexible with regard to the use of bending tools, because this press brake eliminates the usual compatibility problems. The developers designed the tool clamping system to be so open that, in addition to the large selection of Bystronic equipment, tools from other suppliers can also be used. This provides users with more freedom for the bending of a wide variety of parts.

Precise And Convenient Bending

Precision is the most important performance factor of every production environment. Thanks to the tried-and-tested dynamic crowning, the Xpert Pro achieves precise and consistent bending results from the very first part. Bystronic’s patented compensation system automatically adjusts the curvature of the lower beam during the bending process. For even higher process reliability, the LAMS angle measuring system is available as an option. In addition to sheet thickness fluctuations, this system also compensates for springback and rolling direction variations.

Thus, the Xpert Pro reduces the need for tedious manual corrections while also reducing the operators’ workload during programming: The ByVision Bending software solution determines the ideal bending process for every material thickness and bending angle. Thus, the high-end press brake leaves nothing to be desired in terms of convenience. Bending has never been faster and more precise than with the new Xpert Pro from Bystronic.

 

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Competence Days 2019: New Technologies, New Solutions

Competence Days 2019: New technologies, New Solutions

Bystronic presented its innovations for the sheet metal processing industry at Competence Day, its largest in-house exhibition in Niederönz (Switzerland). A perfect opportunity to chat about new approaches in the fields of laser cutting, bending, automation, and software.

Over a period of two weeks, Bystronic welcomed 1200 guests from more than 50 countries to the Competence Days at its Swiss headquarters in Niederönz. The motto for the event was “World Class Manufacturing”. The event provided an answer to the question of what sheet metal processing could look like in the future. Visitors experienced the most important trends and innovations in the fields of laser cutting, bending, automation, and software up close during live demonstrations and guided tours of Bystronic’s Swiss production halls for laser cutting and automation technologies.

For many customers, looking ahead to the future of their own sheet metal processing operations means: Being able to adapt to decreasing batch sizes and fluctuating order situations. Mastering cost and time pressure by applying the most efficient processes and systems available. And positioning themselves on the competitive global or local markets with leading technologies and manufacturing solutions.

Hardware And Software Open Up New Paths

Thanks to new technologies, metal and sheet metal products can now be manufactured more versatile and profitably than ever before. In addition to the suitable hardware, software solutions are playing an increasingly important role in the sheet metal processing sector. In future, it will not be just the machines, but also the correct software that will determine competitive success. Software packages and digital process solutions help customers to make increasingly complex production processes transparent and profitable. This allows the costs, processing times, and quality of production processes to be optimised to achieve previously unattainable levels.

In a conversation that took place during the event, Bystronic CEO Alex Waser said: “Events such as the Competence Days are an important platform for our visitors to exchange ideas with Bystronic. This allows new ideas to be developed and existing visions to be refined. We talk to our guests about what is bothering them, what solutions Bystronic can develop for them, and what the next step for their production processes could be.”

For job shops, for example, the next step could be a powerful fiber laser with an automated loading and unloading solution to increase productivity. Or a fully automated material and data flow to enable virtually autonomous operation in multiple shifts. “Advanced users and large metal processing companies also think in other dimensions. Here we are talking about end-to-end solutions that cover cutting, bending, material handling, as well as process and data management.

In future, in its role as a supplier of integrated solutions, Bystronic will support users with the planning and implementation of such production landscapes,” Alex Waser explained. “With our experts in the Bystronic Solution Center and with a wide range of technologies, we meet our customers at their current level and help them take the next step.”

Seize Opportunities And Invest

The framework conditions of today’s sheet metal processing companies vary around the globe. And yet it became clear that the international visitors to the Competence Days 2019 also had things in common. Users in Europe, America, and Asia are currently facing the challenge of successfully aligning their manufacturing environments to demanding and unpredictable markets.

“Many of our customers face the question: Wait and see how things develop or invest right now,” Alex Waser explained. “We understand the obstacles. But we also see the opportunities for our customers. Companies that invest in new technologies now and that enhance their production processes can rely on powerful equipment when the next upward trend begins.” And that this upward trend will come is guaranteed. This was the wide consensus among the guests at Bystronic’s Competence Days.

 

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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.

The fully automated Production Line revolves around the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system and integrated automation solutions from Bystronic. The digital Shop Floor Control System integrates the Production Line into the existing sheet metal production environment. This guidance system enables users to set up a manufacturing landscape around the Production Line that permits all sheet metal processing steps to be seamlessly integrated.

The Production Line is capable of processing sheet metal parts both in large series and on a small scale. The integrated laser cutting and automation technologies adapt flexibly to changing order situations while also enabling customised expansion with modular options. The idea behind this manufacturing concept is to combine versatility and productivity. Both are important requirements for industrial sheet metal processing.

Bystronic recently showcased a solution that in the near future will enable the Production Line to be expanded to enable the pre-processing cut parts. ByFlex, an additionally integratable system, drills and deburrs holes, and cuts threads, if required even with countersinks, in sheet metal parts prior to the laser cutting process. The integration of this solution, even before the actual laser cutting process, allows users to make optimum use of secondary processing time within the Production Line.

ByTrans Cross And BySort In The 4020 Format

The objective of automation in the field of laser cutting is to make it possible to process not only large series but also small batch sizes, while maintaining the flexibility that users require to always respond to changing order situations. Bystronic offers the ByTrans Cross automation solution and the BySort module in the 4020 format. This provides users with an extremely versatile extension for the ByStar Fiber 4020 laser cutting system. The ByTrans Cross handles the entire loading and unloading process on the shuttle table of the fibre laser cutting system. This enables metal sheets of up to 4m by 2m to be handled.

As an upgrade module for ByTrans Cross, BySort expands the sorting process for finished cut sheet metal parts with a weight of up to 100 kg. What makes this solution so special: BySort enhances the range of functions in the automated unloading process without requiring the user to expand the footprint of the ByTrans Cross.

Due to the extremely fast throughput times of the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system, with an output of up to 10 kW, automated material loading and unloading is virtually a must, explained Product Manager Alain Meyer. Users can only fully exploit the potential of the fibre laser technology if the material flow is perfectly matched to the laser cutting system’s throughput times.

An additional aspect is the reduction of the machine operators’ workload and the associated increase in process reliability. The loading of raw sheets and the removal of residual grids in the 4020 format is difficult to carry out manually. Here, automation ensures safety and simple workflows. Mr Meyer also emphasised another benefit, “Automation enables users to utilise their laser cutting capacities efficiently around the clock with little manpower, even when faced with high order volumes and short delivery times. The increased autonomy thus also makes it possible to work lightly-manned night shifts.”

Flexibility For Varying Order Situations

The modular design of the ByTrans Cross means that the BySort upgrade can be retrofitted as a sorting solution at any time. For this, Bystronic expands the existing ByTrans Cross system with a bridge on which two sorting heads can operate. Both heads automatically equip themselves with a selection of gripper modules. Depending on the sizes and geometries of the sheet metal parts that are to be processed, the user puts together the matching magazine of grippers.

BySort removes finished parts, sorts them by order, and deposits them on various unloading positions next to the laser cutting system. Mr Meyer explained, “Depending on the production environment, BySort can stack finished cut parts on trolleys, pallets, conveyor belts, or even autonomous transport vehicles.”

This diversity in the unloading process supports sheet metal processing companies that are faced with the challenge of adapting to changing batch sizes. It also helps users to automate the production of small batches so that a variety of downstream processes, such as bending, welding, or painting, can be integrated as easily as possible with laser cutting.

For example, when parts are positioned on a pallet with high precision, they can be processed more easily in the bending step, because the robotics used here or the operator no longer have to check them and adjust them to the correct position. “The precision with which BySort stacks the parts translates into accurate gripping and error-free bending in the next processing step,” said Mr Meyer.

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Bystronic: World Class Manufacturing

Bystronic: World Class Manufacturing

With new solutions for sheet metal processing, Bystronic, a leading global provider of high-quality solutions for the sheet metal processing business, takes customers to the top of the competition at the EuroBLECH 2018 in Hanover, Germany.

At the most important sheet metal processing industry event, Bystronic presented comprehensive innovations for all aspects relating to cutting, bending, and automation. In the future, networked manufacturing processes, integrated automation, and digital service solutions will help customers to profoundly optimise the manufacturing of sheet metal products.

Bystronic is systematically refining the vision of “World Class Manufacturing”. This is based on a comprehensive range of new technologies and services with which Bystronic is gearing its users’ process landscape towards networked production. In this way, Bystronic accompanies customers step by step on their path towards the smart factory.

World Class Manufacturing goes far beyond the conventional idea of a machine tool. The focus lies on digitally networked production, which combines the individual processes related to laser cutting and bending to form a network of intelligent components. Users thus achieve a higher degree of flexibility and transparency in their production environment. Both are important prerequisites in order to manufacture products faster, more cost-effectively, and more intelligently than ever before.

Production Line: Fully Automated Laser Cutting

With the Production Line, Bystronic presented its highlight in terms of laser cutting automation. Within this fully automated manufacturing solution, sheet metal parts are pre-processed, cut, transported, and sorted according to orders. The heart of the Production Line is the ByStar Fiber laser cutting system. Powered by a 10kW aggregate, this is where the speed of the entire production process originates.

The ByTrans Cross and BySort loading and unloading automation is connected directly to the fibre laser. It handles the entire material flow between the laser and the integrated storage system. The storage system supplies all the raw metal sheets required for the cutting jobs: steel, stainless steel, aluminum, and non-ferrous metal sheets in thicknesses ranging from 0.8 to 25mm with a maximum overall capacity of 24 tonnes. It also returns finished cut parts and residual sheets to storage.

Bystronic presented a showcase at EuroBLECH to demonstrate a solution that will enable the Production Line to be expanded in the near future. ByFlex, an additional integrated system, drills holes and cuts threads into sheet metal parts prior to the laser cutting process. In addition, a labelling function marks the parts that are to be cut with a code. This allows all the information about the sheet metal parts that are being produced to be scanned in at the downstream processing stations.

Bending Cell: The Fully Automated Bending Centre

The Bending Cell automatically bends the cut sheet metal parts. For this, Bystronic expands the high-end Xpert Pro press brake with an agile robotics system. A 7-axis robot picks up the sheet metal parts that are to be bent, places them with high precision on the Xpert Pro for bending, and subsequently sorts them according to jobs. The Bending Cell can handle sheet metal parts up to 270kg.

With high precision, the robot also automatically sets up the press brake with the appropriate tools. To achieve this, Bystronic has integrated a tool magazine into the Bending Cell that keeps a range of required bending tools on standby. Thanks to a maximum press capacity of 320 tonnes, the bending automation solution can process a wide range of sheet metal products. The Bending Cell is ideally suited both for the efficient processing of high-volume repetitive jobs and for changing lists of jobs with small batch sizes.

Bystronic MES: Transparency From The Incoming Order To The Finished Part

The Bystronic MES is the navigation system for sheet metal processing. An intelligent software solution that helps users manufacture and ship sheet metal products with precisely defined costs and deadlines. The Bystronic MES determines the ideal path on which sheet metal products are guided through the processing stations for cutting and bending. This optimises throughput times and costs in the sheet metal production chain. And it helps users to perfectly attune all the process steps, machine systems, and workstations within their production environment.

Shop Floor Control System: The Digital Guidance System For Production Lines

In the future, how will users control and monitor production lines in which automated production cells and individual machine systems are networked? With the Shop Floor Control System, Bystronic showcased a newly developed software solution at EuroBLECH. Networked with sheet metal processing stations, the Shop Floor Control System assumes the centralised control function and helps users to always maintain an optimal production flow. The system also provides information about potential bottlenecks or downtimes within the production line. This enables scheduled production times and delivery deadlines to be adhered with a high degree of reliability.

ByStar Fiber: Laser Cutting With 12 Kilowatts

Bystronic projects promising prospects for fibre laser cutting: With 12kW, the high-end ByStar Fiber laser cutting system will soon feature a new performance level. This will boost the profitability and speed of the cutting process right up to sheet thicknesses as high as 30mm. This will provide customers with an almost unbeatable competitive edge in the competition for jobs. In order to optimally integrate the higher laser power into the cutting process, Bystronic has rigorously enhanced the design of the ByStar Fiber’s cutting head. Thus, users always achieve outstanding cutting results in a wide range of materials.

BySmart Fiber: The Fiber Laser For A Flying Start

The new generation of BySmart Fiber is already available now. Bystronic has fundamentally redesigned the entry-level solution for fibre laser cutting and expanded it with numerous features. The result is a versatile cutting system with up to 6kW of laser power and matching automation solutions. Thus, Bystronic is opening up the full potential of fibre laser technology to users in growth industries: high parts output, a broad spectrum of applications, and automation for optimised material handling.

Xpert Pro: Bending Technology For The Highest Demands

With the new Xpert Pro press brake, Bystronic is taking the successful Xpert product line a step further. The Xpert Pro supports demanding users with maximum flexibility and performance for the bending process. A variety of configurations are available for a wide spectrum of bending applications.

Features such as dynamic crowning and the patented pressure reference technology ensure consistently high bending quality on the Xpert Pro. On top of this, the Xpert Pro boasts intelligent assistance functions, such as the material curve generator and the LAMS angle measuring system. These enable users to achieve maximum precision from the very first bent part.

APMEN’s exclusive interview with Norbert Seo, Bystronic’s Senior VP Market Division Asia & Australia. By Ahmad Alshidiq.

What’s new from Bystronic in EuroBLECH 2018…

We have many new features on Industry 4.0. We have the full set of automation solutions with integrated software which allows you to combine automation with intelligent systems to monitor production schedules, machine status as well as to analyse the storage.

Bystronic’s main market in SEA…

Vietnam is our main market in Southeast Asia. We established our new demo centre in Ho Chi Minh last year. We call it the “Experience Center”, where we placed a laser machine and one bending machine. Malaysia market is looking interesting as well and we are looking at investing more in the country, in Thailand as well as Indonesia.

Industry outlook for 2019…

Business perspective is quite uncertain, however, we are looking at the demand of our customers and monitoring closely on where is necessary to expand our products and technologies.

What to expect from Bystronic in 2019…

We are launching a new series of BySmart Fibre from 2kW to 6kW which gives a lot of opportunities to the high-sensitive market. We are also attending seven exhibitions and are having five in-house shows in 2019.

 

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EuroBLECH 2018: Bystronic Displays “World Class Manufacturing” Innovations

EuroBLECH 2018: Bystronic Displays “World Class Manufacturing” Innovations

In time for EuroBLECH 2018, Bystronic is systematically driving forward the vision of “World Class Manufacturing”. This is based on a comprehensive range of new products and services with which Bystronic is gearing its users’ process landscape towards networked production. “We accompany our customers step by step on the path to the smart factory,” explained Bystronic CEO Alex Waser.

With “World Class Manufacturing”, Bystronic has described the matching supporting programme as one that features innovative solutions that go far beyond the conventional idea of a machine tool. It’s about fusing the individual processes relating to laser cutting and bending into a network of intelligent components, said Mr. Waser. Users can thus achieve a higher degree of flexibility and transparency in their production environment. Both are important prerequisites in order to manufacture products faster, more cost-effectively, and more intelligently than ever before.

In future, thanks to new software solutions, users will be able to create quotes more rapidly, plan their production processes in an efficient manner, and make the best possible use of their resources. Live monitoring systems represent an additional building block. They provide users with real-time information about the running processing steps from their production environment. All this will result in the optimisation of costs and processes. And this in turn, is the prerequisite for growth and sustainable competitive success.

With flexible system solutions, Bystronic is expanding the rules of the game in the field of sheet metal processing. Until now, there was always a trade-off between fast and versatile. In future, users will be able to produce small series or individual mass-produced products at conditions similar to a standardised high-volume series.  As commented by Mr. Waser, “With the new generation of our cutting and bending systems, users can adapt their processes much more easily and thus respond more quickly to their customers’ requirements.”

The integrated automation of production steps is another key success factor. To achieve this, Bystronic uses modular solutions for the material handling in the field of laser cutting. Automation systems that grow with the customers’ requirements and with increasing laser output. In the field of bending, the company is driving forward the development of flexible automation modules that enable fast transitions between automated and manual manufacturing.

Service remains another key issue for Bystronic. Within the networked production environment, network steps are interdependent. This makes process reliability and the preventive maintenance of all integrated systems more critical than ever before. New service solutions help users increase the efficiency and process quality of their production.

Learn more by visiting Bystronic at EuroBLECH 2018 from October 23 to 26, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. Hall 12, Booth B66.

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Step By Step To The Smart Factory

Step By Step To The Smart Factory

At the EuroBLECH 2018 exhibition, Bystronic is presenting the networked world of sheet metal processing. Under the motto “World Class Manufacturing”, customers and visitors experience live where integrated automation and new software solutions for laser cutting and bending are heading.

In time for EuroBLECH 2018, Bystronic is systematically driving forward the vision of “World Class Manufacturing”. This is based on a comprehensive range of new products and services with which Bystronic is gearing its users’ process landscape towards networked production. “We accompany our customers step by step on the path to the smart factory,” explained Bystronic CEO, Alex Waser.

With “World Class Manufacturing”, Bystronic describes the matching supporting programme. It features innovative solutions that go far beyond the conventional idea of a machine tool. It’s about fusing the individual processes relating to laser cutting and bending into a network of intelligent components, Alex Waser said. Users can thus achieve a higher degree of flexibility and transparency in their production environment. Both are important prerequisites in order to manufacture products faster, more cost-effectively, and more intelligently than ever before.

In future, thanks to new software solutions, users will be able to create quotes more rapidly, plan their production processes in an efficient manner, and make the best possible use of their resources. Live monitoring systems represent an additional building block. They provide users with real-time information about the running processing steps from their production environment. All this will result in the optimisation of costs and processes. And this in turn, is the prerequisite for growth and sustainable competitive success.

With flexible system solutions, Bystronic is expanding the rules of the game in the field of sheet metal processing. Until now, there was always a trade-off between fast and versatile. In future, users will be able to produce small series or individual mass-produced products at conditions similar to standardised high-volume series. “With the new generation of our cutting and bending systems, users can adapt their processes much more easily and thus respond more quickly to their customers’ requirements,” Alex Waser said.

The integrated automation of production steps is another key success factor. To achieve this, Bystronic uses modular solutions for the material handling in the field of laser cutting. Automation systems that grow with the customers’ requirements and with increasing laser output. In the field of bending, Bystronic is driving forward the development of flexible automation modules that enable fast transitions between automated and manual manufacturing.

Learn more by visiting Bystronic at EuroBLECH 2018 from October 23 to 26, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. Hall 12, Booth B66.

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Tapping The Potential Of Automation In Sheet Metal Processing

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 is located in Shijiazhuang, in China’s Hebei Province, about 300 km from Beijing. Here, Mr Wang is carrying on his father’s legacy: his father Jianyun Wang founded the company in 1986.

At that time, the company had approximately 30 employees and they used simple tools such as guillotine shears and hand welders to manufacture primarily sheet metal cladding for switch cabinets. Mr Wang now has a staff of 150. The company was the first in the entire province to introduce a linked automation solution with a large-scale storage system and three connected machines. That the company would grow, however, had already become apparent long before this.

Realising The Potential Of Automation

In 2004, the young businessman joined the company his father had spent several years building and expanding. A new business area emerged just a short time later, in 2005, when the Chinese government began subsidising railway development in order to speed up technological advancement and modernisation. Mr Wang recognised the potential of this market early on and was open to it.

“Our focus was on the stainless steel covers for the air conditioning in the trains,” said Mr Wang. To manufacture these components, Dolanit’s machinery would have to be modified—not only did it take too long to transport material between the punching and laser machines, but the quality could not always be guaranteed.

After conducting in-depth research, he found the solution: a punch laser machine from German machine tool manufacturer Trumpf. Even in Shijiazhuang, an 18 hour flight Ditzingen, Germany, Mr Wang had heard about the machine tool manufacturer.

As a result of rising payroll costs, Mr Wang was also looking for ways to continue running and expanding his company profitably. In the course of a business trip in 2013, he was able to take a closer look at automation, which was prevalent in Germany, and the resulting advantages: companies that had fewer employees than his, but that achieved higher productivity. That was the solution to his problems.

In 2014, he took a great leap. He fitted not only his TruMatic 7000, but also a 2D laser machine, the TruLaser 5030 fibre, with loading and unloading units. He connected both of these machines and the next link in his sheet metal process chain, the TruBend Cell 5000 automated bending cell, to a Stopa compact store.

Automation In Sheet Metal Processing

With this significant transformation, Mr Wang boosted his company’s productivity by 30 percent while halving his payroll costs. “At that time, automation was considered a luxury in sheet metal processing, so this quickly and significantly boosted our reputation,” explained Mr Wang.

To ensure not only that his machinery was up-to-date, but also that those who operate it, as well as the rest of the staff, were regularly updated on the latest technology, Mr Wang introduced special internal training courses for all employees. He modeled this change on the experts at Trumpf, who had offered similar courses right after the machines and storage were installed, making it possible to bring the automated factory unit online much more quickly.

Competitive pressure is intense, which is why the consistent and high quality of his products is decisive for Mr Wang. Since automating his company’s production, he was able to acquire many follow-up orders and also gain new customers. Mr Wang hopes to tap new markets—like he first did with the trains. Openness by tradition, you might say.

 

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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, the sheet metal processing sector is increasingly getting more competitive. Companies such as Bystronic are continually offering updated products and services that are more networked, automated and transparent.

For example, the company has partnered with software supplier Lantek to develop a manufacturing execution system that will allow users to digitally record and make optimal use of all the available resources on their shop floor.

We spoke to Alex Waser, chief executive officer and president of Bystronic, and Norbert Seo, senior vice president market division Asia and Australia, on other important advantages that manufacturers should seize in order to retain their competitive edge.

What are some of the most urgent trends that manufacturers worldwide should adopt? What impact will this have on users?

Alex Waser (AW): The integration of automation solutions and digital networking. I am thinking of modular material handling solutions for laser cutting. Compact systems that grow with the customers’ requirements and with increasing laser output. With regard to bending, I am thinking of flexible automation systems than enable fast transitions between automated and manual manufacturing. Thanks to the possibilities of digital networking, all these systems can be integrated into a transparent and maximally optimised manufacturing flow. They are controlled by high-performance software solutions that are simple to use.

Digital solutions and automation enable users to master fluctuating order situations using flexible systems. What is more, the manufacturing process will become more transparent. This will result in an optimisation of costs and processes. And this in turn, is the prerequisite for sustainable competitive success.

Norbert Seo (NS): The potential for the sheet metal processing in remains bright. For Asia, we believe the market trend will move with high-speed growth. Customers will require more high productive manufacturing machines. Thus, integrated production systems will require more know-how and skills from the customers. In return they will allow for higher productivity and profitability.

Sheet metal processing is seeing growth globally for Bystronic. What are your strategies for continued growth?

AW: The most important strategy of Bystronic is to support customers with technologies along the process chain of cutting and bending. In addition to high-quality products, we offer our customers comprehensive service solutions and the broad know-how of our technology experts.

This combination of leading technology, services, and know-how ensures our customers’ continued success and growth.

With the opening of the new Bystronic office in Singapore, what are your key priorities for the Southeast Asia region and the strategy towards achieving those opportunities?

NS: Singapore is a very important hub for our sales and service activities in the Southeast Asian region. The local sheet metal market in Singapore is very limited and slowing down, however, the strategic geographical location and the availability of highly qualified and skilled people make Singapore very important to us. Our key priority is to strengthen our local presence in the region to support our customers in the best way.

In 2017, Bystronic premiered in Japan at MF Tokyo. What industries are you supporting in the country?

NS: Japan is the second biggest sheet metal market in Asia after China. We want to be present there. We mainly support the job shop market but even the OEMs too. Our products are suitable to produce a very wide range of parts in different materials.

Manufacturers want to save costs while at the same time increase efficiency and transparency. How can you help them achieve their goals?

AW: With modular automation solutions that optimize the material flow in the laser cutting and bending process steps. These solutions are flexible and fit perfectly into our customers’ different manufacturing environments and they enable our customers to handle fluctuating order situations.

Also, our software solutions, such as BySoft 7, enable users to create offers more rapidly, plan their production processes in an efficient manner, and make the best possible use of their resources.

NS: We develop products and services to meet these needs. We even involve customers in product development. As a result, of all of our products including software and services are designed and built for high efficiency and productivity.

Modular Automation Solutions Increases Efficiency For Sheet Metal Processing

Please give us some final thoughts in terms of your company’s worldwide growth and expansion?

AW: The sheet metal processing industry in Asia and Southeast Asia is developing at a rapid pace. Increasingly, users are relying on technologies such as fiber lasers, automation, and suitable bending solutions. In order provide customers with even better support in these fields in the future, we are strengthening its sales and service structures in the Asian market regions. For example with newly designed offices in Singapore and the opening of brand new offices in Ho Chi Minh City.

In addition to the expansion of its sales and service structures, we are actively driving forward the development of new trends and technologies. To achieve this, we are investing globally in its development and manufacturing locations in Switzerland, Germany, and China, which are where the starting points for the innovations and high-quality process solutions lie, providing our customers with a competitive edge. Recently, we were awarded a certification for the high quality standards at the Chinese development and production location in Tianjin.

And last but not least, we are bringing our latest technology to Asian markets. Most recently, we introduced our high-end 10-kilowatt ByStar Fiber laser cutting system. 2018 will be an exciting year for our customers.

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