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Iscar’s Digital Tools For An Industry 4.0 Smart Factory

Iscar’s Digital Tools For An Industry 4.0 Smart Factory

Industry revolutions have been happening since the 1700s and with every industrial revolution, a paradigm shift occurs which changes the way science and humanity interact, impacting the economy and industries in a major way worldwide.

We are now on our fourth industrial revolution and it is not simply about incorporating technology into industries but it is connecting the physical with the digital, empowering leaders to efficiently manage every aspect of their corporation and effectively leverage on the instant and massive data aiding in the growth of one’s business. Iscar, a multinational metalworking company, aims to create the factory of the future with their next-generation digital solutions for manufacturers.

In hopes of creating the ultimate dream of every manufacturer, Iscar’s latest developments relate to both cutting tools and the tool informational essentials as well.


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First Trading Day As Bystronic On SIX Swiss Exchange

First Trading Day As Bystronic On SIX Swiss Exchange

At the Annual General Meeting on April 21, 2021, the share-holders of Conzzeta AG (“Conzzeta”) approved the change of name to Bystronic AG (“Bystronic”). The name change is the result of the strategic realignment of the Conzzeta Group. The shares of Bystronic (ticker symbol: BYS) are being traded for the first time on SIX Swiss Exchange.

By pursuing its growth strategy, Bystronic aims to further expand its leading position as high-tech solutions provider for the sheet metal processing industry: New smart factory software solutions meet the growing demand for automation and digital processes and support customers with the networking of their manufacturing processes. The company intends to open up new fields of application, strengthen its position in the individual regions and increase its focus on services. As a result, Bystronic’s market share is to continue to grow organically, by means of strategic partnerships and based on targeted acquisitions.

As already communicated on occasion of the Capital Markets’ Day on November 25, 2020, Bystronic is aiming for an annual organic sales growth of five to eight percent in the medium term (baseline year: 2019). By the end of the strategy period (2025), revenues are thus projected to increase to approximately 1.3 billion Swiss francs. The company has also set itself a profitability target with an EBIT margin in excess of 12 percent. Thanks to a capital-efficient business model, a return on net operating assets in excess of 25 percent is to be achieved. The service business is to grow from 19 percent (2019) to 26 percent of total revenues by 2025.

“Today is a special day for Bystronic and all our employees. I am very proud of the entire Bystronic team and their commitment to implementing our ’Strategy 2025`. We look forward to demonstrating that Bystronic is a modern, sustainably managed and agile company, and we share this moment with our employees, customers, investors, partners, and other stakeholders,” said Alex Waser, CEO of Bystronic.

“On behalf of the entire Board of Directors, I would like to sincerely thank the Conzzeta team and all employees involved and congratulate them on the successful completion of our transformation – towards a company with a focus on high-tech solutions for the sheet metal processing industry. We all wish Bystronic a great start and, as a company now listed on SIX, continued success with the implementation of its ambitious growth strategy,”said Ernst Bärtschi, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Bystronic.


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TRUMPF Opens New Smart Factory In Ditzingen

TRUMPF Opens New Smart Factory In Ditzingen

TRUMPF has opened a new smart factory at its headquarters in Ditzingen. The new facility is already producing sheet metal parts for the company’s machine tools. Designed as a fully connected manufacturing environment, the smart factory also serves as a demonstration center – a place where SMEs and other businesses can see for themselves how efficient sheet metal fabrication works.

“We have 30 machines connected to each other in our new smart factory. Connectivity helps reduce scrap rates and processing time as well as boosting efficiency. Nowhere else in the world offers our particular mix of problem-solving skills for sheet metal fabrication,” says Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, Chief Executive Officer Machine Tools at TRUMPF.

The smart factory is divided into three production halls that cover a total of 5,000 square meters. Along with Chicago in the U.S. and Taicang in China, Ditzingen has become the third TRUMPF location to have a fully connected manufacturing facility. The company now has a smart factory in each of the world’s major regions, highlighting its determination to get closer to its customers.

Assistance systems for day-to-day work

Connectivity in the new smart factory extends not only to cutting, bending and welding machines, but also to large-scale storage systems and automated guided vehicles. The whole connected manufacturing environment is managed from the control center. This is where all the key performance indicators from the production process are collected in real time – from initial order to finished product.

“The best way to improve the efficiency of a sheet-metal production line is to focus on the steps that occur upstream and downstream from the actual machining of the part. Connecting up production processes and machines gives sheet metal fabricators a decisive competitive edge – especially in our age of decreasing batch sizes, faster response times and increasingly complex parts,” says Prokop.

Workers in the new smart factory are supported by assistance systems. With the help of TRUMPF’s manufacturing execution system software TruTops Fab, they can monitor the entire manufacturing process from wherever they are using a tablet, smartphone or smart watch.

Solution provider for end-to-end production

TRUMPF’s smart factory meets the company’s in-house manufacturing requirements. But it also serves as a demonstration center for sheet metal fabricators from Germany and across Europe, showing them how to boost the efficiency of cutting, bending, punching and welding in a real production environment. From SMEs to large corporations, companies of all sizes can discover new solutions for connected manufacturing. For example, small businesses can significantly boost their efficiency by opting for entry-level solutions such as an AI-based part removal assistant. TRUMPF’s smart factory offers the perfect example of how to connect up manufacturing step-by-step in logistics and other areas. Larger companies with more machinery can learn how to set up semi-autonomous manufacturing by studying the smart factory’s seamless integration of punching, bending, lasers and storage systems.

Solution provider with partners

TRUMPF aims to continue building its reputation as a solution provider for end-to-end production – and that means building partnerships. The modern factory transport units that carry materials to and from the various machine tools are made by one of these partners, Jungheinrich, while the storage systems come from STOPA. The smart factory also includes a levelling and deburring machine from ARKU and an inspection machine from InspecVision.

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Key To Success For Efficient And Cost-effective Product Manufacturing

Key To Success For Efficient And Cost-effective Product Manufacturing

Marposs is helping the manufacturing industry transition to smarter factories with a new machine protection, and tool and process monitoring system.

Artis DA strain sensor detects surface tension of machine components.

In the factory of the future, a permanent exchange of information takes place. A considerable part of the information about machining processes is gathered by various sensors, which provide intelligent monitoring systems with the necessary data for the analysis and evaluation of production processes.

Marposs, one of the leading providers of inspection, measurement and process control solutions worldwide, is helping the manufacturing industry transition to smarter factories with the release of the Artis machine protection, machine monitoring, and tool and process monitoring system. Featuring the new data management system C-THRU4.0, Artis also has new sensors, intelligent stand-alone and integrated system modules, informative visualizations and adaptable software solutions are all available.

Artis monitoring systems support the technological requirements for manufacturing processes in different industry sectors such as electromobility, aerospace, and orthopaedics, among others. In addition to possible optimizations of current and new production technologies, Artis is a success factor for efficient and cost-effective product manufacturing. In addition to typical metal-cutting processes, assembly, deep rolling or friction stir welding processes can be reliably monitored and controlled—parallel to the process in real-time.

Machine protection

VisuScope: Artis diagnostic tool.

Collisions and crashes can never be completely avoided. The risk of accidental damage to production equipment is particularly high during manual interventions. Powered with force sensors based on strain technology, Artis can be used in almost all robots, machines and equipment to quickly (<1 ms) detect and minimize the effects of such dynamic or quasi-static events. The sensors absorb elastic deformation, like torsion, feed force or surface strain, as well as achieve an excellent linearity and repeatability over extended periods of time. In fact, insurance companies have recognized these system benefits and offer their customers up to 25 percent off machine insurance if an Artis machine protection system from Marposs is installed.

Machine monitoring

C-THRU4.0: Database management system.

Artis provides all the information required for predictive maintenance in a comprehensive and well-structured manner. They record the current status of production equipment via eddy current, vibration, temperature and gravity signals. The data collected help to identify anomalies in the machine, tool and workpiece at an early stage, allowing specific preventive interventions. Continuous acceleration measurements of up to three axes simultaneously is also possible.

Following or parallel to the machining process, the Artis diagnostic tool VisuScope, which can be employed for real time or off-line data evaluation, carries out the signal evaluation. Various signal filters and various diagnosis and display modes are available for analysis.

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Bystronic And IPG Partner To Generate Innovations

Bystronic And IPG Partner To Generate Innovations

The strategic partnership with IPG Photonics is strengthening Bystronic’s innovative capacity: Together, these two technology pioneers are developing the next generation of fiber lasers. In addition, Bystronic benefits from attractive procurement terms and can set itself apart by offering exclusive customer services.

Innovative features, excellent service

Bystronic is one of IPG’s most important customers in the field of materials processing. What started as a simple supplier-customer relationship has evolved into a strategic partnership: In 2018, the two companies initiated joint development projects within the framework of a collaboration agreement. “This offers us the opportunity to adapt the laser sources to our specific needs and to develop innovative features for our customers,” says Christoph Rüttimann.

One such collaboration includes for example, Bystronic technicians being qualified to replace defective transport fibers at the laser source or to exchange laser modules. “We can thus set ourselves apart by offering comprehensive services from a single source. Our customers appreciate having a single point of contact for all their concerns,” Christoph Rüttimann emphasises.

Leader in the race for higher output

The output of fiber laser cutting machines has increased rapidly over the past few years. Two years ago Bystronic launched a 12-kilowatt system on the market, and this October with 15 kilowatts, the next power level will be launched. Christoph Rüttimann is convinced that the race for power will continue. And Bystronic is at the forefront – also thanks to its partnership with IPG.

Pioneering work for the smart factory

For Bystronic’s customers, the performance increases achieved over the past few years have translated into higher productivity and above all greater flexibility. This tangible customer benefit can be enhanced even further thanks to innovative features. The exchange of ideas and know-how with IPG is fertile ground that generates valuable ideas to drive forward the development of the systems.

Strong partnership for a dynamic and evolving market

The joint innovations show that with IPG, Bystronic has found an ideal partner to drive development of next generation fiber laser solutions. Christoph Rüttimann observes: “Within a rapidly evolving market, our partnership provides technology leadership, delivering leading-edge productivity and superior cost of ownership to our customers, and strengthening the future prospects of Bystronic.”

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Hexagon Enhances Smart Factory Solutions With Acquisition Of Romax Technology

Hexagon Enhances Smart Factory Solutions With Acquisition Of Romax Technology

Hexagon AB has signed an agreement to acquire Romax Technology Limited, a leading provider of Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) software for electromechanical drivetrain design and simulation.

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A greater focus on energy efficiency and an accelerating shift towards electrification brings new engineering challenges that require increased use of simulation tools earlier in the design lifecycle. Romax Technology brings more than 30 years of experience in electromechanical simulation and multi-physics design optimisation.

The cloud-enabled MBSE (model-based systems engineering) platform, Romax Nexus, provides a complete workflow for designing, simulating and delivering the next generation of energy efficient drive and power generation systems, enabling engineers to collaborate and optimise electrical and mechanical design simultaneously. By simulating the operation of the entire system – engine, gears, bearings and housings – the efficiency of automobile, aerospace and wind turbine powertrains can be optimised, and the battery range of electric vehicles can be increased.

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“One of the greatest challenges of our time is the battle against climate change and the need to reduce GHG emissions. The acquisition of Romax Technology enables us to meet the growing need for electrification, providing our customers with integrated tools that empower engineering teams to develop the next generation of energy-efficient electric vehicles,” said Hexagon President and CEO Ola Rollén.

“Electrification is a growing trend in automotive and aerospace but also presents new opportunities for Hexagon in the development of renewable energy systems.”


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PMR Study: Servo Motors & Drives Sales Continue To Benefit From Rising Factory Automation

PMR Study: Servo Motors & Drives Sales Continue To Benefit From Rising Factory Automation

The global servo motors and drives market was valued at ~ US$ 9 Bn in 2014, and is expected to surpass US$ 12 Bn by the end of 2019. The servo motors and drives market is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~eight percent between 2019 and 2029, and is estimated to reach a global value of ~ US$ 28 Bn by the end of 2029.

A new market study on the servo motors and drives market, which includes the global industry analysis 2014–2018 and forecast 2019–2029. The report studies the global servo motors and drives market and offers an in-depth analysis for the next ten years. The report on the global servo motors and drives market contains vital macroeconomic and forecast factors that are estimated to drive the growth of the global servo motors and drives market. The report on the servo motors and drives market also discusses restraints that are expected to hamper the global market, along with potential opportunities and latest trends in the market across the value chain.


Servo Motors And Drives Witnessing Lucrative Opportunities In Non-Traditional Application Areas

By application, the robotics segment is likely to hold a significant share across the globe due to the unprecedented developments in the robotics industry and heavy adoption of robotic techniques in various end-use industries. The printing and packaging equipment segment will also show a decent share hold over the market and is set to register a healthy growth over the forecast period. Moreover, in food & beverages industry, servo motors and drives are playing a vital role to make accurate packages of foods or cold drinks. Thus, servo motors and drives application is not limited to the above mentioned industry but also these motors are gaining healthy traction in other industries such as pulp & paper, and textile, among others.

By technology, the servo motors and drives market is segmented into single axis servo systems and multi axis servo systems, among which, the single axis servo systems segment is expected to attract end users and is likely to witness more traction in the servo motors and drives market. The reasonable cost and efficient performance of single axis servo systems is likely to play a pivotal role for the substantial growth in the market of single axis servo systems.

By product type, the global servo motors and drives market is segmented into linear servo motors and rotary servo motors, and both the segments are projected to have near about equal sales with linear servo motors gaining a slight edge in terms of market share. Linear servo motors are manufactured by several manufacturers, which provides customer liberty to choose a product best fit for their purpose. Due to this scenario in the market, linear servo motors have a slightly more sales across the global market. Moreover, linear servo motors and drives are used for repetitive operations such as assembly and arrangement on XY table, CNC machine, etc.


AC Servo Motors & Drives Account for 75 percent of Total Sales

By motor configuration, the global servo motors and drives market is segmented into AC servo motors and DC servo motors and to provide a more specific outlook AC servo motors and drives are further categorised into industrial type and asynchronous type. On the other hand, DC servo motors are categorised into brushless DC motors, separately excited DC motors and permanent magnet DC motor. On the global perspective, AC servo motors are more likely to be preferred in the market due to its ability to operate with the AC current as well as it also pick up frequently light load and heavy load. Almost 3/4th of the market is estimated to be held by the AC servo motors and drives across the globe. Meanwhile, synchronous type AC motors are going to be the top choice of customers among other offerings of servomotors. In the DC servo motors and drives market, all the three sub-segments are expected to attract the target customers in the market.

By rated power capacity, the global servo motors and drives market is segmented into 400 – 750 W, 750 W – 1 kW, 1 – 5 kW, 5 – 15 kW, 15 – 50 kW, and 50 – 100 kW. The demand for these products depend on the requirement of end users. Although, the servo motors and drives 750- 1Kw segment is expected to remain paramount share holder in the market over the forecast period. However, the demand for servo motors and drives entirely depends upon its requirement and applications.

By region, the servo motors and drives market has been segmented into six regions, namely North America, Latin America, Europe, East Asia, South Asia, and Middle East & Africa. In these regions, The Europe market is estimated to grow with a noteworthy share in the global servo motors and drives market over the stipulated time period. However, East Asia & South Asia regions are estimated to grow with significant collective share throughout the forecast period. Moreover, the North America region is expected to account nearly 10 percent share in the global servo motors and drives market owing to the rising awareness of end user towards accuracy and precision, coupled with the factory automation.


Competition Analysis

The global servo motors and drives market is characterised as a fragmented market, owing to the significant presence of well-established and small-scale manufacturers of servo motors and drives across the globe. For profound analysis, Study has analysed the global market in three categories: Tier-1, Tier-2, and Tier-3. Here, Tier 1 players are estimated to account for large share in the global market. Furthermore, increasing number of full-fledged companies mainly from emerging regions such as in China, are making competitive structure in the global servo motors & drives market.

Moreover, renowned players in the global market are adopting business expansions, acquisitions, collaborations, and product launch strategies, in a bid to promote substantial growth to the servomotors and drives market.

  • In April 2019, Siemens AG launched an enclosed IEC motor for industrial and construction application, which highlighted the product innovation performance of the company.
  • In June 2019Mitsubishi Electric Corporation inaugurated its new office in Boston, U.S. to improve its presence in the market of North America.

Some of the key players identified across the value chain of the global servo motors and drives market includes Siemens AG, Panasonic Corporation, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Nidec Motor Corporation, Delta Electronics, Inc., Fuji Electric Co., Ltd., Hitachi Industrial Equipment Systems Co. Ltd, Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, Schneider Electric, Rockwell Automation, Inc., ABB, Applied Motion Products, Inc. Altra Industrial Motion Corp., etc.


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EMO 2019: ANCA To Launch Latest Generation Of ToolRoom Software

EMO 2019: ANCA To Launch Latest Generation Of ToolRoom Software

Leading cutting tool manufacture Fraisa, reduced set up from hours to five minutes through the new tool balancing feature in ANCA’s new ToolRoom RN34. A specially designed software package for the aerospace, die mould, general machining and power generation industries, the product will officially launch at EMO 2019. Customers can get improved productivity or minimise chatter through the intuitive design of high performance, complex endmills.

“ToolRoom RN34 is aimed to be the differentiator among many suppliers of endmill manufactures in the industry by allowing customers to design complex geometries through software to achieve increased tool life, productivity, cutting volume and increased quality and precision of the workpiece” says Thomson Mathew, ANCA Software Product Manager.

The constant helix ballnose option, for example, is replaced by a graphical drag-and-drop designer. This ballnose type of tool, with optimised irregular helix curves to reduce vibration, and with near-instant visualisation easily achieved by switching from the 2D projection of the cutting edge to the 3D.

Douglas Franke, Fraisa Production Manager said: “with ANCA’s balancing software we have a tool balanced generally within five minutes. Some of our more complex tooling can take a little longer – up to 20 minutes. This drastically decreased our time in setup on the machine which could take several hours. Our biggest success story has been an aerospace customer who is running our 1” aluminium roughing tool at 25k rpm.”

Lights Out Manufacturing To Be ANCA’s EMO Theme

Toolmakers have always been subject to technological change. Today the future of tool making innovation goes by many names. The Factory of the Future (FoF), the Smart Factory, or Industry 4.0. Whatever it is called, there’s one common factor: it’s revolutionary, and it will redefine and optimise manufacturing processes. ANCA will be showcasing its technology so tool makers understand how they can Build their Factory of the Future at EMO.

  • Reduce wasted materials and time through 3D simulation.
  • Increase grinding efficiencies through informed, data led decisions.
  • Reap the benefits of lights out manufacturing with affordable, easy to use robots.
  • Achieve 100 percent tool accuracy through automated in process measurement.

For tool manufacturers this will be a new landscape that places big data analytics and interconnected technology at the heart of daily work. It means streamlined business operations that allows rapid expansion into new and emerging markets and technology throughout the process to remove the need for human intervention.

Change will not happen in one radical moment. For almost 50 years ANCA has been on the journey to help our customers move towards a smart factory solution. Every world-first technology development we’ve introduced, from 3D simulation software to Laser Plus, our in-process measurement system, to RoboTeach, which makes robotic loaders accessible and easy to program, has been iterative rather than completely revolutionary.


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