TRUMPF’s TruPunch 1000 punching machine and the TruMatic 1000 fibre punch-laser machine can now be upgraded to remove and stack parts automatically by equipping them with a SortMaster Compact. This enables users to boost the quality of parts and operate the machines over extended periods in automated mode.
TRUMPF has opted to conceal the SortMaster Compact under a movable hood in the machine. Its suction cups travel over the metal sheet and remove parts from the scrap skeleton on the machine table. They also hold sheet-metal parts in place when the machine makes the final separation stroke.
The suction cups vary in size and can be controlled individually to reliably remove even smaller parts. These can be as small as 70 by 30 mm and as large as 600 by 400 mm. The SortMaster Compact places the parts on a pallet that is carried on a standard cart. When all parts are finished, SortMaster Compact opens its hood and the operator can move the cart to the next station down the line.
TRUMPF’s SortMaster Compact complements existing automation solutions for these systems. The SheetMaster Compact automates the task of loading blanks into the two machines and unloading scrap skeleton and microjoint sheets. The built-in sorting function can also convey small parts to boxes underneath the machine. Users who initially opt for the automated sheet and skeleton sheet loading and unloading option can retrofit the SortMaster Compact. The TruPunch 1000 and TruMatic 1000 fibre’s compact footprints stay small with the SortMaster Compact.
TRUMPF has unveiled its new Workmate software solution at the recently held Blechexpo 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany. Using a tablet, machine operators and assembly workers can browse information designed to make their daily work easier—from advice on setting up machines to recommendations on how parts should be packaged. By ensuring people can always access the key information they need without having to search for it, this software solution saves time and helps both experienced and untrained employees work independently and efficiently.
TRUMPF‘s Workmate helps users organize their day’s work more efficiently by providing a list of all pending jobs. It also offers a dedicated user interface for preparing jobs. Among other things, this shows the user where the parts required for the job are stored. If the parts have to be fetched from the warehouse, the operator can allocate them to the job directly in Workmate to keep stock records updated.
Workmate also provides assistance in setting up laser, punching, punch-laser and bending machines. The software tells the operator which tools the system should be equipped with to process each job. Workmate also specifies which process parameters the operator can use to configure the machine, and it allows users to track job progress while the machine is working. Once the parts are finished, Workmate helps users to remove the parts correctly and stack and label them in accordance with the job requirements.
Workmate also assists workers with manual tasks such as welding or assembly by providing detailed work instructions and safety information. What’s more, Workmate can tell users where fixtures are stored and how the parts processed for a job should be packaged. Workmate will be available from spring 2020.
The TRUMPF Group recorded a renewed increase in sales in the 2018/19 fiscal year that ended June 30, 2019, while orders received and profits declined. Sales rose by 6.1 percent to 3.78 billion euros (3.57 billion euros in the 2017/18 fiscal year). Orders received decreased to 3.68 billion euros (3.80 billion euros in the 2017/18 fiscal year). This equals a reduction of 3.1 percent. Earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT)amounted to 349.3 million euros, which was 34.7 percent below the prior year figure (fiscal year 2017/18: 534.7 million euros). The EBIT margin was 9.2 percent (fiscal year 2017/18: 15.0 percent).
Development in the business divisions
In addition to the high backlog of orders from the previous year, the expansion of the EUV business field was a key driver of the TRUMPF Group’s growth in sales revenue. TRUMPF supplies special lasers to ASML, a customer in the Netherlands. These lasers are integrated into systems that use extreme ultraviolet radiation to expose chip surfaces for the computer industry.
The Machine Tools and Laser Technology business divisions were, by contrast, unable to maintain the high growth rates achieved in the previous year. Revenues for the Machine Tools division rose by a slight 1.2 percent to 2.39 billion euros (previous year: 2.36 billion euros). The Laser Technology division posted revenues of 1.38 billion euros, marginally (-2.1 percent) below the prior-year level of 1.41 billion euros. This decline was attributable to the slowing market in Asia (in particular in China and South Korea) as well as to the automotive industry’s reluctance to invest.
Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, TRUMPF President and Chairwoman of the Managing Board, explains: “As a company operating in the investment goods sector, we are particularly exposed to the impact of cyclical highs and lows. That is currently the case. Given the uncertainty due to the U.S.–China trade conflict and the structural change in the automotive industry, many customers have become more cautious and are postponing investments.”
Investments and acquisitions
TRUMPF further pursued its strategy to enhance its technological expertise with new acquisitions. Effective April 1, 2019, TRUMPF completed the acquisition of Photonics GmbH from Philips, which it had announced in December 2018. As of the same date, the company set up a new business field, TRUMPF Photonic Components. In May 2019, TRUMPF acquired the remaining shares in the Chinese subsidiary JFY and now owns the company outright. To reflect this change, TRUMPF introduced a new organisational structure with a CEO China.
Investments in climate change mitigation: CO2-neutral production by the end of 2020
TRUMPF aims to achieve a CO2-neutral energy balance at its production sites worldwide by the end of 2020 and therefore intends to increase investments in measures to protect the climate. By its own reckoning, the company currently emits around 90,000 metric tons of CO2 worldwide per year. Of this amount, 80 percent is accounted for by electricity consumption. In this area, TRUMPF is pursuing a policy of concluding further green power contracts and purchasing certificates under carbon trading schemes to offset emissions from the combustion of heating oil, natural gas and other fossil fuels. A similar approach is being applied in markets with limited availability of renewable energies in the electricity mix. All TRUMPF sites in Germany already cover 100 percent of their electricity needs through green power contracts. Worldwide, 60 percent of the electricity needs are covered by green power contracts.
Between now and June 2021, in addition to efforts to close this gap and become 100 percent green, if necessary, by purchasing certificates, TRUMPF intends to invest some 6.4 million euros in improving energy efficiency.
TRUMPF is set to present a new, patented solution that automatically changes substrate plates on the TruPrint 1000 3D printer. The company intends to unveil it at Formnext, the world’s leading trade show for additive manufacturing, which will be held in from November 19–22 in Frankfurt.
A function TRUMPF calls Multiplate prompts the system’s recoater to push the substrate plate into the overflow container at the end of the print run. The 3D printer then automatically goes to work on a new substrate plate. The system can immediately start the next print job without an operator having to open it and insert a new plate. This saves time, costs and resources. It also helps manufacturers avoid bottlenecks when job orders peak, because the machine can run overnight.
This solution is particularly well-suited for industries where orders tend to fluctuate greatly. One example is the dental sector, where employees often have to restart 3D printers in the middle of the night to meet delivery obligations. Many smaller dental labs lack the capacity for this, and have no choice but to decline orders. The Multiplate function solves that problem, helping them to avoid bottlenecks and remain competitive.
“With our solution, we are making a significant contribution to the industrialization of additive technologies in the dental industry,” said Florian Krist, product manager at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.
Here’s a look at punching technology innovations and and the benefits like helping manufacturers toward their Industry 4.0 journey. Article by Trumpf.
Punching encompasses far more than just making holes in sheets. You can manufacture complete parts on a punching machine. Reshaping processes open up new dimensions for you. The versatility of the technology is the result of the wealth of tools used. With appropriate loading and unloading aids, you can even automate your production.
Monotool Punching Head Principle & Rotating Tools
The monotool punching head principle means that different tools can be exchanged into the punching head, and all of them can be rotated 360 deg.
It offers higher process reliability as the punches are always connected to the punching head in a form locking manner. Not only does it perfectly guide the tools down onto the sheet metal, it also guides them off the sheet metal in a controlled manner after the punching process.
Its reduced setup outlay provides easier handling. Tools can be used for multiple applications due to their rotational ability, resulting in fewer tool change and setup operations.
And fewer punching tools mean lower costs. Imagine the ability to create an oblong hole with every conceivable orientation in the sheet metal—with just one tool! This is really easy if the punching head is 360 deg rotatable, this works with all contours that you have a tool for, regardless of whether it is a standard or special tool. The ability of all your tools to rotate multiplies your processing options and reduces your tool requirements, and therefore your costs.
Tooling for Punching
With the increasing complexity of market requirements, sophisticated components can no longer be solved with standard tools. The need for manufacturing highly complex components in shorter amount of time require special tools, and using the right tooling is the prerequisite for successful punching.
For punching, there exists different tooling options. The Classic punching tool system is the leading tool system for punching machines. Due to the broad range of forms, shears, coatings, and accessories, you can use it with flexibility.
Another tooling option is the MultiTool, which integrates up to 10 different punching and die inserts in one tool adapter, increasing flexibility, efficiency, and productivity as different punching operations can be carried out by one tool. Additionally, forming and embossing can be carried out. Another benefit is the reduction of non-productive times due to reduced setup and tool change times.
Scratch Free Processing
When it comes to punching, the end result heavily depends on the right process, and it is crucial that the products are scratch free at the end of the process.
The basis for scratch-free processing is the use of brush tables, which provide soft support to the sheet and thereby preventing scratches and reduces noise. During positioning, the sheet slides over the brushes, which, due to their length, bend in the direction of movement.
Also, through raising brush field and support plates around dies, the contact between sheet and die will be reduced, leading to less scratches during the punching and forming.
Solutions for punching-tools
Adhesive pads are pre-formed, self-stick polyethylene film and can be attached to dies, strippers and intermediate rings to prevent scratches on the workpiece. To avoid imprints and scratches on the sheet surface, a specially coated stripper can be used. The coating is also is wear-resistant and keeps material abrasion chips from sticking to it.
Special die solutions
To reduce scratches for intermediate rings and dies, brushes or Ampco can be used. Ampco is a soft alloy that avoids scratches on the bottom of the sheet because of its softness and lubricant effect. Another option are descending dies that, by moving downwards during the positioning of the sheet, eliminate the contact of metal between workpiece and processing station. Active dies additionally operate a second punching head able to perform an active forming stroke from below, broadening the rage of processing strategies and tool usage and enabling new forming sizes and heights.
Gentle material handling through intelligent automation
By using different automation solutions, scratches can be easily prevented before and after production. A conveyor belt with soft surface, where finished parts are ejected from the punching machine, ensures gentle handling.
Loading, unloading, stacking can be automated as well and by using a vacuum technology during these steps, scratches during part pick up, transport and deposit can be eliminated.
Skeleton free processing
Material usage optimisation not only boosts your production but also helps you save a lot. By implementing skeleton free processing, companies can increase their sheet utilization by 10 percent on average—thereby reducing material costs. Additionally, smaller bits of residual material simplify logistics and yield higher scrap prices.
Another advantage is the enhanced process-reliability achieved through the safe unloading of finished parts and small parts even when the part chute is open and through the automatic cut up and removal of residual pieces of sheet metal. Working without a scar skeleton also increases safety and is operator friendly.
Residual pieces of sheet metal can be sorted by material, and good parts and scrap are sorted to different containers. Other benefits of implementing skeleton free processing are savings in operational time by 14 percent on average, and the energy needed for the process itself: operating a punching machine instead of manufacturing a metal sheet consumes about 30-80 times less power, which in turn leads to energy savings equal to the power needed to operate a punching machine for 40 years.
Simultaneously, companies increase output rate through smaller workpieces and enhance their production, hence, significantly boosting their return on investment.
The software used to execute punching operations has a great impact on success and efficiency. Technology offers many different processing options and the right software should support users to make use of all these possibilities.
A good software should simplify the nestling process and thereby optimize material utilization and save costs. It should also reduce the effort required to generate the NC program for example by applying automatic repositioning and trimming. Choosing a software that has the option for offline programming can reduce machine down time as programmer can prepare the next programs already while the machine is running.
Additionally, settings can be predefined and adjusted to the specific needs of the company. If Industry 4.0 is a topic for your company, a software with the ability to automate processes and integrate systems to make use of Internet of Things (IoT) should be chosen.
Automation for Punching Machines
Automation can save costs and boost production, but it has to be reliable and safe to do so.
Automation can be applied to the loading of raw sheets or blanks and or pre-cut parts and the consequent unloading of finished parts, micro-joint sheets and scrap skeletons. Also, disposal of scrap skeletons and remainder strips and sorting of small parts and punching slugs can be automated with the right machinery.
There are plenty of benefits that automation in punching operation offers, for example, the increase in productivity due to high machine utilization, and reduced factory lead times. Additionally, automation increases process reliability, enhances efficiency, and improves safety during the punching process.
Automated systems typically perform the manufacturing process with less variability than human workers, resulting in greater control and consistency of product quality
Integrated tool management
Automation can come into play even before the punching process is carried out. Before punching, suitable tools have to be selected and set up in the machine. Tool availability, proper assembly and accuracy of tool data in the machine control have to be checked, which is all very time consuming.
With integrated tool management, these steps can be automated—reducing search and setup times. The central data management makes data available anytime, anywhere, and enables direct data transfer between machines.
Tool management automation also increases efficiency of inventory management, productivity and process reliability, as the tools and tool lengths and changes are recorded, while the punch-stripper and die combinations and tool suitability are checked by the system automatically.
The Future of Punching
Punching technology has continuously developed in the last few years, and high-quality punching tools now do not leave any punching burr. Set up, sorting and removal is easier than ever before.
The demand for customer’s quality requirements is increasing, while the batch sizes are decreasing. It is therefore important to make precise calculations, but this is not exactly easy when a part is manufactured on several machines. The solution? Combining two technologies: punching and laser cutting into a single machine. And the benefits are below:
A combination that pays off
The punching head reaches standard contours and formings, while the laser cuts more complex contours, allowing you to produce a wide range of parts and even complete challenging orders on a single machine.
Lean logistics: Gain freedom
Integrate cutting, punching and forming processes on a single machine will reduce your calculation risk and the floor space required. Reduced waiting times and workflows such as setup and handling allow you to make multiple savings.
Combined processing: Best quality
Combining fits or forming with laser cutting not only reduces the waste you produce but allows you to manufacture high-precision components in a quality that was not possible to achieve when processing on several machines.
Short process chain: Simple logistics
With the right automation, your machine handles all parts automatically—loading, producing, sorting, stacking, unloading, and storing. There are virtually no limits to its loading and unloading capacity, therefore your machine works around the clock as needed.
At the recent MTA Vietnam 2019 trade show in Ho Chi Minh City, Asia Pacific Metalworking Equipment News (APMEN) spoke with Patrick Kemnitz, General Director of TRUMPF Vietnam and Head of Business Development for Southeast Asia, and Edward Yuen, General Manager for Singapore and Vietnam, about the trends shaping the metalworking industry in the region, challenges and opportunities for growth. They also provided their insights on where the Southeast Asian market is headed in the next years.
WHAT OPPORTUNITIES ARE YOU SEEING IN VIETNAM?
Patrick Kemnitz (PK): Vietnam is a strong and steadily growing market, with a GDP of around five to seven percent. Vietnamese companies have been getting more and more jobs from foreign markets, especially with the ongoing trade war between the United States and China.
This is the current situation. But in the long run, we see huge potential in the Vietnamese market. Its huge population of labour entering the workforce is also a very high potential for growth.
In almost all industries where sheet metal products are needed, such as furniture, elevators, construction, automotive, bicycle, there is an opportunity for doing these metal products locally instead of importing them. So, the increasing localisation of all the industries is a very high potential for businesses.
Edward Yuen (EY): The market now is driven by infrastructure development. You see a lot of construction happening all over Vietnam. Tall buildings, highways, bridges are built—for all these infrastructures, sheet metal works are required. Also due to the tariff issue between China and the United States, you will see a lot of these industries basically restructuring their businesses instead of putting all their eggs in one basket, and some of the international companies investing strongly in Vietnam.
ARE YOU SEEING ANY CHALLENGES IN THE MARKET?
PK: For our customers, one of their challenges is having skilled workforce for their factories.
Therefore, education needs to be tackled: Vietnam needs to have the right education on future technologies. In line with this, we are working with educational organizations like universities and technical colleges to support them with technical input from the industry as investing in people is important for future growth of the whole country.
There are other issues, but I think the opportunities are bigger than these challenges. There is also the opportunity brought by Industry 4.0 and smart factory. This is our theme in this exhibition, ‘Your Smart Factory’, which is about how we can help our customers make the first steps in the direction of a connected production process and to provide all the advantages of having a smart factory. This is really a process that will require a step by step approach. And now is the time for our customers and the industry in Vietnam, because many new factories are being set up here. They are not just expanding their existing factories, but also building new ones. If you have these greenfield projects, you have the opportunity to plan really well from scratch.
HOW IS TRUMPF ADDRESSING THE WIDE SPECTRUM OF MANUFACTURING LEVELS IN SOUTHEAST ASIA?
PK: We established our product portfolio in such a way that we have a solution for customers from all levels. For instance, our entry level machines are strategically positioned to help customers grow their manufacturing process. We also have machines which allows our customers to upgrade into a combination machine to extend their production. And on the very high-end sector we offer fully automated machines and storage systems.
HOW DO YOU SEE THE INDUSTRY DEVELOPING OVER THE NEXT THREE TO FIVE YEARS?
PK: Three to five years in Vietnam, or maybe Southeast Asia in general, is a long horizon. At the moment we mainly still have a positive outlook for the economy. Of course, there are signs that the global economy is slowing down, especially in the machinery industry, but so far these still might be part of the cyclical developments over time. Here in Vietnam, there is positive development. Mostly, all the industries that are relevant for sheet metal production are growing, so we are quite positive for our customers, that they can develop their business in a very positive way as there is still a lot of space to grow. In this environment, we consider TRUMPF as an enabler of this growth.
EY: For Southeast Asia, I think there are good prospects for the next three to five years. The continuing trade war between the United States and China which is not going to end soon are driving a lot of companies to move to Southeast Asia. Whatever products that you are now manufacturing in China and if you have to export it to the USA, you want to avoid getting entangle into this tariff game. Now we see lots of job-shops in Vietnam are loading up with jobs that are shifted over from plants in China. Going forward I believe more manufacturing companies in China will slow their expansion there and instead build up their expansion in SEA instead. In a way you don’t want to put all your eggs into one basket. The other impetus, the cost of manufacturing in those big northern Asian countries are not getting any cheaper and it only makes sense to capitalise on the cheaper labour force; huge available cheaper land and better infrastructure of SEA to grow a business.
The conventional method of tube cutting can no longer cope with the high demand for tube designed products, which are increasingly being utilised across various industries. This article discusses why laser tube cutting makes sense now more than ever. Article by TRUMPF.
Because of their diverse shapes and materials, tubes and profiles can be used with great flexibility—from fitness equipment to furniture to agricultural machinery.
Conventional tube fabricators use a variety of methods like sawing, lathe cutting, rotary cutting, supported shear cutting and milling to cut tubes from long lengths into shorter pieces for variable parts and welded together for the final fabrication. No single method is optimal for cutting the broad range of tubular materials and shapes produced by this industry.
The demand for tube designed products are getting increasingly common across various industries and the conventional method of tube cutting can no longer cope with the high demand. Therefore, new and faster methods of tube cutting must be implemented, hence the introduction of the laser tube cutting machine.
Designers have been working with tube designs for a long time and more and more people are taking advantage of the benefits of laser-cut tubes and profiles. The current demand is growing faster than the production capacity.
The most important areas of applications are:
machine and device construction
furniture and shop construction
scaffolding and platform construction
sports and fitness equipment
Why Laser Tube Cutting Makes Sense
With a laser beam you can even cut complex contours effortlessly. With only one tool, the laser, you can process various material types, wall thicknesses and profile geometries.
The laser cutting of tubes offers you new tube design possibilities that would not have been possible with conventional methods. Because of this, production steps are also reduced. Using the laser, you simplify welding fixtures and therefore lower the welding costs. Positioning aids with tabs and holes make component assembly easier and coding aids prevent assembly errors. Be they standard connections or demanding designs, using laser cutting will help you discover new design possibilities.
Your advantages include product cost reduction; new product design; process simplification; lower organizational effort; shorter response times; simplification and optimization of parts; and reduction of downstream working steps.
Innovative Design Possibilities
The following are just a few of the design possibilities enabled by laser cutting of tubes:
Simple connections – Inserts and attachments
Thanks to laser tube cutting, you can attach tubes and profiles with great ease using inserts or attachments. In doing so, you benefit from diverse design possibilities – from inserts with through-flow functions right to attachments for load-bearing constructions.
Plug connections are made with the help of positioning and coding aids. Benefit from the many advantages that positioning and coding bring.
Meanwhile, plug connections for round tubes take on a positioning and coding function. The result: The parts are aligned exactly against each other and the transfer of forces at the contact surface of connection is optimal.
Tube – Blank Connections
Tube-blank connections enable the quick and easy joining of blanks and tubes. The individually designed tabs provide the possibility of a fastening point and can also have a coding function. Scribing of the material is often no longer necessary.
Technology Package for Tapping: Finished Parts from the Machine
With technology package for tapping, it is possible to get finished parts from the machine, without any movement to further processing steps.
In here, additional machining process such as flow drilling, thread forming or cutting, and twist drilling can be done with high positionings accuracy.
This machine features a numerically controlled spindle, an 8-way tool changer, and a standard clamping system for the tools. In particular, the flow-drilling process increases the material thickness for the thread—helping users save on material, weight and costs.
Customer advantages include greater flexibility and complete processing on the machine; handling of heavy tubes as part of thread incorporation; minimised intralogistics and material transport; no further production step for tapping—the finished part comes from the machine; and error avoidance in positioning or accuracy. It is also possible to increase the material thickness with the flow drilling tool. The method and thread sizes depend on the material and tube geometry.
Laser tube cutting and the innovative tube designs save you time and money. It helps users cut holes or do complex contours and longer tubes in one working step. In addition to that, steps like storing, handling, and tool change are no longer needed, while at the same time reducing downstream work such as deburring, welding, or assembly.
The TRUMPF Group has reported preliminary sales estimates of €3.8 billion for its fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, up by around six percent compared to the €3.6 billion in the previous year. Orders, however, slightly dropped by around 3 percent to €3.7 billion.
After Germany, with sales of about €730 million, TRUMPF’s largest single markets are the United States with about €545 million, the Netherlands with around €460 million, and China with approximately €415 million.
This sales increase was driven by the high level of orders from the previous year as well as by the expansion of the EUV business. TRUMPF supplies its Dutch customer ASML with special lasers that utilise extreme ultraviolet radiation to expose the surface of microchips for the computer industry.
“The economic situation has deteriorated. This is clearly reflected in our order intake, at both the Machine Tools and Laser Technology divisions. Only a few business areas, such as EUV or electronics, remain the exception at the moment,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, CEO of TRUMPF.
The company sees the reasons for the decline in order intake in the ongoing trade dispute between China and the US, the uncertainties surrounding Brexit, the structural changes in the automotive industry and also the economic slowdown in China.
“These uncertainties are toxic for investments, and customers, especially the smaller ones, are postponing their purchase of new products as a result,” said Leibinger-Kammüller.
During the fiscal year, the Group workforce increased by 8 percent to around 14,500. As of June 30, 2019, there were more than 7,400 employees in Germany, 4,400 of them at the headquarters in Ditzingen.
With global interest in additive manufacturing technologies on the rise, TRUMPF presents its new 3D printing applications that can drive advances in various industrial sectors.
Additive manufacturing processes enable the creation of unprecedented complex shapes that are both light and stable. With the benefit of digital connectivity, they fit seamlessly into state-of-the-art manufacturing systems in use today. The 3D printer is a key tool for many manufacturing processes ranging from mass customisation to one-off builds. It can print anything from bespoke facial implants to special parts for cars or airplanes. Able to print components in one piece, these systems often spare vendors the effort of multiple manufacturing steps.
“Interest in additive manufacturing technologies remains high because the process’s benefits are proving their merits in more and more practical applications. This applies as much to conventional metalworking companies as it does to future products in the aerospace industry,” said Thomas Fehn, general manager at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.
Three examples of TRUMPF 3D printing in industrial manufacturing:
Personalised Craniomaxillofacial Implants
Russian medical device manufacturer CONMET has been using a TRUMPF 3D printer to produce craniomaxillofacial implants since early 2018. 3D printed implants are ready for insertion, precisely fitted and cleaned, before the procedure begins. This enhances patient safety while cutting costs and speeding up surgery. Furthermore, it can print parts that are sturdy and durable while still cushioning against blows. The implant’s porous structures facilitate the ingrowth of healthy tissue. CONMET has managed to reduce the cost of manufacturing craniomaxillofacial implants by around 40 percent.
A Lightweight Mounting Bracket For Communication Satellites
TRUMPF has been commissioned by the space company Tesat-Spaceroom to produce a 3D-printed mounting structure for Germany’s Heinrich Hertz communications satellite, which will be used to test the space-worthiness of new communication technologies. In collaboration with the company AMendate, TRUMPF engineers succeeded in optimising the geometry of the mounting structure and reducing its weight by 55 percent. This optimised mount is both lighter and more robust. During the launch of the satellite the new mounting structure will withstand the same high forces and will hold its shape better.
“This is just one example of how we can use additive processes in satellite construction to reduce weight and increase payload capacity,” says Matthias Müller, industry manager for aerospace and energy at TRUMPF Additive Manufacturing.
Easy-To-Make Sewer Cleaning Nozzles
TRUMPF joined forces with USB Düsen and Heilbronn University of Applied Sciences to demonstrate the benefits of 3D printing in the fabrication of cleaning nozzles for sewers.
The 3D-printed variant eliminates the need for milling and gluing. The component can be printed without any supporting structures, so there is no finishing work to be done afterwards. The software-driven process is far more accurate than manual gluing. Measurements have shown that printing cuts production time by 53 percent. For the first time, this will allow up to 10,000 parts to be manufactured per year. Another benefit is a smoother flowing jet of water. TRUMPF engineers expect the new nozzles to reduce water consumption and boost cleaning performance.
Trumpf is stepping up the development of its smart factory solutions by combining them with its machine networking and platform activities at its headquarters in Ditzingen, Germany. A number of these solutions were developed by Trumpf subsidiary Axoom at its site in Karlsruhe.
One of the goals of this change is to further standardise machine networking in order to offer customers smart factory solutions more quickly and easily than previously possible.
“Up until now, we have often had to deploy made-to-measure customer solutions, which are more complicated and costly to integrate,” says Mathias Kammüller, Chief Digital Officer at Trumpf.
That is why now, more than ever, Trumpf is relying on close collaboration with experienced partners—as exemplified by a corresponding agreement with GFT Technologies.
For its part, GFT wants to grow its industrial business by taking over Axoom’s portfolio and team at the Karlsruhe site effective July 1, 2019. Karlsruhe will become a new business hub for GFT.
Part of the Axoom team, which was closely involved in the development of components for the TruConnect manufacturing solution, will be transferring to Trumpf. These software solutions will remain with Trumpf, along with the rights to the Axoom brand.
Kammüller said, “We are convinced that this reorganisation at Trumpf and the development partnership with GFT will enable us to achieve our digital ambitions for sheet metal processing even more quickly and effectively, and to expand our proven expertise in industrial IoT and smart factory solutions even faster.”
The close partnership with GFT is initially intended to run for two years. Both companies have a longstanding partnership in a variety of areas.
“The acquisition of the Axoom team fits well with our investment strategy, which aims to extend our industrial expertise, while the development partnership with TRUMPF will enable us to pursue our industrial offensive faster and on a broader front. GFT is indeed waging this offensive from its principal location in Germany,” said Marika Lulay, CEO of GFT.