LASYS 2016: Laser users and decision-makers from the industry to meet in Stuttgart

21 07 2015

In the last few years LASYS, International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing, has become established as an important user platform for the laser industry. It will be that time again at the end of May 2016: international manufacturers of laser production systems and laser-specific components and sub-systems will attend the industry meeting point in Stuttgart from 31 May to 2 June 2016.

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“Our trade fair provides specialised companies with a platform to showcase their different applications,” said Gunnar Mey, Department Director Industry at Messe Stuttgart. In addition to established production processes and system solutions, exhibitors at LASYS mainly present innovative applications of lasers in industrial production – across different industries and materials.

Focus on users
For years this concept has attracted decision-makers from the industry to the trade fair (2014: 81% of visitors came from the laser industry). “This profile is especially attractive to our exhibitors,” added Mey. “After all, the industry is continually looking for specific solutions for special application areas and individual production requirements, and can discuss them directly with experts at LASYS.” But that’s not all. 86 per cent of visitors in 2014 stated they were involved in investment and procurement decisions in their company. More than three quarters of all visitors also came to the trade fair with purchase intentions. Exhibitors also confirmed the high level of expertise among visitors. “The number and especially the quality of visitors was extremely high,” said Klaus Löffler, Managing Director Sales/Service, Laser Technology/Electronics, Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, after LASYS 2014.

Special offers for exhibitors: early booker discount and “Laser LIVE” machine campaign
A large number of exhibitors – including important international key players – have already secured their stand position for the forthcoming event from 31 May to 2 June 2016. Interested exhibitors can benefit from special early booker terms and conditions up until the end of July 2015.

In 2016 LASYS will help its exhibitors to present their laser machines and systems through the “Laser LIVE“ machine campaign. every exhibitor taking part in this initiative will obtain special terms and conditions for their logistics at the trade fair grounds. The campaign will also be actively publicised by Messe Stuttgart during the run-up to LASYS 2016. The participants will then be directly highlighted by a special symbol on their stand during LASYS 2016 and in the trade fair media.

Further information at: www.lasys-messe.de





LNS Group to showcase an array of new products at EMO

14 07 2015

The LNS Group, world market leader in machine tool peripherals, introduces an array of innovative products at the EMO trade show in Milan. One of the new products designed by the Swiss company’s R&D team is the high-end bar feeder Express 220 S2.

More choice in the high range product sector: LNS introduces the upgraded Sprint 565 S2 and the Sprint 545 at the EMO in Milan.

More choice in the high range product sector: LNS introduces the upgraded Sprint 565 S2 and the Sprint 545 at the EMO in Milan.

“This versatile bar feeder replaces the successful Express 220 model. Following a market analysis and customer demands, we improved stability, ergonomics and autonomy”, explains Samuel Ventron, Product Department Manager Europe. Compared to its predecessor, the Express 220 S2 weighs 40% more. “We used a steel beam, CNC components and installed big, very stable stands”, says Ventron. The obtained effect was improved rigidity and stability. Ventron: “Less vibrations lead to a better surface finish of products for our clients.” The Express 220 S2 can process bars with a diameter between 2mm and 26mm. The loading capacity is up to 90 bars. The innovative bar feeder is designed for long bars used with hybrid Swiss type lathes working with and without guide bush.

Parts library for 500 parts
The significant LNS experience with bar feeder families such as Sprint and Express led to the implementation of a number of optimizations: “We used the concept of the mechanical beam to improve stability for the guiding”, explains Ventron. An automatic front rest with V-shaped guiding elements ensures an optimal guiding and dampening for round and profiled bar stocks. A simple and effective loading ramp guarantees a fast loading mechanism for bars of all diameters. The new LNS design also made sure that changeover times are minimized: In only 8 minutes, all guiding elements can be changed. The new remote control with touch screen capability and the parts library, which can automatically select parameters of up to 500 programmed parts, facilitate the setup and reduce downtimes considerably.

In the spotlight: Sprint 565 S2
The Sprint 565, an automatic bar feeder for fixed headstock lathes, is designed for bars ranging in diameter from 5mm to 65mm. In the brand-new S2 version, the bar feeder was upgraded with bigger stands, a chain loader with capacity for 52mm or 65mm bars, and a high-end HMI touch screen. “The Sprint 565 S2 offers more choice for customers in the high range product sector. The extended capacity and the improved rigidity are the main plus factors”, says Ventron. The same innovations have been applied to the new Sprint 545 bar feeder for fixed and sliding headstock lathes, which is tailored to bars ranging from 5mm to 45mm with an outstanding autonomy up to 18 bars.

New air filtration system series WS 2
Another new product to be presented at the EMO trade show is the new air filtration system series WS 2. As its predecessor, the WS series, the WS 2 is highly effective with the efficient elimination of oil mist, its small and compact dimensions as well as the easy handling and integration. “We incorporated experience from the market into the development of the new product”, explains Ventron.

Swiss made “One-Stop-Shop”
For more than 40 years, the Swiss LNS Group has developed innovation in lathe equipment and positions itself as the One-Stop-Shop of the machine tool industry. “We continuously invest in R&D of innovative products that maximize the productivity of our clients”, states Gilbert Lile, Chairman of the Group Management at LNS Group. With bar feeder series such as Tryton, Express, Sprint and Alpha and a wide range of chip conveyors, coolant management systems and air filtration solutions, the product portfolio of LNS is very diverse.

http://www.lns-europe.com





Lower costs per steel component: new GC4305 from Sandvik Coromant for shorter cycle times in the automotive industry

8 07 2015

In the automotive industry, steel continues to be the most important material by far. To further optimize steel machining processes in this industry, Sandvik Coromant has developed GC4305, an insert that offers both extremely high metal removal rates and stable conditions. With its outstanding performance at high cutting data and its dry machining capability, it offers companies the benefit of reduced cycle times and lower costs per component.

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Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant introduces the new GC4305, an insert for steel turning that maximizes metal removal rates, shortens processing times and enables superior component quality. The outstanding performance it delivers at high temperatures and high cutting data makes GC4305 especially efficient at cutting steel components. With the company’s wear-resistant Inveio™ coating, this new grade of insert achieves the long tool life that is so crucial in the highly competitive automotive industry.

The innovative, heat-resistant cutting material is also suitable for dry machining, making it the ideal solution for automotive component manufacturers seeking to avoid the stresses to which tools are subjected from unwanted temperature fluctuations. This, too, results in a longer tool life. In combination with the high processing speeds typical of dry machining, costs per component can be substantially reduced. Costs are further lowered by decreasing costs for cooling lubricant, recycling and disposal, thanks to, among other things, the elimination of cooling lubricants and associated wastes, lower capital investment, and cheaper disposal of chips.

www.sandvik.coromant.com/en-gb/industrysolutions/automotive





FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS AWARD

3 07 2015

The PHOTONICS Award 2015 was announced on Wednesday June 24th 2015 at the Munich Messe (DE), during the LASER World of PHOTONICS, the yearly international exhibition for the laser and photonic industry. Together with the World of Photonics Congress, this international fair brings together research and industry and promotes the use and ongoing development of optical technologies.

FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award

FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award

FEMTOprint is presenting its technology at the event until June 25th at the STARTUP WORLD, one of the most important parts of the fair. Moreover, it was among the three finalists in the “3D Printing” category of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award 2015. The competition seeks to recognize the best product innovations from up-and-coming companies in a broad spectrum of optical technologies. The products presented by a number of start-ups from all over the world address an array of application fields, biophotonics, medical technology, optoelectronics, and additive manufacturing. A jury of experts evaluated all the submissions for their outstanding product innovations and awarded FEMTOprint, a 1.5 year old Swiss start-up with many challenging objectives achieved, already.

“We are so gratified of this surprising prize that not only give our young start-up the chance to raise its profiles at leading global events, but also rewards our team for its outstanding engagement” says Nicoletta Casanova, the CEO of FEMTOprint. “Being the winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award motivates us to keep working with passion on the development and improvement of our innovative 3D micro manufacturing process, and to further disseminate our technology in our target sectors: the watch, micromaching and medtech industries. We thank the jury for their trust”.

The FEMTOPRINT® technology is a breakthrough innovative manufacturing process to produce 3D microdevices that integrate optical, fluidic, mechanical features down to the nano-scale on a single glass substrate. No other technique can produce complex and challenging 3D microdevices out of glass and other transparent materials on a single substrate with nanometric resolution, and outside a clean-room environment.

FEMTOPRINT® technology uses a femtosecond laser that changes the properties of the material, such as the density and refractive index, with a sub-micron resolution. With no more than the energy of a bright LED delivered in ultra-short pulses, any transparent material can be modified in the three dimensions. This is opening the field of complex 3D printing on a broad range of substrates, as fused silica, borofloat, some polymers, and even hard substrates like sapphire and ruby.

FEMTOprint is a Swiss company which develops, produces and distributes the unique and leading-edge FEMTOPRINT® technology, and the related services that enable cost-effective 3D micro-manufacturing of transparent devices with high precision, high resolution and reliability. The company is recognized for the quality of its technical expertise developing challenging and innovating products. The FEMTOprint products are sold internationally to the watch industry, the biomed, industries working in optics and electronics, universities and research centers.

www.femtoprint.ch





Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive and sustainable economy

29 06 2015

At the “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” organized by CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool industries, at the European Parliament in Brussels on 23 June, high level representatives from industry, academia, EU institutions, think tanks and standardisation organisations discussed how to achieve the full-scale industrialisation of additive manufacturing (AM) in a rapid and cost-effective manner whilst generating the highest value for society.

Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive  and sustainable economy

Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive
and sustainable economy

The Conference confirmed that AM creates perspectives in terms of technology, markets and economic development, as well as sustainability. The design freedom brought by AM stretches the imagination of designers and engineers to develop highly functional products which respond to complex customer needs. Moreover, layer-by-layer production generates unprecedented savings on material and energy usage, making AM a blueprint for sustainable and competitive manufacturing.
Jean Camille Uring, CECIMO President said: “Additive manufacturing can satisfy Europe’s appetite for innovation and can boost the added value of industrial production. AM is still a relatively young technology which needs to be further developed so that its full potential can be unleashed. Europe has to move fast amidst global competition to turn AM into a mainstream technology that serves multiple sectors.”
Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament, hosting the conference stated: “Europe is in dire need of new economic dynamism. Additive manufacturing offers great potential for disruptive innovation. It can boost industrial competitiveness and, at the same time, deliver significant material and energy efficiency gains. We need an ambitious EU industrial policy that taps into new technologies and industrial trends to promote competitiveness and sustainability”.
It was recognised that AM is an integral part of the digitisation trend in manufacturing. AM allows to convert digital data into products whilst disrupting existing production processes and supply chains. Supply chains are shifted to the virtual environment and the storage requirements are reduced to the hardware necessary to store files. By promoting mass-customization and on demand-production nearby customers, AM can become a key driver of Europe’s reindustrialisation.
At the conference, strong emphasis was put on the impact of AM on the society. Although industrial AM applications find their way across sectors such as automotive and energy, the aerospace and medical sectors appear to be the two main early adopters. Lightweight construction of air vehicles allows saving thousands of tons of emissions every year. AM drives efficient production of customized prosthetics and implants, providing a better quality of life to hundreds of thousands of people at reduced costs.
Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General: “Additive Manufacturing is moving fast towards becoming a mainstream technology. However there are challenges and obstacles on the way to its industrialization that should be cleared and to that end, adequate government policy must play a role in technology development and market uptake. With the know-how, skilled workforce and resources, Europe has the potential of becoming a global center of excellence in AM”
Commenting on the outcome of the event, Clara de la Torre, Director for Key Enabling Technologies, at DG Research of the European Commission, stated: “Only in the 7th Framework Programme (2007-2013), €160 million in EU funding was granted to more than 60 successful projects on additive manufacturing technologies. In the first year of the Horizon 2020 Programme, in 2014, nine AM projects and actions were selected to benefit from more than €17 million in EU funding.”
Industrial and research stakeholders attending the event underlined that the continuation of EU funding is essential to overcome current technical limitations to AM. It will also bring the technology closer to series production which will unlock its full economic potential.
The strongest message that came out of the Conference was a call to the EU to adopt a “European strategy for Additive Manufacturing” which bridges complementary capabilities and resources across Member States. It was highlighted that such a strategy should look beyond research funding so as to accelerate the market uptake of AM, including standardisation, finance, awareness raising, skills, IPR, liability as well qualification and certification procedures.
Mr. Geerts concluded: “Europe does not have the luxury to lag behind competitors in disruptive technologies which transform the economy. It has to aim at global leadership. We hope that the new EU Industrial Policy Roadmap and the Digital Single Market Strategy will give the necessary attention to AM”.

www.cecimo.eu





Delcam makes Learning Zones available as a free iPad App

22 06 2015

Delcam has made the Learning Zones for its full range of CADCAM software available as a free App for iPads. The App can be downloaded from the Apple App store at https://itunes.apple.com/app/id988414798

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The Delcam Learning Zone App comprises tutorials for the latest releases of all Delcam software, including the company’s CAM programs, PowerMILL, FeatureCAM and PartMaker; the PowerSHAPE Pro CAD and reverse engineering software; the PowerINSPECT inspection system and the ArtCAM range of artistic CADCAM programs, plus the Delcam CRISPIN range for the design and manufacture of footwear.

A selection of case study videos from the Delcam.tv website is also included, in which a number of customers talk about their relationship with Delcam and the benefits they get from using the software.

Users with suitable internet connections can stream the videos using the Learning Zone App. Alternatively, the videos can be downloaded and then viewed offline at any time.

The videos can be filtered by product and/or by industry category to help viewers find the content that is relevant to them. In addition, any of the videos can be made a ‘favourite’ so that it is easy for users to go back to their preferred material.

While the Learning Zone App is intended mainly for existing customers, it will also help companies interested in adding Delcam software to see the latest developments in the programs.

New tutorials for new product releases will be added to the Learning Zone App as they are developed to help users make the most of each new version of their Delcam software.

The current version of the Learning Zone App can only be used on iPads but an Android version is also being prepared that will be released shortly.
www.delcam.com





TOLEXPO, France’s leading sheet metal working event celebrates 10 years

17 06 2015

Spotlight on the first ever Tolexpo Trophy! Launched for the show in November 2015, the Tolexpo Trophy – which is part of the Midest Trophies ‐ is the only one in France dedicated exclusively to manufacturers of production equipment for sheet, tubing and profile metal working. The Tolexpo Trophy is jointly run by the Tolexpo and Midest organisers. It is open only to Tolexpo exhibitors involved in the Tolexpo new products campaign.

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Created in 2009, the aim of this campaign is to promote major new products from the sector during the period between Tolexpo shows (November 2013 to November 2015). After studying each entry, a panel of journalists, engineering centre representatives and Tolexpo and Midest consultants will issue a shortlist of nominees in early October. The winner will be announced at the traditional Midest trophy award ceremony to be held at the Midest trade show after its official opening. This initiative will showcase new products in the sheet metal sector (strengths and performances) presented by equipment manufacturers and retailers. The last show in 2013 saw no fewer than 64 new products exhibited at Tolexpo, including one international launch.

It’s all happening at tolexpo.com!
Today, the show’s online portal enables the Tolexpo community to communicate about trades and sectors, stay up to date with sector news throughout the year and grow their professional network thanks to three new features:
• The News section for your profession
• Social networks: Tolexpo on Facebook & Twitter
• The publication of exhibitor press releases

Exhibitor profiles (Key figures Tolexpo 2013)
• More than 200 exhibitors with 46% from abroad
• 71% of exhibitors have supported Tolexpo since it was created in 2005

Tolexpo 2015: eagerly awaited by the entire profession
Targeted visitors looking for new equipment are expected to discover the products and technical innovations offered by suppliers at the show. At Tolexpo, visitors will find solutions to all their needs, whether they are looking to renew or modernise their equipment, begin using new technology, improve their productivity, bring their businesses into line with standards and regulations, etc.
• 11,000 targeted visitors
• Visitors with a strong decision‐making level: 49% decision makers and 36% prescribers
• 62% with concrete investment plans
• Visitors come from (outside France): 19% from abroad, from 65 countries and 29 from Europe

Partnership with Midest and Maintenance Expo: a long‐lasting agreement
The organizers of Tolexpo, Midest, the global show for all industrial subcontracting know‐how, and Maintenance Expo, the maintenance solutions show, are continuing to work together in order to create communication synergies and boost their industry sectors. The major objective is to create a technological showcase which will bring the expertise of sub‐contractors together with that of production equipment manufacturers.
This agreement confirms the close links between these three events, which are positioning themselves to cover the whole of the industrial process, from start to finish, in various business sectors. It offers buyers and principals the opportunity to find solutions to all their needs under one roof:
• equipment and investments with Tolexpo,
• expertise with Midest,
• and services with Maintenance Expo.

Practical information
200 exhibitors with 46% from abroad
Exhibitor profile: manufacturers and distributors of production equipment for sheet metal, tube and section working technologies:
Assembly – Welding – Blanking – Drawing – Forming – Punching ‐ Laser Cutting ‐ Gas Cutting ‐ Plasma Cutting ‐ Water Cutting – Notching – Rolling Slitting – Bending – Shearing – FMS ‐ Plate Edging – Deburring – Degreasing – Washing – Measurement – Monitoring ‐ Cad‐Cam ‐ Roller Forming – Tooling Robotics ‐ Handling Systems – Storing ‐ Press Equipment – Spinning – Protection ‐ Cutting‐To‐Length ‐ Tube and Section – Machining – Beading ‐ Sawing, etc.

Visitors: 11,000 visitors from 65 countries

www.tolexpo.com








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