New entry-level white light solution

24 07 2014

The WLS qFLASH extends Hexagon Metrology’s optical 3D measurement offering and makes advanced white light solutions more portable and budget-friendly.

Hexagon Metrology announced today the WLS qFLASH, a compact white light measurement solution.

Hexagon Metrology announced today the WLS qFLASH, a compact white light measurement solution.

The WLS qFLASH enables manufacturers of medium to small size parts to measure surfaces and features in crowded areas or shop floor environments.

Easy to use
The Hexagon Metrology WLS qFLASH is a convenient and affordable tool for measurement applications such as automotive plastic parts or interiors as well as small sheet metal and casting parts. Rapid image acquisition, robust carbon fibre housing, Blue LED illumination and handheld operation mode create a fast, versatile and reliable portable white light measurement solution.

Proven technology
“The WLS qFLASH comes with proven technology based on the WLS400 product family. It has a small footprint, low weight and is very budget-friendly”, says Aviel First, Head of Sales and Marketing for Hexagon Metrology’s White Light Product Line. “Everything comes in one box and is easy to handle. Together with the new software version CoreView 7.0, we’re enhancing our white light solution offering.”

The WLS qFLASH is available immediately through Hexagon Metrology’s sales network and resellers. Local contacts can be found at www.hexagonmetrology.com/contacts.

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Consistent development in all areas

23 07 2014

In 2013, Heller placed a strong emphasis on the further development and refinement of its products. The 2013 investment volume stabilised at a high level being significantly in excess of 16 million EUR.

5-axis machining on a Heller machining center.

5-axis machining on a Heller machining center.

Investments focused on the assembly plant in China, machines and other equipment and modernisation of operating and business facilities. In response to the growing market in Eastern Europe the company is investing to increase customer proximity, e.g. with the expansion of its sales and service activities at the Heller location in Yekaterinburg/Russia.

14.1 million EUR in development
Another priority was development expenditure. Last year, the company spent at total of 14.1 million EUR in this area – 10% up on 2012. The focus was on the diversification of the product range, enabling the company to better serve its existing customers and expand business into new target groups, attracted by the traditional strengths of Heller, including customers from outside the company’s traditional clientele from the automotive industry. At the same time, Heller continued working on the expansion and intensification of its regional business.

Tailored to the needs
Three new developments and numerous product enhancements result in a completely revamped and expanded product portfolio for 4-axis and 5-axis machining and combined milling/turning, especially in terms of large-part machining. Another addition is a completely new developed external milling machine for the machining of small light-duty crankshafts to round off the lower end of the product range in terms of external and internal milling processes. In terms of its turnkey competence for crankcase manufacturing systems, Heller is offering systems for the coating of cylinder bores on the basis of twin-wire arc spraying technology already successfully introduced in the market. Under the name Heller CBC (CylinderBoreCoating), Heller it expands the process chain in crankcase manufacturing. First systems are already in operation for high-volume production in Germany and Japan. At the production location in Nürtingen, the Heller CBC TechnologyCenter is operating a flexible system showing the current status of development that can also be used directly for customer projects.

Future perspective: high-quality machines and state-of-the-art solution competence supporting the success of customers.
The investment in a new machining centre has to pay off. To make production future-proof, Hellers’ customers need reliability, precision and high productivity. In response the company provides a combination of high-quality mechanical engineering and state-of-the-art solution competence.

Assembly lines in the UK plant of Heller.

Assembly lines in the UK plant of Heller.

In 2013, the Heller Group again achieved an increase in staff numbers. In detail it means that at the end of year, Heller employed 2,436 people, including 1,840 staff in Germany. Independent of the location, the high quality of the Heller products and services is backed by dedicated and qualified staff everywhere. That is why Heller remains committed to not only maintain the high quality level but to globally promote and enhance it through special measures and qualification programmes.

In 2013, the Heller Group again achieved an increase in staff numbers. In detail it means that at the end of year, Heller employed 2,436 people, including 1,840 staff in Germany. Independent of the location, the high quality of the Heller products and services is backed by dedicated and qualified staff everywhere. That is why Heller remains committed to not only maintain the high quality level but to globally promote and enhance it through special measures and qualification programmes.

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Haas Automation partners with Scuderia Ferrari

22 07 2014

Haas Automation, the largest CNC machine tool builder in North America, has partnered with Scuderia Ferrari, the most successful team in the history of Formula One.

Scuderia Ferrari took its first Formula One victory in 1951 at Silverstone and currently has 221 race victories, with 16 constructors titles and 15 driver championships. Two-time F1 World Champion Alonso and 2007 F1 World Champion Räikkönen comprise Scuderia Ferrari’s driver lineup, with the duo combining for 52 F1 victories (32 for Alonso and 20 for Räikkönen). From now on, Haas is on board.

Scuderia Ferrari took its first Formula One victory in 1951 at Silverstone and currently has 221 race victories, with 16 constructors titles and 15 driver championships. Two-time F1 World Champion Alonso and 2007 F1 World Champion Räikkönen comprise Scuderia Ferrari’s driver lineup, with the duo combining for 52 F1 victories (32 for Alonso and 20 for Räikkönen). From now on, Haas Automation is on board.

Beginning with the 65th British Grand Prix at Silverstone, Haas Automation is featured on the lower side-pods of the Ferrari F14 T piloted by championship-winning drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Räikkönen. Haas Automation branding will be seen on the cars for the remainder of the 2014 Formula One season and throughout the 2015 season.

Premium brand
“Haas Automation is a premium brand, and there’s no better way to drive that point home than to connect it with Scuderia Ferrari on motor racing’s biggest stage,” said Gene Haas, founder of Haas Automation. “Scuderia Ferrari is F1’s most prestigious and decorated team with a large, loyal and passionate fan base. Exposing Scuderia Ferrari fans and Ferrari customers to the quality of Haas Automation CNC machine tools is an important first step to expanding our global reach.”

New partnership
“We are pleased to welcome Haas Automation as our newest Official Supplier,” said Scuderia Ferrari Team Principal Marco Mattiacci. “This agreement strengthens our existing connections with the USA, an important market not only for our company, but also for Scuderia Ferrari, as it is one where the team already benefits from several important partnerships. Over the past few months, we have been exploring with Haas a number of potential areas of collaboration, and this agreement is an immediate opportunity that we are pursuing, which proves Haas’ interest in Formula One”.

Haas team  …for 2016
In parallel, but as a separate project, Haas is committed to entering Formula One with its own team, a testimony to the growing appeal of this sport in the USA. Haas Automation’s partnership with Scuderia Ferrari also allows the company to become engaged in the business of Formula One before becoming a primary sponsor of Gene Haas’ planned Formula One team. Haas’ team will debut in 2016, where it will become the first American-based F1 team since 1986.
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In Switzerland
Urma AG Werkzeugfabrik
Obermatt 3
CH-5102 Rupperswil
Phone +41 62-889 20 20
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eurolaser celebrates its 20th anniversary

21 07 2014

The laser system manufacturer from Lüneburg will celebrate its jubilee this year with a very special in-house exhibition. In addition to their latest innovations, the company from Northern Germany will also present an extensive partner exhibition with many famous companies covering all aspects of the topic production process and process automation.
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Specialists for acrylic processes, industrial filter solutions, printing technology, packaging, automation technology, positioning systems and software will be present on-site at the fair.

Dates: September 11 and 12, 2014

Canon will present an Océ Arizona flatbed printer system with UV-hardening inks, with among other things live demonstrations of acrylic, PVC and polystyrene lightweight board printing. ACI Laser will be demonstrating the fascination of fast marking with CO2 and fibre lasers with two marking lasers. The English acrylic specialist ‘CR Clarke’ will be showcasing various machines for the processing of acrylic. And anyone wishing to find out more about the topic of machine leasing will have the opportunity of consulting with financing specialists. The list of exhibitors includes well-known names such as Evonik Industries, Bayer MaterialScience, 3A Composites, ULT, Erpa Systeme, Synrad, NovoCut®, Eurosystems, IKB Leasing, Regler Druckzentrum and many more.

Watchdog at the service of users
eurolaser will presenting its latest and unrivalled analysis tool ‘Watchdog’ to the public for the very first time. This live-monitoring tool enables customers to keep all key functions of their laser systems in view at all times. Its remote diagnostic function allows better planning of service jobs and faster fault removal. Visitors will be able to experience the diversity of the latest laser system technology on several CO2 laser systems. The new automatic shuttle table system that optimises handling processes and allows up to 75% more efficient operation will also be on show. Another key topic of the fair will be the use of modular systems that enable parallel use of a CO2 laser, milling and oscillating knives.

eurolaser cordially welcomes all interested visitors from the trade to Lüneburg. You will find all information about the jubilee and free registration opportunities at: www.eurolaser.com/20years.

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eurolaser GmbH
Borsigstraße 18
21339 Lüneburg
www.eurolaser.com
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Deutsche Messe widens scope of activities in Asian market

18 07 2014

Deutsche Messe has announced its debut as an operator on the Indonesian exhibition market. On July 8 a contract coverig the future operation of the Indonesia Convention Exhibition center (ICE) was signed in Jakarta by PT Indonesia International Expo (PT IIE), Media Sinar Global (MSG) and Hannover Fairs International GmbH, a subsidiary of Deutsche Messe AG. PT IIE is a subsidiary of Sinarmas Land Group and Kompas Gramedia Group, Indonesia’s leading real estate developer and the country’s leading media enterprise, respectively.

Currently still under construction, the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) will be Indonesia’s largest and most modern exhibition center.It will be part of BSD City, a self-sustained city development strategically located within the greater Jakarta metropolis, and will offer extensive modularity for a wide range of event formats.

Currently still under construction, the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) will be Indonesia’s largest and most modern exhibition center. It will be part of BSD City, a self-sustained city development strategically located within the greater Jakarta metropolis, and will offer extensive modularity for a wide range of event formats.

The investors Sinarmas and Kompas Gramedia are commissioning Hannover Fairs International with the complete operational management of ICE. To this end the partners are establishing a joint venture known as “PT Deutsche Messe Venue Operations Indonesia”. Hannover Fairs International will hold a 51 percent stake in the joint venture. The starting shot has already been fired for rentals of the facility, with initial client inquiries already coming in, and the first events planned for 2015.

The fourth largest population in the world
At the contract signing Andreas Gruchow, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG responsible for the joint venture, analyzed the deal as follows: “With 247 million inhabitants, Indonesia has the fourth largest population in the world and is Southeast Asia’s biggest economy. Apart from the BRIC nations, Indonesia is one of the world’s leading growth markets. A key objective of our foreign strategy is to grow our expertise as an operator of exhibition facilities abroad, and Indonesia offers the ideal prerequisites for expanding our tradeshow business: The economy there continues to grow, international industry is actively involved and the investment climate remains stable”.

The Indonesian trade fair market is growing rapidly, in particular in the capital goods sectors of mechanical and plant engineering, energy, construction and mining. Supported by government programs and investments in education, this Asian nation is quickly developing from a raw materials supplier into a production location with a high readiness by industry to invest. Since 2010 annual economic growth has averaged roughly 6 percent and is projected to reach 7–8 percent in the near future. In expanding the infrastructure in the run-up to 2050, investments of 40 billion US dollars are planned for railways, port facilities and road-building projects. The capital city of Jakarta, with a population of 25 million, is the country’s leading exhibition venue and serves as a trading hub for the Southeast Asian nations Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar and Vietnam as well as Thailand, Japan, Australia and China.

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Innovation in water-based parts cleaning

17 07 2014

With its EcoCWave, Dürr Ecoclean has developed an innovative equipment system for water-based cleaning processes which can handle a wide range of tasks from coarse to fine cleaning in an efficient manner. To this end, it comes with a list of features which ensure superior cleaning quality and process reliability, shorter idling times, and major energy savings.

Thanks to its design the new EcoCWave does not only meet any cleaning task but also cares for optimized quality and efficiency in cleaning processes.

Thanks to its design the new EcoCWave does not only meet any cleaning task but also cares for optimized quality and efficiency in cleaning processes.

Water-based part cleaning with alkaline, neutral or acidic media ranks among the most widely employed technologies in many industries. Application levels range from coarse to intermediate and, ultimately, fine cleaning. Dürr Ecoclean’s new EcoCWave system, superseding the existing Universal 81W line, covers this entire application spectrum thanks to its modular, forward-looking technology. With its very small footprint the system can easily be integrated in any production process. It also provides versatility, being easily adaptable to changing cleanliness and throughput specifications so that the user will enjoy investment certainty.

Intelligent technology yields superior cleaning quality
The EcoCWave is equipped with two or three flooding tanks, depending on customer specifications. The tanks exhibit a flow-optimized rounded geometry and are of upright design. Unlike the low-mounted rectangular containers used in conventional aqueous cleaning equipment, the round tanks prevent the formation of chip and dirt traps. Improved cleaning quality and a longer service life of the cleaning fluid are the result.

Faster processes cut per-unit costs
Powerful pumps and large-diameter piping used throughout the EcoCWave accelerate the operations of filling and draining the work chamber and tanks. As a result, non-productive times are minimized, product throughput is increased and per-unit cleaning costs are reduced. These improvements benefit spray cleaning processes as well.

Easy operation with process visualization
A new colour display with self-explanatory pictographs makes the EcoCWave easy, fast and reliable to operate. Diverse process data such as the work chamber fluid level are indicated in real time by the built-in process visualization system. An acquisition of all relevant process parameters (e.g., for the development of cleaning programs) can be implemented optionally.
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Dürr Ecoclean GmbH
Rainer Straub, Sales
Tel. +49 711 7006-246
rainer.straub@ecoclean.durr.com
www.durr-ecoclean.com

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Controlling the factory of the future with a smartphone

16 07 2014

Networking, self-organistion and flexibility will be some of the main innovation topics of exhibitors at AMB, International Exhibition for Metal Working, in Stuttgart from 16 to 20 September 2014. This is not a vision, but already reality in the SmartFactoryKL.

Example of some communicating tools, the new ISIS Tab from Tornos gives users many information on their machines through their smartphones, tablets or phablets.

Example of some communicating tools, the new ISIS Tab from Tornos gives users many information on their machines through their smartphones, tablets or phablets.

One important aspect is the user-friendly design of the operating systems. The researchers in the Technology Initiative in Kaiser-slautern have developed a research and demonstration system for the factory of the future. Prof. Dr. -Ing. Dr. h.c. Detlef Zühlke, Chairman of the Board of Management of SmartFactoryKL, on the integration of equipment and applications from consumer electronics in the factory world:

Professor Zühlke, what are the most significant differences between a factory now and in the future?
Today’s factory is characterised by hierarchical control structures with a strong horizontal structure. The sensors and actors at field level are connected by signal lines or field bus systems to stored program controls (SPCs) or NC control systems. These in turn are coupled together via field bus systems. Engineering of these systems is highly signal-oriented and hardware-dependent. In the future world of “Industry 4.0″ all elements will become smart network nodes which will be interconnected via a standardised network without any hierarchy. This means that every sensor, every actor and every SPC can communicate with other members of the network both horizontally and vertically.

What will this means for metal cutting?
If we use corresponding standards such as TCP/IP, OPC Unified Architecture or Web-services for this purpose, we will create hardware independence in the engineering process and allow dynamic system configurations based on the well-known “plug ‘n play“ principle. Not only can this new architecture be used at the system level, it could also be utilised in machine tools. The internal drive circuit will certainly be operated there closed at first, for example with Sercos (Serial Realtime Communication System), the worldwide standardised digital interface for communication between control units and field bus nodes. However, the large number of peripherals such as tool and pallet changers, tool monitoring and swarf and coolant handling could be integrated as smart bus nodes in a TCP/IP machine network. This would make configuration and reconfiguration much easier.

How can modern communication media such as smartphones, tablets, Google Glass, etc. support this development?
These smart everyday technologies are already very important. They offer us reliable, cheap and especially mobile access to machine data. The machine operator can always search for his interaction technology so that it ideally supports him. This will become especially clear in the area of repair and maintenance. We can now identify machines or their parts at mini-mum expense using an integrated camera, retrieve operating and maintenance data from the camera and download the latest documentation. This will boost efficiency substantially.

To be discovered more in detail in the next AMB.

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