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

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

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.

www.lns-europe.com

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

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

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