AMB 2018: New dimensions

A successful AMB in 2016 resulted in great satisfaction among the 1,469 exhibitors from home and abroad. This was confirmed in the exhibitor survey. Exhibitors awarded the event an overall mark of 2.2 while 90% of them were intending to recommend AMB to other people. However, the discussions revolved around one topic: the construction of the new Paul Horn Hall (Hall 10), which will increase the gross exhibition area of Messe Stuttgart to 120,000 square metres, and the related thematic hall planning for AMB 2018.

“With the construction of the Paul Horn Hall (Hall 10) we can finally respond to our exhibitors’ desire for growth. As things stand at present, AMB 2018 in Stuttgart will occupy the entire trade fair grounds right from the start,” said Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, President of Messe Stuttgart, formulating the expectations.

The focal points of the exhibited products and services will not change. As a result of the increase in exhibition space, AMB 2018 will also primarily feature metal cutting processes using machine tools and precision tools. One unique new aspect: the “Digital Way“ which will present digital methods in production in the ICS International Congress Center Stuttgart. “Exhibitors and visitors are becoming increasingly preoccupied with the digital transformation at every level. The new section “Digital Way“ in the ICS will show specific application examples and will examine best practice from industry in the Congress programme,” explained Gunnar Mey, Department Director Industry at Messe Stuttgart.

During the last AMB the project managers provided details of the thematic hall planning at an information desk and collected stand placement requests from exhibitors. The AMB website features a film containing extensive information on the new site plan. Exhibitors now have until 30 June 2017 to submit their registration form and stand placement requests. The positions of the exhibition stands will then be determined by February 2018.
The starting signal for AMB 2018 has been given.

About AMB
Around 90,000 international trade visitors and 1,500 exhibitors are expected to attend AMB 2018 in Stuttgart from 18 to 22 September 2018. On more than 120,000 square metres of exhibition space (gross), the exhibitors will showcase innovations and further developments for metal-cutting and metal-removing process machine tools, precision tools, measuring systems and quality assurance, robots, workpiece and tool handling, industrial software & engineering, components, assemblies and accessories. AMB 2018 will be backed by the promotional supporters, i.e. the VDMA Precision Tools Association, the VDMA Software and Digitalisation Association, and the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW).

New at DMG MORI: selective laser melting and the ISTOS digital start-up

At the traditional Open House at DECKEL MAHO in Pfronten DMG MORI shows a wide range of innovations. The 9,000 international trade visitors will be greeted by a display area of 8,500m2 featuring more than 80 high-tech exhibits – including 3 world premieres – and major sector highlights from the fields of automation, digitization, Additive Manufacturing and technology excellence. By a majority shareholding of 50.1% in REALIZER GmbH in Borchen, the group is strengthening its future technologies in Additive Manufacturing. With the founding of the start-up ISTOS, DMG MORI is expanding its digitization expertise.

DMG MORI is focusing on strengthening its future technologies: With selective laser melting DMG MORI is bundling the most important generative production processes for metallic materials under one roof. DMG MORI already has extensive know-how in the field of laser deposit welding with powder nozzles through Sauer GmbH. By integrating the REALIZER products, DMG MORI is gaining access to “Selective Laser Melting” (SLM). In this process, the material is applied in powder form in very thin layers and melted by laser. “This is the perfect complement to our high-tech machines in the field of Advanced Technologies. Selective laser melting in the powder bed opens up completely new areas of application for our customers,” says Christian Thönes, Chairman of the Executive Board of DMG MORI Aktiengesellschaft.

As a pioneer of the powder bed process, REALIZER has consistently developed SLM technology, elevating it to the level of mass production and now has more than 20 years’ experience in its application. In future, development and assembly will take place in Borchen and at DMG MORI in Bielefeld.

The two leading production technologies enable complex, metallic components to be produced from powder. For this purpose a wide variety of weldable materials up to and including multi-material applications can be made use of.

DMG MORI founds ISTOS for the digital production
With the founding of the start-up ISTOS, DMG MORI is expanding its digitization expertise. The new Düsseldorf-based company is developing digital production projects for DMG MORI and interested partners. The aim is to support DMG MORI’s customers and companies outside the machine tool industry in handling the digital transformation by way of fully connected production processes. For DMG MORI customers ISTOS is the connecting link from an open network across all machines to an integrated digital factory.

ISTOS stands for “Innovative Software Technologies for Open Solutions” and will sustainably shape digitization in the field of machining. The basis is provided by CELOS – the APP-based control and operations software from DMG MORI. “With ISTOS we have successfully managed to attract and gain a complete team of
15 experienced IoT experts,“ says Christian Thönes. “By ISTOS we are speeding up our digital innovation process. I am convinced that ISTOS will support us and our customers with innovative solutions for digitization.”

ISTOS will develop individual customer solutions across the group and together with DMG MORI Software Solutions GmbH will realize the digital production world. Initial results will be presented at the EMO in Hanover (18-23 September 2017).

Tool construction, pattern and mould making for talented young people

Some 14,000 visitors attended Moulding Expo in 2015 to discover everything about the 620 exhibitors, their products and services. However, the varied accompanying programme also attracted many skilled workers to Stuttgart. One of the focal themes at Moulding Expo 2015 is once again in the spotlight this year: qualifications and further training.

Moulding Expo 2015

“Well qualified talented young people safeguard the future of the industry,” explains Ralf Dürrwächter. People are what make the difference to the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers’ Managing Director. “Only companies that invest in trainees as well as in technology will gain a competitive edge.” The association has therefore taken up the cause of qualification. “We want to roll up our sleeves with the sector so that tool construction and mould making remains a globally renowned brand in Germany.” His colleague from the Federal Association for Pattern and Moulding Making regards the trade fair as an major opportunity for the sector: “We are thrilled that Moulding Expo is focussing on apprenticeship professions – as it did two years ago – and is hoping to attract students back to the trade fair. We will take advantage of this platform to make our vocational trades better known and thus inspire suitably qualified young people about tool construction, pattern and mould making.”

Training course at Moulding Expo
Florian Niethammer, Project Manager responsible for Moulding Expo, explains how the subject of training and education will be presented at Messe Stuttgart: “With the slogan “Get your future in shape!”, together with our partner associations, we will be showcasing the most important apprenticeship professions in tool construction, pattern and mould making in Hall 4 on Stand B35. School classes will have an opportunity to discuss their future with trainers and apprentices there.” And to give the idea a more practical edge, there will also be guided tours around the trade fair. A “guide” from the sector will take a group and, after a short introduction on the training stand, will accompany them around the trade fair to discover what the industry has to offer.

Presentation of study opportunities within the industry
Young people interested in finding further education courses at the forthcoming Moulding Expo will also be spoilt for choice – for instance on the Schmalkalden University stand. From the summer semester of 2017 onwards, engineers and technicians can attend a course in Additive Manufacturing Processes and Rapid Technologies over two semesters whilst working. It is offered by the university in conjunction with the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF), the Institute for Toolless Fabrication (IwF) at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and the Chair for Manufacturing Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen as training partners.

“There is huge demand by industry for qualified employees in 3D technology,” explains Gerd Witt, Professor for Production Processes and Machine Tools at the University of Duisburg. “However, up to now there has been no training and no standards.” The new course combines the teaching experiences of the three universities with input from business. Thematically, it is structured on the basis of the main material branches of additive manufacturing, that is metal and plastic, but is also supplemented by a focus on application-orientated design. “Tool construction and mould making, as well as pattern making, are the pioneers in this technology,” explains Gerd Witt. “It is therefore essential for us to present the new course and teaching opportunities at Moulding Expo.”

It is hoped to showcase the focus of the course at the trade fair by using the components on which the university is currently working. “We will possibly also find new ideas at Moulding Expo, which can be realised using this process or even how it behaves with other materials,” states Gerd Witt.

Moulding Expo – International trade fair for tool construction, pattern and mould making
Moulding Expo focuses on tool, pattern and mould making with injection moulding, die-cast, casting, punching and forming tools, as well as various pattern-making and prototyping processes. Components and accessories, machine tools, processing tools, measuring technology and special machines, software, systems and services for tool construction, pattern and moulding making complete the range of exhibits. Technical forums and special exhibitions round off the diverse programme. 620 exhibitors attended the first exhibition in 2015, which was visited by 14,000 trade visitors.

Messe Stuttgart is the organiser of Moulding Expo. It is supported by the Federal Association of Model and Mould Making (MF), the Association of German Mechanical Engineering and Plant Construction (VDMA), the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF), the Society of German Machine Tool Factories (VDW) and the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA).

The next Moulding Expo will be held from 30 May to 2 June 2017.

Vero Waveform Saves Tool Costs of Over £100 Per Part

Trials carried out with Seco Tools show that Vero Software’s powerful, game-changing Waveform Roughing Strategy can save nearly £130,000 on cutting tool costs for 1,000 parts, compared with conventional machining strategies.

The results came from trials using a Seco 20mm tool, cutting components from EN24 steel. Vero’s Strategic Partnership Manager, Wesley Tonks, says: “Tool life is dependent on how the tool is implemented within the machining process. We always state the increase in material removal rates when utilising the Waveform strategy instead of traditional machining methods”. However. there are additional massive financial benefits to be realised with the reduction in tooling costs.

“Because the Waveform strategy, while utilising the full flute length of the tool, gives improved stability, less stress, and improved swarf evacuation, ensuring even wear, a financially beneficial regrind programme can be introduced.”

And Waveform increases the tool life before each regrind is required. For example, during the trial, the £357 tool was reground four times, as well as there being 275 minutes between each regrind. This meant the total tool life going from 60 minutes with conventional machining, to 1,100 minutes with Waveform. Waveform also speeded up the operation, reducing the cycle time from 22.5 minutes to 7.5 minutes.

On a production run of 1,000 parts, the tool costs using conventional machining were £133,875 – falling to just £4,125 with Waveform – a saving of £129.750. Even cutting Titanium, Waveform extends tool life from 150 minutes to 360, with three regrinds, delivering savings of £42,910 when cutting 1,000 components.

Waveform was originally part of Vero Software’s Edgecam milling package, but has recently been adapted for turning…and is now also included in Alphacam, WorkNC and Surfcam.  As well as the extensive savings brought about by the constant chip load, Waveform also delivers considerably improved material removal rates, minimum tool vibration, deeper cuts, and increased speeds and feed rates, with a smooth toolpath which avoids sharp changes in direction, maintaining the machine’s velocity.

The toolpath is automatically adjusted to compensate for load fluctuations. Tool engagement is decreased in concave areas and stepover adjusted between passes to maintain the desired engagement. In convex areas, the opposite happens – as the material falls away the toolpath stepover is increased to maintain the tool engagement.

“To conclude, it is very typical to have smaller batch sizes but to realise savings the whole manufacturing operation needs to be appreciated,” says Wesley Tonks. “Looking at where particular tools are being used and consumed across many operations and machines will expose manufacturing production facilities to increased savings.”

Intermeditech 2017, Paris

The French medical device market was evaluated at 20 billion euros in 2015. It is a fast growing market with growth of + 5% per year.In that positive context, Intermeditech is the only French professional event for suppliers and manufacturers of the medical device industry.

The next edition will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Paris Expo, during the Paris Healthcare Week.

Product categories exhibited:
Adhesives, Cleanroom, Components, parts, modules, OEM, Plastics manufacturing, Consulting, Electrical and electronic components, Filter, In vitro accessories, Manufacturing services, Measurement, test, quality control, Motors and transmissions, Packaging,  Plasturgy, Printing and labelling, Pumps and valves, Raw materials, Software, Sterilisation, Subcontracting, Tubings and tube equipment

Visitors’ profile:
Buyers, Design engineers, Engineers and technicians for R&D and production departments, General managers, Medical technology exhibitors of Health-ITExpo, Medical technology exhibitors of HopitalExpo, Packaging specialists, Process engineers, Product development engineers, Production managers, Qualification and validation specialists, R&D Managers, Technical procurement managers

The Intermeditech conferences program will cover topical subjects gathered under three main themes during the 3 days of the exhibition:

• New materials, new process, new technologies, new applications
• The impact of standards and legislative evolutions on the   subcontractor / manufacture relationship
• Market access for healthcare innovation

GrindTec 2018 – Demand for exhibition space higher than ever

From every viewpoint the last GrindTec was the most successful ever. With 577 exhibitors, 17,950 visitors and 42,000 m² exhibition space it achieved three new records – very satisfactory for the GrindTec organisers AFAG. And at least equally successful for the exhibiting companies: In 2016 they assessed their participation as better than ever, as was shown by the representative survey carried out by the trade fair market researcher Gelsus, Dortmund.

In 2018 the leading trade fair for grinding technology could well increase once again, as is indicated by the high amount of registrations already received by the Project Management, around a third more than they had received by the same date two years ago. Of these about 10 per cent are new exhibitors or those who had missed out one or more exhibitions. Of course we must take into account that the majority of companies always register early, as the GrindTec is definitely the can’t miss event of the sector.

Hall planning will already start in May
Due to the high amount of registrations received, hall planning will already start in May, contrary to previous events. So the Project Management highly recommends all companies that are interested in participating at the GrindTec to send in their applications as soon as possible, together with any requests for positioning. This makes it easier for us to accommodate your requests. The documentation for participation can be downloaded from the GrindTec homepage at:

WWK Arena: Improved access
The addition of the WWK-Arena at the previous event proved to be a great success. About 500 guests attended the Exhibitors’ Evening “A Night at the Arena”, which had been transferred to the exclusive Business Centre of the Augsburg stadium, a move that was highly praised. The 2018 Exhibitors’ Evening will also take place there.

As in 2016 the parking area of the stadium will again be available for all visitors, who arrive in their own cars. An advantage here is that the B17 motorway between the WWK-Arena and the Augsburg Fairgrounds has been enlarged from 2 to 3 lanes. This means that even during the heavy morning rush hour the shuttle busses shouldn’t need longer than 5 minutes to take the GrindTec visitors to the entrances of the trade fair.