The dates for Moulding Expo 2019 have been fixed

The European tool, pattern and mould making industry and its suppliers will again be present in Stuttgart on
21 – 24 May 2019

Moulding Expo 2017

The dates for the third edition of the International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making have now been decided. The most important representatives of the industry will again be present at the Stuttgart Trade Fair Centre on 21 to 24 May 2019. The exhibitors, representatives of partner associations BVMF, VDMA, VDW and VDWF and Messe Stuttgart jointly decided on setting the time frame in late spring 2019. Gabriele Urhahn, Head of Marketing/Communication, GF Machining Solutions, Schorndorf: “In our opinion Moulding Expo 2019 kicks off with the perfect dates. We are delighted it was possible to set the dates in 2019 to avoid the Whitsun holidays – this was not the case in 2017.”

The dates also provide exhibitors and visitors to Moulding Expo 2019 with new ways to connect to an industry that has many overlaps within the tool, pattern and mould making sector. On 21 to 23 May 2019, the third edition of Moulding Expo will run concurrently with the Automotive Show organised by the British UKi Media & Events Ltd. combining five trade fairs from the automotive supply industry under one roof. Roland Pfletschinger, Managing Director, Pfletschinger & Gauch, Plochingen: “The themes of the Automotive Shows are an ideal supplement to Moulding Expo. They offer synergy on a broad scale – both for us as exibitor and for trade fair visitors who will then have a complete technology overview.”

Nothing therefore stands in the way of a successful Moulding Expo 2019 – in fact 70 exhibitors have already confirmed their attendance. The exhibition advisory committee was unanimous: “The ideal dates and the interaction with the Automotive Shows will also have a positive impact on visitor figures.” The last edition of Moulding Expo 2017 was attended by a total of 14,000 visitors from 52 countries during its four days.

About Moulding Expo – International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making
The focus of Moulding Expo is on tool, pattern and mould making with injection moulding, die-cast moulding, casting, stamping and forming tools, as well as various pattern-making and prototyping methods. Components and accessories, machine tools, processing tools, measuring technology and special machines, software, and systems and services for tool construction and pattern and mould making round off the scope of the trade fair. Specialist forums and special exhibitions complement the varied programme. 760 exhibitors and around 14,000 trade visitors came to Stuttgart for the second event.

Messe Stuttgart is the organiser of Moulding Expo. It is supported by the German Association of Pattern and Mould Making (BVMF), the German Engineering Federation (VDMA Tool Making Association), the German Association of Tool and Mouldmakers (VDWF), the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) and the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA).

GF Machining Solutions nominates FANUC as one of their top 10 suppliers in 2017

At the GF Machining Solutions Supplier Day 2017 in Losone (CH), GF Machining Solutions awarded 10 of its best suppliers within Europe. Among a range of candidates, FANUC has been selected for its excellent supplier performance.

GF MS Top 10 Suppliers Award

The Swiss company, GF Machining Solutions (GFMS), provides solutions for innovative milling, EDM, laser texturing, automation and customer service support. By collaborating with FANUC, GFMS can provide more customer-centric solutions that suit a variety of requirements, leading to a long-term and sustainable partnership between the two.

“We see FANUC as a leading company for robotics, therefore we decided to have them as our strategic partner for GF Machining Solutions and our company System 3R,” says Markus Kuhl, Chief Procurement Officer.

Kuhl further explains that with the rise of automation, a multitude of processes are affected and they have already become an integral part of daily life. He states that “…since this trend will continue to penetrate the business world, it is essential that we develop and adapt our procedures accordingly”.
To show the appreciation to those partners who capitalise on this trend, a range of criteria were set against which each supplier was measured. These criteria included e.g. the total cost of ownership approach, customer support, reaction time as well as competitiveness. The winners complying with these key factors have been honoured with awards on September 22, 2017.

FANUC looks forward to a successful and prosperous continuity of the partnership with GFMS!

The FANUC Corporation is one of the worldwide leaders in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC is the pioneer in the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With more than 252 FANUC subsidiaries worldwide and more than 6,500 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.

Education Must Upskill Workforce to Stay Ahead of Technological Change

In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Peter Robinson, President and CEO of USCIB, says “the guiding principle for government should be to protect and enable/retrain the worker, not protect the job.” Robinson believes that fears over jobsolescence are over-hyped, noting “…there is an established track record…of new technologies creating at least as many new jobs as they displace. Usually these new jobs demand higher skills and provide higher pay.”

When asked by C. M. Rubin what the biggest obstacle to employability is, Robinson states that “educational institutions won’t be able to keep pace with new skills demands.” He adds that schools should prioritize the arts and humanities in order to create “T-shaped individuals capable of adapting and going where the demand lies.”

The CEO of USCIB explains, “middle-class employees without higher education beyond high school need more established paths to long-term employment.” Robinson calls for increased “partnerships among employers, policy makers, and educational institutions” because “no one sector of society can address this alone.”

Peter M. Robinson has been the CEO and President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB) since 2005. Established in 1945, USCIB builds awareness among business executives, educators and policy makers related to issues in employment, workforce training and skills management. In his position as co-chair of the B20 Employment and Education Task Force, Robinson has provided significant input to G20 leaders on training for jobs of the future. He also serves on the board of the International Organization of Employers.

Okuma launches two-spindle smart CNC lathe 2SP-2500H

Okuma adds the 2SP-2500H CNC lathe to its line of a smart machines. The innovative front-facing twin spindles provide significantly higher levels of productivity and far greater reliability in mass production, especially for automotive parts. The compact automation-ready machine provides excellent floor space utilisation and integrates two lathes into one unit with a standard loader for continuous front and back work.

The latest entry in Okuma’s 2SP-H Series of two-spindle CNC lathes is designed to provide consistent quality in mass production while increasing efficiency through process-intensive machining and automation. The lathe enables stable unattended production over long runs via a high-speed loader feeding blanks. Due to the machine’s unique design, the loader is able to enter the 2SP-2500H regardless of the turret’s position. Since turret retraction is not necessary, workpiece transport and changeover times are greatly reduced.

With 5,000min-1, the lathe’s turning spindle offers the fastest spindle speed of its class. The 2SP-2500H offers unrivalled floor space utilisation with the smallest-in-class machine width of 2,200 mm. Despite its compact dimensions, the machine features an impressive maximum turning diameter of 250 mm.

The 2SP-2500H is 20% faster than previous models. With a maximum spindle speed of 6,000min-1 and a doubled max motor output of 7.1 kW, the machine’s milling capabilities are on par with that of a small machining centre. Other applications include powerful face milling, drilling and tapping.

Okuma’s Intelligent Technology application Thermo-Friendly Concept minimises thermal deformation and enables supreme accuracy. A tool life calculator predicts the remaining time before an exchange is required and prevents cutting edge breakage, thus reducing costs.

Stirring the imagination of electric car OEMs

As sales of hybrid and all-electric cars continue to gain momentum, UK-based PTG Heavy Industries is busy applying its considerable knowledge of friction stir welding to help automotive OEMs address some of the challenges associated with the manufacture of electric-powered vehicles.

Powerstir friction stir welding, from PTG Heavy Industries.

“Longer battery life and reduced vehicle weight through the greater use of plastics and aluminium panels, are well known objectives for electric car makers,” comments PTG Heavy Industries’ Applications Manager, Peter Jowett. “However, the development of electric cars has brought other less-well-known challenges for vehicle manufacturers,” he continues. “For example, how do they fabricate lightweight, robust and aesthetically sealed battery housings efficiently – particularly when the heat generated by traditional welding techniques could so easily damage the highly sensitive electrical components that the housings contain? With our considerable expertise in friction stir welding, we are providing automotive OEMs with highly viable manufacturing solutions for battery housings, solutions which involve no surface finishing and remove the risk of heat damage to delicate components.”

Working with magnesium alloys

As manufacturers of the world-acclaimed Powerstir range of friction stir welders, PTG Heavy Industries is an acknowledged leader in this innovative means of jointing metals. Working with magnesium alloys of 3mm – 5mm in thickness, and to tolerances of typically 50 microns, the company is currently assisting automotive OEMs in the production of vehicle battery trays, associated electronics boxes and coolant units, by using its 2D friction stir welding techniques.

Using industry standard CNC systems, fitted with PTG Powerstir friction stir welding software, data-logging and multi-axis interpolation, 2D welding can be carried out on accurate tool paths, together with force control to create consistent welded seams.

Superior high-strength joints

“Our work to-date, involving the production of automotive battery enclosures using friction stir welding techniques, is exciting and is providing novel opportunities for vehicle design engineers to achieve both light weight and structural rigidity in electronics units that benefit from superior high-strength welded joints,” adds Peter Jowett.

Proven weld quality

Since their launch, Powerstir machines have attracted considerable interest from organisations seeking an innovative way of creating superior high-strength welded joints. Used primarily for jointing aluminium, magnesium, copper, titanium, steel, lead and zinc, the Powerstir friction stir welding process provides a clean, highly aesthetic alternative to traditional welding. It delivers proven weld quality, excellent mechanical properties, virtually no porosity and the opportunity for reduced wall thickness in many applications.

About Powerstir friction stir welding

Patented by TWI (The Welding Institute), friction stir welding is a unique and innovative means of jointing metals. The process combines frictional heat with precisely controlled forging pressure to produce extremely high-strength joints that are virtually defect free. Friction stir welding transforms the parent metal from a solid to a plasticised state. This occurs during a process that involves mechanically stirring the materials together to form a high-integrity, full-penetration welded joint.

Powerstir applications include:

  • Heat sinks and electronics enclosures
  • Locomotive train and carriage panels (aluminium)
  • Aircraft fuselage and avionics development
  • Truck bodies, caravans and space frames
  • Boat and ship panel sections
  • Flat and cylindrical fuel tanks and bulk liquid containers
  • Aluminium bridge sections, architectural structures and frames
  • Pipelines and heat exchangers
  • Electrical motor housings

PTG. The first name in precision

Incorporating the brands of Binns & Berry, Crawford Swift, Holroyd and Holroyd Precision Rotors, Precision Technologies Group (PTG) has established itself at the forefront of high precision machine tool design, build and supply. The PTG range includes heavy duty lathes, deep hole drilling machines, friction stir welding machines, ultra precision grinding machines for rotor, thread and gear operations; rotor milling machines and special purpose machine tools for the manufacture of precision components. Industrial sectors served range from aerospace, medical and mould tool & die to marine, power generation, mining, oil & gas, steel, high end and heavy automotive. PTG Heavy Industries works closely with The Welding Institute (TWI).