Dr Roland Feichtl becomes President of the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries

During its meeting held on 22 November 2017 in Brussels, the CECIMO General Assembly elected Dr Roland Feichtl as President of CECIMO for a period of two years.

Succeeding in this role Mr Luigi Galdabini, Managing Director at CESARE GALDABINI S.p.A., Dr Feichtl has been entrusted with the responsibility of leading the European Association that represents more than a third of the world machine tool (MT) production.

During his Presidency, Mr Galdabini strongly addressed the issue of the investment gap. According to Mr Galdabini, corporate investments in Europe do not compensate for the depreciation rates. The obsolescence of the machinery park risks dragging European industry into a downward spiral of low productivity- low value added- low profitability.

CECIMO President Dr Feichtl affirmed that, in line with the previous presidencies, he “will continue to promote the strategic importance of our industry towards European authorities and citizens. I will make sure that manufacturing and the re-industrialisation remain on top of the EU policy priorities”.

He underlined how in such a complex environment, businesses are faced with common grand challenges such as globalisation, climate change, resource efficiency, regulatory pressures, and the increasing weight of emerging economies. “A few decades ago, maybe it was possible for companies and countries or regions to solve all their problems on their own” he added. “This is not the case anymore. Machines, factories, companies and, yes, also countries are linked more than ever”. CECIMO should help its members to tackle their challenges together.

During his presidency, he will follow closely the initiatives of the European Commission in the field of the Digital Single Market, which aims at achieving considerable benefits for the digital economy. Under his mandate, CECIMO will “develop industry information and expertise in new emerging areas of importance, e.g. Digitisation, Digital Platforms, industrial security and trust, as well as monitor new customer technologies, that change the workpieces to be machined like new drivetrain. CECIMO will look for the support of European authorities to sustain the efforts of its member companies in providing machine tool solutions that improve the energy-efficiency of combustion engines. Through this and similar actions, our industry contributes straightforwardly to the challenge of CO2 reduction for our society. “But we should compare the complete sytem of different solutions e.g. from production over use, till disposal of a car to help environment.” In a market driven economy, Authorities should only set targets, but not select a special technology as the right one to solve complicated technical issues.

Dr Feichtl will “use the success of the Italian campaign for tax and other incentives to promote the modernization of the machine tool infrastructure in the other CECIMO countries” and will push forward the discussion on circular economy within our Association and with industry stakeholders in order to achieve our sustainability objectives.

Beside this as President of CECIMO, he will continue to “explain to European authorities and citizens the strategic role our industry plays in boosting jobs, growth and investment across Europe, as well as the necessity to improve the business environment, in order to ensure the development of Europe’s manufacturing base within its borders, maintain its competitiveness and ensure a level playing field for our industry”.

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ELŻBIETA BIEŃKOWSKA OPENED THE DEBATE ON ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IN THE CECIMO MEETINGS

Brussels, 21 November 2017 –CECIMO had the pleasure to host Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Commissioner for the Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, during its meetings in Brussels. In her address to industrialists and stakeholders on the role of artificial intelligence and machine learning, she encouraged companies and firms to get involved in the European Industrial Strategy.

 

(from left to right: Dr Roland Feichtl, Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska, Mr Luigi Galdabini, Mr Filip Geerts)

Ms Elżbieta Bieńkowska was the keynote speaker of the CECIMO meetings on artificial intelligence and machine learning on 21 November 2017, in front of a selected audience of industrialists, MEPs, EU officials and stakeholders. The event was timely organised ahead of the Commission proposal on artificial intelligence and the Commissioner emphasized the important role of the European Commission in recognizing the potential economic and societal benefits of such technology. “By putting a favourable and stable business environment in place”, she said, “Europe can compete globally on both the development and uptake of AI solutions”. It’s important that Europe is ready to act upon the new challenges as they will affect different areas of our lives, from work to privacy, from governance to public research. In this context, the European Commission needs to mitigate the risks and prepare citizens to a smooth transition. Ms Bieńkowska went on by saying that “we need to avoid unnecessary anxiety based on far-fetched AI take-over scenarios that could distort public perception of AI”.

 

Artificial intelligence has a primary role in the Digital Single Market Strategy and the European Industrial one, where it will be important to converge physical and digital technologies on the industrial value chain. Among the many actions illustrated during the speech, the machine tool industry is particularly touched by the current EC evaluation of the machinery directive. The Commissioner confirmed that one of the areas they are looking at is whether the directive is adapted to respond to the changes brought by new digital technologies.

 

CECIMO is pleased that, in her outline of the EU Industrial Strategy, Elżbieta Bieńkowska mentioned the relevance of the industry and companies, inviting businesses of all sizes to be fully involved, as the process will be launched next year during the second EU Industry Day on 22 and 23 February 2018. Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General, pointed out that “CECIMO can greatly contribute to the ongoing and future work of the European Commission in the Industrial Strategy and we are ready to get involved in any actions and initiatives taken by the European Commission”.

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Radan 2018 R1 focuses On CAD/CAM, and Industry 4.0

As well as taking “a major step forward” with technology geared towards helping sheet metal manufacturers implement Industry 4.0 smart factories in its latest version, Radan will now be issuing two new releases a year.

“We’re aiming to get the very latest developments to customers as quickly as possible,” says Radan’s Product Manager Olaf Körner. “Starting with Radan 2018 R1, customers needn’t ever be working with software that is more than six months old.”
The new release includes a number of items of new and enhanced functionality which focus specifically on the “engineering of parts” processes. Developers are now working on separating Radan into two distinct aspects: traditionally creating NC code to drive CNC machines, and “engineering of parts.”
“Radan isn’t just a CAM system any more. It plays an important role in ensuring sheet metal manufacturers are best placed to run with Industry 4.0.” An example of this is with Radmanager. The system now accepts feedback from the shop floor regarding the cutting progress. “This improved connection between the shop floor and logistics operations means the stock management and order processing functions can immediately update the stock control.” Radquote now looks at all aspects which impact on how much it costs to bend a part, such as how many bends are required, how many turns or flips the operation needs, and whether it needs a second operator, to provide an accurate cost calculation. In addition, it calculates the cost of an entire 3D assembly, rather than individual parts. “The user can see a full assembly tree, and the total cost”.
“These bending cost calculations – both for individual parts and complete assemblies – and the finegrain information flow between the shopfloor and Radmanager will assist considerably in facilitating the next generation of sheet metal production as part of a connected factory infrastructure.”

Moving on to enhanced CAD/CAM functions, Radan 2018 R1 takes the increasing popularity in automatic bending into consideration, with the specific innovation of optimising fingerstops. As part of a process of making fingerstops safer, it allows for improved part alignment in the press brake, and reduces the number of fingerstop movements required between bends. In addition, an enhancement to the default views means designers can bring up a front view, side view, or isometric view instantly, in both Radbend and Radan 3D.
The profiling function benefits from six updates. Firstly, hatching, where laser users can now create fine marks to identify parts. Enhanced flycutting, where the machine doesn’t stop during an entire operation, reduces cycle times; the lead-in placement for tagging has been optimised; additional support for automatic filleting means users have much greater control over where they are placed…they can be switched on for one part and off for another, and whether they are on internal or external corners. Radan developers have worked closely with plasma cutter manufacturers on additional support for cutting circular holes with higher accuracy on plasma CNC machines. And following the contours of a part when creating offcuts saves more of the material, reducing wastage even further. A new batch nesting system is described as a “big performance upgrade,” which forecasts show could improve material usage by around nine percent over a year. A new algorithm provides a different approach to optimising a range of nests. New controls have been added for producing offcuts on punch presses.
Finally, five individual small enhancements combine to improve Radan’s overall CAD/CAM usability:
•    Radan 2018 R1 includes a more natural way of manoeuvring around the parts to select features.
•    Just one click to update the stock list in nest projects.
•    Improvements to the process of changing programs from one machine tool to another, whether switching between cutting technologies, or laser to laser but powered by a different gas.
•    The Teamviewer system, which support engineers use to gain remote access to a customer’s system for resolving issues, is built into the latest software release.
•    The optional Analytics system helps Radan developers gather evidence of how customers use the software, so each new release can focus on the industry’s requirements.

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Stahl deutlich wirtschaftlicher bohren – Tritan-Drill-Steel

Mit dem neuen, dreischneidigen Bohrer Tritan-Drill-Steel von MAPAL kann Stahl im Vergleich zu zweischneidigen Bohrern deutlich wirtschaftlicher bearbeitet werden. Dies wird unter anderem durch die signifikant höheren Vorschubwerte erreicht.


Mit dem Tritan-Drill-Steel kann Stahl deutlich wirtschaftlicher im Vergleich zu zweischneidigen Bohrern bearbeitet werden.

 
Bisher kamen für Bohrbearbeitungen in Stahl in der Regel zweischneidige Bohrer mit flacher Querschneide im Zentrum zum Einsatz. Durch eine Pendelbewegung entlang der Querschneide war die geforderte Rundheit und die Zylinderform der Bohrung oft nicht gewährleistet. Zudem wurden sowohl die Schneidecken als auch die Führungsfasen hoch belastet. Durch drei einzelne Querschneidensegmente, die den Tritan-Drill-Steel sicher zentrieren, werden Pendelbewegungen mit dem neuen Bohrer verhindert.

Seine Robustheit verdankt der Tritan-Drill-Steel der völlig neu gestalteten Hauptschneidenform. Die dadurch sehr stabilen Schneidecken reduzieren die Belastungen der Schneiden. Zudem ist die Beschichtung speziell auf die Bearbeitung von Stahl angepasst. So wird die Verschleißfestigkeit bei der Stahlbearbeitung deutlich erhöht. Sehr hohe Standzeiten sind das Ergebnis. Die schnelle und prozesssichere Spanabfuhr wird durch die Form der Hauptschneide, die für kurze, eng gerollte Späne sorgt, und die feinstgeschliffenen Spannuten erreicht.

Wie der universell einsetzbare Tritan-Drill-Uni bewährt sich auch der Tritan-Drill-Steel in schwierigen Bohrsituationen, beispielsweise bei Querbohrungen oder schrägem Bohrungseintritt. So kann beispielsweise schräges Anbohren bis 12° bei einer Länge von 5xD problemlos realisiert werden.

Der Tritan-Drill-Steel ist im Durchmesserbereich 4-20 mm in den Längen 3xD, 5xD, 8xD und 12xD verfügbar.

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Pressure-tight encapsulated enclosures ensure safety

Explosive atmospheres are found in many sectors of industry. They require special precautions and protection systems in order to guarantee the safe use of electrical equipment. ROSE Systemtechnik’s pressure-tight encapsulated Ex d enclosures provide an optimal solution for Ex protection.

 

Nurullah Palamut, in charge of explosion-protected products at the ROSE Systemtechnik company, says: “Encapsulation of non-certified components and equipment for use in potentially explosive areas is a great challenge, primarily for the processing industry.” Within the European Union, the requirements for the safe use of electrical devices in potentially explosive areas are strictly regulated by the ATEX directive. In order to ensure maximum safety in operation, it is necessary to follow extensive national and international guidelines, regulations and standards. “By making use of pressure-tight encapsulation inside an enclosure in the ignition protection category Ex d, components or small devices which represent a potential source of ignition can be made suitable for use in potentially explosive areas,” Palamut goes on to explain.

Ex d enclosures for an extremely wide range of uses

ROSE Systemtechnik supplies enclosures with pressure-tight encapsulation in different sizes and versions for use in various groups of gases and temperature ranges. This allows the enclosure experts from Porta Westfalica in Germany to offer industry a wide range of solutions for the safe and secure encapsulation of electrical equipment.

Whether as an ordinary distribution box for energy, sensor signals or for complex control systems – ROSE Systemtechnik’s Ex d enclosures cover the widest range of demands in the industrial sector. The enclosures in the TBE, EJB, GUB and IJB series comply with ingress protection IP 66 in accordance with DIN EN 60529, which means that they are dust-tight and protected against penetration by water.

In particular, ROSE’s Ex d enclosures are used in the processing industry, for example by oil and gas, chemicals and pharmaceutical companies, and they are also found in measurement and instrumentation applications. In its Ex d range, the company also offers both stainless steel and aluminium enclosures. Depending on the version, customer-specific modifications or surface improvements are also available, for example viewing windows or lacquering. On request, ROSE also manufactures special enclosures and carries out complete mechanical processing and the mounting of the products.

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