EMO Hannover TRENDSPOTS — Discover the product innovations of the world of metalworking: No. 1

We’ve got Indus­try 4.0 under control 

Quelle: Gravotech M20
Quelle: Gravotech M20

Automa­tion, robot­ics and dig­i­ti­za­tion with the Hero­nius Smart­Fac­to­ry – under the ban­ner of “Inno­va­tion made in Ger­many”, Hero­nius is mak­ing its very first appear­ance at EMO Han­nover in Sep­tem­ber 2019 to show vis­i­tors how they can con­trol automa­tion sys­tems with­out a PLC.

The dynam­ic, new start-up Hero­nius GmbH divides its oper­a­tions into three areas – dig­i­ti­za­tion, automa­tion and soft­ware devel­op­ment. The com­pa­ny is very clear about its goal – to use state-of-the-art tech­nolo­gies to bring the dig­i­ti­za­tion of pro­duc­tion facil­i­ties into the age of Indus­try 4.0 under the head­lines Hero­nius Smart­Fac­to­ry and Hero­nius 360°. The start-up recent­ly announced its par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Ger­man Machine Tool Builders’ Asso­ci­a­tion (VDW) pavil­ion at EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case the fruits of its labor under the ban­ner of “Inno­va­tion made in Germany”.

With the aid of the Hero­nius Smart­Fac­to­ry and the end-to-end sys­tem solu­tion Hero­nius 360°, it seems it will soon be pos­si­ble to con­trol automa­tion sys­tems with­out a PLC (pro­gram­ma­ble log­ic con­troller). The sys­tems are said to be designed in a way that enables com­plete­ly intu­itive set­up. In fact, thanks to Smart­Fac­to­ry, users no longer require pro­gram­ming skills to con­fig­ure even com­plex con­trol sequences com­bin­ing sev­er­al com­po­nents, such as robots, a machine, periph­er­als, sen­sors and actu­a­tors. Not only that, but the entire sys­tem was devel­oped as a manufacturer‑, prod­uct- and con­troller-inde­pen­dent solu­tion from the very outset.

Hero­nius GmbH (73037 Göp­pin­gen, Ger­many), Hall 9, Ger­man Machine Tool Builders’ Asso­ci­a­tion (VDW) pavilion

Con­tact: Chris­t­ian Reik

Tel.: +49 7161 3540748

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Solu­tions set to make their mark on industry! 

Gravotech GmbH is bring­ing its exten­sive range of engrav­ing and laser solu­tions, and dot peen mark­ing sys­tems to EMO Hannover.

The Gravotech Group is one of the world’s lead­ing devel­op­ers, man­u­fac­tur­ers and sup­pli­ers of inno­v­a­tive engrav­ing, mark­ing and design mod­el­ing solu­tions. It is ded­i­cat­ed to pro­vid­ing a diverse port­fo­lio of key tech­nolo­gies (laser mark­ing, engrav­ing, scrib­ing and dot peen) and enhanc­ing them with a wide range of mate­ri­als and soft­ware solu­tions. Employ­ing a work­force over 900-strong, Gravotech is rep­re­sent­ed in more than 100 coun­tries world­wide. Its glob­al net­work of 25 sub­sidiaries and 300 dis­trib­u­tors works with over 60,000 cus­tomers all over the world, help­ing them over­come their day-to-day challenges.

Exhibit­ing in Hall 11, the group is show­cas­ing laser mark­ers for all mark­ing and trace­abil­i­ty appli­ca­tions from its flag­ship brands Gravo­graph and Tech­ni­for. The new LS900 Edge has been designed to mark and cut to size indi­vid­ual pieces and small to medi­um-size batch­es – all on a sin­gle machine. The group is also bring­ing its pro­fes­sion­al CO2 laser engrav­ing and cut­ting sys­tems, the LS100 and LS100Ex, to Han­nover to wow trade fair vis­i­tors with their excep­tion­al ver­sa­til­i­ty. Equipped with a prac­ti­cal extrac­tion sys­tem in the machine base, the LS100 and LS100Ex laser mark­ers are also built to be extreme­ly reli­able and robust, while also meet­ing all the group’s high qual­i­ty requirements.

What sets the M20 V3 apart from oth­er sys­tems is its exten­sive arse­nal of tools and acces­sories that make it easy to apply dia­mond drag engrav­ings and deep engrav­ings to a wide range of mate­ri­als, and cut fine work­pieces to size. The machine sports a com­pact design so it can be set up in a store or small work­shop with­out any prob­lem. Weigh­ing just twelve kilo­grams, it is also very easy to trans­port – for demon­stra­tion pur­pos­es, for example.

The new IMPACT dot peen mark­ing sys­tem is said to be par­tic­u­lar­ly suit­able for the per­ma­nent series mark­ing of small work­pieces and small series of parts. Accord­ing to Gravotech, texts, logos and Data Matrix codes can be engraved onto any shape, mate­r­i­al or sur­face with a hard­ness of 62 HRC or low­er. Mean­while, the com­pact laser mark­ers of the F series are designed to be eas­i­ly inte­grat­ed into the pro­duc­tion sequence. Their extreme­ly robust con­struc­tion and high-end optics have been craft­ed to deliv­er out­stand­ing sta­bil­i­ty, while also keep­ing main­te­nance out­lay to a minimum.

GravoTech GmbH (79224 Umkirch, Ger­many), Hall 11, Stand F83

Con­tact: Astrid Stiefvater

Tel.: +49 7665 5007–16

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Lath­es are tak­ing an intel­li­gent turn

Com­pa­nies will soon be able to inte­grate lath­es man­u­fac­tured by DMT into com­mon­ly used mon­i­tor­ing sys­tems thanks to the specialist’s lat­est inno­va­tion – “Mod­ule 4.0” – debut­ing at EMO Han­nover 2019.

End-to-end net­work­ing is cru­cial to smart fac­to­ries and the intel­li­gent machines oper­at­ing with­in them. Com­pa­nies rely on this fea­ture to con­tin­u­ous­ly mon­i­tor their pro­duc­tion process­es, enabling them to iden­ti­fy issues such as poten­tial sys­tem dam­age ear­ly on and there­by avoid cost­ly down­times. With its new “Mod­ule 4.0”, DMT Drehmaschi­nen GmbH & Co. KG has devel­oped a solu­tion for inte­grat­ing its lath­es into intel­li­gent pro­duc­tion process­es as the per­fect com­pan­ion to the “FZM18” remote access unit released just last year. The new “Mod­ule 4.0” is mak­ing its debut at EMO Han­nover, where the com­pa­ny will also be accept­ing the first pre-orders for lath­es equipped with this inno­va­tion (sched­uled for ship­ping from Decem­ber 2019).

As state-of-the-art pro­duc­tion chains are becom­ing increas­ing­ly dig­i­tized, many of our cus­tomers would like our lath­es to fea­ture enhanced con­nec­tiv­i­ty to make them eas­i­er to inte­grate into their pro­duc­tion con­trol infra­struc­tures,” explains Peter Wal­ter, Head of Sales at DMT Drehmaschi­nen GmbH & Co. KG. “At the same time, how­ev­er, they also want more infor­ma­tion and diag­nos­tic capa­bil­i­ties regard­ing the machine sta­tus so as to ful­ly har­ness net­work­ing poten­tial and opti­mize process steps.” By devel­op­ing the new “Mod­ule 4.0”, DMT is com­mit­ted to ful­ly meet­ing these demands, as this solu­tion comes with an addi­tion­al func­tion that checks the sys­tems’ cur­rent oper­at­ing sta­tus, thus offer­ing an end-to-end inter­face solu­tion for smart appli­ca­tions in DMT lathes.

DMT Drehmaschi­nen GmbH & Co. KG (79539 Lör­rach, Germany), 

Hall 26, Stand B01

Con­tact: Peter Walter

Tel.: +49 7621 9314–18

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When 6x6 makes 102

Mikron Machin­ing is at EMO Han­nover 2019 to unveil the ground­break­ing Mikron 6x6 mod­u­lar machine tool build­ing plat­form. This cus­tomiz­able sys­tem is avail­able in 102 dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions, ensur­ing it can be con­fig­ured per­fect­ly for any pro­duc­tion scenario.

Part of the Swiss Mikron Group, Mikron Machin­ing is a lead­ing sup­pli­er of cus­tomer-spe­cif­ic, high-per­for­mance machin­ing sys­tems for man­u­fac­tur­ing com­plex, high-pre­ci­sion met­al com­po­nents such as tur­bocharg­er hous­ings, injec­tion noz­zles and ball­point pen tips. To date, Mikron Machin­ing has devel­oped and com­mis­sioned over 7,000 machin­ing sys­tems. Its inter­na­tion­al cus­tomers include com­pa­nies from the auto­mo­tive, elec­tron­ics, telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, medtech, con­sumer goods, con­struc­tion, pneu­mat­ics and hydraulics indus­tries. One of the lat­est and already high­ly suc­cess­ful devel­op­ments by Mikron Machin­ing is the new Mikron 6x6 mod­u­lar machine tool build­ing plat­form, which the com­pa­ny is pre­mier­ing at EMO Han­nover 2019.

The Mikron 6x6 mod­u­lar machine tool build­ing plat­form offers no few­er than 102 dif­fer­ent com­bi­na­tions. These result from six dif­fer­ent work­piece tables, six automa­tion vari­ants, sin­gle- and dual-spin­dle machine ver­sions and mul­ti-clamp­ing options. As each of the two spin­dles can reach all work­pieces in the sys­tem, sin­gle-spin­dle CNC-cor­rect­ed fin­ish­ing can also be car­ried out in mul­ti­ple clamp­ing sce­nar­ios, in addi­tion to dual-spin­dle rough and fin­ish machin­ing. Accord­ing to the man­u­fac­tur­er, the Mikron 6x6 is one of the best machine tools in its class thanks to its com­pact design and ver­sa­til­i­ty. The com­pa­ny sees its machin­ing cen­ter as ide­al for a whole range of sec­tors when it comes to effi­cient­ly machin­ing high-end com­po­nents made from steel, cast iron or light met­al with first-class pre­ci­sion and with­in the tight­est of tolerances.

Mikron SA Agno (6982 Agno, Switzer­land), Hall 17, Stand C67

Con­tact: Bruno Cathomen

Tel.: +41 91610 6111

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Sparks are fly­ing in the aero­space industry

Man­del­li Sis­te­mi S.p.A. is at EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case its com­pact machin­ing cen­ter, the SPARK 1200, which is said to be an ide­al solu­tion for the aero­space indus­try thanks to its out­stand­ing per­for­mance – par­tic­u­lar­ly with mate­ri­als that are extreme­ly hard and dif­fi­cult to machine.

The Ital­ian machin­ing spe­cial­ist sees its lat­est inno­va­tion as a com­pact mul­ti­task­ing solu­tion. Boast­ing out­stand­ing dynam­ic and sta­t­ic stiff­ness in its elec­tro-weld­ed struc­ture, high torques and rigid­i­ty in its rotary table and spin­dle, and pow­er­ful dri­ves, the new SPARK 1200 com­pact machin­ing cen­ter is ide­al­ly equipped to deal with the mate­ri­als used in the aero­space indus­try that are dif­fi­cult to machine. Vis­i­tors to EMO Han­nover 2019 can take a look at the impres­sive fea­tures of the lat­est devel­op­ment to come from this long-estab­lished com­pa­ny for them­selves in Hall 12.

To achieve high dynam­ic and sta­t­ic stiff­ness, Man­del­li has fit­ted the new SPARK 1200 with gantry dri­ves and over­sized roller slides instead of tra­di­tion­al lin­ear axes. This ensures the feed is barycen­tric, while also increas­ing speed and accel­er­a­tion. What’s more, the rotary axes now fea­ture direct or dou­ble-pin­ion dri­ves to elim­i­nate any reverse back­lash. The SPARK 1200 does, how­ev­er, retain the inno­v­a­tive fixed table struc­ture that has come to char­ac­ter­ize the SPARK series. As a result, the machine’s dynam­ics are not depen­dent on the weight of the work­piece, which sup­ports flex­i­bil­i­ty and the inte­gra­tion of mul­ti-process oper­a­tions. These include turn­ing oper­a­tions, which Man­del­li suc­cess­ful­ly intro­duced some years ago with two larg­er mod­els in the SPARK range and has now imple­ment­ed on a more com­pact machine for the very first time. Sport­ing a steel con­struc­tion, the SPARK 1200 is said to exhib­it twice the stiff­ness when com­pared to cast iron con­struc­tions with the same mass ratios. Fol­low­ing an in-depth FEM analy­sis, it was designed to fea­ture a stag­gered slide­way solu­tion with a high­ly opti­mized mass/yield ratio. Man­del­li claims to have paid par­tic­u­lar atten­tion to gen­er­al­ly damp­en­ing machin­ing vibra­tions by intro­duc­ing mod­u­lar hard­ware and soft­ware devices that reduce neg­a­tive effects while also ensur­ing a high mate­r­i­al removal rate.

Man­del­li Sis­te­mi S.p.A. (Grup­po Riel­lo Sis­te­mi) (29122 Pia­cen­za (PC), Italy), 

Hall 12, Stand D50

Con­tact: Mar­co Colombi

Tel.:   +39 0523 54 85 48

Mobile: +39 347 42 64 034

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Smart plas­tics for longer life

Cologne-based igus GmbH will be at EMO Han­nover 2019 to demon­strate how machine tool man­u­fac­tur­ers and cus­tomers can use smart machine com­po­nents made from high-per­for­mance plas­tics to cut costs by tak­ing main­te­nance to a whole new level.

The Indus­try 4.0 era calls for a rethink of tra­di­tion­al process­es in quite a num­ber of areas. One exam­ple is using pre­dic­tive main­te­nance based on con­tin­u­ous con­di­tion mon­i­tor­ing rather than check­ing machine tools at fixed inter­vals. These tools then only need to under­go main­te­nance or be replaced when the sys­tem sig­nals this is nec­es­sary. Com­par­ing sta­tus data with tar­get para­me­ters on an ongo­ing basis also mea­sur­ably reduces unsched­uled stop­pages and there­fore down­time costs. igus GmbH has achieved these ben­e­fits by using smart plas­tics to devel­op var­i­ous sen­sors and mon­i­tor­ing mod­ules for every­thing from ener­gy chains and cables to plain, lin­ear and slew­ing ring bear­ings. Net­work­ing these prod­ucts with the new igus com­mu­ni­ca­tion mod­ule (icom.plus), which igus is soon to show­case at the upcom­ing EMO Han­nover 2019, ensures direct inte­gra­tion into the customer’s own IT infra­struc­ture – into pro­duc­tion man­age­ment sys­tems such as SCADA and MES, for instance, or online into cloud solu­tions that are used through­out a company.

Once pro­grammed with ini­tial ser­vice life algo­rithms using igus online con­fig­u­ra­tions, icom.plus can also be oper­at­ed offline if the cus­tomer wish­es. This gives users flex­i­bil­i­ty when it comes to deci­sions about how the mod­ule is con­nect­ed, how its data is man­aged and how to bal­ance run time max­i­miza­tion against IT secu­ri­ty. As long as icom.plus is online, the ser­vice life data is con­tin­u­ous­ly com­pared with the igus cloud to max­i­mize machine run times and min­i­mize the risk of a fail­ure. The data in the cloud includes details of the ten bil­lion ener­gy chain and cable test cycles per­formed each year in the company’s own 3,800 square meter test lab­o­ra­to­ry. Based on this data, it is pos­si­ble to pre­dict with impres­sive accu­ra­cy how long a com­po­nent such as an ener­gy chain will work reli­ably in the respec­tive machine tool appli­ca­tion. Inte­grat­ed isense com­po­nents that fac­tor in the cur­rent ambi­ent con­di­tions pro­vide addi­tion­al reas­sur­ance by con­tin­u­al­ly updat­ing the ser­vice life. Machine learn­ing and AI pro­duce extreme­ly pre­cise data that can be viewed on the machine con­trol system’s screen. If users opt for online con­nec­tion, a text mes­sage or e‑mail is also sent to noti­fy them of unex­pect­ed oper­at­ing states and sched­uled maintenance.

igus GmbH (51147 Cologne, Ger­many), Hall 8, Stand E01

Con­tact: Oliv­er Cyrus

Tel.: +49 2203 9649–459

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Anchors aweigh!

The spe­cial­ist in cement-bond­ed min­er­al cast­ing used in mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing, dur­crete GmbH, is at EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case not only its opti­mized anchors for the cost-effec­tive trans­porta­tion of machine beds, but also a clever addi­tive aimed at sim­pli­fy­ing the process of man­u­fac­tur­ing these beds.

dur­crete GmbH is high­ly renowned for its appli­ca­tion-ready solu­tions using ultra-high per­for­mance con­crete (UHPC) and cement-bond­ed min­er­al cast­ing in the mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing sec­tor. The company’s inno­va­tions are used in the machine beds of machine tools, test­ing tables and the bases of han­dling units, but also in safe­ty bar­ri­ers in the con­struc­tion indus­try. Depend­ing on the application’s require­ments, the self-com­pact­ing con­cretes from dur­crete GmbH can be pro­duced free from any plas­tics, fibers or rein­force­ment. The com­pa­ny is attend­ing EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case two clever new solu­tions for the world of metalworking.

First­ly, among the cut­ting-edge exhibits is the prod­uct range for trans­porta­tion anchors in Nan­odur con­crete devel­oped by Dyck­er­hoff GmbH in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the trans­porta­tion anchor man­u­fac­tur­er Schröder-Neuen­rade, which pro­vides short, com­pact options with reduced edge dis­tances and met­ric threads. Besides that, dur­crete GmbH is pre­sent­ing its inno­v­a­tive new addi­tive NANODUR® Extract, devel­oped by Dyck­er­hoff GmbH with the aim of sim­pli­fy­ing the pro­duc­tion of mas­sive machine com­po­nents, par­tic­u­lar­ly out­side Europe. The man­u­fac­tur­er sim­ply needs to mix NANODUR® Extract with local cements and aggre­gates to pro­duce ultra-high per­for­mance con­crete (UHPC) even more eas­i­ly and cost-effectively.

dur­crete GmbH (65549 Limburg/Lahn, Ger­many), Hall 7, Stand A83

Con­tact: Bern­hard Sagmeister

Tel.: +49 6431 5840–376

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Man­u­fac­tur­ing that all adds up

At EMO Han­nover 2019, TRUMPF is using com­po­nents and prac­tice-based demon­stra­tions to show how com­pa­nies can ben­e­fit from laser met­al fusion and laser met­al depo­si­tion and inte­grate these two tech­nolo­gies into con­ven­tion­al pro­duc­tion processes.

With around 20 years of expe­ri­ence in addi­tive man­u­fac­tur­ing, TRUMPF is a pio­neer in the sec­tor and one of only a few man­u­fac­tur­ers world­wide to offer the two rel­e­vant laser tech­nolo­gies under one roof – pow­der bed-based laser met­al fusion (LMF) and gen­er­a­tive laser met­al depo­si­tion (LMD). From med­ical tech­nol­o­gy, aero­space and tool and mold mak­ing to auto­mo­tive engi­neer­ing and R&D, it would be dif­fi­cult to find an indus­try that does not stand to ben­e­fit from the many advan­tages of these process­es. Vis­i­tors to EMO Han­nover 2019 have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to see these ben­e­fits for them­selves in ver­sa­tile solu­tions through­out the entire process chain, rang­ing from the robust machin­ery – with the TruPrint 3000 in action – and dig­i­ti­za­tion, right through to com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices and consulting.

The TruPrint 3000, a uni­ver­sal medi­um-for­mat machine, is also being used to demon­strate the new TruPrint Set­up Wiz­ard, designed to ensure even safer and eas­i­er machine han­dling. Mean­while, the LMD process adapter of a Tru­Laser Cell 3000 is being show­cased at the stand of machine tool man­u­fac­tur­er Oku­ma. The com­pact and high-pre­ci­sion Tru­Laser Cell 3000 5‑axis laser machine doesn’t just weld and cut in two or three dimen­sions – its fast process adapter changes also make it ide­al for LMD. From pro­to­types to large-scale auto­mat­ed series pro­duc­tion, the Tru­Laser Cell 3000 promis­es cus­tomers cost-effec­tive and high-qual­i­ty laser processing.

TRUMPF Laser- und Sys­temtech­nik GmbH (71254 Ditzin­gen, Ger­many), Hall 9, Stand K02

Con­tact: Ramona Hönl

Tel.: +49 7156 303–31251

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Switzer­land and the USA make a per­fect pair at EMO Hannover! 

The Swiss-based LNS Group is using EMO Han­nover 2019 to show­case some­thing very spe­cial to the Euro­pean mar­ket – the prod­ucts of Chip­BLASTER, the US coolant sys­tems spe­cial­ist it recent­ly took over.

It is no acci­dent that LNS was estab­lished in Orvin. In fact, the Jura region of Switzer­land is an impor­tant cen­ter of mechan­i­cal engi­neer­ing and the birth­place of the hydraulic bar feed­er sys­tem. Today, just under 50 years on, the glob­al­ly oper­at­ing LNS Group is a lead­ing man­u­fac­tur­er of  sys­tems for bar feed­ing, air fil­tra­tion, coolant man­age­ment and chip man­age­ment. And now it is bring­ing Chip­BLASTER to EMO Han­nover, along with a new range of high-pres­sure coolant systems.

Hav­ing tak­en over the US-based Chip­BLASTER Inc. in Octo­ber 2018, the LNS Group is now using its sales and ser­vice net­work to intro­duce the com­pa­ny to com­plete­ly new sales mar­kets in Europe and the rest of the world. Euro­pean com­pa­nies that have nev­er before encoun­tered ChipBLASTER’s mar­ket-lead­ing coolant man­age­ment sys­tems now have the ide­al oppor­tu­ni­ty to cast their eye over the range at EMO Han­nover 2019. Gilbert Lile, CEO of the LNS Group, on the takeover: “Chip­BLASTER is a mar­ket leader in the U.S. high-pres­sure coolant indus­try and is a nat­ur­al fit for our machine tool periph­er­al prod­uct port­fo­lio. We plan to lever­age our glob­al sales and ser­vice net­work to sell ChipBLASTER’s tech­no­log­i­cal­ly advanced prod­ucts on a world­wide basis. A com­mon thread run­ning through both com­pa­nies is the goal of help­ing man­u­fac­tur­ers opti­mize the effi­cien­cy of their machine tools to improve per­for­mance, pro­duc­tiv­i­ty and profitability.”

LNS Sàrl (2534 Orvin, Switzer­land), Hall 17, Stand D16

Con­tact: Gilbert Lile

Tel.: +41 32 3580200

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