EuroBLECH Bulletin
Issue 18
August 2012

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2012 Show Preview available

BLECH Events

BLECH India 2013: Stand reservation has started

BLECH Nordic adopts a four years cycle

Technologies

Nano technology in tooling

Combilift 4-Way forklifts offer highly flexible, safe and space saving handling

'blueEvolution' - a new ecology initiative

GEORG to supply cutting lines for aluminum coils up to 2,800mm strip width

LVD has redesigned its Orion 3015 Plus CO2 laser cutting system

Newstark: special tooling components for cold metal forming

Forming processes for lightweight construction

transfluid® offers two fast processing systems for cost-efficient bending of hose fittings

News from the Industry

Daimler expands production capacities for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class

New trolley bus system for Polish city of Lublin

KUKA received major order from a Spanish automotive parts supplier

USA: Subcontracting grows while manufacturing steadies

Russia joins the WTO

Victor Technologies acquires CNC controller developer Robotronic Oy and ProMotion Controls

Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) opens new vehicle plant in Yizheng (Eastern China)

Wilson Tool International has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Săo Paulo

EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2012 Show Preview available


The new online EuroBLECH 2012 Show Preview with detailed information on many exhibitors and their products is now available. With this user-friendly online version visitors will be able to create and print their personalised Show Preview, with company and product descriptions sorted by hall or category. With this year’s theme “For a sustainable future”, EuroBLECH will showcase ideas and expertise...
Read more »


BLECH Events

BLECH India 2013: Stand reservation has started


Stand reservations for the third edition of BLECH India, Sheet Metal Working Exhibition, have already begun and preparations at the offices of organisers Inter Ads – Brooks Exhibitions (India) Pvt. Ltd. are in full swing...
Read more »


BLECH Nordic adopts a four years cycle


Mack Brooks Exhibitions have announced that BLECH Nordic, the dedicated sheet metal working exhibition for the Nordic countries, will adopt a four years cycle. The first BLECH Nordic was held in October 2011...
Read more »


Technologies

Nano technology in tooling


Run-tech and X-tech are the names of Bordignon's new ranges of nitrogen cylinders. With Run-tech the number of strokes-per-minute (SPM) can be doubled without lubrication, in effect halving the production time per part...
Read more »


Combilift 4-Way forklifts offer highly flexible, safe and space saving handling


Combilift 4-Way forklifts offer highly flexible, safe and space saving handling of the large and bulky loads typically found in the sheet metal sector. Combilifts work as counterbalance, sideloader, and narrow-aisle forklifts....
Read more »


'blueEvolution' - a new ecology initiative


'blueEvolution' is a new ecology initiative which covers a whole range of welding processes developed by and patented for EWM, including 'forceArc' and 'pipeSolution'. According to EWM, 'forceArc' will reduce the production time by half and result in wire and gas savings of 40 per cent when compared with conventional spray arc technology. The high efficiency of the inverter technology also reduces primary energy consumption: ...
Read more »


GEORG to supply cutting lines for aluminum coils up to 2,800mm strip width


In late 2011 the Russian aluminium producer Kamensk-Uralsky Metallurgical Works (KUMZ) ordered two cut-to-length lines and one slitting line, each complete with packaging line. Production of the lines, which will be among the widest cutting lines worldwide,...
Read more »


LVD has redesigned its Orion 3015 Plus CO2 laser cutting system


LVD has added a 19” touch screen graphical user interface to improve machine setup and ease of use. LVD’s Orion 3015 provides cost-efficient processing of a range of materials in sheet sizes...
Read more »


Newstark: special tooling components for cold metal forming


S.M.E.G. (Sloping Multi Equipped Group) is the name of a new integrated punching unit with unique and innovative solutions, including a removable stripper which can be shaped to requirements. The system fits an ISO standard direct integrated punch allowing up to 20,000daN punching power without increasing the overall length of the unit. ...
Read more »


Forming processes for lightweight construction


"Schuler offers technologies and automated press systems for all major forming processes used in lightweight manufacturing," states Manfred Wischnewski, Head of the Technology Field Hydraulic Presses. The Group offers unique systems expertise...
Read more »


transfluid® offers two fast processing systems for cost-efficient bending of hose fittings


For one-part hose fittings transfluid has developed a 'twin' solution, equipping its systems with different modules depending on the application, varying mostly in the loading system. The fittings bending machine for sizes up to 1 inch comes with a bulk material hopper ...
Read more »


News from the Industry

Daimler expands production capacities for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Due to the very positive resonance of the new model, the company will expand its output accordingly. This is the basis for an agreement with the Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive...
Read more »


New trolley bus system for Polish city of Lublin

According to the British foreign trade authority, the Polish city of Lublin has announced plans for a new trolley bus system for city of Lublin. The project includes not only the new vehicles but also the entire infrastructure,...
Read more »


KUKA received major order from a Spanish automotive parts supplier

In the second quarter of 2012 KUKA received a major order from a Spanish automotive parts supplier to build several highly flexible manufacturing lines. The project comprises the entire engineering and construction...
Read more »


USA: Subcontracting grows while manufacturing steadies

Subcontracting continues to grow while manufacturing business steadies in the US, reports MetalForming Xtra, a news portal. According to a recent survey by Design-2-Part, 42 per cent of American OEM engineers and buyers expect to outsource more work...
Read more »


Russia joins the WTO

Following 18 years of negotiations, in July 2012 Russia’s State Duma narrowly approved the country’s accession to the WTO, putting Russia on course to become a member of the organisation...
Read more »


Victor Technologies acquires CNC controller developer Robotronic Oy and ProMotion Controls

This acquisition enables Victor (based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA) to offer integrated, industry-leading technology for automated plasma cutting under the Thermal Dynamics® brand. ProMotion Controls specialises in PC-based shape-cutting controls,...
Read more »


Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) opens new vehicle plant in Yizheng (Eastern China)


Production of Volkswagen Polo begins after two years of construction, earlier than planned. This, one of the most environmentally compatible plants of the Volkswagen Group, is the second plant producing this model...
Read more »


Wilson Tool International has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Săo Paulo

Wilson Tool International has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Săo Paulo, Brazil, a manufacturer of punch press and ironworker tooling. 'This merger will allow us to augment our manufacturing capabilities around the world...
Read more »


EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2012 Show Preview available

The new online EuroBLECH 2012 Show Preview with detailed information on many exhibitors and their products is now available. With this user-friendly online version visitors will be able to create and print their personalised Show Preview, with company and product descriptions sorted by hall or category.

With this year’s theme “For a sustainable future”, EuroBLECH will showcase ideas and expertise with a special focus on energy efficient technology, environmentally friendly manufacturing processes and intelligent use of material. The new official EuroBLECH 2012 Online Show Preview gives visitors an idea of the wide variety of products and services on display from 23 – 27 October 2012 in Hanover. Hundreds of exhibiting companies provide detailed information about their exhibits, their new technologies and sophisticated solutions.

We hope you enjoy browsing the Show Preview and look forward to welcoming you to EuroBLECH 2012.

http://www.euroblech.com/preview/english/


BLECH Events

BLECH India 2013: Stand reservation has started

Stand reservations for the third edition of BLECH India, Sheet Metal Working Exhibition, have already begun and preparations at the offices of organisers Inter Ads – Brooks Exhibitions (India) Pvt. Ltd. are in full swing. BLECH India 2013 will take place from 17 – 20 April 2013, at the Bombay Exhibition Centre in Mumbai.

Nine months ahead of the exhibition, a total of fifty exhibitors from seven countries have already reserved their stands, and as much as 2,000 m2 of net exhibition space has been booked by now. Compared to the same period of time before the very successful BLECH India 2011 show this is more than double the size. The previous exhibition, held in April 2011, was highly successful, with 139 exhibitors from 18 countries and more than 7,000 trade visitors attending. Many exhibiting companies will present themselves on bigger stands this time and put an even larger amount of machines, tools and systems on display.

More than half of the exhibiting companies that have already booked their stands at BLECH India 2013 come from India; biggest exhibitor countries from outside India are Germany and Italy. For foreign exhibitors the dedicated trade exhibition for India’s sheet metal working industry is an opportunity to gain new contacts and develop their business relations in the buoyant Indian market. India is considered one of the world’s key growth markets for sheet metal working. In particular the automotive industry and its suppliers as well as the construction industry are a driving force for India’s continuously positive economic outlook.

For companies interested in exhibiting at BLECH India 2013, an exhibitor brochure is now available from the organisers. The brochure includes important information on stand reservation and stand packages, the venue and the Indian sheet metal working market. Extensive information about the show is also available on the exhibition website.

http://www.blechindia.com


BLECH Nordic adopts a four years cycle

Mack Brooks Exhibitions have announced that BLECH Nordic, the dedicated sheet metal working exhibition for the Nordic countries, will adopt a four years cycle. The first BLECH Nordic was held in October 2011 at Stockholmsmässan in Stockholm and was a thorough success. A total of 129 exhibitors from 21 countries and 5,450 trade visitors from 31 countries attended the event.

“The overall feedback we had for the first BLECH Nordic was very positive. We have filled a void by offering a targeted industry event for a market with a distinctive demand for high-end products and cutting-edge technology. However, while in growth markets such as India, China and Russia, there is a definite demand for a biannual sheet metal working exhibition, we feel that in the well-established, high-tech markets of the Nordic countries a four years cycle for this industry event is more suitable. The next BLECH Nordic is, therefore, planned to take place in autumn 2015 in Sweden,” says Stephen Brooks, Chairman Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

http://www.blechevents.com


Technologies

Nano technology in tooling

Run-tech and X-tech are the names of Bordignon's new ranges of nitrogen cylinders. With Run-tech the number of strokes-per-minute (SPM) can be doubled without lubrication, in effect halving the production time per part/reducing the running time of the press. X-tech has been designed to considerably increase the durability of the cylinders when the piston plunger is not vertically aligned with the tool base, helping to avoid production downtimes. New lubrication on both cylinder types is said to maintain its function over millions of cycles. The plunger is well protected against contamination and the cylinders have been certified according to UNI-EN ISO 9001.

Image: The new nitrogen cylinders from Bordignon. Photo: Bordignon

http://www.bordignon.com


Combilift 4-Way forklifts offer highly flexible, safe and space saving handling

Combilift 4-Way forklifts offer highly flexible, safe and space saving handling of the large and bulky loads typically found in the sheet metal sector. Combilifts work as counterbalance, sideloader, and narrow-aisle forklifts. Sideways travel with loads resting on the platform enables the trucks to work in aisle widths of just 2 metres, and avoids the need for hazardous high level transportation. With fully synchronised 4-way steering guaranteeing excellent manoeuvrability and flexibility of use, capacities range from 2.5t to 25t, with a choice of diesel, LPG and AC electric power options. The wide variety of lift capacities, mast heights, platform dimensions and range of attachments available means that practically every Combilift is purpose-built to provide a truly customised handling solution.

Image: Extremely versatile - the 4-Way forklifts. Photo: Combilift

http://www.combilift.com


'blueEvolution' - a new ecology initiative

'blueEvolution' is a new ecology initiative which covers a whole range of welding processes developed by and patented for EWM, including 'forceArc' and 'pipeSolution'. According to EWM, 'forceArc' will reduce the production time by half and result in wire and gas savings of 40 per cent when compared with conventional spray arc technology. The high efficiency of the inverter technology also reduces primary energy consumption: over 100 hours of welding time, it saves 400 kWh of electricity. With a total saving of 56%, EWM thus helps to significantly reduce production costs. The 'pipeSolution' system focuses on low-energy, totally dependable and high-quality welds when constructing pipelines, pipe systems and pressure vessels. In conjunction with the automated orbital welding unit 'pipeTruck' the 'pipeSolution' system provides a melting rate which is 5 to 15 times higher than that of manual MIG welding, combined with 100% reliability.

Image: Noticeably faster welding with 'pipeSolution', plus a reduction in welding wire. Photo: EWM Hightec Welding

http://www.ewm-group.com/en.html


GEORG to supply cutting lines for aluminum coils up to 2,800mm strip width

In late 2011 the Russian aluminium producer Kamensk-Uralsky Metallurgical Works (KUMZ) ordered two cut-to-length lines and one slitting line, each complete with packaging line. Production of the lines, which will be among the widest cutting lines worldwide, is in full swing and commissioning of the units is planned for early 2014.

All three units will be supplied with coils via a high bay warehouse system and they are designed to handle coils with a total weight of up to 25 tons. The cut-to-length lines can cut material thicknesses of 0.20-3.00mm and 3.00-10mm. They are equipped with hydraulic expandable double decoilers and with rotating cut-to-length shears. Moreover both lines have edge trimming shears with automatic cutting and strip width adjustment. Additionally the approved GEORG levelling machines in cassette change design and the electrostatically oiling machines are used to produce high quality sheets. The thickness range of the slitting line is 0.20-5.00mm and is covered by two slitting shears with a shear exchange unit and a tool changing device. "The scope of supply is handled entirely by GEORG and includes not only the mechanical parts, but also the electrical control and automation. All components will be manufactured in our German workshop" said Antonio Garcia, GEORG board member and managing director of the finishing lines division.

Image: Decoiler on a GEORG-slitting line. Photo: GEORG

http://www.georg.com


LVD has redesigned its Orion 3015 Plus CO2 laser cutting system

LVD has added a 19” touch screen graphical user interface to improve machine setup and ease of use. LVD’s Orion 3015 provides cost-efficient processing of a range of materials in sheet sizes up to 1,500 x 3,000mm. The redesigned hybrid-style system now features LVD’s latest Touch™-L graphical user interface technology, allowing both routine and complex operations to be quickly and efficiently completed. The Orion 3015 Plus also features automatic cutting gas selection, automatic focal positioning and automatic cutting gas pressure control with servo valve. The highly reliable Fanuc RF CO2 laser, CNC control, drives and motors are fully integrated, providing superior processing speed, high reliability, and low operating and maintenance costs. Automation options are also available. The laser cutting machine can be equipped or retrofitted with an automatic load/unload unit or a Compact Tower (CT-L) warehouse system. Another new system is Electra FL, a high speed, sheet metal processing fibre laser. Powered by a high efficiency solid-state doped fibre laser source, Electra FL provides fast, accurate processing of traditional sheet metal materials such as mild steel, stainless steel and aluminium with the additional ability to efficiently process metals such as copper and brass. Increased beam absorption of the laser light by the material provides processing speeds up to 50% faster than CO2 laser sources.

Image: LVD Orion 3015 - now with new interface. Photo: LVD

http://www.lvdgroup.com


Newstark: special tooling components for cold metal forming

S.M.E.G. (Sloping Multi Equipped Group) is the name of a new integrated punching unit with unique and innovative solutions, including a removable stripper which can be shaped to requirements. The system fits an ISO standard direct integrated punch allowing up to 20,000daN punching power without increasing the overall length of the unit. This system permits a stripping force which can be up to three times the strength of a conventional system and the unit can be fitted inclined if certain conditions are met.

Image: New punching units offer innovative solutions. Photo: Newstark

http://www.newstark.it/index_en.html


Forming processes for lightweight construction

"Schuler offers technologies and automated press systems for all major forming processes used in lightweight manufacturing," states Manfred Wischnewski, Head of the Technology Field Hydraulic Presses. The Group offers unique systems expertise in this field. Lightweight forming processes include hot forging, so-called press hardening, and the forming of high-strength steels, aluminum and high-strength profiles with the aid of the hydroforming process. The forming of synthetic materials, such as carbon composites (CFRPs), is also growing in importance. Presses featuring ServoDirect Technology (SDT) -a Schuler development which has now become the industry standard- can not only form high-strength steels, but also enable downstream processes to be economically integrated into the forming process. "This means that customers can also form threads within a single pass of the press," explains Axel Meyer, Head of the Technology Field Stamping and Cutting. "Two or more production steps are reduced to one, thus significantly lowering process costs."

Image: Car bodies are given far greater rigidity in Schuler’s hydraulic lines for press hardening. Photo: Schuler

http://www.schulergroup.com/euroblech


transfluid® offers two fast processing systems for cost-efficient bending of hose fittings

For one-part hose fittings transfluid has developed a 'twin' solution, equipping its systems with different modules depending on the application, varying mostly in the loading system. The fittings bending machine for sizes up to 1 inch comes with a bulk material hopper with a capacity of 600 litres and bending can therefore be done in amazingly short cycles from 6 to 7 seconds, with the sealing cone and hose connections remaining undamaged. In this system, components with an inner diameter of 8mm or more are always bent using an internal mandrel, so that bend ovalisation can be ruled out. Larger, heavier fittings with dimensions up to a diameter of 75mm are fed using a particularly robust loading system. These sizes are always bent using an internal mandrel, with a maximum ovalisation of 3 per cent. Special supporting adapters ensure that each of these larger components is discharged very carefully, protecting flanges or other sealing elements. Even for large workpieces, the entire processing time is 25 seconds maximum.

Image: The twin transfluid solution for efficient and fast bending of hose fittings.

http://www.tube-processing-machines.com


News from the Industry

Daimler expands production capacities for the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Due to the very positive resonance of the new model, the company will expand its output accordingly. This is the basis for an agreement with the Finnish supplier Valmet Automotive. According to the agreement, Valmet will produce more than 100,000 units for Daimler from 2013 to 2016.

http://www.mercedes-benz.com


New trolley bus system for Polish city of Lublin

According to the British foreign trade authority, the Polish city of Lublin has announced plans for a new trolley bus system for city of Lublin. The project includes not only the new vehicles but also the entire infrastructure, down to temporary traffic schemes, and its total value has been estimated at over EUR 20,000,000.

http://www.ukti.gov.uk


KUKA received major order from a Spanish automotive parts supplier

In the second quarter of 2012 KUKA received a major order from a Spanish automotive parts supplier to build several highly flexible manufacturing lines. The project comprises the entire engineering and construction of four lines that will manufacture car body parts, such as front and rear sliding doors and tailgates for various types of vehicles. The contract includes building the preproduction assemblies. The order is valued in the lower double-digit million euro range. Furthermore, the Augsburg-based systems integrator KUKA Systems received several new orders for speciality magnetarc and friction welding machines in the past two quarters, the total value of which is in the upper single digit million euro range. This continues the positive development of the robotics and systems supplier who posted a very upbeat result for the first six months of 2012 (consolidated orders received in the first half year 2012 climbed to 1.1 billion euros, up 32.4 per cent from the previous year).

http://www.kuka.com


USA: Subcontracting grows while manufacturing steadies

Subcontracting continues to grow while manufacturing business steadies in the US, reports MetalForming Xtra, a news portal. According to a recent survey by Design-2-Part, 42 per cent of American OEM engineers and buyers expect to outsource more work in the months ahead than they did in the previous year. In 2011 just 29 per cent planned to increase their outsourcing projects, and in 2010 it was only 31 per cent of the respondents. The participants were also asked about the location of their outsourcing suppliers, and 'local' firms within 100 miles (160 km) came first with 42%. 39% were regional and national vendors and only 20% were located abroad.

http://www.metalformingmagazine.com
http://www.D2P.com


Russia joins the WTO

Following 18 years of negotiations, in July 2012 Russia’s State Duma narrowly approved the country’s accession to the WTO, putting Russia on course to become a member of the organisation and making it the final major economy to join. The membership came into effect on 23rd August 2012. The country hopes that despite some losses caused by reduced import tariffs, WTO accession will overall have positive effects and help attract foreign investment. However, the changes will be introduced in stages -no faster than other new WTO members- thus allowing the domestic market to adjust. WTO membership is also a precondition for Russia to join the OECD, which will possibly follow in 2014. The British foreign trade organisation UKTI points out that Russia’s WTO accession should over time extend the range of opportunities for exporters to and investors in Russia, which is already one of the fastest-growing markets for the UK, and mitigate some of the risks of operating there.

http://www.ukti.gov.uk


Victor Technologies acquires CNC controller developer Robotronic Oy and ProMotion Controls

This acquisition enables Victor (based in St. Louis, Missouri, USA) to offer integrated, industry-leading technology for automated plasma cutting under the Thermal Dynamics® brand. ProMotion Controls specialises in PC-based shape-cutting controls, nesting software, torch height controls and associated products for new and retrofit cutting systems that use plasma, oxy-fuel, laser, water-jet technology. The company has operations in Medina, Ohio, USA, and its parent company Robotronic produces in Tampere, Finland. As a leading provider of cutting, welding and gas control solutions, Victor Technologies will incorporate all the acquired technology and operations into those of its Thermal Dynamics® brand.

http://www.victortechnologies.com


Shanghai Volkswagen (SVW) opens new vehicle plant in Yizheng (Eastern China)

Production of Volkswagen Polo begins after two years of construction, earlier than planned. This, one of the most environmentally compatible plants of the Volkswagen Group, is the second plant producing this model in China. It is also planned to produce Škoda models there at a later stage. The Yizheng plant, located about 300 km to the north-west of Shanghai, will create about 3,700 new jobs in the region. With press, body and paint shops as well as a final assembly unit, the plant has a total capacity of about 300,000 vehicles per year.

Image: Opening ceremony of the new plant in Yizheng. Photo: Volkswagen

http://en.volkswagen.com/en.html


Wilson Tool International has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Săo Paulo

Wilson Tool International has acquired Milling Puncionadeiras of Săo Paulo, Brazil, a manufacturer of punch press and ironworker tooling. 'This merger will allow us to augment our manufacturing capabilities around the world and better serve customers in one of the industry’s fastest growing markets,” said Brian Robinson, CEO of Wilson Enterprises. Wilson Tool now operates manufacturing facilities at the company’s world headquarters in White Bear Lake, Minn., USA, as well as England, China, Canada and Brazil. In July 2012 Wilson Tool also launched its new global website. The company says that new site will be easier to navigate with much more product information available than ever before. The new media centre provides videos, catalogues, brochures, manuals and tricks of the trade, even previously published newsletters! The site is currently available in five languages; American English, British English, French, German and Mandarin. Spanish and Portuguese versions are planned for later this year.

http://www.wilsontool.com
http://www.milling.com.br