EuroBLECH Bulletin
Issue 25
June 2014

News from the Organisers

New: Competition “Champions in Sheet Metal Working”

EuroBLECH Show Director Nicola Hamann appointed to Mack Brooks Exhibitions’ Company Board

BLECH China 2014 delivers new sheet metal business from across China

For Visitors

Visa and travel information for EuroBLECH visitors

The EuroBLECH Job Board

For Exhibitors

Deadline for Entries in Show Preview and Show Catalogue

Marketing and Press Services for Exhibitors

Free promotional material available

Industry and technology news

SSAB’s Hardox – a success story celebrates 40 years

Goudsmit Magnetic Systems: Safe lifting of heavy loads

Rösler Multi Tumbler – A new dimension for shot blasting of small parts

More economic production of electric motor laminations – with the new analysis tool eCon from Schuler

Hypertherm introduces new preventive maintenance programme

YASKAWA presents new high-end DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots

Fully electric system from transfluid documents the manufacturing process by camera

FORMING

EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

New: Competition “Champions in Sheet Metal Working”


For the first time, EuroBLECH is presenting ‘Champions in Sheet Metal Working’, an online competition to recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence in sheet metal working.
Read more »


EuroBLECH Show Director Nicola Hamann appointed to Mack Brooks Exhibitions’ Company Board


EuroBLECH’s Show Director Nicola Hamann has been appointed to the Board as Managing Director for Mack Brooks Exhibition’s extensive German business. Nicola Hamann has been Show Director of several international trade exhibitions at Mack Brooks Exhibitions for ten years, including leading brands such as EuroBLECH, inter airport Europe and ICE Europe International Converting Exhibition, all held in Germany.
Read more »


BLECH China 2014 delivers new sheet metal business from across China


After three extremely busy exhibition days, the second BLECH China exhibition, held in Suzhou, closed its doors with overwhelming success once again. The show, held at the Suzhou Exhibition Centre from 7-9 May 2014, attracted more than 4,000 sheet metal professionals, buyers and decision-makers from the Yangtze River Delta, China’s largest economic region, along with delegates from more than 30 countries and from most provinces across China.
Read more »


For Visitors

Visa and travel information for EuroBLECH visitors


EuroBLECH 2014 visitors who require a letter of invitation for their visa application should contact the relevant foreign representative. For the contact details of the representatives as well as more information on invitation letters please visit the travel pages of the exhibition website.
Read more »


The EuroBLECH Job Board


The EuroBLECH website is once again offering a job board that allows specialists in the sheet metal working industry searching for a new professional challenge to reach employers worldwide.
Read more »


For Exhibitors

Deadline for Entries in Show Preview and Show Catalogue


Last chance to participate in the EuroBLECH Show Preview and the Show Catalogue! Please send your entry for the Show Preview by 07 July 2014 to preview@euroblech.com. Catalogue entries can be sent by 11 July 2014 to catalogue@mackbrooks.co.uk.
Read more »


Marketing and Press Services for Exhibitors


Exhibitors at EuroBLECH 2014 have access to a wide range of marketing and press services in order to make the most of their participation at the show. Information about promotional material, online marketing packages and the on-site press services is now being sent out to all exhibitors.
Read more »


Free promotional material available


To help exhibitors maximise their participation at EuroBLECH 2014, organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions have a variety of free promotional material on offer: Printed visitor brochures in twelve languages, posters in A2 size and coloured stickers for use on envelopes or letterheads.
Read more »


Industry and technology news

SSAB’s Hardox – a success story celebrates 40 years


When SSAB produced Hardox 40 years ago, their aim was to develop a wear plate that was both harder and tougher than other steels on the market. It needed to be hard to be able to withstand severe wear and tear over a long period of time and tough to be able to handle bending and intense use without cracking.
Read more »


Goudsmit Magnetic Systems: Safe lifting of heavy loads


Goudsmit Magnetic Systems from Waalre, the Netherlands presents the Magswitch; a whole new switchable lifting magnet from Australia. Among other things, the Magswitch lifts flat and round steel products as well as castings, but also secures steel objects, after which these can be welded and polished. What is special about this system is that it is very powerful when turned on, but leaves absolutely no rest magnetism when turned off.
Read more »


Rösler Multi Tumbler – A new dimension for shot blasting of small parts

Regardless of how parts are produced, be it by casting, forging or stamping, their treatment in batches poses special technical challenges for a shot blast machine. The most important requirement for batch processing is the prevention of the parts getting lodged or damaged during the shot blast process. Of equal importance is the intensive yet gentle mixing of the parts to achieve optimum process results in short cycle times. The new Rösler Multi Tumbler fulfils all these requirements.
Read more »


More economic production of electric motor laminations – with the new analysis tool eCon from Schuler


Manually operated notchers are particularly well suited for the flexible and economic production of mid-size and small batches of laminations for electric motors and generators. Controllable dies which can produce the stator and rotor in a single step and with a high degree of precision save valuable handling and set-up time. Just how quickly the investment pays off for notchers is shown by Schuler’s new analysis software eCon: the tool calculates the exact break-even point based on a variety of operating parameters.
Read more »


Hypertherm introduces new preventive maintenance programme

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, today announced the release of a new preventive maintenance program designed to help its customers maximize the performance and life of their Hypertherm HyPerformance® plasma cutting systems.
Read more »


YASKAWA presents new high-end DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots


The DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots from YASKAWA will be exhibited at EuroBLECH 2014. The new high-end controller is an extension of the highly successful DX100 model with a range of additional...
Read more »


Fully electric system from transfluid documents the manufacturing process by camera


transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH makes a camera the heart of an intelligent tube machining system with its camera-controlled, fully electric manufacturing cell. In continuous rotation the screen installed above the system displays energy consumption, the CPK value, the number of tubes that have been processed so far and the component being produced.
Read more »


FORMING

EuroBLECH

BLECH events

News from the Organisers

New: Competition “Champions in Sheet Metal Working”

For the first time, EuroBLECH is presenting ‘Champions in Sheet Metal Working’, an online competition to recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence in sheet metal working.

The competition will have five winners in total, one winner for each of the five main categories:

1. Production in a record time
2. Solution for a complex problem
3. Outstanding customer service
4. Production of an unusual product made of sheet metal
5. Excellent teamwork

If you think your organisation has performed exceptionally well in one or more of the categories, take the opportunity to enter the competition and you will already raise your profile with your entry being published on the EuroBLECH website.

Entries can now be submitted; Deadline for entries is 29 August 2014. The competition is open to organisations of all sizes in any country in the sheet metal working industry.

If you are selected as a winner, you will be formally presented with a prestigious award in a ceremony at EuroBLECH 2014.

In addition to the award, each of the five winners will also win a prize: an exclusive EuroBLECH Mini Football Table! These will also be presented to the winners during the ceremony at EuroBLECH 2014.

For further information about the competition including dates for your diary and terms and conditions, please visit the exhibition website.

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


EuroBLECH Show Director Nicola Hamann appointed to Mack Brooks Exhibitions’ Company Board

EuroBLECH’s Show Director Nicola Hamann has been appointed to the Board as Managing Director for Mack Brooks Exhibition’s extensive German business.
Nicola Hamann has been Show Director of several international trade exhibitions at Mack Brooks Exhibitions for ten years, including leading brands such as EuroBLECH, inter airport Europe and ICE Europe International Converting Exhibition, all held in Germany. Nicola Hamann’s sphere of responsibility now covers the company’s complete portfolio of exhibitions held in Germany, which has strongly expanded during the past six years.

Mike Cooke has joined the Board as Consultant on strategies to expand the company’s business in the USA. The other Board positions at Mack Brooks Exhibitions remain unchanged, with Simon Adkins as Finance Director, David Tellett as Managing Director and Hakan Gershagen as Consultant. Chairman of the Board is company owner Stephen Brooks.

The Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group has specialised in organising international trade events worldwide since 1965. As a privately-owned and independent show organiser, the company organises a programme of highly specialised trade exhibitions throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas in the fields of engineering, transport, sheet metal working, airport technology, fasteners and fixings, railways, construction, tunnelling, traffic management, civil infrastructure, printing, corrugated and carton manufacturing as well as paper, film and foil converting. The Group also publishes related directories, magazines and sector reports.

The Mack Brooks Exhibitions Group has its headquarters in St Albans, England and maintains offices in selected regional markets, such as the USA, Brazil, China, India, Russia and Thailand.

http://www.mackbrooks.co.uk


BLECH China 2014 delivers new sheet metal business from across China

After three extremely busy exhibition days, the second BLECH China exhibition, held in Suzhou, closed its doors with overwhelming success once again. The show, held at the Suzhou Exhibition Centre from 7-9 May 2014, attracted more than 4,000 sheet metal professionals, buyers and decision-makers from the Yangtze River Delta, China’s largest economic region, along with delegates from more than 30 countries and from most provinces across China.

The show attracted a healthy mix of both domestic Chinese and international companies, including suppliers from Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland, Canada, USA, Russia, India, Japan and South Korea.
The analysis of the exhibitor survey shows that exhibitors were extremely satisfied with the numbers and quality of visitors, especially with the positive learning and exchange environment. Many visitors were highly-qualified, coming from top management, or were decision-makers or buyers. Sales on site were strong, re-enforcing the fact that visitors were at the show to invest, or to plan their future investments.

BLECH China will return to the Suzhou Exhibition Centre in May 2016.

http://www.blechchina.com


For Visitors

Visa and travel information for EuroBLECH visitors

EuroBLECH 2014 visitors who require a letter of invitation for their visa application should contact the relevant foreign representative. For the contact details of the representatives as well as more information on invitation letters please visit the travel pages of the exhibition website.

Hanover, with the world’s largest exhibition grounds, is famous for hosting leading international trade fairs. This friendly, cosmopolitan city has an excellent infrastructure in place and an efficient transport network ensuring easy access for visitors from all over the world.

Further information about travel is also available on the exhibition website.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/travel/visa/visitor/
http://www.euroblech.com/english/travel/how-to-reach-us/air/


The EuroBLECH Job Board

The EuroBLECH website is once again offering a job board that allows specialists in the sheet metal working industry searching for a new professional challenge to reach employers worldwide.

Job listings are on the website in chronological order and will later be available through the show app as well as being advertised on-site at the exhibition. Participation as a job-seeker is free of charge and more information is available in the visitor section of the exhibition website.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/job-market
http://www.euroblech.com/english/job-market/registration


For Exhibitors

Deadline for Entries in Show Preview and Show Catalogue

Last chance to participate in the EuroBLECH Show Preview and the Show Catalogue!

Please send your entry for the Show Preview by 07 July 2014 to preview@euroblech.com.

Catalogue entries can be sent by 11 July 2014 to catalogue@mackbrooks.co.uk. Later entries will be published in the catalogue addendum.

All important dates and contact details are listed in the exhibitors schedule section of the exhibition website.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/exhibitor-services/schedule/


Marketing and Press Services for Exhibitors

Exhibitors at EuroBLECH 2014 have access to a wide range of marketing and press services in order to make the most of their participation at the show. Information about promotional material, online marketing packages and the on-site press services is now being sent out to all exhibitors.

Mack Brooks Exhibtions, once again, execute a worldwide trade visitor campaign for EuroBLECH 2014. The campaign includes a global advertising campaign in trade magazines, regular printed and online information for visitors and media representatives in several languages as well as travel packages from all parts of the world. In the run-up to the show, the organisers hold a series of information/press events in selected target markets, such as Poland, the Czech Republic and Turkey.

http://www.euroblech.com


Free promotional material available

To help exhibitors maximise their participation at EuroBLECH 2014, organisers Mack Brooks Exhibitions have a variety of free promotional material on offer: Printed visitor brochures in twelve languages, posters in A2 size and coloured stickers for use on envelopes or letterheads.

A wide range of free online promotional items are also available for download. An animated web banner, sticker templates, email signatures, logos and banners as well as area maps can be easily personalised with the exhibitor’s details.
Free promotional material can now be ordered through the organisers’ website.

http://www.euroblech.com/english/exhibitor-services/promo/


Industry and technology news

SSAB’s Hardox – a success story celebrates 40 years

When SSAB produced Hardox 40 years ago, their aim was to develop a wear plate that was both harder and tougher than other steels on the market. It needed to be hard to be able to withstand severe wear and tear over a long period of time and tough to be able to handle bending and intense use without cracking.

According to Christer Offerman, a wear plate specialist at SSAB, the “bendable wear plate” was the first wear plate in the world to combine both hardness and toughness and also work well as construction steel when it was launched in 1974.

It has been important for the development of the products within the Hardox range that they should both be resilient and work well as structural steel. All around the world the manufacturers’ search for lighter structures is intensive. Lighter weight means more payload and better environmental properties.

Hardox has always been well received in the market all over the world. The advantages for customers have been clear throughout the years and led to the creation of one of the globe’s strongest brands in the world of steel.

Picture: Hardox plates waiting for a destination in a tipper body, container or a bucket somewhere in the world.
Photo: SSAB Swedish Steel Gmbh

http://www.ssab.com


Goudsmit Magnetic Systems: Safe lifting of heavy loads

Goudsmit Magnetic Systems from Waalre, the Netherlands presents the Magswitch; a whole new switchable lifting magnet from Australia. Among other things, the Magswitch lifts flat and round steel products as well as castings, but also secures steel objects, after which these can be welded and polished. What is special about this system is that it is very powerful when turned on, but leaves absolutely no rest magnetism when turned off.

Due to the improved lifting power also heavier objects can now be moved with permanent magnets. The advantage of switchable, permanent lifting magnets is that they do not need a backup system in case of power failure and therefore heavy loads can be safely lifted. This leads to considerably lower investment and maintenance costs, but also a much more simplified steering.

The switchable Magswitch is a complement to the Goudsmit program. The magnet gripper, which has been successfully deployed in the sheet processing industry, works optimally with a sheet thickness of up to 4 mm. The Magswitch has been developed to also handle thicker and heavier sheets.
The Magswitch is available in various dimensions and can lift loads of up to 15,000 kg in combination. It is delivered as a manually switchable magnet, air-operated switchable magnet and electronic with remote control.

Picture: The Magswitch is a switchable permanent lifting mag net that lifts and secures flat and round steel products in a safe manner.
Photo: Goudsmit Magnetic Systems

http://www.goudsmit-magnetics.nl/EN


Rösler Multi Tumbler – A new dimension for shot blasting of small parts

Regardless of how parts are produced, be it by casting, forging or stamping, their treatment in batches poses special technical challenges for a shot blast machine. The most important requirement for batch processing is the prevention of the parts getting lodged or damaged during the shot blast process. Of equal importance is the intensive yet gentle mixing of the parts to achieve optimum process results in short cycle times. The new Rösler Multi Tumbler fulfils all these requirements.

A key feature of the Multi Tumbler (RMT) concept is the innovative geometry of the rotary tumbling barrel. The inside of the barrel wall features specially contoured ridges, while the bottom is shaped in the form of a three-sided pyramid. Apart from the fact that the barrel has no gaps whatsoever, this design produces the special “multi tumbling” effect: The ridges in the barrel wall cause the parts to tumble and mix, while the pyramid in the barrel bottom forces the parts to the top of the mass for good exposure to the blast media. This design guarantees the problem-free shot blasting of extremely flat and small parts without any lodging or damage to the parts.

During the shot blast process the barrel is sealed closed with a lid preventing any blast media spilling to the outside. The optimum placement of the blast turbine on the barrel lid ensures the complete coverage of the parts batch by the blast stream for absolutely homogeneous and repeatable blast results. The raw parts are placed into the tumbling barrel with a hydraulic loader that tilts by 160° for complete unloading of the parts from the transport bin.

The compact RMT machines are available in different versions and sizes and do not require a foundation pit. Parts with sizes as small as 2.5 mm can easily be processed in this machine type. RMT machines are also suitable for batch processing of large work pieces with sizes up to 600 mm. This is especially advantageous for work pieces with complex shapes and inner contours where spinner hanger or wire mesh belt machines might not reach all surface areas.

Depending on the machine size and the processing objectives like general blast cleaning, de-sanding, sand core removal, deburring, paint preparation, up to shot peening and decorative blasting, the Multi Tumblers can be equipped with either one or two turbines. Multi Tumblers can also be supplied with compressed air blast systems. The RMT machines are available as stand-alone systems. They can also be fully automated and integrated into existing manufacturing lines.

The tumbling barrel is made from wear resistant manganese steel. The innovative machine design requires a minimum of wear parts which are easily and quickly replaced. For this reason the multi tumbler from Rösler not only offers superior technical performance for batch processing of difficult parts, it also features excellent wear protection resulting in improved uptime and offering ease of maintenance.

http://www.rosler.com


More economic production of electric motor laminations – with the new analysis tool eCon from Schuler

Manually operated notchers are particularly well suited for the flexible and economic production of mid-size and small batches of laminations for electric motors and generators. Controllable dies which can produce the stator and rotor in a single step and with a high degree of precision save valuable handling and set-up time. Just how quickly the investment pays off for notchers is shown by Schuler’s new analysis software eCon: the tool calculates the exact break-even point based on a variety of operating parameters.

In the case of a conventional single notch, the operator first inserts the blank, the notcher cuts the stator notches, simultaneously cuts out the blank for the rotor, and the operator removes the two blanks. He then needs to change the die for the next step. The rotor blank is then inserted, cut and the finished rotor can then be removed.

With the aid of a controllable die, it is possible to notch the stator and rotor with a single clamping operation. Compared to the conventional production process with two separate die sets, there is no longer need to change dies and load the rotor blanks again. According to Schuler Managing Director Johannes Linden the time savings not only lead to reduced part costs but also expand the machine’s maximum capacity.

The analysis tool eCon shows that a controllable die can already be worthwhile from an annual output of 100,000 rotors and stators and that the investment can already pay for itself after just half a year: the higher the annual output, the higher the reduction in part costs (up to ten percent). Moreover, the time savings can help expand capacity by up to 15 percent.

Picture: Manually operated notchers are particularly well suited for the flexible and economic production of electric motor laminations.
Photo: Schuler

http://www.schulergroup.com/


Hypertherm introduces new preventive maintenance programme

Hypertherm, a manufacturer of plasma, laser, and waterjet cutting systems, announced the release of a new preventive maintenance program designed to help its customers maximize the performance and life of their Hypertherm HyPerformance® plasma cutting systems.

Just as most cars require a periodic oil change, all plasma systems require regular maintenance for optimum performance. The new Hypertherm program shows end users how to inspect their system, provides easy to follow cleaning and maintenance checklists, and contains a suggested replacement schedule for components that wear out with time.

A number of factors influence the particular maintenance requirements for a plasma system. Those factors include system configuration, usage level, environmental conditions, and job specifics such as the type, thickness, and complexity of parts being cut. As such, the program takes those factors into consideration and includes the ability to order pre-assembled kits based on the needs of each individual customer.

In addition to these new kits for HyPerformance plasma systems, Hypertherm also offers a preventive maintenance program for its entire line of mechanized systems including its MAX200®, MAXPRO200®, HD3070®, HD4070®, and HT4400®.

http://www.hypertherm.com/en


YASKAWA presents new high-end DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots

The DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots from YASKAWA will be exhibited at EuroBLECH 2014. The new high-end controller is an extension of the highly successful DX100 model with a range of additional options, e.g. safety features, and offers more than 120 application-specific functions. This particularly benefits system integrators and industrial end customers who use MOTOMAN robots for welding and handling tasks.

As one of the world’s most experienced robot manufacturers, YASKAWA has drawn on the many years of experience of its engineers for the new DX200, building on the service-proven quality of the DX100. In this way, all the advantages of the successful predecessor model have been retained. Numerous new functions and function packages have been added, further simplifying the application-specific solution and programming of robotic tasks. Moreover, the new DX200 is being market-launched together with a whole range of new and technically enhanced manipulators.

Other new features include the standard and safety-oriented bus systems and the integrated safety controller. The latter transforms the DX200 into a complete Functional Safety Unit (FSU) that conforms to category 3, PL d, in accordance with EN ISO 13849-1. With up to 32 definable safety zones and the ability to monitor up to 16 tools, it enables smaller working ranges and optimal utilization of the production area. Another advantage is that multiple sub-processes can be carried out simultaneously in the area where the workspaces of the robot and the human operator intersect. The pertinent safety standards are met at all times.

Another new feature of the DX200 is that it has been designed for simplified integration of peripheral devices by means of corresponding bus interfaces. Using the patented Multi-Robot technology, up to eight robots or 72 axes can cooperate in synchronized operation. Since each robot knows the positions of the other robots, the likelihood of a collision is ruled out. This allows the robot density per unit of area to be maximized. Advanced Robot Motion technology (ARM) ensures high performance and availability, path control that is setting new industry standards, and reduced teaching times.
Windows CE programming is carried out using a compact color touch panel weighing just 990 grams. A range of application-specific function packages and more than 120 functions simplify not only programming, but also commissioning for the end customer. Preset application patterns are available for spot and arc welding, for example, as well as for handling and general tasks.

Furthermore, the design has been reworked. The housing and the teach pendant of the DX200 are not only made of particularly resilient materials, they are also designed throughout in colours that are insensitive to dirt.

Picture: YASKAWA’s new DX200 controller for MOTOMAN robots offers more than 120 application-specific functions.
Photo: YASKAWA Europe GmbH

http://www.yaskawa.eu.com


Fully electric system from transfluid documents the manufacturing process by camera

transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH makes a camera the heart of an intelligent tube machining system with its camera-controlled, fully electric manufacturing cell.
In continuous rotation the screen installed above the system displays energy consumption, the CPK value, the number of tubes that have been processed so far and the component being produced.

Air conditioning lines that require extremely small tolerances are manufactured with the newly developed system. In addition to the camera control system, the manufacturing system also features a magazine, a 4-axle handling system, two combination machines for tube forming, a bending machine, a chamfering unit, a dot matrix printer and two robots.

One side of the tube is always processed prior to the bending procedure with a combination tube forming machine, while the second end is subsequently cut chip-free after the bending procedure and is then also formed. If necessary, the robot then holds the processed tube in a de-burring mechanism.
In addition, a forming machine with a rotary indexing table can be used to connect two tubes together with a flange. For the manufacturing process, this ensures high output with 100 per cent documented quality in addition to the highest level of security – and it also provides informative "entertainment" with a large screen.

Picture: Keep an eye on the processes of the complex transfluid manufacturing cell with the large-screen monitor.
Photo: transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH

http://www.transfluid.de