EuroBLECH Bulletin

News from the Organisers

EuroBLECH 2016 opens next week!

From 25 – 29 October 2016, the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will open its doors again in Hanover, Germany. Amongst sheet metal working specialists, the show is renowned as the key marketplace to find the latest equipment and services in all areas of sheet metal working. More than 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries present their cutting-edge technology live to a worldwide audience of some 60,000 trade visitors.

Today’s production is undergoing major changes. Automated production, machine-to-machine communication, intelligent process chains – smart manufacturing has now become an integral part of sheet metal working. With this year’s theme, “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”, EuroBLECH 2016 reflects this crucial development in production technology. As the global business barometer and leading industry platform for the sheet metal working industry, EuroBLECH will present visitors with a large variety of tailor-made solutions for optimising and modernising production processes.

Don’t miss this leading industry event and prepare your visit well ahead of the show! This newsletter provides a lot of useful information regarding the exhibition and your visit and an insight into some of the latest technologies and systems which will be presented live by the exhibitors.

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For the EuroBLECH Community

Ticket Shop now open: Get your entry ticket in advance!

Entrance tickets for EuroBLECH 2016 are available to purchase for a discounted price via our Ticket Shop. Tickets can also be purchased on-site during the exhibition.
Buy tickets in advance and save: A day ticket purchased in pre-sale via the Ticket Shop costs €30 instead of €38 on-site, and a 5-day season ticket costs €50 instead of €58 on-site.

Further important information and tips about visiting the show are available in the visitor area of the organisers' website.

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Register your ticket voucher

You have received an invitation to EuroBLECH from one of our exhibitors? Then register your ticket ahead of the show with your personal voucher code in order to save time and gain quick access to the halls on-site.

EuroBLECH 2016 is open from Tuesday, 25 October until Friday, 28 October 2016, from 9.00 to 18.00 and on Saturday, 29 October 2016 from 9.00 to 15.00.

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Exhibitor Search by Products & Services now available

The new Exhibitor and Product Search is now available on the EuroBLECH website. Find relevant exhibitors by using the free text or product search and save the company names and their stand numbers as a handy Excel table.

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Your mobile exhibition guide: The EuroBLECH 2016 App

The EuroBLECH 2016 App is now available for iPhone and Android. The app not only offers the option to register and buy tickets but also contains information on all exhibitors, their products and events.

Further, there are interactive floor plans which can show where your relevant exhibitors are located. New feature: Selfie function with EuroBLECH background.

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EuroBLECH White Paper focussing on Joining Technology in Car Manufacturing available to download

Joining technologies are in a state of upheaval: The increasing mix of materials in car body construction and the increasing use of aluminium demand a rethinking of most joining processes. In particular, car makers request innovative solutions, not only for pure aluminium constructions, but also for joining diverse materials such as aluminium and steel or aluminium and fibre composites.

Read the EuroBLECH White Paper focussing on joining technology!

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“The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working“: Visit the awards ceremony!

You would like to know the winners of the EuroBLECH Competition “The New Generation of Sheet Metal Working”? Visit our official awards ceremony of the EuroBLECH Competition! The ceremony will take place on Wednesday 26 October 2016 at 14.00 hrs in the Social Media Lounge in Hall 16, Stand J52.

Here the winners of the following five categories will be announced:
1. Factory of the Future
2. Academic Excellence
3. Original Design
4. The Young Generation
5. Clean Technology

All submitted entries can still be viewed on the Competition website.

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New: Social Media Lounge at EuroBLECH 2016

New this year at EuroBLECH 2016, there will be a Social Media Lounge for visitors, located in Hall 16, Stand J52. Here you can find the EuroBLECH Job Board, a charging station to charge your mobile, live Twitter feeds and much more! Would you like to receive the latest news on EuroBLECH 2016? Then follow EuroBLECH via the social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube. #euroblech

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EuroBLECH 2016 Show Preview available

As the global meeting place of the sheet metal working industry, EuroBLECH offers its audience a comprehensive overview of the prevailing technological trends. From 25 – 29 October 2016, around 1,500 exhibitors from 40 countries will showcase a wide variety of products and services, from conventional systems to high-tech solutions.

The official EuroBLECH 2016 Online Show Preview, with detailed information on many exhibitors and their products, is available to prepare your visit. With this user-friendly online preview, visitors will be able to create and print their personalised Show Preview, with company and product descriptions sorted by hall or category. Additionally, new functions also allow sharing selected entries via social media.

We hope you enjoy browsing the Show Preview!

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Travel Information for Visitors

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

This year, there are several travel packages available from Deutsche Bahn, the German railway company, and Lufthansa Group Partner Airlines, as well as special offers for visitors from Prague. The Hannover Express also provides one-day return flights from Bergamo. Please visit the EuroBLECH website for further details.

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Grundig Akademie Seminar at EuroBLECH 2016

EuroBLECH 2016 will host the 8th Training Center for Hot Stamping Technology and the 5th PHS Suppliers Forum, which will take place on 26 and 27 October 2016 in the Convention Centre.

The program will consist of selected contributions from key players and experts who have extensive background knowledge in PHS technology.

Further information on the seminar and hands-on training is available on the organiser’s website, where you can also register as a participant.

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Schuler: Smart Assist makes setup easier

Setting up transfer presses is often a task reserved for absolute professionals: Harmonizing the press, transfer and coil line for maximum productivity calls for a high level of expertise and skill. Smart Assist from Schuler makes it easier for press operators to setup presses: The electronic assistant guides the user through the process step-by-step with the aid of videos and graphics, optimizes the movement curves of the slide and transfer fully automatically, and transfers the data to the overall system. Schuler will be presenting Smart Assist as part of the Smart Press Shop for the first time at EuroBLECH 2016.

According to Chief Technology Officer Dr. Stephan Arnold, Smart Assist considerably speeded up the process of setting up transfer presses. It ensured that parts were always transported reliably, and the fully-automatic optimization of the movement curves, including acceleration and setting angle, also increased the output rate. Thus Smart Assist delivered excellent results within a short period of time.

Smart Assist – which also runs in addition to the press control system on a tablet or similar mobile end device – requests to move the slide and the transfer to specific positions one after the other. If the press operator presses “Teach”, these positions are stored. In this way, Smart Assist records the minimum transfer lift stroke required and all other relevant data.

The optimum movement curves of the slide and transfer are then calculated based on the information collected and the parameters determined are transferred to the press control system. Practically all that remains for the operator to do is press the start button.

Needless to say, professionals are still sought after: In Expert mode, Smart Assist permits free programming of the movement curves of the slide and transfer – for asymmetrical transfer movements to further minimize spacing, for example. This enables even the last percent to be teased out to provide a maximum output rate for the transfer press.

Picture: Setting up a transfer press requires skill – Smart Assist from Schuler helps operators carry out this task.
Photo: Schuler

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SPI Lasers introduces a new generation of Industrial High Power Fiber Lasers

SPI Lasers announced that it has commenced manufacturing a new generation of high brightness kilowatt class CW Industrial fiber lasers, with initial launch products ranging in power levels from 500W to 6kW.

This new generation of lasers encompasses a collection of features and functions that have been driven by working closely with customers and suppliers, which are new, unique and economically important. These features, along with the laser performance can be thought of together as “enabling optimisation of laser material processing”. One example of a new feature is termed “Pierce Detection”, which is of immense importance when maximising the efficiency of sheet metal cutting.

The laser collects and analyses light reflected back from the cutting process and provides a PLC compatible control signal that changes state within milli-seconds of the sheet being pierced, thus allowing the cutting machine to begin it’s task in a much shorter time window. Compared to a traditional pre-programmed dwell time for the pierce process, the production run-time saved using this pierce detection technique is considerable and easily accumulates to many minutes per sheet processed.

This new generation of kilowatt CW Industrial fiber lasers from SPI Lasers sits under the ‘QUBE’ product name, which is in turn part of the existing redPOWER brand. QUBE products are available at the following powers: 500W, 1kW, 1.5kW, 3kW, 4.5kW and 6kW. The QUBE lasers require only electrical power and water connection, allowing quick configuration and interfacing to any one of a wide range of laser material processes. The lower power QUBE products (500W to 1.5kW) are available with multi mode or single mode output fiber and are particularly well suited to optimising metal additive manufacturing processes and other high precision applications.

High volume consumers of kilowatt class CW Industrial fiber lasers – typically machine builders, OEM integrators, robotic systems builders – can procure the performance and control advantages of the new generation QUBE lasers directly. However, SPI Lasers also provides this market segment with a building block style OEM solution, termed PRISM products, under the redPOWER brand. This allows integrators the flexibility to procure and customise their needs, using only the fiber laser elements they need to create their dedicated laser machine tool.

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CLOOS: Process diversity in perfection

CLOOS will present many innovations and further developments in the field of manual and automated welding at EuroBLECH 2016. As a premium manufacturer CLOOS is a single-source supplier for relevant robot and welding technologies.

The focus of the 200 m² exhibition booth is on the wide range of welding processes for different materials and components. No matter if thick or thin, steel or aluminium, manual or automated – here you find the right welding process for every product requirement. CLOOS will present the new Root Penetration Control (RPC) welding process for the first time. The controlled short arc process is particularly suitable for the special requirements of pipe constructions, for root welding or thin plate welding. The RPC process is characterised by a stable, low-spatter arc which is resistant to external influences by the welder. Due to the low heat input, the energy requirement and the component distortion reduce considerably. This brings the costs for possible reworking down to a minimum.

Besides, CLOOS will present the new functions of the Tandem Weld process for automated welding. New synergy characteristic curves allow higher deposition rates and thus higher welding speeds. In addition, the new robot functions facilitate programming. The robot uses the Wire Orientation Vector function to recognise the position of the welding torch and the welding direction automatically which also reduces the programming expenditure.

During live-demonstrations of manual welding trade visitors can experience the wide model range of the CLOOS welding power sources from entry to premium. The visitors can discover the new TIG GLW 502 welding machine and also the new QinTron Pulse for MIG/MAG welding with a pulsed arc.
Another highlight is the QINEO Pulse for manual and automated welding. The main advantages of the powerful multi-process system are particularly versatile application possibilities and perfect welding characteristics. The QINEO Pulse is available in three capacity classes and combines five different welding processes in one machine. The QINEO Champ high-tech welding power source meets the highest demands at complex requirements in automation.

With the QINEO welding machines, QIROX robots, positioners and special purpose machines CLOOS develops and manufactures customer-specific automated welding systems so that the users are able to meet the growing requirements of the automated welding technology. The portfolio comprises simple, compact systems as well as complex, chained systems with automated workpiece identification and loading and unloading processes.

Picture: QIROX comprises all solutions for automated welding and cutting.
Photo: Carl Cloos Schweisstechnik GmbH

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Transfluid: Value-added tube processing with individual concepts

Production plants and systems are very important for safe processes in tube processing. The solution finders of transfluid use their knowledge in development of the properly coordinated tube bending and tube forming machines for this.

The high-tech machine constructors produce additional added value also by precisely coordinated production of tools, as Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid, explains. Transfluid developed tool technologies that matched their machines. Of course, they corresponded to the complete requirements that their customer had to his specific product or any new one. This development always had to be viewed in connection with a machine accordingly. Of course, they shared their individually developed know-how with their customers, says Flaeper. They participated and profited from this in different ways.

Effective new design of individual process steps often secures economically more efficient production. For example, a transfluid project required a production cell for production of special short tube parts. A classical process would have been defined initially by cutting the tubes by a metal circular saw, unilateral forming of the hose connection, bending, cutting off the oversize and forming the second tube end. They didn't stop their considerations at the proper shape, Stefanie Flaeper emphasises. The path to the result had to be just right as well. That included making it more economically efficient, process-safe and easier for their customers.

Thus, the better system solution after completing the transfluid project is that the material from the coil is initially shortened to the desired lengths in the chipless orbital cutting procedure. The clean cut permits immediate further processing and paves the way for faster cycle times. After cutting, both sides will be reshaped. transfluid generally puts this step before bending. In this case, it avoids having to cut off the overlengths and permits simpler handling, finally, the desired tube parts are bent as well.

It always depended on the process, good interaction of technologies and the possibility of an effective cooperative partnership, Stefanie Flaeper finally summarises.

Picture: At the beginning of the process, transfluid ensures quick sequences by chipless clean cutting. Forming comes first, followed by bending.
Photo: transfluid® Maschinenbau GmbH

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New hand-held marking system FlyMarker® mini convinces with new accessories

The battery operated hand-held marking system FlyMarker® mini is a lightweight dot peen marker. With only 2.4 kg and its compact design this marking unit is mainly suitable for durable markings of big and unmovable work pieces directly on-site.

With the new, optionally available column frame it is also very easy to mark small work pieces or type plates. The mobile marking unit can easily be put into the column frame and can be fixed with a clamping lever. Smooth-running linear guides allow a quick adjustment of the marking pin distance and the marking can be started directly. Thanks to the T-slot base plate of the column frame, it is possible to mount the optional available MARKATOR® type plate as well as individual plates which are produced by the customer itself to position the work pieces which need to be marked.

The portable marking system is suitable to mark several materials with a hardness of up to 63 HRC. A quick and reliable technology and the easy operation characterize this battery operated marking unit. Due to the two Lithium-Ion-Batteries which are integrated in the standard scope of supply it is possible to mark nonstop. The housing consists of glass fibre reinforced plastic and is with this break resistant. Next to characters and numbers it is also possible to mark logos, test symbols and Data Matrix Codes.

With the new version of the FlyMarker® mini with an integrated barcode scanner it is possible to scan 1D and 2D-codes (e.g. barcodes, QR-codes, etc.) without any external accessories. The scanner is integrated directly on the front face of the marking unit. With this, barcodes can be scanned quickly and the content can then be marked in characters directly on a work piece.

For the transportation to another construction site or a different hall, the practical carrying case can be used. This carrying case contains all components of the scope of supply. Depending on the material and the customer requirements, the marking force and with this the marking depth can be adjusted individually.

The clearly designed software is very easy to understand and enables an intuitively operation of the hand-held marking system. Thanks to the use of latest processor technologies, a fast navigation and quick access times to the marking files are possible.
Several hundreds of marking files, fonts and logos can be stored and administered in the internal memory of the marking unit. There are many language versions available.

Picture: FlyMarker mini with scanner
Photo: MARKATOR® Manfred Borries GmbH

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Innovative fastening solutions for joining high strength sheet steel with EJOT FDS® and EJOWELD®

The range of potential applications for lightweight materials is continuously increasing. Especially in the automotive industry there are more and more applications for lightweight materials, as a significant reduction of CO2 emissions can only be achieved through considerable weight reductions in car design. For this reason lightweight and composite design is now integrated into almost all components of future vehicles.

Multi-material bodyshell design in particular, is characterised by a number of materials used. In addition to various types of steel and aluminium, the modern ultra high-strength steels grade 22MnB5 should be mentioned, as they are used for structural and safety components in cars. But not only the used raw materials meet the highest demands on safety and torsion resistance, the used fastening elements also have to guarantee stability and reliability under highest loads. To meet these special demands, EJOT has developed two different systems.

If in addition to one-sided accessibility, the removability of the fastener is also very important, especially with regard to recyclability, the FDS® screw is the fastener of choice. The screw fastens steel sheet (up to 1.8 mm) and aluminium (up to 4 mm) without the need of a pilot hole and with exceptional quality. This makes the FDS® especially suitable for joining highly complex space frame structures.

Another option for joining different materials and semi-finished goods, is the so-called "friction welding", which is marketed by EJOT under the name EJOWELD®. This innovative development now offers the possibility of joining composite designs, in particular lightweight materials and ultra high-strength steels, with a friction element installation tool suitable for robots. The CFF system (Composite Friction Fastener) realises the joining process without pre-treatment of the parts in a fast, automated, high strength and reproducible way.

With these innovative fastening technologies EJOT supports the lightweight design strategies of the car manufacturers in auto body construction. For example, the over 100 EJOWELD® friction elements and over 600 FDS® screws, used in the auto body construction of the new Audi Q7, contribute to decreasing the total weight of the car. According to the manufacturer the weight savings at the car body are 71 kilograms, compared to the previous model, and the complete car even weighs up to 325 kilograms less.

Picture: Assembly without holes with EJOT FDS® screws
Photo: EJOT GmbH & Co. KG

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Linde: The perfect fusion: Integration meets innovation

At this year’s EuroBLECH, Linde will be presenting current and trending innovations for gas-enabled welding, cutting, heating, cleaning and surface treatment under the slogan “The perfect fusion: Integration meets innovation”.

Gases expert Linde delivers value to customers of all sizes along the entire process chain by combining process gases, end-to-end services and reliable logistics with integrated solutions.

Innovative gas cylinders like the handy GENIE® and MOBI™ packages are designed for mobility and ease of transport to give customers extra flexibility in their day-to-day operations. The innovative cylinder valves from the EVOS™ family feature an accurate live contents indicator, while a specially designed quick-action lever guarantees easy valve handling while allowing operators to quickly shut off the gas supply in the event of an emergency. The EVOS™ Ci and DCi models are new to the range, the latter boasting a digital display.

The innovative industrial 3D printing process known as additive manufacturing (AM) raises a whole new set of challenges in the use of industrial gases. From laser metal deposition through plasma-based techniques to thermal spraying, industrial gases impact the metallurgical properties of materials and thus have a decisive influence on the quality of AM parts. Linde’s innovative gas management system ADDvance™ O2 precision monitors and regulates the gas atmosphere in the production chamber to achieve optimum manufacturing outcomes.
Visitors to the stand can also explore how Linde is enabling a quantum leap in TIG welding of aluminium, combining outstanding weld quality with speeds previously only considered attainable with MIG processes. Plus pole welding also dramatically reduces weld preparation and post-cleaning effort. Other innovation highlights include new digital services to help customers streamline operations and run their businesses more efficiently.

Extending beyond its own stand, Linde’s expertise as a trusted partner is further underlined by the fact that EuroBLECH has again chosen Linde as its preferred gas supplier to other exhibitors. From a central hub, Linde will supply the process gases nitrogen and oxygen to laser equipment manufacturers so they can demonstrate their systems to visitors. A 2,000-metre supply network operated by Linde will reliably deliver the gases from two outdoor mobile tanks to individual exhibitors at their booths.

Linde’s dedicated LASERLINE® programme covers all laser welding and cutting needs, extending from single cylinders to bulk tanks. Remote monitoring and automated gas deliveries with optional cylinder tracking ensure the ultimate in security of supply.

Low-volume users in particular will appreciate the chance to check out Linde’s Gas & More offering at the booth. Located throughout Germany, these stores sell a full line of gases, accessories and welding equipment and are resonating strongly among customers.

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Swift-Cut Automation make plasma cutting even more affordable with launch of new Swifty CNC plasma cutting table

During EuroBLECH 2016, Swift-Cut Automation will launch their new CNC plasma cutting table called Swifty. The portable Swifty, which at just 1.130 x 980 x 460 mm and weighing around 75kg, is the new mechanised plasma cutting solution for owners of a smaller hand held air plasma cutting system.

Schools, artists, maintenance companies , agricultural equipment workshops, site construction teams, sign makers, hobbyist, smaller steel fabricators and all other market segments who are using plate material can now choose the innovative and affordable Swifty CNC plasma cutting table.

At their stand, Swift-Cut Automation will demonstrate the comprehensive possibilities of the Swifty with two different air plasma systems: Thermacut Ex-trafire SC © and Hypertherm© Powermax45©.

Swift-Cut Automation will also show PRO3000 CNC plasma cutting table in the water version. Equipped with a Hypertherm© Powermax105© air plasma system it can cut mild steel up to 22mm without using a filter system for the fumes. The innovative Swift-Mark marking unit is also demonstrated, Swift-Trace scan system and our user friendly Swift-Cam programming & nesting software.

Picture: Swift-Cut 3000 WT Console
Photo: Swift-Cut Automation Ltd

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KKT chillers’ new Vario-Line

KKT chillers’ innovative Vario-Line comprises eight new chillers that automatically adapt their cooling capacity to the respective application at any given time, making them particularly precise and economic. The models’ variable cooling circuit covers a performance range between 6 and 28kW.

As basic standard equipment, the new chillers are fitted with RPM-regulated components such as a compressor and a ventilator as well as an electronic expansion valve. In this setup, KKT chillers applies the high-efficiency cooling agent R410A in connection with a compact micro-channel condenser. Thanks to the low filling quantities of cooling agent used, no extra maintenance costs arise and the Vario-Line chillers are not classified as dangerous goods when in transit. The intuitive, multi-lingual info display ensures maximum user-friendliness and fits perfectly with the compact design of the industrial casing.

The software, an in-house development, achieves a steady-state control accuracy of under +/- 0.5K without requiring any additional components. The digital data management comprises all relevant control variables such as temperatures, pressures and filling levels.

The Vario-Line guarantees safe operations without the application of special components at an environmental temperature range of between -20°C and 50°C. Due to the wide range of options in the water cycle, each vBoxX adapts individually to the respective customer application. The Vario-Line model range is suitable e.g. for the global machine tooling and laser industries as well as the healthcare sector. Requirements beyond these specifications can be met by means of special-purpose solutions that are customized for the specific application.

As industrial processes frequently showed load variations, the thermal load was usually not constant either. Consequently, today’s chillers were often bigger than actually necessary for a major share of load profiles. Up to now, this had often entailed relatively high emissions and excessive energy costs, Sascha Paulus, product manager at KKT chillers, describes the general situation before the launch of the Vario-Line.

The Vario-Line offered a solution to this problem, thanks to the application of the RPM-regulated compressor and ventilator. The steady-state electronic expansion valve automatically adapted the cooling capacity of the Vario-Line to the application’s current load profile. This meant that the system generated only as much capacity as is needed at the moment, explains Paulus.

The Vario-Line is suitable for both indoor and outdoor installation. Its design goes perfectly with the Compact Line, which has previously won a Red Dot Award for its design concept. The basic models of the Vario-Line come in RAL7035 light grey, with the well designed metal plate spanning the control display in the middle of the device. The name of the new KKT chillers line alludes to the models’ variable equipment and wide range of applications.

Picture: vBoxX 12, Vario Line (housing size 1)
Photo: KKT chillers

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