Battery Ventures acquires Cimatron and GibbsCAM from 3D Systems
Businesses to join Battery-owned SigmaTEK under new corporate umbrella: combination to spur growth and continue product investment
Battery Ventures, a global, technology-focused investment firm, has agreed to acquire the combined Cimatron and GibbsCAM software businesses from global additive manufacturing solutions company 3D Systems Corporation. The transaction is expected to close during the fourth quarter of 2020, subject to customary closing conditions.
As part of the acquisition, Cimatron and GibbsCAM will join Battery-backed SigmaTEK Systems*, a CAD/CAM software provider serving professional fabricators, in a new holding company called CAMBRIO. Headed by Robbie Payne, current SigmaTEK Systems CEO and a veteran tech executive, CAMBRIO will leverage Cimatron and GibbsCAM to offer a diverse set of design and machining software solutions, and firmly position itself as a CAD/CAM innovator in the fabrication, toolmaking, and production machining industries.
Current SigmaTEK Chairman Richard Smith, previously CEO of Vero Software, a UK-based CAD/CAM software maker acquired by Hexagon AB in 2014, will join CAMBRIO’s board, along with Steve Sivitter, another former Vero executive who is currently the CEO of 1WorldSync, a product-content solutions company whose software helps large brands share product data with retailers, operators and distributors.
“We are extremely pleased for the companies to be combining forces. It is a great strategic match,” says Richard Smith. “The teams have proven track records and we can leverage our extensive domain expertise in manufacturing software to drive product development and benefit our customers like never before.”
Commenting on the acquisition, Robbie Payne says: “We are often serving the same customer profile and trying to solve similar industry issues with innovative software technology. As a combined entity, we will continue to invest in each of the individual products, make our customers more productive, and enlarge our distribution capability. Finally, we are excited about working with the existing Cimatron and GibbsCAM employees and partners and look forward to further expanding our presence in the global market.”
Battery partners with exceptional founders and management teams developing category-defining businesses in markets including software and services, enterprise infrastructure, online marketplaces, healthcare IT and industrial technology. Founded in 1983, the firm backs companies at all stages, ranging from seed and early to growth and buyout, and invests globally from offices in Boston, San Francisco, Menlo Park, Israel, London and New York.
More than 30 years ago, 3D Systems brought the innovation of 3D printing to the manufacturing industry. Today, as the leading additive manufacturing solutions partner, it brings innovation, performance, and reliability to every interaction, empowering our customers to create products and business models never before possible. 3D Systems’ solutions address a variety of advanced applications in healthcare and Industrial markets such as medical and dental, aerospace & defence, automotive and durable goods. More information on the company is available at www.3dsystems.com
Hexagon enhances its Smart Manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P.Technology Corp
Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, has announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P.Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications.
Well known for its machine-optimised, edit-free G-code (toolpath), ESPRIT leverages a digital twin simulation platform to model the finished part, tools, and CNC machine. AI-based algorithms eliminate manual data input and provide machine operators with greater assurance of what will happen on the shop floor. The result – simplified programming, increased tool life and utilisation, reduced cycle times and improved productivity.
“D.P.Technology is an innovator with a strong focus on building smarter, data-driven manufacturing solutions. When combined with our production software portfolio, it cements our market-leading position in CAM, particularly around CNC manufacturing processes, and accelerates the development of our Smart Manufacturing portfolio,” says Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the D.P.Technology team has built excellent working relationships with leading machine tool providers and other manufacturing technology experts, which will prove invaluable in our open and interoperable manufacturing ecosystem approach.”
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, D.P.Technology employs around 260 people in 27 locations worldwide. The company is also represented by a network of 130 resellers across 44 countries, giving ESPRIT a global footprint and install base. D.P.Technology will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction (closing) is subject to regulatory approvals. 2019 sales amounted to 35M EUR.
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. It puts data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Hexagon technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous, ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. The group has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR.
Tel: 0046 8601 2627
Fronius opens a new prototyping centre
From the beginning of December, Fronius will be offering car manufacturers, their suppliers and integrators the option to outsource prototype construction. In the new prototyping centre in Wels, Upper Austria, Fronius welding technology specialists will work with customers to develop the ideal solution for joining their components, starting with the design phase, feasibility studies using simulations, welding process evaluation and welding trials, through to various quality checks and project support. In addition to prototype production with all its various phases, Fronius also manufactures smaller quantities of customer components for pre-series production if required. Fronius therefore offers a complete solution for prototype construction.
As a result, car manufacturers can benefit from considerable savings potential, increased efficiency, and minimisation of risks. By outsourcing the production of prototypes, development costs, time-intensive labour and investments in dedicated prototyping centres are eliminated. What’s more, customers benefit from Fronius’ extensive welding expertise and the associated state-of-the-art technologies.
Premium welding technology for prototype construction
Covering more than 900 sq metres, the prototyping centre provides sophisticated simulation, welding, and measuring technology. This makes it possible to manufacture components measuring up to 3×2 meters and weighing up to 1,500 kgs. The facilities are sealed off from other areas and guarantee absolute discretion.
One of the two robot welding cells used is equipped with Fronius CMT technology. The heat-reduced welding process is suitable for almost any parent material, especially light-gage sheet metal and reduces spattering and distortion. The flexible TPS/i welding system platform used for this purpose also allows other welding processes to be employed if required. In addition, the robot cell uses an Acerios surface cleaning system that pre-treats the edges of the components using hot plasma technology. This creates the perfect conditions for high-quality welding seams.
The second robot welding cell features both a laser and a powerful GMAW welding system. In conjunction, the LaserHybrid process combines the advantages of both worlds and thus offers excellent gap-bridging ability and high welding speeds. Deep penetration, low heat input and thus minimal component distortion also go hand in hand here.
Both welding cells are equipped with sophisticated robot assistance and control systems
A laser monitoring system mounted on the welding torch ensures that the robot welds in exactly the right location. In case of misalignment, distortion, or tolerances that are common in production, the robot can automatically correct the pre-programmed weld seam path and welding is performed reliably at the correct position.
Fronius SeamTracking provides another option. This function reliably detects the component edge through welding torch pendulum movements for fillet and prepared butt welds. In addition, the ArcView camera system provides a direct view of the arc, enabling the welding process to be monitored precisely. If necessary, the welder can immediately take corrective action.
What’s more, an automated weld seam inspection system scans the seam after the welding process and immediately performs a visual quality inspection. At the same time, the WeldCube data documentation software monitors and stores all relevant data from the welding process and enables clear traceability of each seam.
In addition to highly developed welding processes and the monitoring of these processes, the component is measured three-dimensionally in a dedicated robot cell after welding, which allows any deviations such as tolerances or distortion to be accurately detected. This precise monitoring of the exact dimensions thus takes place from an early stage in the prototype construction, enabling a quick response and adjustment of various parameters, e.g., welding sequence, welding parameters, and clamping technology, saving time and costs both during development and in the subsequent production ramp-up. Fronius also offers its customers the option of subjecting the prototypes to metallurgical testing in the laboratory.
World’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK
World’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK
Betterbrass, the world’s fastest brass wire launched by Erodex UK, has helped users increase cutting speed by up to 10 percent in early trials since its launch.
Launched into the UK this summer, betterbrass is a next generation special alloy brass wire from bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
Thanks to innovative alloy and casting technology, along with a specially developed annealing process, bedra engineers created a brass wire electrode comprised of a completely new alloy that is plug-and-play on all machine types, The new product delivers performance never before seen in a traditional brass wire, with up to 10 percent faster cutting speeds reported.
“Since its launch earlier in the summer, the new betterbrass wire range has received a positive response from customer trials, meaning that we can now provide EDM subcontractors with a cost-effective step up from standard brass wire” comments Josh Bye, sales engineer at Erodex UK.
He continues: “As UK industry starts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we were keen to be able to introduce a new, cost-effective wire to the market that also enables increased performance. Users will save money by using the wire, as any increase in wire speed ultimately means less wire usage”
Erodex UK are leaders in the provision of EDM wire, wear parts and other EDM consumables and have cemented their position as a leading authority in the UK for all things EDM. In addition to its vast experience within the EDM industry, this is also due to its strong working relationship with bedra (Berkenhoff) Germany.
During August 2019, Erodex UK announced the launch of the world’s fastest EDM speed wire, gapstar ONE. Building on the strengths of their cobracut, broncocut and topas ranges, bedra developed a new coating technology called TRIMPAC. gapstar ONE quickly became the wire of choice for those looking for premium performance, but it is a different segment of the market that Erodex UK believe will continue to see the benefit from the betterbrass range.
“Being the fastest EDM speed wire available in the world, our gapstar ONE range is a very high-end wire, which we do advise if people are looking for a significant step up in speeds. However, we know that there is a segment of the market that does not demand premium performance, but still would like to achieve greater performance and reliability than they get from using a standard brass wire. It is these users which are now appreciating the benefit of the new betterbrass range of wire.
“During customer trials since launch, betterbrass has proved to perform up to 10 percent faster than standard brass wire. Being a stronger wire than standard brass also means improved reliability when auto wire threading. Users have reported less breakages when applying increased power through the wire and better surface finishes too” adds Josh Bye.
Luke Hobbs, director of HLP Engineering Solutions in Halesowen, West Midlands has experienced firsthand the benefits of using both the gapstar and betterbrass ranges.
He states: “We’ve used both gapstar and betterbrass wires from Erodex. Simply put, gapstar is the best wire we have ever used from a performance and speed perspective on our Sodick machines. We found it ideal for cutting punches and other long-running jobs. We will have no hesitation in using gapstar for this type of work in the future. We found that betterbrass is excellent on threading and for the small increase in the cost of the wire, offers decent speed improvement of around 10-12 percent over standard brass wire using the same settings. When the job dictates, we will certainly use this wire again.”
Tel: 01384 892011
New FMS double loader for machine tools without automatic pallet changers
Now, even higher payload machine tools that do not feature automatic pallet changers can be configured into an Flexible Manufacturing System (FMS) via a new, multi-pallet loader from Fastems that accommodates payloads up to 1,000 kg.
Fastems, a leader in manufacturing automation equipment and software, has developed a new load handler that can both load machine tools directly and act as an automatic pallet changer. The load handler is the device on the FMS stacker crane that moves pallets between storage, machines and the loading/material stations in a Fastems FMS. Fastems calls this new loader DMC-APC, which means Double Mast Crane-Automatic Pallet Changer. Using the new DMC-APC, manufacturers do not need to purchase and integrate costly APCs to their machine tools in order to configure an FMS in their facilities.
In operation, the new Fastems DMC-APC can accommodate two pallets rather than the typical single pallet. Controlled by the Fastems cell management software, the DMC-APC selects the next workpiece-loaded pallet from the storage system, moves it to an open machine tool, then picks up the previously machined workpiece/pallet from that same machine tool, spins 180-degrees and places the new workpiece/pallet into the same machine tool. This scenario takes about 30-40 seconds. In comparison, the cases where the non DMC-APC or classic stacker crane accommodates one pallet instead of two the loader first takes the finished part/pallet from the machine tool, delivers it to the storage stacker, moves to pick up the next workpiece/pallet to be machined and delivers it to the machine tool ready for machining. This scenario with one pallet takes about 100-120 seconds.
According to Fastems, there are several notable benefits now that non-APC machine tools with higher payloads can be used in an FMS, namely surrounding speed, machine tool utilisation and cost reduction. For instance, if the machining cycles are short, the necessity to make several pallet changes within one hour decreases machine tool utilisation significantly. Second, with the DMC-APC’s double pallet capability, the pallet change time is about half a minute compared to two minutes with a single pallet changer. Third, the DMC-APC saves floor space because machines without APCs have a smaller footprint generally. Fourth, customers do not have to invest in machine tool APCs and finally the new generation DMC-APC can accommodate higher weights up to 1,000 kg.
Support from MSC leads to Next Gen Makers expansion into North Staffordshire
MSC Industrial Supply Co. UK is helping to address the engineering skills shortage by supporting Next Gen Makers with its expansion into North Staffordshire.
Next Gen Makers is an innovative initiative which launched in the West Midlands two years ago, with the aim of making it easier for engineering and manufacturing businesses to recruit engineering apprentices.
It does this by proactively inspiring the next generation of engineers in local colleges and secondary schools and by helping manufacturing businesses, in particular SMEs, to compete and make their apprenticeships attractive to relevant students.
MSC is a principal partner to Next Gen Makers. Since the partnership was formed, Next Gen Makers activity promoting local engineering careers, has reached over 10,000 students across 40 High Schools and seven Further Education Colleges. So far, over 50 SME manufacturing and engineering firms in the West Midlands have reaped the benefits.
The Next Gen Makers Staffordshire operation will be headed up by Alec Proctor, a former managing director of a Cannock based SME manufacturer and now director of Stoke based HR, health and safety, recruitment and consultancy business Novelus Ltd. Alec Procter and his business partners, including recruitment specialist Anita Gratton and HR specialists, are forming partnerships with manufacturing and engineering businesses in Staffordshire who can benefit from recruiting apprentices. Stoke on Trent College is one of its first college partners to be established.
Adam Tipper, owner and director of Next Gen Makers, says: “The engineering skills shortage is one of the biggest challenges facing UK manufacturing today, however, Next Gen Makers has proved that it is a problem that can be solved by a coordinated industry-led approach.
“By inspiring more young people to pursue a career in engineering, bringing manufacturing businesses and relevant students together and raising awareness of the opportunities in the local area, we can place genuine engineering talent where it is needed the most.
“We are delighted to work with MSC who share our ambition of solving the engineering skills shortage and supporting UK manufacturing.”
According to a government study, for the UK engineering sector to gain enough candidates to reduce the skills shortage, it would need around 186,000 new skilled recruits each year until 2024.
Howard Rothwell, sales director at MSC, comments: “At MSC, we work with many engineering businesses and are acutely aware of the challenges they are facing in relation to the skills gap.
“Alongside the significant and ongoing growth of the MSC engineering team, we are proud to partner with Next Gen Makers as this helps our customers directly inspire and recruit the next generation of engineers.
“Our partnership with Next Gen Makers continues to be very successful in the West Midlands and we look forward to supporting its rollout into North Staffordshire, which is another area where many manufacturing businesses are experiencing the impact of the skills shortage.”
Next Gen Makers takes a strategic and long-term approach to solving the skills gap. The company realises that most SME manufacturers are too busy to be promoting themselves in local schools and colleges, so has created a platform to do this for them, through their engineering careers prospectus and engineering careers webinars.
Next Gen Makers also supports SME manufacturing businesses to raise awareness of its apprenticeship opportunities, so they are on the radar of more potential apprentices, which is currently one of the main barriers SMEs face.
Bringing younger apprentices into manufacturing businesses introduces different skill sets which helps firms adapt in line with technological change and prepares them for future manufacturing requirements.
MSC Industrial Supply
0121 505 9562
Positive signs at Hurco Open House
One of the very few physical, as opposed to virtual, machine tool Open Houses to take place this year was Hurco Europe’s Covid-safe event at its headquarters in High Wycombe, 19th to 23rd October. Nearly 20 companies attended, less than half the number that would be expected in a normal year. However, managing director David Waghorn said the event was nevertheless worthwhile, with four ex-demonstration machining centres sold including a 5-axis model. New machine sales for the month of October were actually a little better than in the same period last year.
In addition to showing machines under power to visitors in person, Hurco staged eight remote machine walk-arounds and control demonstrations via Microsoft Teams. One was for a customer in the North West of England that had booked its attendance but then decided it would be better not to travel during the pandemic. Interestingly, one virtual meeting would have not have been feasible to hold any other way than virtually, as it involved a customer in Milton Keynes, Hurco staff in High Wycombe and Stratford-upon-Avon and three ProCobot automation specialists in two locations in the US.
David Waghorn comments: “All our staff have been back working full-time since 1st June. Obviously it has been a challenging year, but there are some positive signs. We are seeing a lot of reshoring of work from the Far East and Europe, especially of moulds and dies but also of general subcontract work.
“Through the period of government restrictions there has been more engineering resource available, as well as extra space in our new building to refurbish second-hand machines. We have sold 14 so far this year, a mixture of lathes and mills.
“Another area that has been little affected is customer training, as this has continued seamlessly on-line. It has been especially useful for machine operators in the south of Ireland, where travel is particularly difficult at the moment due to their government’s current policies.”
He added that considerable interest was shown during the Open House in the new range of Hurco driven-tool lathes that was being launched. Two machines were sold prior to the event and orders are now being taken. Three models are currently included in the range, two of which, TM8Mi and TM10Mi, are in stock, with the third, largest machine, TM12Mi, due to arrive in early 2021. Further models will be added next year, including a lathe with a Y-axis turret and another with a Y-axis and sub-spindle.
The next Hurco Open House is being pushed forward from its usual pre-Christmas slot to early 2021. Dates will be announced shortly.
Hoffmann Group UK celebrates first anniversary with series of key appointments as it targets major growth
Hoffmann Group UK, a leading system partner for quality tools, workstations and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), has marked its first year operating in the UK with a string of new hires, increasing its headcount by approximately 20 percent.
Following on from the businesses’ reorganisation earlier this year, customer-facing technical expertise has been bolstered with the appointment of Chris Gordon and Angela Hatfield as key account managers, covering the whole of the UK and Paula Rose as area sales manager, following 10 years at Cromwell.
The business has also boosted its PPE, site service and business development divisions, both regionally and nationally. Dharmesh Devabhai joins as PPE specialist, bringing with him a wealth of experience in keeping people safe at work. Amber Bloore has joined as site service co-ordinator, with the remit of supporting vending contracts and additional services across the country. Additional site service co-ordinators are also currently being recruited. Gary Quinney has also joined the business as senior technical support for bids and tenders.
Finally, Sian Fletcher has also joined the Birmingham-based subsidiary as finance manager, a position that was previously based in Germany, as part of Hoffmann Group’s continued commitment to the UK market.
Investment has also been made across other areas of the company, with the business having increased the size of its vehicle fleet in order to assist site service co-ordinators in fulfilling additional services and tool vending contracts. Furthermore, lower mileage company vehicle users have all switched to plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, improving the businesses’ carbon footprint by enabling all of them to commute to and from the office using purely the electric engines.
The new appointments come as part of Hoffmann Group UK’s business reorganisation, which was implemented earlier this year to provide the businesses’ growing customer base with a more bespoke, effective service through bolstering the number of experts available to advise and consult with clients. Through this, the business has boosted its expertise, introducing dedicated support for large national accounts and additional specialised resource to support services such as inventory management, calibration and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (MRO). Additional investment has also been committed towards Computer Aided Design (CAD) software for its in-house specialists, further broadening its technical and design capabilities.
Hoffmann Group UK also has major expansion plans in place for 2021. Specifically, there are plans in place to increase headcount further to support the launch of Connected Manufacturing, a smart software solution for an efficient manufacturing organisation. Looking further ahead, the business also has plans in place to double in size by 2023, through more effectively delivering a broad range of services designed to help customers reduce costs and increase productivity.
Tim Paddison, managing director at Hoffmann Group UK, comments: “Our first year of operating in the UK has been, considering how challenging the past few months have been for the industry, an extremely successful one.
“We have grown rapidly, and even implemented a complete reorganisation of how we operate in order to provide a better service for our customers during these unprecedented times. As a result of this, we are now in a fantastic place to push on and support manufacturers through whatever challenges the coming months may bring.
“As we move into 2021, our goal is to build upon the strong foundations we have laid in place and strive for bigger and better goals for the business over the coming months, watch this space!”
Hoffmann Group UK
Tel: 0121 7164301
T&T Tubecraft invests in Unison’s ultimate CNC tube bending machine for subcontractors
Tube manipulation and pipe bending subcontract business, T&T Tubecraft, has taken delivery of a new all-electric 130 mm diameter multi-stack CNC tube bending machine from leading tube manipulation technology specialists, Unison Ltd.
This is the third Unison tube bender to be purchased by T&T Tubecraft since 2014. It joins a 50 mm Unison Breeze machine and a 100 mm Unison Breeze multi-stack model that are in daily use at T&T Tubecraft’s Woking-based facility. Offering exceptional power and immense levels of flexibility, the 130 mm machine has been described by Unison as ‘the ultimate tube bending machine for subcontractors’.
Increasing subcontracting capability
“Of all our tube benders, our 100 mm Unison machine is easily the busiest,” says T&T Tubecraft managing director, Ross Turner. “This is largely down to its user-friendly programming, fast tool changes, automatic setup and uncompromising levels of accuracy and repeatability. Ironically, when we purchased the 100 mm Unison machine back in 2015, we didn’t have a vast amount of work for it. This quickly changed, however, as we gained the ability to take on new projects. The new 130 mm machine will increase our capability even further, both in terms of capacity and the ability to tender for an even greater range of projects. We expect it to be of particular interest to customers in the aerospace sector.”
Hitch-feed for bending tubes of up to 8.7 metres in length
The bigger brother of the Unison 100 mm multi-stack machine, the Unison 130 mm tube bender purchased by T&T Tubecraft is particularly suited to bending exotic alloys such as titanium and Inconel, as well as Super-Duplex stainless steels. Able to push bend tubes of up to 6.2 metres in length when in standard mode, it also features a hitch-feed facility, whereby the machine carriage retracts by the length of the next feed, enabling mandrel bending of tubes of up to 8.7 metres long. As a result of this capability, T&T Tubecraft believes that, out of all UK tube manipulation subcontractors, it may provide the longest bending range.
Multi-stack tool holding allows the most complex of parts to be formed in one uninterrupted manufacturing cycle, while Unison’s bar code scanning system ensures that only the correct tools are installed while also configuring the machine automatically. A further feature which attracted T&T Tubecraft to the Unison 130 mm machine is the standard-fit rise and fall pressure die. This can result in significant savings in tooling costs and allows tools of very different radii to be used on a part within a cycle. Like all Unison machines, T&T Tubecraft’s new 130 mm machine is also highly powerful. “This is a significant advantage for us, as it provides the reassurance to achieve high quality thin wall bending, even on high yield-strength alloys such as Inconel,” adds Ross Turner.
The 130 mm machine has been networked to T&T Tubecraft’s CAD facilities and a Coordinate Measuring Machine (CMM) for verifying bend accuracy and design conformity. The tube bender can be programmed manually or from CAD data using industry-standard IGES or STEP files, while data obtained by the CMM from the first manufactured part can be used to make automatic adjustments to the machine prior to commencing a manufacturing cycle.
“The all-electric architecture and automated Unibend software-controlled setup of our Unison machines offers major advantages over hydraulic machines,” continues Ross Turner. “Bending accuracy and repeatability are dramatically improved. We achieve right-first-time manufacturing for repeat subcontract work and typically expect even the first bent trial component at the start of a project to be very close to what we are looking to achieve. Machine configuration is also rapid, typically only taking 15 to 20 minutes. As a subcontract tube manipulation company, we also quickly get to hear how well new machines are viewed by our teams. Unison machines are very well received by our workforce. Unison’s Unibend operating software is exceptionally intuitive, meaning much faster programming and accelerated training for new staff members. Our operators consider the Unibend control system to be exceptionally user friendly.”
“It is always satisfying to receive repeat orders, especially when they are from such a well-respected company as T&T Tubecraft,” adds Unison key account manager, Steve Haddrell. “What was particularly rewarding in this instance, however, was the opportunity to work closely with the customer to deliver an already exceptionally capable, powerful and robust multi-radius – multi-stack machine with the additional component length to give them a real edge in the subcontractor marketplace.”
Tel: 01723 582 868
Bringing metal forming knowledge to the next level
GOM Metal Forming Knowledge Days – November 2020
24th Nov at 10am – Introduction to Sheet Metal Inspection Workflow
25th Nov at 10am – Improving Inspection Through Automation
26th Nov at 10am – Reducing scrap during the stamping process
Throughout 2020, GOM sites across the world have been running Metal Forming Knowledge Days, starting with the live event at GOM HQ in Braunschweig and then virtually through online portals.
GOM shows worldwide how precise industrial 3D metrology helps to ensure quality and identify optimisation potentials in metal forming technology. Metal processing companies provide innovative products for a wide range of different applications. Forming processes are just as indispensable in automotive engineering and commercial vehicle construction as they are in the production of white goods or electronics.
This November, GOM UK is hosting its own Metal Forming Knowledge Days, bringing together all our knowledge and expertise in optical metrology in a series of free online events. The event will take place on 24th, 25th and 26th November and will be held via an online portal. The sessions will cover different areas of metrology within the metal forming industry, showing where GOM have identified potential manufacturing problems and developed the tools to solve them.
For example, there has been fantastic progression in the speed at which sheet metal parts can be produced and therefore GOM has developed ways of batch-processing these parts in order to keep up. It has helped to optimise tool maintenance, allowing users to spot potentially damaging wear and tear early. It can also offer extensive forming analysis solutions to ensure the panels being manufactured are within the forming limits of the material. These solutions and much more will be highlighted during the events.
The GOM UK Metal Forming Knowledge Days will offer a virtual platform for engineers as well as specialists from production and quality assurance to ask questions and gain knowledge within metal forming technology and optical metrology.
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Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit
Virtual tradeshow and conference provides an international opportunity to experience Creaform’s innovations at work
Creaform, a worldwide leader in 3D measurement solutions has announced Creaform Connect: 3D Measurement Solutions Summit, a new virtual tradeshow and conference. Starting with two live days on Nov. 17 and 18, forward-thinking manufacturers, education institutions and businesses can explore Creaform’s latest innovations and engineering services at the event.
Attendees from a wide array of industries, including automotive, aerospace, metalworking and more will learn how Creaform’s solutions address multiple challenges from product lifecycle management and quality control to reverse engineering, Industry 4.0, NDT, MRO and beyond.
Recently launched products like the new 3D scanner MetraSCAN BLACK and new automated quality control solutions of the R-Series lineup will be featured along with educational offerings that prepare engineers and designers for tomorrow’s workplace. Discover the most versatile dimensional metrology solutions and services in the market through this virtual summit:
Recently launched innovations: experience a new standard in portable and automated metrology through videos, technical specifications, best-practices, case-studies and more.
Demonstrations of every solution: dynamic, interactive virtual booths that showcase 3D technology and services as well as provide opportunities to ask questions about customised applications.
A dozen conference presentations: talks on a wide range of applications and industries will provide additional learning opportunities and access to leading experts.
Assistance in multiple languages: Creaform’s global team will offer live support via one-on-one chats, group discussions and video calls in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese and on-demand support in additional languages.
Live and on-demand content: Dual format options let attendees interact and experience information at their own pace and convenience.
“2020 changed the tradeshow landscape, but it did not stop the pace of Creaform’s innovations,” says Creaform president Fanny Truchon. “This year, Creaform launched the fastest, most accurate 3D portable scanner on the market, a versatile line of automated solutions, new and enhanced options for non-destructive testing and more.
“We are always searching for new ways to connect and share our technology and insights with the businesses we can provide the most value and impact to internationally,” adds Marc-Antoine Schneider, head of sales at Creaform. “Through Creaform Connect, we will share our 3D solutions with leaders throughout the manufacturing and transportation industries and beyond.
Following two days of live programming, the virtual tradeshow and conference will continue on demand through December 2020.
Creaform develops, manufactures, and sells 3D portable and automated measurement technologies and specialises in engineering services. The company offers innovative solutions for applications such as 3D scanning, reverse engineering, quality control, non-destructive testing, product development and numerical simulation (FEA/CFD). Its products and services cater to a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, heavy industries, healthcare, manufacturing, oil and gas, power generation, research and education.
METAV Web Sessions to focus on automation and handling
Automation and handling are increasingly gaining in significance as mega trends in industrial manufacturing. The problem of skilled workers is becoming ever more serious, especially in these difficult times when many companies are under pressure from high costs. At the same time, there are enormously high demands on the quality of products, meaning that businesses are now well advised to consider automation.
“We know from a recent VDMA survey that almost one in four machine manufacturers (23 percent) will have to adjust capacity levels,” says Dr Wilfried Schäfer, executive director of the METAV organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) in Frankfurt am Main. When business picks up again, many companies will then find it difficult to process orders quickly enough and at the required quality level. In such times, having a consistent automation strategy can be essential for survival. Against this background, the question of automation could soon become even more pressing.
Ten companies will be presenting their solutions as part of the Automation and Handling Theme Days in the third edition of the METAV Web Sessions on 3 and 4 November 2020. These include Allmatic-Jakob clamping systems, Erowa System Technologien/Certa Systems, Gressel, Halter CNC Automation, HandlingTech Automations-Systeme, Industrie Partner, Isra Vision, Müller Maschinentechnik and Zeltwanger Automation. They all specialise in this particular field and are looking to inspire their customers with their solutions and offers.
Jörg Franz, head of project planning at the special-purpose machine builder Industrie-Partner GmbH in Coswig, Germany, will be presenting the company’s newly developed robot automation kit, for example. “It enables robot-supported sorting, assembly, cleaning and measuring of parts weighing up to 5 kg using standardised, individually combinable function modules. It is aimed at producers of serial products in all sectors, from mechanical engineering and battery cell production to automotive and aerospace.”
Also taking part is Halter CNC Automation based in Hoevelaken in the Netherlands: Area sales manager Oliver Löffler will be showcasing a software tool that allows customers to calculate the payback time of their investment on the basis of their own particular parameters. “We use the app when advising our customers about our machine loading systems. The resulting calculation provides on-the-spot answers to any questions concerning the expected returns following an acquisition,” he explains.
The Automation and Handling Theme Days are aimed at users from the entire industry. Each presentation lasts 30 minutes and is followed by a 15-minute chat session in which participants can ask questions and discuss issues. In addition, it is also possible to arrange a video chat with the speaker to discuss specific questions in a one-on-one conversation away from the general audience.
On request, METAV Web Session participants can obtain a certificate of participation as documentation of their further training. There has been strong uptake of this attractive and valuable service feature.
For further information, contact Stephanie Simon, VDW Trade Fairs project officer on 0049 69 7560 8153 email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The full programme and registration details can be found at www.metav-websessions.de
METAV 2020 21st International Trade Fair for Metalworking Technologies has had to be postponed by one year due to the corona pandemic. METAV 2020 reloaded will take place from 23 to 26 March 2021; the PROTaction hygiene system will be deployed at the event. Messe Düsseldorf has developed this in conjunction with the relevant authorities. It has already proven its effectiveness in operation at actual trade fairs. METAV reloaded displays the full spectrum of manufacturing technology. The focus is on machine tools, manufacturing systems, precision tools, automated material flows, computer technology, industrial electronics and accessories. Added to this are new topics such as Moulding, Medical, Additive Manufacturing and Quality. They are firmly established in so-called Areas in the METAV exhibition programme, each with its own nomenclature. The target group of METAV visitors includes all branches of industry that process metals, in particular mechanical and plant engineering, the automotive and supply industry, the aerospace sector, the electrical industry, energy and medical technology, tool and mould making as well as metalworking and trades.
FANUC UK to host virtual injection moulding technology event
FANUC UK is hosting a virtual event focusing on automation for the injection moulding industry at the end of November. The online event, which will be hosted between 23rd-27th November, will allow moulding companies to get to grips with emerging automation technology from the comfort of their own desk. Attendees will also be able to experience a virtual tour of FANUC UK’s headquarters, as well as view a number of cutting-edge exhibits.
Front and centre will be a number of machines from FANUC’s ROBOSHOT automated injection moulding series, with attendees able to view demonstrations from FANUC’s UK showroom. Different ROBOSHOT machines will be partnered by a range of ancillary automation equipment, including FANUC industrial and collaborative robots, as well as number of third-party solutions from suppliers such as Hi-Tech Automation.
FANUC UK managing director Tom Bouchier comments: “2020 has been immensely challenging in a number of ways, but the resilience of UK manufacturing and its ability to adapt is unwavering. In this vein, we’ve decided to host this virtual event, to showcase how automation can help moulding companies from both a safety and productivity standpoint. While there are certain aspects of a physical event that cannot be replicated virtually, the fact that circumstances have necessitated this does hold a couple of positives.
“For instance, the number of attendees to physical events are limited by the space available, but the fact that this is virtual means we can open our doors to as many people as possible. Last year, our first ever Open House was a brilliant platform to discuss automation’s role in improving UK manufacturing, and this builds on that by offering application-specific illustrations how to improve manufacturing processes.”
The seven injection moulding exhibits will be as follows:
Exhibit 1 – α-S300iA with M10iD8L 6-axis industrial robot mounted on an automated longitudinal beam from HiTech Automation, to deliver 7-axis operation from within compact footprint.
Exhibit 2 – α-S150iA with a second SI20iA injection unit supported by a LR-Mate 200iD7L industrial robot and QSSR (Quick & Simple Start-up of Robotization). It will be used to manufacturer an ice scraper, which visitors can take home with them.
Exhibit 3 – α-S50iA LSR display for proprietary liquid silicone processing, complete with QSSR and LRMate200iD industrial robot for parts handing.
Exhibit 4 – α-S150iA with compact, modular parts handling solution from HiTech Automation.
Exhibit 5 – A standalone dual servo electric core power pack which can be interfaced with a ROBOSHOT machine or alternative supplier, to enable end-users to utilise electric motor drive core solutions over traditional hydraulic cores.
Exhibit 6 – A high-speed carbon take-out cell developed by HiTech Automation in conjunction with FANUC, which can achieve sub 0.35s take-out times.
The event will also highlight the capabilities of FANUC’s new lightweight collaborative robot, the CRX10iA.
Alongside ROBOSHOT and cobots, there will be the opportunity to see FANUC’s entire portfolio of industrial robots and automation solutions. The IoT Area will display software products such as MT-LINKi, ZDT (zero downtime), and IIoT platform FIELD, allowing visitors to see real-time quality, machine, and order status monitoring of all machines and robot cells.
Tom Bouchier concludes: “Our hope is that this event will help to demonstrate how automation can help UK manufacturing improve its position in relation to international competitors. With a special focus on injection moulding, it will showcase the latest technology, and ultimately provide a platform for those interested in boosting productivity to explore their potential.”
For more information and to sign up for the event, please visit: https://rstechnologydays.fanuc.eu/
The FANUC Corporation is a world leader in factory automation for CNC control systems, robots and production machinery (ROBODRILL, ROBOCUT and ROBOSHOT). Since 1956, FANUC has pioneered the development of numerically controlled machines in the automation industry. With 263 locations supporting 108 countries worldwide and more than 7,000 employees, FANUC offers a dense network in sales, technical support, research & development, logistics and customer service.
For more information on FANUC, or to see its current product range, visit: www.fanuc.eu/uk/en
JETCAM launches free nesting software savings calculator
New calculator works in conjunction with free nesting benchmark comparison
JETCAM has announced a free online tool to estimate possible savings through investment in its nesting software. The figures, provided by a JETCAM nesting benchmark comparison, allow companies to estimate potential savings in three key areas.
Prospective companies interested to improve efficiency in the CADCAM/nesting process can request a free nesting benchmark comparison. By providing DXFs of parts alongside a nest of the same parts customers can see what percentage JETCAM’s high performance nesting could save on material over their existing software. Programming time can be drastically reduced by automating processes such as CAD import, tooling and automatic nesting, while machine runtime can also often be improved, with parts being common cut or for lasers JET-Cut fully automatic fly cutting.
Users enter information via simple sliders, entering their annual material spend, programming hourly rate and machine hourly rate. Next, they select the estimated savings, either provided through a benchmark or their own estimations. Clicking the calculate button immediately displays an annual saving for material, programming time and machine runtime, with a total underneath. Figures can be displayed in dollars, euros or pounds.
General Manager Martin Bailey says: “Many people struggle to estimate a return on investment when it comes to software. With machines it’s simple and visible: speed, throughput, size, etc. all can be used to calculate the benefit of a new machine over old. Our nesting benchmark comparison allow companies to quickly see how much and where they are likely to achieve savings. Many customers have already seen a return on their investment in months or even weeks, and as companies aim to automate and integrate in a post-COVID era it’s software that will quickly allow them to do that.”
The calculator is free to access at https://www.jetcam.com
JETCAM International has been developing and distributing its JETCAM Expert range of CADCAM software since 1986, serving the sheet metal and aerospace/automotive composite cutting industries. In use in 82 countries worldwide, JETCAM software supports virtually every CNC punching, laser, plasma, routing, waterjet and flatbed cutting machine available today, and provides automation and Industry 4.0 IIoT connectivity. The software has received various accolades and awards due to its high level of automation and fast return on investment.
Latest version of 123insight MRP/ERP software released
Simon Badger, MD of 123 Insight Ltd
Features include login security and improved accounts integration
123 Insight Ltd has released v10.10 of its core 123insight MRP/ERP manufacturing software. This incremental release includes a number of new and requested features across the software.
Enhancements have been made to Accounts Gateway® integration, providing more information from selected accounts systems such as Sage, XERO or Access Dimensions directly within 123insight such as additional aged debt information.
Filtering has been enhanced across various screens within the planning section, allowing more options to distil data down on-screen. This has been achieved either by adding new columns or adding filter fields above data grids.
Within the stores section further enhancements have been made to maximum stock level, future movements of parts and the global shortage issue report.
Security is further increased, as administration staff can also now control the number of failed login attempts before a user is locked. The release also includes numerous other minor enhancements throughout 123insight.
Managing director Simon Badger comments: “This release is all about delivering those little wins that make day-to-day tasks just that bit easier. We’re all presented with so much data throughout the day, so any enhancements that can help to get to the most relevant information quicker are always a benefit.”
All 123insight customers can update to the latest version at no cost under the monthly subscription. A remote update service is available for £300.
The company was founded in 2000 as a response to the fundamental flaws inherent in the traditional ERP/MRP selection and implementation process. 123 Insight has been either nominated or has won dozens of awards, often due to the speed of implementation and the immediate return on investment. The system is suitable for all type, shapes, sizes and industries, with all customers using the same ‘off-the-shelf’ product.
Since 2000 123 Insight has developed and distributed its award-winning MRP/ERP system. It is offered completely without risk. Attend an Evaluation Workshop, then attend the six-day ‘No Obligation’ training on the understanding that if the system does not suit your business you walk away with nothing to pay. After that it is a low monthly subscription, no minimum contract and you can increase/decrease licences every month.
Hexagon enhances its smart manufacturing solutions portfolio with the acquisition of D.P. Technology Corp
Hexagon AB, a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions, today announced the signing of an agreement to acquire D.P. Technology Corp., a leading developer and supplier of computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology.
The ESPRIT CAM System, its flagship solution, is the smart manufacturing solution for any machining application. Supporting any class of CNC machine via a common interface and workflow, it provides high-performance CNC machine programming, optimisation, and simulation for a broad range of precision manufacturing applications.
Well known for its machine-optimised, edit-free G-code (toolpath), ESPRIT leverages a digital twin simulation platform to model the finished part, tools, and CNC machine. AI-based algorithms eliminate manual data input and provide machine operators with greater assurance of what will happen on the shop floor. The result is simplified programming, increased tool life and utilisation, reduced cycle times and improved productivity.
“D.P. Technology is an innovator with a strong focus on building smarter, data-driven manufacturing solutions. When combined with our production software portfolio, it cements our market-leading position in CAM, particularly around CNC manufacturing processes, and accelerates the development of our smart manufacturing portfolio,” says Hexagon president and CEO Ola Rollén. “Additionally, the D.P. Technology team has built excellent working relationships with leading machine tool providers and other manufacturing technology experts, which will prove invaluable in our open and interoperable manufacturing ecosystem approach.”
Founded in 1982 and headquartered in Camarillo, California, D.P. Technology employs around 260 people in 27 locations worldwide. The company is also represented by a network of 130 resellers across 44 countries, giving ESPRIT a global footprint and install base. D.P. Technology will operate as part of Hexagon’s Manufacturing Intelligence division. Completion of the transaction is subject to regulatory approvals. 2019 sales amounted to 35m EUR.
Hexagon is a global leader in sensor, software and autonomous solutions. It is putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, and quality across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, safety, and mobility applications. Hexagon technologies are shaping urban and production ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous,ensuring a scalable, sustainable future.
Hexagon has approximately 20,000 employees in 50 countries and net sales of approximately 3.9bn EUR.
Tel: 0046 8601 2627
Automation beyond traditional machine tending
Fastems Group will host an online Open House & Conference entitled “Productivity Beyond Machine Tending” on November 4, 2020 at 8:00-13:00 CET. The virtual event will showcase the latest developments in automation and surrounding technologies to all metalworking manufacturers. The company’s aim is to educate machine shops on how to improve their efficiency and quality in a manageable, methodical, and practical manner. The scope of automation includes more than tending machines; it also includes evaluating the surrounding processes such as cutting tool management and other manual work functions to reveal the key bottlenecks that should be addressed first.
The online Open House & Conference will gather people in manufacturing industries across Europe and North America with informative and educational webinars, video demonstrations, and Q&A sessions on several productivity-related topics, such as:
Automation possibilities now that go beyond traditional machine tending
Building optimal cutting tool management practices, step-by-step
Production planning and control software for manual work cells and standalone machines
Inspiring FMS advancements based on real customer success stories and a next-generation load handler for machines without automatic pallet changers
New innovations and flexibility improvements in robot cells and software
Fastems Group CEO Mikko Nyman will open the event live, welcoming the audience. The event is scheduled for European audiences on November 4, 2020, at 8:00 CET. Fastems warmly welcomes everyone to attend the entire event that day or access single presentations based on interest. If registrants cannot participate on the scheduled date and time, they can return to view and download all the free material at a more convenient time.
For more information and to register, visit https://www.fastems.com/event/seminar-productivity-beyond or contact Leigh Tricklebank, UK sales manager at email@example.com
Founded in 1901, Fastems delivers intelligent factory automation solutions that help metalworking manufacturers to increase their productivity. Its industry-leading control software and the capability to integrate any industrial machine tools into one entity, combined with its broad service selection and decades of experience is what makes Fastems unique.
Tel: 01322 222211
Heller announces virtual event
HELLER will host V-CON 2020, a virtual international event promoting its products and services, and those of numerous supplier partners, on 10th, 11th and 12th November 2020.
German-owned machine tool manufacturer HELLER, which also operates a manufacturing facility at its UK and Ireland subsidiary’s headquarters in Redditch, has announced that it will stage an international, interactive, online event from 10th to 12th November. Anyone wishing to register for V-CON 2020 should visit: https://v-con2020.com/login
Matthias Meyer, managing director of the Redditch operation says: “This will give visitors a unique exhibition experience with the opportunity to meet our experts and partners whilst exploring our virtual world of production solutions.”
The programme is available online and, following registration, it will be possible for participants to put together a personal agenda. Several times each day, a TalkPodium will provide an opportunity for virtual visitors to attend live discussions and play an active role with a chat function. Additionally, RoundTables will enable an exchange between HELLER experts and machine users in order to benefit from their real-life experiences.
Included in the event will be a virtual 360-degree tour of the Nürtingen factory. There will also be an overview of the full range of products and services provided by the manufacturer, including its Industry 4.0 offering HELLER4Industry. More information can be found at: www.heller.biz//en/machines-and-solutions/heller4industry. Representation by a wide range of well-known, third-party supplier companies will round off the event.
ES NOVEMBER 2020
Acquisition accelerates the adoption of digital twin technology
FARO Technologies Inc, a global leader for 3D measurement, imaging and realisation solutions for 3D Metrology, AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction), and Public Safety Analytics, today announced that the Company has acquired Advanced Technical Solutions in Scandinavia AB (“ATS”), a Swedish-based leader in 3D digital twin solution technology.
Founded in 1990, ATS has had particular success in the automotive space, where the firm has agreements in place with several well-known global automotive manufacturers. The acquisition will integrate ATS software and proprietary Traceable 3D system, which enables highly accurate and repeatable 3D scans, into the FARO Webshare Cloud platform. ATS’ system connects the physical to the digital world and is expected to bolster FARO’s ability to improve customers’ time to decision with 10x faster 3D imaging at up to 1mm accuracy.
“We believe this acquisition enables FARO with differentiated accuracy and speed, which we believe will accelerate the adoption of digital twin technology. High accuracy 3D digital twin simulations allow capital intensive industries such as automotive and aerospace to meaningfully reduce their time to market and cost,” says Michael Burger, FARO president & CEO. “I welcome the ATS team into FARO and believe they will help accelerate our strategic objective of increasing Cloud-based subscription offerings in this sizable market.”
ATS CEO Göran L. Bergqvist comments: “The ATS team is thrilled to join a 40-year global leader like FARO. FARO’s technology and market presence provides the spring-board to the market adoption of Traceable 3D.” As the co-founder of ATS, he will continue to lead the ATS operation. The ATS Swedish facility will also act as a Nordic sales and service center for FARO.
FARO Technologies, Inc.
Tel: 001 407 333 9911
EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit 2020
The new digital EuroBLECH event is looking ahead with a sharpened focus on technology updates, market outlooks and brand-new networking opportunities.
Hosted online from 27–30 October 2020, the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit provides a much anticipated trade and networking event for the global sheet metal working community, presenting a broad programme for trade professionals including virtual product presentations, expert webinars, and plenty of matchmaking. Visitors can participate for free and register online from the beginning of October.
The organiser of EuroBLECH, Mack Brooks Exhibitions, has announced the new online event for the international sheet metal working community in order to help the industry pave and shape the way back to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit provides a dedicated virtual marketplace for innovative manufacturing solutions, knowledge transfer and worldwide business contacts in a new online format. At the same time, it conveniently bridges the big wait for the physical EuroBLECH event which has been postponed to March 2021.
“When the decision was taken to postpone EuroBLECH, the world’s largest sheet metal working technology exhibition amidst the Covid-19 crisis, we were determined to fill the gap and put all our energies into developing a powerful and focused online event that can offer a similarly high level of attraction to buyers”, explains EuroBLECH exhibition director Evelyn Warwick. “The previous EuroBLECH 2018 in Hanover attracted 56,307 international trade visitors and a total of 1,507 exhibitors from 40 countries, so our new virtual summit can build upon a very successful real-life event.
“This includes the huge EuroBLECH community of sheet metal working professionals and technology providers that have attended or exhibited at our shows over the years. As such, the EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit gives industry specialists and buyers worldwide online access to this expert community, enabling them to witness true technological innovation and product launches, hear insider views about the latest market trends and opportunities, and use amazing matchmaking and meeting facilities, all online, to get back into business again.”
DISCOVER, CONNECT and LEARN: Virtual summit offers three-in-one experience
The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit is a four-day online trading, networking and webinar event for professionals from the entire sheet metal working technology chain. Visitors can virtually meet relevant technology suppliers, watch informative product presentations, follow talks and webinars on current industry issues, and ultimately source the best technical solutions for their manufacturing processes.
DISCOVER: Virtual Presentations in the Innovation Theatre, Product Showcases and Exhibitor Directory
The Virtual Presentation Theatre, also known as the Innovation Theatre, features 15-minute exhibitor presentations on their latest product innovations and technologies, followed by a live Q&A session. Virtual Product Showcases create a virtual stand experience and allow visitors to explore new products and services in more detail. The Exhibitor Directory offers an easy starting point to browse the full EuroBLECH exhibitor list by name. A simple click leads to further exhibitor information, including product showcases, product videos, contact information, and more.
CONNECT: Networking and Virtual Meetings with Suppliers
A new matchmaking system powered by the latest AI technology helps suppliers and buyers make smart networking decisions by suggesting relevant people to meet. Participants can tailor their networking activities by requesting and pre-scheduling their meetings before the event. Arranging for a meeting is very easy and intuitive, with no third-party software required.
LEARN: Daily Webinars on the latest industry and technology trends
A daily programme of webinars by industry experts provides an opportunity to gain useful insights into the latest market developments as well as technical expertise concerning new industry applications and solutions. A special series with focus on the sheet metal working industry in key geographical areas offers an in-depth analysis on the current challenges and strategies to adapt to the Covid-19 pandemic. All webinars feature short presentations, followed by a live Q&A session. Further details on topics and speakers will be published soon.
How the Covid-19 crisis sparks innovation in sheet metal working
The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit comes at a crucial time when sheet metal production has to deal with the massive impact of the global pandemic and its disruption to industrial production in general. The “new normal” requires companies to adapt to new regulations and restrictions, such as social distancing rules, and to master an increasingly volatile market with sudden drops and surges in demand. All this poses a huge challenge for an industry that traditionally operates with rather long lead times and complex supply chains.
“The key for post-crisis growth is agility, and this includes the knowledge and ability to find the right balance between just-in-time, lean inventory, and resilience,” explains Evelyn Warwick. “The industry will recover, but companies who want to survive and ultimately thrive really need to use the coming months to adapt and strengthen for the future. In fact, this crisis is a big moment for innovation, as barriers that once took years to overcome will become irrelevant within a matter of weeks, opening up new opportunities for those willing to adapt and meet shifting customer needs.”
Industry experts agree that the rise of formerly disruptive forces, in particular digitalisation, robotics and automation, has been significantly accelerated by the current crisis. The survival and long-term success of manufacturers will ultimately depend on how quickly they can deploy this new technology to boost their productivity and ensure full scalability of their operations.
“Digitalisation has certainly set the tone at the previous EuroBLECH 2018,” says Evelyn Warwick. “The last couple of years have brought noticeable technological advancement, and many exhibitors have already demonstrated how well the industry is prepared for digitalisation. At the same time, this technology is changing so fast that it is better to get engaged today and businesses start moving forward. The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit is the only virtual market place that offers the scope, range and professional network opportunities of a big trade event where the global sheet metal community can meet online, discuss their current situation and challenges, learn about the latest market developments, and source the new technology it needs to survive and flourish.“
Further information will be available over the coming weeks at www.euroblech.com/digitalsummit
Key Details for Participants:
The EuroBLECH Digital Innovation Summit takes place online from 27 – 30 October 2020. The opening times are 8am to 4pm GMT. Visitor participation is free, and online visitor registration opens on 1st October 2020.
Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd
Tel: 01727 814400
MSC supports CloudNC in the aim to deliver the future of manufacturing
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSC) is supporting autonomous manufacturing disruptor CloudNC in its objective to revolutionise the subcontracting market.
MSC has been appointed by CloudNC on a two-year contract covering vending solutions across metalworking and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) categories. MSC will also provide engineering support to identify and deliver cost down efficiencies for CloudNC.
Founded in 2015, CloudNC is on a mission to transform subcontract manufacturing activities. The UK-based precision engineering firm has introduced a pioneering artificial intelligence (AI) approach to manufacturing, using highly advanced CNC programming capabilities.
The entrepreneurial business has ambitious growth plans for the future, having secured government grants and venture capital funding, and plans to open manufacturing plants around the world, which will automate and streamline the precision manufacturing process.
MSC will initially support CloudNC at Factory 1 in Chelmsford, Essex, which is the first CloudNC factory. The state-of-the-art facility embraces robotics and Industry 4.0 principles of connectivity and automation to deliver faster, more reliable and more cost-effective CNC machining.
Theo Saville, Co-founder and CEO of CloudNC, says: “The MSC team shares our vision for an autonomous manufacturing future and has worked with us to develop a tool management system to help achieve this. We look forward to the integration of this tool vending solution into our Factory Operating System, bringing autonomous software control to another key aspect of the precision manufacturing process, to drive faster turnaround and even lower prices for our customers.”
Alasdair McCallum, regional sales manager at MSC, says: “We look forward to supporting CloudNC in its ambition to automate and advance manufacturing processes by delivering our first-class engineering and technical support and cost-saving solutions.
“It’s exciting to think that we will play a part in helping CloudNC achieve their ambitious vision for the future, and as a result help shape what manufacturing in the UK might look like in years to come.”
MSC is a leader in the supply of Metalworking and MRO products. MSC helps organisations deliver operational excellence by providing engineering support across a variety of industries and metalworking applications. Whatever the challenge, MSC finds the right tool for the job and develops solutions to improve performance.
MSC helps drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with over 120,000 products, inventory management and supply chain solutions, and offers extensive engineering and technical expertise from years of working across different industries.
At the heart of MSC is its commitment to give customers control and its ability to demonstrate time and cost savings. Through its relationships with over 500 suppliers, it offers the broadest range of metalworking and MRO products.
For further information, contact:
KW Special Projects to locate world class Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park
KW Special Projects’ Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park
MEPC has confirmed that a state-of-the-art digital manufacturing facility, believed to be one of the most technically advanced of its kind in Europe and serving sectors such as aerospace, automotive, defence and marine, will be created inside one of 13 sizeable new industrial properties nearing completion at Silverstone Park.
The Digital Manufacturing Centre (DMC) is the brainchild of high-performance engineering specialist KW Special Projects (KWSP) and will total over 20,000 sq ft of manufacturing and office space. Its HQ-style building is one of seven impressive stand-alone properties currently being constructed as part of a 258,000 sq ft development by MEPC in the Enterprise Zone at Silverstone Park which also includes a further six terraced industrial units.
The DMC project has received significant funding from the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP). KWSP and DMC founder and CEO Kieron Salter has also highlighted Enterprise Zone status among the key reasons for choosing Silverstone Park as a location.
“It’s very attractive in terms of de-risking the project in the current climate and enables us to manage cash flow better in these early stages and ramp up more effectively,” he comments. “We also like how MEPC is developing Silverstone Park as a hot spot for advanced technologies and attracting tech companies as a result.
“As members of the Silverstone Technology Cluster (STC), we want to promote that by engaging with a future workforce, particularly young people in local schools, colleges and universities. This is an opportunity to show a younger audience that this is a cool technology that’s being applied in cool sectors like aerospace, motorsport and space.
“There is also the connectivity at Silverstone Park with the M1, M40, rail networks, Milton Keynes and the Oxford-Cambridge Arc. It makes it a great place.”
The DMC will become the third specialist high tech facility at Silverstone Park since MEPC took over development of the business estate in 2013.
Others include the UK’s only dedicated subcontract inspection metrology facility (a collaboration between MEPC and Hexagon Manufacturing’s Intelligence division) and the Silverstone Sports Engineering Hub (SSEH) which opened in autumn 2019.
KWSP becomes the second company to be named by MEPC to have agreed terms on one of the 13 new industrial properties, the first, Swiss-based international lifestyle drinks brand EIGHTY-ONE, was announced in July.
MEPC’s Roz Bird, commercial director at Silverstone Park and STC Chair, says: “We are delighted to announce KWSP and the Digital Manufacturing Centre as a new occupier in one of our latest HQ-style buildings on site which form part of ‘Phase 2’ development plans at Silverstone Park.
“The scale and magnitude of the Digital Manufacturing Centre is to be applauded, as is its clear desire to showcase engineering to local schoolchildren and students. This aligns perfectly with our own Inspiration for Innovation programme with local schools, in response to concerns from local employers about the skills gap.”
In approving public investment for the Centre, KWSP and SEMLEP identify that the DMC will help develop new and high-value engineering opportunities for more than 100 SMEs, and is forecast to contribute £9m GVA (gross value added) over three years for the region.
SEMLEP Chief Executive Hilary Chipping says: “Working with innovative businesses like KWSP to make their ideas become reality is exactly what makes the South East Midlands LEP area the successful place it is today.
“This is ever more important as innovation will be at the forefront of our national response to getting back to business post lockdown and in a new trade era. SEMLEP’s investment, through the Local Growth Fund, will help local businesses to remain at the cutting edge of technology and create long-term job opportunities.”
Like the SSEH, the Digital Manufacturing Centre will also act as an ‘incubator’ facility for tech start-up and SME businesses that will have access to its technologies.
Meanwhile, Kieron Salter explains some of the futuristic thinking that has gone into the DMC’s lay-out and processes: “Polymer additive manufacturing is KWSP’s forte, but at Silverstone Park we will also have metal additive manufacturing to satisfy the requirements of high-end aerospace, motorsport and space applications. Automotive, aerospace and space are all targets for us, with places like Harwell and Wescott nearby.
“There are a whole range of industry sectors we can attract to Silverstone Park. Oil & gas, land and sea, defence, marine etc. have already recognised the benefits of these technologies as they trickle down through the supply chain.
“As a result of the COVID situation, we know we have to reconfigure the premises, making them more hybrid and accessible. There are going to be some great levels of connectivity using digital infrastructure.
“Our ambition is very much to be operating on an industrial scale and ensure the Digital Manufacturing Centre at Silverstone Park is right up there with the very best in Europe, if not the world.”
VLOG with Kieron Salter as the DMC building nears completion
MEPC Silverstone Park
Tel: 01327 856000
ES OCTOBER 2020
MACH 2021 falls victim to Covid-19
Despite the sterling efforts of organiser the Manufacturing Technologies Association (MTA) for the MACH 2021 exhibition to go ahead in January as planned, the UK’s largest manufacturing trade event has had to be rescheduled to April 2022.
With the continued uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic and local lockdowns, the MTA decided to consult with its members and exhibitors who had booked a stand at MACH 2021 and gauge their opinion on whether to continue with MACH 2021 in January or carry forward to MACH 2022.
The overwhelming sentiment was that, in order to minimise the risks to visitors and exhibitors and to provide the best possible platform for both, the event should be moved to April 2022.
The event will be held in the same Halls at the NEC from 4th to 8th April 2022.
Roger Barber Publishing fully supports this move and will work hard to keep our readers fully informed about the advantages of the 2022 show.
MTA CEO James Selka says: “We believe that this decision, which has not been taken lightly, is in the best interests of the industry and those who work in it. Our first priority is, of course, the health and safety of the 30,000+ people who will visit and work at MACH.
“In addition, we believe that by moving MACH to April 2022, we will be able to offer a better experience for our visitors, and better value for our exhibitors, rather than holding it in January 2021 with the uncertainty that could still be with us. Add to this the Government’s recent announcement of a pause to the restart of live events and it was felt that a dateline in April 2022 was a much better option.
“In the meantime, visitors who planned to attend MACH 2021 to find out about new technology, look for new suppliers and research new trends will be able to utilise the existing MTA digital platforms. In addition, later this year, we will launch a new, virtual platform which we believe will perfectly complement the live show in 2022.
“We’re grateful to the NEC for working with us to facilitate this move and we look forward to welcoming visitors to MACH 2022 where they will be able to experience the best of modern manufacturing technology under one roof.”
All exhibitors booked for MACH in January 2021 have been offered the same space at the event being held on the new dates and the MTA is already in contact with exhibitors to discuss their participation. However, should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the organisers: