WENZEL and Nikon Metrology enter distribution partnership
Nikon Metrology and WENZEL announce their new distribution partnership, commencing April 2020
The distribution agreement between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL sees two of the biggest global players in metrology create a new partnership. This distribution partnership provides customers with the ultimate combination of innovative CMMs and Nikon Metrology’s unequalled laser scanning technology.
Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL have announced their new distribution partnership taking effect from April 2020. The distribution partnership means that WENZEL has become an official Nikon Metrology partner for the sales and distribution of Nikon Metrology laser scanning products in the European market.
WENZEL’s expertise and innovation in the CMM market, and Nikon Metrology’s peerless laser scanning technology will support the European customer base with tailored CMM laser scanning solutions to meet a wide variety of applications, industries and requirements.
Ready for Industry 4.0
To meet the demands of Industry 4.0 and mutual customers, the collaboration of Nikon Metrology and WENZEL efficiently delivers innovative CMM-based laser scanning solutions throughout Europe.
Carsten Georgi, Laser Radar & Laser Scanning sales director at Nikon Metrology confirms: “The partnership between Nikon Metrology Europe and WENZEL brings two innovative companies together to meet the increasing market demands of our mutual customers.”
“We are pleased about the new distribution partnership with Nikon Metrology and are looking forward to future cooperation. By using NIKON sensors on a WENZEL CMM, WENZEL provides its customers with an additional benefit. Due to the extended portfolio of optical sensors, the right sensor for each customer can be offered in terms of measuring time, accuracy and level of detail. CMMs already in use can also be upgraded by WENZEL with the new optical sensors. All this is rounded off by use of our powerful measuring software WM | Quartis in which the complete NIKON Metrology sensor portfolio is integrated,” says Dr. Heike Wenzel, CEO of the WENZEL Group.
With Industry 4.0 practices integrating all areas of manufacturing to improve the efficiency of production processes, laser scanning is a key component in its implementation. In the production environment, laser scanning helps to obtain a rapid insight into deviations, a significant benefit of high-speed digital data capture. With the support of WENZEL’s high precision and reliable coordinate measuring machines, this partnership delivers precise and innovative solutions, ready for Industry 4.0.
Nikon Metrology offers the broadest range of metrology solutions for applications ranging from miniature electronics to the largest aircraft. Nikon Metrology’s innovative measuring and precision instruments contribute to a high performance design-through-manufacturing process that allows manufacturers to deliver premium quality products in a shorter time. Further information is available at www.nikonmetrology.com
The WENZEL Group is one of the global leading manufacturers of metrology solutions; a company that grew on a solid foundation of family, German quality engineering, flexibility and strong partnerships. It is a solution-oriented partner with a focus on innovation in various fields of expertise: coordinate metrology, optical high-speed scanning, computed tomography. Subsidiaries and agents in more than 50 countries take care of sales and provide after sales service support to customers. WENZEL Group employs 650 people worldwide. Further information is available at www.wenzel-group.com
TRUMPF’s e-mobility solutions
TRUMPF application engineer in the laser laboratory welding a battery tray
Leading high-technology company TRUMPF is benefiting from the auto industry’s shift toward e-mobility. One of TRUMPF’s key contributions is a new laser that is better suited to welding copper than any other laser, a key development driven by TRUMPF laser specialists as part of the company’s e-mobility strategy.
Regarded as the most important material for conducting electricity, copper plays an essential role in the e-mobility sector. The new laser offers a more efficient means of welding copper for applications such as the high-power electronic systems used in electric cars. “The transition toward e-mobility offers some major opportunities for industry,” says Christian Schmitz, head of the Laser Technology division at TRUMPF. “The important thing now is to rapidly address the new areas of business and technology that are emerging from this structural transformation.” TRUMPF expects further growth for its own business as a result of the change in the automotive industry. The company’s sales of products and solutions that are channelled straight into e-mobility have doubled compared to figures for the previous year. “Twenty percent of our order intake from the auto industry is now coming from e-mobility. That’s twice as much as last year,” says Christian Schmitz.
TRUMPF has supported these structural changes in the auto industry as a pioneering force in its specialist field, building up a worldwide network of experts entirely dedicated to e-mobility. As well as adapting part of its product and technology portfolio to the demands of the industry, the company has also simultaneously embarked on a series of new development projects. “The fact that we have succeeded in shifting our focus to e-mobility in such a relatively short space of time is primarily due to our decades of experience in the high-tech sector and our specific expertise in the auto industry,” says Christan Schmitz. One example has been TRUMPF’s success in transferring its knowledge of battery pack technology and manufacturing from the medical devices sector to e-mobility.
Structural change brings further growth for TRUMPF
On top of the existing auto industry, plenty of other players are also entering the automotive market, including disruptive start-ups from all over the world, Chinese companies and new companies from various fields, predominantly in battery manufacturing. “We have the products, technologies and manufacturing expertise we need to equip all these companies with e-mobility solutions, both existing industry players and market newcomers. We already have development partnerships with traditional auto makers and we’ve been involved in the development process at key start-ups from the very beginning. In terms of up-and-coming companies from China, our years of technology experience have made us a sought-after partner in the field of battery manufacturing,” concludes Christian Schmitz.
Pryor joins AMRC to showcase part traceability and data capture in smart factories
World leading marking, identification and traceability specialist Pryor Marking Technology has become a member of the prestigious University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).
The AMRC is a network of world-class research and innovation centres working with advanced manufacturing companies around the world including Boeing, Rolls-Royce and BAE Systems.
As part of being a Tier 2 Member, Pryor has placed an advanced integrator laser marking system in the AMRC’s Factory 2050, the UK’s first state-of-the-art factory dedicated to research into reconfigurable digitally assisted assembly, components manufacturing and machining technologies.
The integrator laser is the first ever laser marking equipment in Factory 2050. It will be integrated into a fully automated robotic cell for marking parts and components to demonstrate part traceability and data capture in production assemblies.
The demonstration will involve two robots that will load the parts of a pen into the laser cabinet for marking and then assembling the parts into a working pen. Visitors will also be able to sign their name on a tablet linked to the system and the laser will engrave their signature on the pen.
David Ray, technical director at Pryor says: “This is an exciting collaboration sharing best practice in traceability. Product identity and data capture is becoming essential in modern manufacturing for multiple reasons including efficiency, quality assurance, anti-counterfeiting, recall actions and to meet increasing regulatory requirements.
“We’re delighted to be members of the AMRC and look forward to showcasing our solutions and contributing to research projects that will help develop the next generation of traceability systems for the smartest factories in the world.”
Both organisations are based in the Sheffield City Region and already partner on Pryor’s apprenticeship programme, using the AMRC’s training centre.
Pryor is leading the way with proven fibre laser marking technologies to address the growing need to mark components moving at high velocity through its range of ‘on-the-fly’ standalone and integrated laser systems.
The software links manufacturing data to uniquely identified components. Traceability is provided throughout the component manufacture and the product lifecycle, not just for materials but for all manufacturing variables that need to be monitored.
Pryor Marking Technology is a world leader in the manufacture and design of both traditional and innovative marking, identification and traceability solutions.
Founded in 1849 in Sheffield, UK, a hub of manufacturing and the birthplace of stainless steel, the company’s success is built on providing solutions for all manufacturing industries, with extensive expertise in aerospace and automotive standards.
Operating from sites in the UK, USA, France and India, Pryor serves an extensive customer base, supported by a comprehensive distributor network in countries across the globe.
The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) is a world-class centre for research into advanced manufacturing technologies used in the aerospace, automotive, medical and other high-value manufacturing sectors.
The AMRC has a global reputation for helping companies overcome manufacturing problems and is a model for collaborative research involving universities, academics and industry worldwide.
Combining state-of-the-art technologies with the AMRC’s expertise in design and prototyping, machining, casting, welding, additive manufacturing, composites, robotics and automation, digital manufacturing and structural testing, has created a manufacturing resource far beyond anything previously available in the UK.
The AMRC is a member of the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, a consortium of leading manufacturing and process research centres, backed by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. More information can be found at www.amrc.co.uk
Rofin-Sinar UK celebrates its 20th anniversary
Rofin-Sinar UK is celebrating its twentieth year as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of sealed CO2 laser sources. In an era when companies come and go, it has achieved two decades of innovation and steady growth.
Rofin-Sinar UK began operations in 1998 in Hull, UK and counts among its many achievements, the development of the world’s fastest vector writing laser and winning the Queen’s Award in both 2007 and 2011.
The company’s relocation to a new, purpose-built facility took place in 2016. The site measures 7,500 m2 and was needed to accommodate the company’s growth in turnover and units shipped. Rofin-Sinar UK now employs more than 180 people at its Hull headquarters and its overseas offices in China, South Korea and Italy.
Andrew Chambers, sales director, concludes: “Our success and longevity are due in part to the advanced capabilities and continuous improvement of our products. They are also the result of the commitment of our skilled and passionate people, including many colleagues who have been with the company since the beginning.”
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£3 million sales confirmed
The projection that TRUMPF UK sales will close at the end of this current financial year at more than £52 million was certainly enhanced by orders the company received at its Open House event that ran from 12th–14th June. TRUMPF UK welcomed more than 200 visitors from 130 manufacturing companies and several were sufficiently impressed by what they saw to make an investment, confirming this event to be among the highlights of the sheet metalworking calendar in UK.
TRUMPF UK reports confirmed orders across its product ranges including the TruBend, TruPunch, TruMark and TruLaser including a TruLaser tube cutting machine. In total the order value was around £3 million.
All TRUMPF technologies were featured at the show, but the focus was on Industry 4.0, automation and the connected factory at every stage of implementation. Early feedback has confirmed that many visitors benefited significantly from the guidance of TRUMPF experts in this field who came from Austria, Germany and the USA.
Machine highlights included the TruLaser 3030 6kW and TruLaser 5030 8kW machines, both with BrightLine fiber, the TruPunch 5000 with SheetMaster, the TruBend 5130 with various productivity features and the TruTool power tools including the new 18V range.
The Open House also proved the excellent launch platform for the new TruLaser 2030 4kW BrightLine fiber machine in the UK, an entry level product for flat sheet laser cutting which sparked much interest.
Blum measures up to a record year in the UK
Industry’s search for greater accuracy and real-time data has helped an East Staffordshire measurement specialist secure a record-breaking year.
Blum-Novotest, which works across the automotive, aerospace, medical and machine tool sectors, has seen sales pass the £500,000 mark for the first time since the UK subsidiary was launched in 2000.
The target this year is for another 20 percent growth, with the company set to build on the early success of its DIGILOG touch probe systems by officially launching LC50 – its latest laser control technology.
This new innovation has been described as the world’s most advanced laser measuring system and will deliver up to a 60 percent reduction in the time taken to check and measure parts within a CNC machine.
“2017 was a fantastic year for our UK business and we wanted to build on this by sending out a strong message at Southern Manufacturing & Electronics,” explains David Mold, managing director of Blum-Novotest Ltd.
“We are finding that a lot of our customers are increasingly looking to source measurement solutions that are quick, can perform on complex components and, importantly, can be fitted to the inside of a machine tool for real time data and the best possible accuracy.
“This is exactly what we do with our range of products that start from a simple tool setting probe and go right through to workpiece probes, roughness and bore gauges and the new DIGILOG touch probes that are proving extremely popular.
Blum-Novotest is one of the global leaders in production metrology, employing 534 people and turning over £77m across its 16 subsidiaries.
The UK operation was started in 2000 by David Mold in a small office in Lichfield. As the firm’s reputation grew in aerospace and automotive, sales started to increase rapidly and a move to bespoke offices and a state-of-the-art demonstration room in Burton-upon-Trent followed in 2015.
Today, the company delivers its solutions to some of the world’s largest aerospace primes, car manufacturers and a host of CNC machine tool suppliers, including the Engineering Technology Group, Whitehouse Machine Tools and Yeovil Machine Tools.
“Our parent company is very supportive and views the UK as a crucial part of its growth strategy and, as such, we have great access to its R&D and production facilities in Germany,” continues David Mold.
“This means we can bring the world’s best measurement technology into this country and ensure our clients are producing complex parts to the required accuracy at the first time of asking.”
Blum-Novotest Limited currently employs an office manager, two installation engineers and have recently taken on a new apprentice and sales professional to help cope with the expansion.
LASYS exhibition becoming increasingly more important
Growing number of international exhibitors and industrial associations involved
LASYS has become established as the trade fair for laser material processing and is making an impression with continuously increasing numbers of international exhibitors, industrial associations and institutions. The forthcoming event from 5 to 7 June 2018 will also prove that exhibitors and visitors alike are impressed by the concept of the trade fair in Stuttgart. “With the previous LASYS events and the initiative ‘Lasys meets…‘, we managed to successfully position the trade fair for laser material processing both in Germany and abroad,” said Gunnar Mey, head of the Industry Department at Messe Stuttgart. This is indicated by the growing number of new international exhibitors. They include Optoprim, a supplier and distributor of selected optical components and systems, which represents more than 20 manufacturers from different countries and will take part in LASYS for the first time in 2018.
Andreas Röhrl, sales director at Optoprim, explains: “For me, as a long-term market participant and visitor, LASYS has been an interesting event ever since its première in 2008. Now, in my capacity as the responsible head of Optoprim Germany GmbH, it was therefore quickly clear to me and my team that we should be personally represented this time and present our company as a co-exhibitor to our international suppliers at the trade fair. In addition to components for applications in laser marking and laser micro processing, high-performance lasers from nLight and laser process heads from the manufacturer Laser Mechanisms will be a focal point on our exhibition stand. System integrators and OEM customers, who are traditionally very well-represented as trade visitors at LASYS, are generally an important target group for us and our co-exhibitors”.
Univet from Italy will also exhibit at LASYS for the first time. Marco Paletti, laser product manager, Univet srl, says: “We want to extend our market position in the areas of laser protection, safety goggles and filters. LASYS is therefore the ideal place to present our products. We expect to forge new contacts because we are convinced that visitors will appreciate our technology, our design and our service. We are also looking forward to meeting other manufacturers and system integrators who, just like us, regard LASYS as the leading trade fair in the industrial lasers sector.”
Dagmar Smrčinová, marketing manager at Czech company 4ISP s.r.o., says that the exhibited machines are one reason why her company is taking part in LASYS for the first time: “LASYS presents a special range of machines in action. We cannot afford to miss this. What’s better than seeing a machine in operation at a trade fair? Nothing! The Internet is full of catalogues, photos and beautiful words, but the right machines in action? You want to experience them live.”
LASYS is also highly regarded by international industrial associations. For example, “Photonics Finland“ is supporting a joint exhibition area for Finnish companies at LASYS 2018, while the Spanish industrial association Southern European Cluster in Photonics and Optics (SECPho) is planning a pavilion for its members. There will also be a joint delegation from the Netherlands.
Haiming Zhou, general director of the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT) – Machinery Sub-Council (MSC) and responsible for representing LASYS in the Chinese market, emphasises: “We support trade fairs in the optics industry worldwide. The concept of LASYS with its focus on laser systems convinces Chinese providers. This is also shown by the participation of renowned companies such as Foshan Beyond Laser Technology, Guangzhou CK Laser or Chengdu Dongjun Laser as exhibitors at the upcoming LASYS.”
Previous partners such as the “Laser Institute of America” (LIA) are remaining loyal to LASYS. Marketing director Jim Naugle says: “The Laser Institute of America is proud to have supported LASYS right from the start in 2008. The leading international trade fair focuses on the use of lasers in industrial production, a fact which attracts laser enthusiasts ranging from beginners through to scientists. LASYS is the ideal platform for the industry and our members.”
The European Photonics Industry Consortium (EPIC) is also involved in the joint organisation of the accompanying programme and invites people to attend the “EPIC Meeting on lasers and material processing at LASYS” on 7 June 2018.
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