Lantek brings cutting-edge Euromac robots “to life”
Entire punching and subsequent palletising performed by the KUKA KR 10 robot is controlled using the Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster solutions
Lantek, the multinational pioneer in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, has announced a collaboration agreement with the Italian company, Euromac, recognised worldwide as a supplier of machines for working with sheet metal, including CNC punches, benders and automated sheet metal systems.
The agreement enables control of the “sorting cell” programmed with the Kuka KR 10, one of the most cutting-edge robots on the market. It uses two punching solutions from Lantek: Lantek Expert PUNCH-PLUS and Lantek Stackmaster, automating the unloading line for parts and their subsequent palletisation and storage.
The Lantek software solutions are responsible for the whole process, which starts with programming the CNC Punch. During the punching process, the machine ejects/unloads the parts through a hatch. The parts then pass along a conveyer belt to an AI vision table where a camera detects the orientation of the fallen part. The Lantek software uses this information about the shape and orientation of the part to control the robot’s suction cups positioning and activating them to pick up each part. The robot finishes by rotating and placing the part in its correct location on the storage pallet.
The full control of the punching and palletizing process makes it possible to automate the whole production cycle for large volumes of parts, allowing production to be completely unattended.
“The close collaboration between Euromac and Lantek is a significant step forward towards the full process automation of punching lines and the subsequent palletisation of the parts, using state-of-the-art technology such as artificial vision systems and robots. This technology maximizes production speed and flexibility and improves workers’ conditions and safety,” states Francisco Pérez, director of the OEMs channel at Lantek.
Sales manager at Euromac, Ferrán Villanueva, highlights the importance of this collaboration, “For us, this is a great opportunity to use Lantek software for the Kuka KR 10. It will allow us to optimise the processes, reduce times and achieve efficient operation, guaranteeing the highest quality and tightest response times from this robot, one of the most cutting-edge on the market.”
Lantek is a multinational which is leading the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented manufacturing intelligence software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes, and profiles using any cutting technology, i.e. laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing and punching.
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country, Spain, one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector as a result of its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalisation. With more than 23,700 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2019, its international business contributed to 86 percent of its revenue.
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Lantek strengthens its global presence with more than 22,000 customers
Lantek, a pioneering multinational in the digital transformation of the sheet metal and fabrication sector, continues its unstoppable growth in market presence and number of customers. The multinational company of Basque origin founded in 1986 has just exceeded the figure of 22,000 companies using its licenses and/or services, spread over more than 100 different countries on five continents. Year on year, the company continues to increase both its number of customers and its turnover at a rate that demonstrates its strength in the different markets which it serves.
Lantek’s constant commitment to innovation plays an essential role in these results. This policy has allowed it to evolve, since its launch more than 30 years ago, into a company specializing in the development, sale and integration of control and management software solutions for industrial plants (CADCAM, MES, ERP) as well as, a pioneer in advanced manufacturing applications in sheet metal, tube and profile cutting. Its innovations have enabled it to become a multinational technological leader in its sector through the addition of new industry specific manufacturing solutions to its traditional portfolio.
Lantek’s solutions respond to specific problems which are set to be resolved by digitalising the sheet metal industry, allowing manufacturers to undertake the transition to Industry 4.0 and become more competitive and efficient in a global market.
Of the existing 22,359 customers who rely on Lantek solutions, the majority come from the laser cutting machine sector, followed by the oxycut-plasma, punching and waterjet cutting machine sectors. In terms of their profile, the clear trend is increasingly demanding and connected customers. These are companies with several plants in different countries in which the supply chain life cycle is integrated with both customers and suppliers. Infrastructure developments which are a response to the progress of the industry and its organizational complexity.
“The significant increase in the number of customers is clearly reflected in the company’s results. In the last financial year, Lantek recorded a growth of 10 percent in turnover, cementing a solid financial position that gives us the resources us to take on the growth necessary to face the new challenges of Industry 4.0”, states Lantek sales director Juan José Colás.
Lantek is leading the way in the digital transformation of companies in the sheet metal and metal industry. With its patented smart manufacturing software, it enables factories to be connected, turning them into Smart Factories. It rounds off its range of services with CAD, CAM, MES, and ERP solutions for companies that manufacture metal parts from sheet metal, tubes and profiles using any cutting technology (laser, plasma, oxycut, waterjet, shearing, and punching).
Founded in 1986 in the Basque Country (Spain), one of the main European hubs of machine tool development, Lantek enables the integration of sheet metal and metal processing technologies using the most advanced manufacturing management software. The company is currently the outstanding leader in its sector thanks to its capacity for innovation and commitment to internationalisation. With more than 22,359 customers in over 100 countries and 20 offices in 14 countries, it has an extensive network of distributors with an international presence. In 2018, its international business contributed to 86 percent of its revenue.
Lantek’s revenues continue to grow
Lantek, a world leader in software and solutions for the sheet metal and fabrication industries, maintained its strength as an international benchmark and pioneer in the digital transformation of the sector after reaching a turnover of 19.25 million euros in fiscal year 2018, which was a 10 percent increase when compared to the previous fiscal year. Its client base continued to grow, with 1,886 new clients increasing its total client portfolio to 21,884, in over 100 countries on five continents. In Spain, the number of customers was around 2,000 and turnover was 2.72 million euros.
The company presented its results at the International Meeting 2019, which the company holds with its employees and distributors every year and where the previous year is assessed and the guidelines and business objectives that will mark the organisation’s strategy for the next few years are presented. The strategy is geared to consolidate Lantek as a benchmark in the metalworking market.
The 2018 results reflect the consolidation of its international business, which represents 86 percent of the company’s revenue. The markets that progressed best last year were Germany, with 32 percent growth, followed by China with +30.7 percent, where the company is number one for laser machine manufacturers and the US with 11.3 percent growth. Other countries such as Spain +10.6 percent, France, and Italy also showed significant growth compared to last year.
“For another year running, Lantek demonstrated its international calling with very positive results in markets as competitive and digitalised as Germany, China, and the US. International projection and continuous growth in the number of clients and its product portfolio allowed the company to have sustained development, resulting in a solid financial position that allows it to take on the growth necessary to face the new challenges of Industry 4.0,” states Alberto López de Biñaspre, Lantek CEO.
The results demonstrate that the company, which employs 244 people around the world, is on the right track. Last year the company grew by over 30 people, 16 percent more than the previous fiscal year. The significant increase in personnel over the course of the last year was mainly due to the company’s strong commitment to strengthening leadership and supporting the digital transformation of the sector, as well as its expectation of greater growth in coming years.
Evolution of the product portfolio and digital transformation of the sector
There was a notable 40 percent increase in the Digital Transformation (Solutions) division, where Lantek accompanies its clients on the road to Industry 4.0. Its advanced manufacturing solutions offer comprehensive management of the plant and the company as a whole in a connected environment. This strong progress shows that the change is real in many markets and confirms the company’s commitment to digitalisation. In this regard, countries with governmental support for initiatives associated with the fourth industrial revolution are notable. These include, once again, Germany with an increase of 94 percent, countries like South Korea, Poland and France with growth of 50 percent and the US with 25 percent growth.
Overall growth for the business line dedicated to machinery manufacturers (Channel) was 12 percent.
Cooperation between machinery manufacturers and Lantek consolidated and reinforced the provision of CAM-generated data for use in management systems (MES, quoting, traceability) and analytics. This drove the development of this product line so that it would be ready for an increasingly open environment which can be easily integrated, enabling Lantek to reach more partners.
The new applications offered in the digital realm included Lantek’s launch last year of several systems developed on a cloud storage and data management platform using the most modern security techniques for data protection. The Cloud-based Lantek 360 suite incorporates four new solutions into Lantek’s current portfolio of products: Lantek Analytics (data analysis for in-plant decision making), Lantek iQuoting (tool for preparing quotes), Lantek MetalShop (an online metal part shop), and Lantek Control Panel (data viewing and analysis in real time). With Lantek software, sheet metal manufacturers and metalworking companies can improve the customer experience and establish a closer relationship with their customers, maximising production performance and profitability.
“The industrial sector is taking on the challenge of the digital transformation. Lantek, one of the driving forces behind Industry 4.0, wants to help companies in the sheet metal and fabrication sector with digitalisation, adapting to their needs and different levels of digital maturity, offering solutions to make Smart Factories a reality,” continues Alberto López de Biñaspre. “Our offer of a cloud platform responds to the challenges posed by the digital transformation, making production processes much more efficient.”
Last year 2.56 million euros were allocated to R&D+i investment, a figure well above the sector average and 38 percent higher than the previous year. This innovative power has been focused on the launch of new advanced manufacturing solutions to support sectors such as auto, aeronautics, energy, shipbuilding, agriculture, boiler making, metal construction, steelmaking, air conditioning, metal furniture, and distribution, amongst others.
“The Lantek team will be key to maintaining our organization’s leadership position. In order to achieve this, we’ll need to develop a corporate culture that sets the team at the heart of its strategy, one that is able to draw potential from legacy and experience and combine it with new talent and new ways of thinking. This will allow us to achieve our mission for the next few years: to assist companies in the sheet metal sector with digitalisation, making us their ideal partner in the new challenges posed by advanced manufacturing and the processes involved in converting their plants into Smart Factories,” explains Alberto López de Biñaspre. “Innovation is part of our DNA. Without it we wouldn’t be what we are today, a multinational company united by a fundamental principle of customer orientation. This principle affords us the degree of independence and autonomy necessary to ensure that our customers are offered the most appropriate solutions, regardless of the moment in time or the level of maturity of their business,” he concludes.