An innovative software for advanced business analytics is introduced by Lantek at the 25th EuroBLECH in Hanover: Lantek Analytics. It is one of three innovations, by which the IT expert enters the technology of cloud-based software for sheet metal processing. If you know the subject of your analysis, you get better results. This is the simple principle Lantek, a worldwide leader for sheet metal software, followed and developed “Lantek Analytics“ with the modules “Manufacturing Analytics“ and “Customer Analytics“. “Milestone“ is what Christoph Lenhard calls it, sales director at Lantek for Germany, Austria and Switzerland. “Lantek Analytics uses information from the Lantek database of the respective company. We know the production data and their structure, because they are obtained with our tools. That’s why we know best how they have to be interpreted,” he explains the benefits. “By means of this software we can answer in a very concise manner questions for the strategic decisions of the senior management or for the improvement of production.“ Common analytics tools of consulting companies are highly expensive custom-made products. Lantek Analytics on the contrary is a finished product and tailored to the demand of sheet metal processors – but at the same time individually usable since each company can define its own key performance indicators for the analysis. The tool operates cloud-based. This means the workflow in the company is not affected by the extensive calculation operations. The tool extracts the data for business analytics and produces a separate representation of the data on an external platform, updates it within seconds and analyses it in real time. In manufacturing analysis it is possible to answer questions for “bottlenecks” in production, reject quantity and scrap dispersion or production patterns if for example the senior management is indecisive whether to increase capacity or outsource parts of the production. Customer analysis can generate a list of “top ten customers” according to their sales contribution, find out their geographic distribution and also make time-filtered statements for each customer. Further benefits of the cloud are: Access to data any time and from everywhere, at the same time the user doesn´t have to install software or provide hardware and technical staff – and can still be sure that it’s always up-to-date. This is what Lantek takes care of, as well as the compliance with data protection laws and the fulfillment of the requirements for data protection.
ELMA-Tech GmbH, manufacturer of welding systems and their control technology, will present a process-safe spot welding process for aluminium, for use in the industrial sector at EuroBLECH 2018. The main characteristic of this newly developed process is that it does not require additional equipment or additional material such as connectors, processing belts or cap cleaning systems. It is based solely on further developments of the ELMATech process control virtual machine (VM3) and welding guns technology. The reproducible resistance welding of different aluminum alloys is a technologically very challenging task, in particular under the condition to drive such welding processes according to the trademark of ELMA-Tech welding technology with the lowest possible energy inputs. Unlike the spot welding of steels for instance, much more physical variables and influencing factors must be taken into account when welding aluminum. Thus, in this case, the material composition of the electrodes is of great importance and also the physical properties of the aluminum material to be welded itself. After extensive series of tests and constant development of the welding process control at ELMATech, valid results emerged in mid-2017. In the spring of 2018, MAGNA Steyr (Graz, Austria) was able to reproduce the positive process results in large-scale test series with an ELMA-Tech prototype system and to confirm this in laboratory analyzes, for example in dynamic tensile tests and ground samples. ELMA-Tech‘s virtual measurement technology directly at the electrode caps proved to be essential for the technological breakthrough. In this context, Werner Karner, head of the Joining Center Test Construction at MAGNA Steyr, spoke of a „very significant optimization and increase in efficiency“ in the industrial welding of aluminum joints. It is particularly important here that „the process works with standard equipment“ and has now been reliably adapted „from individual vehicle repair applications to industrial applications“. Of course, all essential process properties that characterize the well-known ELMA-Tech spot welding process are also used without restriction in the industrial aluminum welding process (e.g. partial insulation bridging in the presence of structural adhesives, shunt detection, energy tracking, sheet thickness detection, etc.). The advantages are therefore obvious: The industrial aluminium welding process developed by ELMA-Tech works validly with the ELMA-Tech control system Virtual Machine used for sheet steel connections - i.e., without additional equipment such as circulating process belts or cap cleaning systems. In addition, 16 mm standard electrode caps can be used. ELMA-Tech control cabinets in the VMC VISION Alu version will be used as welding power sources for the finished application.
Remmert, the globally known company, is driven by improving agile material flow scenarios and implementing automation concepts for sheet metal working processes. At this year’s EuroBLECH, the automation and storage systems expert will be powered by its guiding principle “we make material flow”. In addition to leading concepts for material flow optimisation and increasing productivity, Remmert will also show proven solutions. “At this year’s EuroBLECH we will present established solutions and also reveal new material flow scenarios for raising productivity in sheet metal working,” explains Dr Thomas Peitz, Technical Manager at Remmert. “We are clearly highlighting agile material flow, takt time, quality and modularity – in mechanical and software engineering.” Due to market and customer requirements, the manufacturer-independent partner has strengthened its focus on material flow solutions. Various intralogistics studies can be discussed at their stand. “Come and join us at EuroBLECH,” says Michael Göbel, Strategic Sales Manager at Remmert GmbH. “Our best solution technology in combination with new material flow concepts will guide you to achieve highly efficient, modular, manufacturer-independent and investment-safe production.”
With the Gocator 2510 and 2520 , the manufacturer from Canada presents two 3D laser profilers in the new 2500 device series that operate with a resolution of down to 8 μm and an inspection rate of up to 10 kHz. The sensors have been specially designed for high-performance small parts inspection. An integrated high-speed imager, sophisticated optical design, high-performance processor, and built-in measurement tools facilitate accurate and rapid data collection. According to LMI Technologies, the pre-calibrated 3D snapshot sensor Gocator 3504 boasts a currently unique 6 μm XY resolution and a measurement repeatability of +/- 0.2 µm. It is suitable for use in factory automation and inline part inspection. The GoMax Smart Vision Accelerator is available optionally. This solution takes over some of the data processing, including point cloud generation and communication with PLCs/production robots. Due to the low operation costs involved, automated quality controls using multi-sensors represent promising digitalized industry solutions. As part of the ReWork research project conducted by the German Aerospace Center (DLR) , tests are currently being carried out to establish if such controls are suitable for inspecting damaged areas on the outer shell of aircraft.
The Austrian injection molding technology specialists have agreed a joint venture with ICE-flex from Saronno near Milan and will thus be gaining access to a manufacturing execution system ( MES ), which the Italians have developed for injection molding companies with up to 50 machines per production site. The modular MES is suitable for production planning, monitoring and data storage. The Wittmann Group is offering it to its customers under its existing name of TEMI . An additional variant with the name TEMI+ provides further functions that can be used only in combination with Wittmann manufacturing systems. In general, however, the MES will remain open and can also work with the machines of other manufacturers. The software supports digital I/O connection and various versions of the Euromap 63 interface protocol. According to Wittmann, it is also compatible with the forthcoming Euromap 77 communication standard. Digitization has now advanced to the point where more and more industries are obtaining solutions specifically designed to meet their needs. With PPS Plus Kunststoff , for example, HKS is offering an ERP system that has also been developed for plastic injection molding.
With the Advanced Robotic Workstation , the automation specialists from Essert in Baden-Wuerttemberg, present a flexible basis for developing a digitized production line. The base stations can be equipped with lightweight robots featuring different grippers, safety components and feed systems as well as cameras for machine vision and are suitable for numerous applications. According to Essert, the system should offer an attractive and cost-effective solution, even for the production of small quantities. Integrated safety solutions also allow usage as cobots in interaction with human employees. For the individual system components, Essert relies on standardized software modules that apparently ensure quick and smooth commissioning. Setting up does not require any additional programming knowledge and is done via the graphical user interface of a tablet PC. Special IIoT tools and cloud connectivity subsequently provide the user with data on machine status, ongoing production and possible malfunctions. Flexible robot cells are also already being deployed elsewhere. Solutions developed by HBI Robotics are used, for example, to load and unload special machines, and they also control the automated insertion of tools into machine tools.
The new Wilson Tool Additive division will focus on two different product areas: Firstly, on the Bend3D product line 3D produced in the 3D printing process. It includes high-quality bending and molding tools for machining sheets whose quality is apparently comparable to edge bending tools from traditional production. Secondly, under the name Solv3D the manufacturer offers replacements for wearing parts that were previously made of plastic or steel. In contrast to the previous process, which required the production of a casting mold before the actual production process, according to Wilson Tool International the 3D printing impresses with significantly lower production costs. This should also lower the cost of realizing prototypes. The quality and strength of additively manufactured workpieces is steadily increasing: Airbus is now leveraging the technology to manufacture mass-produced components for the A320neo and A350 XWB aircraft.
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Rhopoint Instruments Ltd., in collaboration with Volkswagen AG and AUDI AG, has developed the TAMS (Total Appearance Measurement System), a new generation instrument designed to control the quality of painting whose performance is perfectly coincident with the visual perception that usually is defined in terms of contrast, sharpness, undulation and size of the dominant structure. In TAMS new values are added - Quality and Harmony - that offer objective, fast and reliable criteria in the final product inspection phase. Konica Minolta Sensing Europe BV - as a long-standing partner and distributor of Rhopoint Instruments Ltd - will market and distribute TAMS through its sales and support network. The TAMS is the perfect complement to the Konica Minolta range of color and light measurement solutions for the automotive industry and its supply chain. Surface appearance is of paramount importance to car manufacturers as the visual impression of a vehicle helps to generate the purchase decision. The finish of the painted surface therefore has to offer the best visual perception, which is achievable only if the surface finish of the car offers high values of Quality and Harmony. Existing measurement instruments produce complex results that are based on user interpretive factors, generating problems that often lead to inaccurate communications between manufacturers, paint suppliers and suppliers of components to OEMs. Indeed, To improve the painting processes, Volkswagen AG has embarked on an important innovative project aimed at investigating and improving the fundamental processes for measuring the finish of cars. The project required the development of an instrument with a completely new technology realized thanks to the collaboration of Rhopoint Instruments Ltd. (GB), a company specializing in the field of appearance measurement. A significant portion of this project required in-depth studies on human perception at AUDI AG, and collaboration in defining key computational parameters that fully describe the human perception of the appearance of car surfaces. This project led to the development of the Total Appearance Measurement System (TAMS), a technology designed to reproduce the human eye and the cerebral mechanism using a double-focal vision system combined with high imaging technology and a calculation system. TAMS captures images with different focal lengths and calculates the characteristics related to human perception by providing repeatable results that fully describe the visual appearance.
Magnesium is an interesting material for lightweight construction in the automotive industry, for instance, since it is low in weight and abundantly available. However, the metal is prone to oxidation, which means that it is highly flammable, and therefore difficult to process. Researchers at research institute Leichtmetallkompetenzzentrum Ranshofen (LKR), near Braunau in Austria, have now developed new magnesium alloys that are flame retardant and that self-extinguish in the event of a fire. The development process involved the selective addition of elements that stabilize the magnesium’s oxidation behavior. Stefan Gneiger, one of the scientists working on the project, said that the team added calcium, which is cost-efficient and readily available, and that LKR also experimented with the addition of rare earth elements and other metals. The new alloys were presented at the trade show ALUMINIUM 2018 in Dusseldorf in October. LKR is a subsidiary of the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT) , Austria’s largest non-university research institute. The shareholders are the Republic of Austria, represented by the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation, and Technology, and the Federation of Austrian Industries.