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Metals / Tools

Foto: René Jungnickel/Fraunhofer IWS
  Foto: René Jungnickel/Fraunhofer IWS

Sandblasting with Light

Sandblasting – that was yesterday. Laser beams can clean and structure surfaces more precisely, cost-effectively and in environmental friendlier ways than conventional systems. The Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden has developed the technology “LIGHTblast” for this purpose which is now being transferred to the semiconductor manufacturing, automotive supply and other industries.
Foto: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH
  Foto: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

Uncertainties and records in the machine tools market

Marketplaces like AMB 2022 always act as a barometer of industry sentiment and this is because technical details and commercial topics, such as faltering supply chains and delivery deadlines, will be discussed at the event in Stuttgart on 13–17 September 2022. The German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) provides a preliminary look at the market conditions and atmosphere.
Foto: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH
  Foto: Landesmesse Stuttgart GmbH

AMB 2022: meeting point for trade partners

The metalworking industry will meet in Stuttgart from 13 to 17 September 2022 at AMB 2022, where business partners from all over Europe will gather once again. A very good reason to get to know the trade partners of more than 100 exhibitors from the VDMA “Precision Tools” and “Measuring and Testing Technology” trade associations.
Foto: Fraunhofer IWU/Dirk Hanus
  Foto: Fraunhofer IWU/Dirk Hanus

Cognitive T-slot sensor concept

Forming presses are widely used as key elements of industrial production processes. From automotive technology to refrigerators, almost every product we encounter contains formed parts. The purchasing costs of these machines can reach double-digit millions, and it takes a great deal of time to set up and adjust precisely as needed. Given such a high level of investment, buyers expect machinery of this kind to keep running efficiently for a long time without any loss in quality. At the Hannover Messe, the Fraunhofer Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Internet Technologies CCIT will demonstrate how cognitive transformation of industrial processes can improve the efficiency of forming machines (Hall 5, Booth A06). The technology that serves as the basis for the exhibit is smartNOTCH – a cognitive T-slot.
Foto: ronaldbonss.com
  Foto: ronaldbonss.com

Magnetic pulse welding

Eco-friendly flying is on the horizon. All over the world, researchers are developing new technologies to achieve this goal. One focus of developments is the idea of using hydrogen-powered engines for aircraft in the future. The aircraft companies, though, face the challenge of storing this energy source. Hydrogen turns liquid when cooled to minus 253 degrees Celsius, and only then can it be used as a so-called cryogenic fuel. Both tanks and pipe systems in the aircraft have to be absolutely tight at such low temperatures. An innovative new welding process has been developed to help: magnetic pulse welding. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Material and Beam Technology IWS in Dresden have now demonstrated that this joining technology can produce extremely resilient, metallic mixed joints for cryogenic applications. They successfully achieved these outstanding joint properties in cooperation with the Technical University of Munich.
Foto: Pixabay
  Foto: Pixabay

“European Charter For Robots And Humans”

The European charter for robots and humans working together has been officially released by the European Engineering Industries Association (EUnited). The document defines 10 focus areas to shape the future of work. The charter supports the UNITED NATIONS Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for 2030.
Foto: pixabay
  Foto: pixabay

“EU trade policy must focus on market opening”

The EU Commission continues to focus on opening markets and free trade agreements. This creates reliable framework conditions for exports by the mechanical engineering industry. But the idea that EU trade policy can solve all contentious issues in international politics is wrong.
Foto: Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd.
  Foto: Mack Brooks Exhibitions Ltd.

EuroBLECH 2021 postponed: 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will take place from 25 – 28 October 2022 in Hanover

Mack Brooks Exhibitions has today announced the postponement of EuroBLECH, which was scheduled to take place at the Hanover Exhibition Grounds in Germany from 9 to 12 March 2021. The next EuroBLECH, 26th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition, will return to its normal event cycle and run from 25 – 28 October 2022. This decision was taken in light of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and following conversations with all exhibitors and partners that have taken place over the past weeks and months. Uncertainties around continued travel restrictions were also a contributing factor to this decision due to the truly international character of the EuroBLECH show.
Foto: AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
  Foto: AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH

No GrindTec in 2020

Until the very end, GrindTec organiser AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen was in productive talks with the City of Augsburg in order to examine the effects of the new infection protection regulation on the implementation of GrindTec 2020. In Bavaria, additional corona restrictions will apply in the future from an incidence value of 100. Among other things, events with more than 50 participants, and thus also trade fairs, will then be prohibited. In the city of Augsburg, this incidence value has already been significantly exceeded for days. As a consequence, GrindTec is not feasible according to the current state of affairs, and according to the expert assessment of the authorities it is a mathematical impossibility that this situation will change by the time GrindTec is carried out. The trade fair organiser AFAG has formally applied for an exemption permit for this special trade fair, and this application was rejected. For these reasons, it is now clear that GrindTec 2020 is in fact impossible and prohibited.
Foto: AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH
  Foto: AFAG Messen und Ausstellungen GmbH

Prospects for the sector: GrindTec 2020 starts on 10 November

On 10 November 2020, GrindTec 2020, the leading industry forum for grinding technology, will start at the Augsburg Trade Fair Centre. As one of the first capital goods trade fairs after the lockdown in March, it is in the focus of the industry and the entire trade fair industry in Germany. As an international specialist trade fair for grinding technology, it brings together supply and demand almost congruently.
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