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SOLVARO components keep Panduit products looking their best

Sheet metal processing meets design

SOLVARO components keep Panduit products looking their best

SOLVARO supplies Panduit with server cabinet door elements

Component supplier SOLVARO produces door elements for server cabinets for Panduit, a manufacturer of data centre solutions. By using a combination of production technologies for processing sheet metal – and in particular at the perforation stage – it is possible to play around with perforated and non-perforated sections as well as cut-outs for handles. This gives the cabinets a striking exterior – a factor that is becoming increasingly important within the industry – and allows them to boast impressively high air permeability to ensure that the electronics are kept cool.

Cleverly combining technologies to create design elements
If you think server cabinets are only found languishing in dark cellars, think again – the latest models are more than presentable, as manufacturers are increasingly trying to stand out not only with product performance, but also with pleasing aesthetics. Implementing eye-catching design elements requires component suppliers to take an inventive approach to the production technologies at their disposal. And Kirchheim-based SOLVARO GmbH certainly rises to the challenge when it provides server cabinet manufacturer Panduit with cabinet door elements. The air-permeable surface with a narrow-waisted hole pattern adds an attractive touch. The door elements feature round 4.20-4.80 perforation in staggered rows, creating an open area of 69.4% and allowing for sufficient air circulation as well as a clear view of the electronics behind the closed door.

Using lasers and other equipment to complement the all-across press
At SOLVARO, a punch press and lasers are used to complement the all-across press in creating the narrow-waisted hole pattern. In addition, a special tool set-up and punch cut, the use of levelling machines and a specially developed stiffening method all along the hole pattern guarantee optimum flatness of the plates. As is the case within other industries, processing parts is an effective way for component suppliers to really impress manufacturers of server cabinets. That explains why SOLVARO also uses additional individual punches on the punch press for 1.0 mm sheet steel for Panduit, enabling functional elements including cut-outs, handles and mounts to be added. With laser-finished contours, the server cabinet door elements are also easy to process further.

SOLVARO – Manufacturer of individual industrial plate components
SOLVARO’s expert team from engineering, development and production listens to its customers. The result of this collaboration, coupled with a wide range of production technologies, is individual and innovative components. These may be used in agricultural and construction machinery, buses and server cabinets, for example.

Company-Contact
SOLVARO GmbH
Katalin Fehér
Turmstraße 3
73230 Kirchheim unter Teck
Phone: 0049(0)7021 8048-0
E-Mail: engineering@solvaro.com
Url: http://www.solvaro.com

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SOLVARO Presse Service, c/o Beaufort 8
Nicole Landeck
Kriegsbergstraße 34
70174 Stuttgart
Phone: 0049 (0)711 25773 20
E-Mail: landeck@beaufort8.de
Url: http://www.beaufort8.de

Engineering

FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Fully automatic solution from transfluid for efficient exhaust manifold production

FABTECH: Tube bending and cutting in one step

Chaotic production – efficient and fast. (Source: transfluid)

Streamline operations are particularly required in such cases, in which a product cannot be installed until several components are available. This was the reason why in a recent project, transfluid developed a system solution for the efficient production of a complete exhaust manifold made of 4 or 6 different stainless steel tubes.
For this purpose, a 6-meter long tube is first loaded onto the tube-bending machine. Each individual tube is fitted with up to 4 bends. After the bending process, the tube is cut, chip-free, on the bending machine directly using a blade cutting process and is then inserted by robot into the corresponding forming machine. It forms an asymmetric geometry, which fits each individual bend progression. After processing, the components are then fed directly into a welding cell. It welds the tubes to flanges. This way, one complete module is always available as a unit.

Chaotic production for improved operations
As in this case, complete tube sets are in part used during tube processing. It gets more complicated and demanding when dealing with a wider range of tube sizes and geometries. The experts at transfluid have developed special automation systems, that allow a chaotic production to be implemented as an especially efficient solution.
„This kind of production comes very close to a „one piece flow“, thus significantly reducing the time period from tube production to installation.“ explains Stefanie Flaeper, CEO at transfluid. „It is in any event the most effective solution. And it is also the solution that can significantly streamline operations despite an increase in complexity. We have already implemented this successfully for several customers.“

More flexible to better results
Often, a higher degree of complexity is needed for hydraulic systems during production. „Here, our customers frequently want to produce a complete piping kit, which consists of up to 8 nominal widths as a unit, for example“, explains Stefanie Flaeper. In these cases, the machine setup is somewhat more complex. However, it offers several distinct benefits as compared to conventional tube production, during which in part a significant number of tubes have to be produced one after another, which are then combined to a single tube set. Here, machine set-up is not required, production is time optimized and there is almost no need for warehousing and commissioning areas.

For production of this kind, transfluid integrates chipless cutting systems, forming machines or cutting ring pre-assembly systems and bending machines into the thus optimized process. These systems can be linked with one another, thus allowing monitoring from the outside, creating processes as early as during machine set-up and can thus be utilized in Industry 4.0-capable processes. This way, the transfluid automation systems allow an exceptionally efficient chaotic production, after which a completely produced component is available after each work cycle.
These and other solutions for tubes will also be the topic of discussion during the in-depth debates to be held on the occasion of the FABTECH trade show at the transfluid booth Bl1069.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: http://www.psv-marketing.de

Engineering

Virtual commissioning in the „digital factory“ shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

Commissioning times for automation systems are cut by up to 75 percent.

Virtual commissioning in the "digital factory" shortens the commissioning phase and speeds up the ramp-up

The simulation allows processes to be optimized long before the real equipment is commissioned.

Trier, Germany, October 9, 2017 „Virtual commissioning“ provides the possibility of testing and verifying the perfect functioning of automation systems and optimizing controls and process steps before the „real“ commissioning takes place in the metal industry. Various successfully accomplished projects at voestalpine Stahl GmbH/Austria, have demonstrated that commissioning times can be markedly reduced by simulating the equipment and functions beforehand – in a „digital factory“.

In modernization or rebuilding projects, every single day counts. Once a plant has been taken out of operation for a rebuilding measure, everything possible is done to bring it back on stream as fast and smoothly as possible. One is frequently presented with the situation that the time left for commissioning the electrical equipment is only very short due to unforeseeable delays occurring during the installation of the mechanical equipment. Against this backdrop, the success of a revamping project largely depends on how quickly and reliably the hardware and control software can be tested and optimized.

The „digital factory“

In numerous projects, Küttner Automation – the company within the Küttner group specialized in automation systems – has made it possible to reduce commissioning times and accelerate ramp-ups by applying the approach of „virtual commissioning“.

The process is based on the creation of a testing environment in which all mechanical, hydraulic, pneumatic and electrical components of the control systems are connected into a „digital factory“. This simulation scenario allows processes to be optimized and faults in the functional sequence to be identified and corrected beforehand, i.e. prior to the installation on site. The result: all automation sequences have been tested and approved before the new plant goes live.

The control equipment is commissioned in a virtual environment at a very early stage of the project – in parallel with the manufacture and assembly of the machinery. This means no testing and fine-tuning of the control software under time pressure as is very often the case when these activities take place during the „real“ commissioning. Therefore the commissioning activities on site can concentrate on the signal and field level. Moreover, the virtual approach often results in a shorter ramp-up phase, as there will be fewer failures and plant standstills.

Friedhelm Bösche, Head of Software Development at Küttner Automation in Trier, always offers virtual commissioning as an option for modernization projects. „Simulating the preliminary commissioning involves some effort in the beginning. But this pays off later on in the form of major time savings. We know from a great number of projects that the time needed to commission the real systems can be cut by up to 75 percent when the software has been pre-tested in a virtual commissioning scenario.“

A recent example

Küttner Group recently modernized the automation of the iron ore blending unit at the sinter plant of voestalpine Stahl, Linz (Austria). Küttner Automation supplied the process automation that previously underwent the virtual commissioning.

During this phase the Austrian steelmaker gained full confidence about the reliability of the process technology. Plant operators of voestalpine Stahl were involved in the virtual testing at an early stage as a precondition of a very short commissioning phase later on. As a result the very tight time frame of only twenty hours for the on-site commissioning was aligned.

About Küttner Automation

Küttner group is a German medium-sized engineering company based in the heart of the Ruhr region.
Küttner has longstanding experience as a supplier of industrial plant and equipment. The company“s main activities are in the fields of conveying systems, recovery and recycling technology, industrial furnace engineering and heat recovery solutions with references all over the world. The range of services offered includes project planning and design, equipment supply as well as installation and commissioning of complete plants including the associated control and data processing systems.

The independent subsidiary Küttner Automation, based in Trier, Germany, designs comprehensive and reliable control systems for complex industrial processes and tasks. Küttner Automation accompanies its customers during all stages of a project – from the design concept, the selection of the most suitable control technology through to user training, either remotely from its facilities in Trier or at the customers“ sites anywhere in the world.

Company-Contact
Küttner Automation
Friedhelm Bösche
Otto-Brenner-Straße 3
54294 Trier / Germany
Phone: +49.651.8251-143
Fax: +49.651.8251-100
E-Mail: f.boesche@kuettner-automation.de
Url: http://www.kuettner-trier.de

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VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Engineering

EJP expands management team

Robert Jungbluth appointed as Managing Director „Technology“

EJP expands management team

The management team: Robert Jungbluth, Jacques Paraskevas and Dirk Loske.

The managing partners of EJP Maschinen GmbH have appointed Robert Jungbluth as Managing Director „Technology“. The management team is now made up of Jacques Paraskevas (Commercial Manager and Sales), Robert Jungbluth (Technology) and Dirk Loske as Authorized Signatory.

The constantly rising intake of orders for manufacturing lines involving the drawing, peeling and straightening of tube and pipes, bars and sections called for an adjustment of the company“s organizational structure and the enlargement of the management team.

An example of the great demand for machines from EJP is the order for two high-capacity bright steel production lines which EJP recently received from MMK-Metiz in Magnitogorsk/Russia. This is by far the biggest project in the company“s more than 35-year history.

Robert Jungbluth, a graduate engineer, has been with EJP for 22 years. As Head of Design and Engineering, he played a key role in implementing innovations such as the servo-electric actuation of drawing jaws or double laser diameter measurement in peeling machines. Robert Jungbluth will continue to be responsible for the company“s machine and control systems design and manufacturing activities.

In addition to these functions and building on his profound technological expertise, Robert Jungbluth is going to manage the activities of the 160 employees at the company“s four locations in Germany, Italy, China and South Korea.

Jacques Paraskevas, Commercial Director of EJP comments: „Robert Jungbluth knows every detail of our machines and he is highly committed to their constant further development. At WIRE 2018 Düsseldorf, we will be presenting new products based on his ideas. Those products and systems will be able to further increase the efficiency of production at our customers“ facilities as they operate with further enhanced precision and can simplify processes.“

About EJP

Since 1981, EJP Maschinen GmbH has been active as designers, manufacturers and distributors of modularized machinery and single plants used in bar, tube and profile production.

The portfolio spans all production steps from the handling of the input material via drawing, peeling, straightening and inspection operations all the way through to the storage of the final products.

EJP is the only supplier of combined drawing machines produced in Germany. The extensive track record of innovative developments, such as the patented adjustable head of the peeling machines, which ensures perfectly round bars, is proof of EJP“s technology leadership.

At its headquarters in Baesweiler near Aachen in Germany, EJP GmbH and its 47 employees concentrate on the manufacturing of processing machines for steel products. The subsidiary EJP Italia has its key competence in the field of machinery for the non-ferrous industry. Worldwide, EJP employs 160 people. The company is internationally present with branches in South Korea and China, and sales and service offices around the world.

Company-Contact
EJP Maschinen GmbH
Jacques Paraskevas
Max-Planck-Straße 4
52499 Baesweiler / Germany
Phone: +49 2401.9541-0
Fax: +49 2401.9541-99
E-Mail: info@ejpmachines.com
Url: http://www.ejpmachines.com

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VIP Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +492418946824
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de

Engineering

„Turn Vision into Reality“ – Rehm is exhibiting using a new exhibition booth at productronica 2017

In addition to innovative systems, the focus is on software tools

"Turn Vision into Reality" - Rehm is exhibiting using a new exhibition booth at productronica 2017

Rehm product portfolio

In 2017, Rehm will again be one of the exhibitors in Munich, and be presenting innovative thermal system solutions at the productronica from 14 to 17 November. This year, particular emphasis will be placed on smart data. In addition to the systems, Rehm, among others, will be demonstrating the new ViCON software with touch control and presenting first solutions for the „The Hermes Standard“ interface. A new stand design will also breathe new life into events over the course of the trade fair. See for yourself – in Hall A4, Booth 335!

Rehm system highlights at the productronica 2017
The VisionXP+ Vac for reflow convection soldering with or without a vacuum is even more efficient! The system is available with new, digital EC fan motors, which are not only quieter and more sustainable, but also enable extensive process performance thanks to real-time recording of all relevant operational data. The focus continues to be also on energy management – the system consumes less than 10 kWh of electricity when in operation. Here, the optimum distribution of the gas flow in the segmented cool area substantially contributes to saving energy.

The VisionXC will also be presented at the trade fair in the form of the ViCON Edition. With this system, Rehm has responded to the needs of the market. This new complete solution offers a high-quality system technology combined with high-quality equipment, as well as the new, modern ViCON software including the ViCON App for mobile system monitoring. The ideal package – whether you are starting out or a seasoned pro!

The CondensoXC reflow condensation soldering system is best suited for laboratory applications, small production lines or prototyping. The system is a top performer, therefore it plays a huge part in the process despite having a space-saving design. The patented injection principle, supplies the process chamber with exactly the right quantity of Galden® for optimal profiling. Thanks to the closed-loop filter system, virtually 100 percent of the medium can be recovered. The system is fully suitable for vacuum and has an integrated process recorder for optimum traceability.

The new Nexus contact soldering system is suitable for pore-free and flux-free soldering in a vacuum at up to 450 °C with a variety of process gases. The wet-chemical activation with formic acid is available as an option. It is possible to use lead-free or lead-containing preforms and pastes. Nexus is used in advanced packaging and power electronics.

Rehm presents suitable equipment also to analyse the reliability of sensitive electronics under extreme temperatures. Securo Minus is used for reliable cold function tests and checks the suitability of electronic components at winter temperatures among other things. The electronic components are exposed to cold air or nitrogen at low temperatures of up to -55 °C in the system. The system can be combined with other measuring equipment.

Rehm is also continually refining our systems engineering for selective conformal coatings. The Protecto coating system protects sensitive electronic modules from damage caused by aggressive environmental influences. At the trade fair, Rehm will be presenting two equipment variants for different manufacturing environments, including the ProtectoXC for flexible coating processes, even at low throughput, as well as the ProtectoXP Longboard for processing large circuit boards up to 1.5 m in size.

Towards the „Smart Factory“ with ViCON and Hermes
System technology does not only focus on technological progress, but also relates to their control and networking. With ViCON, Rehm is creating clever software for intuitive touch operability of the VisionX series. This lets you, for example, log all values, or collect and analyse alarms etc., to avoid errors, improve soldering processes and document for optimum traceability. In addition to the basic software, Rehm is developing additional features, to increase efficiency, including the ViCON Analytics monitoring tool, the ViCON Connect remote manager for monitoring the entire Rehm machinery and the ViCON App, which lets the operator keep an eye on production in a mobile way.

The entire production process must be networked before setting up a „smart factory“. Rehm and various other suppliers have worked together and introduced a manufacturer-independent interface for communications between all machines of a production. „The Hermes Standard“ enables circuit boards to be logged through all stations of the production process (printers, transport, placement machines, AOI systems, soldering systems, etc.), with complete traceability and without any loss of data. It is intended that the tool will replace the usual SMEMA standard. At the trade fair, we will be very happy to provide visitors with more detailed information about these new software options.

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

Engineering

Great success for Euromold 2017 – Only 10 minutes from the international Airport, Munich Airport, Germany

September 26, 2017. The organizers of Euromold 2017 have succeeded in organizing Euromold 2017 only 10 minutes from the International Airport Munich, Germany in the Munich Airport Business Park, Hallbergmoos. Euromold 2017 is placed in a directly connected, but separate exhibition area parallel to the international aerospace exhibition, Airtec 2017. It takes place from October 24th until 26th, 2017.

Due to an unanimous decision of the Munich Airport municipal council Hallbergmoos, on September 5th, 2017, they voted for Euromold and Airtec 2017 to be organized at Munich Airport, Hallbergmoos, Germany. The Deputy Mayor of Hallbergmoos declared at the exhibition board meetings of both events, on September 7th, personally, this fact and pointed out the importance of such high-tech-events, like Euromold and Airtec for this region.

This result is for Euromold outstanding and an important step, because now Euromold is organized at one of the biggest and most important international Airports in the world. In this way, Euromold is easily and quickly reachable, by car and by railway. In addition, the region, Munich Airport, Hallbergmoos, is an increasing and very innovative high-tech location with the establishment of international high-tech companies which fit ideally to Euromold. The regions around the international Airport, Bavaria and the entire Southern part of Germany are numerously represented with potential exhibitors and customers. Also for these reasons, Euromold fits ideally to the Munich Airport area. It has always been the ultimate target to organize Euromold again as close as possible to an international airport, like the international Airport Munich, Germany is. The reasons for this are evident:

Exhibitors and visitors should have most comfortable, time-saving and efficient logistics as possible at Euromold 2017. The high international participation of Euromold which is of major importance for the success of an international exhibition will be even more increased being so close to the International Airport Munich, Germany. Visitors from world-wide can reach Euromold 2017 in a comfortable and fast way. Visitors from Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Eastern Europe can also reach Euromold 2017 by car in an easy and fast way. Efficient parking space is offered near the entrance of the exhibition area. A shuttle service from the subway station Airport and Hallbergmoos is available. Hotels in all categories for special conditions nearby are offered.

This year, Euromold is internationally new relaunched. Euromold develops into an important attraction for the modern product development. There are exhibitors represented from whole of Europe and world-wide. The relaunch of Euromold is based on the original concept „from design over prototyping up to series production, from the idea to the final product“. Under the moto „Shaping tomorrow“, this year companies from the process chain „from design to the final product“ exhibit. The organizers of Euromold 2017 work with the Association of industrial designers together. There will be a joint stand with member companies. At Euromold 2017 industrial designers, companies involved in CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing / 3D-printing, moldmaking- and tooling and suppliers to the mold- and toolmaking industry exhibit. Invited are visitors, decision makers, developers, project engineers, buyers and others from all important industry areas, like automotive, electro technical, electronics, machine tools, medical and dental technology, jewelry, lifestyle, packaging and others. A recently formed exhibition board consists of companies in the industrial design, CAD/CAM, additive manufacturing / 3D printing, mold making and tooling and from the product development.

About Euromold
Euromold is the world’s leading trade fair for mold-making, tooling, design, additive manufacturing and product development. Based on the process chain „from design to prototype to series“, it presents products and services, technologies and innovations, and trends for the markets of the future.

The Euromold process chain promotes the formation of networks, partnerships and business relationships. Euromold offers a unique trade fair concept that closes the gap between industrial designers, product developers, fabricators, suppliers and users.

The Euromold trade fair reveals methods for faster, more cost-effective and efficient development and manufacturing of new products. This increasingly plays a central role in the modern economy.

Contact
airtec GmbH & Co. KG
Diana Schnabel
Carl-von-Noorden-Platz 5
60596 Frankfurt / Main
Phone: +49 (0) 069 27 40 03 – 15
E-Mail: info@airtec.aero
Url: http://www.euromold.com

Engineering

Rigorously inspect electronics components

Rehm relies on the new YXLON Cheetah μHD with 3D computer tomography (CT) for components analysis

Rigorously inspect electronics components

Helmut Öttl, Head of Process Development (Rehm) and Thorsten Rother, Market Manager (YXLON)

If you think that CT-X-ray examinations are used only in the medical field, you’re very much mistaken. These X-ray inspection systems were introduced into the electronics and semiconductor industry long ago. X-ray analysis of circuit boards has now become one of the most important methods in the manufacturing process for quality assurance of soldering, to visually check for pores and voids. The next step is analysis using 3D methods such as laminography and computer tomography. Customers are now able to closely examine their boards in the Technology Center at Rehm Thermal Systems, using the new Y. Cheetah μHD CT X-ray inspection system from YXLON.

Voids have a huge effect on the quality of the solder joint, so automotive manufacturers are increasingly setting acceptance limits on components. Not everyone is fortunate enough to have the necessary technical equipment. That is why Rehm Technology Center offers customers the opportunity to thoroughly inspect boards and jointly perfect their processes. A wide range of SMD and inspection equipment can be used under professional supervision for fault management. Solder joints can be examined in detail using the new YXLON Cheetah μHD X-ray inspection system. The system enables high-resolution, non-destructive, real-time microfocus X-ray inspection of components and sub-assemblies, circuit boards, electronic and mechanical modules, sensors, MEMS and MOEMS as well as electromechanical components and connectors. It combines several innovative developments, such as fine-focus tube technology, a high-power target, a latest generation long-life finely calibrated flat detector and a manipulator with vibration damping, as well as eHDR inspection, micro CT and micro-laminography.

„Among other things, the radiographs help to evaluate the soldering quality and the void rates. Afterwards, we can make a decision with the customer as to whether any further vacuum processes are necessary and make fine adjustments to these processes. The system also performs the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art X-ray inspections, including laminography and computer tomography. This offers a wide range of manual and automatic inspection opportunities, such as distance measurements, layer assembly, BGA solder joint analysis as well as close inspections of the solder that don’t interfere with structures of components, conductor tracks, substrates and much more. The results obtained form the basis for successfully improving the processes. We particularly value the simplicity, flexibility and above all the accuracy of the system“, emphasises Helmut Öttl, Head of Process Development/Application at Rehm.

Using laminography, it is possible to generate precise layer images of larger or double-sided printed circuit boards as well as of multilayer semiconductor components. In particular, however, industrial computer tomography offers three-dimensional insights into test parts and thus facilitates the analysis of internal structures, dimensional measurements or set-point comparisons to CAD data. In addition to this, computer tomography also provides valuable information for the production process and enables detailed insights into the finest structures and smallest components. „The YXLON Cheetah microfocus X-ray inspection system offers exactly what customers require: precision, flexibility, ease of use and speed. This is the only way today’s modern manufacturing companies can satisfy the growing complexity of electrical and electronic test parts“, emphasises Thorsten Rother, YXLON’s Market Manager.

The successful cooperation between Rehm and YXLON is the ideal basis for further joint projects with regard to vacuum technology, fault analysis and test methods.

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

Engineering

Tube machining: Smaller quantities, lots of automation

transfluid develops a highly flexible production cell for complex pipe variants

Tube machining: Smaller quantities, lots of automation

Automation now pays off even with small quantities. (Source: transfluid)

This nearly seems possible: automatically producing tubes in small quantities. Prompted by increasing demand, the trend meets expectations for economy and efficiency to allow the sort of tube production that transfluid has now made possible as part of a current project. „The most important thing for automation in small quantities is process reliability and the ability to read out data precisely. They key word is Industry 4.0,“ explains Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid. „In addition, there is employee-independent production. And with automated processing, the process has a strong influence on subsequent procedures, such as assembly of component groups. Here, automation offers a good deal of planning certainty.“

Tube surfaces are retained and stay flexible
In the transfluid project, the customer wanted a precisely coordinated automation system – one for processing chromium VI free coated tubes, as well as tubes with powder-coated surfaces, which are very sensitive. The workpieces can be relatively short (150mm) or relatively long (up to 3,000mm), and loading was to be automatic. Moreover, cutting ring assembly was required, along with mounting of flanges, production of hose connections.

Precisely coordinated process
Altogether, it was very demanding, but transfluid has met the challenge with an automation system in which, after the separation process, the workpiece can be loaded into a slide conveyor for automatic loading. For powder-coated tubes, separate loading is provided, because here only small quantities are loaded, so as to prevent surface damage. An integrated transfluid axial tube forming machine creates geometries or hose connections. And on a second forming machine, the flanges necessary for some components can be loaded and attached. Then the tubes are correctly positioned in a tube bending machine, bent and it ensues a controlled unloading. A robot does the entire handling from separation to the individual machines.

Monitored, documented assembly
For tubes used in hydraulic systems, the processing procedure first involves a bending cell that makes the right/left bend on a fully electrical machine. Then the robot positions the tube for a die ring assembly. The nut and die ring are automatically loaded there and monitored assembly occurs. The pressure and stroke are monitored and properly documented by the system for tracing.
The finished components are then placed into various compartments in movable trolleys. They can be taken immediately for further processing. Trolley exchange occurs outside the safety area, so that the system continues to produce during unloading. This cell“s overall configuration is enormously efficient and versatile. It shows that automated component production no longer has to involve large quantities. Effective tube solutions of this kind will surely be part of the conversation at transfluid“s booth G95 in hall 15 at EMO Hanover.

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transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH – the solution for tubes

transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. Since 1988 transfluid has been further developing its technologies for tube machining, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries,
shipbuilding and medical device manufacturing.

transfluid’s product portfolio offers perfect solutions in five different machine categories, that meet all the requirements in tube processing. t bend stands for a wide range of tube bending machines, which fulfil the highest demands in terms of industrial applications. The tube forming machines in the t form range offer the perfect tube shaping solutions. Tube forming is important as an individual or supplementary process, in order to obtain optimally tailored tubes. Automation systems are offered as fully developed concepts for bending and forming technology, under t motion. t cut covers the field of tube cutting machines. Here, transfluid is able to provide a range of different systems, for example for chipless orbital cutting and special knive separation processes. The category t clean encompasses tube cleaning machines. These ensure the cleanliness of workpieces and tubes. Additionally, with the new tu go range, transfluid offers a standardised portfolio of machinery, which is available from stock for immediate delivery. transfluid offers the powerful software t project for rapid and reliable tube processing. It can be used as an effective online solution for bending machines and the majority of CAD systems.

www.transfluid.net

Company-Contact
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
Stefanie Flaeper
Hünegräben 20-22
57392 Schmallenberg
Phone: +49 2972 97 15 – 0
Fax: +49 2972 97 15 – 11
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: https://www.transfluid.net/en/homepage.html

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PSV
Stefan Köhler
Schlachthausstraße 10
57072 Siegen
Phone: +49 (0) 271 7700160
E-Mail: s.koehler@psv-marketing.de
Url: http://www.psv-marketing.de

Engineering

Rehm goes India

The thermal system solutions expert will be attending productronica in India for the first time in September

Rehm goes India

Rehm product portfolio

Across New Delhi from September 14 to 16, 2017 the words on everyone“s lips will be „Welcome to productronica India“! The international electronics industry is focusing on India as a growth market for innovation and is playing host to discussions about the latest production strategies and technologies. For the first time, Rehm Thermal Systems will have their very own info stand at the world-renowned trade fair. Our on-site team looks forward to meeting you in the German Pavilion in Hall 10, at Booth 1013.

India, second only to China, is one of the most populous countries of the world with nearly 1.3 billion people. In addition to this, India is also considered to be one of the 20 most important industrial emerging economies (G20). The economy has been growing rapidly on the sub-continent for many years now – especially with respect to high-end technologies, for instance in the automotive, e-mobility and aerospace industries. This encourages companies to do business there and also to establish their innovative products on the Indian markets.

At productronia India, more than 450 exhibitors from 17 different countries will come together to discuss the latest production strategies and trends within the world of electronics manufacturing. At the moment, many international companies are investing in setting up their own production sites, subsidiaries and representatives in Indian metropolises like New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai. „India has massive potential as a global platform for international electronics manufacturers! Here, the demand for high quality systems engineering for soldering, coating, testing and curing electronic components is rapidly increasing. During our visit to prouctronica India, we are looking to better establish ourselves on the market and, together with our Indian representatives, we would like to develop and support our direct client contact“, explains Michael Hanke, Chief Customer Officer at Rehm.

Rehm Thermal Systems is considered to be a specialist in thermal system solutions for the electronic and photo-voltaic industries. Additionally, they are at the cutting edge of innovation when it comes to modern and economical manufacturing of electronic components. As a global manufacturer of reflow-soldering systems with convection, condensation and vacuum, drying systems as well as coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for metallisation of solar cells alongside countless highly specialised client specific solutions, the German mechanical engineering company is represented in all the relevant expanding markets. Not only does India show a lot of promise as a driver of innovation within the industry, it also serves as a springboard for companies looking to expand into new branches of industry, while also seeking to extend their own sales and service structure.

Visit us at productronica India September 14-16, 2017 in the German Pavillion in Hall 10, Booth 1030!

As a specialist in the field of thermal system solutions for the electronics and photovoltaics industries, Rehm is a technology and innovation leader in the modern and economical production of electronic modules. As a globally operating manufacturer of reflow soldering systems with convection, condensation or vacuum, drying and coating systems, functional test systems, equipment for the metallisation of solar cells as well as numerous customer-specific special systems, we are represented in all relevant growth markets and, as a partner with more than 25 years of industry experience, we implement innovative manufacturing solutions that set standards.

Contact
Rehm Thermal Systems
Anna-Katharina Peuker
Leinenstraße 7
89143 Blaubeuren
Phone: 07344 9606 746
Fax: 07344 9606 525
E-Mail: ak.peuker@rehm-group.com
Url: http://www.rehm-group.com

Engineering

Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik: New slitting line for Eisen + Stahl Service Center

High efficiency through short non-productive times

Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik: New slitting line for Eisen + Stahl Service Center

GEORG slitting lines excel in terms of winding accuracy; photo shows a plant, delivered in the past

GEORG has received an order to manufacture and supply a new slitting line to the German steel service center E + S Eisen + Stahl Service GmbH. With the new line, the Mannheim-based company will be adding the sale of slit strip out of its own facilities to its portfolio, thus taking another important step towards metal product processing in addition to trading.

Eisen + Stahl sells steel, stainless steel and aluminum sheet and plate, which the company cuts in its own facilities to the sizes demanded by its customers. To date, slit strip ordered by customers has been sourced from third parties. With the new slitting line supplied by GEORG, Eisen + Stahl will in the future be able to slit the strip at its own facilities in Mannheim. Thus the company will be able to cater to call-off orders much more flexibly. Additionally, the new line will reduce the company“s dependency on third-party supplies.

The new line will be designed to handle up to 1,650 mm wide and up to 5 mm thick steel strip, or up to 2 mm thick strip in stainless grades. It will be able to produce up to 30 slit coils from one mother coil at speeds of up to 400 m/min. The new line will be designed to optionally pay the strip off from above or below. Thus slitting can be performed with the inside or outside coil surface up, whatever may be requested by the customer.

Thanks to the high degree of automation, the GEORG slitting line will have much shorter non-productive times than traditional lines. For example, removal of the slit coils from the recoiler and placement of the coils on the payoff reel will take place synchronically. Any knife changes that may be necessary will also be performed in the process.

The scrap chopper features GEORG“s „shimless tooling“ technology, which dispenses with the necessity to insert shims while the knives are being reground.

The automatic, patented CNC-based system for arranging the separators saves setup times. While in the past, the separator discs used to be installed manually, this system now automatically sets the separator discs precisely at the correct positions, without any manual intervention. With four separator shafts in place, the new machine achieves optimally wound coils.

Against the backdrop of high energy costs, GEORG will equip the machine with highly energy-efficient motors and drives. Certain plant components, such as the brake rollers, will be operated in generator mode, allowing them to feed excessive energy into a link.

Axel Sturm, Head of Sales of GEORG“s Finishing Lines division, emphasizes that the lines made by GEORG are of interest not only for the big strip producers: „The order for E + S demonstrates that investing in quality-equipment from GEORG also pays for small and medium-size businesses. Last but not least the high degree of automation and proven longevity make our machines extremely attractive for steel producers and steel service centers as well.“

Dominik Naber, Managing Director of E + S, explains why he decided to buy a GEORG slitting line: „GEORG equipment is known for excellent precision, short non-productive times and long lifetimes. Of course, also costs mattered. But considering its overall duration of service, the new machine also provided major advantages in terms of total cost of ownership.“

The new line is expected to start producing at the E + S facilities in Mannheim in September 2018.

About EISEN + STAHL Service Center GmbH

Eisen + Stahl Service GmbH, based in Mannheim, Germany, is an owner-managed steel trading company looking back on more than 40 years of business. The family-owned company sells sheets, plates and slit strip made of hot or cold-rolled, hot-dip galvanized or zinc-plated steels, stainless steel grades or aluminum, in standard or customized sizes.

The current facilities include as key assets a cut-to-length line for 6,000-mm-long sheets, a recoiling plant and a fully automatic plate shear. Its extensive stock of items stored over an area of more 10,000 square meters allows E + S to instantly deliver products to customers all over Europe.

The company is certified to DIN EN ISO 9001:2008.

About Heinrich GEORG Maschinenfabrik

GEORG is a business partner worldwide well-reputed for reliable and powerful high-tech mechanical engineering solutions. The company“s cutting-edge finishing lines and machine tools as well as production lines, machines and equipment for the transformer industry are in operation in numerous renowned companies around the world.

The various product areas of the family-owned company, which employs more than 450 people and is now in its third generation, cater to most diverse markets and customers throughout the world. The company structure is based on a divisional setup, with three divisions acting on the market as independent profit centers.

The divisions GEORG Finishing Lines, GEORG Transformer Lines and GEORG Machine Tools are supported by the company“s own manufacturing facilities at the headquarters in Kreuztal, Germany. The GEORG Corporate Services division completes the portfolio with a wide range of value adding services. The company maintains a worldwide network of sales and service branches to be within easy reach for its international customers.

GEORG Finishing Lines

The Finishing Lines division manufactures a wide range of slitting and cut-to-length lines as well as multi-blanking, side trimming, inspection, recoiling and packaging lines and high-precision heavy-duty roller levelers. The lines provide long-term efficiency, as they are characterized by very short setup times, ease of operation, low HR requirements and perfect, process-controlled operation.

For more information please visit www.georg.com

Company-Contact
Heinrich Georg GmbH Maschinenfabrik
Thomas Kleb
Langenauer Straße 12
57223 Kreuztal / Germany
Phone: +49.2732.779-539
Fax: +49.2732.779-39171
E-Mail: thomas.kleb@georg.com
Url: http://www.georg.com

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VIP-Kommunikation
Regina Reinhardt
Dennewartstraße 25-27
52068 Aachen / Germany
Phone: +49.241.89468-24
Fax: +49.241.89468-44
E-Mail: reinhardt@vip-kommunikation.de
Url: http://www.vip-kommunikation.de