Due to reasons that are well documented across Europe, manufacturers are faced with a shortage of skilled operators, especially in the sheet metal-working sector. Operating a press brake requires a good dose of talent, imagination and experience.
Even when the operator is trained and able to work autonomously, bending remains an activity that is sometimes tiring and tedious. This is particularly the case with regard to tooling, which often requires the handling of expensive and heavy tools. As batch sizes decrease, the time taken to position tools is often the same as the production time, reducing profitability.
For all these reasons, Gasparini has developed Agile, an automatic tool change system for press brakes up to 640 tonnes and 8 m capacity that offers high levels of versatility and customisation options.
Until now, automatic tool changers have focused on speed and the elimination of tooling errors. Agile is said to be a versatile automatic tool changer that allows bending to transform from a bottleneck to a production hub, releasing time and resources for other tasks.
Agile facilitates bending with frequent tooling, complex set-ups and expensive, heavy tools. The system helps in the production of special parts, both for the most experienced operators and those undergoing training. Handling both punches and tool adapters, Agile allows users to bend boxes measuring up to 290 mm tall, even with large size press brakes.
The work area can also be customised with bespoke opening, stroke and throat dimensions. Tooling can cover the entire machine length, with no limits on the length or number of stations. In addition, the machine can be equipped with front supports and bending aids, while the storage facility accommodates long tools, and supports hemming dies.
For further information www.gasparini.com
CADCAM specialist Tebis will celebrate 35 years of business with an open house at the company’s Munich facilities on 8-9 May 2019.
During the two-day event, Tebis together with technology partners, will present examples of end-to-end manufacturing processes and the latest advances in the company’s CADCAM and MES software. There will also be presentations by Tebis customers, practice-oriented presentations of new product development, discussions with Tebis consultants and implementers, and opportunities to network with experts and colleagues from many different industries.
For further information www.tebis.com
Filtermist, a specialist in providing cleaner, safer and more productive work environments, exhibited at IMTEX at the end of January as part of ambitious plans to expand its business in India by 30%.
The company, which employs over 90 people across its UK headquarters and five international offices, is looking to tap into the sub-continent’s growing desire to improve its environmental performance. IMTEX marked three decades of trade in India and comes a few weeks after Filtermist’s parent company, the Absolent Group, registered Absolent Filtermist India PVT Ltd, which now operates from a sales and technical office in New Delhi.
For further information www.filtermist.co.uk
A newly developed range of compact, three- and four-sided tower clamping systems manufactured by the Roemheld group’s Hilma division in Hilchenbach will be launched on the stand (E255) of Roemheld UK.
Intended for use on four- and five-axis vertical machining centres, as well as horizontal-spindle machines, the steel monobloc SCT towers, which are either mechanically or hydraulically actuated, are sealed against swarf and other contamination. Applications range from use on manually loaded machines, through twin-pallet-change centres, up to fully automated flexible manufacturing systems.
For further information www.roemheld.co.uk
Any visitors looking to review CAM software solutions will be able to see the latest version (2019.1) of HyperMill from Open Mind on stand B210.
Open Mind has expanded the finishing module of its HyperMill Maxx Machining performance package, while other highlights include in-process optimisation improvements, as well as newly devised functions for reducing calculation times. What’s more, the latest thread milling package incorporates feed rate repositioning and collision checking for the core diameter, while also included is the generation of a cycle output that is dependent upon process parameters.
For further information www.openmind-tech.com