Current news from the mold and die industry

Official Launch for Fakuma-Virtual

The Fakuma international trade fair for plastics processing has been officially launched on its new digital trade fair platform, namely Fakuma-Virtual. Immediately after postponing the scheduled trade fair dates in 2020 to next year, trade fair promoters P. E. Schall GmbH & Co. KG acted quickly and officially opened the new digital meeting place for suppliers and users of industrial plastics processing.

Moulding Expo: preparations for 2021 gathering momentum

The preparations for Moulding Expo, International Trade Fair for Tool, Pattern and Mould Making, 
which will be held at Messe Stuttgart from 8 to 11 June 2021, are gathering momentum: not only is the project team already in the middle of the planning stage, the first companies have also already secured their stand location.

Tech Soft 3D and OPEN MIND Collaborate on Powerful CAM Solutions

Tech Soft 3D, the leading provider of engineering software development toolkits, and OPEN MIND, a leading developer of CAD/CAM software solutions worldwide, today announce that HOOPS Exchange, the industry’s fastest and most accurate CAD data access and reuse technology for manufacturing and architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) workflows, will be integrated into hyperMILL® and hyperCAD®-S to ensure that all CAD and PMI data is transferred seamlessly between applications. 


Formnext Connect

Although Formnext is fully online this year, it will still be the leading international marketplace for innovations in additive manufacturing and intelligent production, and represents the ideal platform for making new business contacts this November. In the guise of Formnext Connect, the exhibition will feature, among other things, presentations and the latest innovations from world-leading exhibitors, intelligent matchmaking, and diverse supporting events to give participants a unique insight into specific technologies and recent developments in the industry.

Première of the AMB Technology Forum

Due to the COVID 19 pandemic the important industry event, AMB in Stuttgart, cannot take place this year in its usual format. "With the AMB Technology Forum in September there is still a good reason to come to the Stuttgart trade fair grounds", says Gunnar Mey, Department Director for Industrial Solutions at Messe Stuttgart. In the AMB week from 14 September various topics will be the focus of presentations and the accompanying table top exhibition. What's planned: software and control, tool solutions, machine elements and peripheral devices, machine tools, as well as machine tool automation.

DP Technology announces product update

DP Technology, leaders in computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software, announce a new update to their popular ESPRIT CAM system. The new ESPRIT includes new features such as a balanced turning cycle, as well as enhancements to existing features such as probing and additive directed-energy deposition (DED). 

Starrag supplies a 5-axis gantry machine to the other side of the world

The Australian Government 
(Commonwealth of Australia) selected French company Naval Group to deliver a fleet of 12 regionally superior submarines, to be known as the Attack Class, for the Royal Australian Navy. The Attack class fleet will be built in a modern submarine construction yard in Osborne, South Australia. 

voxeljet expands its presence in Asia

voxeljet AG, a leading global technology company for industrial 3D printing solutions, is delighted to further expand its presence in India. The Indian steel casting expert Peekay Steel Castings (P) Ltd has decided to invest in the VX4000, with a Job Box size of 4,000 x 2,000 x 1,000 mm. The VX4000 system is one of the world's largest and most productive 3D printers with a build volume of eight cubic meters. Peekay Steel has chosen the VX4000 system to quickly and economically realize technically demanding projects and to expand into new business areas.

Manufacture and assembly of multi-component parts in one machine

The new REVERSE CUBE developed by FOBOHA in combination with an ARBURG ALLROUNDER CUBE 2900 injection molding machine manufactures single and multi-component parts from various materials and has an integrated handling robot for autonomous assembly of parts. The automated process improves quality, accelerates cycle times by up to 40 percent compared to separate injection molding and installation processes, and delivers tremendous cost savings.

Focus on sustainability and automation

The current corona virus makes it clear how quickly the base of human life can be endangered. This makes it all more incomprehensible that we ourselves haven’t redirected our consumer behavior and production towards sustainability yet. We prefer to listen to the one who questions the whole and apparently justifies our insistence on the old structures, rather than to the many scientists who warn louder and louder and call for a change of course. Do our children have to be even clearer in their protest until we finally listen to them?

Combating the crisis with bits and bytes

In the midst of the corona crisis, in between restrictions on movement and contact, a key word that seems to be a universal remedy for industry and the economy is suddenly doing the rounds again: digitalisation. The virologists who are constantly searching for answers surrounding the corona epidemic should be able to use the large quantity of anonymised data of mobile phones in order to better understand how the population is behaving and thus make better predictions on curbing the spread. 

Cooling systems in injection molding

Cooling systems play a key role in plastics injection molding – and there are naturally many different options available here for optimizing the process as a whole. The goal is to only cool for as short a time as is necessary so as to keep the production cycles as short as possible too. At the same time, the highest possible part quality is to be guaranteed on a permanent basis.

Smart solutions with smart injection molding technology

Langlotz based in Halver, South Westphalia, has made a name for itself with plastic parts and assemblies for water dispensers and bar systems. The company has brought state-of-the-art injection molding technology to its production floor with a servo-hydraulic SmartPower 300/1330 with insider solution.

5-axis machining centre for the production of molding tools and prototypes

Swen Emde illustrates how to turn a lack of job prospects and trust in the following generation into a successful mould and tool making company. After the company was founded in 2016, he immediately invested in a 5-axis machining centre from Hermle with the assurance that he would be able to machine tools and machine parts on it precisely and efficiently without risking downtimes.

Die-sinking and wire-cut EDM machines for optimum tool machining

Modern technology, highly skilled employees and a clearly defined corporate strategy are the cornerstones of the success of HIMATEC GmbH & Co. KG. “We don’t talk about quality, we produce it,” co-manager Severin Himmler explains. “That was the guiding principle of our parents, who founded the company in 1985, and it is still our aspiration today.” Since its foundation, HIMATEC has developed steadily, employing around 45 people and specialising in the manufacture of single and series parts, fixtures, test benches and assemblies. So that it can meet its wide-ranging requirements, HIMATEC relies on advanced, forward-looking technologies and machines. In 2018, for example, the company completely replaced its EDM equipment, commissioning four new Mitsubishi Electric eroding machines and a start-hole drilling machine.

HASCO Polska cooperates closely with the University of Bydgoszcz

Moulds and tools are becoming increasingly complex. Performance limits repeatedly need to be broken and new ideas and innovations are called for in order to develop new solutions. As an internationally leading supplier of standard components and hot runner technology for tool and mouldmaking, HASCO works closely with universities and institutes of higher education, worldwide, as a means of promoting next-generation talent. 

Formnext 2019: Additive manufacturing inspires with best perspectives

34,532 specialists and managers (2018: 26,919) were swept away by an impressive Formnext 2019. 852 exhibitors (2018: 632) made Messe Frankfurt the stage for the ever-increasing fields of application of additive manufacturing. The move to the modern and architecturally-sophisticated exhibition halls 11 and 12, which was due to strong growth, has thus proved its worth.

Meusburger joins forces in 2020

During 2020, the Austrian company Meusburger fully integrates the hot runner and control systems specialist PSG, which was taken over in 2016, into the company and will then operate under the Meusburger brand. PSG remains a strong product brand.

MMC Hitachi Tool opens branch in the Netherlands for the Benelux countries

MMC Hitachi Tool, a world-leading Japanese manufacturer of milling and drilling tools for soft and hard processing in mold and die construction, is opening a new branch for the Benelux countries. MOLDINO Benelux is situated in Valkenswaard, at the heart of the Dutch industrial region of North Brabant. Thanks to the convenient location, customers in Belgium and Luxembourg can also be quickly reached from the site. 

K 2019 gives a clear signal for responsible handling of plastics

K, the leading global trade fair for the plastics and rubber industry, has drawn to a close in Düsseldorf after eight days on Wednesday (23 October 2019). The 3,330 exhibitors from 63 nations proved impressively: plastics continue to be an innovative, indispensable, future-oriented material. But they also unanimously underscored the necessity of having operational circular economies along the complete material chain and to this end already presented concrete solutions. Companies struck a nerve with people with this focus because the approximately 225,000 visitors from 165 countries took great interest especially in recycling systems, sustainable raw materials, resource-saving processes.

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