Automation made to measure
Anyone looking for a skilled partner to professionally design and implement their automation engineering projects should pay a visit to Gerhard Spreckelmeyer and Rainer Faste of Spreckelmeyer GmbH at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE.
Specializing in sophisticated designs in plant and mechanical engineering, Spreckelmeyer GmbH guides its customers through every project - from as early as developing the initial idea, if requested. Managing directors Gerhard Spreckelmeyer and Rainer Faste and their team of around 30 staff develop custom machines and solutions of all types, which, in their view, meet the highest technical standards. Whether it’s robotics, sensors or state-of-the-art camera systems - no application is too much for the wide-ranging services and expertise of this plant and mechanical engineering company. At Spreckelmeyer, creating added value for the customer, meeting requirements with absolute precision and achieving engineering perfection are the top priorities - and visitors to HANNOVER MESSE 2019 can see this for themselves. What's more, the company takes care of the necessary operating manuals and control technology, while also ensuring solutions conform to standards and technical guidelines.
Whether it's robot-assisted assembly technology, collaborative robots or fully automated processes such as sorting, separating and feeding - it's those tricky cases, in particular, that allow the Spreckelmeyer team to really rise to the challenge. One idea, one concept, one result - by taking this approach, the team hopes to make a success of every project, no matter how demanding. In Spreckelmeyer's view, every project should result in an end-to-end solution from a single source that leaves the customer fully satisfied. "Our customers value our pragmatic solutions, professional designs and consistency in meeting deadlines," he says. Trust is everything for Spreckelmeyer, who wants customers to know they can rely on the high quality of the company's services. "We always give our customers an honest assessment." Spreckelmeyer GmbH caters to manufacturing companies of all types in all sectors - particularly when automation processes and robotics are involved. It is also certified to the DIN EN ISO 9001:2015 quality management system.
Spreckelmeyer GmbH (49525 Lengerich, Germany), Hall 4, Stand A04, (11) Borderless Supplier Competence - Pavilion
Contact: Alice Duwendag
Tel.: +49 5481 327 7710
Keeping things in top form
High-tech mechanical engineering company transfluid understands how important time efficiency and quality results are when forming tube ends. At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, the company is showcasing its own solution for delivering efficient processes - the new t form UMR forming machines.
transfluid is bringing its completely revamped t form UMR forming machines to Hannover. These new systems have all the benefits of previous tried-and-tested models but also achieve shorter machining times and much improved surface finishes - regardless of whether they're working with seamless tubes or tubes with welded seams. The transfluid solutions use two processes to form the tubes - rotation and rolling. For example, the bead rolling machine uses the rolling process to achieve various types of forming on tube ends, such as highly accurate and long reductions and threads. However, the rotation method can be used to add various types of flaring at the end of the tube, at an angle to the diameter between 37° and 90°, or contoured (for instance ball-shaped).
"In the past, stops and strokes had to be set manually for both machines to achieve good surface geometries," explains Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director of transfluid. She goes on to highlight additional benefits of the new tube forming machines. "With the latest iteration of our t form UMR 628, 642 and 2090 models, operators only have to perform a very simple tool change, which takes less than five minutes."
The systems now allow the operator to preselect the flaring geometry on a fully electronic basis. The stop position as well as all strokes and machining processes are controlled by a servomechanism and can be retrieved via a touch panel. Since the material and type of forming required are crucial to the exact machining time, the machine carries out the process virtually independently when it’s able to retrieve both the tube size and the required process parameters. This solution from transfluid is designed to ensure complex forming geometries and flaring with polished sealing surfaces can be produced more cost-effectively in a single step.
transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH (57392 Schmallenberg, Germany), Hall 21, Stand H38
Contact: Stefan Köhler
Tel.: +49 271 77 00 16–16
HANNOVER MESSE presents the automobile production of the future
SEW EURODRIVE is one of the development partners working on the production site for the e.GO electric vehicle in Aachen. The company is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show how the final assembly line in this smart automobile factory provides insights into its "emotions".
SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG is using HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to show that it's thinking ahead in terms of Industry 4.0 and has already found intelligent solutions for the factory of tomorrow. What had until recently just been a fantasy is now set to become a reality - especially in internal logistics, where rigid lines are being replaced by flexible, intelligent and mobile solutions. For years, the automotive industry has been at the forefront of new production and assembly processes, quickly adapting and implementing new processes as digitization progresses - thus changing the face of production. Perfectly designed, modular process modules - networked using mobile transportation and assistance systems - lay the foundations for the adaptable production of tomorrow and help deliver the best possible performance thanks to intelligent cooperation between humans and technology, supporting automation and newly designed, future-proof material flow and logistics concepts. SEW EURODRIVE is showcasing its smart approaches to the intelligent automobile factory of the future based on the production line of the e.GO electric vehicle as an example.
The design and automation of the e.GO production site in Aachen, in which SEW EURODRIVE is currently heavily involved as part of a joint project, is based on the comprehensive SEW modular product and technology system. This modular system offers drive, control and safety technology, along with software and visualization - all from a single source. Mobile logistics and assembly assistants, configured from the SEW modular system, are designed to carry out logistics tasks autonomously and cooperatively or to support ergonomic working practices as a mobile, intelligent workbench. What's more, smart factory services such as augmented reality applications are designed to make processes even safer and more efficient through the needs-based provision of helpful information. Each individual component - each system - also makes data available in the cloud. SEW EURODRIVE solutions are said to be the easiest way of achieving this, as functions and interfaces are taken directly into account in the MOVI C modular automation system. The data provided is evaluated using algorithms from SEW EURODRIVE, interpreted by experts where necessary, and reissued to the user via user-friendly software interfaces. This results in a holistic, digital map of the system and components, which makes it possible to gain insights into drive components, system solutions and processes. In other words, the system describes how it feels, making it easier to forecast possible failures and derive appropriate recommendations on how to tackle them. SEW EURODRIVE is therefore using the example of the e.GO production line at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to demonstrate how its solutions for hardware, software and IoT services can be used to increase the overall system availability of a production site.
SEW-EURODRIVE GmbH & Co. KG (76646 Bruchsal, Germany), Hall 15, Stand F12 (main stand)
Contact: Stefan Brill
Tel.: +49 7251 752 525
Robots with an eye for quality
As one of the world's leading providers of automated and portable 3D measurement solutions, Creaform is shining the spotlight on automated quality control at this year's HANNOVER MESSE - a field that is becoming increasingly important in the manufacturing industry and Industry 4.0.
The specialists at Creaform, a division of Ametek GmbH, are fully aware that industry is moving toward automated quality assurance. After all, it is now more vital than ever to be able to carry out dimensional checks within the production cycle using automated measuring technology solutions next to or on the production line. In Industry 4.0 - where the entire manufacturing process is connected, integrated and automated - 3D scanning is better than tactile measurement at inspecting parts as they're manufactured. This is because 3D scanners can capture a lot of data very quickly, which is essential to the 4.0 manufacturing process.
At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, Creaform is showcasing the MetraSCAN 3D-R - a robot-assisted measurement solution that can be seamlessly integrated into production automation processes. In the case of complex surfaces, a 3D scanner mounted on the robot performs fast and high-precision automatic inspections. The automated measuring system is available as a turnkey or bespoke solution and can be installed directly into the production line.
Through its new portable 3D scanners - HandySCAN 3D and MetraSCAN 3D - Creaform aims to make the scanning of complex geometries and quality control easily accessible to everyone. Indeed, they can be used wherever a component needs to be measured. The devices are even designed to deliver fast, reliable and accurate results in inconsistent working environments - like those found in production. Now that the range of accuracy in 3D scanning exceeds the threshold required for quality control, all the benefits of this technology - such as its speed, ease of use and portability - can be fully harnessed to improve product quality and the work of quality control experts.
Ametek GmbH - Division Creaform (70771 Leinfelden-Echterdingen, Germany), Hall 17, Stand E58
Contact: Viktoria Zamani
Tel.: +49 711 1856 8064
A company with an Altair-ior motive
Visitors to the Altair stand at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 can expect nothing short of completely revolutionized structure simulation, a technical showcase in predictive maintenance and machine learning, and an integration platform for the digital twin.
Altair Engineering GmbH is the German subsidiary of an international US-based technology company that provides software and cloud solutions for product development, high-performance computing (HPC) and data intelligence. It is Altair's mission to make organizations in various branches of industry more competitive in a networked world, while, at the same time, shaping a more sustainable future. The exhibits Altair (recently in the headlines for acquiring simulation pioneer SIMSOLID) is showing at this year’s HANNOVER MESSE are all about industrial intelligence through the convergence of simulation and data science.
"Nowadays, developers have to deal with a variety of different applications, development environments and languages, and syntaxes, which makes product development seem almost like a modern-day Tower of Babel," explains Dr. Pietro Cervellera, Vice President of EMEA Operations at Altair. "Altair has created an integration program that links all the disciplines involved in the development process and allows for a new kind of simulation-driven collaboration. This provides a shared basis for cooperation between system developers, structural and kinematic designers, calculation and control engineers, manufacturing experts and data scientists. Thanks to advances in IoT and data intelligence, it's now easier than ever to implement methods for digital twins and predictive maintenance and get a holistic overview of every product." Visitors are therefore invited to come and experience Altair's innovative product development digitization solutions for themselves - some of which have been used by companies such as ABB, Brompton Bike, Schneider Electric and Thyssen Krupp Elevators.
Altair Engineering GmbH (71034 Böblingen, Germany), Hall 6, Stand L17
Contact: Adriane Wilberscheid
Tel.: +49 7031 6208-0
Augmented reality for all!
The developers at VISCOPIC are bringing their expertise in 3D and augmented reality applications to HANNOVER MESSE 2019. They want to show how their system allows even laymen without programming skills to generate content in augmented reality.
The software products developed by VISCOPIC GmbH, which has years of wide-ranging project experience, are designed to allow anyone to generate AR content on their own. VISCOPIC recognized recurring patterns in its customers' problems and demands, which prompted it to develop these software tools. When designing the platform, user-friendliness was always a top priority. The system is designed to allow even newcomers to augmented reality to generate content without needing any programming skills.
The new VISCOPIC Pins, an application that supports both the rapid prototyping of an AR app and the generation of scalable content, is just one of the products the company is showcasing in Hannover this year. Thanks to this application, users can create augmented reality content for a variety of end devices and project the generated work and instruction steps onto real objects. This means work processes in a whole variety of areas can be simplified by enhancing infrastructures with information. "The biggest challenge was designing a system that allows the user to create Augmented Reality workflows as quickly and simply as possible without having to understand all the underlying technological complexities," explains Felix Meissgeier, co-founder and Head of Product Development at VISCOPIC. "By developing VISCOPIC Pins, we've managed to provide AR novices and experts with a tool suitable for both rapid AR prototyping and scalable content creation. I am always delighted to see how even newcomers to augmented reality can now - in a matter of minutes instead of weeks - implement their own applications using mixed-reality smart glasses, such as the Microsoft HoloLens."
Viscopic GmbH (81369 Munich, Germany), Hall 6, Stand L22
Contact: Lisa Krauss
Mobile: +49 176 609 35 347
Sometimes size does matter
GEFRAN is expanding its series of position sensors that use the HYPERWAVE magnetostrictive length measuring principle with four new models, which are being unveiled at this year's HANNOVER MESSE.
The Italian GEFRAN Group develops and manufactures devices and integrated systems for special applications in the production of plastics, food and pharmaceuticals, and for the die-casting machine and packaging industry. Key factors contributing to the GEFRAN Group's success include highly specialized knowledge, flexible engineering and production, and an ability to innovate - and, of course, the quality of its products and processes. It has chosen HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to unveil four new magnetostrictive position sensors.
These new models can accommodate larger measurement and temperature ranges, and allow users to choose between an analog and synchronous serial interface (SSI). The new sensors and their properties are being added to the HYPERWAVE series of position transducers. The innovative magnetostrictive length measuring principle stands out from other processes thanks to its signal strength, which is up to twenty times higher - especially in applications where EMC faults or strong vibrations can occur. This reportedly makes the new position transducers ideal for demanding, industrial application areas. Following the addition of these new models, the HYPERWAVE sensor series now includes both the WP and WR ranges, each with three models available in the general (G), plus (P) and advanced (A) designs. The advanced designs of the new position transducers are certified to cULus and available with Profinet on request. The three contactless linear position transducers of the WP range feature an aluminum profile housing that provides protection to IP 67. They are the successors to the MK4 sensors and are compatible with them. The three rod-shaped WR magnetostrictive position transducers are particularly well suited for use with hydraulic cylinders and are replacing the current IK4 sensors.
GEFRAN Deutschland GmbH (63500 Seligenstadt, Germany), Hall 23, Stand B19 (14), co-exhibitor with VDMA
Contact: Julia Wolff
Tel.: +49 4181 928 92-36
Missing link waiting to be discovered in Hannover
In late 2018, the CC-Link Partner Association - based in Nagoya, Japan - announced the completion of the specification for "CC-Link IE TSN". At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, visitors from all over the world now have the opportunity to learn about the next-generation network.
As an organization championing global acceptance of the integrated, ethernet-based network CC-LINK IE, the CC-Link Partner Association is harnessing the global reach of HANNOVER MESSE to showcase CC-Link IE TSN as the only open industrial ethernet that combines gigabit bandwidth with TSN. As a next-generation network, CC-Link IE TSN builds on current CC-Link IE technology. It has been developed with future market demands in mind and enhanced with time sensitive networking (TSN) technology. These are additional standards for IEEE ethernet and are designed to bring operational technology (OT) and IT closer together and further improve performance and functionality. Thanks to the diversification of development methods, the specification can be flexibly implemented for various device types and also support communication using internet protocol (IP) and control communication technology.
The developers of the CC-Link IE TSN specification believe the corresponding efficiency gains will drive down the time it takes to implement smart factories that use the IIoT. The CC-Link IE specification was unveiled as the first open, ethernet-based industrial network with a transmission rate of 1 Gbit/s in 2007. Since then, the range of functions and applications of what started out as generic input and output control has been expanded with protocols for motion control and functional safety. CC-Link IE can be used to combine the high-speed communication of large volumes of cyclical control data with information outside of control communication, known as transient data. Not only are both data categories able to coexist without a problem thanks to the 1-gigabit bandwidth, it's also easy to identify the cause of network failures. A wide range of industries are set to benefit from these advances, which make it easy to set up production facility systems that not only control and monitor, but can also collect and analyze information.
CC-Link Partner Association (40832 Ratingen, Germany), Hall 9, Stand G23
Contact: John Browett
Mobile: +44 7768 338 708
Coal has no future? We’ll see about that!
At HANNOVER MESSE 2019, SGL Carbon is showcasing innovations in additive manufacturing, hybrid materials and high-performance ceramics at the joint exhibition stand of the Bayern Innovativ network.
SGL Carbon GmbH is a technology-based company and world leader in the development and production of carbon-based solutions. Its high-quality materials and products made from specialty graphite and composites are used in key industrial sectors that are setting the trend for the future - namely in automotive, aerospace, solar and wind energy, and semiconductor and LED technology, as well as in the production of lithium-ion batteries and other energy storage systems. Not only that, but SGL also develops solutions for chemical and industrial applications. At this year's HANNOVER MESSE, the company's central research and development team is showcasing its latest development projects at the Bayern Innovativ pavilion.
SGL is exhibiting at the world's leading industrial trade fair under the slogan "innovation with carbon". The exhibition itself focuses on three major topics - additive manufacturing with carbon and silicon carbide, hybrid materials with carbon, and high-performance ceramics. Some of the solutions the team is showcasing include 3D-printed casting cores, pump housings, heat exchangers, a metal CFRP structure, a test rocket nozzle infiltrated with silicon carbide, and innovative carbon-fiber textiles for reinforcing concrete with CFRP.
SGL CARBON GmbH (86405 Meitingen, Germany), Hall 2, Stand A52, co-exhibitor with Bayern Innovativ
Contact: Andreas Pütz
Tel.: +49 611 6029-100
Digital family planning
By linking up all core IT systems, digital twins can create genuine transparency in production, as N+P Informationssysteme GmbH is keen to demonstrate. The company is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to open up new routes to intelligent applications.
N+P aims to help data flow consistently in companies by linking together IT systems. It sees the engineering data for a machine as a valuable basis for creating a digital 3D likeness that helps "give birth" to a digital twin.Enhanced with information from other core IT systems such as ERP and MES systems, this engineering data is pooled to form a visual copy of the machine that combines actual machine parameters and production KPIs in real time. The very latest technologies are used to achieve this, such as the Autodesk FORGE platform, which is designed to work with the MES system developed by N+P (NuPMES) to create the ideal conditions for the digital twin to thrive.
Once the digital twin is alive and kicking, it can be used on a day-to-day basis in production to help staff resolve machine faults with a mobile end device such as 3D data glasses. The troubleshooting steps are displayed on the mobile end device to help the user fix the problem on the machine independently. This should avoid all the hassle of calling out a service engineer. What's more, live production data and the machine status can also be visualized on a mobile device so current production performance can be checked at a glance and preventive action taken if maintenance work is due or a bottleneck is developing in material flows. These scenarios should continue to evolve in all sorts of ways, culminating in a completely digital factory. The team from N+P is at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 to advise visitors on how they could use this technology and what process improvements it could help them achieve.
N+P Informationssysteme GmbH (08393 Meerane), Hall 6, Stand H22
Contact: Tobias Nentwich
Tel: +49 3764 40 00-0
A powerful drive for innovation
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS is exhibiting numerous new products and innovative drive solutions for the digital factory at HANNOVER MESSE 2019, including its new MAXXDRIVE XT 2-stage helical-bevel gear units.
NORD DRIVESYSTEMS has been developing, manufacturing and selling both standardized and customized drive technology for more than 50 years and is one of the leading international turnkey suppliers in this segment. Thanks to its comprehensive product portfolio and outstanding expertise, NORD supplies solutions to more than 100 sectors and is always exploring new dimensions in drive technology. The company is showcasing its innovative prowess at HANNOVER MESSE 2019 with three new products in particular.
NORD has further extended its range of industrial gear units with the new MAXXDRIVE XT series of 2-stage helical-bevel gear units. The newcomers to this range have been specially optimized for applications that require low gear ratios and high performance. Seven sizes are available for performance ratings from 50 to 1,500 kilowatts, while the output torques of the MAXXDRIVE XT models are between 15 and 75 kilonewton meters with a gear ratio range from 6.3 to 22.4. NORD is also exhibiting new additions to the NORDAC PRO series of control cabinet inverters that have a performance range from 0.25 to 5.5 kilowatts. The stand-out features of these models include excellent functionality, connectivity and modularity. What’'s more, as they are available in different device variants, they offer the ideal solutions for a multitude of application requirements. Finally, NORD has also created a mobile commissioning and service solution for all NORD drives in the shape of the NORDCON APP and the corresponding NORDAC ACCESS BT Bluetooth stick. The app provides a dashboard-based visualization that can be used to monitor drives and carry out troubleshooting.
Getriebebau NORD GmbH & Co. KG (22941 Bargteheide), Hall 15, Stand H31
Contact: Ulrike Bade
Tel.: +49 4532 289 2474
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