Focusing on tube forming technology and automation
Speakers and an audience from the industry exchange ideas at transfluid's Innovation Days 11
As the year draws to a close, mechanical engineering firm transfluid and attendees at the event have been looking forwards. For the second time this year, an audience from the industry and subject specialists met to sound out trends, prospects, and developments in the field of tube machining. The central topic of Innovation Days 11 was “Future-facing automation systems and trailblazing innovations in forming technology”. A series of speakers provided rich fodder for an intensive exchange of ideas.
Presentations on advance tube machining
microjet GmbH gave a presentation on the automatic application of lubricants for different uses. This focused on various systems, especially in the area of minimum lubrication and special nozzles for completely coating workpieces or tools. Keyence delivered information on automatic decoating, marking, and inspection, taking us all through an overview of camera inspections, laser marking, and laser decoating with the use of illustrative experiments. Prof. Dr. Hermes from South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences answered the question “What's that noise? Changes to material structure in metal forming”. Using practical examples from high-speed metal forming with the help of gases, explosives, or electromagnets he gave us an understanding of the changes that occur to the microstructure of materials during forming, and provided insight into the scientific principles behind them.
With our talk “Am I still soldering or forming already? From soldered part to formed tube” transfluid presented various forming processes, tools, and innovations in tool technology for roll and axial forming. The hosts' second presentation dealt with the topic 'Robot or linear handling system?' and automation solutions in the field of tube machining. This involved an overview of advanced automation systems and various components which can also be automated for tube production. Practical examples were used to show for which applications a robotic handling system, a linear handling system, or a combination of the two would make sense.
The topics of the Innovation Days were also vividly and practically brought to life for our guests by tours of the transfluid site. Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director of transfluid, was excited about the positive response and high level of interest: “With our Innovation Days we are creating a platform for participants to take an active role in the future of tube processing. And of course people are also very glad for the opportunity they provide for networking.” transfluid intends to continue its successful Innovation Days events in 2016.
Trade fair: Tube, Düsseldorf, 04-08/04/2016, Hall 05 / Stand G34