Focussing on changes in tube forming technology
12th Innovation Days of transfluid focussed on progress
Topics such as digital transformation and industry 4.0 are more relevant than ever. Also the 12th Innovation Days of the mechanical engineer transfluid were all about progress, digitalisation and new challenges for this industry. Experts and specialist audience have already met for the 12th time under the motto “Time for change! Which possibilities does the tube forming technology offer?” in order to discuss potentials for optimisation of processes and methods and to explore the opportunities of current automation solutions. Practical presentations of experts provided a fascinating input and initiated the exchange of experiences on the latest technologies and trends.
“What we also noticed during our Innovation Days is that the process monitoring plays an increasingly central role, i.e. data and evaluation on demand. Of course, cost efficiency is and remains also a trend. We solve this issue, for example, by new forming technologies with very low tooling costs. Integrated systems, such as a transfer bending head, which we also use in our proven transfer systems, significantly improve the processes”, thus Stefanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid.
Automation and management of procedures
A presentation on new control concepts, which allow the central management of all production processes, among others, offered versatile insight into the industry 4.0. Key aspects of this are particularly the integration and the exchange of data from engineering, administration and production, supplier chain and logistics. Another topic was the efficient steam cleaning of components in the automatic process. The main focus was particularly on the low water and detergent consumption as well as the accessibility of places difficult to access. Another speaker pointed out the possibilities of leak tests of components with short cycle times.
The contribution of transfluid on the focus topic “Time for change! Which possibilities does the tube forming technology offer?” provided fascinating insights around borderline forming, new tooling concepts as well as cost-optimised forming technology. The host of the Innovation Days presented the innovations of proven machine concepts as well as the advantages of partially or fully electrical plant concepts in a second presentation. Software solutions, control systems and effective equipment variants also showed new possibilities, as well as a more environmentally-friendly and more energy-efficient plant engineering.
During the transfluid tour of the plant, the guests of the Innovation Days could experience effective practical solutions. In retrospect, managing director Stefanie Flaeper was pleased with the intensive discussions and the positive reactions of the participants: “I am always impressed again and again about how much the exchange between the participants of the Innovation Days brings benefit to us all. It provides valuable inputs, not only from the speakers, but also from the guests. This also gives rise to promising networks in the course of the conversations. That way, we can look at and further develop the topic of tube machining together from new perspectives. For us as host, this is again and again an amazing experience, which we definitively would like to repeat in the next year.”
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