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AMB 2018 will be bigger than ever / Industry figures attest to the right time for investments.

Experts from the machining and metal-working industry will meet at AMB for the 19th time from 18 to 22 September 2018. More than 1,500 exhibitors will present their developments and innovations on a gross exhibition area of more than 120,000 square metres. There is every indication that AMB 2018 will be the biggest AMB ever. “With the new Paul Horn Hall (Hall 10), the special AMB show “Digital Way” and the related Congress, we have created ideal conditions to make AMB 2018 even larger and better,” said Ulrich Kromer von Baerle, CEO of Messe Stuttgart.

Sales markets in Germany and some parts of Europe are booming at present. The Council of Economic Experts, the so-called “Five Sages of Economy”, is predicting that gross domestic product in Germany and the eurozone will rise by 2.2 per cent and 2.3 per cent respectively in 2018. Industry associations such as the German Engineering Federation (VDMA) expect production of machines and plant to increase by 3 per cent in real terms. “Exhibitors have confirmed to us that the capacities in the industry are currently running at the highest level since 2008. Now would be the right time to make necessary investments. AMB offers a unique platform in this respect since it enables exhibitors to present the latest state of the art and show what is now possible in regard to digitalisation in production,” said Gunnar Mey, Department Director Industry at Messe Stuttgart.

According to Reiner Fries, Sales Director at Schwäbisch Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, AMB is a magnet for visitors and exhibitors alike: “Southern Germany is the country’s strongest region in terms of the production of machine tools and accessories. Every renowned manufacturer will be represented at AMB 2018. They will present genuine innovations and provide a good overview for investment decisions.“ Fries said that his company will exhibit fully automated machines as a highlight at AMB.

“AMB in Stuttgart is one of the most important exhibitions for our company since the entire industry meets there and the event therefore becomes an attraction for our target group. As the largest mechanical engineering exhibition in southern Germany, AMB is becoming increasingly more important due to its location in Stuttgart. It is the ideal counterpart to EMO. During AMB 2018 we will show our innovations from the machine portfolio in the area of universal machines and will present the GROB automation solutions.
Industry 4.0 will be a key topic in the context of our latest GROB-NET4Industry applications,” said Jochen Nahl, Sales Director.

Sales Manager Marcus Steudel also believes that now is the perfect time for investments and digitalisation in production. He summarised the exhibition focus of Schneeberger Maschinen AG as follows: “We will show the technically future-oriented level of grinding technology both from the aspect of mechanical engineering and in regard to the man-machine interface, and will present the entire range in our capacity as the manufacturer with the world’s largest spectrum of 5-axis grinding machines.

“The metal-cutting industry is faced with major challenges at present. We believe that AMB, as the leading exhibition in the metal-working industry, has the potential to provide fresh impetus for positive growth in sales. The Komet Group will again showcase a large number of innovative solutions and products at AMB 2018. Clear objective: to continuously give our customers suitable tools for increasing productivity. Visitors to our stand can expect to see efficient standard precision tools, project-related developments and digital products relating to metal-cutting and productivity,” said Marten Veenendaal, Marketing Manager of the Komet Group.

According to Dr. Michael Klinger, Managing Director of Seco Tools GmbH, the clear advantage of AMB is the extensive information which visitors obtain on the latest trends and development in the areas of machine tools and precision tools. “AMB also features a wide range of accompanying and special programmes in this respect. The target group-specific theme areas provide visitors to the exhibition with great value-added. This will certainly also have a positive effect on decisions to attend AMB that are made in the run-up to the event.” During AMB 2018 Seco Tools 2018 will focus on the presentation of innovative metal-cutting solutions and new consulting services which comprise the entire area of metal-cutting production.

According to Manuel Sens, Marketing Manager of Gehring Technologies GmbH, the company is prepared for the visitors’ requirements: The “keyword” digitalisation is on everyone’s lips. It is now essential to show how business and production processes can be optimised in very specific terms. During AMB 2018 we will present comprehensive approaches with the emphasis on our system concept and our integrated range of services. We will exhibit different applications which have been implemented in practice and offer genuine added value.”

Andreas Walbert, Head of Marketing & Product Planning at Makino Europe GmbH, emphasised the ideal general conditions at AMB with the first-class transport connections and the modern trade fair centre. However, he also saw other advantages: “The expertise of the exhibitors and visitors is hard to beat. All the big names are present there. The contents of the exhibition stand is what counts rather than its size. And these contents are at an extremely high level.” He announced new product highlights and innovations from the area of Industry 4.0 since digitalisation of products and services is also right at the top of the agenda at Makino.

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Kennametal Introduces HiPACS for Aerospace Fastener Hole Drilling and Countersinking in One Step




Kennametal has introduced the HiPACS drilling and countersinking system for aerospace fastener holes. Designed to drill and chamfer holes in one operation, the high-precision tool meets the aerospace industry’s stringent accuracy requirements, while delivering increased tool life in machining composite, titanium and aluminum aircraft skins.

“Most fastener hole tools used today are complex made-to-order tools with long lead-times,” says Georg Roth, Product Manager, Kennametal. “HiPACS uses standard, off-the-shelf components for quick delivery and low cost per hole, by allowing the drill and chamfer insert to be indexed independently from one another. What’s more, it’s the only indexable drilling and countersinking system on the market that can hold the aerospace industry’s required fastener hole chamfer tolerances in just one operation.”

Three simple components eliminate the need for custom tooling
Designed to be clamped in a standard hydraulic chuck, the HiPACS modular system consists of three components that are fast and easy to assemble:

-A reducer sleeve with a built-in high-precision pocket seat. In conjunction with a standard hydraulic chuck, this component provides ultra-secure clamping and a runout of no more than 3µm, significantly increasing tool life and hole quality.
-A PCD countersinking insert. This eliminates the need for expensive custom solution step drills, reducing manufacturing costs while meeting the industry’s accuracy requirements.
-The two series of solid carbide drills —both diamond-coated and PCD-tipped—covering all material combinations found in a typical aerospace assembly. In addition, the straight shanked tools allow for length adjustments in increments of 10mm.

The new HiPACS drilling and countersinking system can be utilized on all machines typically used for aerospace applications. In less stable conditions such as robot end effectors, the diamond coated carbide drills offer excellent tool life and hole quality. PCD-tipped drills, on the other hand, excel in stable conditions such as gantry machines.

With an industry standard interface, HiPACS can be utilized on any CNC machine, and is suitable for a variety of drilling and countersinking applications.

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Gleason Sets Stage for Future Virtual Shows, with very successful ‘emotions’




Gleason’s first-ever virtual show, called ‘emotions’, drew visitors from 39 countries representing manufacturers from all the major gear industries. The recent 12-day global event will serve as the launch pad for subsequent Gleason virtual events, making it easier for visitors around the world to engage on the most important gear technologies and developments.    

May 17, 2021, Rochester, NY

Gleason Corporation has completed its first-ever virtual event, called ‘emotions’ running from May 4th to May 15th including an extension of the event due to great demand. ‘emotions’ showcased the latest gear technology innovations for cylindrical and bevel gear design, manufacture and inspection. Visitors from around the world accessed four showrooms with different themes, ranging from e-drives to industrial gears, Closed Loop manufacturing, in-process inspection and detailed gear noise analysis.

Each showroom was accompanied by a special event presentation by an industry expert. After each opening event participants could browse through the respective showrooms to experience the featured technologies, with or without a guided tour. Gleason’s technology experts and product managers were available through the duration of the virtual event to answer questions and provide additional information. 

“We thank the many customers that joined us for this special event,” says Christian Albrecht, Director Corporate Marketing at Gleason Corporation. “While we were unsure about what we could expect from a digital show, we are extremely pleased with the positive feedback from our global customer base. We are already in the planning stage for adding additional capabilities and new content for future events. For those that were not able to participate some of the content is available on our website or can be obtained by requesting through our global sales network.”

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EUROTRANS Gear Training Weeks



As a federation, the EUROTRANS support the interests and represent the European power transmission industry with more than 160.000 people and 600 companies active in our industry. The European gear and drive industry is a leading actor on the worldwide level. As an organization we keep working on reinforcing this leadership with a dynamic research and technological environment. In this vision the EUROTRANS propose a wide range of trainings and seminar with top level experts and academicians from various universities and organization. 

This year again and despite a complicate global context, we are happy to announce a new training program for 2021. The gear weeks will be held online with the participation of top industry experts and a wide range of subjects. Organized in collaboration with the FVA Software and service, the training will be held online from the 18th May to 10th June. 

Week 1 – Trainer: Dr. Christian Wirth, MAHLE ZG Transmissions GmbH

18.05.2021: Geometry Fundamentals of Involute Gears
19.05.2021: Fundamentals of Bevel and Hypoid Gears
20.05.2021: Basics of Planetary Gears

Week 2 – Trainer: Dr. Ferdinand Wikidal, GearConsult

25.05.2021: Load Capacity Rating Based on Standards
26.05.2021: Gear Design Based on Local Methods
27.05.2021: Application of Gear Rating Methods

Week 3 – Trainer: Dr. Klaus Michaelis, Institute of Machine Elements of the Technical University of Munich, “Gear Research Center” (FZG)

08.10.2021: Optimal Use of Gear Materials
09.10.2021: Basic Rating Practice for Safely Avoiding Gear Failures
10.10.2021: Practice-oriented tests for gear lubricants

All modules are scheduled from 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM CET

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