Josia Langhart, Automation Engineer (EFZ), won the Bronze Medal at the WorldSkills Championships from 23 – 26 August in Kazan (Russia)! He and his team partner, Raphael Furrer from AZM (Education Center in Central Switzerland), received the third highest possible award in the category of mechatronics (automation), behind Taiwan and China.
Fritz Studer AG has every reason to be proud of its employee. 18-year old Josia Langhart, who is completing his training at STUDER, took a spot on the podium with his team partner, Raphael Furrer. Both qualified as Swiss champions in 2018 for the 45th WorldSkills Championship and went on to compete against other teams in their category at WorldSkills 2019 in Russia.
After four days of intensive competition, the two lucky bronze medal winners (together with Japan and Brazil) beamed on the podium.
During the competition the young automation engineers had to assemble various modular orders to form a single system with the aid of plans and documentation. While many of their competitors failed due to the time constraints, the duo completed their tasks with flying colors and Swiss precision.
The Swiss apprentices prepared intensively for this competition. They were supported by their employers as well as by SWISSMEM and the SwissSkills Foundation. The Foundation not only coordinates the Swiss Championships and participation in the WorldSkills Championships, but prepares the young people for the competitions to a high professional standard in seminars and camps, as well as providing them with support in-situ.
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.
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.”
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
Week 2 – Trainer: Dr. Ferdinand Wikidal, GearConsult
Week 3 – Trainer: Dr. Klaus Michaelis, Institute of Machine Elements of the Technical University of Munich, “Gear Research Center” (FZG)
All modules are scheduled from 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM CET
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