Additive manufacturing (AM) gives us tremendous freedom to create components with free-form and intricate features, direct from CAD and without the need for expensive tooling. These complex designs would be impractical, if not impossible, to produce conventionally. Additive components are often lighter, more efficient and better adapted to their application.
The German-language scientific periodical “Bild der Wissenschaft” has described Prof. Gisela Lanza as the “120-per-cent woman”, because for four years she worked simultaneously as the first incumbent of the Shared Professorship of “Global Production Engineering and Quality” at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and at the automaker Daimler.
The EMO Hannover 2017 is exploring new approaches for strengthening mutual feedback between the academic and business communities. In line with the EMO’s motto of “Connecting systems for intelligent production”, the German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) is therefore organising the Industry 4.0. Special Show area, on which Fraunhofer and university-affiliated research institutes of the German Academic Society for Production Engineering (WGP) will be showcasing the latest advances in networked production technology. Besides the WGP (a grouping of leading German mechanical engineering professors), representatives of the industrial sector will be showing what solutions they have already implemented in practical form. In an accompanying presentation forum, eminent academics will be elucidating their latest research results, and firms will be spotlighting their competences in regard to the smart factory concept.
The digitally connected factory is rapidly becoming a reality, thanks to huge leaps in affordable data handling capabilities. As more machines begin to communicate with each other, production efficiency goes up. Add the ability of analytic tools to predict maintenance needs, and productivity improves even more.
The whole world is talking about 3D printing, additive manufacturing and generative multi-layer construction technologies. Nevertheless, this is a long way from meaning that the classical machine tool is going to be pensioned off. The EMO Hannover 2017 will be showcasing an international banquet of production technology – with alternative processes as the highly auspicious icing on the cake.
Anfotec Antriebstechnologie GmbH from Medebach in the Sauerland region is a provider of high-quality industrial and mechanical drive elements. The company was founded in 2000 and has grown steadily since that time, marked by rich development perspectives, an innovative corporate culture, and high quality demands. Anfotec has been working with ZOLLER for quite some time on tool presetting. However, the company’s growth resulted in new challenges: establishing transparent tool management and shortening machine setup times.