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Rosemarie Stahl

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Vogel Business Media

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Innovations in technology can change the industrial world very quickly. Sometimes, it is easy to get lost.
Lost in translation

The difference between digitalisation, digitisation and digitalisation

In most cases, technical innovations that have a great impact on many areas of everyday live also have an impact on the language we use to talk about them. Sometimes, new words are introduced. Think of the internet or the smartphone, for example. In some cases, it is a little bit more difficult, especially when words that describe the new phenomenon already exist. But are they always fitting?

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View into the production. Since 1983, Günther has been producing its hot runner technology in Frankenberg.
Company Portrait

Outstanding service and quality at the core of the company

Günther Hot Runner Technology is known to most toolmakers. Even though the company has a sales and service network all over the world today, the company still manufactures exclusively in Germany. ETMM spoke with Managing Director Siegrid Sommer and Head of Sales and Technical Consulting Horst-Werner Bremmer about what distinguishes Günther from other hot runner providers.

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“Tooling systems must never be regarded as a commodity but rather as a highly subjective and critically important part of the manufacturing process.” Bob Williamson, President of ISTMA World.
ISTMA World

Toolmakers need to embrace digital technology

At the recently held ISTMA General Assembly in Brazil, Bob Williamson was elected President for the next three-year period. Williamson is the representative of TASA (Toolmaking Association of South Africa) at the International Special Tooling and Machining Association.

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A horror scenario for many workers: A machine takes over their job and makes them obsolete.
Industry 4.0

Industrial Revolution: Are machines taking over?

While many manufacturers are already automating their processes, or at least some of them, they may have bigger problems inviting their employees on the journey towards Industry 4.0. Many workers in the industry fear for their jobs. But do they have to? And how can manufacturers prepare their workforce for digitalisation?

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While tourists mostly know Portugal for its beaches, its port wine and its food, it is also quite famous for its experience in tool and mould making.
Portugal

Two toolmaking clusters in one small country

Somewhere in the Portuguese no-man’s land between Lisbon and Porto there are two cities simply brimming with plastic injection mould makers. With 150 companies, Marinha Grande is home to one of these clusters. Some streets here are lined with nothing but mould makers.

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View into the production. Since 1983, Günther has been producing its hot runner technology in Frankenberg.
Company Portrait

Outstanding service and quality at the core of the company

Günther Hot Runner Technology is known to most toolmakers. Even though the company has a sales and service network all over the world today, the company still manufactures exclusively in Germany. ETMM spoke with Managing Director Siegrid Sommer and Head of Sales and Technical Consulting Horst-Werner Bremmer about what distinguishes Günther from other hot runner providers.

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What will the steel trade look like in future? Looking at the efforts of steel mills and suppliers, there is only one answer: digital.
Digital Trade

The future of metal trading is digital

The fax and telephone era in the steel and metal trading business is coming to an end. The winners will be the traders who have been quick and purposeful in the digitisation of their processes. The development will lead to fully automatic steel supply via the Internet of Things – with or without steel traders.

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Martin Els, CEO of injection moulding company DB Kunststofftechnik, talks about an “astronomical growth” in Bulgaria.
Eastern Europe

Recruitment problems slow Bulgarian industry

Eleven years after its accession to the EU, Bulgaria faces a political challenge; in the first half of 2018, it holds the EU presidency for the first time. Prime Minister Boiko Borisov wishes to use the presidency to drive the EU integration of the entire region of South-Eastern Europe.

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Whether they are round, square or cube-shaped, made of steel or cast iron – the doubled square pole plates in this application facilitate a highly flexible and at the same time deformation-free workpiece clamping.
Clamping

Achieving low deformation in workpiece clamping

Conventional chucks or face plates reach their limits in cutting applications where thin walled parts are concerned. the parts are deformed in the clamping process, shaping and geometric tolerances are difficult to adhere to and the interference contours of the clamping devices restrict the accessibility. However, there are alternatives.

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A topologically optimised maintenance door for aircraft with dimensions of approx. 775 x 477 x 238 mm. The combination of 3D printing and precision casting made it possible to reduce the weight by 30% compared to conventional production methods. Only 3D printing with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) makes it possible to print a large door in a single piece and then precision-cast it.

How classic foundries remain competitive against 3D printing

Aircraft manufacturers, automotive OEMs and designers: When rapid production of small batches of complex parts is required, more and more companies are turning to 3D metal printing. However, there are ways for traditional foundries to make friends with the competing manufacturing method.

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VDW Chairman Prokop: "2017 is characterized by many challenges that offer opportunities to generate new competitive advantages and expand our portfolio."
VDW

German machine tool industry grows

Germany - At the annual press conference of VDW, Dr Heinz-Jürgen Prokop, chairman of VDW, was optimistic about future trends in the German machine tool sector. Political insecurities in UK and US, however, dampen the enthusiasm at the beginning of the year.

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While tourists mostly know Portugal for its beaches, its port wine and its food, it is also quite famous for its experience in tool and mould making.
Portugal

Two toolmaking clusters in one small country

Somewhere in the Portuguese no-man’s land between Lisbon and Porto there are two cities simply brimming with plastic injection mould makers. With 150 companies, Marinha Grande is home to one of these clusters. Some streets here are lined with nothing but mould makers.

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