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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Packed halls at Plast 2015 in Milan, Italy.

More than 600 registrations for Plast 2018

Italy – Plast 2018, the international exhibition for the plastics and rubber industries in Italy, is already steering towards great success in 2018: two thirds of 2015's exhibition space have already been booked. Perhaps the positive trend is due to the expectations of the Italian National Industrial Plan 4.0, that supports companies for example with amortisations.

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An assembled metal mould insert: 3D-printed metal insert offer a longer service life than their plastic counterparts.
Tech Focus

Applications for 3D-printed mould inserts

Prototyping and small-batch production are typical application areas of 3D printing. If the physical properties of injection-moulded parts are needed, however, 3D-printed moulds may be a viable solution. Depending on the requirements, plastic or metal 3D printing makes sense.

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With its many inputs and outputs, the V-Box can be implemented in existing manufacturing systems.
R&D

Retrofit for Industry 4.0: Application for existing machines

Germany - The collection and analysis of data is the corner stone of Industry 4.0. Many manufacturers buy new machines because the old ones lack this function and are not equipped with the neccesary technology. Fraunhofer IPT now makes it possible to make old machines fit for Industry 4.0 with its V-Box.

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Whenever ultimate precision is called for: Here, as a wire-eroded folding core.
MMC Hitachi Tool

Milling threads without a tapping drill bore

As a precision manufacturer at the high end of its sector, Eropräzisa makes no compromises with its milling tools. This is why, for the last few years, it has decided to commit to using the MMC Hitachi Tool range of tools for 'hard milling' operations, i.e., machining after the heat treatment process.

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Senior Engineer Alexander Epple from the Laboratory for Machine Tools and Production Engineering (WZL) of RWTH Aachen University: “In the aerospace industry, we’ve succeeded in raising productivity by almost 30 per cent, and at one German manufacturer of large machines by nearly 150 per cent.”
Q&A

The Knowledge of experts will not be obsolete in Industry 4.0

The term industry 4.0 is hyped especially at trade fairs, but the digital transformation is also met with fear among manufacturers and their professionals: will their expertise become obsolete in the age of digitalisation? Alexander Epple and Michael Königs explain, why the knowledge and experience of experts will still be needed in the future.

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Engineering Director Joe Walker with Sodick technology installed at Foremost Specialist Products.
Case Study

From a small hatchback to a supercar with a new EDM machine

Foremost Specialist Products is a subcontract manufacturer of precision engineered components based in Derby, UK. To take on the “complex and awkward parts that no else wants to tackle”, the company has invested in a Sodick ALC600G CNC wire-erosion machine from Sodi-Tech EDM. Among the jobs being successfully accommodated by the machine are stainless steel tubular stem guides for power generator turbines.

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Makino's Technology Centre in Singapore.
Makino

Another positive year and worldwide expansions

Japanese machine tool manufacturer Makino Milling Machine reports a flying start to the new financial year after the record year 2017. Major investments are being made to increase production capacity and expand smart production and IoT technologies, the company states.

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LMT offers different variants of radial cutters, including cutters with a lens profile.
LMT Tools

Radial cutters: With great commitment to success

The more a cutting edge is tangentially engaged during milling, the faster the machining. LMT Tools has found a solution for radial cutters that ensures significantly shorter throughput times and better surface quality. What exactly is behind the increase in performance and where are radial cutters used?

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The Seagull milling tools are perfectly suited for the wet machining of graphite.

The advantages of wet-milling electrodes

Cooling lubricants are often used to prevent stubborn graphite dust when milling electrodes. This means that it is not necessary to acquire an additional milling machine for graphite machining. Cooling lubricants help to extend tool life and to improve dimensional accuracy.

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