Trade Show Euromold 2014: The place to be for tool and mould makers

Editor: Barbara Schulz

Germany – The 21st edition of Euromold will once again bring together professionals from the areas of design, mould making, tooling and machine tools, as well as suppliers and manufacturers offering benchmark products and technologies.

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Innovative materials will be one of the many topics at this year's Euromold, scheduled for the Frankfurt exhibition centre from 25 to 28 November.
Innovative materials will be one of the many topics at this year's Euromold, scheduled for the Frankfurt exhibition centre from 25 to 28 November.
(Source: Demat)

Euromold 2014, scheduled for the Frankfurt exhibition centre from 25 to 28 November, is the place to be for tool and mouldmaking professionals. Planning for the leading trade fair for mouldmaking and tooling, design and application development has been in progress for many months, especially among exhibitors. ETMM has been busy gathering information with regard to what is new at the show, and we hope to give you a good overview over some selected exhibits and events.

German tool and mould makers exceed expectations

Euromold's Managing Director, Dr. Eberhard Döring, is looking forward to the 21st Euromold. “I am really pleased to see that our team has once again managed to put together a first-rate trade exhibition,” he said. “We will again be able to offer top-class conferences such as the Terry Wohlers Conference ‘The Truth Behind the Additive Manufacturing Supply Chain’, or topical forums such as Energy Efficiency in Tool and Mould Making, the Material Forum and the Exhibitor Forum as well as highlights like the 3D printing design award. In a nutshell, our visitors can quite simply look forward to experiencing a varied and high-quality Euromold trade fair.”

Mass customisation and cyber-physical systems

In addition to the aforementioned events and topics, Euromold will present the possibilities of mass customisation as pioneering business model in an impressively life-like manner, the organisers said. Customised mass production refers to a manufacturing method in which a product can be customised or configured by the customer using modular design principles, but at the price of a comparable standard product. To build up mass customisation as a division within the company or as an independent niche, all areas such as product design, procurement, customer contact, warehouse management, supply chain and quality assurance must be coordinated. If all quality requirements are implemented, it allows manufacturers to plan better for demand, to achieve desired higher prices without additional costs and to optimise their cash flow, as production usually only starts as soon as payment is received.

Demat announces hall concept, names exhibitors

According to the Industry 4.0 vision of the future, manufacturers are also increasing investment in cyber-physical systems (CPS), Euromold organiser Demat emphasised. CPS are networks of smaller computers equipped with sensors and actuators that are installed as so-called “embedded systems” in materials, equipment and machinery parts, and which are interconnected via the internet. Plants, machinery and individual workpieces continuously exchange information; all production and logistics processes are integrated.

“Individualised consumer products provide us with a first idea of where things are headed,” Döring said. “The technology of mass customisation is constantly becoming more efficient and more sophisticated. Personalised training shoes, even assembled food and custom-made cell phone covers are growing in demand and popularity. The brand manufacturers gain in reputation and boost their business. Other industries can learn a lot from this trend. It is important not to see the heterogeneity in the markets as an obstacle but as a key profit driver and to use it to their advantage.”

Focus on toolmaking and additive manufacturing

Similar to previous shows, Euromold's focus will be on toolmaking and additive manufacturing, the organisers added. The additive manufacturing and toolmaking forum in hall 8.0 will demonstrate the potential and opportunities that arise when new technologies are intelligently integrated into the existing process chain, Demat said.

In addition, manufacturing companies and their customers will be presented with all the advantages of additive manufacturing processes in varied and increasingly complex tasks. The economic efficiency of additively manufactured components increases along with the complexity of their geometry, form follows function here. In addition, imitation and product piracy is made extremely more difficult. The economic benefits of additive manufacturing are also clearly evident, Demat explained. Economic growth is decoupled from higher resource consumption, as entire process steps are eliminated in the manufacturing of components.

“AM has always played a key role at Euromold – right from its very early beginnings the fair has offered the opportunity of following the entire development of these technologies,” Döring said. “There is enormous synergy potential between AM and tool and mould making. In order to demonstrate this clearly, Euromold 2014 is offering many different action programs under the motto ‘strength in mould making with additive manufacturing’. Companies will be demonstrating what is already possible and what developments are on the horizon. An extremely exciting field!” According to Döring, exhibition hall 8.0 is also sending important signals in other production areas. With the emphasis on the latest technologies in the computer-aided design and engineering sector, the “Materials” and Lightweight Construction panel discussions, the Design & Engineering forum and the CAE forum will look at the possibilities to consistently align the process chain with new requirements and to sustainably improve cost-benefit relations in a global competitive environment.