Meusburger Inaugural tool and mould making days a great success
Austria - From 12 to 13 October 2016, Meusburger hosted its inaugural tool and mould making days in Bregenz, Austria. Organised in cooperation with VDWF and Form + Werkzeug, the event featured presentations and and had participants discussing trends, issues and developments in the industry.
From 12 to 13 October 2016, Wolfurt-based standard parts manufacturer Meusburger hosted its inaugural tool and mould making days in Bregenz, Austria. Organised in cooperation with the industry association VDWF and Form + Werkzeug, the event featured presentations and an exhibition and had participants discussing trends, issues and developments in the industry.
The event’s location already exemplified its general theme, as the festive air of the Festspielhaus Bregenz with its sea stage already set visual standards. Technical standards, on the other hand, were the event’s lead theme, as the very first lecture, a keynote by Meusburger’s Gerhard Krammel titled “Standardisation in tool making” already showed. In his speech, he underlined the Wolfurt company’s claim to “aim to realise significant time and cost savings through consistent and continuous standardisation of products and processes, thus creating a key prerequisite for long-term business success.”
Andreas Sutter, head of marketing at Meusburger, explained the concept behind the new event: “The idea was to create an event in our home region that deals with tool and mould making topics and takes place in years when there is no Fakuma.”
A quick glance at the event’s agenda made clear that there were more than enough topics to discuss. A focus was placed on process standardisation, automation and other digitisation, which were repeatedly discussed in the following presentations. The first day’s sessions were mostly about punching tool making, those on the second day about mould making. Also, the concluding panel discussions on both days discussed to what extent Industry 4.0 will permanently change tool and mould making.
How the industry views this development was illustrated already more clearly in the event’s second session: Bernd Krebs, Managing Director of Toolcraft, saw tool and mould making currently positioned somewhere “between evolution and revolution”, whereby he personally leaned rather toward the latter, i.e. “revolution”. Proof for the latter can be found in Toolpark’s machinery, where robotics and 3D printing are areas of rapid growth. The company now uses six laser melting facilities and Krebs believes that technology will require significantly higher investments in the future.