Inaugural tool and mould making days a great success
In the face of increasing competitive pressure Industry 4.0 is important
In the German tool and mould making industry, Toolcraft is viewed as an all-rounder, serving a diverse customer base in areas including medical technology, motor sports, aerospace, semiconductor and special machines. According to the company, they have already focused on digitisation and automation at a very early stage. Through their subsidiary Unicam, Toolcraft have also incorporated their own software company and continue to invest in the advancement of Industry 4.0 in their business: “CAD, CAM and robotics are only just the beginning, but in the face of increasing competitive pressure, everybody should commit to it”, said Krebs. Moreover, standardisation would still be in sought after in tool making.
Andreas Wagle from Makino talked about “Reduction of manual post-processing in tool and mould making”. He presented solutions that could reduce or even completely avoid the need for costly post-processing. According to the company, these solutions can help to reduce a tool’s or mould’s total process costs. Walbert pointed out that many elements provided by Makino, ranging from geometrically optimised basic machine set-up to the relevant expertise in application technology and consequently the CAM system and to application support, would contribute to producing a steel image of the design data with the highest possible accuracy.
Between presentations, the more than 200 visitors of the event could inform themselves about the products and services of 36 exhibitors. Numerous breaks gave visitors the chance to share their knowledge with each other. Both days ended with an hour-long boat trip on Lake Constance followed by dinner and live music.