Inaugural tool and mould making days a great success

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Tool and mould making: from craft to industrial production

A highlight of the second day was the presentation by VDWF President Thomas Seul, who discussed the challenges and opportunities German, Austrian and Swiss manufacturers are facing in the global tool and mould making markets. On the one hand, producers today can work ever more flexibly and accurately and significantly increase precision. On the other hand, this would also require further investments in their machinery. Seul concluded that “tool and mould making is moving ever further from a classic craft towards industrial production”

Seul repeatedly emphasised his core statement that “the others are good as well”. Citing various examples from emerging tool and mould making markets like China, Portugal or Mexico, he urged German, Austrian and Swiss producers facing ever-increasing global quality and pricing pressure to remember their specific strengths: Expertise, qualified workers and particularly the ability to provide solutions to customers’ problems instead of just technology would be key to remaining competitive in current markets and opening up new markets. “Price and quality are a must, but service and reliability are the icing on the cake. I wish tool and mould makers would already be involved during the customer’s product development stage, to be able to evaluate the specific quality demands from the get-go and to find solutions in cooperation with the customer. We have a very high intellectual problem solving capacity, which is an advantage compared to other countries.”

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The presentations following Thomas Seul's appeal were again more focused on specific solutions. PSG’s Andreas Kanamori presented the newly developed hot runner concept called Pipeline, which requires 80% fewer pipes and could thus ensure a significantly increased stability of the tool.

Rudolf Derntl of Hermle Maschinenbau GmbH talked about "Additive manufacturing with Hermle hybrid systems” and presented the MPA process, which combines the strengths of both subtractive and additive manufacturing and thus enables high deposition rates, an application on freeform surfaces and less clamping in the component. Also, the hybrid process would enable 3D multi-materials and the integration of hot wires and sensors in combination with cooling channels.

The venue in Bregenz was only a few kilometres from Meusburger’s Wolfurt headquarters and thus the ideal location for the standard parts manufacturer. It also gave interested parties the opportunity to gain a deeper insight in the Meusburger factory through a factory tour. Many visitors took advantage of this offer and made a short detour to Wolfurt, thus rounding off their event with additional practical examples.

“We are very happy about the positive feedback we received from visitors and exhibitors. The fact that the Tool and Mould Making Days were fully booked is a motivation for us to continue working with out partners to further establish this industry event”, concluded Andreas Sutter.