From 14 to 17 March 2018, the specialist trade show on grinding technology, Grindtec, will be held in Germany. The organisers already reported an impressive growth in exhibitors, floor space and internationality.
One and a half months before Grindtec starts in Augsburg, Germany, the organisers at Afag have already reported three records. First, the international trade fair for grinding technology will grow significantly this year. The current 630 registrations by exhibitors make up a plus of 9 percent. Accordingly, the exhibition space will also grow by 3,000 m² to 45,000 m². The trade show will occupy two additional halls compared to last year. Moreover, the organisers also reported a growth in the number of international visitors. According to Afag, 44 percent of the companies exhibiting in Augsburg have their headquarters abroad.
The majority of these companies comes from Asia. In 2018, almost a third of all foreign participants will be coming from the Asian continent. The growing markets are bringing more and more grinding technology suppliers from China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and India to the industry platform in Germany. The countries with the most exhibitors at Grindtec, however, are from Europe. Number one is Switzerland with 59 exhibitors, with Italy coming in second with 54 exhibitors.
Novelties and changes at this years' Grindtec
Due to the impressive grow compared to last year, the organiser of the trade show has stated that there will be a couple of changes to the usual layout. Visitors interested in new discoveries and research projects will find the universities and research institutes at the so-called Grindtec campus. This special area is located in the reception area of Hall 1. The specialist association of German precision tool grinders, FDPW, has moved to the conference centre and the “Tool Grinder of the Year” competition will take place in Hall 4 for the first time.
The digitalisation and consistent networking of processes offers valuable optimisation potentials, particularly in grinding technology. Grinding companies frequently have great demands for information on Industry 4.0 and the organiser of Grindtec has reacted to that trend in a special theme of “Grinding Technology 4.0 – Excellence in Digital Grinding”. The participating exhibitors are presented in a special publication called “Grinding Technology 4.0”, which the specialist magazine “Mav” from the Konradin Media Group is publishing as an orientation aid for visitors.
Exhibitors present latest grinding technology
Haimer, a specialist for toolholding and balancing technology, will show its balancing machine, Tool Dynamic Preset Microset. The machine combines balancing with presetting. According to the company, the clamping of the tool takes place in the high-precision balancing spindle with the Haimer adapter system. The technology is said to save production time and increase accuracy because the user does not have to re-clamp the tool.
To further ease the balancing process, Haimer offers additional accessories at Booth 1030 in Hall 1. For example, the company will present a range of grinding wheel holders for tool grinding machines from common manufacturers. Haimer also offers a number of suitable grinding wheel fixtures for multitasking machines, which incorporate milling, turning and grinding technology.
Danobat, specialist in the field of grinding, turning, cutting, punching, bending and automated production systems for composite structural components, will also exhibit at Grindtec at Hall 5, Booth 5005. The company announced that it will present the Estarta-650, a centreless grinding machine characterised by its rigidness. According to the company, it was designed to meet current high-speed manufacturing demands for the purpose of improving cycle times and maximising production.
According to Danobat, the machine achieved 120 metres per second in throughfeed, minimising the generation of vibrations. The grinding machine is fitted with linear motors, a granite bed, a drive head fitted with an additional support that does away with the cantilever, and a novel damping system.
Besides grinding technology, the trade show also offers a wide range of peripheral products. Vision Engineering, the traditional British manufacturer of ergonomic microscopes and measurement systems, for example, will present its recently launched range of bench magnifiers. The Vision Luxo bench magnifiers reportedly provide balance and flexibility for efficient working. Additionally, the magnifiers offer maximum freedom of movement. They offer a combination of the three all-important head movements; horizontal side-to-side movement (yaw), up and down movement (tilt) and rotation around a horizontal axis (roll). The arms are balanced by quality spring systems, which ensure smooth and easy positioning and will stay in the right position without drifting. The modern magnifiers are designed to provide the best possible ergonomics and comfort, while saving energy using LED technology, Vision Engineering reports. The company will present its products in Hall 3 at Booth 3039.