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Gasparini S.p.A. raises the versatility standards of profiling systems, with the aid of Bosch Rexroth
A new line for profiling laminated sheet metal, combining quality and reliability with high levels of productivity, efficiency and flexibility. This was the challenge for Gasparini S.p.A., a leading company in the field of sheet metal deformation since 1952.
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Graebener Group: Complete Automation from Rexroth for Hydroforming Presses
Increase in productivity for new and installed machines
Globally, automobile manufacturers are faced with two challenges: decreasing fuel consumption and reducing exhaust emissions. In addition to improved engine technology, they are especially focusing on reducing the weight of vehicles to decrease fuel consumption. New metal alloys with a thinner wall thickness but the same or higher strength are contributing decisively towards this goal. Hydroforming is therefore currently experiencing a renaissance in mass production. Gräbener Maschinentechnik GmbH & Co. KG - manufacturer of hydroforming presses and operator of the largest global of prototype hydroforming presses - relies on the Rexroth IndraMotion MLC Motion Logic system, which comes with predefined controls for hydraulics and Sercos bus system, to control its presses.
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WINEMA Rotary Indexing Machine – 20% More Efficient with Rexroth
RV 10 Flexmaster increases productivity with customized automation by Rexroth
In addition to short cycle times, the productivity of machine tools is increasingly determined by the effort required for their changeover. In recognition of this trend, WINEMA Maschinenbau GmbH has introduced CNC-controlled rotary indexing machines to a market segment that was previously dominated by cam-controlled machines. For its newly developed RV 10 Flexmaster for small workpieces with a diameter of at least 2 mm, WINEMA is employing the IndraMotion MTX CNC system solution from Rexroth with decentralized intelligent electric and hydraulic drives. The Sercos automation bus provides the high-performance profiles for the smooth integration of both drive technologies. This increases productivity by 20% compared to previously available solutions.
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Trunnion Machine helps Automotive Parts Manufacturer boost Driveshaft Production and save Space
One manufacturer that has successfully complimented its old cell style with new machining methods is Dana Corporation's Spicer Driveshaft Manufacturing, Inc., Bristol, VA. The Bristol plant has added two new Trunnion Manufacturing Systems designed and built by City Machine Tool & Die Co., Inc., Muncie, IN, to increase production of end yokes and yoke shafts used in the Spicer driveshaft assemblies. .
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The NOVA M12 Grinding Machine: Greater Precision and Speed with Simplified Architecture
For its new NOVA M12 system, MECCANICA NOVA, a leading manufacturer of grinding systems worldwide, implemented Sercos as the universal bus for the entire automation, combining its precision and speed with systems from Bosch Rexroth. More flexible, quicker and easier to implement the third generation of Sercos improves the overall production process with its innovative machine philosophies.
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More flexibility in Machine Construction thanks to Industrial Ethernet
The dream of an intelligent factory is almost as old as industrial engineering itself. The higher the number of employees and workstations working in parallel for the production of a product, the more communication and control is required. What was once defined by a strict working cycle is now done by information channels constituting the nervous system of a company.
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Trends and challenges in industrial automation
Everything used to be very simple. The machines set the pace on the plant floor. Maintaining a perfect rhythm made the work more efficient. The rules are different in today’s state-of-the-art production environments. Fast reaction to change has become an additional success factor which contributes to high productivity during normal day-to-day operations. No matter how well you prepare, you cannot plan for every eventuality.
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Data traffic with high performance and tested reliability
Maximum efficiency is the goal of every machine manufacturer. Every project has to be judged in terms of how far it offers an optimum balance between results and costs. Therefore, new technologies are not taken up simply because they are new but because they improve efficiency without raising costs unnecessarily.
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How companies can master the conversion safely and systematically
One should love all things old, recommends Theodore Fontane in his book “Der Stechlin”, whereas the new has to be lived. This is generally easier said than done, however, since switching to a new technology involves numerous hurdles. Opportunities, risks and costs have to be weighed up. And there is also an emotional component, as no one ever likes to say goodbye to something which they have got used to.
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