Control machine security systems can reduce collision damage to a minimum or to even avoid it completely. By Thomas Krieger, product manager, Brankamp Germany

With the upcoming Emo Hannover’s theme of “connecting systems for intelligent production”, the event organiser German Machine Tool Builders’ Association (VDW) is putting a spotlight on important trends steering not just global machine tool industry, but also its related sectors. Dr-Ing Schaefer, executive director of VDW, shares his insights.

Use of the right technology permits reliable deburring processes at reduced costs. By Doris Schulz

Berlin, Germany: DMG Mori has acquired a majority stake in Realizer, a company that manufactures selective laser melting (SLM) 3D printers for industrial applications.

With its durability and vibration dampening properties, granite is the ideal material for all components of industrial metrology. By CP Chuah, general manager, commercial operations Asia Pacific, Wenzel Asia

Krefeld, Germany: A unit of American multinational conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to acquire Wilhelm Schulz GmbH, a German company manufacturing pipes mainly for the oil and gas industry.

Ditzingen, Germany: A partnership has been announced between Trumpf and Siemens PLM Software to help industrialise laser metal fusion technology. The two companies will pool their strengths to develop a software solution for the design and preparation of 3D printed metal parts together.

Massachusetts, USA: With plans to expand its 3D vision capabilities, Cognex has acquired two companies specialising in 3D machine vision technologies: Enshape GmbH and AQSense.

A smaller, but higher capacity press blanking machine at Volkswagen’s main production facility at Wolfsburg in Germany has changed the steel cutting workflow for the automaker. By Simon Scherrenbacher, specialist press officer for Schuler.

Gilching, Germany: Industrial laser specialist Rofin-Baasel has moved to Gilching. With a total area of 17,000 sq m, the new premises feature 8,000 sq m production area, including a 1,000 sq m clean room.

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