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GF Machining Solutions’ EMO Hannover 2019 guests discover optimized manufacturing processes

Wednesday 9 October 2019, 11:15 AM 124 Views
Optimized manufacturing processes were at the heart of a special, industry-specific section of GF Machining Solutions’ at EMO Hannover. In three highly dynamic zones on the booth, the GF Division brought its process expertise to life with dedicated solutions for aerospace, medical and dental, and automotive parts manufacturers, clearly confirming GF Machining Solutions’ EMO Hannover 2019 theme, “Connected to your needs.”
Backed by a vast multi-technology portfolio and more than 60 years of legendary process expertise, GF Machining Solutions is uniquely positioned to offer manufacturers the advanced and intelligent solutions that address their industry-specific needs. In the dedicated solutions zones, guests will discover why GF Machining Solutions is manufacturers’ go-to partner for process optimization and substitution. The GF Division provided its EMO Hannover 2019 visitors with opportunities to compare various processes; moreover, visitors were also be able to experience firsthand how these optimized processes and dedicated solutions can advance quality, reduce cycle time and open new application horizons.
The process challenges of five fast-growing industrial segments will be answered in three zones:
Aerospace
A historic ramp-up in aerospace production is underway—and expected to continue through the year 2035—and blade and blisk manufacturers are under pressure to keep pace while maintaining absolutely flawless quality. At EMO Hannover 2019, visitors discovered dedicated solutions and optimized manufacturing processes for engine compressor and low- pressure turbine applications including blades, blisks, fir-tree disks and vanes, as well as aerostructure and equipment systems.
Adaptive blade Milling is just one of the many areas where GF Machining Solutions adds value for manufacturers of high-value aerospace components: While adaptive Milling is nothing new, the autonomy that GF Machining Solutions brings to the table is a true game changer. With GF Machining Solutions’ automated adaptive blade Milling, the workpiece is measured in the machine and the TURBOSOFT computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) software generates and optimizes the tool path. As a result, the Milling machine automatically begins to machine the blade—no human interaction required—at highest productivity and quality and fully integrable with flexible manufacturing systems (FMS).
Medical manufacturing
Reduced manufacturing risk and improved efficiency are among the key benefits GF Machining Solutions delivers to manufacturers of medical and dental implants and devices. At EMO Hannover 2019, guests discovered the GF Division’s solutions for manufacturing series of hip cups and cervical spine implants at lower risk and machining flawless multicavity molds while maintaining the highest precision.
For example, for texturing surgical implants, GF Machining Solutions’ fully digital Laser texturing process is the ideal replacement for the imprecise manual sandblasting process. While sandblasting requires a number of mostly manual steps—making, grit blasting, demasking, washing, unique device identification (UDI) marking and inspection—that must be repeated in order to achieve the required surface roughness, Laser texturing (including Laser blasting) offers higher flexibility, precision and ease of use to boost quality and optimize lead time.
Connected mobility
In a zone dedicated to connected mobility, visitors experienced how GF Machining Solutions’ expertise in mold and die manufacturing can help customers active in the automotive, information and communications technology (ICT) and electronic components (EC) industries be ready for future of mobility today. Visitors discovered the value the GF Division brings to customer applications as diverse as sensors for autonomous cars to lighting modules, reflectors, electronic components and power modules for new energy vehicles that are significantly shaping the future of the global automotive industry. The zone highlighted innovative solutions that ensure the highest accuracy on stamping tools for micro fuel cells and smart texturing solutions for lens molds, radar housings and prism inserts for lighting.
Guests discovered futuristic digital texturing of car lighting molds designed to optimize the light path and intensity for improved safety, which is a topic of great concern among global mobility leaders. The car light demonstrator exhibited during EMO Hannover 2019 demonstrates the synergies of GF Machining Solutions’ Laser texturing technology combined with the quick mold heating by induction technology of RocTool’s injection and compression molding solutions and Reichle Technologiezentrum automotive laser texturing. GF Machining Solutions collaborates with RocTool based in Le Bourget du Lac, France and in Shanghai, China, and Reichle Technologiezentrum from Bissingen an der Teck, Germany to demonstrate the customer benefits and possibilities with such a smart texturing solution which meets the immediate needs of customers globally.

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