Trumpf Virtual INTECH 2021 Presents New Technologies for Sheet Metal Fabrication
Production technology company TRUMPF, Ditzingen, Germany, delivered a global experience with its virtual INTECH 2021 exhibition held on March 22 and 23. Approximately 3000 people from around the world registered for the in-house trade show, which ...
Production technology company TRUMPF, Ditzingen, Germany, delivered a global experience with its virtual INTECH 2021 exhibition held on March 22 and 23. Approximately 3000 people from around the world registered for the in-house trade show, which highlighted the company’s newest sheet-metal fabrication and laser technologies.
Upon logging in to the the platform (Fig. 1), visitors were greeted with an introduction video delivered by three of the company’s CEOs from Germany, America, and China. Guests could then interact with the platform’s following features.
Fig. 1 — The INTECH 2021 virtual platform homepage.
Four showrooms housed on-demand videos discussing products and technology for additive manufacturing, lasers, machine tools, and new developments. Each showroom also offered a live chat option to connect with a technical expert.
-The innovation walk showroom featured information on new technology, such as improved functions added to the TruLaser Weld 5000 and TruLaser Station 7000 welding systems.
-Three-dimensional printing shone in the additive manufacturing section, where visitors had the option to access machinery remotely and get advice from staff via the virtual showroom.
-The machine tools showroom exhibited the company’s laser cutting, punching, and welding technologies.
-Visitors could browse the company’s laser portfolio in the laser technology showroom and learn about products like the TruDisk with green wavelength and 3 kW laser power (Fig. 2), which produces copper weld seams in a process that is almost spatter-free.
Fig. 2 — With TruDisk with green wavelength, it is possible to weld copper in a highly stable and practically spatter-free process.
In the solution center, companies could learn how a smart factory would benefit their manufacturing process — Fig. 3. This section featured tours of Trumpf smart factories in Chicago, Ill.; Ditzingen, Germany; and Taicang, Chinga. Attendees could also view a video of success stories.
Fig. 3 — The TRUMPF smart factory demonstrates how different machine types can be interconnected to a network.
A highlight of the event was the number of live roundtables and presentations given in the #success summit room. Presentations included topics on how sheet metal workers will remain competitive, driving cost out of manufacturing, smart factories, and more, plus live demos of new laser cutting machines.
Chris Brow moderated a noteworthy discussion on welding with robot and laser technology with guests Maximilian Merk, head of department, machine tools welding technology, Trumpf, and Robin Stuhler, sales, machine tools welding technology, Trumpf.
Merk shared that a lack of skilled workers is a mega trend in the welding industry. This challenge, according to Merk, will lead to the next mega trend — automated welding. While customers don’t always know how to program the welding robots, newer machines like the TruArc Weld 2000 have simple programming and deliver consistent quality.
Stuhler presented the benefits of laser welding, the most significant of which is a quicker process, with laser welding and refinishing taking 4 min compared to 25 min manually. Other advantages include very little distortion, high quality, more seam geometries, reduced component cost, and high capacity. He pointed attendees to weldguide.trumpf.com (weldguide.trumpf.com), which works with the TruLaser Weld 5000, as a resource for welding terms, techniques, and methods as well as part design and fixture construction.
For more information on the event and to watch recordings of the live presentations, click here. Recordings will be available until April 30.
This article was written by Alexandra Quiñones (associate editor of the Welding Journal) for the American Welding Society.