Additive Manufacturing: Successful premiere at formnext!
News | 12/03/2019
With experts from all continents, Grenzebach immersed in the world of additive manufacturing during the formnext in Frankfurt. With the formnext premiere, the Grenzebach team introduces numerous ideas and incentives to support companies all around industrial 3D printing, particularly within the up- and downstream processes. “Multiple meetings and discussions have revealed: From manufacturing technology to procedures, all sectors intend to integrate industrial 3D printing economically and intelligently into the manufacturing processes. This particularly applies to serial production”, says Oliver Elbert, Head of Business Development at Grenzebach.
With VR glasses right into the middle of the action
The extensive automation competency of Grenzebach as well as the many years of experience as sparring partner for innovation projects was well received by visitors to the Grenzebach booth. The way how complex processes can be intelligently organized and how Grenzebach is able to ensure an optimum material flow between printers, saws, furnaces and finishing systems was made visible to visitors with the use of VR glasses. Right there in Frankfurt - a trip into the factory of the future.
Rigorous occupational health and safety standards
A well-organized process chain in additive manufacturing helps relieve employees from ergonomically unfavorable working conditions. “The more industrial 3D printing will be integrated into our daily work, the more important rigorous occupational health and safety standards will become. From the very beginning this was a key topic for us – for users, legal certainty and proper control of potential risks play a major role”, says Oliver Elbert. Authorities, such as the Federal Environment Agency note that employees can be exposed to fine dust and nano particles in the post processing of 3D printing components. The use of automated handling and transport technology contributes to the safety of the company and its employees.
Intelligent use of 3D printing data
In additive manufacturing data is especially valuable for production. To secure information from the individual value creation stages and to facilitate analysis and consistent conclusions, SERICY provides the ideal basis. The digitalization platform was developed in-house at Grenzebach. Oliver Elbert: “The demand to intelligently control the high-end procedure of additive manufacturing and to develop further with data analysis, was evident at the formnext”. This shows that Grenzebach hits the nail on the head with its wide range from project consultation to manufacturing of Automated Guided Vehicles and supply of a digitalization platform, performing dynamically and improving daily.