A staggering 1520 exhibitors from 38 countries, all displaying various aspects of sheet metal machining/manufacturing to over 69,000 visitors. That, in a nutshell, was Euroblech 2008, the 20th international exhibition dedicated to metalworking technology held in Hannover, Germany, from 21st to 25th October.
The fair’s strongly international flavour – with most exhibitors and visitors coming from abroad – made it the ideal showcase for Sacmi to present its innovative moulding and cold forging products. Applications in which Sacmi has invested heavily over the last few years and - given the Group’s extensive know-how in the pressings field (remember, we have over 10,000 machines installed worldwide!) – the results have not been slow in coming.
Visitors to the Hannover fair had the opportunity to get a close look at several technological gems. From the deep-draw presses of the PHP line (3590 and 5000 tons) and the compete range of automatic hydraulic presses for the cold forging of articles in aluminium alloy, steel and titanium (from 150 to 7500 tons) to the latest integrated automation solutions, development of which also owes much to close collaboration with Group customers operating in the cold forging sector.
One of the key advantages of the latter is that they blend high performance with a fully modular structure: an effective way of providing the production flexibility this industry requires. To underline its commitment to flexibility, at Euroblech Sacmi presented new press accessory systems that reduce space requirements at the front of the machine, making die changeovers easier and allowing pre-sampling with manual loading/unloading.
The same advantages stem from the new disc preparation systems, which allow for rapid, efficient, precise execution of the various product pre-treatment phases: from the delicate task of removing the disc from the stack to double disc detection.
Operators from outside Europe expressed particular interest in Sacmi-developed cold forging solutions, from presses to material handling automation solutions. Much of the interest came from India, where industry operators are trying to pace with growing demand and rapidly increase the quality of their products at competitive costs.