Anyone intent on making industry 4.0 happen must keep an eye on the detail. The smart factory requires the products themselves to communicate next steps in the production process or their position in the supply chain and the most efficient method is laser marking. This is the reason why TRUMPF is predominantly focussing on this technology at MACH 2018.
TRUMPF marking systems come in different formats, sizes and power classes so manufacturers can find the optimal device for every marking task regardless of component size or batch quantity and whether it be for traceability or process control.
All the standalone TRUMPF laser marking systems are simple and supremely safe to use and great emphasis is placed on ergonomic operation. They are certified to laser Class 1 - just like a commercially available DVD player. These systems can therefore be used in the factory without any additional safety measures.
The marking system appearing at MACH is a typical example. The TruMark Station 3000 suits users who need to ensure traceability in small and medium-sized production runs and who wish to integrate the marking process into their own manufacturing. Its large interior space accepts components up to 440mm × 200mm × 350mm in size and weighing a maximum of 12kg. If necessary, the transfer flaps installed at the sides of the case can be removed, allowing the workstation to be integrated into an assembly line or enabling it to mark even larger components.
The TruMark Station can also be supplied with a number of options such as a rotary axis, additional focusing lenses, pilot laser and integrated exhaust system. This product suitable for a wide range of manufacturing industries from medical and electronics to automotive and general fabrication.
Also featured is the new TRUMPF 18V brushless range of cordless fabrication tools. Shears, slitting shears, nibblers, profile nibblers, seam lockers and power fasteners are now joined by new models to extend the range. All incorporate a new battery-optimised gear head which, in combination with 18V Li-ion technology and brushless low-wear motors, provide up to 60 per cent longer run time after each full charge.
As a specialist in metal processing for nearly a century, TRUMPF has combined its long-term experience with the latest technology to create this new range of power tools that provide superior operational and economic performance. Alongside its conventional 10.8V products, the new 18V models give fabricators an extended choice that allows, for example, the cordless cutting of sheets from 2mm to 2.5mm.
To learn more about the company's products go to www.uk.trumpf.com, or visit them at MACH 2018 on stand 34 in Hall 19.