The OPP 2000 is the is the first CNC multi-platen electric press for high press forces, in future ranging from 1,000–5,000 kN. Until now, presses for higher forces have only been available with hydraulic, mechanical drives. The OPP 2000 will lead to a new benchmark in operational efficiency by providing: 80% saving in energy consumptionGain in productivity with 98% uptimeIncreased net-shape performance that saves on secondary operationsInfrastructure savings as no pit or external die-set change is required, saving costs Moving transfer of  the press easyHigher Uptime due to less maintenance Hydraulic drives have disadvantages, including long start-up times and variations in press operation, which impact process precision and repeatability. This type of drive also has a higher rate of ageing, leading to leakages with the potential to contaminate the tool room and production parts. Such technical disadvantages are detrimental to the productivity, availability and maintenance costs of hydraulic presses. The OPP 2000 is said to be suitable for a wide range of parts and applications from automotive to power and kitchen tools, gardening and home appliances. It will replace, in the mid-term, Osterwalder’s successful KPP, CA-NC and UPP press series, used widely in the production of automotive components. Osterwalder’s HMI Impressive, presented at Ceramitec 2015, will also be introduced into the OPP series in future. The switch to an electric drive will improve the precision, repeatability and accuracy of the production process, making it possible for presses to meet customers’ requirements for more complex geometries and net shape parts. Reject Part Rates will be optimised as well. F The OPP 2000 is equipped with Osterwalder’s patent-pending Fast Assembly System for Tools (F.A.S.T), enabling the rapid exchange of press tools. The multi-platen die-set remains installed in the press at all times, while the tools are held in exchangeable fixtures which are very compact and can be transferred and stored in a rack. The tools are always at hand for changes in production. The novel architecture on the X axes, enables high press forces to be applied on individual axes. While previous electric presses have offered limited counterforce, on the OPP 2000, both the top and bottom plates of the press can be loaded...
The system consists of a motorized roller conveyor with 10 loading floors. The operator guides the trolley easily through a handlebar with a control console. The bench interfaces with the existing tile extraction system in line. Positioning at the level of the extractor is managed by PLC with a recipe table. The ascent and descent of all floors takes place in a single block and the movement of the trolley is allowed only once the block is brought downwards. The stacking capacity is 10 floors that allow the loading of normal and structured tiles. Source: TekMak news
With the purpose of reinforcing its commitment to optimize its production processes and being aware of the importance of meeting increasingly demanding production needs that require greater machining capabilities, MORTE has recently purchased two new machining centers. The first incorporation was the INTEGREX J200S horizontal multi-tasking machine, which stands out for its unparalleled machining versatility, robustness, speed and accuracy. This centre also excels for its accurate turning and angular milling capabilities, for offering automatic tool changing and having a large machining area (travel range of the table: 450 mm in X, 200 mm in Y and 960 mm in Z). Factors that make the INTEGREX J200S ideally suited to produce medium size complex workpieces. Secondly, MORTE has incorporated a 3-Axis VTC 820/30 Vertical Machining Center to complete its already extensive fleet of machinery. This center is equipped with a table of 3,000 mm of travel in X, 820 mm in Y and 720 mm in the Z axis, being its large size and its travel range its main virtue, making it an ideal choice for the machining of parts of large dimensions. Finally, it is necessary to emphasize that both centers have the MAZATROL SMOOTH technology, a numerical control born for Industry 4.0 that has been a real revolution for CNC programming thanks to its 3D Assist function. With it, the pieces are programmed starting from 3D geometries (iges, parasolid …) that are imported directly to the control, eliminating the need to type coordinates or dimensions from a plane. The Smooth Control allows to visualize in real time the result of the programming in a solid, making programming faster and above all precise, eliminating a possible human error, by not having to type values. The most novel thing is that 3D geometry works in the numerical control and is converted in the machining program directly without having to be post-processed. Source: Morte press news
In January 2019, Sicer Spa completed the acquisition of a majority stake in Morbi, India-based company SOL-INK, for years the market leader in the production and distribution of ceramic digital inks under the INKERA brand name and a supplier to the top ceramic groups in the market. The new Sicer – Inkera company, in addition to the already consolidated range of inks and digital materials, will soon start producing ceramic glazes and composites and also the well – known technical grits and other specialties for the glazing of the most prestigious ceramic surfaces. A highly professional and experienced team of Italian engineers will work alongside the Indian technicians in developing and producing high-quality products with the aim of becoming the go-to supplier for all large Indian ceramic groups. Building on Sicer’s already extensive global presence with facilities in Spain, Mexico and Indonesia, this new acquisition will enable the group to continue its internationalisation policy aimed at establishing production plants in the world’s key areas of ceramic production. As a result, it will be able to supply high-quality products and guarantee a high level of technical support and service. Source: Sicer News
Bedeschi signed a new contract with one of the major Cement Group in Vietnam for the supply of a double roller crushing unit and relevant control panels. The machinery will be installed in the crushing section of the new Quicklime Plant – under construction – in Hoa Binh, Northern Vietnam.The plant respects the highest quality requirements and its modern design considers prime class equipment from International Companies only.The start-up is expected by spring 2020. Source: Bedeschi latest news
As part of a major investment program, Nelissen Brick works has granted Instalat the order for the full supply of a chamber dryer with 10 double chambers, a complete new control system for all tunnel kilns and kiln car transport system and two new transfer cars. Commissioning will take place in the first half of 2019. Source: Instalat News
Recently Teide refractory solutions has employed special machinery to dry and cure refractory parts. This new burner complements the four driers the company already owns. The advantage of having an auxiliary burner lies in the ability to perform more precise drying and use temperature control that is more suited to the circumstances and conditions required by the refractory material. Source: Teide refractory news
Smoked bricks in Maasmechelen(B) purchased the first hood kiln for blue smoked products from Instalat. The kiln with two kiln cars and its layout is specially designed by our engineers for blue damping of bricks from several different customers. As commonly usual, the Kiln is equipped with a state of the art firing equipment and PC-PLC controls, which allows a fully automatically and reliable process. The kiln has already been successfully assembled and commissioned. Source: Instalat News
CeramTec is presenting high-quality cutting materials and tool holding systems for metal machining as well as technical ceramics for forming processes and wear protection at the AMB . The product portfolio on display at the international exhibition for metal working will include a new tangential milling cutter. It is ideal for applications which require a soft cutting tool to reduce cutting pressure as well as for machining exact 90° shoulders. The TFL-WP tangential milling cutter works with indexable inserts with six cutting edges. The positive cutting geometry enables milling to be carried out with significantly reduced cutting forces. Exact 90° shoulders can be machined at any height thanks to the tangential arrangement of the inserts. The advanced ceramic inserts guarantee enormous process reliability due to possessing the largest possible cross section. They are easy to replace using the screw clamps. Users benefit from a longer service life and improved feed rate on account of the tangential positioning and the resulting cutting edge spacing of the milling system. The cutting material variants available for the milling system open up a wide spectrum of workable materials. For instance, GJL and GJV cast iron materials can be machined using these cutting materials with high process reliability. Its high axial and radial runout accuracy enables an Ra value of 6.3 μm. Ceramic tools from CeramTec are used in the high-performance machining of cast irons, hard-to-cut materials and hardened steels. Source: CeramTec Press News
As demand for Tabular Alumina expands with India’s refractory requirements, Almatis is committed to support and enhance our customers’ success with Quality alumina products and excellent service. A positive outlook for Indian produced steel, leveraged by growing GDP and per capita steel consumption requires premium alumina for longer refractory life. “Almatis is committed to providing continuous support to the Indian refractory industry,” Emre Timurkan, Almatis’ CEO said. He assured the market that, “Almatis is on a path of rapid construction to satisfy our customers’ increasing demand for high quality Tabular Alumina.” Source: Almatis News