Exhibition report - February 22, 2019
14 Japanese companies attracted the greatest attention from visitors（2／5）
“IMTS2018”, Chicago Show, was held for six days from September 10 to 15, 2018, at McCormick Place in Illinois, U.S.
The total of 129,415 visitors visited there.
Automation solution especially attracted attention in IMTS 2018.
In this article, we will report the main exhibitions of 14 Japanese FA manufacturers which have had a high presence in the North American market. The reports will be posted in 5 times for people who couldn’t visit IMTS 2018.
6 kinds of automated system were exhibited / DMG MORI
DMG MORI also displayed six automation systems and put focus on automation proposals.（photo）
DMG MORI has been expanding sales of packaged products recently such as “MATRIS”, a robotic system that can be easily operated without specialized knowledge.
President Masahiko Mori said, “loading and unloading work pieces are the least interesting and value-added work in the factory, it is better to automate and eliminate these jobs.”
DMG MORI also had booth at special exhibition section of additive manufacturing (AM) in West Hall.The powder bed type AM machine “LASERTEC 30 SLM 2nd Generation” was exhibited.
Showing off a new model for the European and US markets/ Brother Industries
Brother Industries showcased the compact MC “SPEEDIO R650X2 40 Tools” （photo）of the spindle tapered BT30 number with pallet changer for the first time.
The number of tool magazines was increased from 22 to 40, without changing the performance of the conventional one. It’s MC for job shops, which is responsible for various types of machining.
Brother Industries has focused on product development, which is for Asian market such as China. It has not worked for European and US markets so far.
However, Makoto Hoshi, executive officer, said, “recently, we also have focused on developing the European and US markets, and we also developed this MC with the awareness of the European and American markets.”
Proposing simple automation/ Matsuura Machinery
Matsuura Machinery (President, Katsutoshi Matsuura, Fukui City) placed the automated proposal “Simple Automation” （photo）using a pallet changer (PC) that has been encouraged recently.
Its original PC were mounted on 5-axis machining centers “MX-330” and “MX-520”, and simple automation was proposed.
“We contribute to the automation of high-variety, low-volume production,” said Yuto Matsuura, manager of corporate planning and administration office.
This is the second time to have its own booth, not through a local trading company in IMTS. “The medical industry is in good situation in the US market. A lot of people visited us and we feel a certain response in this exhibition,” said proudly Katsutoshi Matsuura.
Proposing a next-generation standard chuck/Kitagawa
Kitagawa first released the next-generation standard-chuck “BR-Series”（photo）.
The accuracy of grasping was improved compared with the conventional product, and the loss of grasping force was reduced during high-speed rotation.
President Hisashi Fujimoto, Kitagawa Global hand Company said, “there is a high need for turning and machining at high speeds for the reduction of tact time, and this is a product that responds to that need.
Source: SEISANZAI MARKETING Magazine November issue
This article was translated by “T-4OO”.
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