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Launch pad for 3D printing

At Optima in Schwaebisch Hall, 3D printing is now part of the company's range of machines. For this future-oriented technology, the company has specifically founded a 3D printing center – the Additive Innovation Center – and has presented a route map. 3D printing will massively change special purpose machine manufacturing.

Optima has invested in the advanced multi-jet fusion technology which enables parts to be produced faster than with the SLS process. (Source: Optima)Optima has invested in the advanced multi-jet fusion technology which enables parts to be produced faster than with the SLS process. (Source: Optima)

“Machine parts that previously took a week to manufacture can now be printed in a significantly shorter time”, says Optima Vice President Manufacturing Volker Freisinger. At its Schwaebisch Hall site, Optima has invested around half a million euros in the new 3D printing center, known as the Additive Innovation Center. The Additive Innovation Center has been in operation since July 2019 and, after a test phase and staff training, went into production at the end of 2019. It features a 3D printing lab and a training and design area, known as the Innovation Space. Since December 2019, employees with key roles are being trained there in 3D-compatible design.

The 3D printing process enhances customer flexibilit

The consumer demand for specific products is changing at an ever increasing pace. Social media and e-commerce are accelerating this growth. This affects all the market segments for that Optima develops machines for, which include pharmaceuticals, paper hygiene, consumer goods and healthcare products. New agile and flexible processes and technology are needed to counter this trend. “That's why we are providing our customers with support in terms of flexibility with additive manufacturing technology”, says Michael Weber, Director Service at OPTIMA consumer GmbH. Machine, format and replacement parts can be produced in a significantly shorter amount of time. In addition, a better price/performance ratio can also be achieved over the entire manufacturing process, especially for complex components. Therefore, design solutions that could not be implemented before are now possible. Inspired by nature, existing parts can be made lighter, stronger and with less material than before, for example, by using honeycomb structures. This is also a positive development in terms of sustainability – after all, no shavings or waste are generated during production.

Additive manufacturing – the 3D printing process – enables Optima customers to respond with even greater flexibility to new market requirements. Among other processes, Optima uses the multi-jet fusion printing process (image). (Source: Optima) Additive manufacturing – the 3D printing process – enables Optima customers to respond with even greater flexibility to new market requirements. Among other processes, Optima uses the multi-jet fusion printing process (image). (Source: Optima)

All current printing methods are possibl

In the Additive Innovation Center, all the standard 3D printing methods are used. To produce prototypes quickly, Optima uses the fused deposition modeling (FDM) process, which has been successfully used in the automotive industry for many years, and the selective laser sintering (SLS) process. The SLS process opens up a broad range of materials, colors and subsequent treatments. A partner company contributes to the team advanced SLS processes with a wide variety of post-processing options. These include, for example, tinting and smoothing the components. Optima has also invested in the advanced multi-jet fusion technology which enables parts to be produced faster than with the SLS process. The breakthrough of SLS and multi-jet fusion printing technology has paved the way for companies to take 3D printing to an industrial level, far beyond simply creating prototypes.

Optima will be presenting a platform where machine users can order their parts online.

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C&T to offer quality gripper bars for automated die cutting

C&T Channel Matrix (C&T), one of the world’s leading manufacturers of creasing matrix, will be selling Gripper Bars and associated accessories for die cutter machines with immediate effect.

C&T will be working with partner, Conway Machines Inc, who started manufacturing replacement parts for die cutters in 1972, and is now an OEM spec producer of gripper bars, chains and sprockets.  C&T will be offering a full range of products suitable for die cutting machines including Bobst, Iberica, Brausse and many more.

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The gripper bars are of a very high quality and made to OEM specifications. All shells, shafts, end fittings and fingers are perfectly designed to optimise the performance of die cutters.

C&T will support UK customers with selection, installation and ongoing technical support through its team of industry experts - all that the team will need is the original part number and machine type, and they can match the parts to customer specific machines from UK stock.

Simon Shenton, Managing Director at C&T Matrix said; “We are proud to partner with Conway to anticipate our customer needs by offering the market quality, alternative products.

Gripper bars are part of routine maintenance, so if our customers are implementing a planned maintenance, or if they have had an issue with a current gripper bar, C&T is able to offer its expertise and help.”

C&T Channel Matrix Ltd is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of specialist creasing matrix products and accessories to the Print and Packaging industries. This UK based manufacturer with its head office in Wellingborough, sells and distributes to over 80 countries worldwide with warehousing and offices in China and India.

C&T Channel Matrix offers several world renowned brands of creasing matrixes, including XTC, PINK, Kiss, Corrugate and Jazz. C&T Channel Matrix also manufactures and supplies a broad range of accessories for diemaking, diecutting and print finishing, including steel rule, ejection rubbers, counter material and patch tape.

For further information please contact Simon Shenton on tel +44 (0) 1933 273444, e-mail simonshenton@candtmatrix.co.uk or visit www.candtmatrix.co.uk

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Sulzer to launch new COX™ dispensers at WOC 2020

Sulzer will be releasing new COX™ branded dispensers with Bosch Professional 18V battery-power at World of Concrete (WOC) 2020, adding to the company’s range of high-quality application systems designed to maximize performance and ease of use. Construction businesses will be able to see first-hand how productivity and quality of work can be increased by using these products, on Booth S11153.

WOC is a key event for companies in the construction sector worldwide. One area of particular importance at the trade fair will be dispensing systems for adhesives and sealants, as the market demand for these solutions continues to grow.

ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.

As a market-leading manufacturer of products for mixing and dispensing technology for single and multi-component materials (or adhesives), visitors can expect to see the latest innovations at the show. Sulzer’s experts will be on hand to discuss how the company can help customers reduce waste, deliver new formulations and address the needs of specific construction projects and applications.

Two new members of the COX ElectraFlow™ family of battery-powered dispensers will be of particular interest to people visiting Sulzer’s stand. These cutting-edge solutions can provide precision dispensing in a wide range of adhesive and sealant applications. The ElectraFlow Dual Ultra is ideal for dispensing two-component adhesives in a 1:1 ratio, while ElectraFlow Plus provides an advanced tool for operations that require one-component cartridges.

These innovative, fully integrated dispensers are designed to offer high performance, reliability and flexibility. Both products feature powerful cordless technology from the latest Bosch Professional 18V lithium-ion range of batteries and chargers, including the new high performance ProCORE 18V ™ version. As a result, the systems offer extended runtime and service life as well as convenience for users on-site thanks to battery compatibility with a wide selection of existing Bosch power tools.

ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.ElectraFlow™ Plus Cartridge 310 and the Combi 310.

To help ensure performance and reliability every time, ElectraFlow Plus features a trigger lock that prevents accidental material discharge and a variable speed trigger to carefully adjust and control the volume of adhesive or sealant being dispensed. ElectraFlow DualUltra meanwhile has a practical cartridge locator (patent pending) to locate and retain the cartridges in their correct position during operation.

Also on display at the show, will be a comprehensive range of solutions for adhesive packaging, mixing and dispensing, such as two- and one-component cartridges, static mixers, manual, pneumatic and spray dispensers. All of these products follow Sulzer’s System Approach, which means that the company’s entire product offering is designed to fit together seamlessly, providing flexibility, optimal user experience, reduced inventory and excellent end results.

Visit Sulzer at World of Concrete 2020 on Booth S11153 at Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, U.S.A., from February 4 - 7 2020.

About Sulzer Mixpac

Sulzer is a global leader in fluid engineering. We specialize in pumping, agitation, mixing, separation and application technologies for fluids of all types. Our customers benefit from our commitment to innovation, performance and quality and from our responsive network of 50 world-class manufacturing facilities and 100 service centers across the globe. Sulzer has been headquartered in Winterthur, Switzerland, since 1834. In 2018, our 15’500 employees delivered revenues of CHF 3.4 billion. Our shares are traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (SIX: SUN).

Through its MIXPAC, COX, transcodent and GEKA brands, Sulzer develops and delivers innovative fluid applicators for the dental, adhesives, healthcare and beauty markets. Our IP-protected applicator solutions leverage our expertise in plastic-injection molding, micro-brushes and two-component mixing to make our customers’ products precise, safe, unique and more sustainable.

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Innovation challenges solved for R&D in 2020

Leading global materials supplier Goodfellow has put together a comprehensive package of support tools and products designed to solve the innovation challenges of the R&D community in both scientific and industrial environments. With a huge range of more than 70,000 catalogue products, a unique bespoke processing service and a new category of Green Production materials inspired by the need to better protect our natural resources, the company supplies all the materials needed to inspire innovation.

2020 01 16 093614An in-house multilingual team of scientists and materials experts offers practical day-to-day technical support and advice to make innovation happen. This team, which includes specialists in polymers, metals, ceramics and nanocomposites amongst many other materials, uses its expertise and knowledge of the latest developments in materials to guide customers in choosing the most suitable material for their application.

Finally, a suite of apps and dedicated websites ensure that the necessary digital tools are in place to support the innovation process. These tools include knowledge-sharing hubs, educational apps, sector-specific informational portals including case studies that demonstrate real-life applications of various materials, as well as a range of social media channels that are used to communicate and interact with customers.

By helping throughout the planning and materials selection process, Goodfellow provides the key catalyst in helping projects and prototypes come to life, solving innovation challenges for its customers all over the world. Visit www.goodfellow.com to find out more.

About Goodfellow
With more than 70 years of facilitating scientific innovation, Goodfellow is a leading global supplier of metals, alloys, ceramics, glasses, polymers, compounds, composites and other materials to meet the research, development and specialist production requirements of science and industry. The company has an extensive range of 70,000 catalogue products in multiple forms available off the shelf, most subject to free delivery within 48 hours and with no minimum order quantities.

With over 6000 customers supported by a worldwide network of offices, agents and distributors, Goodfellow also offers a comprehensive range of bespoke processing services, effectively operating as an extension of the production team in order to develop custom-fabricated components in any quantity required. Our in-house team comprises fellow scientists and engineers with extensive knowledge of materials and processing. Through their technical expertise and a supporting range of specification tools, the company has built an unrivalled reputation for helping to find solutions to even the most challenging of research problems. All Goodfellow products are also underpinned by the ISO 9001 quality accreditation.

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Stora Enso divests its Pfarrkirchen Mill

Stora Enso has signed an agreement to divest its sawn construction timber (KVH) mill at Pfarrkirchen in Germany, to the fund LEO II. – VV1 GmbH, managed by the private equity firm Dubag Group.

2014 09 25 105559 stora enso logoThe divestment is part of Stora Enso’s profit protection programme and it is in line with the Group’s strategic transformation to focus on developing integrated mills for wood products production. Pfarrkirchen Mill has a good reputation on the market, is well equipped and holds a team of very competent personnel, but it is a non-integrated further processing mill. The new owner is in a better position to give the mill the attention it deserves and ensure a long-term development. The transaction is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2020. The impact on Stora Enso’s operational EBIT and net debt will not be material.

“We are proud that Stora Enso has chosen DUBAG Group and its LEO II. Fund as partner for a sustainable future of the KVH production site in Pfarrkirchen and for the carve-out from Stora Enso. The Pfarrkirchen site and its 90 employees have a long-lasting experience in the production of high quality KVH and we are looking forward to continue this successful history in the future,” says Christoph Mödder, Partner at DUBAG Group.

The divestment is expected to reduce Stora Enso’s annual sales by EUR 40 million. It will also reduce Stora Enso’s KVH production capacity by approximately 145 000 m3.

About Dubag Group
The DUBAG Group is a specialised investment advisory firm based in Munich. The firm advises and manages private equity funds with a focus on the acquisition and active management of companies in special situations, such as corporate spin-offs. Currently, DUBAG Group is investing funds from the LEO II. Fund. The fund was successfully raised in September 2019 and has obtained capital commitments from a number of institutional investors. www.dubag.eu

Part of the bioeconomy, Stora Enso is a leading global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. We believe that everything that is made from fossil-based materials today can be made from a tree tomorrow. Stora Enso has some 26 000 employees in over 30 countries. Our sales in 2018 were EUR 10.5 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Nasdaq Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY). storaenso.com