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IMTEX 2019: Preparing industry to meet future challenges
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With automotive manufacturing showing signs of strong growth, the machine tools industry needs to tap opportunities. IMTEX 2019, showcasing an array of new products and technologies, provided a glimpse of new state-of-the-art technologies needed to remain competitive globally.
The largest machine tools exhibition in India, IMTEX, recently concluded in Bangalore. IMTEX 2019, along with Tooltech 2019, was inaugurated by H D Kumaraswamy, Chief Minister of Karnataka. Stating that the exhibition has been a gateway for attracting investments in Karnataka since IMTEX was launched in the state, Kumaraswamy said, “Bengaluru was historically a manufacturing hub and is making its mark as a startup and biotech hub as well. To give impetus to aerospace vertical Karnataka has announced an aerospace policy that has identified investment potential of around $ 10 billion in the sector during 2013-2023 which is expected to give a boost to the manufacturing industry in Karnataka.”
Some of the dignitaries present of the occasion were R V Deshpande (Minister for Revenue, Government of Karnataka); K J George (Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, Government of Karnataka); Vikram Kirloskar (VP, Confederation of Indian Industry); Ram Venkataramani (President, Automotive Component Manufacturers Association of India or ACMA); Jamshyd Godrej (Chairman, Exhibitions – IMTMA); P Ramadas (President, IMTMA); Indradev Babu (VP, IMTMA) and V Anbu (Director General & CEO, IMTMA). This is the largest IMTEX ever and IMTMA is celebrating 50 years of IMTEX. In his welcome speech, Jamshyd Godrej said, "IMTEX creates a welcoming environment to everyone who comes to the exhibition. It shows industry in a different light and IMTEX is an expression of showing a new India and what its industry is capable of."
R V Deshpande stated, "Karnataka has always laid out a red carpet to investors wanting to do business in the state. The state has a pro-industry policy, which has helped industries to thrive."
Supporting Deshpande's views, K J George said, “The state has been in the forefront of many ventures such as setting up the world's largest solar park, launching booster kit for start-ups, setting up an exclusive machine tool park, etc.” He called upon the manufacturing industry to do their business in the state including their capacity expansions.
Vikram Kirloskar commented, “Exhibitions will never become obsolete as machines will always be required in the manufacturing industry. Technologies are needed to enhance productivity. Large-scale exhibitions such as IMTEX will provide all this in one place.”
According to Venkataramani, ACMA and IMTMA will continue to work to understand and provide solutions to ever growing demands of the auto component industry.
P Ramadas commented, “IMTEX is a must attend exhibition for technology enthusiasts. It is at IMTEX that latest technologies which are widely prevalent in overseas countries are launched and displayed live. The current edition of IMTEX will showcase advanced technologies like 3D printing, internet of things, automation, robotics, and Industry 4.0.”
Automation & robotics
The small &medium enterprises (SMEs) segment is expected to play a significant role in the growth of India, which is emerging as one of the fastest growing economy in the new millennium. Many companies at IMTEX focused on offering automated solutions for SMEs to empower them for further growth. For example, Bharat Fritz Werner Ltd (BFW), a leading machine tool manufacturer in India, announced collaboration with Universal Robots, a pioneer in collaborative robots (Cobots), to penetrate the SME sector with new and affordable automation solutions.
BFW and Universal Robots aims to redefine the production processes by deploying the robotic arms through modular, flexible and user-friendly integration solution platform – Arjun. Advanced user-friendly and light industrial robotic arms will dramatically impact productivity, quality and working conditions in SME segment as it will automate and streamline repetitive industrial processes efficiently thus empowering the shop floor for higher value creative activities.
Systemantics India Pvt Ltd, an industrial robots maker based out of Bangalore, launched its flagship Made in India 6-axis industrial robot, ASYSTR 600. The ASYSTR 600, built on the principles of sensible robotics, is the first industrial robot designed and manufactured in India. With several design innovations that drive a superior ROI, this future-ready sensible robot is set to transform the shop floor.
"We are seeing significant traction in the market, particularly in the auto-component industry where the ASYSTR 600 is seen as a viable option to automate tedious repeatable tasks such as CNC Machine Tending. Our key innovations that help lower cost and make the robot easy-to-use resonate well with manufacturers," said Harsha Lal, CEO, Systemantics.
Cutting-edge technology on display
Tooltech showcased machine tool accessories, metrology and CAD/CAM cutting tools, tooling systems and current trends in the tooling industry. Sandvik Coromant, a leading supplier of cutting tools, presented new digital machining solutions designed to reduce waste and increase efficiency for customers at its stall in IMTEX. The company also displayed latest technologies in the fields of turning, milling and drilling at the stall. These innovations included CoroPlus process control, tool guide, tool library, among others.
For the first time at IMTEX 2019, the CERATIZIT Group presented its new cutting tool competence unified brand structure for the Indian market. Under the umbrella of the CERATIZIT Group, the company has four competence brands Cutting Solutions by CERATIZIT, KOMET, WNT and KLENK. "India is an up-and-coming key market for the CERATIZIT Group. In the future, as a result of the cutting tool division being reorganized, customers will benefit from the bundled know-how of the four competence brands and access one of the most complete product portfolios in the industry," said the company official.
Renishaw, a precision engineering and manufacturing technologies company, presented its latest smart factory solutions at IMTEX 2019. The company demonstrated its range of smart factory process control solutions, which are proven to help machine shops across many industries transform their production capabilities. Renishaw’s product portfolio supported the full spectrum of industrial metrology applications, delivering benefits in speed, ease-of-use and flexibility, which help manufacturers integrate smart factory technologies into their existing operations.
At the expo, Renishaw showcased how the new Equator 500 accommodates larger parts and the introduction of IPC (intelligent process control) software allows manufacturers to automate process control and tool offset correction directly to CNC machines from any Equator gauge.
The revolution continues
IMTEX this time is significant as the exhibition, which began in 1969, crossed a milestone of 50 years. Commemorating 50 years’ journey IMTMA organised two seminars Factory of the Future - Industry 4.0 (showcasing digital technologies which are revolutionising the manufacturing industry) and Additive Manufacturing Expo (showcasing the latest developments in 3D printing). IMTMA also depicted IMTEX journey at an Experience Zone in the form of pictures, videos and some conventional machines.
With manufacturing showing signs of strong growth, the industry now needs to tap opportunities in defence, aerospace and other sunrise sectors. This will be possible because of a vibrant machine tools industry. IMTEX will continue to provide a platform for Indian companies to witness state-of-the-art technologies and incorporate them in their manufacturing facilities to raise efficiency and remain competitive globally.
Machine Tools Industry
Confederation Of Indian Industry
Small And Medium Enterprises
Intelligent Process Control
Showcasing Digital Technologies
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