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FABTECH 2019 Wrap-Up

Last week, we attended Fabtech in Chicago where four of our clients exhibited. All four had a successful time at the show, which ran from Monday to Thursday. There were over 48,000 attendees during the four days.

Exact Metrology featured their new hot product, the GOM CT Scanner, which provides 3D data of internal and external component geometries in exceptionally high resolution. The Leica Absolute Scanner and Absolute Tracker were also featured in the booth as was the Hexagon Absolute Arm. Exact experts spoke with attendees about their onsite scanning and measurement services including 3D scanning, reverse engineering and CT scanning. Exact offers testing, including onsite, plus equipment sales to the fab industries and others.

Schuler, a press manufacturer, attracted visitors to their booth with a hydroformed Harley Davidson motorcycle frame on display. Hot topics included IIOT solutions, automated smart presses, hydroforming and metal stamping applications and press lines for lightweight materials.

Siemens displayed their new SINUMERIK Motion Controller (MC), which is the perfect platform for the fabrication industry in regards to laser cutting, water jetting, plasma cutting plus wood routing and stone cutting. The booth also featured the SINUMERIK 840D sl CNC and a SIMATIC PLC for various motion control requirements in the fab industry. Other topics included Mindsphere, digital twins and additive manufacturing.

Suhner had an eye-catching display complete with sparks flying, which showcased ROBOT tools grinding, polishing, tube polishing and filing. On display, Suhner had two files, a narrow and a broad belt grinder. They also had air spindles and an electro spindle. The booth also featured the MONOmaster drill unit made in Switzerland and the ECONOmaster made in Rome, GA. Among those machine tools were POLYdrills which are multi head drills that perform anywhere from 2 to 32 drilling applications at one time and deep hole drills that can drill from 200 millimeters to 500 millimeters and 800 millimeters. Suhner also provides the industry a full range of abrasive hand tools and pads.

All booths were crowded with considerable traffic over the course of the show. Another successful Fabtech in Chicago! See you in Vegas next year!

-Maureen Lepke, Social Media Director