International Seminar on Forming Technology 2016
“Shaping the future of manufacturing” – ISFT 2016 inaugurated at BIEC on 20 January 2016.
Latest Trends in Metal Forming Unveiled at International Seminar on Forming Technology 2016
Forming technology forms an integral part of manufacturing in many industries and has contributed in the development of many new processing technologies, processing methods, machineries, tools and solutions to design and fabricate end products/finished goods. To address the latest trends developments and research in forming technology, IMTMA organized a one day ‘International Seminar on Forming Technology’ on 20 January 2016, in Bangalore coinciding with IMTEX FORMING 2016 exhibition. Over 150 delegates attended the seminar.
The theme of the International Seminar on Forming Technology this year was “Shaping the future of Manufacturing”.
Mr. Vikram Sirur, Past President, IMTMA, Mr. P. Ramadas, Vice President, IMTMA, Mr. Andreas Sterzing, Keynote Speaker and Mr. V. Anbu, Director General, IMTMA shared the dais.
The International Seminar on Forming Technology brought together the fraternity of forming technology users and manufacturers on a common platform to discuss related issues. The highlight of the event was the keynote address titled ‘Vehicle Light-Weighting’ by Dr. Andreas Sterzing from the Fraunhofer Institute for Machine Tools & Forming, Chemnitz, Germany. He spoke about the compulsions and international trends for light weighting of vehicles and diverse approaches ranging from use of new materials, processes and engineering innovations. He also emphasized on the latest information on research and pointers to the future technology transition.
The seminar had concurrent sessions on Design & Software, Equipment and Tools, and Process. The following were some of the presentations made at the event:
Alternative heating strategies and process chains in hot forming — Fraunhofer IWU, Chemnitz, Germany : Hot stamping technology is vitally dependent on heating and cooling scheme for the process result and associated energy cost. This presentation included efficient heating strategy and also presented the alternative and economical process.
Use of modern CAE tools for development of Roll forming machines — Data M Sheet Metal Solutions, Germany : The presentation illustrated the use of appropriate software for development of roll forming tools, equipment and simulation of process for typical complex parts.
Use of Hydraulics and Telemetry in Dies — Fibro GmbH, Germany : The presentation on this topic covered the use of Hydraulic Cams, which offered many possibilities of making the dies smaller and reducing number of dies for processing a component. It also showcased how use of gas springs with wireless communication and monitoring of pressure enabled individual setting of force presented easier and flexible option to optimize Dies during tryout.
On-Line Inspection for Body in white (BIW) Lines — Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence, Singapore : The presentation dealt with how BIW is the most sensitive to any defects for aesthetic appeal as well as irritants infunctionality of doors. It also discussed defects being skipped owing to large rate of production and how on-line inspection holds the key to this problem.
Latest developments and tests for Hot Forming — Fagor Arrasate, Spain : The presentation was on Hot Stamping applications in the automotive industry, its processes and equipment was comprehensively covered with examples and case studies of typical hot stamping facilities.
3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing — IIT Bombay : This presentation elaborated on the various possibilities for a designer using 3D Printing or Additive manufacturing such as space frame optimization, use of hybrid materials and processes.
Advancements in Tube Bending to meet today's stringent part-production demands — Electropneumatics & Hydraulics, India : The presentation dealt with Tube bending and its host of innovative and cost effective solutions for design and realization of structures that have remained traditionally overdesigned.
The seminar was attended by delegates from varied segments of the Indian manufacturing industry such as automotive, aerospace, defence, railway establishments, consumer durables, general engineering, machine tools and other capital goods industries. Decision makers including CEOs, senior executives, practicing engineers, industry experts, research and development (R&D) specialists as well as the academia benefited immensely from the International Seminar.
Organized every alternative year, the event is recognized as an international platform for global interaction on latest trends in forming technology.