Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

Friday, 02 November 2018 08:14

MSP Series Well-Received on the Market

In addition to its existing 100 to 400 ton machines, Schuler has now expanded its popular series to a press force of 800 tons

Huissel is well-known as a reliable die and sheet metal part supplier for the automotive and supplier industry. Now, the company wants to complete the die manufacturing process chain in Frankenthal and the related delivery of sophisticated sheet metal parts at the Enkenbach-Alsenborn site in its portfolio. According to the two managing directors Peter Busalt and Gerald Schug, these market potentials could not be achieved with the existing machinery. A system was needed that would permit economical manufacturing also of medium and high lot sizes while enabling easy operation. Huissel has now struck it rich with the MSP 800: the latest expansion of the newly developed servo press series of Schuler.

"We examined suppliers from Spain and Italy to Germany," says Peter Busalt. "But only the MSP series from Schuler currently has the functions we need." Gerald Schug adds, "The intuitive operability of the machine was important for us, for example, because this aspect helps even unexperienced employees quickly achieve good results and lowers inhibitions in regard to taking advantage of the full potential of the servo press."

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Operators can select from predefined movement curves or program them freely. A fixed component of the control system is the Smart Assist software from Schuler, which performs the setup procedure for the dies step by step – a further positive point for Gerald Schug: "In this way, we can shorten the usual launch of production to a fraction of the time."

The commissioning of the new press is also considerably faster thanks to a digital twin. Here, the virtual system model is connected to the real control system with the machine and system visualization system. All functions of the MSP 800 can be simulated on the computer in this manner. The functionality and operation of the system can therefore be tested and trained on the future real machine.

For the MSP 800, Huissel will set up a new hall in its Enkenbach-Alsenborn factory. As a whole, this project is the largest single investment in the company's 100-year history. Huissel also intends to attach dies that it has manufactured in its Frankenthal factory 40 kilometers away to the new servo press. The tie rod structure of the MSP 800, which offers particularly high rigidity, also guarantees the quality of the parts production.

Schuler will present the MSP 400 – the "little sister" of the MSP 800 so to speak – to the general public at the EuroBLECH trade fair in Hanover for the first time, the press will also be commissioned at customers' sites soon. The smallest members of the family, the single-rod automatic blanking press CSP 100 and the double-rod automatic blanking press MSP 200, are already in use at stamping companies. What all these presses have in common is the innovative knuckle-joint drive with highly dynamic servo motors and additional smart functions, such as condition monitoring.

The new addition to the family will arrive soon: Schuler is developing the series further up to a press force of 1,250 tons.

Friday, 02 November 2018 08:09

New SigmaNEST ROI Calculator Now Online

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"What can I expect in savings from a SigmaNEST investment?"  The answer can now be found online, 24/7/365 at:  https://www.sigmanest.com/roi-calculator/.  Every fabricatiion and manufacturing customer we've ever met asks a version of this question, and rightly so. With over twenty-five years of dependable customer data and feedback, SigmaNEST teams know the  ROI value of our solutions, and leveraged existing data to create this ROI tool.  Now, prospective new customers can discover their potential ROI online, anytime, based on their unique materials, machines, and other relevant data.    

SigmaNEST Talks Throughput

Along with a new online ROI tool, SigmaNEST professional Monty Brown has recorded his latest discussion on the cost-saving measures fabricators can implement to drive profitable throughput.    This important topic is customer driven, and also available 24/7/365.  Click here to learn more: SigmaNEST Throughput Savings Webinar.

GE Power (NYSE: GE) has recently been selected by Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional (CSN), one of the largest steel producers in Latin America, to replace its converter in the steel plant in Volta Redonda, Brazil.

The Presidente Vargas Steelworks plant, located more than 100 kilometers west of Rio de Janeiro, has an annual production capacity of 5.8 million tons of steel. Inaugurated in the forties, it is also one of the oldest large steel plants in Brazil.

Looking to improve reliability and efficiency of the plant, CSN has chosen GE to provide the steel plant with the new drive system including the 12-megawatt (MW) synchronous motor, the 12-MW generator and one converter to replace the old equipment. The new converter, operating at a frequency of 50 hertz, will be used to feed remaining 50-hertz equipment, as the water pumps will use water from the nearby river for the steel process.

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“Our plant, in Volta Redonda, was built back in the ’40s, and certain equipment needs a refurbishment. We trust in GE’s technology and capability to provide such an upgrade service that will help maintain the plant as one of the most productive of the region,” said Douglas Gualberto, Senior Development engineer of Companhia Siderúrgica Nacional.

“Steel goes into everything, from buildings and infrastructure to cars and appliances,” said Gagan Sood, CEO of Industry, Power and Wind, GE’s Power Conversion business. “Our energy-efficient electric machinery can help improve operational efficiency and reliability of the steelmaking process—as is the case for CSN’s steel plant—and help them reap more productivity in the decades to come.”

“GE has extensive experience and know-how in providing electrical equipment that power the world’s steel plants. We continue to serve the industry with more energy-efficient and reliable technology that will help our valued customers to deliver operational excellence,” said Azeez Mohammed, president and CEO, GE’s Power Conversion business.

About GE

GE (NYSE: GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global exchange of knowledge, the "GE Store," through which each business shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the language of industry. To learn more, please visit www.ge.com

About GE Power

GE Power is a world energy leader that provides technology, solutions and services across the entire energy value chain from the point of generation to consumption. We are transforming the electricity industry by uniting all the resources and scale of the world’s first Digital Industrial company. Our customers operate in more than 150 countries, and together we power more than a third of the world to illuminate cities, build economies and connect the world.

For more information, visit the company's website at www.gepower.com

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