Advanced Engineering UK Show 2018 - PRODUCT NEWS

GESIPA® goes Industry 4.0 with its iBird® Pro riveting tool

GESIPA® extends its Bird Pro series by a networked battery-powered setting tool, the iBird® Pro. This device has been particularly designed for integration into IoT/Industry 4.0 and lean production environments.

The iBird® Pro tool can be connected to the iBird® Pro App on up to three devices simultaneously that keeps the operator informed about setting processes as well as the operating status of the setting tool at any time.

Easily connected via a QR code, the app keeps a log of the setting processes using various rivet counters. A countdown function, indicators for battery level and maintenance as well as a display of the process keep the operator up to date during the setting process. In addition, it also advises the operator on how to handle the device as well as instructions for maintenance and repair that can be recalled at any time in order to answer any questions.

Safety for your processes

As an option to be equipped with a premium software package, the iBird® Pro can provide a setting process assistant that supports the operator in analysing the results of the setting process. Successful riveting configurations can be stored and then be combined into any job list as required. This feature helps to avoid riveting failure as well as the use of wrong fasteners in the application, while at the same time guaranteeing the availability of sufficient number of fasteners. This helps to increase process safety and reduces costs that might accrue in order to provide the required quality of the joint and the application to be riveted.

The device also has an integrated signal ring based on the Andon system - a feature that is unique in blind rivet technology. It visualises - even when not being connected to the app - all information on the setting process as well as the device status for the operator.

Plan your future now

The new GESIPA® iBird® Pro is an ideal solution to meet the challenges of the future and implement Industry 4.0, digitalisation and automation into application processes.

For more information log on to or contact us at 01535 212200

New Fiber Patch Placement concepts for aerospace

Cevotec expands application range by multi-material layup for sandwich structures and new software features

Fiber Patch Placement (FPP) has become the preferred technology for the automated production of complex fiber composite components. The additive manufacturing of components with suitably-sized patches is used especially in the aerospace and automotive industries, for medical devices and sports equipment. In close cooperation with leading manufacturers of components for the aerospace industry, Cevotec further develops the entire patch placement process according to the requirements of the industry.

Cevotec's FPP specialists are particularly interested in complex sandwich components with their sophisticated material mix, such as adhesive films, glass fiber and carbon fiber layers. These different materials are used to improve the adhesion and processability of carbon fiber material with the often-used aluminum honeycomb sandwich cores. "The SAMBA Multi production systems, which we are currently developing, enables the automated lay-up of this special multi-material mix in one single system," reports Felix Michl, Cevotec's CTO. In addition to glass fiber fleeces, metal structures and wood cores, also honeycomb cores, solid foams and additional materials have already enjoyed load-adjusted fiber patch reinforcements. Depending on process requirements, this can be done in-line or parallel to line production to optimize cycle times.

SAMBA Multi has parallel feeding units for different materials that are processed in one production system and placed precisely on 3D sandwich cores or preforming tools. By mounting the FPP unit on a linear axis, the concept also enables the production of particularly long and wide components in aerospace applications. Adapted to specific component sizes, the patch grippers are scaled to DIN-A5 and DIN-A4 size to meet the requirements of common aircraft components. An integrated gripper station enables the exchange of grippers during the process.

"The automated multi-material lay-up of complex sandwich components has an extremely positive effect on process times and thus the production volume," explains Thorsten Groene, Managing Director of Cevotec: "The fiber deposition with controlled pressure and can enable manufacturers to skip intermediate compactions and thus reduce process times significantly." In addition, Groene continues, FPP sustainably reduces recurring production costs in many applications. "Material savings of 20% - 50% play a major role, of course, but automation with FPP often enables further optimization of the overall process."

Additional potential for cost saving results from the continuous quality control and monitoring during the production process, enabled by the numerous sensors integrated in the SAMBA systems. Particularly in the aerospace industry, an industry that does not forgive mistakes in manufacturing, the composite parts produced in today's semi-automated production are often subject to individual unit tests to ensure specification compliance and therefore a maximum degree of flight safety. Working with Fiber Patch Placement, sensors of the production system monitor key parameters of the production process: from cutting the patches from a tape spool to pressure-controlled fiber deposition. In particular, a special vision system checks each individual patch for quality and dimensional accuracy before further processing in order to guarantee that 100% of the input material is according to specifications. This reduces the required effort for the final inspection enormously and lowers the non-pass rate of produced parts.

Production data are analyzed and compared with a database of previously processed patches. Deviations can be promptly detected and appropriate corrective measures can be taken. The system becomes more intelligent with each patch processed in the database. On the basis of this data, process tolerance specifications can be minimized, which in turn guarantees a consistently high placement quality. The time and cost required for single unit tests are significantly reduced.

On the software side, Cevotec now offers a plug-in for the modeling software HyperMesh, one of the leading FEA preprocessors. Based on the data defined in PATCH ARTIST regarding geometry, position and alignment of the patches, the ARTIST STUDIO plug-in automatically generates a detailed image of the patch laminate in HyperMesh. The contour of each individual patch is used to model fiber orientations and overlap areas. Ply-based shell models as well as solid and cohesive zone models can be used for analysis, which can be performed on both sublayer and patch level.

In addition, the new module TAPE ARTIST features all the functions for efficient laminate design with endless fiber tapes for AFP processes to combine laminate planning for AFP and FPP. Seamlessly integrated into the software platform, TAPE ARTIST transfers the laminate to MOTION ARTIST for process simulation and machine data generation.
Like SAMBA Multi, the new ARTIST STUDIO features will be presented to the public at Advanced Engineering and are available towards the end of the year.

About Cevotec:
Cevotec enables manufacturers to build complex fiber composites in high volume and quality - by smart process automation based on Fiber Patch Placement technology. With SAMBA, Cevotec offers customizable, automated fiber lay-up systems for challenging 3D geometries and multi-material laminates with complex fiber orientation. ARTIST STUDIO is the matching CAE software for generating patch-based fiber laminates and automated robot programming. Along with development services that include FE-based modeling and simulation, Cevotec offers the entire process chain from digital design to final fiber product.

More information:


Group Rhodes, a specialist in bespoke composite and metal forming machinery, will be showcasing its expertise in these technologies at the Advanced Engineering Show (NEC, Birmingham 31 Oct - 1 Nov, Stand M101).

The company is a market leader in the field of superplastic forming (SPF) and diffusion bonding (DB), having designed, manufactured and installed titanium and aluminium forming cells for leading aerospace and automotive manufacturers worldwide.

Group Rhodes' composite machinery is used to produce structural components for production road cars as well as flight critical components for a variety of aircraft. The company also offers a wide range of cold forming technologies for specialist metalforming applications across a number of industrial sectors.

Mark Ridgway OBE, CEO of Group Rhodes, said: "We are looking forward to exhibiting our composite and metal forming capabilities at Advanced Engineering 2018. Our equipment is at the cutting edge and is used by some of the world's leading manufacturing companies to develop major new products."

Recent projects completed by Group Rhodes include manufacturing two SPF/DB presses for a North American aircraft manufacturer (rated at 850 and 1800 US Tonnes respectively) and a 1000 Tonne multi axis composite moulding press for the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in South Yorkshire. The press for the AMRC is being used as part of a state-of-the-art facility to assist a wide range of UK companies to stay at the leading edge of composite development.

All Group Rhodes machinery is supported by a comprehensive aftermarket spares and service team which maintains the company's equipment throughout the world

Advanced Engineering 2018 is attended by a number of leading OEMs and supply chain professionals who want to see the latest technologies and solutions across Aero Engineering, Automotive Engineering, Composites Engineering, Connected Manufacturing, Performance Metals Engineering and Contract Manufacturing.

Group Rhodes, is a global manufacturer and service provider of hot and cold forming equipment for metals and composites. The company boasts a 200 year metalforming history and has been forming composite materials from as early as the 1930s. The company has won Queen's Awards for both Innovation and International Trade in recent years.

For more information please visit the website or contact the Technical Sales department on + (44) 1924 37 11 61.

Process control tool for precision manufacturing and cost effectiveness

Advancements in materials and the "Industry 4.0" are challenging the joining technology of various industries. Requirements are the control of the setting processes and the fully automation and integration of the technology in the OEM operations.

For more than 20 years GESIPA® has been able to monitor setting processes that are carried out on safety critical components. Over the years, the company has developed technology to such an extent that it is now able to guarantee that the right blind rivet, rivet nut and nut studs are placed in the right place and in the right quantity for vital applications.

If an irregularity is detected, the process is immediately stopped. It is only after the customer has acknowledged the malfunction that the process can continue - making human error more or less impossible.

Setting process monitoring already plays a major part in many industrial production processes especially automotive sector. The production and installation of airbags, belt restraint systems and child seats have been monitored successfully and efficiently for years.

GESIPA® points out that setting process monitoring is a good investment for the future. Decreasing sorting, liability insurance and return costs clearly demonstrate cost-efficiency of the process control mechanism. To add to that any errors relating to quality are completely prevented.

GESIPA®'s systems can be tailored as per customer needs and application in terms of size and function. Plus, they can either be used separately or be integrated into an already existing production line.

Many GESIPA setting tools including GAV, TAURUS® and FireFox® series are available with setting process monitoring - helping guarantee precision and safety from the very first production step to the finished product.

GESIPA®'s process control tooling for setting blind rivets , rivet nuts and rivet nut studs is now advanced with new three-window measuring technology that helps operators monitor the setting process at three evaluation windows. GESIPA® TAURUS C and FireFox® C WinTech, the pneumatic hydraulic blind riveting, rivet nut and nut stud setting tools, help operators monitor the setting process on production lines. This gives the operator the confidence to not having to visually check every blind rivet or rivet nut set.
By using new three-window measuring technology, the user can define three evaluation windows by means of special software.

With benefits of reduced time along with labour costs, processes can be speeded up giving users considerable cost saving benefits in the long term.
Using TAURUS® C and FireFox® C WinTech as a setting tool provides users high process safety, documentation of each individual setting process, less scrap as errors can be immediately identified, an option to implement into the customers own PLC system using alongside the GESIPA® interface and finally taking the onus away from the operator.

Mecmesin set to showcase new OmniTest™ universal testing machines and VectorPro MT materials testing software at Advanced Engineering 2018

Mecmesin, a British company specialising in force and torque testing equipment, will demonstrate their OmniTest universal testing machine and VectorPro MT materials testing software at the Advanced Engineering Exhibition in November 2018.

Designed to meet the diverse needs of both R&D laboratories and quality assurance environments, this new generation of universal testing machines offers enhanced performance and excellent value for money.

On show will be the OmniTest 5 kN single-column UTM and a dual-column OmniTest 25 kN benchtop system, designed for testing larger, higher strength samples.

The OmniTest is the ideal solution for performing static tensile and compressive tests to measure the mechanical properties of a wide range of materials, including metals, polymers, composites, fabrics, glass and ceramics. Quantitative results for tests such as tensile strength and compression forces on materials are generated with a high degree of repeatability - essential aspects for effective quality control.

The OmniTest has a simple-to-use front panel for selection of test parameters, live load and length readings and precise manual crosshead positioning using the multifunction controller. Coloured LEDs indicate machine status during testing.

The OmniTest incorporates state of the art electronics and a new Enhanced Load Sensor (ELS). Load accuracy is 0.5% rdg with a resolution of 1:25000 allowing a wider range of tests to be performed without the need to select a different load sensor.

The system can be supplied with or without an extensometer depending on the customer's actual testing requirement.

At the heart of the OmniTest lies Mecmesin's new VectorPro MT material analysis software. Powerful, intuitive and touch screen friendly, Vector Pro MT has been designed with ease of use at the forefront through an intuitive drag & drop test builder, built-in stress-strain calculations, icon driven graphing tools and configurable reporting options.
VectorPro MT is intuitive to use with minimal training. The icon-based interface acts like a 'wizard' taking the user step-by-step through even the most elaborate and complex test routines quickly, with the ability to refine as you go.

VectorPro™ MT is built around a database that logs user permissions, test parameters, test versions and results. This database architecture provides an audit trail and e-signature functionality delivering compliance with 21 CFR Part 11 requirements.
Event information
Date: 1-2 November 2018
Location: Hall 3 at the NEC, Birmingham
Mecmesin's stand: M72

About Mecmesin
Mecmesin is a British company with more than 40 years' experience in force and torque measurement, who also offer on-site installation, training and application support services. It currently employs more than 90 people at its factory near Horsham in West Sussex and has subsidiary companies in France, Germany, and Thailand, China and the USA plus a global network of distributors.
Thousands of companies worldwide use Mecmesin measurement systems to maintain consistency of manufacture, to comply with relevant standards and to save money by minimising rejects in the production process.

Mecmesin Limited
Tel: +44 (0) 1403 799 979

For more information on the Advanced Engineering 2018, or to register to secure your free ticket for the show, visit:

September 2018

Home - Search - Suppliers - Links - New Products - Catalogues - Magazines
Problem Page - Applications - How they work - Tech Tips - Training - Events