Tuesday, 21 August 2018 14:16

TRUMPF increases sales to 3.6 billion euros

Machine tool manufacturer releases preliminary figures for the 2017/18 fiscal year: sales up by around 15 percent from 3.1 to 3.6 billion euros / Orders received rise from 3.4 to 3.8 billion euros / Biggest individual markets: Germany, USA and China

The TRUMPF Group posted a significant increase in sales of around 15 percent at the end of the 2017/18 fiscal year on June 30, 2018. According to preliminary calculations, sales amounted to 3.6 billion euros (3.1 billion euros in the 2016/17 fiscal year). Orders received rose to 3.8 billion euros (3.4 billion euros in the 2016/17 fiscal year). This is an increase of around 13 percent.

Germany was the biggest single market with sales of over 700 million euros, followed by the USA and China, each with sales of around 450 million euros. Sales to European customers were also encouraging. The expansion of the EUV business had a significant impact here. TRUMPF supplies special lasers to ASML, a customer in the Netherlands; these lasers use extreme ultraviolet radiation to expose chip surfaces for the computer industry.

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“In many markets, we exceeded our targets, with all our products contributing. We registered gratifying growth in the future technology of additive manufacturing – that is, in industrial 3D printing – and in the laser business for microchip manufacturers," said TRUMPF CEO Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller. "Even so, we are monitoring the global economy's development very closely. There are increasing signs that this long phase of recovery could soon be over. We want to be prepared for that."

The number of employees across the Group rose more than 10 percent to around 13,500. There were 6,700 people employed in Germany as at June 30, 2018, with nearly 3,900 working at the Ditzingen headquarters.

In the past fiscal year, TRUMPF continued to invest in digital connectivity and began optimizing sheet metal machining processes towards the goal of fully automated production. A large share of investments again went to the structural expansion of locations in and outside of Germany. The company erected a manufacturing building with clean rooms and office space at the headquarters in Ditzingen to expand its high-tech production capabilities, particularly for lasers used in EUV lithography for microchips. It also invested in manufacturing buildings at the Teningen and Schramberg locations. The TRUMPF Group's largest production site was set up in China. The majority of investments went to the locations in Germany.  Significant investments were also made at the sites in the USA and Asia.

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As Annette Doyle leaves her post as Managing Director of TRUMPF UK to continue her career with TRUMPF US in Farmington, she entrusts its management to a team with a combined 60 years of TRUMPF experience across several countries.  It also takes the helm of a hugely successful business that recorded an unprecedented order intake from 2016 to 2017, a trend which has continued and is expected reach a value of more than £52 million at the end of this financial year.

TRUMPF UK is delighted to confirm that with effect from 1st July 2018 Lee Moakes heads the new senior team as Managing Director. Since 2014 he has been the company’s Technical Director and overseen the implementation of several customer-focused initiatives that have ensured after-sales support is equal in quality to the design and build of TRUMPF products.

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Lee joined TRUMPF in 2000 as a laser service engineer and has steadily climbed the management ladder, progressing through project management to become General Manager for after sales with TRUMPF India before returning to a senior management role in the UK four years ago.

He commented: “From a personal perspective, my story shows that there is opportunity for progression for all employees working within TRUMPF whether this be locally or internationally.  I have been given so much encouragement along the way and will soon be completing my master’s degree in finance to complement my engineering skills.”

The second new appointment is Gerry Jones as Sales Director.  Gerry’s career with TRUMPF UK started in 1994 in laser sales and he too has risen through the ranks to manage the national sales team for both lasers and systems.

“The continual development of our products and technologies brings new opportunities to our customers, allowing us to grow together,” Gerry said. “There is no sign of this slowing down, in fact with more exciting developments to come, there is plenty to look forward to.”

The third new member of the senior management team is Juergen Herr.  He too is a time-served TRUMPF employee with eighteen years of service to his name.  As the new Finance Director, Juergen together with his team ensure TRUMPF UK continues to be a reliable partner for all customers and provide them with dedicated financial solutions via the TRUMPF Bank.

In some respects the elevation of Lee Moakes and Gerry Jones to senior management posts can be seen as being business as usual.  The two have worked together for many years and introduced a strong and capable middle management team to support the company’s continued expansion.

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TRUMPF has developed the new slitting shear TruTool C 200 with innovative 18 V lithium-ion rechargeable battery technology specially for machining spiral pipes. The high-performance power tool is also suitable for cutting sheets up to two millimetres in thickness.

The trend to work with cordless power tools for manual machining is continuing. That is why TRUMPF continues to enhance and refine its 18 V lithium-ion battery series. The latest addition is the TruTool C 200 slitting shear. Equipped with a 2 Ah rechargeable battery, it demonstrates its strengths, particularly when cutting spiral ducts, as it cuts seams with a thickness of up to 3.6 mm in mild steel (400 N/mm2). So far this performance has only been achieved by the larger TruTool C 250 with an 18 V rechargeable battery and chip clipper.

Crucial for this is the steel cutting head, which ensures ruggedness and strength. TRUMPF also uses corrugated cut guides even in the basic version, which, in combination with the durable knife, reliably cuts even double metal sheets. The special cutting edge geometry also ensures comfortable self-feed, which allows high working speeds of up to 10 m/min without much effort.

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Quick and easy retraction of the slitting shears from the metal sheet is equally important for machining spiral pipes. TRUMPF achieves this through an open cutting head. Thanks to this technical trick, the C 200 can even do without a chip clipper. In addition, the user has a good view of the marking, which allows very accurate setting of the slitting shear.

In order to achieve a high application versatility of the new slitting shear, the tool has a rechargeable 18 V battery and is compatible with a range of different cut guides and suitable cutters that are available in the respective accessory sets. In addition to the standard Spiro set there are five other sets that focus on cutting quality, speed, easy turns or material compatibility respectively.

Being the series with a rechargeable 18 V battery, the cordless C 200 exhibits a perfect balance of drive performance and run time. Its most outstanding feature is the combination of a brushless motor and the proprietary power head technology. The high-visibility charge status display is placed directly on the motor, telling the user when a recharge is needed. Low energy consumption, short charging times and the standard second battery enable continuous usage over a longer period of time. The rechargeable 2 Ah batteries can be charged to 80% within 15 minutes (100% in 30 min).

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The TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber processes tubes with diameters of up to 254 millimeters. Its solid-state laser and RapidCut functionality allow it to cut at high speeds.

Delicate tubes for office furniture. Large profiles for agricultural machines. The new TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber processes both, and does so extremely quickly. This tube-cutting machine combines the high speeds of a solid-state laser with a broad range of processing capabilities. It can cut tubes and profiles with diameters of up to 254 millimeters and materials as thick as 10 millimeters. In addition, this machine executes high-quality bevel cuts up to 45 degrees. High-tech manufacturer TRUMPF will exhibit the TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber in April at its in-house trade fair in Ditzingen and at the Tube trade show in Düsseldorf.

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High cutting speed
At the heart of the machine is a four-kilowatt TruDisk 4001, a high-power disk laser manufactured by TRUMPF itself. The beam source is robust and reaches the high cutting speeds typical of solid-state lasers. Moreover, the RapidCut function further increases productivity. By superimposing the movements of the tube axis and cutting head, TRUMPF design engineers have achieved a fourfold increase in machine dynamics. As a result, the high feed rates of the solid-state laser are noticeable even in small contours. Meanwhile, PierceLine speeds up the piercing process. This option is just one function that TRUMPF has transferred from sheet to tube processing. The developers have also drawn on expertise from laser flatbeds for the cutting data. All in all, the TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber processes tubes and profiles faster than its CO2 laser cousins. "Taking the typical mix of parts worked by our customers, we increase productivity by 15 percent - thanks to solid-state laser technology alone. Depending on the part geometry, RapidCut can substantially increase this percentage even further," says Karl Schmid, Head of Product Management for Laser Tube Cutting.

Cleverly designed beam protection
Laser safety is always important - particularly for machines with solid-state lasers. The beam guard for TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber is designed to give the operator unrestricted access to the loading and unloading side of the machine. "Our cleverly designed and technically sophisticated beam-protection solution provides Class 1 laser safety," says Schmid. "At the same time, the operator can easily access the loading and unloading side as well as the work area. He can also use a crane to freely load large tubes individually."

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Comprehensive automation
With LoadMaster Tube, the TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber system is capable of fully automated operation. The loading unit's tube magazine holds up to four metric tons of raw materials. LoadMaster Tube performs all the necessary settings automatically, which reduces setup times. Before loading, software compares the geometry of the tubes and profiles with the data stored in the control system, thereby ensuring that the right material has been loaded. A gripper system transfers the tubes from the magazine to the machine. Collet chucks position and hold the tube while handling the material gently. Sensors monitor the clamping system and ensure that it adjusts automatically to each tube geometry and profile geometry. For small-scale series and special profiles, the operator can use the swivel-mounted conveyor system, which also loads the machine automatically. In addition, individual tubes can be loaded manually at any time. While finished parts are being unloaded, sensors test whether the machine has discharged them correctly. According to requirements, conveyor tables transport the parts directly in wire mesh boxes or in containers - sorted, if necessary. In automatic mode, the operator can take the finished parts off the conveyor tables at an ergonomic working height.

Well prepared for the connected future
TRUMPF provides flexible automation solutions so that customers can cost-effectively manufacture shrinking batch sizes. The TruLaser Tube 7000 fiber also has the Central Link interface, which can be used to gather and evaluate machine data. This allows customers to optimize production plans for machines and efficiently load even small batch sizes. In order to increase utilization of lasers in the initial phase, users can operate equipment in a laser network, which gives them a more cost-effective way to adopt new technology. In a laser network, the tube cutting system uses the beam source of a machine that is already there. As companies therefore do not have to invest in a laser in the first instance, this reduces the initial investment.

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An array of new features makes TRUMPF’s new TruBend Series 5000 more productive and user-friendly than ever before. Using a new control concept, the machines are amazingly easy to operate. Plus, two innovative angle measuring systems guarantee ultimate accuracy.

High axis speeds and acceleration rates coupled with innovative operating aids lend the TruBend Series 5000 unparalleled productivity – while keeping the high degree of part flexibility customers have come to expect. These high-productivity, all-purpose TRUMPF machines come equipped with a new On-Demand Servo Drive that features 4-cylinder drive technology. The Servo Drive is highly dynamic and extremely quiet in operation, and delivers significantly more productivity than a conventional drive. At the same time, it remains eco-friendly since it consumes energy only during the bending process.

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As TRUMPF was developing the new version of its most successful bending machine, it placed the needs of the operator firmly at the forefront – the reason being that this is a decisive factor influencing the quality and productivity of the bending process. The operator is assisted by a range of ergonomic components, for instance the MagicShoe, which revolutionizes stroke triggering. TRUMPF also offers two innovative angle measuring systems for precise bending results that complement one another ideally. And the new control concept makes operating the machine even easier.

Human-machine interaction

The new Touchpoint TruBend control is revolutionary in its simplicity and intuitive to use. Machine operators will quickly know how to use the different views, which focus on the essentials while still providing all the familiar options. An extremely realistic 3D visualization incorporating collision monitoring is also available to assist the operator. The user interface is engineered with the demands of everyday production in mind. The machine can be operated without a mouse, using a 21.5 inch monitor which, like a tablet, is equipped with the multi-touch function, and can even be used wearing work gloves. Operators are free to swivel the monitor into whatever position is convenient for them, and have quick access to direct help whenever they need it.

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To cut down on walking distances and increase productivity at the same time, operators can also use an additional mobile control unit, the new MobileControl Pro. Operators can position the unit anywhere along the press beam – that way it is always within reach and saves them numerous trips to the fixed control panel. A 3.5‑inch colour display enables them to input all the directions they might need for the bending process while standing directly at the machine, including instructions to switch to the next/previous bending step or to correct the angle and axis positions.

Ergonomic assistants for high-quality parts

One of the revolutionary components of the new TruBend Series 5000 is the MagicShoe, a work shoe fitted with smart sensors. This makes it easy for the operator to move around and initiate the stroke wherever they are standing at the machine. Dragging and relocating foot pedals becomes a thing of the past, and the space in front of the machine remains clear. MagicShoe has its own type approval examination, and its safety has been tested and approved by the TÜV inspection institution and certification authority. Using it is completely safe and there is no chance of accidentally initiating a stroke.

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Support consoles with infinite height adjustment make it easier to handle parts, and are available with a choice of plastic, brush or roller supports. Each can support loads of up to 200 kg, making them extremely robust and ideal for everyday production. For particularly heavy and large parts, there is also the bending aid; this provides assistance with angles of up to 30 degrees, for instance in forming bends in preparation for folding. When faced with differing tool heights or Z bendings, an additional CNC axis automatically sets the bending support to the correct height.

An optical positioning aid slashes setup times, thanks to white LEDs that show with millimetre precision exactly where the bending tools are needed. And during bending, the optical positioning aid always lights up at the position where the next bending operation is required. To position workpieces securely, the machine comes with an optimized 2-, 4-, 5- or 6-axis backgauge that finds the correct position even faster than before. Optimal illumination is achieved thanks to LED lighting at the front and in the interior of the machine. Sliding doors at the sides made of safety glass also make for ideal lighting conditions and take up less space around the machine than conventional hinged doors.

Two measuring systems for ensuring precise angles

Precise angles are the most crucial part of bending quality, which is why TRUMPF offers an assortment of smart features designed to achieve maximum precision. TCB (Thickness Controlled Bending) alone reduces angle errors caused by variations in sheet thickness, while those looking for ultimate angle accuracy are advised to go with the ACB (Automatically Controlled Bending) angle measuring systems. These systems measure the actual angle during the bending process together with the spring-back and guide the press beam to achieve the desired angle – the ideal solution for guaranteeing quality results from the outset. Two high-quality ACB angle measuring systems are available for the TruBend Series 5000, that complement one another perfectly. Ideally one of the two gets deployed, depending on the application.

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The new ACB Laser is compatible with all types of tools. In this system, there are measuring stations in front and behind the bending line, each one moving automatically into the correct position. As part of a contactless optical process, a laser projects a line onto the sheet and a camera measures the angle. Particularly if faced with acute and open angles as well as thick sheet metal, the ACB Laser is the solution for maximum precision – with no setup time at all. For those who have to bend short sides, work with reflective surfaces, or require multi-point measurement, the improved ACB Wireless is the obvious solution. This system doesn’t need a cable, automatically identifies the position of sensor tools and is easy to use. Measurements are taken via two sensor disks integrated into the upper tool.

For more information please visit: www.uk.trumpf.com

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TRUMPF will be presenting a wealth of innovations at the Euroblech 2014. Among them is the TruMatic 6000 fiber. This combined punching and laser cutting machine exploits the benefits of the solid-state laser in a new performance class. High feed rates in thin sheet metal as well as great variety in the materials to be worked distinguish this high-productivity machine.

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Numerous world premieres and many innovations along the entire process chain will be on exhibit in the TRUMPF booth at the Euroblech 2014. Appearing in almost every product sector are innovations for economical and profitable laser cutting, welding and marking, along with punching and bending – more than ever before unveiled at a trade show. Not only will visitors see a trend-setting design and programming software. Also on display are the new generation in the TruBend Series 5000 and—with the semi-automated TruBend Center—a completely new member of the TRUMPF press brake line. Also celebrating its premiere will be the TruPunch 5000, which has again raised productivity and reliability standards in punching. The TruMark 5050, thanks to higher mean laser power, can mark products even faster and still at outstanding quality. Numerous innovations also make the TruLaser 2D laser cutting machines a highlight. Also new is the TruMatic 6000 fiber, a combined punch laser machine.

High productivity in thin sheet metal

The TruMatic 6000 fiber joins the advantages of the solid-state laser with high-quality punching technology, making it a productive punch laser machine when working thin sheet metal. It uses the high cutting speeds possible with the TruDisk 3001 and combines its 180 kilonewtons of punching force, at 1,000 strokes per minute, with highly dynamic drives. With these high performance values and a rugged machine concept, proven in many years of service, the TruMatic 6000 fiber sets new benchmarks in productivity and process reliability. It rapidly cuts, punches and shapes sheet metal up to 6.4 millimeters thick. When engraving, it marks parts at superb productivity, with 2,800 strokes per minute. When considering the productivity, the strengths of the solid-state laser come to bear especially in galvanized mild steel and film-covered stainless steel. In this application area the advancing speeds are as much as six times those of a CO2 laser of the same power. That the quality is excellent goes without saying. The descending die, a laser guard with its own NC axis, and part removal flaps equipped with brushes ensure gentle processing of the materials and high parts quality. To ensure that delicate curves and tight radii are cut with superior quality at both edges and corners, the machine is also equipped with a sophisticated laser output control system.

The solid-state laser brings about additional advantages. It expands the range of materials that the TruMatic 6000 fiber can work. This means that not only mild steel, stainless steel and aluminum can be processed, but non-ferrous metals like copper and brass, as well. Thanks to nitrogen cutting technology, the best edge quality and dimensional accuracy can be achieved in non-ferrous metals with minimum thermal warping. The unique design of the TruDisk makes for reliable operations, undisturbed by back-reflections. In this way the TruMatic 6000 fiber also sets new milestones in quality and flexibility.

Guided by the laser light cable, the beam is directed to the point where it is needed. This might be the cutting head at the TruMatic 6000 fiber, a welding cell or another TRUMPF machine that uses the laser as a tool. This is made possible by the so-called LaserNetwork. Here, multiple machines can share the TruDisk 3001 and thus optimize laser use. This concept is especially attractive to companies that are making their entry into laser welding. The laser also uses minimal energy thanks to its high efficiency level.

Automation, thought through to the last detail

TRUMPF offers myriad options to keep down non-productive times for the TruMatic 6000 fiber. Among them are automation for the material flow and tool change, along with the so-called smart functions. The latter determine whether a need for action has arisen and then takes that action automatically. The smart punch monitoring function, for instance, determines whether a punch has broken, stops the machine, and notifies the operator. This keeps faulty parts from being manufactured and boosts material efficiency. Smart load precisely aligns the sheet on the machine, even though it had been carelessly positioned on the feedstock stack—without the machine operator having to intervene. At the other end, smart unload optimizes the removal process. The machine will recognize if a part hangs up in the scrap skeleton and rectifies the situation automatically. Manual oiling of the sheet metal is also eliminated, since a spray lubrication system, below the fixed slide before the die holder handles this function.

If desired, automatic loading and unloading can be handled by the SheetMaster, using individually controlled vacuum grippers. The SheetMaster sorts and positions the parts on carts or pallets. The machine discharges small items directly, via part removal flaps and into receiving containers. Tool changing is quick, thanks to the linear magazine. A maximum of four clamps may be used and, depending on those clamps’ number, up to 23 tools can be stored in this magazine. Where a greater number of tools is required, the SheetMaster can be augmented with a tool changer providing storage for 40 additional tool stations. As an alternate, the ToolMaster can store and change from 40 to 70 tools. With the help of these components, the TruMatic 6000 fiber can carry out operations entirely automatically, with minimal non-productive time.

Matchless accessibility at highest productivity

Speed is of the essence when the machine’s operator needs to set up a tool, inspect a punch, or change the metal sheet for a special order. To make this possible, all the critical positions at the TruMatic 6000 fiber are easily accessible. It’s almost as though there was no enclosed protective housing at all. This is achieved in both the stand-alone and the automatic version, thanks to a patented concept developed especially for this machine. To ensure that the operator can get to every relevant point quickly, there are several very simple entrances through the housing.
 
Thus large sliding doors on the stand-alone housing make it possible to unload sheets below the machine’s table. This is far simpler than in the past, since a mounting post for the light barrier has been eliminated. Thanks to a unique quick-access entrance—an insurmountable hindrance for the laser light—the operator can reach both versions of the machine without barriers and without delays. Large viewing windows make it possible to see into the working area, letting the operator closely observe the process as it takes place.

In spite of this open concept, the machine has been ranked in Laser Safety Class 1 and, thus, offers complete safety when using the solid-state laser. Since the enclosure need be closed only when the laser is working, the doors may be open during punching operations. In this way the housing makes for quick, ergonomically correct loading when working large sheets. With this unique housing concept, companies can enjoy both maximum accessibility and productivity and the benefits of the solid-stage laser in a high-capacity combined punch laser machine.

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Derby-based stockholder Eggleston Steel has decided to enhance its busy profiling department by installing a TRUMPF TruLaser 5040 CNC laser cutter featuring BrightLine technology. The company estimates that the new machine will add circa £1 million to its annual turnover from profiling operations.

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Eggleston Steel (formally Eggleston Bros) is one of the oldest companies in Derby with a history traceable to 1809. Initially focusing on wrought iron trading, today the company specialises in the supply of mild steel and bright drawn mild steel, along with aluminium and stainless steel in a vast range of sizes, shapes and profiles.

In total, this £7.5 million turnover, 46-employee company offers around 1200 product lines, 65-75% of which are subject to some kind of processing such as sawing, guillotining, folding or profiling. The latter service was first introduced at Eggleston in 2008 when the company rejected the idea of purchasing a new guillotine to shear 25mm plate in favour of acquiring a high definition plasma cutter. A second, larger plasma cutting machine has since been added, helping turnover from the company’s profiling department soar to approximately £1.5 million. This will be boosted further with the recent installation of the TRUMPF TruLaser 5040 with BrightLine.

“We anticipate that the new TRUMPF machine will add around £1 million to our annual turnover from profiling,” states the company’s Managing Director, Richard Hewitt. “We’ll be running it around the clock, five days a week to further improve the service and quality we offer our customers.”

Mr Hewitt and his team looked initially at three different CNC laser profiling centres. After shortlisting two based on their capability, the TruLaser 5040 was selected chiefly because of its overall package. This high specification CO2 laser cutter comes with TRUMPF’s smart nozzle automation package comprising nozzle changer, beam centring, nozzle inspection and LensLine with automatic status check – the first such package sold in the UK. The machine will also feature a cutting lens with RFID technology, as well as a 6kW TruFlow laser with BrightLine.

BrightLine enables users to process thick steel while meeting high quality requirements. Using new nozzle technology that accelerates the cutting gas to a high velocity, customers can achieve perfect cuts even in stainless steel up to 20mm thick. With BrightLine it is possible to use a higher quality melt than plasma cutting, even in stainless. For CO2 machines such as the TruLaser 5040 at Eggleston, the method improves the already impressive cut edge.

“The new machine will be hugely beneficial on jobs that require a more accurate level of hole detail than plasma cutting can provide,” says Mr Hewitt. “In general, plasma cutting lacks high definition in materials below 25mm thick. Without doubt, the TruLaser 5040 will not only remove pressure from our plasma cutters at the thinner end of our product portfolio, it will also open up new opportunities in terms of securing work for more accurate or intricate parts in markets such as automotive. Furthermore, many of our existing customers make laser cut parts that until now we haven’t been able to even think about tackling because the specification says they ‘must be laser cut’.”

 

As a relatively small, family-owned stockholder, Mr Hewitt admits that Eggleston Steel needs to leverage every competitive advantage it can find to compete with rival companies that are often part of a large group with stronger buying power. Aside from a turnaround time of just three days for processed stock, which is extremely competitive, Mr Hewitt says there are three factors that none in this sector can afford to get wrong: reliability, quality and price. All these attributes will be enhanced with the arrival of the new TRUMPF TruLaser 5040. The company’s operators undertook training at TRUMPF’s UK headquarters in Luton, ahead of the machine delivery.

“TRUMPF have been highly responsive to our requirements throughout the entire machine specification process,” concludes Mr Hewitt. “They even helped with valuable advice regarding our application for a Regional Growth Fund [RGF] award. This led to us securing a £90,000 contribution to the cost of the TruLaser 5040.”

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Tuesday, 17 June 2014 18:33

TRUMPF Laser Welding Technology Days

TRUMPF recognises that when it comes to laser applications it certainly isn’t a case of ‘one size fits all.’ As a result, the company now has the widest choice of laser technologies on the market, each optimally suited to a specific range of applications.

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The considerable benefits to the user of this approach provide the introduction to the forthcoming TRUMPF Laser Welding Technology Days. Trends and opportunities for laser welding will be examined with specific reference to its growing importance in the subcontract market. TRUMPF will also provide an update on developments in the field of laser deposition and a guest speaker from the industry will share his practical experience.

Delegates at these free seminars will also have the opportunity to see live demonstrations of TRUMPF laser marking. Dependant on the substrate material and the quality requirement, the marking process can involve engraving, ablation, tempering, colouring and foaming. The TRUMPF TruMark range meets all these marking needs with its stand-alone and OEM systems.

The dates and locations for the Technology Days are as follows …

Tuesday 15th July 2014 - Bristol

Wednesday 16th July 2014 - Birmingham

Thursday 17th July 2014 - Rotherham

Places are very limited - to register online visit: www.uk.trumpf.com/techdays-laser-welding

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Beam source and guidance, optical elements, sensors, and software. An expert partner to manufacturers of laser systems, TRUMPF supplies all laser components and, at the Lasys 2014, will be unveiling two world premieres.

In its exhibit at the Lasys 2014 trade show in Stuttgart, TRUMPF will be demonstrating its competence as a partner to manufacturers of laser systems. Beginning with beam source and guidance, continuing to optics and sensors – even including software, everything needed is available from a single source. Not only does that save time and money. It also ensures trouble-free interplay of all the components involved – making for perfect results.

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The Power of Choice: Broadening the extensive product portfolio
In Stuttgart, TRUMPF will be highlighting its expertise in questions of integration with two world premieres – the TruMark 5010 and the new generation of diode lasers built around the TruDiode 4506. The TruMark 5010, based on the fiber laser, has been designed as an “all-in-one” solution for marking. It brings together – in a single housing – the fiber laser, the scanner, the controls and an internal focal position control. No separate supply unit is required. Its space-saving design, the high availability of the interfaces, and the efficient air cooling system predestine the TruMark 5010 for integration into production systems. The same holds true for the new TruDiode 4506. With its small footprint, compact construction, and modular design makes it easy integrating the unit into existing manufacturing lines. The new generation of direct diode lasers delivers excellent seam quality in both heat conduction welding and deep welding and offers high repeatability of the results. This generation is distinguished by its good efficiency level, at up to 40 percent, and includes ideal lasers for energy-efficient industrial manufacturing in multi-shift operations.

Everything on hand for successful integration
No matter whether beam source, beam guidance, optics or sensors are needed – the TRUMPF technology portfolio offers a wealth of accessories optimized to match the existing process. All components – including the controls, interfaces, and software – are perfectly matched one to another and can, in every respect, satisfy the highest demands. That makes TRUMPF laser technology superbly prepared for integration into larger systems. Laser applications are many and varied and every application involves its own very special requirements. What beam source can be combined with which optical equipment to create the best configuration for a specific need? With its broad spectrum of technology and decades of experience, TRUMPF offers consulting and solutions for virtually every application.

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A basic prerequisite: Expertise in interfaces and software
The interfaces are decisive to successful integration of a laser into a machine or a manufacturing line. Solid-state lasers by TRUMPF are very flexible in such situations since they are compatible with all the field bus systems commonly found in industry. The clear advantage here is that the user profits from a uniform control architecture. TruControl software represents the hub of the entire laser system. This software is what the operator uses to write laser control programs, to select and archive parameters, and to optimize processes. The software also makes possible remote services, records data relevant to quality, and monitors threshold values.

Using flexible beam guidance to achieve goals
The laser beam makes its way from its source to the workpiece either through free beam guidances or laser light cables. With its own solutions and components, TRUMPF is able to set up ideal, flexible systems. At the Lasys 2014, the company will be showing a number of beam guidances and switches that can divert the laser beam to any of a number of workstations. The details of the application will determine whether the laser power is split again at the workstations or is available alternately through certain periods of time. Especially fast beam switches take only 30 milliseconds to divert the beam, making the system significantly more efficient, economical and profitable. In addition to the time-tested laser light cables for a variety of beam qualities, fiber profiles are available, matched to special requirements. Examples are the rectangular and square fibers needed to process large surface areas. A very special design is the TRUMPF 2-in-1 laser light cable. Here the user, with just a single cable, can switch between two different core diameters. This will result in two different focal diameters, so that the user can both cut and weld at a single station, without having to change out the laser light cable.

The right optics make the laser work
The laser beam actually become a useful tool only after the appropriate optical elements have been added. Those optics shape and focus the beam and deliver supplementary substances like the gas required for cutting or welding. No matter whether static or scanner designs are required: TRUMPF develops high-performance, superbly flexible optics for a wide variety of applications. With the introduction of the second generation of programmable focusing optics (PFO), the company is underscoring at this year’s Lasys its leading position in both classical laser remote processing and on-the-fly machining. In addition to improved dynamics and precision, innovative functions distinguish the new optical systems. Thus it is possible, for example, to measure the mirror position exactly and to correct it, if needed – regardless of the prevailing temperature and humidity. In this context, TRUMPF will be demonstrating the new PFO SmartTeach App at the LASYS. With this app the user can set up the PFO program directly at the workpiece, with all the convenience of the tablet computer, by way of live image transmission. This brings about considerable time savings.

Keeping an eye on all the processes
Camera-based solutions are a proven medium in process monitoring. TRUMPF offers several cameras and sensors for welding and cutting with solid-state lasers. They can readily be integrated into the optics, so as to observe the process. The same cameras can also be used for the so-called offline position control. Should workpieces be misaligned, this will be recognized by the image processing software, which corrects the laser control program accordingly. The feature recognition function even makes it possible to align the welded seam along circular openings or edges. In addition, the image processing system can read out and store quality data. The seamless integration of the image processing at the laser control interfaces gives rise to a finely tuned solution which can easily be integrated into existing systems. In laser marking, too, and thanks to the Observer camera system specific to the TruMark, a variety of functions is made available. It is possible to detect the position of the workpiece and to correct the marking procedure accordingly – and to read barcodes and automatically set the focal position.

Beam source and guidance, optical elements, sensors, and software. An expert partner to manufacturers of laser systems, TRUMPF supplies all laser components and, at the Lasys 2014, will be unveiling two world premieres.

In its exhibit at the Lasys 2014 trade show in Stuttgart, TRUMPF will be demonstrating its competence as a partner to manufacturers of laser systems. Beginning with beam source and guidance, continuing to optics and sensors – even including software, everything needed is available from a single source. Not only does that save time and money. It also ensures trouble-free interplay of all the components involved – making for perfect results.

The Power of Choice: Broadening the extensive product portfolio
In Stuttgart, TRUMPF will be highlighting its expertise in questions of integration with two world premieres – the TruMark 5010 and the new generation of diode lasers built around the TruDiode 4506. The TruMark 5010, based on the fiber laser, has been designed as an “all-in-one” solution for marking. It brings together – in a single housing – the fiber laser, the scanner, the controls and an internal focal position control. No separate supply unit is required. Its space-saving design, the high availability of the interfaces, and the efficient air cooling system predestine the TruMark 5010 for integration into production systems. The same holds true for the new TruDiode 4506. With its small footprint, compact construction, and modular design makes it easy integrating the unit into existing manufacturing lines. The new generation of direct diode lasers delivers excellent seam quality in both heat conduction welding and deep welding and offers high repeatability of the results. This generation is distinguished by its good efficiency level, at up to 40 percent, and includes ideal lasers for energy-efficient industrial manufacturing in multi-shift operations.

Everything on hand for successful integration
No matter whether beam source, beam guidance, optics or sensors are needed – the TRUMPF technology portfolio offers a wealth of accessories optimized to match the existing process. All components – including the controls, interfaces, and software – are perfectly matched one to another and can, in every respect, satisfy the highest demands. That makes TRUMPF laser technology superbly prepared for integration into larger systems. Laser applications are many and varied and every application involves its own very special requirements. What beam source can be combined with which optical equipment to create the best configuration for a specific need? With its broad spectrum of technology and decades of experience, TRUMPF offers consulting and solutions for virtually every application.

A basic prerequisite: Expertise in interfaces and software
The interfaces are decisive to successful integration of a laser into a machine or a manufacturing line. Solid-state lasers by TRUMPF are very flexible in such situations since they are compatible with all the field bus systems commonly found in industry. The clear advantage here is that the user profits from a uniform control architecture. TruControl software represents the hub of the entire laser system. This software is what the operator uses to write laser control programs, to select and archive parameters, and to optimize processes. The software also makes possible remote services, records data relevant to quality, and monitors threshold values.

Using flexible beam guidance to achieve goals
The laser beam makes its way from its source to the workpiece either through free beam guidances or laser light cables. With its own solutions and components, TRUMPF is able to set up ideal, flexible systems. At the Lasys 2014, the company will be showing a number of beam guidances and switches that can divert the laser beam to any of a number of workstations. The details of the application will determine whether the laser power is split again at the workstations or is available alternately through certain periods of time. Especially fast beam switches take only 30 milliseconds to divert the beam, making the system significantly more efficient, economical and profitable. In addition to the time-tested laser light cables for a variety of beam qualities, fiber profiles are available, matched to special requirements. Examples are the rectangular and square fibers needed to process large surface areas. A very special design is the TRUMPF 2-in-1 laser light cable. Here the user, with just a single cable, can switch between two different core diameters. This will result in two different focal diameters, so that the user can both cut and weld at a single station, without having to change out the laser light cable.

The right optics make the laser work
The laser beam actually become a useful tool only after the appropriate optical elements have been added. Those optics shape and focus the beam and deliver supplementary substances like the gas required for cutting or welding. No matter whether static or scanner designs are required: TRUMPF develops high-performance, superbly flexible optics for a wide variety of applications. With the introduction of the second generation of programmable focusing optics (PFO), the company is underscoring at this year’s Lasys its leading position in both classical laser remote processing and on-the-fly machining. In addition to improved dynamics and precision, innovative functions distinguish the new optical systems. Thus it is possible, for example, to measure the mirror position exactly and to correct it, if needed – regardless of the prevailing temperature and humidity. In this context, TRUMPF will be demonstrating the new PFO SmartTeach App at the LASYS. With this app the user can set up the PFO program directly at the workpiece, with all the convenience of the tablet computer, by way of live image transmission. This brings about considerable time savings.

Keeping an eye on all the processes
Camera-based solutions are a proven medium in process monitoring. TRUMPF offers several cameras and sensors for welding and cutting with solid-state lasers. They can readily be integrated into the optics, so as to observe the process. The same cameras can also be used for the so-called offline position control. Should workpieces be misaligned, this will be recognized by the image processing software, which corrects the laser control program accordingly. The feature recognition function even makes it possible to align the welded seam along circular openings or edges. In addition, the image processing system can read out and store quality data. The seamless integration of the image processing at the laser control interfaces gives rise to a finely tuned solution which can easily be integrated into existing systems. In laser marking, too, and thanks to the Observer camera system specific to the TruMark, a variety of functions is made available. It is possible to detect the position of the workpiece and to correct the marking procedure accordingly – and to read barcodes and automatically set the focal position.

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Monday, 05 May 2014 10:46

The Art of Sheet Metal

Laser cutting specialists, Laser Process, has produced more than 250 life-sized steel cut outs of celebrities from the world of sport and entertainment as well as many historical figures and local heroes. The Connect2 Project was undertaken on behalf of the national sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, and initiated to decorate cycle and pathways throughout the UK and Ireland.

Initially Laser Process was commissioned to produce three cutouts but the success of the pilot project led to this Midlands-based subcontractor being awarded the contract for the entire project. The company is one of the UK’s largest subcontractors for laser cutting with a reputation for precise work and its attention to detail was certainly required for this job.

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The artwork for each figure was supplied to Laser Process by Sustrans. The company’s first job was to check the profile for sharp points and finger traps and then the image was digitised in readiness for cutting from sheets of Corten steel on a TruLaser 4050 with 6kW. This is one of the company’s five 2D flatbed laser machines from TRUMPF. Laser Process has been a TRUMPF customer since 1994 and has had eleven flat bed systems in total as well as press brakes and a TruMark laser marking system.

Each figure took around an hour to cut but this time also included components for the substructure that was subsequently buried in concrete during the installation process.

“This contract was an interesting departure for Laser Process. Our products are usually industry-based, consisting of engineering components for a wide variety of customers,” explained Director, David Lindsay. “However, this project gave us the chance to show that engineering can have a creative side.”

The subjects chosen by local organisations across the UK and Ireland range from footballer Ledley King and the actor, Richard Burton, through to Henry VIII and a towpath horse! But for David Lindsay, it was the sculpture of soldier that proved the most poignant.

“Corporal Liam Riley was killed in Afghanistan and his mother wrote to us to say she was overwhelmed to be able to see her son,” David Lindsay explained. “She passes the statue, every day on the way work and she says hello to him.” His statue is between Nottingham and Sheffield at Killamarsh.

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PROFITABLE BENDING EVEN WITH LOW THROUGHPUT

Simple to operate, rugged, and reliable best describes the new TruBend Series 3000 of press brakes from TRUMPF. The multi-touch-control and the space-saving design are the predominant features. The back gauges can move across the entire bending length removing any restrictions. Automatic crowning ensures consistent angles. In addition, the high axis speeds make this machine the fastest in its class.

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The latest model to be introduced is the TruBend 3100 with press force of 1,000 kN and 3m bending length. Standard equipment includes a two-axis back gauge which may, as an option, be expanded to a four- or five-axis back gauge. This makes it possible to position sheet metal securely, even where complex part geometries are involved.

Simple and intuitive

Thanks to its modest investment costs, the TruBend 3100 is well suited to those new to manual bending. The operating concept is simple and intuitive. The machine’s operator can sketch components and program them graphically at a large display with modern multi-touch control. The exact bending parameters are calculated by the control circuits, based on TRUMPF technology data. 3D visualization further simplifies the work and examines the design for potential collisions. If suitable bending programs already exist, they can be imported either via a USB interface or a network connection.

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Even third-party tools can be used without an adapter. The customer can select from a number of different tool clamping concepts. Manual clamping is standard. Here the upper and lower tools are secured with Allen screws. The quick clamp option reduces set-up times, as the upper tools are rapidly clamped with a lever. The swiftest option for set-up is automatic hydraulic clamping. In addition, all the clamping systems automatically centre the tools, which can be inserted vertically. Both these features reduce clamping times.

Safe and sure bending

A variety of features ensure that the machines in the new TruBend Series 3000 offer a safe and ergonomically correct workplace. Among them is the optoelectronic safety system BendGuard. It uses a light field to monitor the area beneath the upper tool. If there is an interruption – a hand breaking the light field, for example – the machine automatically stops. The operator can therefore make full use of the machine’s full speed, without risk.

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The BendGuard is positioned at the sides of the machine at ends of the press beam. In preparation for inserting tools from the side, the BendGuard can be simply swung to the rear so that it does not interfere with the process. The position of the BendGuard can be easily adjusted in increments to accommodate differing tool heights.

The machine’s compact design brings further advantages. It requires only a small footprint, the interior space for the machinery is readily accessible. It is also quickly installed as it is delivered completely assembled. The workspace is also well lit, thanks to LED illumination in front of and inside the machine.

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PKD Precision Sheet Metal Ltd, a leading subcontractor based in Stoke-on-Trent, has installed a new TRUMPF TruPunch 3000 S11 with SheetMaster Compact automation to help meet rising orders required for the electrical, electronic, transport and disability equipment industries.

According to PKD, there were three main reasons the company sought a new CNC punch press: increasing orders, the requirement to replace older equipment, and the need for automation to drive more efficient processing.

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“We compared the TruPunch 3000 S11 with multi-turret type machines but TRUMPF won the order because, combined with the SheetMaster Compact automation, we felt it best suited what we were aiming to achieve,” explains Director, Phil Taylor. “We also saw it as a replacement for one of our older multi-turret type machines.”

The TruPunch 3000 is a resource-efficient, universal machine from TRUMPF which, for the first time ever, works without producing a scrap skeleton. With its intelligent handling of small parts, users can process sheets up to 6.4 mm thick virtually scratch-free.

Because of the diversity of industries supplied by PKD, the type of components produced by the TruPunch 3000 S11 varies considerably. However, materials are typically galvanised steel or zintec sheet up to 3.0 mm thick, with batch sizes usually in the region of 50 - 250 off. The machine has been installed alongside an existing TRUMPF TC3000 R-13 purchased in 2006.

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“Comparing actual punching times, the new TruPunch 3000 S11 is quicker than our older machine, but with the addition of the SheetMaster Compact there becomes a significant increase in output,” says Mr Taylor. “The machine is already very busy and by including the TRUMPF SheetMaster Compact, we sought to create a highly efficient, stand-alone manufacturing cell that would help facilitate any unmanned staff shifts if required.”

The new TruPunch 3000 S11 is programmed offline at PKD, and highlighting the complexity of parts handled is the company’s extensive use of form tools, which include bridge, plunge and tapping, as well as other special tools to suit individual customer requirements.

“Our operators like using the machine and tell me that the touch screen controller is very user friendly,” says Mr Taylor. “They also say the TruPunch 3000 is much quieter than the TC3000, possibly due to the electric punching head, and generally cleaner to use. Furthermore, the gentle handling of the machine means we don’t encounter any issues with damage to our protective zinc coating.”

Established in 1980, PKD has enjoyed steady growth to become a 40-employee, ISO9001-accredited company with a turnover of circa £3.5 million. The company is always willing to share its expertise with customers, helping them with the design of new products, the explanation of manufacturing techniques, and with design changes to existing products to improve their effectiveness and reduce costs.

“Our aim is to not only provide customers with high quality products at competitive prices, but to deliver a service that exceeds their expectations,” says Mr Taylor. “Understandably, with globalisation, the market is leaning towards being solely price driven. However, good quality, service and delivery are still high on the customer agenda. Our philosophy has always been to make good quality products, deliver them on time and charge the right price. This, and our commitment to continual investment in new technology, enables us to compete.”

Published inSheet Metal
Tuesday, 08 April 2014 10:14

A new option for tube processing

The new TruLaser Tube 5000, built by TRUMPF, is a high-productivity, all-round machine to cut tubes with a laser beam. It offers a wealth of innovations. These make the unit even more economical and, in addition, expand its field of application.

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This new laser tube cutting machine for tubing, built by TRUMPF, offers a wealth of innovations and a profitable alternative to conventional tube processing.

A single tool that eliminates four separate procedures. Laser cutting has made this possible, for some time now, in shops that process pipes and tubes. TRUMPF is now presenting the next generation of the TruLaser Tube 5000 at the Tube trade show in Düsseldorf. This machine is based on a time-tested concept and, with its many innovations, makes the first steps into the field of laser tube cutting easy. And it once again boosts profitability. The user enjoys two decisive benefits. On the one hand, the TruLaser Tube 5000 substitutes for four conventional manufacturing procedures: sawing, drilling, milling and deburring. That slashes the amount of organizational effort needed. But this concept also expands design latitude when compared with earlier processes. In the laser cutting systems built by TRUMPF, the lasers themselves, beam guidance, mechanical components, software and automation equipment all stem from the same development setting. This makes sure that all the details of the machine's central components are fully coordinated one with another, right down to the last detail.

Precise and highly productive

The TruLaser Tube 5000 cuts tubes with walls up to eight millimeters thick and outer circles of up to 152 millimeters in diameter. Thanks to the increased axial speeds and optimized production procedures, the current model is even more productive than the previous machine. The new cutting head with its focal length of 155 millimeters also slices through all the approved gauges. The cutting head need not be changed out, even if the machine works a different material. FocusLine takes care of automatic adjustment of the focal position. This minimizes the time required for set-up.

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The LoadMaster Tube automatically loads the machine and readies the following input material, parallel to the main processing operations.

To achieve the best results in processing, it is important that the tubes and profiles being machined are kept in position, both tightly and without damaging the material. This is taken care of in the TruLaser Tube 5000 by a clamping system incorporating conical rollers and used during both manual and automatic loading. The shape of the rollers automatically centers the tubes and profiles and puts them in the correct position. Here the stress at the point of contact is kept small, because even in rectangular or square tubes, contact is at the outside radius, i.e. at the corners of the profile. A new measurement system monitors the clamping force and the position of the clamping jaws. This increases the accuracy of the holding technique and boosts process reliability when automation is implemented. Along with square, rectangular and oval tubes, the TruLaser Tube 5000 with the optional adaptive clamping method can also handle additional unusual shapes.

Ergonomic and user-friendly

The concept behind the TruLaser Tube 5000 is consistently aligned with utility to the operator. User-friendliness is also in the foreground of the open design. This ensures enhanced accessibility to the working spaces. This will, for example, simplify manual loading if the machine is to make up a single piece from time to time. Control of the machine is carried out easily at a large, pivoted, 17-inch touchscreen. All the important views and elevations can be called up quickly and easily at the clearly organized user interface. TRUMPF developed this GUI especially for laser tube cutting machines.

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A clamping system comprising tapered rollers positions the tubes and profiles positively and gently in the TruLaser Tube 5000 – both in manual and automatic loading.

To permit automated production, the system can be fitted with the LoadMaster Tube loading unit. The input material rests in a bundle space that can be refilled simultaneous to machine operation. Departing that storage area, the tubes pass singly to a conveyor belt. There four grippers lift them and prepare them for loading in the machine. Here the tubing is measured precisely, so that it is in the correct position when passed to the machine. The machine is unloaded via a part removal station. The finished components either pass through a chute into a container or, optionally, can be discharged onto a table fitted with a conveyor belt, at a height convenient for the machine operator to remove them.

TRUMPF and the Chinese machine tool producer Jiangsu Jinfangyuan CNC Machine Company Ltd. (JFY) will soon be cooperating closely: TRUMPF has acquired a majority stake of approximately 72 percent in the Chinese company. This was announced by the Swabian family-owned company at its Annual Press Conference in Ditzingen.

"Acquisition of this prestigious Chinese company is strengthening our presence in the world's most important mechanical engineering market," said TRUMPF President Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller. "It is very unusual that a direct investment like this has been made possible for us, as a medium-sized company – and especially in mechanical engineering, which the Chinese government has classified as a key sector."

sheet trumpf imtJFY manufactures machine tools for sheet metal processing and, in terms of output quantities, ranks as the Chinese market leader for punching and bending machines. The company is also growing increasingly important in the laser cutting machine sector. JFY was privatized in 1997 and is based in Yangzhou (300 km west of Shanghai). In 2012, with almost 700 employees, JFY generated sales of approximately 70 million Euro.

With its majority stake in JFY, TRUMPF continues to expand its already good position in the Chinese market. Importantly, this acquisition is giving TRUMPF access to the market's extremely dynamic middle segment. Leibinger-Kammüller: "We want to be able to consistently accompany customers as they grow, and as their technological requirements increase. With our alliance, TRUMPF and JFY are now more in a more powerful position than other providers to give customers products on every technological level, and from the same group of companies."

Two-Year Acquisition Process
The acquisition of the majority stake in JFY was made possible in a process that took over two years to complete, and was positively accompanied by Chinese as well as German authorities and associations. In China, JFY is a powerful and well-established brand – and the brand will continue to remain independent. The cooperation with TRUMPF will strengthen JFY technologically, and it will also benefit from the German company's global position. TRUMPF and JFY will expand their joint sourcing in China, thereby securing cost benefits. The company's operational management will remain in the hands of the team that has managed it for many years, which will also retain the shares in JFY that were not acquired by TRUMPF. TRUMPF and JFY provided no information about the price involved in the acquisition.

TRUMPF and JFY not only complement each other in terms of their product portfolios, they also share the same priorities where corporate culture is concerned. It is the mission of both companies to be technological leaders in their respective market segments. Both also place the highest importance on thinking long-term, on continuous improvement, and on responsible treatment of employees.

The acquisition of JFY is one of a series of changes by means of which TRUMPF intends to realize growth opportunities in promising markets over the coming years. TRUMPF continued to grow over the past fiscal year of 2012/13: the Ditzingen-based company increased its sales to 2.34 billion Euro. This is the highest sales figure in the 90-year history of the company. In relation to the previous year's sales figure of 2.33 billion Euro it represents a small increase of almost 1 percent. "The sales increase in relation to the previous year is admittedly small, but in view of the extremely difficult market conditions we had to face, we can certainly be happy with this result," said TRUMPF President Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller at the Annual Press Conference.

Expansion of Research and Development
While orders received in fiscal year 2012/13 remained at the previous year's level, the pre-tax result fell to 154 million Euro (previous year's figure: 211 million Euro). The reason for this was a high level of investment in future sectors. For example, TRUMPF invested a total of 211 million Euro in research and development – about 9 percent more than the previous year. Leibinger-Kammüller: "This is the highest amount we have ever spent on research and development in one single year." TRUMPF has thus increased its R&D quota to 9 percent, and hired new staff as well. At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2013 there were 1,430 employees working in research and development at TRUMPF – 6 percent more than one year previously. In the growth market of Asia, the number of employees also increased – by 11 percent. Leibinger-Kammüller: "All this costs money in the short term, but in the long term these investments will pay off – and thinking long-term has always been one of the major strengths of family-owned companies."

At the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2013 TRUMPF had 9,925 employees worldwide – 370 more than one year previously.

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