Ian Melin-Jones

Ian Melin-Jones

transfluid drives prototyping and the manufacture of automation systems further forward

Advanced ideas require development space in order to optimise tube machining processes through the introduction of perfectly suited solutions. This already applies to prototyping, and of course to fully automated complex production systems. This is why the solution finders from transfluid have now further extended their production area by an additional 1000 square metres, to a new total floor area of 7000 square metres. "This investment was an obvious one to make, since it enables us to improve further our customer-facing development and high-tech production facilities", explains Stefanie Flaeper, the transfluid CEO. "In particular for our t motion automation systems product sector, we now have much more resource available in terms of physical space, not just in relation to assembly work but also for test runs and commissioning runs. There is now also scope for implementing pre-series for our customers to further guarantee and evaluate our production process before the plant is shipped.

More space for prototyping in the new transfluid halls. © transfluidMore space for prototyping in the new transfluid halls. © transfluid

Prototyping from cutting and bending through to end forming
The additional space and latitude afforded by this new-build also stands to benefit the in-hour Prototyping department at transfluid. "To protect changed processes, we have been offering our customers intensive prototyping for many years. This for example applies to projects where, in the past, tube connections need to be welded or solded, and where these parts were then to be replaced by geometric end formingoperations", explains Stefanie Flaeper. "In such cases, components frequently need to be tested and installed prior to any final changeover. On this, we work very closely with our customers".

This building modification has equipped the Prototyping department with three times as much floor space as before. Here, machines are available to tackle the full range of reshaping processes, for diameters of 4 to 70 mm diameter. Also, in order to perform complete processes, there is a chipless orbitalcutting system here as well as corresponding CNC bending technology. "If all steps can be performed here, our customers are then much better able to gain an overview of the processes involved, which gives them a great deal more peace of mind", states Stefanie Flaeper. During the extension work, a high-bay store for spare parts was installed. This provides quick turnarounds for service, which in turn makes the production operations of transfluid systems more dependable. These new facilities have provided transfluid with the space now and into the future for new and advanced solutions. The company presented these at the Tube 2018 trade fair, in Hall 5 on Stand G34.

transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH
transfluid is sought after worldwide as a partner for manufacturing tube bending machines and tube processing machines. transfluid has been developing its technologies for tube machining since 1988, so that it can provide customer-oriented, tailor-made solutions – for plant and machine construction, the automotive and energy industries, shipbuilding and medical device manufacturers.
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The mobile canning line concept would allow farmers to process and preserve food onsite, massively reducing food loss 

Tata Steel has developed a mobile canning line concept which will allow farmers, anywhere in the world, to process and preserve their produce on site, helping to reduce food loss dramatically at source whilst generating additional revenues for farmers.

According to the United Nations Environment Programme, a third of all food production worldwide is lost or wasted before it even reaches consumers including the postharvest handling, storage, processing, packaging and distribution stages.

Tata Steel’s mobile canning line concept will allow producers to establish a production line to make cans and fill them with fruit or vegetables on site. This means crops can be preserved quickly before spoiling, reducing food loss.

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The mobile canning and processing line will include two trucks, housing the canning line and food processing facilities, which will be able to move directly to any farm or field and distribution trucks will collect and deliver cans straight from the farm.

The process will make two-piece, drawn and redrawn (DRD) cans, which are easy to produce and are very durable. The cans will also be made from Tata Steel’s Protact®, a specialist laminated steel with a polymer coating.  Due to the unique characteristics of Protact there is no need for lacquering, simplifying the canmaking process and presenting downsizing opportunities.

Protact circular blanks will be fed directly into the canning line, housed in one of the two trucks, saving space and reducing scrap from steel sheets.

Once created, the Protact cans will be brought to the filling truck for processing. Fruit and vegetables will be sorted to ensure optimal quality and will then be washed, prepared, canned, seamed, sterilised, visually checked and labelled all in situ. Filled cans will then be loaded directly onto the trucks ready for distribution to consumers. 

Steven Dijkstra, Head of Marketing Packaging & Nordics at Tata Steel in Europe, commented:

“In India, 44 per cent of food harvested is lost before it reaches consumers through the postharvest stages, often because it simply cannot be packaged and preserved quickly enough.

“Tata Steel’s mobile canning line will allow farmers, even in the remotest of rural areas, to preserve their harvest, producing canned foods, ready for distribution on site. In India alone, we have the potential to save 84 million tonnes of food per year [1].”

“And as we know, canned foods retain high quantities of nutrients and also have a longer shelf life than their non-canned counterparts helping to decrease food loss and waste further still.”

Tata Steel’s mobile canning and processing line is set to be in use within the next three years.  Tata Steel is currently in discussion with a number of interested parties across the world to bring this concept to life.

About Tata Steel’s European operations

Tata Steel is one of Europe's leading steel producers, with steelmaking in the UK and Netherlands, and manufacturing plants across Europe. The company supplies high-quality steel products to the most demanding markets, including construction, automotive, packaging, lifting & excavating, energy and aerospace. Tata Steel works with customers to develop new steel products that give them a competitive edge. The combined Tata Steel group is one of the world’s largest steel producers, with a steel capacity of more than 28 million tonnes and 75,000 employees across five continents.

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Micro cutting for everyone!

To cut narrow incisions in hard materials with high precision requires a specially developed waterjet cutting process. FAWJ stands for Fine Abrasive Water Jet (micro waterjet, finecut), and is a unique and world-class cutting process launched back in 2008 by Water Jet Sweden. Since then, the technique has been applied to a specially developed precision machinery, designed to manufacture micro-components. Now we broaden the possibilities and launch The FAWJ Micro Head Package to our ordinary machine models. It is designed for customers who wish to cut fine parts with narrow incisions and high precision, without the need for the most extreme micro part tolerances.

FAWJ-a unique cutting technology

FAWJ technique requires a special cutting head and is a waterjet cutting process suitable for very fine abrasives so metals and other hard materials could be processed with incisions as thin as 0.2 mm. The cutting process has all the advantages that water jet cutting means. It is simple and versatile, with a very smooth surface that requires no or very little post-processing, and there is no influence of the material constituent. The FAWJ technology also allows you to cut quite thick materials. The thickness varies depending on the type of material.

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Mirco Machine - for extreme precision

Water Jet Sweden's machine model "Micro" (NCM 10) is specially developed for the FAWJ-process and is used for manufacturing of micro components. Micro waterjet cutting machine is a popular alternative to Micro-EDM and Laser. The Micro is a machine system based on Water Jet Sweden's patented Gantry design and has a number of unique features for cutting with tolerances less than ± 0.01 mm. Some examples are the cutting table which is made of epoxy concrete, a material that also is used for measuring machines. The machine's positioning is determined by a micrometer scale from Renishaw, an invar scale that has a precision of 1 nm. The Micro machine is a high precision tool used in precision mechanics, electronics, biotechnology and similar industry sectors, and for jewelry design and processing of exclusive materials.

New feature: The FAWJ Micro Head Package - for fine cuts

The FAWJ cutting process can cut as narrow as 0.2 mm, compared to traditional waterjet for which the incision normally is 0.8-1.0 mm. A growing number of customers around the world have seen new opportunities with the FAWJ cutting process, and there has been a growing demand for FAWJ-cutting in general. Therefore we launch an upgrade package: The FAWJ Micro Head Package. It can be used on our regular machine models, X-series and Premium, which both have the size of cutting tables (1 x1 to 4 x 2 meter) and a CNC control system that can that can handle the delicate sand feeding.  FAWJ Micro Head Package can also be used as an upgrade for existing similar size machines.

Do you see new, interesting business opportunities with the FAWJ process? Feel free to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

FAWJ Micro Head applications

Machine model

Micro model

X-series (FAWJ)

Premium (FAWJ)

Incision

≥0.2 mm

≥0.3 mm

≥0.3 mm

Positioning accuracy

± 0.01 mm/m

± 0.05 mm/m

± 0.05 mm/m

Repetition accuracy

± 0.008 mm

± 0.025 mm

± 0.025 mm

About Water Jet Sweden AB

A successful pursuit of measurable customer benefits

Back in 1993, we produced our Machines in a private garage. Today we serve customers in more than 40 countries. Our native town of Ronneby in southern Sweden has become a R & D cluster of global renown, where the scientific establishment, the water jet industry and the business community join efforts to develop the water jet cutting technology of tomorrow.

Our ultimate end product is customer value, and the benefits our machines and service can offer are highly measurable in terms of time, money, product quality and sustainability.

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