The organisers of the Lasys 2012 trade fair have announced that the efficient use of laser systems and equipment will be one of the themes of the upcoming show. Lasys will open its doors for the third time from 12 to 14 June 2012 at Stuttgart's trade fair grounds.
Exhibitors at the show will demonstrate how lasers and laser systems are capable of providing efficiency thanks to their great flexibility, performance and quality of work. Weil Engineering, for example, offers modular concepts for component-based solutions such as the company's Flexistar system - a fully automated, highly flexible manufacturing cell for forming and welding pipes. 'The special thing about the system is that neither retrofitting nor mechanical adjustment is necessary,' explained Jochen Siegwarth, responsible for projects and developments at Weil. After each forming and welding procedure, Flexistar can automatically change the diameter, independently of cycle time. 'This allows for the program-controlled production of any pipe diameter or length, starting from a batch size of one, in the dimensions specified according to the machine,' Siegwarth added. Flexistar production is six times faster than using welding benches, the traditional method for welding pipes.
EMK Allstedt, a user of this technology, confirms that production has become more cost-effective. The CO2 laser welds materials such as steel and stainless steel, as well as galvanised and hot-dip aluminised sheets. The pipes are used in ventilation, chimneys, exhaust and fire protection technology, as well as drinking water and fire-fighting technology.
At Lasys 2012 for the first time, young innovative companies will have the opportunity to exhibit at a joint stand while being sponsored by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi). Lasys has namely been included as an international trade fair in the aid programme from BMWi. Up to 80 per cent of the costs for stand rental and construction will be covered by BMWi, in order to allow even small companies to participate in the trade fair. The focus is on businesses that have less than 50 employees or make at most €10m in annual sales and are less than 10 years old.