TRUMPF India offers solutions to take manufacturing to next level
TRUMPF Group, a German family-owned company with its head office in Ditzingen near Stuttgart, provides manufacturing solutions in the fields of machine tools, laser technology, electronics, and Industry 4.0. TRUMPF’s mission is to take manufacturing technology to the next level to make it cost-efficient, accurate, future-proof and connected.
“We see lots of optimism in the manufacturing space in India. There are a host of segments that are surging within the manufacturing space and each one of them is relevant to us. We see a demand in material handling equipment as new infrastructure projects are coming up; demands in automotive and railways seem to be promising too. India is a promising market for TRUMPF. ‘Closer to Customer’ being our core philosophy, we have recently expanded our presence in India by opening an office in Bengaluru. The head office continues in Pune, which has recently added to its showroom latest technology machines. Customers will now be able to witness the latest solutions offered,” Klaus Loeffler, Managing Director, Sales and Services, TRUMPF, told Auto Components India.
As a market and technology leader in machine tools and lasers for industrial manufacturing, the company’s innovations play a role in every sector of industry virtually from software, that paves the way for smart factories, to solutions for high-tech processes in industrial electronics.
The larger area of its activity comprises machine tools for flexible sheet metal and tube processing. “TRUMPF offers machines for bending, punching, combined punch and laser processing, and also laser cutting and welding applications. Diverse automation solutions and a range of software for digitally connected production solutions round off the portfolio. The product range in laser technology comprises laser systems for the cutting, welding and surface treatment of three-dimensional components. TRUMPF provides high-performance CO2 lasers, disk and fibre lasers, direct diode lasers, ultrashort pulse lasers, and also marking lasers and marking systems. Today 3D printing machines for metal components is also part of the portfolio,” he said.
During IMTEX 2018, in Bengaluru, TRUMPF did India premier of some of its machines like Laser and Punching combination machine (TruMatic 1000), Flatbed laser cutting machine (TruLaser 2030 fiber), A new generation multi-purpose laser system that can do laser cutting, welding and cladding on same machine (TruLaser Cell 3000) and New press brake (TruBend 1100). TRUMPF showcased also samples of high end metal 3D printing machine catering to different industries like medical and aerospace.
Since efficiency and safety is very important in automotive, TRUMPF’s solution for ‘hotformed sheet metal cutting and laser welding of several parts of the cars are mandatory to achieve BS-VI standards. TRUMPF has vast experience of working with many leading automotive industries worldwide. “Whether it is adoption of higher standard safety norms or use of hot formed parts in automotive industry or conserving the energy by implementing electrical vehicles, TRUMPF is there to support Indian automotive industry through its proven solutions,” he said.
TRUMPF is stepping in to support the modernisation efforts of the Indian Railways, especially the plan to upgrade all the coaches to Linke-Hoffmann- Busch (LHB) design. “This modernisation is not limited to coaches only, it also calls for up gradation of supporting systems like pantry, seating, toilets and includes railway stations and control rooms etc. We foresee extensive use of stainless steel in these processes and our proven solutions in this industry, like laser cutting and laser welding have already become first choice, when it comes to technology adoption by vendors of Indian railways for coaches and peripherals manufacturing. The key remains TRUMPF’s in- house produced laser source. Which can have multiple outputs to effectively use laser beam for various applications, while keeping the investment on initial systems to an optimum level,” Loeffler said.
Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and smart factory is the latest trend in manufacturing. Loeffler said “One can choose to dodge the reality of IIoT or the smart factory story but let us face it. The anxiety around the subject is real for sure and calls for a simple 3 step approach that includes assessment of existing infrastructure, having the right attribute teams and lastly
implementing the productive manufacturing set-up. Getting started with the first step is important. We think it’s all about overcoming the inertia of getting started. IIoT, automation and smart factory are inevitable to help manufacturing take a step ahead in efficiency and productivity.”
TRUMPF believes that smart factory is the way to go in future for manufacturing to make it more productive and efficient. It has been investing more than 10% of the revenue in R&D. “We can help manufacturers migrate towards smart factory by facilitating adoption of the latest technology in the manufacturing set-up. We also see incremental leverage of additive manufacturing in the manufacturing in coming years,” Loeffler said. As an active member of consortium for Industry 4.0 in Europe and is actively educating markets worldwide about the realm of possibilities, TRUMPF recently opened up the smart factory in the US to showcase the advantages for the manufacturers who are seeking to adopt the next wave of industrial revolution.
TRUMPF being a global company, operates through its 73 subsidiaries, focuses on all significant markets in the world. TRUMPF has always been keen to support many technology startups and technology specialist companies who can add more offering to its solutions bucket that it offers to its customers. In this process, TRUMPF has done many investments across the globe by acquiring these important companies.
“In India, the manufactures are well informed and investing in technologies to have state-ofthe-art manufacturing setup. If customers from India are interested to know more or invest in this latest technology, we are ready to support and make it success for our customers,” he said.
The year 2017, was a promising year with the trust of customers and associates “in our technology and innovation and after-sales aid from team India. TRUMPF by virtue of its range of solutions offered to Indian market has re-written its success and is positive about seeing the growth every year with solid double digit growth YoY,” Loeffler said.
Klaus Loeffler, Managing Director, Sales and Services, TRUMPF