TRUMPF In­dia of­fers solutions to take man­u­fac­tur­ing to next level

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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

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