In its modern 24-square meter exhibition space at Stand 2038, Hall 20, GF Machining Solutions—a global leader in tire mold solutions—will demonstrate the value its AM and dedicated Laser technologies bring to tire manufacturers. Renowned as the world’s premier tire technology showcase, the Tire Technology Expo 2019 is the ideal venue for experiencing GF Machining Solutions’ vast tire mold manufacturing expertise.
Tire Technology Expo 2019: GF Machining Solutions’ advanced manufacturing technologies position tire mold manufacturers for the future—todayMar 1, 2019 8:15 AM
From Additive Manufacturing (AM) to Laser texturing, GF Machining Solutions’ advanced manufacturing technologies position tire mold manufacturers for the future today. These success-shaping technologies, as well as the GF Division’s conventional technologies, Automation and rConnect digital services platform, will be in the spotlight at the Tire Technology Expo 2019, March 5–7, at the Deutsche Messe exhibition grounds in Hannover, Germany.
AM: from prototyping to serial production
On the AM side, visitors will discover the GF Division’s AM solutions for two- and three-dimensional tire sipes including AM post-processing solutions such as horizontal fast wire-cutting Electrical Discharge Machining (EDM) for easy separation from the build plate while maintaining geometrical accuracy and ensuring assembly readiness.
Segment molds are another application to which GF Machining Solutions brings its vast expertise, from production solutions to complete post-processes.
Design freedom with Laser texturing
Brand differentiation and complete freedom of design are among the chief benefits of GF Machining Solutions’ dedicated Laser texturing technology. A 100 percent digital process, Laser texturing allows tire designers to differentiate their brands from the competition and gives them the design freedom essential to innovation.
Furthermore, Laser technology allows manufacturers to texture their molds in-house to speed up their time to market. And, thanks to GF Machining Solutions’ Laser texturing software and hardware, users get the first mold right and establish the foundation for infinitely repeatable perfection.
With its vast multi-technology expertise, GF Machining Solutions has the technical expertise to link conventional Milling and EDM technologies with its advanced AM and Laser technologies. Its System 3R Tooling allows quick setup, and System 3R Automation optimizes manufacturers' productivity—all while maintaining critical references and micron-level repeatability throughout the full product life cycle.
rConnect: real-time monitoring and support
The Tire Technology Expo 2019 is also the ideal venue to learn about GF Machining Solutions’ modular rConnect digital services platform. rConnect modules help manufacturers reach Industry 4.0 levels of productivity and maintain high machine uptime while keeping their inventories at the lowest level.
rConnect’s Live Remote Assistance (LRA) module, for instance, links users’ machines to GF Machining Solutions’ diagnostic centers in real time. rConnect continues to evolve with the addition of success-triggering modules. It represents the machine tool industry’s most in-depth remote machine tool analysis and GF Machining Solutions’ Service 4.0 vision of intelligent and high-performing services.
Profile of GF Machining Solutions
GF Machining Solutions is the world’s leading provider of machines, diverse technical solutions and services not only to the tool and mold making industry but also to manufacturers of precision components. The portfolio ranges from electrical discharge machines, high-speed and high-performance Milling machines—including clamping and palletization systems, 3D Laser surface texturing machines and Spindles—to solutions for Tooling and Automation, services, spare parts, expendable parts, consumables and Digitalization solutions. GF Machining Solutions is a globally acting Division of the Georg Fischer Group (Switzerland) and maintains a presence on 50 sites worldwide within its own organization. Its 3’255 employees generated sales of CHF 992 million in 2017. More information can be found at www.gfms.com.