JEC Composites in Paris: LMT Belin demonstrates the importance of the tools
Exhibitors, programs, visitors – according to the organizers, the JEC Composites 2010 exhibition in Paris recorded double-figure growth rates for every measure. Europe's leading exhibition for the composite materials sector thus indirectly demonstrates how the importance of these materials is growing strongly in many branches of industry. LMT Belin's experts drew attention, through their participation in the exhibition, to the growing importance of the role of tools in more highly automated production facilities.
LMT Belin was taking part in the JEC Composites exhibition for the second time since 2009. Martin Danielczick, from LMT Tool Systems, the LMT group's international marketing company, confirmed the positive assessment of the event, saying that "We made a large number of excellent contacts with representatives from some very different industrial sectors. The aerospace field, of course, continues to be very important to us. We were able to show off our know-how in machining components in composite materials to a large number of visitors. There was another trend to be seen too, and that was the increased use of composites for automobile construction. A number of manufacturers, for instance, are even planning high-volume production of load-bearing structural parts from carbon-fiber reinforced composite materials (CFRP)." Danielczick added that "We held many meetings at JEC Composites, where we discussed this development with representatives from the automobile sector, and were able to underline the important role played by precision tools".
Production methods are being automated
In this context, the trend throughout the composites sector to employing new and effective production methods is of particular interest for LMT. The manufacture of components in composite materials is, for instance, being automated more and more. According to figures from JEC, the proportion of automated production in Europe and the USA is already at 84 percent, and in Asia at 69 percent. As this development continues, the tools being used increasingly take center stage. Used correctly, precision tools improve the performance of the whole machining process. This also applies, in particular, to the mass production of composite components. "In order to match precision tools and machining methods optimally to the machines and to the workpieces that are to be machined, technical engineering knowledge is necessary. The experts we have at LMT Belin and LMT Onsrud have enormous expertise to offer" concludes Danielczick.
- The exhibition and conference program, with its focus on innovation, reported double-figure growth in the number of exhibitors (Copyright JEC Composites).