What are the latest developments and trends in the metal forming industry?
Manufacturing industry is a large sector that contributes to the GDP of our nation. Metal forming has a vital role to play when it comes to the production of various manufactured goods — beginning with automobile industry to high precision components in instrumentation and electronics industries.
Metal forming is poised to present immense possibilities for India’s manufacturing sector through embracing the concept of intelligent manufacturing as elucidated by Industry 4.0, Industrial Internet of Things, and increasing use of metal additive manufacturing or 3D printing. For micro, small and medium enterprises, metal forming offers a lot of potential for highly productive and specialized niche machines / processes and import substitution.
India is an attractive hub for foreign investments in the manufacturing sector. The manufacturing sector of India has the potential to reach US$ 1 trillion by 2025 and India is expected to rank amongst the top three growth economies and manufacturing destination of the world by the year 2020. The implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will make India a common market with a GDP of US$ 2 trillion along with a population of 1.2 billion people, which will be a big draw for investors.
Can you highlight the new technologies & products from your company that are expected to be launched/showcased in the upcoming IMTEX Forming exhibition this year?
Measuring technology is rapidly transitioning into the digital age. ZEISS offers systematic quality assurance in car body construction for “On-line”, “At-line”, and “Off-Line” inspection systems.
We shall be launching two new products in this show:
AIMax: The ZEISS AIMax digital-optical 3D sensor is the new benchmark in robot-based 3D inline metrology for sheet metal processing and car body construction. The unique combination of three measuring principles in one compact sensor enables the measurement of complex geometric characteristics such as holes, bolts and gap flush with maximum robustness, as well as attributive characteristic recognition
ZEISS ABIS II: The surface quality of a product – particularly in the automotive industry constitutes an important criterion for customers and is generally associated with the quality and value of the entire vehicle.
The timely detection and objective classification of surface defects with the high-precision ZEISS ABIS II surface inspection system opens up new frontiers in quality assurance. It allows the fast, reliable and ultra-accurate detection of surface defects.
If the customer opts for our new software – Pi-Web – Solution , we are able to co-relate the measurement results and also able to compensate the values as required by the production department thus avoiding any manual calculations.
What are your expectations from IMTEX this year?
The exhibition witnesses many decision makers and business heads from across the spectrum of sheet metal and forming industry.
We plan to leverage the maximum by introducing new products with state-of-the-art technology in Automated Inspection, Quality Control, Process control for sheet metal measurements.
Consequently, we also conduct webinars and customer forums for this show.