Transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH

Hünegräben 20-22, 57392 Schmallenberg
Germany
Telephone +49 2972 9715-0
Fax +49 2972 9715-11
info@transfluid.de

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Tube 2018 hall map (Hall 5): stand G34

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Tube 2018 fairground map: Hall 5

Contact

Gerd Nöker

Geschäftsführer Vertrieb/Marketing

Phone
+49 2972 97 15-15

Email
gnoeker@transfluid.de

Stefanie Flaeper

Geschäftsführerin Vertrieb/Matrketing

Phone
+49 2972 97 15-10

Email
sflaeper@transfluid.de

Simon Müller

Technische Beratung und Vertrieb

Phone
+49 2972 / 97 15-20

Email
smueller@transfluid.de

Our range of products

Product categories

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.01  Forming, bending, twisting, fabricating, hydroforming

Forming, bending, twisting, fabricating, hydroforming

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.03  Sawing, separating, laser cutting

Sawing, separating, laser cutting

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.04  Expanding, deburring, peeling, folding

Expanding, deburring, peeling, folding

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.05  Upsetting, beading, compressing

Upsetting, beading, compressing

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.15  Blanking, profiling, stamping, punching, piercing

Blanking, profiling, stamping, punching, piercing

  • 02  Tube manufacturing machinery
  • 02.05  Tube processing equipment
  • 02.05.20  Cleaning
  • 10  Profiles and machinery
  • 10.02  Machinery
  • 10.02.02  Profile bending machines

Profile bending machines

Our products

Product category: Sawing, separating, laser cutting

Blade cutting method

Our cutting method with which you shear off pipes with precision is ideal for post trimming. Right-angled, sharp-edged separating cuts are also created on awkward pipe geometries. The two swarf streams produced can be reliably detected in the process. You can also use this cutting method on our bending machines for cutting bent geometries.

Up to three blades can be used for extreme demands. An internal mandrel can also optimise the process. Modified processes also allow you to perform diagonal cuts on the tube.

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Product category: Cleaning

Tube cleaning machines

It doesn't get any cleaner than this. Our tube cleaning systems enable you to attain the highest levels of cleanliness.

Pellet cleaning is the easiest and quickest way to clean bent tubes. The process is very effective for individual pieces and small production runs.

For serial operation, different solutions are available depending on requirement – on the conveyor for straight tubes or in cleaning baskets for parts already bent. Pallet transport is also aviable here. Upstream ultrasound cleaning is also possible in line with the cleanliness requirements.

Liquid-operated systems can of course be filled automatically, or they are configured with particle measuring. These systems are designed in line with individual requirements.

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Product category: Forming, bending, twisting, fabricating, hydroforming

Mobile bending machines

Uncompromising, versatile and simply excellent – as a bend-only machine or the MB 642 with optional functions for bending on the object. Inner and outer de-burrer, assembling unit for all popular connection systems (cutting ring, flaring, etc.) and metal circular saws.

Often copied yet unparalleled with its many special features, our much-proven transfluid® classic convinces by an excellent price/performance ratio and very simple yet effective engineering with excellent technical capabilities.

 

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Apr 17, 2018

A solution for the aviation and aerospace industry: Right on target tube-bending with controlled wall thinning

transfluid’s mandrel bending machine delivers better processes through sequential control
Safety is an issue that is extremely important in the aviation and aerospace industry, perhaps more so than in any other industry, and therefore the demands are very high, also on tube processing, as managing director Stefanie Flaeper explains: “There is often demand for fast production processes of small batches of complex components, of course. In addition, high and ultra-high strength materials are an important matter for tubes that are more lightweight and that can be subjected to greater loading. What makes the development of tube processing technologies for the aviation and aerospace industry particularly interesting is that there are always new technical milestones that require sophisticated solutions.” Such as the project that the company is working on at present for a leading manufacturer of aeroplanes. The new, specially designed t bend mandrel bending machine from transfluid is capable of bending titanium, aluminium and stainless steel tubes with a diameter of up to 60mm and a wall thickness of 0.5-1.5mm. Furthermore, the design makes it possible to achieve a radius of 1xD.
Axis synchronisation through smart sequential control
The other feature that makes it special is the option to control the wall thinning. This is where safety plays a key role with regards to the later application of the processed tubes in the aeroplanes. The wall thickness has to meet the specifications after the bending too; the flow through the workpiece and its stability have to be preserved. That is why the transfluid engineers have developed the push bending option for the process. The controlled push bending is applied during the last bend through a controlled inner tube.
“All the electrical axes are equipped with servo-electrical motors and their drives can be neatly synchronized”, Stefanie Flaeper explains about the technical details. “A key benefit is the complete synchronization of all the moving axes in different sequences, which is what makes our new sequential control possible.” This separates each movement of all the axes and moves the different units at the right time. That way it is possible to gradually introduce a bend with ease and either push or slow down with the required power.
Customized storage of production data and protected retrieval
All the sequences on this innovative mandrel bending machine are easy to program. The operator can allocate them to the product and retrieve them as and when needed. In addition to the actual process the sequencing will also take into account the material, radii and manufacturing processes of the product.
All control aspects can be accessed via the network. This allows the desired geometries to be taken from the CAD software and the data from the impact test be recorded in the same way. The measuring unit can be connected to the system too, depending on the size of the lots and batches. The sequence control will also store the relevant data for the production, as defined by the customer. They can then be recalled and processed with a password and the correct authorization. Furthermore, the machine’s software and all the control components, as well as the control panel (MMI), are compatible with Industry 4.0. These particular features make it possible to set up the machine with almost no operator intervention. Tube processing improvement that is right on target for the aviation and aerospace industry.

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Apr 17, 2018

From a two-man business to a world leader

For the past 30 years transfluid has been shaping progress in tube processing
When people think about 1st April they mostly think about spectacular stories that ultimately turn out to be a joke. That is not the case for Gerd Nöker and Ludger Bludau. They both remember how the history of their company also started on a 1st April and now, 30 years later, the success it enjoys is greater than ever. The story is about transfluid: established in 1998 in Schmallenberg in Sauerland as a two-man business, the current GmbH is now a sought-after international partner providing solutions for machines to bend and process tubes. Since 2013 it is also a world market leader in CNC-controlled rolling tube forming. There is very little now to remind us of those humble beginnings, when there was just 125m2 available. But there is one aspect that transfluid has remained true to for the past three decades: its commitment to progress in tube processing for the benefit of its customers.
Always one step ahead
When you walk through transfluid’s production halls in 2018 you will see fully automated production units and robots, working efficiently and accurately as bending and end forming systems. “When we started out in 1988 the internet was not playing a role yet and I am sure that nobody could have predicted how digitalization would revolutionize whole industry sectors on such a massive scale and in the shortest of time - including tube processing, of course”, says business co-founder Gerd Nöker. In spite of that, the first development that transfluid – still Nöker & Bludau oHG at the time - launched on the global market was a small sensation. This was, after all, the first manual tube bending machine for small tubes, up to 16mm diameter; the t bend MB 642 is the unparalleled top seller and it is still requested from all over the world for on-site jobs.
The solution for tubes
There are now more than 12,000 machines in circulation globally, shaping tubes according to the concept of Bestform. transfluid is “the solution for tubes”, whether it is end forming, bending, cutting or connecting of the machines to an automatic cell. With their traditional technical creativity, the experts are, of course, also developing fully-automated solutions, including customized solutions to meet their customers’ individual requirements. The client base comes from a number of sectors: the plant and machine construction sector is represented just as strongly as the automotive and energy industries and shipbuilding, as well as many more. Ludger Bludau points out that “this is exactly what still makes our work so exciting after 30 years. We have the opportunity to grow again and again, together with our customers, thanks to the new challenges, and thus redefine the boundaries of what can be achieved in tube processing”. Greater efficiency, flexibility and optimized processes: transfluid offers all of this with its smart software, into which the experts have packed all their know-how. The comprehensive portfolio is completed with a wide choice of stock machines, offering fast delivery prompt support to deal with everyday challenges.
Strong team and entrepreneurial vision
A lot of room is needed for so many ideas and transfluid has created this over time. In 1991 the business found a new home at the current site in Schmallenberg. In addition to that, the business’ leadership has grown from two to five proud members. Benedikt Hümmler, Burkhard Tigges and Stefanie Flaeper have further strengthened the Bludau and Nöker founding duo. With their combined strengths and strategic vision, the leadership group of five keeps the business on the road to success, supported by a strong and committed team. It is noteworthy that there are 10 employees who have known the business since the beginning and are still working for transfluid.
Global market leadership leads to knowledge exchange
transfluid’s position as an international market leader through its technology was confirmed in 2013 in a special way. With the newly developed CNC-controlled incremental tube end forming, the business was added to and is still included in the “List of global market leaders” of the South Westfalia Chamber of Commerce. Highly complex moulding geometries can now be achieved with the novel rolling process, such as end forming with very strict tolerances, groove structure with sharp edges and polished surfaces. This kind of forming are independent of special dies because they are adjustable. “We are of course proud of this recognition, as it is the result of intensive development work, into which a lot of our know-how has been poured”, says Stephanie Flaeper, managing director at transfluid. “However, it is also important for us to share this knowledge in the interest of advanced developments.” Therefore, the company regularly invites other experts to exchange experiences and thoughts at its Innovation Days. The experts meet once a year in Sauerland, to learn about the latest developments and to discuss the challenges of tube processing together. One thing is always clear during these events: transfluid will continue to chart new routes over the next 30 years.

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Apr 17, 2018

Effectively combine cutting, bending, and shaping: A precise engine manifold with two blade cutting

Automotive: With the right machines and use of robots, transfluid ensures economical production of short exhaust tubes with compact bending geometry
Cutting tubes is an art. A process is especially valuable if it avoids scrap and makes the immediately following process possible. For example, in exhaust technology in the automotive industry (at least when engine manifolds are involved), short tubes are frequently required, which feature numerous bends in short sequence. Of course, there is always the option to bend previously cut parts. However, it’s often the case that workpieces are cut on one side or both sides and, under some circumstances, also need to be shaped.
transfluid provides the right solution for this, as general manager Stefanie Flaeper explains: “Depending on the requirements, our portfolio combines machines to create systems that are able to be loaded with tube lengths. The tubes are initially bended and then cut with blades. The special feature in this case is that this process is completed on the level of the bending machine and therefore enables scrap to be eliminated completely or extremely reduced.” The tubes are therefore able to be cut to their final length. Depending on the pipe size, the separating cut runs from 2 to 3 mm. “In terms of commercial efficiency, this is a value creating alternative production option, especially in case of bending parts with relatively numerous bends,” continues Stefanie Flaeper.
Diverse and clean cutting
Depending on the application, the different ways of cutting ensure that optimised results are able to be achieved. Especially in case of larger tubes in the exhaust area of a lorry, e.g. with 127 mm diameter, it may be sensible to use only one blade to cut, even if a small deformation results in the outer diameter. In particular, this does not play any role if shaping or calibration is still required on this tube end. “A significantly cleaner cut results if two blades are used for cutting. This has the advantage that no deformation occurs on the pipe. This produces an absolutely straight separating cut,” emphasises transfluid’s general manager. Shaping can also be applied here directly. In case of smaller tubes, this approach is usually better, since possible deformation towards the inside does not enable corresponding shaping tools to be used. The diameter is usually too small in this case.
Practical experience – systems and robotics
A system developed by transfluid for a current project enables the processing of tubes of up to 60 mm with a bending radius of 1 x D. Most of the tubes produced in this case feature two or three bends, with the cut made straight after the last bend. No additional follow-up cuts are required. The bending machine for this solution features a centre-line booster and three bending planes, plus the plane where the cutting tool is used.

An additional system, which has only recently left the transfluid workshop, can now process tubes up to a diameter of 60 mm in practical applications. The features of the machine are very similar to those mentioned previously. However, in this case the handling is executed in full by four robots. The machines are designed, so that all of the tools are interchangeable and shared. This system is able to produce a set of tubes for an engine manifold, consisting of four different tubes, without the need for follow-up cutting. Next, a robot supplies the tubes immediately to the final processing step. This system component shapes the tubes asymmetrically to that they may be welded to the motor flange compactly in a separate work process. Finally, the handling robots take over again, which provide one kit each to the following welding robot. Both systems complete the cutting process with two cuts, since an extremely good cut is required for the best possible resulting product.

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Mar 8, 2018

Tubes + Trends 2018: Interview with Stefanie Flaeper, General Manager of transfluid

What do the current trends in pipe forming and bending technology look like?
Basically, we assume that there's a higher demand than ever before for more flexibility in processing pipes. This is because it is foreseeable that there will only be large-scale series in the future. Production needs to adjust to these circumstances. In principle, this also applies to developments in bending technology. The demand for more dynamic production of complete kits featuring diverse geometries and diameters continues to increase.

How is the general reception of software-controlled process optimisation with regard to industry 4.0?
Connectivity is in constant demand in the most diverse areas. However, not every customer desires complete networking. In particular, wherever data protection is involved. At transfluid, we are suitably prepared to implement the right connection and integration solutions. All controller adjustments have already been implemented with new control systems.

In which areas is robotics producing faster processes?
Robots are certainly not the fastest solution in automation. We offer high-performance, linear handling systems in this area. However, robots can be used with high flexibility for a variety of components. Wherever transferring previously bent parts to further processing steps is involved, robots are the best solution in terms of efficiency
Furthermore, the robot is sometimes can also become a bending machine , which makes it outstanding for implementing complex geometries. And as a robot bender, it's an extremely efficient and effective solution for processing long pipes with small pipe diameters. Of course, it is also capable of assuming handling tasks as well. Programming takes place according to XYZ coordinates, and CAD is able to be imported.

How sensible is it to retrofit older pipe processing machine to make them suitable for 4.0?
Old bending machines are essentially able to be converted if they feature new controller components and these permit connection and controlling of processes. This is a basic requirement. Conversion of old systems to this standard is very questionable, and it depends completely on the individual case. If an older system only completes a rudimentary task in the process, an upgrade may be sufficient. In any case, and regardless of suitability for industry 4.0, new systems enable faster, better, and more economical processes. Plus, this is much more sustainable.

What does a sustainable machine application involve, and what needs to be considered especially during maintenance and upkeep?
Of course, it is important that service is easy to complete, downtimes are avoided, and that a supply of replacement parts is available to the customer or manufacturer. The service intervals need to be recorded, displayed, and acknowledged. Preventative service activities, e.g. via maintenance contracts, and predictive maintenance enable the life span and processing ability of systems to be improved significantly. In particular, predictive maintenance is more and more interesting for our customers to ensure long-term production and long life for their machines. 2017 has already indicated this trend.

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Feb 5, 2018

Flexible production cell featuring bending robots and encoding

transfluid develops an efficient bending system for short and long pipes
When the requirements are complex, a solution is required that provides dynamic and diverse results. And sometimes, this can also lead to several results, like in the case of transfluid Maschinenbau GmbH's current project. In this case, the special developed automation system bends 6 m long pipes with small diameters at a consistently high speed. Simultaneously, the transfluid production unit is capable of producing shorter pipelines of 500 mm featuring diverse bending geometry in large quantities. Handling the coated pipes during the process is also demanding. Because of the sensitive surfaces, special care and treatment are required during processing.

Chain conveyor and clever encoding
To ensure that production can be implemented safely, quickly, and thoroughly, transfluid has equipped two robots that are used as bending machines with different magazines. One magazine is a so-called "chain conveyor". It guides long pipes to the bending robot. According to the markings placed on the pipes by the encoding beforehand, the robots are able to detect which geometries need to be produced. In this case, they are capable of bending a long pipe from one side to the centre. Following processing, the workpiece is placed on a slide.
The bending cell also possesses a separate step conveyor. This feeds in short pipe lengths, including two different pipes if this is required. Depending on the case at hand, each robot processes a different geometry or pipes with another diameter. This enables a large series of short components to be processed efficiently at the same time.. Long components can be processed just as effectively

For high versatility
"An additional challenge for the development of our solution was that all the pipes have previously end formed ends on both sides or they already have cutting rings mounted ," explains Stefanie Flaeper, General Manager at transfluid. "With robot technology, bending geometry may be started at an extremely short distance from the bend on both previously mounted ends. And the process, i.e. preparing the ends first and then bending, is able to be implemented consistently for any pipe with this bending technique."
This makes prior processing of the ends significantly cheaper and faster . Because of this process, there are no geometric limitations, and the pipe canbe sealed beforehand with caps. This makes it immediately available for use after bending.

Data file for bending directly from the CAD system
In addition to flexibility, an additional strength of the automation system offers another advantage that cannot be underestimated: The robots do not need to be programmed. As with any conventional bending machine, the necessary data may be loaded into the bending robots with a data file directly from the CAD system and transformed into a bending geometry. This makes the psychological barrier raised by programming a thing of the past. The systems are also able to be linked online with all relevant measurement systems.
To learn more about how to make pipe machining faster and more commercially effective, visit transfluid at the Tube 2018 trade fair in Hall 5 at Booth G34.

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Jan 16, 2018

New building makes space for further progress

transfluid drives prototyping and the manufacture of automation systems further forward
Advanced ideas require development space in order to optimise tube machining processes through the introduction of perfectly suited solutions. This already applies to prototyping, and of course to fully automated complex production systems. This is why the solution finders from transfluid have now further extended their production area by an additional 1000 square metres, to a new total floor area of 7000 square metres. "This investment was an obvious one to make, since it enables us to improve further our customer-facing development and high-tech production facilities", explains Stefanie Flaeper, the transfluid CEO. "In particular for our t motion automation systems product sector, we now have much more resource available in terms of physical space, not just in relation to assembly work but also for test runs and commissioning runs. There is now also scope for implementing pre-series for our customers to further guarantee and evaluate our production process before the plant is shipped.

Prototyping from cutting and bending through to end forming
The additional space and latitude afforded by this new-build also stands to benefit the in-hour Prototyping department at transfluid. "To protect changed processes, we have been offering our customers intensive prototyping for many years. This for example applies to projects where, in the past, tube connections need to be welded or solded, and where these parts were then to be replaced by geometric end formingoperations", explains Stefanie Flaeper. "In such cases, components frequently need to be tested and installed prior to any final changeover. On this, we work very closely with our customers".

This building modification has equipped the Prototyping department with three times as much floor space as before. Here, machines are available to tackle the full range of reshaping processes, for diameters of 4 to 70 mm diameter. Also, in order to perform complete processes, there is a chipless orbitalcutting system here as well as corresponding CNC bending technology. "If all steps can be performed here, our customers are then much better able to gain an overview of the processes involved, which gives them a great deal more peace of mind", states Stefanie Flaeper. During the extension work, a high-bay store for spare parts was installed. This provides quick turnarounds for service, which in turn makes the production operations of transfluid systems more dependable. These new facilities have provided transfluid with the space now and into the future for new and advanced solutions. The company presented these at the Tube 2018 trade fair, in Hall 5 on Stand G34.

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Jan 16, 2018

Robots as tube bending machines?

How automation can be improved and handling concepts can provide specific benefits
The trend towards flexibility in machining processes with a high degree of automation is still clearly enduring in many sectors. Nonetheless, with all the innovative strength and performance power of such systems, we still have the question: When and how does it make sense to automate? And, is the robot a means to an end or the deciding factor?
Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at Transfluid, has the answers. The specialists for high-tech tube processing equipment have already been developing their 't motion' solution for process automation for many years and for a great variety of application areas. "Of course, with all the enthusiasm for automation there is always the question of benefits. Because the reasons for deciding to go for an automated process, are certainly diverse. Sometimes the objective is to achieve process capability and quality independent of the operator. In other sectors or applications, the focus is on cost reduction for a process. Because a great deal of 'know-how' is required to be able to leverage the optimum results from the machining components through to operation", explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The question of suitable handling
Transfluid can rely on their wide product range for the realisation of the individually developed manufacturing cells. With the integration of well-proven technologies for tube bending or forming, the automation options are always consistently exploited. For example, if it is necessary to cut at the start, Transfluid's chipless orbital tube cutter provides a tidy route for direct further processing. As a result, it is possible to carry out forming processes at the end of the tube and bending pre-formed tubes, for example, without any delays.

With the great variety of possibilities, such as integrated labelling systems or optical measurement systems, the clarification of the general question of the layout of the respective handling system is one of the most important. "Robots are one variant, the other could be an electrical servo driven 4-axis linear handling unit, for example. Both systems have their appeal - certainly the linear system if the central factors are the handling times, short tubes or machining prior to the bending process", says Stefanie Flaeper. The advantages of the linear systems in comparison to robots lie in particular in the high speed and that they are simpler to program. "Linear systems increase the degree of utilisation of the integrated machines. In contrast, a robot is a great deal more flexible. At least when it comes to automated tube bending", explains Stefanie Flaeper.

The robot as a machine
A supplementary concept for the forward-looking 't-motion' automation systems from Transfluid is the option to employ the robot as a machine rather than only for handling tasks. "With one of our current projects, we must find a solution and decide whether we install a bending machine and automate this via a robot, or simply take the opportunity to use a robot as a machine", says Stefanie Flaeper.
In order to realise this, the Transfluid engineers have simply put a bending machine into the robot's hand.
This robot bending machine is able to bend right-left with a single setting. And, it is extremely flexible, in particular when long tubes have to be bent – or for example, pipe-hose combinations whereby the hose has already been installed prior to the bending process.

No tool change and vibration-free automation
Because this enables the bending head to be equipped with several levels, it is possible to bend different tube diameters without a tool change. The advantage of such robot bending machines is obvious: The bending of long tubes can be automated without substantial vibrations and the bending speed can be maintained as relatively constant over the whole length. The robot has innate advantages when it comes to the handling of the tubes from a magazine and the transfer to a store after processing. This allows steel tubes up to 22 mm in diameter to be bent without a mandrel.

Robots also bend pre-machined tubes
In addition to conventional bending methods, there is also a further process available for using robots to bend tubes with an internal mandrel. This is fascinating if both ends of the workpiece have already been machined, for example. The robot can start with the bending from both sides. As a result, the Transfluid concept has opened up an amazing opportunity to bend both ends into the final shape without an additional length being required.

Programming was yesterday’s solution
"The programming of robots represents an entirely justified hurdle for many companies. For this reason we have made it simple and in fact missing altogether with our robot bending systems", stresses Stefanie Flaeper. With the Transfluid systems, the coordinates are loaded from the CAD system and the robot knows how it must bend. Furthermore, it is possible to connect to measurement systems and so manual corrections can be very simply implemented, as the robot is operated via a normal bending machine controller. As a result, the utilisation of the robot can be even more cost effective.

Plug & Play
With the intelligent networking of their processing technologies from chipless tube cutting through re-forming through to bending, and with integrated technical options, such as product marking, weld seam checking, camera checking systems or the feeding and fastening of external components such as flanges, Transfluid has been developing individually tailored automation systems for almost two decades. For specific challenges with linear handling for rapid cycle times or by robot for universal tasks and with complete incorporation of external systems or peripheral functions. This is how "Plug & Play" production starts.

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Jan 15, 2018

Tube machining: Smaller quantities, lots of automation

transfluid develops a highly flexible production cell for complex pipe variants
This nearly seems possible: automatically producing tubes in small quantities. Prompted by increasing demand, the trend meets expectations for economy and efficiency to allow the sort of production that transfluid has now made possible as part of a current project. “The most important thing for automation in small quantities is process reliability and the ability to read out data precisely. They key word is Industry 4.0,” explains Stefanie Flaeper, Managing Director at transfluid. “In addition, there is employee-independent production. And with automated processing, the process has a strong influence on subsequent procedures, such as assembly of component groups. Here, automation offers a good deal of planning certainty.”

Tube surfaces are retained and stay flexible
In the transfluid project, the customer wanted a precisely coordinated automation system — one for processing chromium VI free coated tubes, as well as tubes with powder-coated surfaces, which are very sensitive. The workpieces can be relatively short (150 mm) or relatively long (up to 3,000 mm), and loading was to be automatic. Moreover, cutting ring assembly was required, along with mounting of flanges, production of hose connections.

Precisely coordinated process
Altogether, it was very demanding, but transfluid has met the challenge with an automation system in which, after the separation process, the workpiece can be loaded into a slide conveyor for automatic loading. For powder-coated tubes, separate loading is provided, because here only small quantities are loaded, so as to prevent surface damage. An integrated transfluid axial forming machine creates geometries or hose connections. And on a second forming machine, the flanges necessary for some components can be loaded and attached. Then the tubes are correctly positioned in a bending machine, bent and it ensues a controlled unloading. A robot does the entire handling from separation to the individual machines.

Monitored, documented assembly
For tubes used in hydraulic systems, the processing procedure first involves a bending cell that makes the right/left bend on a fully electrical machine. Then the robot positions the tube for a die ring assembly. The nut and die ring are automatically loaded there and monitored assembly occurs. The pressure and stroke are monitored and properly documented by the system for tracing.
The finished components are then placed into various compartments in movable trolleys. They can be taken immediately for further processing. Trolley exchange occurs outside the safety area, so that the system continues to produce during unloading. This cell’s overall configuration is enormously efficient and versatile. It shows that automated component production no longer has to involve large quantities.

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1988