SurfaceTechnology GERMANY well on track
Italy and Switzerland heading up the ranks of the show’s international exhibitors
The international SurfaceTechnology GERMANY trade show taking place in Stuttgart in June 2020 is a must for user industries of surface technology, particularly in the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland) and Italy. This is partly because of its regional appeal but is also due to the particular strength of surface treatment technology in this region. A large number of exhibitors from Italy and Switzerland have already registered.
From the automotive industry to mechanical and plant engineering or the electrical industry, the key user industries of coating technologies within Europe are increasingly found in Southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, and with roughly five months to go until the gates open on SurfaceTechnology GERMANY on 16 June, the registrations coming in are a reflection of this geographic mix. Over 200 companies have already registered, and the bookings received so far translate into roughly 6,200 square metres of space sold. Currently, over a quarter of all the exhibiting firms are from outside Germany.
“SurfaceTechnology GERMANY is where the entire surface technology sector gets together,” says Olaf Daebler, global director SurfaceTechnology GERMANY at Deutsche Messe. ” That is precisely what the show is intended to be. At the same time, the show is designed for maximum international appeal and also specifically targeted at product developers and designers looking for innovative coating solutions. Talks at the stands give rise to fresh ideas and new partnerships.”
Italy is a strong market for surface treatment technology and is regularly the most strongly represented foreign nation at SurfaceTechnology GERMANY. In terms of attendance figures, Italy also always ranks high: After Germany, the largest visitor contingents come from Austria, Italy and Switzerland. With more than 20 companies already registered, Italy is once again on track to be the nation with the largest number of exhibitors in 2020. A group pavilion for Italian companies at SurfaceTechnology GERMANY is being planned by the association A.I.F.M. (Associazione Italiana Finiture dei Metalli), which represents the Italian electroplating industry.
“Participating in SurfaceTechnology GERMANY is an outstanding opportunity for our association to demonstrate Italian excellence in surface treatment to an international audience,” says Dr Elena Travaini of the A.I.F.M. “The sector is represented as a whole: from suppliers of machinery, chemical products and accessories to companies that produce equipment and manufacturers of instruments that assess quality and water and wastewater treatment processes. This is very important because it affects human health and the environment.”
Italy’s electroplating industry is large and complex. Besides distributors, there are also a number of manufacturers of metal objects who handle the galvanizing. The A.I.F.M. estimates that there are currently around 2,500 Italian electroplating companies on the market. These are mainly small and medium-sized companies with fewer than 50 employees and predominantly located in the north of Italy.
Switzerland has also traditionally held a strong position when it comes to surface treatment technology. Once again, companies such as Forplan AG, STS Industrie SA, Tecga Technischer Galvanoservice AG, IHI Ionbond AG, Galvabau AG, ElpoChem AG and Färber & Schmid AG will be represented in Stuttgart.
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Award-winning engine remanufacturer relies on MecWash Maxi for complete aqueous cleaning solution
MecWash Systems was contacted by one of its longstanding customers, one of Europe’s largest independent engine remanufacturers and assemblers, that supplies some of the world’s leading automotive OEMs. Producing more than 20,000 engines a year, the UK-based company supplies blue chip companies such as Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, Volvo, Aston Martin and JCB, each with their own high standards and expectations.
With demand within the automotive sector for ever higher cleanliness levels in engineered components, the company had witnessed the benefits of MecWash Systems Maxi aqueous washer at one of its own customers’ UK sites. It had its own very exacting cleanliness requirements and was using a MecWash Maxi component cleaning system.
The remanufacturer was able to see that the MecWash system was far superior to other options investigated. In particular, its capabilities in terms of capacity, cycle time and cleanliness standards were all factors that attracted their attention.
The Maxi is one of MecWash’s ultimate precision parts and drying systems. It has a large cleaning capacity that can combine ultrasonics with high flow flood washing, spray washing, flood rinsing, spray rinsing, dedicated jetting and vacuum drying.
The combination of capacity and quality of cleaning and drying was important for this customer, with its production and remanufacturing of more than 20,000 engines a year increasing.
The company not only manufactures and remanufactures drivetrain and transmission products for OEMs, it also engineers machined components as a Tier 1 and Tier 2 supplier, as well as other component and sub assembly products, exporting 75 percent of these abroad.
The cleaning is particularly important in the remanufacturing of engines where the company salvages approximately 85 percent of the material from the exchange unit to build a remanufactured product. The remanufacturing process means that all products without exception must be cleaned and degreased to the very highest standards.
The company’s customers are demanding maximum particle levels of under 500 microns and this is becoming an industry standard. Being able to achieve, or ideally beat this standard requires a robust cleaning system, and that’s where the Maxi comes in.
John Pattison, managing director of MecWash Systems says that the company’s requirements were not like most other engineering companies: “For a company that is remanufacturing engines, selecting washing and degreasing systems can be very challenging. The nature of the business means parts can be processed in a wide range of conditions, some with very heavy or tenacious soiling.
“Components have to be cleaned before they can start to be re-manufactured and then they are cleaned again further down the process, often several times. That requires a tough cleaning regime.”
He added that the automotive reman sector was not alone in demanding ever more reduction in particle levels through industrial washing systems. “Sectors such as automotive have been demanding increasing precision in their components in recent years. As the tolerances reduce, the cleaning requirements increase correspondingly.
“Most OEMs are requiring maximum particle sizes of 500 microns for general components and often much less for fuel, oil or hydraulic circuits. Up until a decade ago that could have been 1,000 microns and few customers would have checked rigorously anyway. Now regular Millipore particle testing is ubiquitous, so you can see how acquiring superior cleaning technology, like the Maxi, has been critical to many businesses.
“A combination of good technology, a good cleaning regime and washing chemicals, where our in-house laboratory develops bespoke detergents for clients’ needs, will mean an effective result is achieved. The MecWash Maxi is always tailored to a customer’s exact demands with bespoke options,” he concludes.