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AN ARRAY OF EXHIBITORS UNMATCHED IN FRANCE OR IN EUROPE

The new positioning of TOLEXPO within the framework of GLOBAL INDUSTRIE, has made it a not to be missed event for all professionals in search of:

  • innovations, 
  • specific know-how
  • technologies


A SECTOR IN THE THROES OF (R)EVOLUTION

 

Several major trends have emerged in recent year in the field of sheet metal working.

1  CUTTING

There is a power race in the field of 2D fibre laser cutting, with a shift from 4 kW to 10 kW leading to higher cutting speeds that push the optics and the mechanics of the machines to their limits.

 

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2  PROCESS AUTOMATION AND ROBOTIZATION

The momentum is being maintained by the evolution of programming tools. As runs get shorter, it is hard to reduce the impact of makeready times. Robots therefore need to be set working quickly and the programming needs to be done off-line. On the welding front, virtual reality programming solutions are starting to make their appearance. Currently they are still at the prototype stage but in the longer term things will advance…

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3  BENDING

The automatic configuration of press brakes has been the most striking advance. During changeovers the operator selects the chosen programme and the machine positions the die. All that remains to be done is to start the run, bend the parts and then move on to the next job. It offers an answer to shorter run lengths, which make makeready times critical. Some press brakes even have the ability to configure themselves between two folds in order to adapt to the shape of the part.

 

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4  THE DIGITIZATION OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES

Digitization is advancing here, as in every sector industry, but for the moment supply seems to be ahead of demand. In addition, production monitoring and cost analysis are assuming an increasingly important role, assisted by new technologies such as communicating sensors, communication networks…

 

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5  ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH METALS

An increasing presence through a ‘hybrid’ approach. Unlike classic technologies such as powder bed sintering, it involves using a laser beam to fuse powder on a plate or simple mould (cladding) or wire arc additive manufacturing (WAAM). The benefit of the latter technology is that it allows significant quantities to be deposited and the production of large, massive pieces.

 

TOLEXPO, the only event totally dedicated to working metal

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Since its launch in 2005, TOLEXPO has confirmed its position as France’s leading event totally dedicated to production equipment and technologies for the working of sheets, coils, tubes and sections:

Assembly - Welding I Blanking - Stamping – Forming I Sheet blanking systems I Manufacturing lines and FMS I Additive manufacturing I Robotized applications I Finishing I Monitoring – Controls I Measurement – Quality Control I Machines for working tubes, wires and sections I Tooling I Portable tools I Storage, Automated Handling I Protection – Safety I Consumables I Second-hand machinery I Raw Materials I Services…

Key figures (sources: 2018 visitor data and survey)

  • Over 200 exhibitors (49% of exhibitors international), manufacturers and distributors 
  • Numerous industries represented:

Aerospace I Agriculture – Food industry I Air systems I Armaments Automobiles I Lifts / Metal furniture... I Building – Civil engineering I Equipment (Medical - Health I Household equipment I Lighting...) I Office technology I Electronics I Railways I IT I Ships I Nuclear I Games – Toys I Leisure I Sport I Telecommunications… 

Visitors with considerable decision-making power

  • 94% of visitors were satisfied with their visit, and 80% of those who came with a short or long-term investment project found what they needed at the show to finalize it
  • 3 in 4 visitors make the final purchasing decision

To find out more about visitors to TOLEXPO

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