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Best Paper award for OMAX


October 2018

Dr. Axel Henning (OMAX’s Director of R&D), Pete Miles, and Ernst Schubert (both senior mechanical engineers at OMAX), have received the Best Paper Award at the 24th International Conference on Water Jetting 2018. The three engineers collectively wrote the paper titled ‘Effects of Particle Fragmentation on Performance of the Abrasive Waterjet’.

“The paper is a study in cutting performance from an abrasive particle size perspective,” said Pete Miles. The study found “…the portion of larger particles decreases significantly with higher pressures and the amount of fines that have no significant impact in the cutting process increases substantially.” The award-winning paper showcased how, at higher pressures, abrasive breaks apart to a finer dust before exiting the nozzle, resulting in reduced cutting power.

The 24th International Conference of Water Jetting was hosted by the BHR Group and took place in Manchester (UK) on 5-6 September 2018. This year’s conference was advertised as “a technical programme that ensures water jetting technology continues to develop with a sound engineering basis”. The conference showcased the innovators in water jetting technology discussing everything from pure research to case study. The article has been published in the 24th International Conference on Water Jetting 2018 book, published through BHR Group. 

Based in Kent, Washington (USA) OMAX Corporation is a leading manufacturer of advanced abrasive waterjet systems. Owner of the OMAX, MAXIEM and GlobalMAX brands, the company designs waterjet systems that feature intuitive software, efficient pump technology and a wide range of accessories.


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Don’t miss EuroBLECH 2018


October 2018

This year’s 25th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition will take place from 23 - 26 October 2018 in Hanover, Germany. A total of 1,500 exhibitors from 39 countries secured their stand at the world’s leading sheet metal working technology exhibition. This year, the show is mainly influenced by the topics of Digitalisation and Industry 4.0. The Online Show Preview, which was recently published, provides an overview of new products and technological innovations which will be presented.

EuroBLECH 2018 covers the entire sheet metal working technology chain: sheet metal, semi-finished and finished products, handling, separation, forming, flexible sheet metal working, joining, welding and surface treatment, processing of hybrid structures, tools, additive manufacturing, quality control, CAD/CAM/CIM systems and R&D. The show attracts sheet metal working specialists at every management level in small and medium-sized companies, as well as in large enterprises. Visitors include design engineers, production managers, quality managers, buyers, manufacturers, technical directors and experts from associations and R&D.

“EuroBLECH 2018 will feature more than 89,000 square metres net exhibition space, further growth of around 2% compared to the previous event. The most important exhibitor countries are Germany, Italy, China, Turkey, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Denmark and the USA,” explained Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

For this year’s 25th edition of EuroBLECH, the main topics are Industry 4.0, big data and digitalisation. These developments offer enormous potential, especially for small and medium-sized companies. These new business approaches offer advantages in terms of streamlined and less complex processes as well as improvement of productivity and efficiency. 

“While an app for maintenance control of machines or the interaction of machines and robots across the whole production process were still a vision of the future a couple of years ago, today this is the reality in sheet metal working. Currently, not only large companies are gaining ground in this area, SMEs have also recognised their potential here. Their company size usually allows them to react flexibly and quickly to such transitions, therefore they are in a good position to use digitalisation to their advantage,” added Evelyn Warwick, Exhibition Director, EuroBLECH at Mack Brooks Exhibitions.

EuroBLECH offers students the opportunity to visit EuroBLECH free of charge. On Friday 26 October 2018, students will get free entry to the show when presenting a valid student ID at the entrance. During all other show days, students are invited to visit at a reduced student fare of €15 per day ticket. At the show, there will also be a job board, where exhibiting companies are advertising latest job openings. The job board is also available online.

The EuroBLECH show preview and new show planner is now available online and EuroBLECH White Papers on Digitalisation, Lightweight construction and E-mobility can also be downloaded for free from the EuroBLECH website. The new EuroBLECH App for Android and iPhone can now be downloaded via the App Store. It includes an interactive area map and a function to search for exhibitors and plan your visit to the show, as well as further useful features for visitors of EuroBLECH.


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