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Lightweight construction: Rethinking products outside the box

Lightweight construction not only makes components and products lighter; it also makes them better. What that means in specific terms can be seen at HANNOVER MESSE 2018 from 23 to 27 April, most notably in Hall 5. This is where companies specializing in lightweight construction can be found as part of the lineup at Industrial Supply – the Leading Trade Show for Innovative Subcontracting Solutions and Lightweight Construction.
"Making a component or product lighter, reducing material input and manufacturing costs, and ending up with something better than before – that’s only possible with lightweight construction know-how", says Dr. Wolfgang Seeliger, managing director at Leichtbau BW GmbH , which is organizing the stand for the regional agency in collaboration with Baden-Wuerttemberg International.
Speeding up the lightweight construction process
The start-up Cassini Systems Europe GmbH has fully embraced the cause of digitization, and is presenting a web-based system for network-integrated product development and control that allows developers and manufacturers to collaborate efficiently. As all processes are digitized, development times can be massively reduced. Quality and traceability are ensured through the use of versioned data management and single-source data storage.
Saving weight and optimizing products
The demand for lightweight core materials is constantly growing. The exhibits shown by
  • Grieshaber GmbH & Co. specializes in the machining of the classic lightweight material aluminum
  • LEIBER Group GmbH & Co. KG is exhibiting its optimized air suspension bracket for trucks
  • Werner Bauser GmbH will be presenting a range of plastic gear wheels and gear parts
  • Weippert Kunststofftechnik GmbH , which has extended its range of plastic bolts, washers and nuts
  • C&C Bark Metall-Druckguss und Formenbau GmbH is a company specializing in magnesium
Surface coatings and finishings
In hybrid lightweight construction, which uses a combination of different materials, surface finish is an important issue. The innovations exhibited at the show by ELB – Eloxalwerk Ludwigsburg Helmut Zerrer GmbH include "Mg-Ultraceramic", a nano-ceramic finishing process for magnesium surfaces exposed to extreme conditions. The photochemical etching technology developed by micrometal GmbH makes it possible to produce extremely complex metal structures with a high degree of precision. 
Combining different processes
  • Rosswag GmbH shows how completely new products can be manufactured using a hybrid combination of open-die forging and selective laser melting
  • Gustav Gerster GmbH & Co. KG will be displaying its continuous fiber-reinforced spiral mesh made from carbon fibers
  • Burgmann Packings Group GmbH opens up a whole range of possibilities for manufacturing fiber-reinforced composite components to customer specifications
Lightweight construction is a keynote theme running throughout the whole of HANNOVER MESSE 2018. The Lightweight Construction Guide is also back again for 2018. This handy reference tool for visitors lists the many other companies – right across the spectrum of trade shows at HANNOVER MESSE – which are covering some aspect of lightweight construction in their displays.


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