More than 1,500 international visitors attended the Grinding Symposium held by United Grinding Group in Thun, Switzerland in early May 2019. The company’s customers, experts, and representatives had one-on-one conversations to address and answer questions such as:
- What advantages do digital solutions bring to production machine operators?
- How must user interfaces be designed to enable ideal machine operation?
- And what role can additive manufacturing play in machine construction?
These questions were the focus of the FutureLAB at the Grinding Symposium. Technology presentations and lectures as well as partner company and supplier presentations took place as well. This was the fourth occasion where United Grinding Group invited guests to the Grinding Symposium. Traditionally, the focus of the Symposium has been on metalworking technologies as well as general topics in the manufacturing industry: in 2019, the FutureLAB was part of the Symposium for the first time.
“Our aim in presenting these future technologies is to create a dialog with our customers and to discover more about their individual expectations and requirements,” explains Chief Technology Officer Christoph Plüss.
Production and research
The 16 lectures given at the Symposium by experts from science and industry covered a broad range of topics. In addition to the opportunities and challenges in the cooperation of human and machine or the potential of artificial intelligence and machine learning in the manufacturing industry, there were also practical production topics, such as experiences with the innovative WireDress dressing technology from United Grinding Group, while in the 13 technology presentations and the Customer Care presentation, visitors were able to experience the latest machines and solutions of the eight company brands – from the Mägerle MFP 30, a world innovation for machining aircraft engine blades, to the European premiere of the Studer S31 for machining very long workpieces; and from the extensive services offered by the Group’s Customer Care department through to the production of ultra-hard tools using a laser on an Ewag Laser Line Ultra, which was presented at the Symposium in a web shop solution in cooperation with a customer.