DMG Mori’s 2017 annual press conference in Pfronten, Germany, set the course for the future of the Global One Company in what is expected to be a highly competitive year. Machine tool orders for 2016 reached a record high of € 2,369.9 million, up 4% compared with a global machine tool market that declined 1.7%. Dr. Ing. Masahiko Mori, president DMG Mori Co. Ltd, and Christian Thönes, chairman of the executive board, DMG Mori AG, detailed plans for new organizational sales and service structure, streamlining its operations, and strengthening its additive manufacturing and digitization capabilities.
The company has acquired a majority interest in Realizer GmbH (Borchen). The bed-style selective laser melting (SLM) process extends DMG Mori’s additive manufacturing capability, which includes the nozzle-style powder technology of its Lasertec 3D product lines. As a pioneer of the powder bed SLM process with more than 20 years experience, Realizer has advanced the technology to the level of mass production. Future development and assembly will take place in Borchen and at DMG Mori in Bielefeld.
Three World Premieres
The annual Open House drew more than 9000 visitors who viewed some 80 high-tech exhibits in the 8500 m² factory and display area. Three world premiere products were shown with the promise of more products to come at EMO later this year. The Lasertec 30 SLM is the first result of the collaboration with Realizer in producing a generative additive manufacturing machine with a build volume of 300 mm. The DMU 50 third-generation five-axis machining center features the speedMASTER spindle and either CELOS and Siemens CNC or Heidenhain CNC. The CLX 350 universal turning center features more than 50 customer-specific options, including new technology cycles for easy tool monitoring.
DMG Mori has founded a start-up company, ISTOS (Düsseldorf), to expand its digitization expertise to support its customers and companies outside of the machine tool industry in handlinge digital transformation. ISTOS stands for Innovative Software Technologies for Open Solutions. For DMG Mori customers, ISTOS will be the connecting link from an open network across all machines to an integrated digital factory. Basis for digital integration is CELOS, DMG Mori’s APP-based control and operations software. With a current share of 85% in ISTOS, DMG Mori is creating an open structure for further partners and encouraging strategic investment resulting in digital alliances, possibly even across sectors. The ISTOS team currently comprises 15 experienced IoT experts.
Since the first of the year, DMG Mori AG has been managing its home market of Germany, which also includes the rest of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the Indian and Chinese markets. DMG Mori Co. Ltd. is responsible for its home market of Japan, which also includes the US and the remaining regions in Asia and the Americas. DMG Mori has closed Dixi in Le Locle, Switzerland, its Shanghai factory, has decided to sell Tobler in Louvres, and transferred Chiba to IGA. The highest manufacturing accuracy that produced Dixi jig boring machines has been captured in µmPrecision technology that is available in three models.
Moving Closer to Haimer
A long-established partnership between DMG Mori and Haimer has gotten even closer. Haimer has acquired the Microset GmbH tool presetting technology from DMG Mori and since January 1 the company has been known as Haimer Microset GmbH). All DMG Mori Technology and Solution Centers as well as suppliers’ works throughout the world will be equipped exclusively by Haimer with products in the field of tool presetting, balancing, and shrinking, including shrink chucks and tool rooms.
A new Medical Excellence Center in Seebach will provide integrated manufacturing solutions and technology support, including customized developments and consultation as well as training courses and seminars. Processes and machining using ultrasonics and lasers, as well as five-axis simultaneous machining, will be developed for materials as diverse as titanium, cobalt chrome, and ceramics.