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Burke Doar Senior Vice President TRUMPF


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ADVANCED MANUFACTURING NOW Building on Innovation for Smarter Manufacturing


s the world leader in enabling technol- ogy for precision sheet metal fabrica- ttion,ion, TRUMPF’ TRUMPF’s number one priority is to make our customers more com- petitive in the global marketplace. For


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more than 90 years we have designed and manu- factured new machine tools that have enabled our customers to improve their productivity and compete successfully in their market.


We are currently developing the machines, auto- mation, and processes that will enable our customers to compete successfully in the short-run, high-vari- ation market that sheet metal fabricators face today. There is a great demand for fabricating equipment that can accommodate this need, and TRUMPF is able to supply the technology. New advancements in machine tools and high-power lasers are well within TRUMPF’s engineering competency and we appreci- ate that our customers cannot remain competitive without them. As a well-established family company, TRUMPF invests substantial resources in R&D. This provides an advantage for our customers who rely on TRUMPF to be faster in providing even greater fl ex- ibility to their operations.


A sheetmetal fabricator’s need to lower the


cost-per-part is also driven by software, program- ming and other processes. We know that the trend toward smaller and smaller batch sizes will force our customers to reconsider and improve on their ratio of value-added tasks versus nonvalue-added tasks. Programming a part and sending a quote are essential tasks for any fabricator, yet these tasks alone do not generate revenue. Considering these fi xed costs must be recovered over a lower number of similar parts, reduced batch sizes can quickly drive the cost-per-part to higher levels. The work fl ow, as we know it today, does not scale easily with the part quantities needed. Fabricators require new methods that will allow them to move from “art to part” more quickly than ever before and with minimal human intervention.


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TRUMPF’s approach now includes supporting our customers through the entire sheetmetal processing chain with solutions which will enable our custom- ers to streamline their entire process. TRUMPF has already developed solutions, such as TruTops Boost, that enable our customers to complete nonvalue-add- ed tasks more effi ciently (The fewer clicks the better!) so they are free to focus on their core competences in fabrication and kit assembly. This next level of “short run” manufacturing is about optimizing processes as well as sharing re- sources for maximum effi ciency. This is why TRUMPF founded AXOOM, a browser-based digital business platform that spans the value chain and provides the framework for shared resources. By pooling capa- bilities, our customers are able to reduce the time needed for these tasks. TRUMPF has embraced this mindset as we expand our machine tool and laser focus to a customer process focus. That is Industry 4.0., and that is what TRUMPF will represent in our new facility in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Chicago represents one of the major global cen- ters of excellence for the sheetmetal industry and the reason TRUMPF’s new industry-leading technology center will be located here. By summer 2017 we will provide customers with a smart manufacturing expe- rience that is unlike anything they have seen before. The new facility will offer solutions designed to sup- port our customers’ need for short-run high-variation complex precision fabrication. It will not be a show- room, but rather a center where customers can come to analyze their processes in order to defi ne real improvements right alongside TRUMPF’s technical experts. It will be an interactive manufacturing ex- perience with scalable solutions for any company— whether it be a small family-owned job shop or the most innovative high-tech manufacturing enterprise in the world. The concept of touchless manufacturing applies to all. It is the way of the future in Industry 4.0 and TRUMPF is leading the way.


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