Sheet Metal Machining Hungary: Automation at Top Level

Author / Editor: Zsolt Meszaros, editor in chief, MM MŰSZAKI MAGAZIN / Susanne Hertenberger

Most metal processing enterprises feel the need for automation on their own skin, but yet many are reluctant to give in to substitute human factor with automated procedures (even in the shortage of workforce).

Tamas Major, CEO of TRUMPF Hungary ltd.
Tamas Major, CEO of TRUMPF Hungary ltd.
(Source: Tamas Major)

The field of sheet metal machining is getting more ready to automate certain procedures, such as loading and unloading sheet metal and finished products or other warehousing procedures – says Tamas Major, CEO of TRUMPF Hungary ltd.

Where do you mainly recommend automation in sheet metal machining?

Tamas Major: We feel an increasing interest in automated systems in Hungary since 2014 and by now, we have arrived at the point that both the biggest companies and SMEs are dealing more and more seriously with rationalisation of sheet metal processing procedures. TRUMPF’s old and new systems have a spectacular role mainly in warehousing and ghost shifts (several hours’ manufacturing or even full shift without machine operators). The question of automation versus workforce is always being debated. The need for automation arises mainly where complex systems are in question. If a manufacturer has a good stock of orders and consequently the utilisation of, for example, laser cutting machines is high, after a time, they will develop flexible manufacturing capacity instead of increasing technological capacity.

What levels of automation are there?

TRUMPF has many solutions for automating sheet metal processing machine tools, beginning with sheet loading units, palette changers equipped with palette magazines, up to warehousing systems – listed without the need for completion.

„Beyond a certain level, efficiency cannot be increased solely by expanding manufacturing capacity and automation is indispensable."

You have recently moved to a new domicile.

Yes, TRUMPF Hungary ltd. does all domestic activities of the two major lines of business, machining tools and laser technology, in a single firm since 2014. We began work in 2015 in Vecsés, in the vicinity of Liszt Ferenc International Airport. The sales and training center of the 48-strong company has also moved here. Good infrastructure was important: the airport, highways, hotels are near and we are part of international blood circulation. More than half of our colleagues work in the field of technological customer care, but we put a great emphasis on after-sales support and training.

Thank you very much for the interview.