Hannover Messe 2019

The importance of little things

| Author / Editor: Peter Königsreuther / Theresa Knell

From April1 to 5 it's time again for the Hannover Messe to open its gates in 2019. The flagship fair "Industrial Supply" will once again take place in Halls 3, 4, and 5, presenting everything relating to the modern world of suppliers. There, "hidden champions" will become "visible champions".
From April1 to 5 it's time again for the Hannover Messe to open its gates in 2019. The flagship fair "Industrial Supply" will once again take place in Halls 3, 4, and 5, presenting everything relating to the modern world of suppliers. There, "hidden champions" will become "visible champions". (Source: Stüken)

Small components with a big effect — this phrase describes the properties of supplier parts made of metals, ceramics, glass or plastics very well. How this works will be demonstrated at the "Industrial Supply" at the upcoming Hannover Messe.

Exhibitors from the supplier industry have a long tradition of exhibiting at the Hannover Messe and are firmly established there. Although most of the components from the "forges" of the specialists often seem rather inconspicuous, their customers appreciate the know-how that lies behind many supplier parts. "As development partners and innovation drivers, suppliers are the backbone of the industry," stresses Olaf Daebler, Global Director Industrial Supply of the Hannover Messe team. The strength of the Hannover Messe is in its ability to focus and present all processes and materials in one place, enabling the exhibition to offer an individual, practicable solution for every requirement.

Customer problems need to be addressed

To be more precise — what do airbag detonators, batteries, insulin pens, light switches, and sensors have in common? They all contain punched or deep-drawn parts manufactured by the exhibitor Stüken from Rinteln. However, the company is only one example for the many hidden champions who seek to make contact with development engineers, designers, and buyers from all over the world at the Hannover Messe and become "visible champions" during their trade fair presence. Their promise is: Making products better. That's why for Stüken, cooperation starts with listening. "We create systems that are perfectly tailored to the needs of our customers because we understand their individual requirements," explains Nils Petersohn, Managing Director of Hubert Stüken GmbH & Co. KG. To do this, an exchange from expert to expert is imperative.

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The deep-drawing experts for titanium components

The impulse for a project often arises, when a visitors to the trade fair stand discovers a part that comes quite close to their requirements. "Our customers value our expertise in deep-drawn parts with particularly high forming ratios and unusual contours," says Petersohn. Stüken is also approached when customers need deep-drawn parts with very small dimensions, high geometric requirements, and parts made of materials that are difficult to form. Among other things, Stüken has developed an advanced process for the multi-stage cold forming of titanium. As a result, the deep-drawing process allows the efficient production of complex geometries and long, slim components made of titanium. This opens up new possibilities for product design.

Turned part versus deep-drawn part

In the development phase it often turns out that complex turned parts could be replaced by cheaper deep-drawn parts from Stüken. The deep drawing process also offers the potential for material savings and thus for lightweight construction. One example of other processes that can be used to improve product properties is a patented process for the hardening of the surfaces of austenitic stainless steel components. "Our components do their job behind the scenes, but are often elementary for an assembly or even for the entire end product," Petersohn knows from experience. There is hardly an industry, hardly a technical product without a component made by Stüken.

The joining experts

One can say the same about MBO Oßwald. Connecting elements from the Külsheim-Steinbach-based company, which include fork and angular heads as well as all types of high-quality articulated joints, can be found in countless applications all over the world — ranging from craftsmanship and mechanical engineering to special solutions for the automotive sector. In principle, the standard components from MBO Oßwald always connect at least two components and ensure the intended power transmission or hold it in position. "As a manufacturer, we naturally look at the entire supply chain," says Lothar Winkler, Head of Sales and Marketing at MBO Oßwald. "We have been working with our partners for a long time, using only carefully selected raw materials, state-of-the-art production methods and efficient machinery — both for very small orders and for large series," explains Winkler.

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Clever order shop makes life easier

For MBO Oßwald, the expansion of services based on digital solutions plays an important role. The focus is therefore on the online shop offering 3D models, product data, prices, and availability information as well as order functions. Various configurators enable direct real-time calculations — starting with a batch sizes of one, emphasizes Winkler. As a partner to industry, Winkler is convinced that MBO Oßwald will make life easier for developers, inventors, and buyers.

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