See some of what this editor saw at the 2013 Feimafe show in Sao Paulo.
Executive Editor, Modern Machine Shop
Brazil’s largest machine tool builder, Industrias Romi had one of the biggest booths at Feimafe with 13 machines. The booth included an area highlighting the company’s Burkhardt + Weber large-scale machine offerings. Romi acquired B+W in 2012.
Romi’s VTL 700MR features a 46-hp motor and is capable of turning parts with diameters as big as 700mm. It can also perform milling, drilling and tapping operations in one setup.
Machines from Romi and Ergomat were again displayed in Senai’s booth this year. Senai is Brazil’s National Service of Industrial Apprenticeship, which is a non-profit organization created to promote professional development and technological education to young students. I visited Senai’s main facility when I attended Feimafe 2011. It is impressive, clean and filled with a number of advanced machine tools and other equipment for effective student training.
Ergomat’s compact TNG 32 automatic CNC lathe has 8 gang-tool stations and accepts barstock diameters up to 32mm. It is available with a FANUC or Siemens CNC.
Ergomat also offers Star Swiss-type lathes to Brazilian market. It displayed the SR 20RIV model features a 27-position tool station which can accommodate up to 41 tools and offers full B-axis to enable cross-drilling/milling operations.
Mello’s P 812 surface grinding machine features a larger crosswise capacity compared to others having the same longitudinal grinding capacity. While some machines offer 500mm of crosswise travel with 1200mm of longitudinal travel, the P812 provides 850mm of crosswise travel with 1200mm longitudinal travel. It also features an intuitive programming system.
Germany’s Heller has an advanced manufacturing facility in Sao Paulo to serve the Brazilian market. One of the machines Heller displayed at Feimafe was this four-axis MC 2000 HMC, which can be used as a standalone machine for small volumes or linked to a fully automated manufacturing system for high-volumes.
Oxipira is Brazil’s market leader for plasma cutting machines, and has plans to explore distributor options to enter the U.S. market. The company prides itself on completing service on any of its installed machines in Brazil in 18 hours or less.
Germany’s Tox Pressotechnik has had a presence in Brazil for a number of years. It is known for its deep drawing/pressing technology that joins sheet metal—even different sheet material—without rivets, welding or other conventional joining methods. This process is well-suited for automotive components, electronic housings, appliances and applications that must endure a good deal of vibration.
AMT—The Association for Manufacturing Technology was present again with the AMT/USA Pavilion. This pavilion featured 19 exhibitors showcasing technologies included grinding, waterjet cutting, tooling, turning, milling, forming and more. In addition, AMT is increasing its presence in the up-and-coming Brazilian market by opening its AMT Sao Paulo Technology Center, located in the city of Sorocaba. The Technology Center will enable AMT members to establish operations within Brazil to build relationships and explore the market’s potential.
In June, I attended the Feimafe trade show in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the third time. This year’s show attracted more than 68,000 attendees and 1,466 exhibitors of machine tool and manufacturing equipment. This article that appeared in our September issue explains some of what I took away from the visit. The slideshow below complements that article, highlighting some of the new offerings from Brazilian machine tool equipment manufacturers.