Over 250 guests from all corners of the globe travelled to the Kurtz In-house Fair 2014, to see all the latest from the areas of foundry machines and particle foam machines. In keeping with the motto “living technology”, Kurtz GmbH presented an exciting mix of new products and solutions, which was a big hit with the specialist public.
A densely packed programme of interesting lectures, machine demonstrations, technology advice, exchange of experience and shoptalk awaited the visitor at the Kurtz In-house Fair on 18 and 19 September in Wiebelbach. The first talks began at 10:30. The topic in foundry machines: “Possibilities in lightweight design”, and in the area of particle foam machines: “Service today + tomorrow“. The latter was not chosen by chance given that, in 2014, Kurtz GmbH bundled its service activities, focussed on a global orientation and increased staff numbers. In his talk, Kurtz Service Manager Elmar Gütling reported on the current range of services and provided an insight into what optimum customer support can be – right down to the individual maintenance agreement and including a spares inventory tailored to meet market needs, ruling out unplanned and expensive machine downtime even before it happens.
Running parallel to this were live machine demonstrations with the BOOST FOAMER and T-LINE M moulding machines; later the further PANEL FOAMER and BOX FOAMER moulding machines were added. System partner Kuka also showed how productivity can be significantly increased with automated solutions. All day long, interested visitors dropped in and asked specifically about adaptation to their own purposes. Their eyes were also drawn to the low pressure die casting machine AL18-12 FSC with a two-cavity mould for casting motors in multiple use, and travelled upwards – along the 12 meters to the top of the machine on which a highend Bavarian automobile manufacturer casts its motors.
Digesting such a wealth of input is hungry work. Refreshments were available in the adjacent catering marquee, allowing visitors to keep their strength up for the next lecture or the next demonstration. At four in the afternoon the first exhibition day came to an end; the legendary stairwell party followed in the evening, with live music which soon had everybody taking to the dance floor.
Hard work after the fair
The second day provided a chance to catch up on the lectures missed the day before: “Handling – redefined”, “Generation FOAMER”, “Quo vadis, Infinergy?” and “From unfinished casting to the finished part” were well attended – and the step from an exchange of views among experts to a potential project was often very short. Once again, Kurtz GmbH showed its customers and partners innovative products and solutions which further improve the customer’s manufacturing process.
Kurtz Managing Director Uwe Rothaug was more than satisfied with how the fair went: Lots of positive interaction with customers and potential customers – and direct inquiries which are currently being processed by the Kurtz Team in real projects.