EOS to focus on quality and productivity in metal AM at EuroMold

November 21, 2014

EOS, a global technology leader in high-end Additive Manufacturing (AM) solutions based in Munich, Germany, is exhibiting once again at EuroMold, Frankfurt, November 25-28, 2014. Under the motto “Experience quality in Additive Manufacturing,” the company is presenting its steadily growing portfolio of Additive Manufacturing solutions for the polymer and metal fields, with accompanying software and services.

Dr Adrian Keppler, Sales and Marketing Director (CMO) at EOS, stated, “The commitment of large Fortune 100 companies in the field of Additive Manufacturing is impressive proof that EOS technology is finally here to stay in manufacturing and makes completely new approaches to production and areas of use possible.”

“Now the important thing is to ensure the factors relevant for series production so that our technology can be used in modern manufacturing environments. These include even-more-comprehensive process monitoring and quality assurance features as well as further development of the right materials for industry-specific applications. We can provide our customers with the support of a team of experienced consultants if necessary to help them identify suitable applications for Additive Manufacturing.”

As of October 2014, approximately 1,500 EOS systems have been installed worldwide. In the last fiscal year, turnover increased by 36% over the previous year to reach €177 million. The company has also seen a steady increase in employee figures, with around 540 employees working at 11 sites, up by about 8% compared to the last fiscal year. The company states that it is planning to increase the total number of employees to about 640 by the end of the current fiscal year.

This growth is also reflected in the 17,000 m² of floor space at the company’s new Technology and Customer Center in Krailling, near Munich, which the company moved into this summer. Here and at the other three technology centers worldwide, EOS uses about 100 in-house systems for research & development in technology, materials and applications.

EOS at EuroMold

EOS will be presenting its latest systems at its booth in Frankfurt, including the recently launched metalworking system, the EOS M 290, which the company states sets new benchmarks for Additive Manufacturing in terms of quality management and monitoring.

EOS is also showcasing the EOS M 400, a new modular design metal system generation for use in production to facilitate larger components, increased productivity and automation, as well as enhanced quality assurance. The complete material, software and service portfolio will also be on display.

Process monitoring, quality assurance for industrial production considerations

Of critical importance to customers interested in series manufacturing are reproducible top-quality components at the lowest unit prices possible. A smooth quality assurance chain makes a significant contribution to this. EOS states that it already provides comprehensive quality assurance for its systems and materials, and these have now been supplemented with a modular, online, build-in-process monitoring program. Within the context of the EOSTATE Quality Program, EOS is now planning a series of products for real-time quality assurance during the build process. This makes a holistic quality assurance possible, layer-by-layer, component by component.

A new EOSTATE software tool will make it possible to remotely monitor the progress of the machinery in the future. The machine operator can set up customised messages for status signals or warnings. Equally, live access to data allows the remaining build time, machine sensor data or general job and machine information to be queried.  

Increasing productivity  

The Integrated Process Chain Management (IPCM-M) addition for EOS metal systems ensures maximum product quality for prototypes and in-series production. It improves the productivity of Additive Manufacturing systems and thus increases the efficiency of the process. Like its predecessor, the IPCM-M extra has a modular structure and can be integrated in all system environments.

With the new generation, EOS states that the IPCM-M extra-powder conveying module offers around 50% more conveying performance and the service life of the powder screen module is about 50% longer.

Visit EOS in Hall 11/Booth E148 or go to www.eos.info 

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