The Austech component of the recent National Manufacturing Week 2006 industry show not only brought together visitors from around Australia and New Zealand to Sydney, it also provided an opportunity for individual exhibitors to leverage this concentration of core visitors to the show.
Advanced Sheetmetal Technologies (AST) was able to hold the first of its ongoing open house sessions, where automation and machine tool technologies as well as the software that supports them are demonstrated in detail by experts.
It also provided participants with an opportunity to see AST’s expanded new premises that embodies equipment centres, training facilities, seminar rooms and a new software division.
The inaugural open house workshop provided AST with an ideal opportunity to demonstrate its new technologies, and allow current users and potential users from around the country to not only see how these operate, but also ask all relevant questions in relation to the equipment.
The event was split into two sessions over one day (with lunch provided), with topics covering all avenues of the sheetmetal automation sphere.
For example, Precision Tooling provided general tooling advice in a question-and-answer environment. From experience, Precision Tooling offered information on new types of tools and passed on advice to make sure that people are using their equipment correctly.
As AST recently instigated and new software division, it has been able to see immediate interest for this type of product. So it held demonstrations of its new Autopol software and its powerful bend simulation processes for the advanced offline programming of Delem and Cybelec-controlled press brakes.
AST was also able to review the capabilities of its various CAD/CAM software suites such as Metalix and JETCAM.
For the many users of AST’s renowned FINN-POWER brand of automation, AST provided sessions dealing with trends in sheetmetal fabrication and how to meet demands; standalone machine demonstrations using units such as the LP5 Punch/Laser and X5 Turret Punch Press; and the brand’s advanced laser technology and how it justifies fabrication automation for companies gearing up for the future.
A presentation was also made on tooling fundamentals and new tool advancements to maximise fabrication quality and reliability using Mate Precision Tooling.