The World of Cutting in Chemnitz
The ”7th CIRP Conference on High Performance Cutting HPC 2016”, a significant production conference focusing on high performance cutting and supported by the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP), was hosted in Chemnitz from May 31 to June 2. Approximately 320 experts from 32 countries came to the Stadthalle Chemnitz to participate in the Conference Double consisting of the HPC and the “4th International Chemnitz Manufacturing Colloquium ICMC 2016”.
We would like to thank all speakers, chairmen and companies of the industrial exhibition for turning this Conference Double into a great success by your active involvement. Furthermore, we are grateful to the International Academy for Production Engineering (CIRP) for their support of the conference.
The convention organized by Fraunhofer IWU focused on “Productivity versus Robustness”. The speakers from industry and science presented current research results, best practice examples and main future trends in the areas of machines, processes and control, concentrating on resource-efficient and “high performance” production. Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Prof. Ekkard Brinksmeier, President of CIRP and Prof. Matthias Putz, Director of Fraunhofer IWU, especially highlighted digitalization and networking in their plenary presentations as key topics for Germany’s successful future as an industrial location. Uwe Thesling, new Manager of the VW engine plant in Chemnitz, and Marcus Queins, Technology Director of the Starrag Group, illustrated current development trends and challenges in production technology from the point of view of the automotive and the aerospace industry.
A total of 159 presentations were held in 37 sessions by experts from various industrial sectors, covering production processes and high performance cutting, including the topics of composite materials, hybrid processes and cryogenics. Each presentation was completed by technical discussions.
The conference program was complemented by an industrial exhibition and “Manufacturing Live” which offered numerous presentations and practical demonstrations in the testing facilities of Fraunhofer IWU and Technische Universität Chemnitz. The participants received information on hybrid machining processes and solutions for digitalized production, among other things, and experienced real-time demonstrations in these areas. Furthermore, innovative machine concepts and model process chains for high performance cutting were presented.
A particular highlight was the fully booked Industrial Tour to the engine plant of Volkswagen Sachsen GmbH in Chemnitz. After a welcome and short introduction by the new Plant Manager Uwe Thesling, four groups explored interesting stations of engine manufacturing during ongoing production. The conference dinner in the large hall of the Stadthalle Chemnitz was another memorable event where the 260 seats provided were barely sufficient.