BLM GROUP's technology solutions exhibited at TUBE & WIRE 2024

by David Fleschen

Visitors will have the opportunity to get hands-on with the most innovative technological solutions offered by BLM GROUP, as well as to learn more about its wide range of software and services.  Capturing the rapidly evolving international context, where new applications and industrial sectors are rapidly expanding, the Italian group will present its "The solution" theme at the fair.

A leitmotif that emphasizes the importance that the group with more than 60 years of experience in tube processing gives, and has always given, to the research and development of new production solutions that continually enable its customers to always be competitive in an ever-changing world.

Efficient, versatile and interconnected production solutions, always one step ahead.

Combining highly difficult curvature with curved profile quality means being able to create more compact tubular elements, even of complex shape and high performance, offering designers unique freedom in the design of their products. In this context, the solution presented by BLM GROUP at the fair represents one of the most complex applications ever tackled, a testament to the level of technology achieved by the group in tube bending. The machine is the ELECT150, a fully electric tube bender for tubes up to 150 mm in diameter, which performs the bending of a 110 mm diameter tube with an average radius of only 90 mm, while maintaining an unparalleled aesthetic finish; a design detail that customers will be able to touch.


Robotic production cell: no waste and absolute efficiency

In response to the demand for ever-increasing production efficiency, for production certified to the required tolerances, and for a process freed from the experience and limitations of a human operator, BLM GROUP proposes a fully automatic solution: a plant incorporating two manipulator robots that handle the parts between the processes of: cutting and shaping, high-quality bending with core, nut insertion, shaping on the second end of the tube, and in-line dimensional control. A solution that integrates 3-RUNNER bar-loading, SMART, AST8-VE systems and a telecentric measuring system, perfect for the HVAC industry.

A versatile laser tube cutting system capable of working in a wide range of industries, including structural, furniture, automotive, machine tool frame manufacturing, fixtures and more. The Lasertube offers exceptional versatility and production flexibility. The solution featured at the show is the LT8.20, a tube laser cutting machine with a working range from 12 mm to 240 mm diameter, equipped with 3D laser cutting capabilities, a dual loading system, Active Tools technology and a fiber laser source available up to 5 kW. The LT8.20 is highly configurable to meet specific customer needs and can be connected to an automated warehouse to optimize the entire production process.

The need, in this case, was to best combine production flexibility and automation. The solution exhibited is a fully automatic system that, through Data Matrix scanning on the part, is able to choose the type of bending program to be performed. The system composed of E-TURN tube bender and Lasertube LT7 system utilizes a manipulator robot and an AGV for tube transport. The advantages are many, including the absence of human intervention, the possibility of having a fully integrated and productive plant, but also the ability to adapt to "on the fly" batch production without special intervention by external operators.

In the mechanical and new energy industries, the use of light alloys is becoming increasingly common. As a result, for many specialists in the field, the need arises to expand the maximum diameter of tubes that can be cut with the fiber laser. BLM GROUP presents the solution to this need: the LT12, a Lasertube system with fiber source capable of processing tubes up to Ø 305 mm in diameter and 12.5 m in length. This machine is equipped with a 3D laser cutting head and can cut tubes, beams, profiles of various open or closed sections with a speed directly comparable to other Lasertube machines of smaller size.

For those who use high-tech manufacturing plants, services such as service, maintenance and staff training are of paramount importance to maximize the potential of the plant over time. For customers, access to these services must be simple, convenient and fast. The ideal solution comes with BLMportal, BLM GROUP's portal that allows each customer to access their personal area and manage a host of services for their production. In BLMportal you can find information and documentation about your machines, access your production statistics, manage service tickets and interact with technical support, purchase consumables and stay up-to-date. BLMportal offers convenient 360° access to the world of BLM GROUP.

Source and Photo: BLM Group

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