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The Great Technology Meeting Part I

A selection of the innovations that will be presented at the "Technology 2009" exhibition that will open on June 22 at the exhibition grounds

By: Nahum Donitza *

Scanning a product and simulating it on the computer screen. Caliber Engineering Company (see below)
Scanning a product and simulating it on the computer screen. Caliber Engineering Company (see below)

Not easy days are passing for the Israeli economy and the local industry. Many find it difficult to see the light at the end of the tunnel and turn inward, hoping for better days, but at the same time, many others respond to the surrounding crisis days by increasing their marketing activity, knowing that such days can certainly create business opportunities and that those who succeed in difficult times are precisely those who get up and do And not passively waiting for 'something to happen'.

One of the places where you can see the signs of this marketing activity is the fair and congress center in Tel Aviv, which has been held for some time now for one of the bigger events that happen there every year:
"Technology 2009" - one of the oldest - and largest - exhibitions in the economy. This year's exhibition, which is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Employment, and in close cooperation with the Association of Manufacturers in Israel, the Association of the Metal, Electrical and Infrastructure Industries, marks the 40th anniversary of the event, which is defined by many as the professional "summit meeting" of all those involved in the various branches of technology in Israel . According to the estimates of Attorney Amir Tamri, CEO of the Tel Aviv Fair and Congress Center, the international exhibition will present innovations and technological achievements of over 300 companies and in the huge exhibition, which will be spread over 25 thousand square meters (the entire area of ​​the fair center - including outdoor areas) More than 40 visitors will visit this year.

"Technology 2009" will be held at the fair center, between June 22 and 25, 2009. The exhibition will present topics related to the technology branches and knowledge-intensive industries, while giving emphasis to the blue-and-white industry, with the pavilions being divided into diverse display topics. "The exhibition is an important landmark in the accelerated development of the Israeli industry and a center of attraction for practitioners in the field, from Israel and abroad," says attorney Tamri.

"Despite the slowdown in the economy, many global companies have already guaranteed their participation this year, as well as large companies from Israel, who are looking for new markets for their products and a new place to create economic business relationships," says Attorney Tamri. "It seems that many exhibitors have internalized the concept that precisely in difficult times one should invest more in marketing and maintaining direct and unmediated contact with the target audience. There is nothing like the current exhibition, where you can touch, experience, and see operational demonstrations up close, to demonstrate this."

"The upcoming technology exhibition, the many exhibitors and participants that will come to it from all over the world, are definitely an encouraging and extremely positive sign of the trust that exists in the Israeli industry," says Adi Shauli, director of the business opportunities center at the Association of Manufacturers, the Association of the Metal, Electricity and Infrastructure Industries. "The fact that many companies send representatives here and other countries set up national pavilions here indicates the recognition they have of the Israeli industry and its qualities. On the other hand, for the Israeli exhibitors at the exhibition, it is, without a doubt, a basis for business opportunities, to get to know and open up to new markets, and to come out of these meetings even more strengthened."

Thus, alongside national pavilions of countries that will present innovations and technological developments, it will be possible to meet many guests from abroad, representatives of companies looking for business opportunities and collaborations with Israeli companies. Among the countries that have already reserved their arrival and a prominent presence in their own pavilions: Germany, Taiwan, Austria and Latvia and the estimates speak of many countries that will join later.

And what is expected of the visitors? A host of announcements and innovations from the best local manufacturers and companies exhibiting from abroad.

Portable XNUMXD scanners

Caliber Engineering and Computers will unveil two portable 2009D scanners for engineering, quality control, digital archives, historical and artistic reconstructions, and more at the "Technology 18000" exhibition. The scanners, from the ZScanner family of the ZCorporation company, do not require special preparations in the field. They connect to a laptop and are suitable for scanning small objects as well as particularly large details (from a battery to a truck...). The progress of the scan can be seen in real time on a laptop screen. The weight of the scanners is about 25000 kg and they are 'put on' by the hand of the operator. The sampling rate ranges from 0.05 to 0.1 samples per second and the maximum resolution ranges from up to 40 to XNUMX mm. The price of the scanners: from XNUMX thousand dollars - depends on the model.

Caliber, which represents in Israel a number of international companies in the field of planning, engineering, design and production, and markets advanced software and hardware products for a variety of uses, will present, at the same time as the launch of the scanners, unique and advanced software for handling the results of the scans as well as color XNUMXD printers capable of directly printing the scanned files. Among the software: XOR, XOV from Rapidform - for processing and quality control in parametric methods, software from Geomagic for the fastest creation of NURBS surfaces as well as the KeyCreator software for sophisticated final processing of IBM files.

XNUMXD printer for making plastic models

A XNUMXD printer that produces plastic models
A XNUMXD printer that produces plastic models

The Su-Pad company will reveal for the first time at the "Technology 2009" exhibition (Tel Aviv, June 22-25, 2009), the uPrint - a printer for the production of XNUMXD plastic models. The new printer, from the American DIMENSION, is able to print in three dimensions, as a normal printer prints in two dimensions. The printer receives a file in the format produced by the usual IBM software and translates it into a XNUMXD product, so that at the end of the process you are holding a real, XNUMXD, ABS plastic product in your hand.

"For about 20 years, there have been various technologies located in service bureaus, which make a living by producing models. These machines require operational skill, an industrial environment and cost a lot of money", says Ziv Sade from Su-Pad. "The great innovation in the 2009D printer that will be presented at the Israeli premiere at the 'Technology 19' exhibition, is accessibility: the printer is simple to operate, just like a normal printer, it is suitable for an office environment and its cost (about XNUMX dollars) allows many organizations that have a need for XNUMXD printing To have an IN-HOUSE solution and serve the organization's needs independently of external factors."

Another advantage: the printing is from a 'real' raw material - ABS engineering polymer - which is usually used in the production of products such as mobile phones, laptops and car accessories.

The company designates the printer for people engaged in product development, a procedure that often requires a model, and also for architects, museums, artists and various scientific bodies. "We help in the transition from the virtual world of the IBM to the sense of touch," says Sade. "This enables the identification of planning mistakes, a sense of ergonomic components in the product, enables sitting around a table with the various customers of the product in the company, easy preparation for display at an exhibition, etc. Beyond that, sometimes it is even possible to use the printing results for small series - as a substitute for a real product."

According to Sade, the raw material costs are not high. Production of a product the size of a mobile phone can be expressed in tens of shekels and after half an hour of explanation anyone can operate the printer.

Blue-white laser welding

Company A. Kotliar Engineering and Computing Services Ltd. will reveal for the first time an automatic CNC laser welding machine made in blue and white, which also includes an operating interface in Hebrew. "Our machine, which we will present to visitors for the first time as part of the upcoming exhibition, is an innovation and a breakthrough in the landscape of Israeli industry," says the company's CEO, Avraham Kotliar. "The mechanism for producing the laser beam, the propulsion system, the electronics and the optics are all the result of our development and these have proven themselves to be reliable, efficient and durable over the years in harsh industrial conditions."

According to Cantaliar, in the last year the company built a new brand for its laser activity - LWS (Laser Welding Solutions), within which the production and marketing of an automatic CNC laser welding machine is carried out as a result of the company's independent development. Additional activities under the new brand also include the development and construction of laser-based applications for the industry on demand (CUSTOM MADE) and subcontracting laser welding works including process development.

The Kotliar company has been developing and building since 1995 dozens of special machines and customized production lines for industry. In 2002, the company developed its first laser welding machine for welding turbine blades for Lahavim Technology Ltd. (formerly Lahabi Yishkar) and since then the company has built additional laser welding machines, with a machine developed accordingly for each application.

'Green' oil from Israeli development

"Alon Importers" Co. Ltd., which specializes in the branch of lubricating oils for the metal industry, will reveal, as part of the "Technology 2009" exhibition, AC10, a vegetable lubricating oil (based on the aquio-lib plant) developed in Israel, used in drilling and metal cutting processes. The new oil, suitable for all types of metals, comes as a spray and is intended for metal cutting tools and general lubrication. Although most of its use today is mainly in the aviation and space industry, it is also suitable for use in factories, the home and the workshop. It protects and prevents rust, economical, anti-allergic, colorless and odorless and non-toxic.

The AC10 lubricates the work tools in the various processing processes and prevents heat generation and wear of the processing tools. It does not contain petroleum-based substances, or bitumen, which are the characteristics of normal oils used in industry, and therefore has a slower evaporation property. The spray has a high concentration, so a small amount of it is enough for perfect lubrication. The oil has dielectric properties and also protects electrical and electronic systems.

The oil is produced in Israel based on the Aquilov oil, intended for the metal industry, consisting of 100% vegetable ingredients. The oil for the aviation industry in the USA, when engineers were asked to solve the problem of drilling and tapping tools heating up while working on the airplane wings during assembly, when it is not possible to use coolants. The waiting time for the processing tool to cool down was too long and slowed down the work processes. Over the years, the oil and its properties have been improved and the company has found solutions suitable for every processing process and every type of material, from non-ferrous metals, such as aluminum and magnesium, through steels of all kinds, to titanium and other hard metals.

The oil significantly lowers the friction between the cutting tool and the part and prevents the formation of heat that in the normal process the coolants (emulsions) are supposed to cool. The difference in the process causes a significant extension of the life of the expensive tool, and improves the results of the processing as well as preventing cooling systems in the machines and uncomplicated maintenance of the cleaning processes and treatment of the emulsion materials. The process is approved in the aerospace industries and has an FDA standard for free use in the food and pharmaceutical industries.

* The writer is a CEO Donica Communications DMC, specializing in media consulting and public relations for companies in the economy/technology sectors

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