04/09/2018 - IMTS 2018: TOWARDS INDUSTRY 4.0 AND COLLABORATIVE ROBOTIC
The 2018 International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) will host more than 115.000 visitors and 2.400 exhibitors from 117 countries, during September 10 – 15 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois. IMTS is the largest manufacturing trade exhibition in North America, with a specific focus on machine tools, aerospace, automotive, and medical industries.
“The Lafert exhibit” states Matthew Temple, Outside Sales Manager for Lafert North America “will be strongly focused on Brushless Servo and High Performance (HP) permanent magnet IE4/IE5 motor products, which represent the latest innovative solutions for automated manufacturing equipments and are engineered to drive advancements in the capability, productivity and reliability of manufacturing systems. Visitors will be presented with a complete range of standard and custom Brushless Servo Motors (0.25 to 390 Nm) with demonstrated performance and reliability in robotic applications.”
“Lafert experience and expertise in the design, manufacture and supply of motors for ‘Collaborative Robotic’ or ‘Co-bot’ equipment will be of particular interest to machine builders as concept of Industry 4.0. Interaction with OEMs and system integrators on the show floor” Matthew Temple continues “will yield opportunities to apply Lafert Servomotor technology to robotics equipment designed to work hand-in-actuator with human manufacturing staff.”
“The traditional focus for HP motor range has been the HVAC market, also pumps, fans and compressors, largely due to the primacy of energy efficiency performance. IMTS” ends Matthew Temple “provides a valuable opportunity for Lafert to engage with North American machine builders and develop understanding of their contemporary motor requirements. Increased Lafert exposure to machine tool and automated equipment applications will highlight opportunities for HP motors to bridge the capability gap which lies between induction and brushless servo motors. Low inertia, high power density and cost-efficient construction make the HP range a unique and compelling motor solution for this ‘Servo Light’ market segment”.
31/08/2018 - INDUSTRIAL AUTOMATION: NEW CHALLENGES AND NEW APPLICATIONS
Lafert’s excellence is internationally acclaimed and this year they shall be exhibiting, once again, at the IAS, Industrial Automation Show in Shanghai from the 19-23 September.
For the occasion, Lafert will present its full range of Industrial Automation motors: the new series of compact motors with specific mechanical components (40, 60, 80, 130 and 180 mm flange) and special electrical designs (230V and 400V) that will meet the needs of a vast range of robots with a loading capacity between 5 and 450 kg. The extensive range of Brushless Servomotors now reaches torque values up to 390 Nm, for applications with high dynamics and acceleration (ideal, for example, for presses, paper printing, etc.). Plus, Lafert will present the ATEX Motors, a full range of Servomotors certified ATEX Zone 2-22 for use in potentially explosive environments.
“All these products,” says Paddy Zhou, Country Sales Manager, “demonstrate the Group's strong customisation capacity. The availability and uniqueness of the full range should attract producers with special requirements in terms of performance, feedback, speed, torque density, inertia, etc. These characteristics also fulfil the needs of many manufacturers wishing to upgrade their low-end machines to high-end machines and meet the requirements of an increasingly demanding market. Indeed, Lafert motors help customers stand out and, therefore, establish a competitive advantage”.
“In addition to the classic applications in robotics,” says the Country Sales Manager Paddy Zhou, “we have also made progress in laser cutting, a sector that is growing rapidly in China, which, according to MIR forecasts, will report a +16% growth rate in 2018. Lafert has also developed partnerships with system integrators specialised in this application. Up until now, the products are mainly in the sampling and pre-series phase, but we will make the most of well-established channels and targeting to win over big OEMs in the near future.”
19/06/2018 - EASA 2018: BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY AND INDUSTRY AWARENESS
The International EASA Convention, June 24th-26th - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is the largest gathering of companies dedicated to the Electric Motor Industry in North America. The Convention allows manufacturers an opportunity to display the newest products, discuss developments and exchange ideas for the up and coming.
Lafert North America will continue to feature the High Performance series of Metric Motors, as well will introduce the extended range of Nema Premium, 6 pole motors, demonstrating how Lafert strives to maintain its position on the cutting edge of technology in the Motor Industry.
“The key focus is to present unique and innovative information to the industry, shattering the perception that all motors are the same. This type of event allows us to show the diversity of Lafert North America and what we can offer to solve problems and push the industry in new directions. Our aim is to increase the level of awareness of the versatile nature within our motor range - the management team at Lafert North America comments. The other factor which may be more important is the strengthening of existing relationships and the development of new contacts. We believe this will build stronger partnerships which will garnish higher levels of achievements”.
On the networking side of the Convention, Lafert North America hosts an annual EASA Party, which is held outside of the scheduled program. Guests can build closer relationships with Lafert representatives.
What about EASA?
EASA (Electrical Apparatus and Service Association) is an International Organization, whose membership is focused on the service, repair and sales of Electric Motors. EASA acts as a source of technical support to its members, with engineering available in various fields. EASA has also acted as a lobbyist for their members, with different levels of government.
30/05/2018 - AUTOMATICA: TOWARDS PROCESS AUTOMATION
For the first time, from 19 to 22 June, the Lafert Group will take part in Automatica, the International Trade Fair for Smart Automation and Robotics, to be held at the International Congress Centre Munich in Munich, Germany.
With over 43,000 visitors from more than 100 countries, Automatica is the leading marketplace for automated production, featuring the world’s largest range of solutions in the application of robotics, assembly systems, machine vision systems and components. The goal is to promote high efficiency and quality products.
Christof Franke, Country Sales Manager, started by saying, ‘The application and use of new technologies within process automation is becoming increasingly widespread. Also, the benefits of using these new technologies are becoming fully evident in daily operations. In fact, the more multi-level processes are automated, the more flexibly the needs of end customers are met.’
For the occasion, Lafert will present a wide range of Brushless Servomotors reaching torque values up to 390 Nm, for high dynamic and acceleration applications, also available with ATEX Certification - Zone 2 and 22; the new series of compact Servomotors with dedicated mechanical components, from square flange (40, 60, 80, 100, 116 and 180 mm) to special electrical designs (230 and 400V).
‘Specifically,’ Franke continues, ‘our products include application solutions designed for robotics and material handling. Therefore, during the trade fair, our aim will be to present the Lafert Group, but also to connect with OEMs in the sector and to establish profitable partnerships. Following Automatica,’ Franke concludes, ‘in 2018 we will also be at IMTS in Chicago (from 10 to 15 September), IAS in Shanghai (from 19 to 23 September) and SPS in Nuremberg (from 27 to 29 November).’
25/05/2018 - SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD ACQUIRES LAFERT GROUP
Lafert will be the Competence Center for the research and development of all electric motors of Sumitomo Drive Technologies, aiming to increase the total production value from the current 250 to 400 million Euro in 2025.
Tokyo / San Donà di Piave, 25th May 2018 - Sumitomo Heavy Industries Ltd., a leading Japanese company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, which generated revenues of over 6 billion Euro in 2017 and employs 20,000 people worldwide, announces the acquisition of Lafert Group, European leader in the design and production of electric motors and drivers customized for industrial use. Lafert closed 2017 with a turnover of 150 million Euro, over 9% more than 2016 and an EBITDA margin above 10%; revenues of the first quarter 2018 were 17% above previous year.
The value of the transaction, which will be finalized after closing activities and the approval of the Antitrust Authority, is equal to an equity value of EUR 172.65 million. Following the acquisition, Lafert will be part of Power Transmission and Controls division of Sumitomo Heavy Industries, which is known as the brand Sumitomo Drive Technologies, the market leader in Japan. In 2017, Power Transmission and Controls business segment closed with almost 1 billion Euro sales and an operating income margin above 10%.
The current top management will continue to be engaged in the company activities to pursue the growth plan of Lafert and assure the best integration possible. All Lafert facilities and staff, in Italy and abroad, will be maintained and enhanced, supported by a strong development strategy.
Lafert future development
The acquisition of Lafert is a milestone in Sumitomo Heavy Industries’ expansion strategy in the electric motors and industrial machines electrification space. Lafert will be the global Competence Center for the research and development of all motors under the Sumitomo Drive Technologies banner and will also be the point of reference for the market development in the future.
Lafert will lead on a global scale sales, marketing, R&D and engineering activities as to motors manufactured in its production facilities, in Italy, Slovenia and China.
The robust financials of Sumitomo Heavy Industries will support Lafert growth strategy and will facilitate the company in consolidating its leading position in the electric motors market. Both Sumitomo Heavy Industries and Lafert will mutually benefit from accessing new markets.
Growth and business areas
The total value of the production of electric motors of Sumitomo Drive Technologies after the acquisition of Lafert will amount to 250 million Euro, of which 24% brushless servomotors and torque motors, 12% permanent magnet synchronous motors and 64% asynchronous motors. The target is to increase to 400 million Euro by 2025, also thanks to an ambitious plan of investments and organisation strengthening.
Following the acquisition of Lafert, the EMEIA (Europe, Middle East, India and Africa) sales of Sumitomo Drive Technologies will consist in 49% electric motors, 6% geared motors, 19% precision gears, 18% gearboxes and 8% services.
With this deal, Lafert will be able to expand its product portfolio with the wide range of industrial and precision gears, as well as higher frame sizes (180-250) asynchronous motors produced by Sumitomo Heavy Industries.
Many business opportunities can be developed thanks to the fact that there is no overlap between the two product portfolios. The main target markets are industrial automation, HVAC/R applications, air technologies, material handling and robotics, textile machineries, food & beverage.
Lafert Group has been assisted by Studio BM&A (Treviso) as legal adviser, by Scouting as financial adviser and by Consimp (Treviso) as accounting and tax adviser.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries has been assisted by Bonelli Erede Pappalardo as legal adviser, by GCA Altium as financial adviser and by Deloitte as accounting and tax adviser.
SUMITOMO HEAVY INDUSTRIES LTD.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries is one of the 33 companies of the Sumitomo Group, founded by Masatomo Sumitomo about 400 years ago in Japan. In 2017, Sumitomo Heavy Industries closed with a record high of over 6 billion Euro in both order-receiving and sales and an operating income margin of 8.8%.
Sumitomo Heavy Industries operates in the engineering sector and is a highly innovative company that designs, manufactures and distributes a wide range of products, such as mechanical components as Power Transmission and Controls products, precision machines such as plastic injection molding machines and cancer treatment machines, industrial machinery, construction machinery, ships and environmental facilities. More information is available on the company’s website http://www.shi.co.jp/english/index.html