The Nortec-2008, 11th Trade Fair for Manufacturing Technology

The Nortec 2008, 11th Trade Fair for Manufacturing Technology, is launching a series of Innovation Forums with up-to-date news of the industry and the latest technologies, presented in a compact format on three days during the fair. Nortec has a high-quality programme of events to be held at the new exhibition halls at the Hamburg Fair site from 23 to 26 January 2008.

The programme features inter-sectoral and practical trends in development, design, manufacture, measuring technology/QC, logistics, and education and training for young engineers. There will be discussions on current and future trends with experts from leading companies, professors from universities, and representatives of the trade associations.

More than 400 exhibitors are expected at the Fair. Trade visitors will include manufacturers, service providers and buyers from the metal working industries in Northern and Eastern Europe, making this the first major event for the industry in 2008.

The Innovation Forum on the opening day of Nortec is dedicated to manufacture in the aviation, shipbuilding and automotive sectors. Presentations are planned on automated plant concepts for manufacture, the organisation of supply chains in sheet metal manufacturing, and special measuring technologies for the aviation industry. The speakers are experts from leading companies such as Daimler Chrysler, Trumpf, Hoedtke, Lufthansa-Technik, Airbus and GDV Ingenieurgesellschaft Holst.

The Innovation Forum on the second day puts the focus on medical and precision engineering. There will be corporate lectures from Olympus, Eppendorf, Bego, Nutech and others, covering the application potentials of technologies such as "rapid manufacturing", lasers in precision engineering, and optical measurement technology.

The second day will also include a symposium for school and university teaching staff. The information afternoon covers issues such as how to achieve more direct and practically relevant teaching of the "MINT" subjects (Mathematics, IT, Natural Sciences and Technology), which are mostly presented in a very theoretical manner. Those responsible for organisation and contributions include the Hamburg Technical University, the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, and the Helmut Schmidt University of the Bundeswehr.

The Innovation Forum on the third day features component, tooling and machinery design. The first of three subject blocks covers metal cutting, with practical information on milling complex components with five simultaneously controlled machine axes, efficient high-volume cutting by smart NC programming, and simulation in component manufacture.

Another focal point will comprise presentations on laser technology and services in tooling. There will also be presentations on design for welding in plant construction, on quality control in welding, on new methods in quality management, on personnel qualification in laser technology, on service providers in design, and on life-long learning.

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