14. - 17.11.2017
Frankfurt am Main
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International exhibition and conference on the next generation of manufacturing technologies


Session Materials & Process - Stage 2

13:45 Martin Kurz, Balluff GmbH


Wednesday, 15.11.2017, 13:45 - 14:15 hrs


13:45 Classical and Innovative Automation Solutions in Additive Manufacturing
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Martin Kurz, Balluff GmbH, Industry Manager, Neuhausen auf den Fildern, Deutschland
A key factor for the concepts and production processes in Additive Manufacturing are sensors and position sensing systems. Only with the support of these sensing devices a reliable automated production may be realized. Applications in Additive Manufacturing are, for example, end of stroke control and position sensing with inductive sensors and magnetic linear encoders. Capacitive and ultrasonic sensors are used for Level Sensing of base materials like powders and granules. Besides the sensing devices the signal wiring (including field buses), so to speak the nerves, send the information to and from the brain of the machine, which is the central PLC control. These are important factors for the dynamics and efficiency of Additive Manufacturing facilities. The presentation will provide an overview about the state of the art of sensors as well as signal transfer and describes future aspects and solutions.


Herr Martin Kurz
Dipl.-Ing. (FH) Martin Kurz
Balluff GmbH, Industry Manager, Neuhausen auf den Fildern, Deutschland
Martin Kurz is Industry Manager for the metalworking industry at Balluff GmbH in Neuhausen/Filder Germany. Balluff is innovative supplier for industrial automation. Martin's industry management activities are in machine tool as well as in additive manufacturing. Before this, his activities at Balluff were in product management of sensors for object detection and in development of sensors for continuous position feedback. He started his engineering activities in development of laser machines at company Dietech GmbH, Kirchheim/Teck and special machines for process engineering at Gero GmbH, Neuhausen (Enzkreis). Martin has degrees of Business and Engineering of AKAD Lahr and Precision Engineering of FHTE Esslingen.