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MFN spoke to Mr. Silvester Tribus, CEO and Mr. Urs Tobler, Head of Peening Controls, of TBM Automation AG. Today TBM is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of controls, sensors and flow meters for the aerospace and automotive industries. Premium products are offered that are used for shot peening as well as dry and wet blasting purposes. Recently, TBM entered a cooperative agreement with Roxor Strahltechnik.

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R&D peening system developed by Roxor and TBM

Kollmorgen Europe GmbH acknowledges and awards companies that run their own competence center for motion control and drive technology as part of their new distributor partner program.

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TBM Automation AG receives Silver Partner award from Kollmorgen Europe GmbH

TBM Automation AG, established in 1991, looks back on its 20th anniversary having achieved a successful documented business history.

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20 years TBM Automation AG - Mine Museum Gonzen Restaurant

The new Ethernet-based Advanced Kollmorgen Drive (AKD™) from Kollmorgen fully supports the EtherCAT® motion bus, without the need for option cards or other gateways as is common with competitive drive options.

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AKD-Group

Over recent years, the trend within the brick industry has been that more and more highly automated systems are run by fewer and fewer operators. Consideration of employee costs, which shows that night shifts and weekend operations are the most expensive times, has meant owners need to consider the amount of staff required and thus has resulted in using more highly and advanced automated systems.

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Vision system: ridge detection

On 17 March 2009, the company Pilz organized a one-day seminar in the Hotel Arte in Olten, Switzerland, the theme of which was „Modern concepts and solutions in mechanical engineering”. An audience of specialist was shown how to use compatible components like sensors, safety devices, controls and drives to realize efficient automation applications.

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Seminar of Pilz: Speaker Mr. Tribus

Recently, the TBM Automation AG has competed the first motion & drive project for a Formula 1 team. In simple terms, a high-speed control for an airflow and combustion air simulator was created.

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Formula 1 Simulator

At US-Tile in Ione, California, two production lines for roof tiles have been successfully brought into operation. US-Tile, a company of the Australian Boral Group, invested in a new plant there. At the California facilities of Freymatic AG brick machinery manufacturing company about 10 million roof tiles are manufactured annually for the Sacramento region.

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US-Tile Ione, California: Roof tile fabrication

At MALTEUROP in Rostock a retrofit was completed to replace the outdated Simatic S5 controllers with the Beckhoff PLC System. It was a challenge due to the fact that about 3000 inputs and outputs had to be replaced during the ongoing operation of the plant.

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Malteurop Rostock: Germination

In close cooperation with Brickfactory Landquart AG and Beckhoff Automation AG an innovative energy management system was developed. The system serves the ceramic drying process in the brick industry.

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Energy Management - Brickyard Landquart AG

At Denel Aviation in Johannesburg, South Africa a Beckhoff CNC control for a shot peening machine was successfully put into operation. Denel Aviation manufactures parts for Airbus with this equipment.

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Shot Peening

We are proud to be certified by Beckhoff AG as a Solution Partner. The Beckhoff Solution Partner certificate was handed over at the exhibition "GO Automation Technology" in Basel. The certificate was presented by Mr. Gerhard Meier, CEO of Beckhoff Switzerland AG to Urs Tobler and Silvester Tribus, members of the management of TBM Automation AG.

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Presentation of Beckhoff Solution Partner Certificate