2016

FMGC at the Windustry France Meetings

Friday, December 23, 2016

On the 14th and 15th of December 2016, Market Analyst and Innovation Manager at FMGC Benoît Leroux attended the Energaia Forum and on the 5th edition of the Windustry France Meetings organized by the Renewable energies trade union in Montpellier (South of France).


 

The Windustry France Meetings’ aim is to promote the expertise and the innovation capabilities of French companies, and to allow them to interact with major purchasers from the onshore and offshore wind-turbine industry from all around the world.

For the first time ever this year, a space dedicated to presenting processes, products and innovating projects for the wind-turbine industry was created.

Mr Leroux had the opportunity to present FMGC’s ballasting solutions for onshore wind-turbine foundations to project developers, wind-turbines manufacturers and wind farms owners looking for new solutions for complex construction sites. Our products target specific issues inherent to new construction sites, repowering or foundations repair.

Benoît LEROUX had the opportunity to interact which many key players of this sector. These conversations confirmed their interest in our solutions as well as our efforts to diversify towards the Renewable Marine Energy market.

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Setforge Electroforge Turns 80 Years

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Electrical Upsetting Expertise for 8 Decades​​

Founded in 1936, Setforge Electroforge is now turning 80 years old. Recognized as a leader in electrical upsetting, the company manufactures high-quality components for a large variety of industries.

This technique consists in deforming one end of a billet through heating to obtain a mass of large metal that will then be forged to the desired shape. The heating can also be carried out in the middle of the slug.

The components obtained by electrical upsetting possess excellent mechanical characteristics because of the continuous grain flow and can be used in many industries: automotive, aerospace, material handling, agriculture, off-highway, defense, railway, textile and energy.

The preferred materials are carbon and alloy steels, stainless steels and titanium. The finished components weigh from 50 g to 60 kg for small, medium and large series.

As a subsidiary of Farinia Group, Setforge Electroforge has never seized to develop, in order to get as close as possible to the customers’ needs and requirements during all these years. The company’s latest investment in a three-dimensional machine and recent developments regarding aerospace components confirm the dynamism of the team. 

 

FMGC Clump Weights for Floatgen

Monday, December 12, 2016

First French Floating Wind Turbine in Atlantic Waters​

 

➤ Discover more about FMGC and the Marine Renewable Energy sector​​​​​

Floatgen is the first floating wind turbine system for power generation in French Atlantic waters. The project is a demonstrator, using a European innovative floating system of high quality, that will show the technical and economic feasibility of floating wind turbines and enable their development. The consortium behind Floatgen consists of Ideol, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Bouygues Travaux Publics, University of Stuttgart, RSK Group, Zabale and Fraunhofer IWES.

Showing the enormous potential of this emerging market, Floatgen is of critical importance for the entire region, offering France and Europe the opportunity to become key players in this field. Offshore floating wind turbines are installed in deep waters to preserve the coastline and produce electricity at a reduced cost thanks to a renewable source

FMGC won the contract for clump weights for the Floatgen project via Le Béon Manufacturing. Monitoring since long time the offshore wind industry, FMGC engineers develop every product being aware of the obstacles and challenges that the sector faces.

FMGC at the 10th Annual Tidal Energy Summit

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Meet Nicolas Saliot on November, 22-23

 

The International Tidal Energy Summit is one of the most important MRE industry's events. On November, 22-23 at Novotel London West Hotel, the 10th Annual Tidal Energy Series will gather again European and international key-players.

 

Most cutting-edge discussion topics will be addressed and tidal’s latest technologies and services will be showcased.

Spanning 2 days the program of the largest industry forum of its kind includes a wide range of workshops, case studies, discussions and talks.

Download here the full program of the 10th Annual Tidal Energy Series

Committed to product excellence and innovation, it is essential for FMGC to be present at this event and foster business relationships with clients and new prospects. As company`s technical leader Nicolas Saliot will attend the event and take the initiative to promote FMGC solutions to the large audience. 

FMGC Part of the Blidar Project

Friday, November 4, 2016

 

10t Gravity Anchor Stabilizes the Buoy

The Blidar Project aims at changing the way wind in high seas can be precisely measured. An innovative lidar mounted on a floating buoy overcomes the disadvantages of the conventional tools used for wind measurement. Relying on the Doppler effect through a laser, the lidar can measure the speed and direction of winds at altitude of 200 meters above the water and collects data about the flow, the meteorological conditions and the air quality.

The buoy is held in place through FMGC gravity anchor.
The main participants at the project are EOLFI, NKE Instrumentation, Institut Carnot – Ifremer Edrome (Exploration and Sustainable Exploitation of oceanic Mineral Resources and Energy) and Irseem (Embedded Electronic Systems Research Institute). The project is financed by BPI France and supported by the regions of Brittany and Normandy and Pôle Mer – the French world-class sea cluster promoting sustainable development of the maritime and coastal economy.

Watch the installation of the Blidar buoy

It is expected that at the end of 2016 the project will finish its test phase near Marseille and according to the results the buoy can be installed at a commercial site in the Mediterranean Sea or somewhere else.

FMGC is proud to participate at the Blidar Project with a 10 tonnes cast iron gravity anchor. Thanks to its high-density FMGC ballast solution significantly minimizes the mass required to stabilize the anchor.

Discover the benefits of cast iron for the MRE industry

FMGC products can be tailored to the very specific needs of every project and aim at reducing cost and easing installation and maintenance. 

Spartacus3D, awaiting Formnext 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

 

After 3D Print in Lyon, come and visit Spartacus3D’s team in Frankfurt (Germany), from November, 15th to 18th during the formnext show.

You will find us at booth K47.

Formnext powered by tct is Europe’s largest show for additive manufacturing, allowing companies to present the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. Exhibitors come from all across the process chain, from fields such as research & development, design, CAD/CAM, materials, components, mechanical engineering, metrology, prototyping, industrial tooling through to services, training and further education, and accessories.

This year’s context is particularly interesting with the recent acquisitions made by General Electric (Arcam and Concept Laser, in progress). Some machines will also be showcased for the first time, by the Fives-Michelin joint-venture (Add’Up) or by Additive Industries, or even by EOS with the M400-4. There will probably be some surprises too.

Our team attended last year’s edition and we made very interesting contacts; formnext is a great opportunity to improve our visibility out of France.

This year, formnext has scaled up and might, once again, exceed everyone’s expectations. The organizers already reported an impressive increase of 30% in the number of exhibitors and 40% in the amount of exhibition space.

We will be delighted to meet you on our booth K47.

Feel free to follow us on Twitter during the event:

https://twitter.com/Spartacus3D

To learn more about formnext powered by tct :

https://www.mesago.de/en/formnext/home.htm?ovs_tnid=0


FMGC invited to the FWP Atlantic Forum in Brest

Monday, October 3, 2016

On October 12-14th, 2016 will take place the 10th edition of the FWP Atlantic Forum in Brest (Brittany) for the Sea Tech Week. Many international experts are expected to attend this event, which main topic will be “Sea and Digital Technologies”. A wide variety of subtopics will also be covered by conferences and workshops, among which technological progress in the MRE field, and more particularly floating wind turbines.

FMGC, a Farinia Group subsidiary, is the European leader in the manufacturing of gray cast iron counterweights, and has been diversifying its business into the MRE markets for a few years now.

FMGC actively participated in many projects, including Sabella’s, and is now considered as a key player in this sector.

As innovative actors of the EMR field, Nicolas Saliot, project manager specialized in the MRE at FMGC, and Damien Desvenain, designer at FMGC, are both invited to speak at the Technocampus Ocean on October 14th, in order to present FMGC’s floating wind turbine solutions (clump weights, gravity anchors, ballasting shells, etc.).

The FMGC team is looking forward to meeting you and to presenting you its innovative solutions.

Meet Setforge at IZB International suppliers fair - 18/20 oct

Friday, September 23, 2016

On October 18-20th, 2016 will take place the IZB international suppliers fair in Wolfsburg, Germany. As a major showcase event for the international automotive industry, it gathers decision-makers in the industry and it is a top marketplace for pioneering innovations. The high-quality exhibitors and large number of key decision-makers and trade visitors who attend the IZB make it an important communication and business platform for the industry. For these reasons, Setforge (Farinia Group forging subsidiary) did not want to miss it !

The IZB represents the entire automotive value chain. The key areas of the IZB are:

·       Electrics | Electronics | Mechatronics

·       Assembly and Joining Technology

·       Metal and Lightweight Construction | Car Body Construction

·       Plastics

·       Vehicle Interiors | Modules

·       Chemical Products

·       Chassis | Assemblies | Drive Control

·       Development

·       IT and Service Providers

·       Logistics

·       Production Processes

·       Special Topic: Mobility Goes Digital

 

This year the fair’s extensive programme includes events running throughout the 3 days. One special topic will be a central theme for these events : Mobility Goes Digital. Congresses, conferences and forums will welcome leading industry experts to discuss current and topical issues in the automotive market.

For more information : here

As an innovative leader and one of the most important world suppliers of forged parts for the automotive industry, Setforge will exhibit during the fair. Please feel free to come and meet our team on Halle 5 – Stand 5112.

Nicolas Beau, Setforge Near Net Sales Director and Patrice Konne, Setforge Hot Formers’ Sales Director will bring some of our latest parts, including hollow shaft for DCT. They will be waiting for you and are looking forward to answering all your questions. If you wish to book an appointment with one of them: contact@farinia.com

 

 

Spartacus3D Takes Metal AM to the Skies With EN 9100 certified QMS

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Last year, Spartacus3D started its way on the route to the EN 9100 certification, the assurance for aerospace contractors that our quality management system complies with their quality requirements.

Today, we are thrilled to announce we successfully achieved this goal. July 26, our quality management system was independently audited and awarded the official certificate.

What does EN 9100 mean to Spartacus3D and its clients?

EN 9100 is required by aerospace contractors as the evidence a quality management system complies with the stringent quality requirement specific to the aerospace sector.

For Spartacus3D, it’s a great achievement to obtain this certification in less than 2 years. The real challenge was not only that we, as a start-up, are a small and young organization, but also because metal additive manufacturing is also nascent and innovative.

This certification demonstrates the seriousness with which Spartacus3D addresses its development to series production.

“We believe that adopting a strong quality management system, in line with Aerospace requirements is a strategic imperative and forms a solid foundation to support our future growth.” says Charles de Forges, General Manager of Spartacus3D. “I am pleased to see the positive impact our Quality Management System has had at every level of our organization, and thank our staff for their involvement and relentless efforts for continuous improvement.”

And now that we’re certified, what’s next?

A quality management system must continually evolve, based on indicators established and by addressing incidents, discrepancies and quality drifts.

This certification is a beginning, not an end! We are already working to prepare for the surveillance audit expected within a year.

 

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Setforge awarded for the Epither process

Thursday, July 7, 2016

On June 8 and 9, 2016 at Saint-Avold (East of France) was held the International Symposium on Structural Composite organized by the French Society of Plastic Engineers (SFIP). This yearly seminar was dedicated to the implementation of organic composites in industrial products.

On this occasion Setforge Engineering and its partners were awarded the “Technological Innovation” trophy to reward the creativity of the Epither project (drop-forged thermoplastic parts).

The Epither technology was launched in 2013 as a result of the successful partnership between Setforge, a Farinia Group subsidiary specialized in forging, ENSAM and the Welding Institute (l’Institut de Soudure). This patent is very innovative, since it enables to produce massive parts with composite material, with big cross-section variations on the same piece (similar to the forging process), unlike the competing process that operates on thin plates (similar to drop forging).

Furthermore, the forging process enables to obtain a higher fiber concentration than any other process in a resin die (65% against a usual average of 50%). Finally, Setforge’s experience in closed die forging enabled to develop a process ensuring the integrity of long-fibers by wilding them in the direction of the induced stress within the component.

This process enables to operate with various fiber/resin couples with competitive production cycles, which offers new market perspectives, including aerospace, automotive, trucks or railway.

Main applications are:

  • Aircraft cabin furniture, aero-structure, landing gear, engine crankcase for aerospace
  • “Body in white” and ground communication, automotive vehicle interior

 

The development of this process enables to manufacture demonstrators such as this bracket:


 

With this recent recognition, Epither will now pursue its development with different projects, including the design of an industrial production line by 2019: the first stage will consist of implementing a pilot line in the Saint-Avold Composite Park.

 
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