Technical Seminars galvanise steel fabrication show
With demand for fabrication machinery and equipment on the rise in the region, industry experts say that gaining insights into the right use of equipment has become a crucial component in delivering exceptional metal products.

Considering the growing needs and changing trends in the regional industrial landscape, the ongoing the metal working, metal manufacturing and steel fabrication trade fair -- SteelFab 2015 – is featuring Technical Seminars that take an in-depth look at a host of topics that concerns the industry.

The 11th edition of SteelFab that is under way at Expo Centre Sharjah until Thursday (January 29) is seeing top executives and industry experts presenting and discussing the use of latest fabrication techniques, and new trends and advancements in machining, welding & cutting & robotics.

“The Technical Seminars being held alongside SteelFab 2015 are complementing the ‘touch & feel’ experience of the show with an opportunity for in-depth understanding and analysis of latest technology and products. A variety of topics are being taken up by experts in the field, which makes it an important event for the regional steel fabrication and metal working industry,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

“We are expecting good response to the seminars given that the show has already seen a record pre-registration of 4,042 visitors from 72 countries as against last year’s 3,165,” added Mr. Midfa.

CNC cutting techniques have come a long way over the last five years and seminars on dual-cutting (plasma & oxy fuel) and (plasma & waterjet) by Koike & Soitaab will illustrate the point.

“These days, there is hardly any facet of manufacturing that is not touched by the automated CNC machining centre. Engineers and operators will have to plan efficiently to produce higher accuracy on modern CNC equipment. Different aspects of CNC cutting will be taken up by experts, helping provide participants a low down on the latest cutting techniques and precision planning,” said Mr. Midfa.

Laser cutting has progressed in leaps and bounds and the laser machines displayed at the show by world leaders such as Amada, Trumpf and Bystronic will be complemented by a seminar on laser cutting consumables courtesy Thermacut – Abicor Binzel.

Of interest to the oil & gas contractors are seminars on machining by Doosan, large pipes by Somo and the future of heavy sub-arc welding by Esab. By presenting new trends and machining solutions, Passtech will help participants grab the next big opportunity in the field of oil & gas equipment.

Other seminars on blasting & steel fabrication by industry leaders such as Kaltenbach, Empire Abrasives & Zeman are further augmented by topics on pipe construction & solutions for scaffolding.

Equinox will stress on the importance of accuracy and automation, including shot blasting & painting technology, for scaffold manufacturing, while Qsteel will provide glimpses into wear (abrasion) resistance and high-tensile steel plates.

Kaltenback will take participants through practical, profitable and powerful solutions for surface treatment, and Lion International will throw light on cost reduction that can be achieved by using new MIG welding technology.

OKI Bering will introduce its new Mathey Dearman CNC saddle machines, which offer utmost durability and accuracy with digital motion control and a simple operator interface thus making cutting complex pipe intersections fast, accurate and easy.

Others like Tyrolit, Kadana, Magnatech, Esab, Arwani, Abicor, 3M, Thermacut, Celada, Core Dynamics and Lincoln Electric will also be presenting seminars in their respective fields of expertise.

SteelFab 2015 is featuring almost 350 direct exhibitors who overall represent nearly 900 brands from across the world at all the six halls of Expo Centre. The technical seminars will look into topics such as Blast process optimization and operating cost analysis, Software Applications for steel fabrication and Automation in Structural Steel Fabrication amongst others. The show is open to trade visitors from 10 am to 7pm.