5/17/2016 | 1 MINUTE READ

Norsk Titanium and Bosch Rexroth Partner for Rapid Plasma Deposition Automation and Control

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A custom Bosch Rexroth solution controls movement and handling within Norsk Titanium’s Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) machines.


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Norsk Titanium AS is partnering with Bosch Rexroth AG to provide customized drive and control solutions for Norsk’s Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) machines in Europe as well as to fulfill a surge of orders bound for the U.S. market. Norsk Titanium has undergone several recent facility expansion programs to meet customer demand ahead of a planned groundbreaking in the United States for an industrial-scale additive manufacturing factory.

Bosch Rexroth’s customized solution for Norsk Titanium’s RPD motion control involves 10 servo axes configured to control the titanium part build platform, feeding and handling of titanium wire entering the machine, the real-time control of multiple plasma arc torches, and other features.

 “We are pleased to partner with Bosch Rexroth and bring their proven MTX technology to our Merke IV RPD machines,” said Norsk Titanium CEO Warren M. Boley Jr. “The robustness of their PLC platform supports our aerospace customers’ need for absolute precision, and their scalability is critical for our ambitious plan to build significant North American capacity.”

“Norsk Titanium’s pioneering Rapid Plasma Deposition technology for additive manufacturing is an excellent showcase for how we can customize our automation platform to meet extremely complex manufacturing challenges,” said Steffen Winkler, vice president, sales factory automation, of Bosch Rexroth. “We are proud that our technology is participating in the dawn of a new era of clean and efficient manufacturing.”