In the food and beverage industry, the plants that fill bottles and cans with beverages must be flexible and fast. Downtime at a beverage filling plant is costly, so it is imperative to replace broken parts as soon as possible. Jung & Co. Gerätebau GmbH, a Germany-based manufacturer specializing in stainless steel components, is using additive manufacturing to ensure that spare parts for beverage filling plants are available quickly and on-demand. The company uses an M2 Cusing Multilaser metal additive manufacturing machine from Concept Laser to deliver on this promise.
The M2 Multilaser system uses two 400-watt lasers to fuse layers of fine metal powder held in a bed inside an enclosed processing chamber. Each layer of metal solidifies as it cools, building up the component. This layer-by-layer process enables the production of part designs that would not be possible with machining, and can help reduce or eliminate assembly for complex components.