Thermal issues have significant effects in many manufacturing scenarios, but become exacerbated and disproportionately important as the focus intensifies on precision and micro applications.

Thermal issues in precision machine tools can have a great influence on machining accuracy, and thermal performance of machine tools must be improved to address this issue. This has now become a key area of research in the quest for thermal optimization, and involves a root and branch assessment of the design of machine tools from their early stage development.

Recognising the importance of this subject, euspen (the European Society for Precision Engineering and Nanotechnology) has announced that it will be hosting a Special Interest Group Meeting in conjunction with CRC/TR 96 on Thermal Issues 21-23 March 2018 in Dresden, Germany.

As is the case with all euspen conferences, the event presents a perfect opportunity for professionals and experts from industry, R&D, and academia in the field of thermal modeling and optimal thermal design of machine tools to present and discuss their findings on a high scientific level . The conference will stimulate and support development and knowledge transfer in this field, and acts as a forum for a mutual exchange of experience and knowledge.

One area touched upon will be thermal issues and their effects on control methods.  Many new technology breakthroughs enable modern, agile control methods that lead to improved manufacturing accuracies, but thermal errors remain an obstacle.

As time has progressed, advances in electro-mechanical design features has led to enhanced resolution, accuracy, and bandwidth in various precision material removal processes. Synthetic materials, low friction guideways, high specific modulus components, high-force/low inertia actuators, and close-coupled linear scales have all been integrated into dynamically stiff structures using modern, multi-loop control strategies.

This has led to finesse replacing the “blunt instrument” and “brute force” solutions of times gone by in precision-engineered motion-control systems. At the euspen event, new solutions to thermal issues in control will be reviewed and discussed.

The topics of modeling and simulation, experimental methodology, design, and benchmarking have been discussed in previous CRC/TR 96-workshops.

The 2018 conference in Dresden follows up on this focus, and offers parallel sessions concerning topics such as measurement of thermal influences on machine tools and workpieces; modelling and model reduction techniques; compensation and correction of thermal effects; design principles for thermally robust machine tools (machine tool elements, machine structures); test workpieces and assessment; and thermo-energetic design.


To find out more about the event please visit, or contact Dishi Phillips Business Development Manager at euspen on t. +44 (0)1234 754023 e.