Renishaw unveils Inspection Plus with SupaTouch™ optimisation delivering intelligent speed

28 08 2015

Intelligent software optimises on-machine probing cycles. Renishaw, a market-leading engineering technologies company, will introduce Inspection Plus with SupaTouch™ at EMO 2015, Milan, Italy (5th-10th October). This enhanced software package automatically optimises on-machine measurement cycles to minimise cycle time and maximise productivity.

probe and clock

The software features an easy-to-use optimisation process to automatically determine and select the highest feedrates a machine tool can achieve whilst maintaining measurement accuracy. It also uses intelligent in-cycle decision making to implement either a one or two-touch probing strategy for each measurement routine.

Inspection Plus with SupaTouch optimisation eliminates the need for manual optimisation of on-machine positioning feedrates, measurement feedrates and strategies. When compared with traditional software cycles, it provides a significant cycle time reduction of up to 60% on CNC machine tools.

To ensure maximum accuracy, the software detects any measurements taken during machine acceleration or deceleration phases and compensates for errors by taking corrective action and remeasuring. It also introduces a calibration process that improves measurement repeatability in all directions and improves the accuracy of probe positioning during multi-axis vector moves.

Inspection Plus with SupaTouch optimisation enhances the many proven benefits of Renishaw’s established Inspection Plus software. With this new software, users can significantly improve cycle times and on-machine measurement results, maximising the productivity and profitability of their machine tools.

Delcam’s new PowerMILL CAM can mirror complete machining projects

26 08 2015

Delcam has launched the 2016 version of its PowerMILL programming software for five-axis and high-speed machining.

In PowerMILL 2016, time can be saved by mirroring programs for symmetrical parts or tooling

In PowerMILL 2016, time can be saved by mirroring programs for symmetrical parts or tooling

The main enhancement in the new release is the ability to mirror complete machining projects in one operation and to maintain automatically the machining characteristics, for example to choose automatically whether climb or conventional milling should be used in each section of the toolpath. Previously, only individual toolpaths could be mirrored.

Automatic mirroring saves considerable time whenever right- and left-hand versions are needed of a part or tool. It will also be faster to program the machining of symmetrical objects since it will be possible to program one half and then mirror the toolpaths to complete the program.

To ensure that the mirroring has performed as expected, the new option can be used with the ability, introduced in PowerMILL 2015 R2, to undertake complete verification of a project for machine-tool issues such as collisions. Comprehensive verification can be performed, including ensuring that the machine tool is capable of running the mirrored toolpaths, as well as checking for both machine-tool collisions and tooling collisions.

PowerMILL 2015 R2 also saw the introduction of the ability to simulate machine-tool movements as tool changes are executed. The capability has been enhanced in the 2016 release by allowing more complex tool changes to be simulated, in particular those involving a carousel mechanism.

Other improvements to simulation in PowerMILL 2016 include a new form to print out the position of the cutting-tool tip during simulation, an auto-translucency option that will allow viewing of the table attach point at all times, and the ability to draw translucently the safe areas for rapid moves.

Development work has continued on the optional modules for PowerMILL as well as to the main program. In particular, a new, more efficient strategy to machine single blades has been developed for the Blades, Blisks & Impellors module, and a constant-Z machining option has been added to the module for programming the machining of ribs into tooling.

Survey results confirm MEX success

25 08 2015

Strong début in Stuttgart: Moulding Expo performs above average in the official survey results. 78% of the exhibitors surveyed rate the event as “very good/good”, 90% would recommend MEX and 83% consider the quality of professional visitors as “very good/good”. “These are superb figures, which are also being currently confirmed in our conversations with the exhibitors”, states Florian Niethammer, Senior Project Manager of Moulding Expo. “Over 100 exhibitors have already booked their stand for 2017. As an event organiser, we are delighted that our organisation, date and frequency, as well as the location of Stuttgart, received great praise and thus contributed to the success of the event.” Moreover, 74% of the exhibitors are certain that MEX will establish itself as a permanent fixture and continue to grow.

Metal production process for dental crown

Metal production process for dental crown

Visitors: Industry needs this new trade fair
The satisfaction of the exhibitors is also reflected in the visitor survey. 70% want to come back again and 83% would recommend the trade fair. “The feedback that the market needs a new trade fair with the right exhibitors caught our attention”, states Niethammer. “An important unique selling point of our event is the high number of tool, pattern and mould makers at 39%. A concept which has proved a success and which we will continue to pursue.”

In total, around 14,000 visitors (excluding synergy visitors from Control) travelled from 52 countries to Stuttgart to be at the première. 31% of visitors travelled over 100 kilometres to Moulding Expo and 21% over 300 kilometres. “As a result, MEX managed to be certified as an international trade fair right from the get-go. The certification according to FKM, the Society for Voluntary Control of Fair and Exhibition Figures, is an important seal of approval”, according to the project manager. 75% of visitors came from industry and 36% from the middle, higher or top management level of companies. A third of the visitors came from smaller companies (up to 50 employees), a third from medium-sized companies (up to 500 employees) and a third from large companies (1,000 and more employees) – a very homogeneous composition.

“For us, it was also important that at our trade fair the industrial buyers and the suppliers of tool, pattern and mould making exchanged information and ideas directly”, states Florian Niethammer. “We succeeded with the forum of the German Association of Materials Management, Purchasing and Logistics.” The participants of the BME Forum, including several decision-makers from important large companies, were brought together with the exhibitors of Moulding Expo during guided tours of the trade fair. Niethammer also rated the concept for the presentation of apprenticeship and in-service training in tool, pattern and mould making as a success. Under the title “MEX: Training 4.0”, the associations and companies in Hall 4 provided an interactive presentation of the wide range of apprenticeship and training options in the industry.

But the first Moulding Expo managed to not only entertain the young talent – it also provided a stage for a pioneer of tool construction and mould making: Karl-Heinz Möller. In a ceremony during the exhibitor evening the industry awarded the 93-year-old publisher with a lifetime achievement award.

MEX 2017: Preparations in full swing
According to Florian Niethammer, Moulding Expo still has development potential in its international alignment. In 2015, 25% of the exhibitors came from abroad, mainly from the neighbouring countries in Europe. This focus is to be retained. “We don’t want unreasonable growth, but we specifically want to open more markets together with our partners”, states the MEX Project Manager. Every new exhibitor must fit into the concept of the trade fair. “The quality of the products and services on offer thus remains the decisive criterion.”

The next Moulding Expo will take place in May 2017. The exact date will be announced in autumn 2015.

LASYS 2016: Laser users and decision-makers from the industry to meet in Stuttgart

21 07 2015

In the last few years LASYS, International Trade Fair for Laser Material Processing, has become established as an important user platform for the laser industry. It will be that time again at the end of May 2016: international manufacturers of laser production systems and laser-specific components and sub-systems will attend the industry meeting point in Stuttgart from 31 May to 2 June 2016.


“Our trade fair provides specialised companies with a platform to showcase their different applications,” said Gunnar Mey, Department Director Industry at Messe Stuttgart. In addition to established production processes and system solutions, exhibitors at LASYS mainly present innovative applications of lasers in industrial production – across different industries and materials.

Focus on users
For years this concept has attracted decision-makers from the industry to the trade fair (2014: 81% of visitors came from the laser industry). “This profile is especially attractive to our exhibitors,” added Mey. “After all, the industry is continually looking for specific solutions for special application areas and individual production requirements, and can discuss them directly with experts at LASYS.” But that’s not all. 86 per cent of visitors in 2014 stated they were involved in investment and procurement decisions in their company. More than three quarters of all visitors also came to the trade fair with purchase intentions. Exhibitors also confirmed the high level of expertise among visitors. “The number and especially the quality of visitors was extremely high,” said Klaus Löffler, Managing Director Sales/Service, Laser Technology/Electronics, Trumpf Laser- und Systemtechnik GmbH, after LASYS 2014.

Special offers for exhibitors: early booker discount and “Laser LIVE” machine campaign
A large number of exhibitors – including important international key players – have already secured their stand position for the forthcoming event from 31 May to 2 June 2016. Interested exhibitors can benefit from special early booker terms and conditions up until the end of July 2015.

In 2016 LASYS will help its exhibitors to present their laser machines and systems through the “Laser LIVE“ machine campaign. every exhibitor taking part in this initiative will obtain special terms and conditions for their logistics at the trade fair grounds. The campaign will also be actively publicised by Messe Stuttgart during the run-up to LASYS 2016. The participants will then be directly highlighted by a special symbol on their stand during LASYS 2016 and in the trade fair media.

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LNS Group to showcase an array of new products at EMO

14 07 2015

The LNS Group, world market leader in machine tool peripherals, introduces an array of innovative products at the EMO trade show in Milan. One of the new products designed by the Swiss company’s R&D team is the high-end bar feeder Express 220 S2.

More choice in the high range product sector: LNS introduces the upgraded Sprint 565 S2 and the Sprint 545 at the EMO in Milan.

More choice in the high range product sector: LNS introduces the upgraded Sprint 565 S2 and the Sprint 545 at the EMO in Milan.

“This versatile bar feeder replaces the successful Express 220 model. Following a market analysis and customer demands, we improved stability, ergonomics and autonomy”, explains Samuel Ventron, Product Department Manager Europe. Compared to its predecessor, the Express 220 S2 weighs 40% more. “We used a steel beam, CNC components and installed big, very stable stands”, says Ventron. The obtained effect was improved rigidity and stability. Ventron: “Less vibrations lead to a better surface finish of products for our clients.” The Express 220 S2 can process bars with a diameter between 2mm and 26mm. The loading capacity is up to 90 bars. The innovative bar feeder is designed for long bars used with hybrid Swiss type lathes working with and without guide bush.

Parts library for 500 parts
The significant LNS experience with bar feeder families such as Sprint and Express led to the implementation of a number of optimizations: “We used the concept of the mechanical beam to improve stability for the guiding”, explains Ventron. An automatic front rest with V-shaped guiding elements ensures an optimal guiding and dampening for round and profiled bar stocks. A simple and effective loading ramp guarantees a fast loading mechanism for bars of all diameters. The new LNS design also made sure that changeover times are minimized: In only 8 minutes, all guiding elements can be changed. The new remote control with touch screen capability and the parts library, which can automatically select parameters of up to 500 programmed parts, facilitate the setup and reduce downtimes considerably.

In the spotlight: Sprint 565 S2
The Sprint 565, an automatic bar feeder for fixed headstock lathes, is designed for bars ranging in diameter from 5mm to 65mm. In the brand-new S2 version, the bar feeder was upgraded with bigger stands, a chain loader with capacity for 52mm or 65mm bars, and a high-end HMI touch screen. “The Sprint 565 S2 offers more choice for customers in the high range product sector. The extended capacity and the improved rigidity are the main plus factors”, says Ventron. The same innovations have been applied to the new Sprint 545 bar feeder for fixed and sliding headstock lathes, which is tailored to bars ranging from 5mm to 45mm with an outstanding autonomy up to 18 bars.

New air filtration system series WS 2
Another new product to be presented at the EMO trade show is the new air filtration system series WS 2. As its predecessor, the WS series, the WS 2 is highly effective with the efficient elimination of oil mist, its small and compact dimensions as well as the easy handling and integration. “We incorporated experience from the market into the development of the new product”, explains Ventron.

Swiss made “One-Stop-Shop”
For more than 40 years, the Swiss LNS Group has developed innovation in lathe equipment and positions itself as the One-Stop-Shop of the machine tool industry. “We continuously invest in R&D of innovative products that maximize the productivity of our clients”, states Gilbert Lile, Chairman of the Group Management at LNS Group. With bar feeder series such as Tryton, Express, Sprint and Alpha and a wide range of chip conveyors, coolant management systems and air filtration solutions, the product portfolio of LNS is very diverse.

Lower costs per steel component: new GC4305 from Sandvik Coromant for shorter cycle times in the automotive industry

8 07 2015

In the automotive industry, steel continues to be the most important material by far. To further optimize steel machining processes in this industry, Sandvik Coromant has developed GC4305, an insert that offers both extremely high metal removal rates and stable conditions. With its outstanding performance at high cutting data and its dry machining capability, it offers companies the benefit of reduced cycle times and lower costs per component.


Cutting tool and tooling systems specialist Sandvik Coromant introduces the new GC4305, an insert for steel turning that maximizes metal removal rates, shortens processing times and enables superior component quality. The outstanding performance it delivers at high temperatures and high cutting data makes GC4305 especially efficient at cutting steel components. With the company’s wear-resistant Inveio™ coating, this new grade of insert achieves the long tool life that is so crucial in the highly competitive automotive industry.

The innovative, heat-resistant cutting material is also suitable for dry machining, making it the ideal solution for automotive component manufacturers seeking to avoid the stresses to which tools are subjected from unwanted temperature fluctuations. This, too, results in a longer tool life. In combination with the high processing speeds typical of dry machining, costs per component can be substantially reduced. Costs are further lowered by decreasing costs for cooling lubricant, recycling and disposal, thanks to, among other things, the elimination of cooling lubricants and associated wastes, lower capital investment, and cheaper disposal of chips.

FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS AWARD

3 07 2015

The PHOTONICS Award 2015 was announced on Wednesday June 24th 2015 at the Munich Messe (DE), during the LASER World of PHOTONICS, the yearly international exhibition for the laser and photonic industry. Together with the World of Photonics Congress, this international fair brings together research and industry and promotes the use and ongoing development of optical technologies.

FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award

FEMTOprint: Winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award

FEMTOprint is presenting its technology at the event until June 25th at the STARTUP WORLD, one of the most important parts of the fair. Moreover, it was among the three finalists in the “3D Printing” category of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award 2015. The competition seeks to recognize the best product innovations from up-and-coming companies in a broad spectrum of optical technologies. The products presented by a number of start-ups from all over the world address an array of application fields, biophotonics, medical technology, optoelectronics, and additive manufacturing. A jury of experts evaluated all the submissions for their outstanding product innovations and awarded FEMTOprint, a 1.5 year old Swiss start-up with many challenging objectives achieved, already.

“We are so gratified of this surprising prize that not only give our young start-up the chance to raise its profiles at leading global events, but also rewards our team for its outstanding engagement” says Nicoletta Casanova, the CEO of FEMTOprint. “Being the winner of the first-ever PHOTONICS Award motivates us to keep working with passion on the development and improvement of our innovative 3D micro manufacturing process, and to further disseminate our technology in our target sectors: the watch, micromaching and medtech industries. We thank the jury for their trust”.

The FEMTOPRINT® technology is a breakthrough innovative manufacturing process to produce 3D microdevices that integrate optical, fluidic, mechanical features down to the nano-scale on a single glass substrate. No other technique can produce complex and challenging 3D microdevices out of glass and other transparent materials on a single substrate with nanometric resolution, and outside a clean-room environment.

FEMTOPRINT® technology uses a femtosecond laser that changes the properties of the material, such as the density and refractive index, with a sub-micron resolution. With no more than the energy of a bright LED delivered in ultra-short pulses, any transparent material can be modified in the three dimensions. This is opening the field of complex 3D printing on a broad range of substrates, as fused silica, borofloat, some polymers, and even hard substrates like sapphire and ruby.

FEMTOprint is a Swiss company which develops, produces and distributes the unique and leading-edge FEMTOPRINT® technology, and the related services that enable cost-effective 3D micro-manufacturing of transparent devices with high precision, high resolution and reliability. The company is recognized for the quality of its technical expertise developing challenging and innovating products. The FEMTOprint products are sold internationally to the watch industry, the biomed, industries working in optics and electronics, universities and research centers.


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