Big Kaiser upgrades fine boring app for smart manufacturing

Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, has launched a new version of its smartphone and tablet app. The new Big Kaiser boring app v1.6 provides full wireless control of Big Kaiser’s EWE family of digital fine boring heads, as well as cutting data for this brand-new range of the company’s boring heads.

The app is compatible with Android smart devices, iPhones and iPads. It now makes the configuration, monitoring and readjustment of EWE boring heads even simpler. Connectivity via Bluetooth provides additional flexibility, enabling operators to remotely leverage the power of the app to track cutting diameter deviations, determine optimal cutting parameters for entire tool assemblies, etc.

Of course, the app also provides all the cutting data required for any standard application and supports an extensive range of boring heads, based on BIG KAISER’s long-term know-how and experience. In total, app v1.6 contains complete data for 61 Big Kaiser rough and fine boring heads, ranging from a diameter of 0.4 mm up to 620 mm. To enable worldwide use, the user may easily toggle between imperial and metric measuring units.

“Since its initial launch in 2016, the app has been downloaded thousands of times and we’ve received lots of positive feedback.”, said Christian Spicher, Head of Marketing at BIG KAISER, continuing, “So we have tried to make this new version special by adding new features, expanding language support to reach an even wider international market and have resolved minor teething issues. This app ideally supplements Big Kaiser’s flagship Industry 4.0 product: the EWE wireless boring head and is further proof of our commitment to this area.”

For EWE heads, the Big Kaiser boring app v1.6 will log historical adjustments for all the tools ever synced with it, providing crucial information to companies adopting and implementing smart manufacturing and Industry 4.0 techniques now and in the future.

This user-friendly app is now available in five languages: English, German, Italian, French and Spanish. Updated user manuals are available in English, French and German.

Big Kaiser has plans to continue to improve the app, with the next release expected later in 2018. Some of these planned improvements include more powerful features for administering multiple boring tools and options for exporting historical data to a file.

The BigKaiser boring app v1.6 is available now for free download on Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Medtec Europe 2018 offered more business opportunities and education than ever

A marketplace for innovation, a source of inspiration and a trend barometer. The leading B2B tradeshow in the European medical technology industry, Medtec Europe 2018 offered more business opportunities and education than ever.

Boasting an abundance of excellent, high quality visitors, post-event analysis showed that more than 64% of the attendees had purchasing power, with approximately 23% having C-suite roles – an ideal mix to generate promising leads at more than 500 stands. More than 6,000 attendees from over 80 nations used the three-day trade show to discover innovative new products and solutions, attend high-quality sessions and network with their peers. Show organizer UBM recorded almost 950 on-site meetings arranged via Medtec Europe’s dedicated match-making platform. Furthermore, the show offered a great traffic density on the show floor.
Bernd Maisenhölder, Marketing Director at Iftest AG, stated: “Medtec Europe has been a great experience: the talks, the people, the networking opportunities were excellent. Medtec Europe is a great event to network and meet new people”. Uwe Winzen, General Manager at Lubrizol Lifesciences, added: “It’s one of my favourite shows: we have highly valuable one-to-one time with our customers and very good interactions. Medtec Europe has the right set of people to talk to”.

Key players such as Multivac, Bosch Healthcare solutions, KOCH Pac-Systeme, Euroflex, Freudenberg Medical, and many more, presented innovative new products and solutions. KOCH Pac-Systeme for instance offered a live demonstration of the Blister Machine KBS-KF. Designed for the forming, filling and sealing of blisters, whether made out of flexible film or eco-friendly, mono-material PET with an inserted card; sealed as a stand-up blister or a clamshell, the Blister Machine KBS-KF ensures high output for a wide variety of products. In addition, small and medium companies and first-time exhibitors such as Colorcon, Hexagon or Selenium Medical used Medtec Europe as a platform to further expand their brand.

Value adding features
This year’s Medtec Europe once again offered a variety of features and attractions, including more than 55 on-site seminars, covering everything from digitalization and connected health to regulatory issues. Trending topics such as 3D Printing, Connected Devices, and Digital Transformation were put under the spotlight.
In the Smart Health and Smart Manufacturing Insight Theatres, attendees were able to learn from keynote speakers fro m Orange, Nelson Laboratories, Deloitte, Strategyn, Iftest, AAMI, Hogan Lovells, Activoris and many more. Furthermore, the highly-attended Breakfast Meeting provided in-depthinsights into the interpretation and application of the new EU Medical Device Regulation ahead of the 2019 deadline.

With the second Medical Device Manufacturing Conference, organized in partnership with Frauenhofer IPA and Messe Stuttgart, show organizer UBM EMEA offered detailed insights into significant changes within the medtech market in relation to process and assembly, due to a growing requirement for more customized solutions. In addition, Martin Pattera, Managing Partner at Strategyn led a workshop focused on “Customer-Centric Innovation in Med Tech” and shared highly-valuable insights into a hands-on navigation instrument for your customer-centric innovation. Last but not least, a new initiative in collaboration with VDI offered 35 young medtech professionals the opportunity to meet, network and develop skills and knowledge. With 800 attendees, the conference program reached an outstanding number.

In addition, several very promising start-ups taking part in the Start-up Academy used Medtec Europe as a platform to develop their brand. Many of them made great connections to achieve their investment needs. Focusing on everything from eye-care to AI diagnostics, some of the most brilliant innovators in medtech presented their innovations to the judges, who picked Neuro Device Lab as the winner. Neuro Device Lab presented an integrated system for enhancing rehabilitation of speech disorders in the form of portable, transcranial electrical stimulator (headset). This innovation will make a great impact on patients’ health with safe, accessible and effective therapy.

Medtec Europe will return as MedtecLIVE in Nurnberg in 2019
Next year, MedtecLIVE will open its doors on May 21 in Nuremberg for three days, combining the strongest elements of both Medtec Europe and MT-Connect. Sharing the general enthusiasm for the joint-venture, Medtec Europe Brand Director Anne Schumacher said: “Together with our partner MesseNürnberg, we are already looking forward to 2019 and will do our utmost to arrange a top-class agenda. MedtecLIVE will be the key meeting place for European and international manufacturers and decision makers in the medtech industry”.

Rapid.Tech 2018: APF specialists to show Freeformer and numerous functional parts

At the Rapid.Tech user convention and trade fair to be held from 5 to 7 June 2018 in Erfurt (Germany), Arburg will present the potential of the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) in hall 2, stand 2-409. In addition to the industrial system, a wide variety of sample components will be on view to demonstrate the universal areas of applications for industrial manufacturing.

At the Rapid.Tech 2018 Arburg will present the potential of the Freeformer and Arburg Plastic Freeforming (APF) as well as a variety of sample components from qualified original materials.

A wealth of expertise relating to the industrial additive parts manufacturing awaits visitors to the Arburg stand. The APF experts will provide advice both on the Freeformer technology as well as on the processing of qualified plastic granulates. To demonstrate the wide range of parts at the trade fair, numerous APF products, along with their manufacturing details, will be presented. A workstation will also be on display, at which visitors can test the quality and functionality of an APF part for themselves. Moreover, there will be an opportunity to take a close look at the Freeformer at first hand.

 APF functional parts versatile in use
The areas of application of the Freeformer are manifold, as the various APF part examples from Arburg demonstrate. Parts additively manufactured on the Freeformer include:

  • Implants such as skull, cheek and finger bones made from medical PLLA (e.g. Purasorb PL18), which dissolve in the body after a specified time, as well as sawing templates from PA, which are used as individualised surgical aids.
  • An articulated rope pulley, including housing and fastening hook made from chemically resistant organic polyamide (Grilamid BTR 600), which can withstand loads of up to 100 kilos.
  • Moving planetary roller screw drives made from the hard/soft combination TPU and PHA (Arboblend), which are fully functional without requiring assembly.
  • “Light sticks” – an application from the Fraunhofer ICT – as an example of how additional properties can be integrated into parts in a targeted manner via functional materials. For this purpose, electrically conductive Carbon Nanotubes (CNTs) are compounded into the plastic so that an inserted LED lights up when a current is applied.

Components made of such high-end materials will be on view for the Rapid.Tech trade visitors on the Arburg exhibition stand. Those whose interest is aroused will have the opportunity to have sample parts produced at the Arburg Prototyping Center at the Lossburg headquarters in order to test the possibilities for using the APF process in their production facility. For this purpose, seven Freeformers are available for processing different materials.

Spotlight on productive additive manufacturing at MACH 2018

At MACH 2018, held at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, from April 9th-13th, global engineering company Renishaw, showcased the benefits of its additive manufacturing products range to manufacturers. The company exhibited its additive manufacturing products and software in the 3D Printing Zone as well as a stand dedicated to its extensive range of metrology products. During MACH, Renishaw was visited by Sir Ben Ainslie, Team Principle and Skipper for the Land Rover BAR America’s Cup team, who thanked Renishaw for its significant contribution to the team.

On its additive manufacturing stand, in the 3D printing and additive manufacturing zone, Renishaw exhibited its work as part of Land Rover BAR’s Technical Innovation Group (TIG) for the 2017 America’s Cup. Renishaw contributed encoder technology and an additively manufactured manifold to the technologically advanced foiling race boat.

“Renishaw was lucky enough to be visited by Sir Ben Ainslie, who officially opened the show, on the first day of MACH,” explained Stephen Crownshaw, Business Manager at Renishaw’s Additive Manufacturing Products Division. “He was impressed with the technology we provided for the America’s Cup, as well as Renishaw’s measurement equipment, including the Equator gauge.

“Sir Ben Ainslie launched the show with a powerful opening speech about fostering engineering in the UK, encouraging young people to get involved in engineering and the TIG. Renishaw is proud to work with Land Rover BAR, as it shares these values.”

Across MACH, there was a focus on connectivity, robotics and automation and productivity. Renishaw tapped into this trend by highlighting its latest additive manufacturing system, the RenAM 500Q, which can increase productivity up to four times in the most commonly used platform size and boasts automated powder and waste handling systems. Renishaw also showed videos of InfiniAM Spectral, a software product which allows real-time analysis of build data.

During the show, Renishaw was visited by BBC Breakfast and BBC Midlands Today, who both broadcast interviews from the company’s stand. For more information on Renishaw visit :

UK-based Renishaw is a world leading engineering technologies company, supplying products used for applications as diverse as jet engine and wind turbine manufacture, through to dentistry and brain surgery. It has over 4,000 employees located in the 35 countries where it has wholly owned subsidiary operations.

Speakers from user companies will analyse their experiences at IMIC-Industrial maintenance innovation conference

Speakers from large automotive, aeronautical and energy user companies like Iberdrola, Petronor Innovación, BBG-Bahía de Bizkaia Gas, Mercedes Benz, Rolls Royce and ITP Aero have already confirmed their attendance to IMIC- Industrial Maintenance Innovation Conference on 28 and 29 May. Their experience applying technology to improve maintenance, with real results that can be extrapolated to other highly demanding sectors, offers valuable information to companies of different profiles.

IMIC’s programme includes top-class international professionals, representatives of Rolls Royce, GE Automation & Controls, Fraunhofer Institute in Germany, the International Measurement Confederation IMEKO, Lulea University of Technology in Sweden, VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland, and the University of Lorraine in France.

IMIC’s conferences will cover topics such as the “Internet of Things (IoT) in maintenance”, “Operator 4.0”, “Big Data Analyses and the New-know in Maintenance”, “Smartisation and Condition Monitoring”, “Cyber-security and risks”, “Cloud Computing”, “Trends in Technical Support Service (TSS) and the Relationship with the User” and “Maintenance 4.0 through Various Sectors: Success Stories”. Thanks to such a varied offer, IMIC has managed to increase the number of registered delegates by 30% compared to the same period in 2016.

As well as the talks, IMIC has also planned an exhibition area in which around twenty companies have confirmed attendance: climate control solutions, innovative technologies in the field of data acquisition and analysis, hardware and software systems for localisation and noise analysis, monitoring and remote control technologies, advanced industrial cyber-security, industrial electronics equipment, business mobility solutions, information technology systems consulting, and machine and equipment repair and maintenance.

Thanks to the combination of a congress, exhibition, networking area and Brokerage Event programme, in which exhibitors and delegates will share impressions, IMIC will become a point of reference for learning about the state-of-the-art technologies for products and services, and the best place to meet other strategic professionals. IMIC will be situated in exhibition hall 4 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre, next to BeDIGITAL, a new event aimed at the industrial application of digital technologies, and ADDIT3D, International Trade Show on Additive and 3D Manufacturing, which is being held as part of BIEMH. More than 1,700 exhibiting firms have confirmed attendance at the largest Industry 4.0 exhibition in Spain.

IMIC-Industrial Maintenance Innovation Conference is organised by EasyFairs and Bilbao Exhibition Centre, and is sponsored by Grupo Corporativo GFI Informática, Fieldeas and Prodware, as well as Tecman and Grupo Alava.

BIG KAISER shows the future of fine boring

BIG KAISER, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, recently demonstrated its prototype EWA system – the future of fine boring – at the International Aerospace Forum 2018 organized by Makino, a world leader in advanced CNC machining centers.

At the event, held in Germany, BIG KAISER presented a prototype of the EWA, an automatic fine boring tool. The EWA provides fully-automated machine tool operation without the need for a human operator. This makes fine boring more accurate, faster and less expensive.

With the EWA, there is no need to stop the machine tool to take measurements and manually adjust the boring tool, which saves considerable time. By also eliminating the human factor, the likelihood of having to scrap expensive workpieces due to human error is essentially mitigated. This reduces costs, improves accuracy, whilst enabling handling of multiple bore sizes and repeated bores, and avoids the need for time-consuming manual wear-out compensation.

Jose Fenollosa, Head of Electronic Development at BIG KAISER, said, “In industries such as aerospace, the scrapping of a single workpiece can cost easily upwards of $50,000; the EWA mitigates this risk to a minimum. Fine boring is faster, accuracy is higher and the human factor is much less of an issue. The EWA brings a new level of automatic control to Industry 4.0 and the smart factory concept.”

The EWA can be used in three primary configurations. Firstly, it can be operated as a standalone tool, controlled via a tablet with a wireless connection. Secondly, for legacy machine tools, a PC interface between the machine tool and the EWA can be used to provide a fully-automated, closed-loop control cycle, where commands are sent from the machine tool to the EWA, automatically adjusting or stopping the machining process when required. Thirdly, for newly-developed machine tools, EWA control software can run directly on the machine tool itself to provide an equivalent level of automatic control, requiring no external control device.

BIG KAISER is working with Makino and other forward-looking organizations to make this level of integrated automation the new reality of Industry 4.0.

The EWA system is based on BIG KAISER’s EWE digital fine boring heads and the EWN precision boring heads and is being developed entirely in-house.

Le Siams 2018 sous le signe de la reprise

Le Siams 2018 a ouvert ses portes aujourd’hui à Moutier. La partie officielle a permis d’entendre notamment Martin Vetterli, Président de l’EPFL qui a relevé l’importance du tissus industriel de l’Arc jurassien, une régions particulièrement friande en ingénieurs formés dans l’institution lausannoise.

Pierre-Yves Kohler, directeur du Siams a pour sa part détaillé les chiffres de l’édition de cette année: 450 exposants, dont 90% de fidèles et 15’000 visiteurs attendus. Signe d’une reprise annoncée, la salon a fait le plein très rapidement à l’exemple du secteur des machines qui affichait complet 3 mois après le lancement des inscriptions. L’Arc jurassien, avec 50% des inscrits représente toujours le coeur du salon.

Jusqu’à vendredi, les visiteurs peuvent découvrir les dernières innovations dont un bon nombre destinées à assurer une transition réussie vers l’industrie 4.0.

Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher