Sandvik Coromant and PARC Partner to Advance Digital Manufacturing

Sandvik Coromant is strengthening its capabilities in Digital Manufacturing by signing a strategic research agreement with PARC, a Xerox company, world-renowned innovation center. PARC will provide Sandvik Coromant with a footprint in Silicon Valley and expert resources for research & development in the field of Digital Manufacturing.

PARC will allocate resources to conduct research & develop technologies within Digital Manufacturing for Sandvik Coromant under the terms of the agreement. Sandvik Coromant will also acquire all Intellectual Property (IP) and technology related to PARC’s software for high-level process planning and automated manufacturing cost estimation for subtractive manufacturing.

“This partnership is a natural step and in line with Sandvik Coromant’s long-term strategy to develop attractive solutions in the field of digital manufacturing and Industry 4.0,” said Magnus Ekbäck, Vice President and Head of Business Development and Digital Machining for Sandvik Coromant. “With this cooperation we will significantly strengthen our capabilities within digital machining.”

“Manufacturing is entering a dynamic new phase as the cyber and physical worlds converge, and the complex and diverse industry needs significant innovation to truly progress,” said PARC CEO Tolga Kurtoglu. “The missing piece for complete design automation and manufacturing of complex products has been the integrated coupling of design and manufacturing, which we have been developing at PARC for many years. We’re pleased to partner with Sandvik Coromant to see these innovations come to life on the global stage.”

PARC has been developing technologies for government agencies and commercial clients in the field of digital manufacturing for almost a decade. Its digital manufacturing suite of technologies helps designers and manufacturers understand real-world manufacturing process constraints during digital product design and identifies potential limitations of a supply chain early in the design phase, ultimately minimizing time-to-market and improving overall product quality.

The strategic research agreement will be governed by a Joint Steering Committee with representatives from both PARC and Sandvik Coromant.

www.sandvik.coromant.com

www.parc.com

Medtec Europe 2017 Delivers Insights & Trends for the Medical Technology Industry with Record Attendance

Medtec Europe, the preeminent medical technology platform that brings together leading experts, buyers and sellers from across the medical technology industry, showed a record attendance this year in Stuttgart, Germany, with a 7% increase in overall visits. The event attracted 6,816 attendees over three days, 25% of whom were senior level decision makers and 65% of whom had purchasing power.

In addition, the new business matchmaking programme enabled 551 meetings and 3,498 business matches to take place, reflecting Medtec Europe’s strong commitment to driving business opportunities for the medical technology industry. Medtec Europe showcased presentations from industry leading experts on the importance of partnerships to design integrated solutions that will create the next generation of medical devices. Miniaturisation was one area where industry collaboration was highlighted as driving innovations. At the Medtec Insights Theatre Jens Troetzschel, Vice President Advanced Technologies, Heraeus Medical Components presented new technology the company recently developed, which facilitates new designs with unprecedented potential for miniaturisation of sensors and active medical implants. CerMet is a new biocompatible material technology that will enable a significantly increased number of communication ports, 3D-Design and integrated functionality. David Kleidermacher, Chief Security Officer, Blackberry, gave a presentation on the latest innovations in technology and security standards that highlighted how security of mobile devices to control medical devices will be a key component for stakeholders in the future, and that collaboration will be needed to ensure security does not become a barrier to innovation. “With more industries taking a role in the provision of healthcare products for patients and professionals, collaboration is becoming key. The medical technology industry can advance healthcare by taking a broader approach and offering more seats at the table during product development. This will increase opportunities to spring board big ideas that will lead to new and exciting innovations to provide even greater tangible benefits for patients. Through converging technologies the medical technology industry can improve clinical outcomes, enhance patient experience, and reduce the cost of healthcare.”said Jens Troetzschel.

A further output from Medtec Europe 2017 was the importance of artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning, i.e. artifical neural networks modelled on the human brain, in the future of medical devices. Dr Ed Cartwright, CEO and Co-Founder of Elixir Technologies, showcased an example of cooperation between medical devices and AI software to help predict strokes. Regenerative medicine is an area where collaboration will drive the industry forward. Professor Alexander Seifalian, Director of Nanotechnology & Regenerative Medicine Commercialisation Centre (Ltd), The London BioScience Innovation Centre showcased new innovations in regenerative medicine that need the support and expertise of the pharma industry to take these innovations from the bench to commercilisation.

 
Medtec Europe once again hosted the Start-up Academy, an initiative designed to bring Europe’s most exciting new medtech companies to the show to share the innovations of tomorrow. Selected companies were offered a free stand at the exhibition and a presentation slot from which to share their ideas and explore opportunities for partnering and collaboration – ‘a truly excellent experience’, according to Sandeep Shah, CEO, Tarilian Laser Technologies. The winner this year was Acquandas, a global supplier for sputtered, ultra-precision and high structured nitionol components, with their technological breakthrough microsystem fabrication process that enables disruptive therapies in the neuromodulation field, such as minimally invasive, intravascular deep brain stimulation.

“The Medtec Exhibition series is an inclusive hub event at which everyone can meet and examine the issues that really matter to the industry,” comments Anne Schumacher, Brand Director, UBM. “By connecting buyers and sellers in this way Medtec Europe demonstrates its value in supporting industry and business growth and this will continue to be a key priority for us in 2018.  As medtech innovations proliferate and evolve at pace, we strive to be the leading European exhibition for those who want to know not only about the latest innovations, but who also want to understand how to translate these ideas into products and services.”  

 
Medtec Europe will return to Stuttgart on 17-19 April 2018. The next Medtec event will be Medtec Ireland 2017, taking place 4-5 October in Galway, Ireland. To register for Medtec Ireland 2017, please visit:

www.medteceurope.com/ireland 

Big Kaiser announces compact high speed chamfer cutter

 Big Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metal-working industries, today announced the C-Cutter Mini, an ultra-fast compact chamfer cutter.

The C-Cutter Mini is designed for multi-functional cutting tasks, including chamfering, back chamfering and face milling. Compared to competitors’ products, the tool’s market-leading speed and feed rate capability has the potential to slash machining times by up to 85 per cent.

The tool’s innovative design reduces the cutting diameter down to the lowest limit, enabling impressive ultra-high spindle speeds and feed rates. Cutting speed is further increased by new wear-resistant inserts with multi-layer Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) coating.).

Available in single insert and four insert configurations, the C-Cutter mini thereby provides additional flexibility to the customer. Increasing the number of inserts from one or two per cutter to four, multiplies the feed rate, which speeds up operations and improves productivity.

Big Kaiser is also introducing the world’s smallest hex insert, with a diameter of 3.97mm. This enables highly-efficient back chamfering from a 6mm starting hole diameter, whilst the 3-corner insert design reduces costs.

“The new C-Cutter Mini delivers a ‘triple effect’, essentially compounding the benefits of the tool’s four inserts which deliver faster feed rates, its reduced diameter which raises the spindle speed, and the new PVD coating which enables higher cutting speeds,” says Giampaolo Roccatello, VP Sales at Big Kaiser. “This tool is a prime example of how BIG KAISER’s focus on innovation consistently delivers tangible results to our customers.”

The C-Cutter Mini is available now.

www.bigkaiser.com

LPKF ProtoLaser R for Structuring LTCC Carbon Tape

The LPKF ProtoLaser R is the first com-pact laboratory laser with an ultrashort-pulse laser source. Its unique strengths are most obvious in the cold processing of thin layers.

In a re-cently presented tech paper, it demonstrated its precision on a special material. With a laser spot size of just 15 µm, it was able to structure and cut 0.2-mm-thick carbon tape for LTCC manufacturing.

 
The tech paper presents the test layout as well as the results in the form of microscope images with dimensions indicated. Scientific Prototyping Strategic Product Manager Lars Führmann is convinced: “On this materi-al, too, the LPKF ProtoLaser R demonstrates that USP processing is a key factor in achieving new, sophisticated product layouts.”

 
The tech paper, which is entitled Structuring and Cutting LTCC Carbon Tape, is immediately available for free download from the Knowledge Center on the LPKF website.

Free download from the LPKF Knowledge Center: The TechPaper LTCC Carbon Tape

 
About LPKF
LPKF Laser & Electronics AG manufactures machines and laser systems used in electronics fabrication, medical technology, the automotive sector, and the production of solar cells. Around 20 percent of the workforce is engaged in research and development.

www.lpkf.com

Servoline wins Red Dot for high quality design

The jury has reached its decision: After several days of assessing thousands of products from all over the world, the Servoline received the distinction “Red Dot”. With this press line, Schuler has created an outstanding design that the expert committee for the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 has recognized with the internationally sought-after seal of quality.

“Our new Corporate Product Design aims to imbue our systems with an especially high-quality appearance for premium customers that underlines our position as leaders in forming technology, making it clear from an external perspective, too”, Schuler CEO Stefan Klebert explains. The design was developed jointly with the agency Teams in Esslingen, Germany.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award: “The winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

The significance of the international design competition with its headquarter in Essen, Germany is well established internationally. It was already more than 60 years ago that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. Since then, an expert team has been awarding the seal of quality for good design and innovation to the outstanding designs of the year.

Manufacturers and designers around the globe were also invited to enter their products in the 2017 competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists tested, discussed and assessed each individual product, awarding the Honorable Mention for a well-conceived detail solution, the Red Dot for high design quality and the Red Dot: Best of the Best for groundbreaking design. In total, the competition received more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries this year.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2017 will culminate in Essen on 3 July 2017. This is when the Red Dot: Best of the Best laureates receive their trophies during the award ceremony. At the subsequent Designers’ Night after-show party, the award winners will celebrate in the midst of all the prize-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen, and the winners will receive their well-earned certificates. For five weeks, the special exhibition “Design on Stage” will present the awarded products of the year as part of the world’s largest exhibition of contemporary design.

The Red Dot Design Yearbook 2017/2018 also comes out on 3 July. The international reference work for award-winning design presents all of the year’s winning products. They will also be presented on the Internet, in particular in the online presentation, the Red Dot App and on the design platform Red Dot 21.

www.red-dot.de/press

Medtec Europe 2017: Discover the Latest Trends & Innovations Advancing the Medical Technology Industry

Medtec Europe will once again provide over 7,000 attendees and more than 600 exhibitors from 70 countries the opportunity to share, learn, and discover opportunities and solutions that will advance the medical technology industry. Taking place 4 – 6 April 2017 at the Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, Medtec Europe is the preeminent medical technology platform showcasing the key trends and insights across the entire supply chain of the medical technology industry.

With a comprehensive agenda that captures the challenges and opportunities in the medical technology industry, and presentations from renowned industry experts, Medtec Europe 2017 will showcase ideas and innovations within:

Digitisation and eHealth: Seminars exploring the evolution of connected devices from wearable technologies to inter-connected healthcare systems will showcase how digital is now among the industry’s business drivers.

Medtec Meets Pharma: Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly looking to medical device manufacturers to provide added value to products in their portfolios. Key presentations will illustrate how these new partnerships are advancing and bringing success.

Innovation in Miniaturisation: Insights into the evolution of device miniaturisation will be shared, examining the drive in innovation while embedding safety, performance, and reliability.

Regulatory: With significant developments in multiple countries this past year, there are a number of questions facing the industry. Expert insights will provide an essential overview and understanding of best practice in compliance within this changing landscape.

In addition, there will be three first time features taking place at Medtec Europe 2017. On 5 April the first Medical Device Manufacturing Conference will take place, organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer IPA. This conference is specifically targeted at decision makers from R&D, medical engineers and product developers. Furthermore, the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) will be holding the first VDMA Forum, a platform where exhibitors will promote their innovations in the form of short presentations. For the first time Medtec Meetings – powered by gomed2med, a new free online business match and meet service for visitors and exhibitors that makes automatic matches based on your business needs will be available. Medtec Europe will also once again be hosting the Start-up Academy, a unique networking programme that provides exhibitors an exclusive platform to share their ideas and learn more about opportunities for partnering and collaborating, forging new relationships that will help them develop their businesses for years to come.

“Medtec has a strategic focus on driving innovation and opportunity for the medical technology industry, with our events creating a compelling, interactive environment in which ideas can be shared, explored, and enhanced.” said Anne Schumacher, Brand Director, UBM. “Now in its 16th year, Medtec Europe 2017 will be an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to gain hands on experience of the latest products and innovations, hear the latest trends and new  directions the industry is heading in, and discover opportunities to build their networks and drive their business  forward.”

For more information, and to register for Medtec Europe 2017 and the Medical Device Manufacturing Conference:

medteceurope.com

Simulation Additive dans Vericut dévoilée lors de la réunion du groupe d’utilisateurs de CGTech

Les club d’utilisateur de Vericut (VUE) à Irvine était un succès avec des utilisateurs venus nombreux.  Le VUE d’Irvine a donné le coup d’envoi du  premier des 25 VUEs nord-américains où plusieurs innovations étaient ajoutées à la prochaine version de Vericut – le logiciel de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation des machines-outils à commande numérique CN de CGTech.

 
Pendant cet événement orienté autour des besoins clients, des sujets multiples ont été couverts. Les participants ont été sensiblement enthousiasmés quand à la nouvelle capacité de simulation de la fabrication additive qui fera partie de prochaine version  8,1 de Vericut.

 
« Les applications de fabrication additive sont sans limites pour les utilisateurs» précise Gene Granata, chef de produit de Vericut. «CGTech a toujours été à la pointe de l’innovation. Ajouter cette technologie de rupture à Vericut fournit une solution unique pour satisfaire les besoins de nos clients qui tirent profit du marché en pleine croissance de la fabrication additive. »

 
Avec de plus en plus d’utilisateurs qui adoptent la Fabrication Additive (FA) dans leurs opérations quotidiennes, l’opportunité d’ajouter cette nouvelle capacité dans Vericut est cruciale. La nouvelle capacité de FA dans Vericut V8.1 à simuler le même code CN qui pilotera la machine de commande numérique, permettra à des sociétés d’expérimenter virtuellement les  procédés additifs combinés aux procédés traditionnels « sous tractif » d’enlèvement matière afin de déterminer les méthodes de production « hybrides » optimales. «Ceci donne à nos clients un avantage concurrentiel pour créer, personnaliser, et/ou réparer des pièces, et dans les procédés, redéfinir les technologies de production actuelles, » commente Gene  Granata.

 
Pour s’inscrire aux trois prochain VUE qui se dérouleront en France: par téléphone au +33 (0)1 41 96 88 50 ou sous cgtech.com (liste de tous les VUE programmés).

 
Au sujet de CGTech
CGTech est le leader incontesté de la technologie des logiciels de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation de machines CN. Depuis 1988, ses produits ont atteint le rang de standard des secteurs industriels, dont l’aérospatiale, l’automobile et les transports terrestres, le moule, les produits grand public, la production d’énergie et l’industrie lourde. Aujourd’hui, avec des bureaux en Europe et en Asie, et un réseau mondial de revendeurs, les logiciels CGTech sont utilisés par des entreprises de toutes dimensions, des universités, des écoles et des organismes gouvernementaux.

 www.cgtech.com

Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher