Watchmaking design as highlight

25 11 2014

The international days of watchmaking marketing (JIMH) will address the watchmaking design and how to build up an icon. With this evocative theme, the 18th edition will take place on December 4, 2014, in La Chaux-de-Fonds (in French). The unmistakable watchmaking rendezvous of the end of the year has just presented the outline of its program.
JIMH
Quick glance on the themes

  • Esthetic conventions and design
  • How to understand new design trends
  • How is design perceived in the watchmaking world – experts discussion
  • How to position design in the digital world
  • Internal design vs. External design
  • The 3 best communications of the day of reseach in watchmaking marketing

Two days event
As usual, the event is divided into two sections covering the theme. The 18th international watchmaking marketing day itself will take place on December 4, 2014, at the Théâtre de l’Heure Bleue in La Chaux-de-Fonds and will be preceded by its academic component (the 9th day of research in watchmaking marketing (JRMH)), on December 3, 2014 at the Arc high school of management in Neuchâtel.
Tentative programme and other information on the event can be found here www.marketinghorloger.ch

An event not to miss
Every year when Winter comes we know that an event of quality will take place in La Chaux-de-Fonds for everyone interested in watchmaking and marketing. That’s the best place to go to open our eyes and minds… I’m happy to think I’ll be there again!

Cheers
Pierre-Yves Kohler

brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com





World premiere for watch plate manufacturing from Röhm

27 10 2014

The watch industry is profiting to an increasing extent from the trend towards status symbols. Through increasing demand, the necessity for manufacturing faster is also increasing without having to compromise on the quality.

Swivelling: Then, the chuck is swivelled by 180° on the machine (e.g. by a divider). In the process, the tool support swivels as well.

After the machining of the first side, the chuck is swivelled by 180° on the machine (e.g. by a divider). In the process, the tool support swivels as well.

These requirements for more efficient and faster machining possibilities require clamping solutions that are perfectly matched to the watch industry. With the new plate chuck of the “micro technology” series, Röhm makes it possible for the first time to machine both sides of plates with one clamping operation. So far, plates have been machined using two clamping operations: first the top side and then – after reclamping – the bottom side. This reclamping operation takes not only valuable time, but it also introduces a loss of accuracy.

To machine on both sides in one clamping
The cumbersome way of machining plates caused a great deal of unrest amongst the employees of Switzerland’s Röhm Spanntechnik AG. They wanted to offer Swiss watchmakers an efficient alternative that did not cause the machining accuracy to deteriorate. Quite the opposite: The new chuck was to be even more accurate. Hence, an ingenious solution was found together with the German parent plant of the clamping technology specialist with the involvement of well-known watch manufacturers: a chuck that for the first time makes it possible to machine plates on both sides with one clamping operation.

To simply change side
The patented innovation clamps the plate on a console and the first side is machined. Then, the chuck is swivelled by 180° on the machine (e.g. by a divider). During the automatic swivelling operation, the workpiece support also swings to the other side of the plate. This ensures a secure support for the plate on both sides, and overpressure is prevented. Now, the second side of the plate can be machined reliably and without any loss of accuracy.

RÖHM GmbH
Heinrich-Röhm-Str. 50
89567 Sontheim/Brenz
Germany
Tel: +49 7325/16-0
Fax: +49 7325/16-510
info@roehm.biz
www.roehm.biz

.

.brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com





Encapsuled stainless steel screws diam. 0.99 mm x 0.34 mm

24 09 2014

Micronora started yesterday and visitors can discover many microtechnology innovations. This morning, we put the light on a small French SME that presents amazing achievements in terms of micro-machining and micro-moulding.

At Micronora, companies active in "small and precise" are emphasizing their skills in those fields that become more and more important for micro-mechatronics and microtechnology.

At Micronora, companies active in “small and precise” are emphasizing their skills in those fields that become more and more important for micro-mechatronics and microtechnology. Example, the new encapsulated micro screw designed vy Vuillermoz Philippe SAS and decicated to high-end watchmaking.

Vuillermoz Philippe SAS has developed an encapsulated micro screw for one of its Swiss customers. It is an essential element for an innovative system of high-end mechanical watch movement. A patent has been filed and is pending.

Micromachining? It is certain.
The challenge faced was huge in terms of research and development, micro-machining and micro-injection where the tolerance on the diameter of the moulded part is 0.99 mm + 2 /-3 µ. The specialists of the company have done it and the parts are perfectly meeting the requirements. The company spokesman says: “Our customer was delighted as the result surpasses his expectations”. Despite of being a small company, every aim was respected (quality, technique, delivery time).

Amazing facts
Knowing that a gross grain of material weight 0,02 gram, it allows the production of 14 molded parts. The weights are very light: the total weight of the encapsuled part is 0.0051 gram, the weight of the single insert is of 0.0037 gram, the weight of the material on the part is of 0.0014 gram.

These skills and parts can be discover until Friday (as well as many other things of course) in Besançon.

Vuillermoz Philippe SAS
5 rue du Tomachon
39200 Saint-Claude
Tel.: +33 3 84 45 34 40
Fax: +33 3 84 45 34 50
vv-vuillermoz@orange.fr
www.vuillermoz-sa.com

.

Micronora





Robotised finishing center

13 08 2014

Well known for its multifunctional machining centers (rotary transfer machines), Precitrame Machines SA is also a historical provider of high performance polishing machines. The company has just presented a concept of robotic linear transfer machining centers with features that open new perspectives in terms of finishing and polishing. Meeting with Mr. Vincenzo Bonavoglia, Sales Director of the company.

Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells offering two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.

Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells with two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.

The basic concept is simple, let’s imagine a working cell including a robot and two workstations allowing six or seven axes machining. Then let’s multiply these cells to create machines with two to five stations. Parts are gripped in holding devices that move from one station to the next. Thus, it is possible to implement a global chain of finishing (e.g. deburring, felting, polishing and brightening) within a single machine, and in one clamping.

Incomparable cycle time and flexibility
The logic of the sequential work on several stations (and therefore always with operations in hidden time) allows the achievement of extremely short cycle times. Compared with a conventional solution, the tests show gains of 5 times or more.

To gain steps of production?
Nowadays the quality produced by machining centers is steadily increasing and, depending on the part to be done, they can be directly loaded into the Cyberpolish T for all operations from grinding to brightening without having to pass through a specific grinding machine before. M. Bonavoglia says: “In some cases, specialised grinding operations before finishing are always necessary, but for all the others, we can directly finish the parts in one machine and in one clamping just after the milling operations”.

Precitrame will be present at the next AMB with a multifunctional machining centre that will perform an automotive part. The new Cyberpolish series T will be shown through the many multimedia tools of the company.

Precitrame Machines SA
Grand-Rue 5
CH-2720 Tramelan
Tél. +41 32 486 88 50
Fax +41 32 486 88 51
contact@precitrame.com
www.precitrame.com

.

2013 read holidays 2014

.

…brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com





High quality material and total flexibility

23 06 2014

If L. Klein SA is a supplier of high-grade steel and material that innovates continuously and offers creative solutions to help its customers, it is also a company for whom the relationship with its users and its suppliers is of paramount importance. L. Klein SA has grown with the watchmaking sector and the regional delivery plan served by its trucks has been the same for 60 years! Meeting with the two directors, Olivier and Philippe Schiess.

In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests.

In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests. Deliveries are done worldwide.

Similarly, L. Klein SA has been working with some foundries for more than 30 years. The Directors tell us: “We have built long term relationships with our suppliers and this allows us to work closely for the development of new materials or new qualities”. Over the years, this partnership has enabled the realisation of products that would have been impossible to be created otherwise.

Quantities of delivery
“With us, no minimum quantity, if you need one single bar, it is possible” explain the directors. And it is also this flexibility that allows Klein to be recognised on the international markets. For example if you need a special material, it is often not possible to order less than 1000 kg elsewhere.

The article published in Eurotec addresses the following points:

  • Quality of delivery
  • A large stock
  • New gradations that bring more (for high precision machining and watchmaking)
  • It is necessary to take the plunge
  • Watchmaking has everything to gain
  • A bespoke service
Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional watches.

Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LAW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional timepieces.

 

You can read it here.

.

L. Klein SA

Chemin du Long-Champ 110
Postfach 8358
CH-2500 Biel/Bienne 8
Tél. +41 32 341 73 73
Fax +41 32 341 97 20
info@kleinmetals.ch
www.kleinmetals.ch
.

.

.

…brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com

 





New compact industrial technology

20 06 2014

At EPHJ Bumotec presents its new s100, a machining center with 3 linear axes and two machining spindles working alternatively.

The two 60'000 rpm motor-spindles and all linear axes allow the machine to be very efficient and reactive.

The two 60’000 rpm motor-spindles and all linear axes allow the machine to be very efficient and reactive.

This new concept allows the machine to reduce tool changes to the minimum as the changes are doing in hidden time on one spindle while the other is working. Every spindle has its own tool magazine (up to 36 in total).

A new concept in-between standard solutions
Nowadays the productions of parts for watch movements are usualy done using a batch of single spindle machines (mainly for small batches) or on large production chains on transfer machines for bigger series. This Bumotec s100 is aimed to propose an intermediate solution.

With its small size, its new design and the LED lighting, the first glimpse of the machine is impressive.

Chip to chip time is redzuced to the max as all tools changes are effectuated in hidden time.

Chip to chip time is reduced to the max as all tools changes are effectuated in hidden time.

The new s100 includes many features by design that simplifies the life of the operator.

The new s100 includes many features by design that simplifies the life of the operator. The machine is on show in Geneva and people there are eager to share their passion about this new tool. Don’t miss it.

You can still discover this machine at the Geneva show till the end of the day.

.

Bumotec SA
Route du Rontet 17
CH – 1625 Sâles
T +41 26 351 00 00
F +41 26 351 00 99
admin@bumotec.ch
www.bumotec.ch

www.ephj.ch

.

.

Interested in the watch industry and production means and solutions for this field? Don’t miss Eurotec latest issue. You can read it online.?  and

read online p9

 

 

brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com





EPHJ-EPMT-SMT starts tomorrow

16 06 2014

It is tomorrow in Geneva that this trade-show dedicated to watch industry, microtechnology and medical will open its door at Palexpo. We’ve met with André Colard and Oliver Saenger, the founders of the show, to catch the spirit of the event.
EPHJ1
If sometimes the distinctions between EPHJ (watchmaking), EPMT (microtechnology) and SMT (medical) are a little fuzzy in the minds of visitors, it is finally not very important; these three sectors work in close collaboration and synergies available to exhibitors and visitors are widely acclaimed.

Mixed fields
“At the beginning, some traditional watchmaking exhibitors blamed us to open the show to all microtechnologies, but this era is over and today the transfers of technologies and ideas between these areas is one of the strengths of the show” says Mr. Colard. Exhibitors are therefore in Geneva not only to conduct business, but also fetch new ideas and new technologies. In this state of mind, the show organizes theme days and conferences that not only add visibility to the event (and therefore very targeted visitors on the basis of the themes), but add value to the trips of visitors to Geneva. To guarantee the success, the organizers also ensure that exhibitors fit well in the concept of the trade show. Mr. Saenger says: “Sometimes we refuse exhibitors because their products are not in phase with the event and in this case, neither them nor visitors would be satisfied”.

The only Medtec trade show in Switzerland in 2014
Questioned about the SMT part and its relative smallness, the organizers are formal: “Indeed, the number of exhibitors located on this part of the exhibition, though expanding, is quite limited, but it is mainly because there are few companies working exclusively for the medical field. More than 100 exhibitors of the EPHJ-EPMT, announce to also work in medical technologies and many of them participate regularly to the medical exhibitions in Europe. As EPHJ-EPMT-SMT is the event covering every aspect of microtechnology, exhibitors are present, but perhaps less visible under the medical aspect”. They add: “In 2014 we are the only professional exhibition dedicated to medical technology in Switzerland”.

There are also many interesting talks, you can download the programme here.

Many news and skills to discover in Geneva, don’t miss them. You can download your free entrance ticket here.

Opening hours
From Tuesday to Thursday (June 17 to 19), 9:30 am – 6:00 pm
Friday June 20, 9:30 am – 5:00 pm
Palexpo Geneva

You can also read the full interview of the two founders we’ve done here.

.

www.ephj.ch

.

.

.

…brought to you by Eurotec-Online.com








Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 104 other followers