Never say never. Always be innovative!

16 04 2014

Established in 1953, TDC is a leading manufacturer in Japan with proprietary expertise of precision technologies. TDC has continued to cultivate their markets through upgrading the level of their technology especially in super precise mirror polishing.


Used in the sample return capsule for Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)Hayabusa2 asteroid probe. Because the purpose of this capsule was for collecting samples from the asteroid only, the finish has to be totally clean, with no material derived from earth inside.

One-of-a-kind nano-technologies for mirror polishing, ultra precise processing and lapping
Therefore the super precise mirror polishing has been instrumental. This technology is being used in basic experiments in labs of major firms and universities to keep the test material even when investigating properties specific to a substance such as hardness, intensity, or composition. The company’s stance has been not to deny any request, challenging themselves to process even the most difficult of materials. They have experiences to process tantalum, tantalum, SiC, silicon and sapphire, just to name a few of the examples.

With IT development and strengthening of sales overseas, taking their unique technology to the world
The company’s technical innovations have included IT development within the company; they have introduced a system that can grasp the situation of company plants no matter whether you are in Tokyo, Osaka or Miyagi. The original intent of this particular internal tech development was to make production processes efficient, but as a result, they became able to report all production developments to customers as they happen in real time. With this system, they received the “Small Company Management Prizes Judging Committee’s Promotion Award” in 2009, for companies which put superb IT management into practice. It has been useful in information sharing between the company and customers as they work through hard issues.

Also available in Europe
As for overseas development, from 2008 the company has participated in exhibitions in North America and Europe. It is responding to orders from various countries like the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Holland, France and Scandinavian countries. Of the eight sales representatives, six are well versed in English. They can do inquiries and deals over the phone and by email without any time lag.
Using their own technology, which is to be found nowhere else, the company has continued to provide business solutions in various areas domestically, and now plans to expand its market first to Europe, then the US, and finally to the rest of the world.

TDC Corporation





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New entry level bar loader for sliding and fixed headstock machines up to 52 mm

15 07 2013

At EMO this year, LNS will unveil its new entry level bar loader dedicated for high productivity production both on sliding and fixed headstock machines. The company will also unveil other products in its “one stop shop” philosophy.

The Alpha 538/552 is designed with an extra wide heavy duty front leg supporting the critical components of the bar feeder providing maximum rigidity and vibration dampening.

The Alpha 552 is designed with an extra wide heavy duty front leg supporting the critical components of the bar feeder providing maximum rigidity and vibration dampening.

The LNS highly affordable solution to automatically load long bars from 5 mm to 52 mm into fixed and sliding headstock turning machines. The Alpha 552 is a heavy duty design to withstand production processes running at optimum RPMs. High guiding quality, low noise and effective vibration-dampening are guaranteed from start to finish.

Easy to use remote control (HMI)
The prompting remote control is operator friendly and ensures the interaction between the bar feeder and the lathe, and therefore the production process can be run safely and efficiently. The setup is easy and takes less than 1 minute on the panel.

Changeover simplicity
Changeover of bar diameter on magazine tray is performed by a simple manual adjustment via the changeover lever, no tool required. A three position scale allows users to visually see where their new adjustment is aligned for accuracy and quick selection.

For complete diameter changeover, the guiding elements can easily and quickly be replaced. No tool required with this simple and reliable design.

For complete diameter changeover, the guiding elements can easily and quickly be replaced. No tool required with this simple and reliable design.

Greater bar stock stability and less oscillation inside the lathe
The 2-position hydrostatic front stabilizer is set to the bar diameter and automatically opens to the pusher diameter as it feeds through to provide hydrostatic support from start to finish.

Safer operation and optimum RPM with sliding headstock machines
The LNS Swiss safety connection for sliding headstock machines eliminates the unsupported area between the bar feed and machine tool to provide greater safety and better bar stock support. It consists of a series of telescoping tubes that extend in sections to maintain a continuous connection between the Alpha 552 and the machine sliding headstock.

Alpha 552 includes an assortment of reduction tubes to use within the Swiss safety connection and the lathe headstock. The inside diameters of these reduction tubes match those of the bar feed’s guide channels.

The Alpha 552 includes an assortment of reduction tubes to use within the Swiss safety connection and the lathe headstock. The inside diameters of these reduction tubes match those of the bar feed’s guide channels.

We will come back on LNS new products soon…


2534 Orvin
Phone: +41 (0)32 358 02 00
Fax: +41 (0)32 358 02 01

PS: You can discover all the articles published on LNS in the new LNS page on Eurotec’s here.






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3D Measurement capabilities webinar

12 07 2013

In this webinar you will learn how Alicona’s 3D measurement device helps its customers improve process monitoring in micro machining. If you are interested in this webinar but unable to attend – register all the same. You will receive a link to the recorded version after the webinar.

The webinar will unveil a few hot topics

  • Effects of surface finish on tool performance
  • Optimize machining processes through highly reliable 3D measurement data
  • Share visualization data with your clients to promote your machine platforms


3D Measurement Capabilities for Professional Process Monitoring

  • Date: August 6, 2013
  • Time: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM CDT


  • Brad Etter, Alicona Sales Manager US
  • Brain Kyte, Alicona Sales Director UK


What you can expect

  • Case study: How surface finish affects performance
  • Alicona’s solution: Focus-Variation
  • Live demo: Automatic edge measurements with IF-Edgemaster
  • Modules: Measure radius, angle, wear, difference between target and actual – regardless of coating


What is IF-Edgmaster
The IF-EdgeMaster is an optical 3D measurement device to automatically measure cutting tools. Typically, the system is used to measure cutting edges regardless of type, size, material or surface finish of the tool. Users measure radii > 2µm as well as rake, wedge and clearance angle of cutting edges. Both waterfall-type and trumpet-type are precisely measured. The robust technology of Focus-Variation delivers stable and traceable measurements also in a production near environment.

You can register for the webinar here.

You can find every info published about Alicona in Eurotec here.


Alicona Imaging GmbH
Teslastraße 8
8074 Grambach/Graz
Tel. +43 316 4000 700
Fax +43 316 4000 711

In Switzerland:
Microcube Sàrl
Route du Bois-Genoud 1A
CH-1023 Crissier
Tél. +41 21 635 82 20
Fax +41 21 635 82 21



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Microns hunter since 1899

9 07 2013

In the field of stones for watchmaking Pierhor has earned a solid reputation, to the point that some brands talk about the “Pierhor quality”. What is less known is that this dynamic SME of about 70 people is also very active in the machining of hard materials for other areas such as medical, aerospace, fluidics or also electronics and sensors. Meeting with Mr. François Durafourg, Managing Director and owner of the company.

A watchmaking specialist positions turned hard metal parts to prepare them to receive the stone.

A watchmaking specialist positions turned hard metal parts to prepare them to receive stones.

The current Director took over the company in 1994 and, in a little less than 20 years, he has passed from ten employees to almost 70 today. Simultaneously his mono-market strategic direction has largely evolved, he tells us: “Our wish has been to diversify to minimize the risks related to the market conditions. During the last crisis the other areas allowed us to withstand the decline of watchmaking”. And if today the company still realises a large part of its turnover in this area, its services are beginning to be appreciated by very many companies in all areas. As an illustration, aeronautics manufacturers rely on sensors including parts made by Pierhor. Why? How?

Materials with extraordinary properties…
Ultra-hard materials require specific machining that Pierhor masters. The Director tells us: “Ultra-hard materials such as sapphires, rubies or technical ceramics offer very interesting properties, they are indestructible, ensure minimum friction, to scratch them is very difficult, they are resistant to very high temperatures, are insulating, biocompatible and much more. Very many ultra-hard materials are available on the market and very often, we advise our customers on the best alternatives for their needs”.

..realised on machines that are not less
If Pierhor has a few standard machines from the market (Gerber polishing or Schläfli honing machines for example), it is with a vast majority of machines developed within the company that the production occurs. Mr. Durafourg explains: “We have developed the machines on the basis of processes. Today, and as an example, we are cheaper than Chinese manufacturers for the production of stones for the watch industry”. The secret: A combination of process and unique know-how that allows realising these parts within micron tolerance both for dimensional and geometrical aspects. Thus Pierhor achieves the best repetabilites and almost zero PPM while some Asian manufacturers can generate two digits percentages of bad parts. Mr. Durafourg adds: “The total cost of a set is not only the sum of the prices of different parts; it must include assembly and additional costs. Sometimes using a more expensive stone proves to be less costly at the end” (for example because mounting is simplified).

Mr. Durafourg in front a new line of machines being assembled. It is through such internal developments that Pierhor can offer high quality at attractive prices.

Mr. Durafourg in front a new line of machines being assembled. It is through such internal developments that Pierhor can offer high quality at attractive prices.

Pierhor SA
C. Du Croset 9B
P.O. box 107
1024 Ecublens
Tel. + 41 21 661 28 70
Fax + 41 21 661 28 73


Do not miss the complete article in next issue of Eurotec (August). If you want to be informed of its availability send me a mail with the title Pierhor at






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A new standard for turning

24 04 2013

The number of tools available on machines directly influences the ability of these to perform complex operations or machine parts requiring extra finish. The race for productivity and quality are also two parameters pushing companies to always find more intelligent solutions for their customers. Pibomulti presents a new tool-holder system adaptable on many machine-tools: Piboturn.
Principle of the Piboturn tool holder. 1) Cone-face adaptation with compressible hollow cone, 2) manual lateral clamping, 3) cylindrical guiding, 4) automatic clamping

Developed first for machines of Emissa, its sister company; Piboturn tool holders now hits the market of turning with strong assets, both in terms of stiffness and reduced sizes.

New tool-holder…
To answer to the needs of Emissa machines, new turning tool-holders had to be designed. They had to be less bulky and especially offering the possibility to adjust the heights of each tool independently precisely in a repeatable way. These also had to be rigid and controllable easily. The systems already on the market were not suitable for various reasons, including too large sizes. Pibomulti has developed a system of cone with compressible hollow cone HSK type but with a guide on 3 points (face, compressible cone and axis of the cone). This new concept ensures stability on radial efforts that standard hollow cone cannot provide (take-off of the cone).

Compact systems… 25% more tools
The Piboturn system allows the use of very small tools, particularly in turning. That instantly increases the number of available tools and therefore the possibilities of machines. For example, used on turrets and compared to the VDI, the user can set up 25% more tools. The great repeatability allows set-ups in hidden time on usual pre-setting devices of the market.

Pibomulti SA
Jambe-Ducommun 18
CH- Le Locle
Tél. +41 32 933 06 33
Fax +41 32 933 06 30

To be discovered in more details in Eurotec’s next issue.

Exceptional first steps

5 04 2013

In our previous edition, we exclusively introduced the Tornos SwissNano machine (download it here). Since then, it has been unveiled for the first time at the Tornos open days in Moutier. We wanted to find out how it had been received by customers and hear about the results of this exhibition. Interview with Brice Renggli, marketing manager.


“It was an exceptional success: We welcomed 340 visitors – a 30% increase on the previous year’s watchmaking days. We sold 25 machines in a week” explains Mr Renggli, by way of introduction. To find another such example of customer enthusiasm for a machine manufactured in Moutier, we need to go back 17 years to the launch of the famous Deco 2000 7/10 mm capacity machines.

And the tablet?
All the machines sold during the exhibition have an integrated PC which allow a connection to the tablet, enabling production to be monitored. “Our customers could see beyond the gadget appeal’. Having the latest versions of the service instructions directly on the tablet, for example, was highly appreciated. Being able to have an integrated PC also brings a wide range of additional possibilities, such as managing stock of parts on the machine, for example” explains Mr Renggli. Customers also liked the customisation of the Fanuc control screens. Developed using the “Android logic’’, these pages are very intuitive and user-friendly.

Tornos store
The company is setting set up a virtual store for downloading applications for the tablet. Mr Renggli explains: “With a tablet running with Android, customers can download a free application which allows them to have a system for keeping service instructions continuously up-to-date, communicating news to them and giving them access to the Forum”. Access to this is restricted to SwissNano customers. (Not on-line yet).




Tornos SA
Industrielle 111
2740 Moutier
Tel. +41 32 494 44 44
Fax: +41 32 494 49 07



“Everything can be measured”

17 12 2012

EMO Hannover 2013 will be showcasing state-of-the-art image processing systems in a web-based production environment. Faster, more reliable, more accurate, more flexible – the requirements for the production metrology of the future are very demanding.. to be discovered in Hannover.
The EMO Hannover 2013 will be addressing all the trends of relevance for production operations, responsively showcased for the target groups involved under the motto of “Intelligence in Production”. One of the major focuses here will be how to handle information from measuring instruments in the web-based environment of Industry 4.0.

To work faster and more cost-efficiently
The net sees everything, knows everything and forgets nothing: via web-based customer portals, users can already obtain a complete picture of all the data from the measuring instruments and systems being deployed. Most of these portals are based on a service-oriented architecture, thus optimising operational behaviours and significantly shortening repair and maintenance time. Web-based information platforms enable present-day users to work faster and more cost-efficiently, benefiting from simplified access to all instrument information. Thus design engineers, R&D staff or purchasers can get all the data they need on their screens by barcode-scanning of the instruments involved.

With measured tread into the future
The EMO Hannover 2013 will show the direction in which production metrology is moving for the future, more or less with a “measured tread”. A working group of the VDI/VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies (GMA) has already ventured a look into the future with its “Roadmap 2020 for Production Metrology”. It identifies four major focuses for future production operations.

  • Resource-efficient and transparent production processes
  • Quality
  • Productivity and
  • Flexible production (this includes workpiece detection, intelligent robot, gripper and safety engineering with image processing and image-based control)

More and more integrated
Particularly stringent requirements will apply here for process-integrated work-piece and tool measurements. The incorporation of metrological technology into the process ranges from sensors that are utilised directly by the machine concerned to autonomous metrological systems that are integrated via interfaces in the material and information flows of the industrial production processes involved.

PS: We will come back on integrated measuring systems in Eurotec soon.

Microtechnology: to cut larger size

6 12 2012

Affolter Technologies has unveiled the Gear AF 110 to complement its range of gear cutting centres towards the realisation of larger parts to diameters up to 40 mm with a module up to 1.0 mm. Why this evolution and with what objectives? To answer these questions we met with MM. Marc-Alain Affolter, general director and Sébastien Giran, marketing and sales office manager.
Affolter Gear110_Eurotec
Gear cutting machines live the same revolution lived in high precision turning with the replacement of cam machines. Though there are two important differences. This evolution is being lived a few years later and machines dedicated to replace cam-controlled gear cutting machines are not only much more efficient in terms of possibilities, but also much more productive. The brakes to purchase high precision turners met; i.e. to find out an often slower solution, does not exist here.

The secret? Innovation
One of the strengths of the Affolter machines is the internally developed Leste NC. Interpolation functions are handled by a dedicated integrated circuit also developed within the company. Immediate gain, the reaction time of the NC is about 90 nanoseconds (transfer time in the integrated circuit). Compared with a classical NC which the calculation requires 200 micro-seconds at best, the Affolter control is incomparably faster. “We can produce parts more quickly; 8-axis interpolation machining is not slowed down by the numerical control” explains Mr. Affolter. He adds: “As our control can handle up to 12 axes, we can also easily control loading and unloading numeric axes to save time”. Development of Leste NC (the company markets today the third generation) represents to date about 30 years/man engineering.

Worldwide presence – Swiss quality
If Affolter historical markets are located in Europe, it is today an important part of its turnover that is carried out in Asia, to the extent that the company has a sales and service subsidiary in China. All machines that are sold in this region of the world are always built in Malleray (Switzerland). When questioned about it Mr. Affolter says: “Customers in these regions that carry out quality products are no different from here, they want to have high-tech production tools. Swiss Made is always a guarantee of quality and we strive to make our machines strengthen this aspect”. He adds: “Things evolve in these countries, wages increase and industrial logic are the same as here in Europe and production is automated to the maximum”.

We will detail this new machine and Affolter’s strengths more in our next issue (meanwhile you can download Affolter’s Flyer here).

Affolter Technologies SA
Grand-Rue 76
CH-2735 Malleray
Tel. +41 32 491 70 00
Fax +41 32 491 70 05

Swiss pavilions at Hannover Messe 2013

25 10 2012

The Hanover Fair offers a unique platform for entrepreneurial and sustainable industrial actions to an international audience through solutions and innovations. In budgeting period, it may be an important step to plan for 2013.

As every year, Osec organizes joint booths in the “Industrial Supply” and “Research & Technology” halls. New in 2013, you also have the possibility to exhibit under the Swiss Flag on the “IndustrialGreenTec 2013”.

Main assets

  • The SWISS Pavilions will be clearly identifiable by its Swissness and offers a strong presence. With its attractive design it will achieve a high degree of attention, which is the ideal requirement for showcasing customer’s products and innovations.
  • The SWISS Pavilions will be prominently situated, which is the ideal platform to highlight your innovations.
  • The SWISS Pavilions reduces your administrative and organisational workload for your participation and ensures a professional service. The Osec project team will take care of all organisational and administrative arrangements – before, during and after the exhibition (in French and German).
  • The SWISS Pavilions provides an efficient infrastructure and professional services, including a fully equipped exhibition module, serviced hospitality and conference facilities and joint marketing and networking activities.

You can download all the information here:


For more information you can contact Mr. Reto Schoch, project manager with OSEC at Tel. +41-44-400 33 50, Fax +41-44-400 33 51,



Roughing 400% faster

22 10 2012

GibbsCAM VoluMill has made it possible for Quelch Engineering Ltd to achieve some startling reductions in its machining cycle times. The Uxbridge based company specialises in aerospace, motor sport, petrochemical and electronic components, including parts for the Ariane space rocket.

As a subcontractor, a high proportion of parts are new and unique, leading to a heavy demand for CNC programming. Quelch Engineering first invested in GibbsCAM in 1999, choosing it for its simplicity of operation. Now the company has two seats of the software using it to program all of its 11 CNC machines including Milling, Turning and MTM Mill/Turn. Chairman, Alan See, says “We have a policy of continuous investment to ensure we can keep ahead of the technological demands of our market and deliver high quality products on time at a competitive cost”.

An evolving product
As part of this investment program, Quelch Engineering has continuously invested in its GibbsCAM software adding modules for 4-axis Positional and Rotary machining, solid modeling, multi task machining and full 3D machining With the ability to read native CAD models including CATIA V5, Pro-Engineer, NX-CAD and Solidworks, to name but a few. The VoluMill module was the next logical investment. In 2009 Quelch Engineering became the first company in the United Kingdom to install the GibbsCAM VoluMill Module achieving some truly remarkable results.

Intelligent algorithm
GibbsCAM VoluMill has been designed for ultra high-performance 2, 3 and 4 axis roughing by optimising the feedrate, toolpath and cutting conditions to achieve the shortest possible cycle time.
The intelligent algorithm in the software considers heat dissipation through the chips, keeping the workpiece and tools at a constant temperature, while curves and arcs are introduced into the cutterpath to produce smooth fluid movements of the tool. The software also enables the programmer to rough as deep as possible, to make use of the full length of the tool. It then automatically re-roughs the large steps produced, ready for part finishing.

We will go into deeper explanation on GibbsCAM VoluMill:

  • optimisation of tooling and
  • working conditions and explain
  • the technology advantage of the software package

in Eurotec’s next issue.

GibbsCAM at Prodex
If this post explains the benefits of machining parts of a few decimetres cubes with GibbsCAM, the software also offers dedicated solutions for microtechnology, watchmaking and medical. Many specific modules of GibbsCAM have been developed in the heart of the microtechnology market by Productec, dealer in Switzerland and France and long-time partner of GibbsCAM.
On the K30 stand in Hall 1.1 visitors will be able to discover the all-new version of GibbsCAM ‘GibbsCAM 2012+’, the workshops management tools of CWork as well as programming of multitasking machines (MTM) solutions.

Productec SA
Grands Champs 5
2842 Rossemaison
Tel. + 41 32 421 44 33
Fax + 41 32 421 44 39

Productec France
Tél. ++33 9 74 76 26 61


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