Tool construction, pattern and mould making for talented young people

Some 14,000 visitors attended Moulding Expo in 2015 to discover everything about the 620 exhibitors, their products and services. However, the varied accompanying programme also attracted many skilled workers to Stuttgart. One of the focal themes at Moulding Expo 2015 is once again in the spotlight this year: qualifications and further training.

Moulding Expo 2015

“Well qualified talented young people safeguard the future of the industry,” explains Ralf Dürrwächter. People are what make the difference to the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers’ Managing Director. “Only companies that invest in trainees as well as in technology will gain a competitive edge.” The association has therefore taken up the cause of qualification. “We want to roll up our sleeves with the sector so that tool construction and mould making remains a globally renowned brand in Germany.” His colleague from the Federal Association for Pattern and Moulding Making regards the trade fair as an major opportunity for the sector: “We are thrilled that Moulding Expo is focussing on apprenticeship professions – as it did two years ago – and is hoping to attract students back to the trade fair. We will take advantage of this platform to make our vocational trades better known and thus inspire suitably qualified young people about tool construction, pattern and mould making.”

Training course at Moulding Expo
Florian Niethammer, Project Manager responsible for Moulding Expo, explains how the subject of training and education will be presented at Messe Stuttgart: “With the slogan “Get your future in shape!”, together with our partner associations, we will be showcasing the most important apprenticeship professions in tool construction, pattern and mould making in Hall 4 on Stand B35. School classes will have an opportunity to discuss their future with trainers and apprentices there.” And to give the idea a more practical edge, there will also be guided tours around the trade fair. A “guide” from the sector will take a group and, after a short introduction on the training stand, will accompany them around the trade fair to discover what the industry has to offer.

Presentation of study opportunities within the industry
Young people interested in finding further education courses at the forthcoming Moulding Expo will also be spoilt for choice – for instance on the Schmalkalden University stand. From the summer semester of 2017 onwards, engineers and technicians can attend a course in Additive Manufacturing Processes and Rapid Technologies over two semesters whilst working. It is offered by the university in conjunction with the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF), the Institute for Toolless Fabrication (IwF) at the University of Applied Sciences Aachen and the Chair for Manufacturing Technology at the University of Duisburg-Essen as training partners.

“There is huge demand by industry for qualified employees in 3D technology,” explains Gerd Witt, Professor for Production Processes and Machine Tools at the University of Duisburg. “However, up to now there has been no training and no standards.” The new course combines the teaching experiences of the three universities with input from business. Thematically, it is structured on the basis of the main material branches of additive manufacturing, that is metal and plastic, but is also supplemented by a focus on application-orientated design. “Tool construction and mould making, as well as pattern making, are the pioneers in this technology,” explains Gerd Witt. “It is therefore essential for us to present the new course and teaching opportunities at Moulding Expo.”

It is hoped to showcase the focus of the course at the trade fair by using the components on which the university is currently working. “We will possibly also find new ideas at Moulding Expo, which can be realised using this process or even how it behaves with other materials,” states Gerd Witt.

Moulding Expo – International trade fair for tool construction, pattern and mould making
Moulding Expo focuses on tool, pattern and mould making with injection moulding, die-cast, casting, punching and forming tools, as well as various pattern-making and prototyping processes. Components and accessories, machine tools, processing tools, measuring technology and special machines, software, systems and services for tool construction, pattern and moulding making complete the range of exhibits. Technical forums and special exhibitions round off the diverse programme. 620 exhibitors attended the first exhibition in 2015, which was visited by 14,000 trade visitors.

Messe Stuttgart is the organiser of Moulding Expo. It is supported by the Federal Association of Model and Mould Making (MF), the Association of German Mechanical Engineering and Plant Construction (VDMA), the Association of German Tool and Mould Makers (VDWF), the Society of German Machine Tool Factories (VDW) and the International Special Tooling and Machining Association (ISTMA).

The next Moulding Expo will be held from 30 May to 2 June 2017.

Vero Waveform Saves Tool Costs of Over £100 Per Part

Trials carried out with Seco Tools show that Vero Software’s powerful, game-changing Waveform Roughing Strategy can save nearly £130,000 on cutting tool costs for 1,000 parts, compared with conventional machining strategies.

The results came from trials using a Seco 20mm tool, cutting components from EN24 steel. Vero’s Strategic Partnership Manager, Wesley Tonks, says: “Tool life is dependent on how the tool is implemented within the machining process. We always state the increase in material removal rates when utilising the Waveform strategy instead of traditional machining methods”. However. there are additional massive financial benefits to be realised with the reduction in tooling costs.

“Because the Waveform strategy, while utilising the full flute length of the tool, gives improved stability, less stress, and improved swarf evacuation, ensuring even wear, a financially beneficial regrind programme can be introduced.”

And Waveform increases the tool life before each regrind is required. For example, during the trial, the £357 tool was reground four times, as well as there being 275 minutes between each regrind. This meant the total tool life going from 60 minutes with conventional machining, to 1,100 minutes with Waveform. Waveform also speeded up the operation, reducing the cycle time from 22.5 minutes to 7.5 minutes.

On a production run of 1,000 parts, the tool costs using conventional machining were £133,875 – falling to just £4,125 with Waveform – a saving of £129.750. Even cutting Titanium, Waveform extends tool life from 150 minutes to 360, with three regrinds, delivering savings of £42,910 when cutting 1,000 components.

Waveform was originally part of Vero Software’s Edgecam milling package, but has recently been adapted for turning…and is now also included in Alphacam, WorkNC and Surfcam.  As well as the extensive savings brought about by the constant chip load, Waveform also delivers considerably improved material removal rates, minimum tool vibration, deeper cuts, and increased speeds and feed rates, with a smooth toolpath which avoids sharp changes in direction, maintaining the machine’s velocity.

The toolpath is automatically adjusted to compensate for load fluctuations. Tool engagement is decreased in concave areas and stepover adjusted between passes to maintain the desired engagement. In convex areas, the opposite happens – as the material falls away the toolpath stepover is increased to maintain the tool engagement.

“To conclude, it is very typical to have smaller batch sizes but to realise savings the whole manufacturing operation needs to be appreciated,” says Wesley Tonks. “Looking at where particular tools are being used and consumed across many operations and machines will expose manufacturing production facilities to increased savings.”

Intermeditech 2017, Paris

The French medical device market was evaluated at 20 billion euros in 2015. It is a fast growing market with growth of + 5% per year.In that positive context, Intermeditech is the only French professional event for suppliers and manufacturers of the medical device industry.

The next edition will take place from the 16th to the 18th of May 2017 in Paris Expo, during the Paris Healthcare Week.

Product categories exhibited:
Adhesives, Cleanroom, Components, parts, modules, OEM, Plastics manufacturing, Consulting, Electrical and electronic components, Filter, In vitro accessories, Manufacturing services, Measurement, test, quality control, Motors and transmissions, Packaging,  Plasturgy, Printing and labelling, Pumps and valves, Raw materials, Software, Sterilisation, Subcontracting, Tubings and tube equipment

Visitors’ profile:
Buyers, Design engineers, Engineers and technicians for R&D and production departments, General managers, Medical technology exhibitors of Health-ITExpo, Medical technology exhibitors of HopitalExpo, Packaging specialists, Process engineers, Product development engineers, Production managers, Qualification and validation specialists, R&D Managers, Technical procurement managers

The Intermeditech conferences program will cover topical subjects gathered under three main themes during the 3 days of the exhibition:

• New materials, new process, new technologies, new applications
• The impact of standards and legislative evolutions on the   subcontractor / manufacture relationship
• Market access for healthcare innovation

GrindTec 2018 – Demand for exhibition space higher than ever

From every viewpoint the last GrindTec was the most successful ever. With 577 exhibitors, 17,950 visitors and 42,000 m² exhibition space it achieved three new records – very satisfactory for the GrindTec organisers AFAG. And at least equally successful for the exhibiting companies: In 2016 they assessed their participation as better than ever, as was shown by the representative survey carried out by the trade fair market researcher Gelsus, Dortmund.

In 2018 the leading trade fair for grinding technology could well increase once again, as is indicated by the high amount of registrations already received by the Project Management, around a third more than they had received by the same date two years ago. Of these about 10 per cent are new exhibitors or those who had missed out one or more exhibitions. Of course we must take into account that the majority of companies always register early, as the GrindTec is definitely the can’t miss event of the sector.

Hall planning will already start in May
Due to the high amount of registrations received, hall planning will already start in May, contrary to previous events. So the Project Management highly recommends all companies that are interested in participating at the GrindTec to send in their applications as soon as possible, together with any requests for positioning. This makes it easier for us to accommodate your requests. The documentation for participation can be downloaded from the GrindTec homepage at:

WWK Arena: Improved access
The addition of the WWK-Arena at the previous event proved to be a great success. About 500 guests attended the Exhibitors’ Evening “A Night at the Arena”, which had been transferred to the exclusive Business Centre of the Augsburg stadium, a move that was highly praised. The 2018 Exhibitors’ Evening will also take place there.

As in 2016 the parking area of the stadium will again be available for all visitors, who arrive in their own cars. An advantage here is that the B17 motorway between the WWK-Arena and the Augsburg Fairgrounds has been enlarged from 2 to 3 lanes. This means that even during the heavy morning rush hour the shuttle busses shouldn’t need longer than 5 minutes to take the GrindTec visitors to the entrances of the trade fair.

Scarborough UTC Invests in 600 UK’s industrial Machine Tools for ‘Engineers of Tomorrow’

Scarborough UTC’s brand new training facility was proudly opened in September 2016 with the aim of educating the engineers of tomorrow. To ensure the facility gives students the best possible introduction to industry, they sourced machine tools, almost in their entirety, from 600 UK.

Scarborough UTC acquired Colchester Student centre lathes, a Harrison Alpha CNC combination lathe, Clausing turret milling machines, pedestal drills and bandsaws to fill the workshop, accompanied by a range of Pratt Burnerd International chucking solutions.

Commenting upon the reason for choosing 600 UK, the Principal at Scarborough University Technical College (UTC), Mr Tim Englefield said: “We wanted machines that represented the standard of machine tools that local companies are using. We wanted our learners to be able to walk out of the UTC with an education that will enable them to walk straight into a local company and feel completely at home with the technology being used.”

“When we look at the characteristics of a machine, it’s a combination of factors that are important. As a government funded organisation, whatever we choose has to have a high ‘value for money’ factor”.
The Colchester Students have an unrivalled reputation for being the ultimate benchmark training lathes, incorporating an ideal compact footprint for an education workshop, allowing for Scarborough UTC to fit the maximum number of machines into their available space.
The geared headstock Colchester Student lathes provides learners with the very best equipment to gain industrial level training, providing a comprehensive grounding in the basics of turning.  They are built to standards in excess of DIN8606 and BS4656 Part 1, which combined with outstanding safety features that exceed all international safety standards, make it the ideal education workshop lathe. Additionally, all Colchester centre lathes come fully equipped with a full range of accessories, suiting any industrial or training application.

The UTC also has the Harrison Alpha 1350XS lathe with CNC capability, so students can pre-program machines in the computer suites at the college. The Harrison Alpha CNC combination lathe has a huge range of built-in educational training options, making it the favourite choice for colleges and training centres around the world.  The wide range of Alpha control options available enable learners to seamlessly progress from manual, through to full CNC turning, aided by working with conversational programming, 3D graphic displays and standard ISO programming capabilities.

High value-added Clausing mills, drills and bandsaws completes the 600 UK equipment supplied to this highly impressive learning environment, making the workshop a complete ‘all-encompassing’ learning package for the students.

The Clausing 2VS turret mills complement the Colchester and Harrison lathes perfectly and are rapidly becoming a key engineered product in the industrial milling sector and are ideal for transitioning students making the step from learning into industry.  However, as with every Clausing product, the 2VS mill is one of many in a wide range of turret and bed mills offered by Clausing.

Scarborough UTC chose the Clausing KC1016VS bandsaw and EKL25 pillar drills as compact, versatile, industry ready machine tools that learners could pick up and use very quickly when working on engineering projects. Clausing also supply a wide range of Clausing drills, bandsaws and grinders to suit any workshop environment whether in industry or education.

All Clausing machine tools go through the same rigorous quality controls as every other 600 Group product and the mills, drills and bandsaws are no exception.

The UTC model has been in operation for little over 5 years in the UK and the Scarborough facility is one of 48 such establishments in the UK. Scarborough UTC accepts students from the age of 14 and the students undertake the standard curriculum of maths, science and English as well as three engineering qualifications. These include engineering manufacturing, engineering design and electronics and control systems.

Mike Berry, 600 UK managing director said “We pride ourselves in supporting all our customers whether in education or industry and respond to their individual needs. All our machines are manufactured to be equally at home in any workshop environment and we firmly believe that using high quality industrial standard machinery is paramount for education establishments to get the best out of tomorrow’s engineers.”

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Bilbao Exhibition Centre generated an economic impact of 92 millions euros in 2016

The activity developed by Bilbao Exhibition Centre in 2016 generated an economic impact in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of 91,976,392 Euros. This impact implied a collection of taxes of 11,338,741 Euros for the Basque Tax Office, and the generation of 1,937 jobs. Since its inauguration in 2004, BEC has had an accumulated impact on the GDP of 1,024 million Euros.

During the past year, the BEC held a total of 188 events of different types (trade shows, congresses/conventions, concerts, shows, etc.), which amounted to an occupancy rate of 283 days. In regards to the participation in all the events held in 2016, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre welcomed a total of 901,437 visitors.

The different activities developed within the Bilbao Exhibition Centre were distributed as follows:
•    27 Trade shows,  that hosted a total of 2,825 exhibitors.
•    145 Events at BEC Conventions.
•    18 Events at the Bizkaia Arena.

In terms of the source of the economic impact, about 80% comes from the trade show activities and the remaining 20% comes from BEC Conventions and Bizkaia Arena. Likewise, 63% of this impact is generated by the exhibitors and organisers, while the remaining 37% is from the visitors.

A completed  strategic plan
It is also important to highlight that the 2013/2016 Competitiveness and Sustainability Plan ended this year. This plan advocated for the appreciation of available spaces and an overall reduction of costs, in addition to the development of a solid offer of shows and the attraction of new events from third parties, among other issues. All of these goals have been achieved, including the attainment of a positive result for 2016. Right now, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre is drafting the new 2017/2020 Strategic Plan that will lead the way during the next years; a plan that focuses on growth in activity and organisational improvement.

BIEMH’2016, the star
In 2016, the Bilbao Exhibition Centre was the scenario for a large range of activities from very different sectors. Due to its relevance in the BEC’s results, it is essential to highlight the success of the 29th edition of the International Machine Tool Exhibition. Its progressive recovery following the financial crisis, in terms of the volume of the exhibition, with over 1,533 exhibitors from 30 different countries, and the attendance of 40,000 visitors, which implied an increase of 13% over last year’s figures, was one of the greatest achievements of the year. But it wasn’t the only one. The BEC was also sensitive to the situation of the younger generation that are at the gates of their first job and, during the celebration of the BIEMH, they held WORKinn, Employment and Training Forum focusing on the youth, to bring the employment market and offers of the machine tool industry closer to the students. The industrial context provided by the BIEMH exhibition was also used to create new events such as ADDIT3D, the first additive manufacturing and 3D trade show in Spain that is exclusively for professionals, as well as the Oil&Gas Conference and the Maintenance International Conference, which had relevant international speakers and leading exhibitors from the represented sectors.

BIG Kaiser Italian revenues surge by 200%

BIG Kaiser, a global leader in premium high-precision tooling systems and solutions for the metalworking industries, announces the conclusion of a successful year in Italy, with sales tripling and considerable improvement in customer service.

Revenues for 2016 soared by 200 percent, compared to the previous year, whilst BIG Kaiser added 250 new active customers. Italy is now the company’s fourth largest market in Europe, after Germany, Switzerland and France.

This growth has been on the back of BIG Kaiser’s high-precision collet chucks and digital boring heads.

The collet chucks with a guaranteed runout of no more than 3 microns at 4xØ have convinced customers by reducing their machining times and slashing tooling costs to a minimum. The higher performance characteristics of BIG Kaisers digital boring heads have raised the benchmark level for such machining operations.

The success achieved by BIG Kaiser in Italy has partly been the result of its transition to a direct sales model. An increased investment in staff has led to improved local support, noticeably shorter lead times, and faster responses to customer requests. Orders can now be shipped within 24 hours in Northern Italy and 48 hours in the rest of the country. For 2017, BIG KAISER is planning to continue investing in Italy by recruiting more sales engineers.

“Italy remains a price-sensitive market and customers need time and information to acquaint themselves with BIG Kaiser’s premium product range,” says Peter Elmer, CEO at BIG Kaiser, “Now, with our own technical sales people in the field, we have been better able to explain the inherent benefits of investing in high quality tooling, including improved precision, better versatility and longer tool life.”

Come and meet BIG Kaiser’s local experts at MECSPE in Parma, Hall 2 Stand D63 from 23 – 25 March 2017, where the company will showcase its award-winning next-generation digital boring head with wireless connectivity.

Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher