11th European strategic report on orthopaedic market

Avicenne is a unique orthopaedic market research company, providing for over 15 years unrivalled advantages to its clients in the orthopedic industry. Being well placed in every level of the industry (OEM, Clinics and hospitals, Contract manufacturers and outsourcing, Raw material supplies as well as Authorities and Regulators), the company is able to identify early trends and new technologies affecting the orthopaedic market.

11th report
Report just released
The newly printed report can be available on PDF, CD-Rom or hard copy and can be ordered on several levels. The main report includes every field of activity (Hip, Knee and Shoulder) and European countries. You can also chose 1 product (Hip for instance) on whole Europe or on the contrary one single country (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain or Rest of Europe) for every products.


  • Hip, Knee and Shoulder detailed segmentations:
  • Type: total, partial, revision, modular/monobloc
  • Fixation: Cemented, cementkless, Hybrid
  • Bearing: Metal/polyethylene (PE), ceramic/PE, ceramic/ceramic or metal/metal
  • Volume, value and average prices by products, by country and competitors
  • 5 years forecasts
  • Competitor’s market shares
  • New developments

You can download more information as well as the order form here.

Other reports are available, do not hesitate to contact Avicenne to know more.
AVICENNE Développement
10, rue Jean-Jaurès
La Défense 11
92807 Puteaux Cedex
Phone + 33 1 47 78 46 00
Fax + 33 1 47 78 46 01

By the way, Avicenne is organising the famous Implants event in Lyon on May 27 and 28, 2010. You can find more information here.

Innovation: the Zeta collet clamping system!

The New Zeta collet clamping system offers the market a much better advantage to solve most collet clamping problems. Collets are used in a lot of different variations such as; static and rotating tools, multi-spindle heads, Swiss-turn lathes, angle-heads in different sectors like automotive ,aircraft, various metal, medical, wood and plastic manufacturers.

In each of these fields no one offers, until today, an absolutely safe collet clamping system with the addition of the possibility to lock the collets with extremely high torque moments, also in very complicated applications with limited space around and between the spindles in multi-spindle machines. The New Zeta Collet Clamping Systems offers a lot of advantages. Everyone in the machine industry is aware of different collet systems like ER – DIN6499, OZ – DIN6388,and various others.

New Zeta clamping system by Zollmann

All these systems have problems with the proper application of torque by using spanner wrenches in most cases. Exactly for this purpose Zollmann GmbH developed a solution with the New Zeta collet nut system. The New Zeta system provides a lot of unique and unexpected possibilities that never have been offered before by other popular collet clamping systems. The New Zeta system is completely exchangeable with all spindles in single situations, aggregates, multi-spindle heads, and Swiss turn lathes which use ER-DIN6499 or OZ-DIN6388 collet systems.

Slipping out is no longer possible
The unique operating tools that this new system offers, gives the machinist a choice of what tools best suits their preference. Zollmann offers standardized tool connectors in 1/2, 3/8, and 1/4 inch sizes and various hexagons. The enormous torque power of this system has been optimized by a new unique security profile that eliminates slipping out while clamping the tools. Zollmann suggests to its customers to improve working quality and ease of operation by upgrading and updating their old worn collet nuts. The proper use of torque wrenches together with the correct specified torque moments is a must in the future and should be applied to all successful working machinery facilities in the world. The multiple possibilities of the new clamping system, gives the customer a lot of variations for all kinds of spindle situations. Additionally the Zeta system can also be used with popular sealing disc systems currently used for internally cooled cutting tools. The Zeta system is patent pending.

Zollmann GmbH
Uhlandstraße 3
D-72820 Sonnenbühl – Undingen
Postfach (P.O.Box) 1313
Tél. +49 (0)7126-9292-0
Fax +49 (0)7126-1220
ISDN-Fax +49 (0)7126-9292-22
[email protected]


Mazak Europe’s new Group Managing Director

Mr Marcus Burton, currently Managing Director of Yamazaki Mazak UK Ltd, will be the new Group Managing Director Europe from 1st January 2010. He succeeds Dr David Jack who has been responsible for Mazak’s European business since 2004 and who has reached retirement age.

Mazak Europe’s new Group Managing DirectorMr Tomohisa Yamazaki, President of Yamazaki Mazak Corporation, comments that continuity has a high priority within Mazak. “Mr Burton has sound knowledge and understanding of the machine tool business and the Mazak organisation and he will build on the firm foundations of our European operations.”

Mr Burton joined Yamazaki Mazak in 2005, as Business Development Director for Europe, having previously held various senior positions with Brown and Sharpe, the US owned metrology company. He has a master’s degree in machine tool technology and an MBA from the University of Birmingham, England.


Pure value added…

In our modern world where we take it so much for granted that we can be in Switzerland eating a kiwi grown in New Zealand, taking photographs using a camera made in Japan or enjoying a red wine produced in South Africa, it is easy to forget that these seemingly everyday actions are rendered possible by a seamless system of logistics which is anything but banal. People speak of production units on extended manufacturing runs in Germany being prevented from working because a sub-contractor in France has encountered a technical problem … but nevertheless, very little consideration is usually given to transport, whether it be of a machine or of manufactured components or of consumer products … even though this is a source of added value.

Kiwi and shipping
Interview with a specialist
To try to clarify this important stage through which a product needs to pass between its manufacturing process and the point where it is used or consumed, Eurotec met up with Mr. Rémy Saner, CEO of Bluesped Logistics Sàrl in Boncourt.

Eurotec: You say that, at the end of the day, your company can deliver more to its customers with intelligent transport solutions … but are you not perhaps wishing to deliver a notion of service which your are not necessarily being asked for?

Rémy Saner: I believe that it is illusory to wish to talk about a product without the value-added component of service. The fact of delivering that produce just in time is in itself a service which is greatly appreciated. It is evident that, as it evolves, this service component must become as broad in scope as possible until its status is confirmed as a sales argument in its own right.

Eurotec: Could you give us an example of this creativity in action?

Rémy Saner: On behalf of a major regional manufacturer (Switzerland), we often have to ship goods to Australia. Due to the considerable length of time these goods are in transit, the customer in Australia was complaining about missing out on market share. It was therefore imperative for our customer that we somehow make up time on the ship transit time … without having to pay the very substantial surcharge of air freight…

Eurotec : That surely must have been an insoluble demand…

Rémy Saner: Absolutely not! At that time, air freight charges to Asia were very reasonable indeed … We therefore organized air freight as far as the hub in Singapore and, from there, the rest of the journey was made by ship in just two weeks … in that way, we made up time, saved money and rescued the additional market share which the end customer was so concerned about losing…

This is an extract of the full story to be discovered in next issue of Eurotec.

For more information
Rémy Saner
Chemin des Pommerats 5
CH-2926 Boncourt
[email protected]

Pneumadraulic® clamping: a revolution!

Encountered at EMO, Daniel Dünner, Director of Walter Dünner SA Moutier (Switzerland) showed us a new system designed to replace a complete hydraulic group. This innovation is launched jointly with a new hydraulic actuating cylinder and an automatic clamping system for jaws. These novelties present true benefits both in terms of precision and of environmental respect.

A new way to generate hydraulic pressure using air
How does it work?
The pressure multiplier is a simple device that uses pneumatic to generate hydraulic power. This small device replaces a “large” hydraulic group and compared to this last, request a very reduced floor space. Air pressure is applied on a closed circuit of oil and once the level of pressure needed is reached, the valve is closed and oil remains under pressure. This avoids having a large amount of oil still maintained under pressure and drastically reduces the risk of heating.

The multiplier benefits
Not having to feed a circuit of oil “permanently running”, the quantity of oil is very small as well as energy consumption. These benefits are added to an investment very different than the price of a complete hydraulic group. In the case of the mere replacing of a pump on a standard hydraulic group (for example), to consider a multiplier is already relevant. For a price slightly higher than a pump we can use a system with significant benefits.
Even if it is not common, in the case of an accident, the quantity of oil that can spread is very limited (a few liters) compared to the case of the same even occurring to a group who can reach 20 or more liters.

And what is the actuating cylinder
The actuating cylinder is complementary to the multiplier. Working in closed circuit, there is no loss of oil. In the case of sensitive production like in the medical field, this is a great advantage. The heat produced by a classical solution induces consequences on accuracy of the means of production. This problem simply doesn’t exist with the “multiplier-actuating cylinder” combination.

Clamping automation
Many machines have a clamping that uses jaws, the presented solution is likely to automate and ensure the strength of the clamping. Contrarily to pneumatic clamping systems always facing  clamping loss due to centrifugal force, the closed-circuit hydraulic system uses the incompressibility of oil to ensure a constant tightening. Dünner offers two solutions, either the installation on a lathe already equipped with hydraulic, or the completely new set up on manual clamping systems.

To see ahead…
Specializing in “small and precise”, Dünner expands its traditional product range with these devices rather dedicated to larger diameters. M. Dünner tells us: “With our LongStar collets, we already have a certain experience for larger diameters systems. The Pneumadraulic® solution presented today is an ideal complement to our portofolio”. He adds: “Users are looking for ways to maintain the quality of their productions while minimizing space and energy used for clamping. This can be seen in the use of the three positions guide bush in small diameters. In the large diameters, there was no real alternative until today. We have filled this gap”!

A few characteristics

  • Maximum pressure: 45 bars
  • Max speed: 9’500 min-1 (diam. 37 mm) to 4’000 min-1 (diam. 127 mm)
  • Max clamping force: 30 KN (diam. 37 mm) at 141 KN (diam. 127 mm)

Do you need more information? You can download the brochure here.

Walter Dünner SA
Swiss tooling
Route de Soleure 25
2740 Moutier
Tel. + 41 32 493 11 52
Fax + 41 32 493 46 79
[email protected]

New grinding machines by Schneeberger

At the EMO we discovered some grinding solutions to meet both demands for small and precise parts and for very affordable simple grinding solutions.

Norma microTool, the surgery machine
The ideal solution for production of small parts is Norma microTool : Micro small cutting tools for electronics, watchmaking or other micro-mechanical applications. Very important also the growing market of tools and other products for the medical industry. Milling cutters, ballnose cutters, drills with coolant holes (down to diameter 0.2 mm) can be ground at high precision. The unique clamping system make’s it possible. Tools are supported in two steady rests, one for concentricity using v-groove and downholder, one supports the grinding process. In the field of medical technology the applications cover injection needles, cannulaes, surgical suture needles or dental drills.

Let’s see in detail
Setting up the delicate process of micro-machining requires specialised means. Visualisation of the fixturing for adjustments is made easy, a highly magnifying camera shows all details conveniently on the controllers monitor. Speed and flexibility of the Fanuc 6-axes-robot matches the machines capacity on the handling side. Normas spindle-motor delivers 10 kW at 60% running time. The double ended unit rotates at 1’000 – 9’000 rpm and can be equipped with 3 wheels on each side, the maximum wheel diameter is 250 mm.

Norma microtool and Aries5 by Schneeberger
Aries5, the affordable grinder
The extracompact 5-axes grinder for production and resharpening at an affordable price. Aries5 is the first low cost 5-axes tool grinder on the market with uncompromised technology of much larger machines. Latest and most powerful Fanuc-controller 310i, grinding motor of 10 kW at 60%, double-ended spindle with 6 grinding wheels enabeling diameters up to 250 mm. Axes stroke in X, Y and Z is 400, 260, 300 mm. Highest stability and precision in its mechanical design make Aries5 the best low cost tool&cutter grinder in the market.

Software to go further
To keep costs under control, no robot and no automation are provided with the machine. Nevertheless equipped with QUINTO 5, state of the art grinding software, the machine is well prepared for any grinding task. Radius- and ballnose endmills, cylindrical or tapered, T-slot cutters, staggered tooth, drills and stepdrills, you name it. Easy implementation of specialities and a wide range of woodworking tools make this performer complete.

To know more about these machines and other novelties by Schneeberger, visit the website of the company here.

J. Schneeberger Maschinen AG

Geissbergstrasse 2
4914 Roggwil, Switzerland
Phone +41 62 918 44 00
Fax +41 62 918 44 11 11
[email protected]

Much more than a machining centre…

On the occasion of the recent EMO in Milano, we had the opportunity to discover the Emissa 3800 Winflex. This modular and flexible machining center doesn’t need any robot to manage the parts and combines the possibilities of a conventional machining center with the performances of the well known Pibomulti’s machining turret heads. The result? A machine like no other in term of productivity and flexibility (compared to more traditional solutions). Meeting with Mr. Boschi, Chief Executive Officer of Emissa and Pibomulti and passionate inventor.

Well-known elements
Built in a modular way and designed to incorporate machining modules as Pibomulti’s turret heads, the new machine presented by Emissa clearly benefits from the experience of Emissa in the design of machines and of Pibomulti regarding tooling and accessories. This allows the company to launch a revolutionary machine in which components are already validated and accepted by the market. This brings tremendous quality and reliability.

A “reverse” logic to go further
What surprises at first glance, is the way to take the part to be machined. It is taken from the outside by the top and brought into the machining area. All machining are made on the 5 faces, perfectly available for machining. Who has never been confronted with the problem of chips evacuation? With the solution presented here, this problem no longer exists. The part being suspended and the machining carried out “in free space”, chips cannot stick.
Several solutions exist regarding parts preparation or supports, the multifunction center can be fed through a storage place for parts and pallets or by a simple conveyor. The machine being built on the basis of modular elements, it is very easy to adapt it to the needs of customers.
Machining Area of the new Emissa machine
On the left we can see the part to be machined. This one is clamped by the top. Just on the right of the part, we see the horizontal spindle of the machining center. Then on the middle of the picture we can see the nose of the vertical spindle and finally on the right, the turret head. The new Emissa’s Winflex 3800 offers outstanding machining possibilities.

To save time
Let’s see how the machine works. The door opens and the part is driven into the machining area thanks to a largely sized porch. It can be machined from the front by a turret head that can accommodate multispindle heads with 20 or more spindles on 6 or 8 working stations. Once the operation completed and one must change the tool (for example), we can use the machining center with two storage places for tools (24 on the side and 12 on the bottom) to perform other operations. That way, there is no loss of time to change the tools, the part is always in machining. The head being tilting, it is also possible to perform machining from all angles. In terms of productivity, some analyses based on parts for the automotive industry demonstrate that the new Emissa machine can replace four traditional 4-axis machining centers.

Economy and environment
Compared to four machining centers the Winflex 3800 machine needs a reduced floor space as well as a much lower power consumption. The chips management related to the geometry of the machining area allows reduced use of machining fluid too. These elements lets Emissa propose a machine that is very productive, flexible and simultaneously little demanding in term of energy and consumable. Nowadays, with environmental concerns, it is a an important asset.

  • Part size max:  diam 800 x height 550

We will go into more detail in the next issue of Eurotec to be released the first week of November.

Emissa SA
Jambe – Ducommun 18
2400 – Le Locle / Suisse
Tél : +41 (0) 32 933 06 66
Fax :  +41 (0) 32 933 06 60
Info : [email protected]