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In some situations, nothing can replace a good paper magazine to leaf through quickly and find valuable information. In the microtechnology world, Eurotec is the magazine to read to stay in touch with piece of news, technical improvements and ways to work.


The magazine is published six times a year and send directly to our worldwide readers by the Swiss post. We’ve simplified the subscription possibilities, you can now pay directly online through our secure server. Never before the access to privileged information was so easy.

The main topics covered by the magazine are:

  • Machining – New machines and way to work
  • Tooling and peripherals – The best machine can do nothing without tooling
  • Lubrication – To go further with lubrication
  • Cleaning – It is no longer a necessity evil
  • Companies & Clusters – Presentation of companies that make the difference
  • Innovation – Nowadays, THE element!
  • The regions – Did you know that some areas are so good in micromechanics?
  • Sub-contracting – Presentation of companies, huge potential to discover
  • CAD/CAM – Allows people to go beyond the usual machining with easiness
  • Trade shows – Both retrospectives and presentations
  • Control – Increased quality also means improved control systems

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PS: The flow of posts in Eurotec’s blog and website will be interrupted for a few days (Summer holidays). For the lucky ones that take some holidays, enjoy!


Future trends in orthopaedic technology

OrthoTec Europe conference and trade fair showcases the state of the art! Orthopaedics is one of the fastest-growing areas of medical technology. In response to this trend, Canon Communications has organised a new event, OrthoTec Europe, to be held in Zurich on 29 and 30 September 2010. This comprises a conference on the latest developments in the field, with presentations by leading industry figures, and a trade fair in which some 60 businesses will display their latest products.

Up to five percent of the adult population is affected by musculoskeletal disorders, which account for a fifth of all visits to doctors in the developed countries. Not surprisingly, the design and manufacture of orthopedic products is one of the fastest-growing areas of the health sector, with worldwide sales of some €28 billion. Professor Bert Müller of Basel University, a keynote speaker at OrthoTec, says: “We know that orthopedic technology is growing at a very consistent ten to fifteen percent a year.”
Constant growth means constant change, and a steady stream of innovation is taking place within the industry: materials, production processes, accessories, packaging, equipment sterilisation. Rapid progress is also bringing with it regulatory requirements designed to protect patients’ health and safety in this sensitive area of medicine.

OrthoTec: a treasurehouse of information and contacts
So OrthoTec is being launched at an exciting time. Specifically aimed at European equipment designers and manufacturers, this combination of conference and specialist trade fair offers a range of strategic technical information rarely found under one roof.
Yves-Alain Ratron, director of global research at Tornier and one of the chairs of the OrthoTec conference, hopes visitors will make time to see and hear about new developments in the industry. “These high-quality speakers will be a really valuable source of technical information about the latest developments in orthopedics.”
The conference and trade fair both take place on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 September, and the conference is divided into four sessions, each focusing on a key issue in the industry:

  • changes in the legal and regulatory environment
  • new implant materials and surfaces,
  • use of generative processes to make complex, customer-specific implants,
  • new developments in instruments and in cleaning, sterilisation and packaging processes.

To know more about the event, you can visit the website of the event here and read the interview of Mark Temple Smith, Head of trade shows for Europe and Asia with Canon Communications that was published in Eurotec’s latest issue here.

Canon Communications LLC
Aurore Domange
132 rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis
F-75010 Paris
Tel:  +33 (0) 1 77 48 10 00
[email protected]

In the service of microtechnology

A “new” trade fair dedicated to microtechnology is currently in preparation and will take place in Stuttgart from the 13th to 16th September this year. The trade fair is being organised by the Schall group and undoubtedly benefits from the wide experience of this trade fair organiser. In order to understand the reasons behind the relaunch of this trade fair (that stopped a few years ago) and to find out all about its specific features, we met Mr and Mrs Schall. We will publish this comprehensive interview in our next issue.


Let’s see a few extracts:

What trends have you observed in the field of microtechnology? How does the new trade fair react to these trends?

Things have changed a lot since the very first Microsys trade fair and sectors such as medical technology, solar technology, photo-voltaic technology or even micro injection-moulding are only just now starting to play a prominent place, and this role is constantly growing. What is more, the efforts carried out to achieve more resource efficiency and energy savings regarding lightweight design and miniaturisation generate new challenges in terms of production technology, which is why we are leaving so much space to the production of micro-technical components and micro-system technical components or devices. The use of the least possible energy in movement, functional routines and processes, for example, is only possible via micro-technical drive systems, which represent in themselves an enormous task area.

When we talk to company managers, they tend to complain about the number of existing trade fairs and about the resulting obligation of carefully selecting those for their participation. You are organising a new event. As a company manager, why should I opt for a stand at Microsys?

For the time being we don’t have a competitive situation, but rather niches and thus room to establish a new specialised event around this group of themes.   While other so-called polytechnic industrial trade fairs or the metallurgical trade fairs only deal with microtechnology or microsystems technology on the fringes, where often questionable motives such as serving the spirit of the times or surfing the trend predominate, we have taken a more categorical track.

We have developed a general theme from a previous “niche” theme and are building a new market. This requires not only creativity and energy but also skill and endurance and most of all a good “nose”. It’s up to us to bring together the potential suppliers (manufacturers and distributors) and the potential users (professional visitors), as this doesn’t just happen on its own and sometimes technical innovation doesn’t meet with success because the marketing isn’t right. Any company that wants to enter into a new and promising market and get involved in the medium and long term should join us and develop the market together with us. This is also a way of saving on another trade fair participation, given the precision of this fair in terms of target groups.


Do not miss Microsys!

Read Eurotec’s next issue to discover more.
Want to exhibit? You can find all the necessary information here.

Gustav-Werner-Straße 6
72636 Frickenhausen
Tel:    +49 (0)7025 / 92 06-673
Fax:    +49 (0)7025 / 92 06-625
[email protected]

Polymer Optoelectronic Technologies and their Applications

Since the discovery of organic materials with conducting properties, about three decades ago, organic optoelectronics has evolved into a dynamic field of applied research and industrialization. Due to their outstanding material properties compared to traditional inorganic semiconductors, organic semiconductors are anticipated to impact strongly on the future development of semiconductor technology.

For example, polymer semiconductor devices are mechanically flexible, comparatively easy to process at low-cost allowing customer-designed manufacturing. A bright future is forecasted for organic LEDs. Various applications ranging from organic displays, organic solid-state-lighting, to integrated sensor systems are expected to produce a huge impact on our future daily life. In this lecture a survey on organic optoelectronics will be presented by exposing the participant to the basics of organic-LEDs, -photodetectors, -field-effect transistors and their combination to integrated systems. The device physics and required production technologies like screen-, ink-jet-, gravure-printing of polymeric semiconductors materials will be discussed in the context of potential future applications and markets.


  • Introduction to organic semiconductor material classes
  • Basic building blocks of organic optoelectronics: Organic LEDs- Organic photodiodes – Organic transistors
  • Degradation of organic semiconductor devices
  • Production technologies of polymeric semiconductor materials
  • Organic optoelectronic systems: Organic displays – LogoLEDTM – Integrated organic systems
  • Potential future applications of organic optoelectronics
  • Market outlook

The course will take place in Basel on September 9, 2010.
For more information and inscription, please go here.

Ruelle DuPeyrou 4
CH-2000 Neuchâtel
T +41 32 720 09 00
F +41 32 720 09 90
[email protected]

Swiss machinery exports: China is market No 2

In the first six months of 2010, China including Hong Kong overtook France and the United States to become the second biggest importer of Swiss machinery after Germany. From January to June, Swiss machinery companies exported goods in the value of 1.44 billion Swiss francs to China and Hong Kong – an increase of 20%.

Swiss machinery exports increased by 4.5% in the first six months of 2010 – mainly due to the strong Asian markets. While exports to the biggest importer Germany went up by 2.5%, the exports to China (+18.2%) and Hong Kong (+34.2%) exploded, making the region the second biggest importer of Swiss machinery worldwide, according to recent figures of the Swiss Federal Customs Administration. “With machinery imports in the value of 1.44 billion Swiss francs, China overtook France and the United States and is now key market No 2”, states Nicolas Musy, Managing Director of the non-profit organization Swiss Center Shanghai (SCS). The SCS offers workshop and office space, legal support, and facilitates the market entry of Swiss companies in the Far East with a network of experts. Musy: “The world financial crisis has changed the Swiss export landscape: While exports to Europe and the United States declined sharply and now need time to pick up, the Chinese market has stepped up to key importance.”

Huge potential
With an export volume of 4.2 billion Swiss francs, almost one fourth of all Swiss machinery exports go to Germany. 8% of the Swiss machinery exports go to the second biggest importer China. “With its gigantic infrastructure projects and economic growth, China will become even more important in the future”, says Nicolas Musy. The recent export figures show how fast exports to China are developing: In June, Swiss overall exports to the EU grew by 15%. Exports to China increased by astonishing 42.3%, exports to Hong Kong even more: +59.7%.

SCS Machinery Center opened
To support the Swiss machinery industry, the Swiss Center has opened commercial and industrial space dedicated to machinery companies for sales & after-sales, demonstration, client training, and application engineering. The SCS Machinery Center in Shanghai’s Xinzhuang Industrial Park offers 2’300sqm to Swiss companies. “It is a concentrated service center. It will serve as an open door for Chinese potential clients to Swiss manufacturing excellence”, states Nicolas Musy. More and more machinery companies need to be close to their clients and the Chinese market. “They have to adjust their products to the local requirements. And they need space to offer pre-sales and after sales services”, adds Mr. Musy.


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To multiply techniques for taming steel

Using complementary techniques for saving time, productivity and therefore money;  this is what a company succeeds in each order thanks to a strong partnership with a French machine tool manufacturer.

The Realmeca 5 axes high speed machining Center are known for their accuracy and to integrate the latest live measurement systems. On this machine, probing, tools laser measuring and camera control combine to achieve an optimal accuracy.

When SFOB explains the many categories of fast and hard steel it tames every day, the company is very proud of its results. Active on the niche of the special tools for sectors such as automotive, aeronautics, chemistry-Pharmacy and even plastics, the company reaches 30% of its turnover abroad, mainly in Germany and Europe, as well as Quebec, Syria or Iran.

High speed milling
SFOB discovered high speed milling (HSM) “by chance” at Realmeca. The first machine was chosen for its good value for money ratio; a NC 65 UP machine for hard turning. “The HSM was a new technique for us.  Realmeca has a strong expertise in this area and has helped to start with this technique”, remembers Serge Machefel. This new technology has allowed the company to address new markets, to advantageously replace EDM of some complex forms (thus increasing its competitiveness), and facilitate the work of 65-70 HRC sintered and treated hard steel.
Realmeca has provided several other machine to the company, the last being a Realmeca RM5H.

RM5H: hyperprecision centre
Manufacturing in microtechnology interests very many sectors, whose most significant are medical and watchmaking. When a company knows how to meet the challenges of these two fields, it generally gives satisfaction to all demanding sectors in small dimensions and high precision.
The Realmeca 5 axis hyperprecision center  summarizes all what a machine tool needs to ensure the highest level in quality working automatically. DDC camera to measure parts, tool laser measuring and Marposs vibration control system, 50’000 rpm spindle, 60 tools charger, Erowa 30 pallet loader… the machine is completely autonomous to produce high precision single parts at the price of the mass production, from the very first part. For instance, it provides continuous dimensional precision of micro drilling in diameter 0,2 mm ± 2µm and their pitches at 2.17 mm ± 1µm.

RTE de Varennes – BP 10
F-55120 Clermont-en-Argonne
Phone + 33 (0) 3 29 87 41 75 – Fax + 33 (0) 3 29 87 44 46
[email protected]

More about SFOB

We will go into deeper details in presenting SFOB and Realmeca in our next issue. Thanks to Michel Pech and Emanuelle Beal at Mach Pro for their support.

Graphite processing explained first hand

Graphite and mould making are increasingly mentioned in the same breath. The idea of providing interested users comprehensive information on the material of graphite was behind the well-established series of technology seminars, this time round staged at the top event venue of Europa Park Rust. Developers and designers from graphite experts SGL Carbon GmbH, software professionals from Men at Work GmbH with VISI CAD/CAM as well as the milling specialists Zecha Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrikation GmbH provided informative presentations outlining approaches and trends for the economical processing of graphite.


Anybody wishing to keep ahead of the field in tool and mould making can no longer avoid HSC processing of graphite electrodes. Modern processing centres make it possible to precisely manufacture even the finest 3D contours with μm accuracy. In order to fully exploit this potential, numerous parameters must be exactly coordinated: The selection of the material itself, the programming of the milling and erosion machines and the diamond coated micro-cutters – it is only by carefully considering all these variables that high quality graphite electrodes can be made.

Graphite technology studied from all angles
“Since their inception in 2009 our graphite technology seminars have established themselves as a market leader as regards information on the material. The 2010 seminars once again outlined the potential of graphite over the complete production chain. The success and popularity of these seminars means that we will continue to hold this series of seminars in the future, too,” says Marion Schmidt, who is responsible for marketing at Zecha Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrikation GmbH and the organisation of the graphite seminars.
Fundamental to the problem-free utilisation of graphite are stable processes in the electrode manufacture. This is achieved largely by modern milling centres, high precision clamping devices and high performance coatings for the clamping tools employed. Contributions by Makino Europe GmbH as a renowned manufacturer of milling and erosion machines, Albrecht Präzision GmbH & Co. KG, producers of concentric chucks as well D-Coat GmbH provided valuable technological insights and ideas.

Development and design experience – presented first hand by experts – constituted the core of the “Graphite Technology Seminars”. And so the top location of Europa Park Rust in Southern Germany was the venue for SGL Carbon, Men at Work, Zecha and the guest speakers to outline to the numerous participants new paths and trends and how switching to graphite can exploit additional economical and quality potential.

Benzstraße 2
75203 Königsbach-Stein
Tel.: +49 (0) 72 32 / 30 22-0
Fax: +49 (0) 72 32 / 30 22-25
[email protected]

We will announce the next seminars here on Eurotec’s blog and website and on paper in due time.