2011 sees launch at the EPMT fair in Beaulieu Lausanne of “Swiss Medical Technologies”

As of the 2011 edition (24th – 27th May), the organizers of the international EPMT fair (Professional Environment for MicroTechnologies), held annually at Beaulieu Lausanne, will be joining forces with the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), along with BioAlps, Micronarc, A3P Suisse and the Medical Cluster and other associations, to highlight one of the most dynamic, high-powered economic sectors in Switzerland: Medtech.

Switzerland, internationally synonymous with high-precision and quality, leads the world in many sectors of the industry and has long needed a Fair, or showcase in which to display its know-how on the subject.

The goal is to draw together all specialist exhibitors in the medical device industry and the entire technology logistics chain devoted to medical equipment, and to become the industry’s own meeting place for all players in that chain, from R&D to subcontracting, and already highly-renowned companies to innovative start-ups.

The industry is thus all set to see the launch of the “Swiss Medical Technologies” Pavilion, destined to grow in scale and, according to the organizers,  to become the Medtech sector’s very own annual meeting place in Switzerland.

24th – 27th May 2011
www.epmt.ch/smt
Information: Olivier Saenger, organisation committee.
Tel.: +41 22 798 4595
Fax: +41 22 798 1336
epmt@epmt.ch

Maximizing Machine Efficiencies

Ultra-High Performance Toolpath (UHPT) Technology Can Transform Manufacturing. Since the dawn of machining, the manufacturing industry has looked for ways to squeeze greater efficiencies out of existing equipment, materials and labor. Computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) and computer numerical controlled (CNC) machining were huge steps in the right direction several decades ago.

A standard toolpath (left) makes parallel cuts through material, requiring numerous stops and starts. UHPT technology (right) designs toolpath cuts in continuous motion, doubling machine efficiency.

In recent years, we have seen only small, incremental improvements in machining productivity. This is because research focused primarily on computerization to streamline toolpath generation, and on expensive toolpath “optimizer” software, slowing feedrates at corners to reduce stress on tools. Nearly all innovations assumed a parallel-offset toolpath used for roughing out parts – not realizing that this was the real bottleneck. A breakthrough technology changes all this. Ultra-high performance toolpath (UHPT) software improves the way that tools cut their way through material, using high-speed continuous tangent motion rather than sharp, interrupted movements. Field applications prove that UHPT technology can safely double machine output, extend tool life, and create a much more productive competitive manufacturing enterprise in the global marketplace.

Avoiding the corners and stop signs
Imagine driving through a neighborhood without arterial streets. At each corner, you must slow down or stop at a stop sign, make a turn, and proceed for another block, always encountering changing traffic conditions. Or think of a rural road that skirts the perimeters of various farmers’ fields, filled with tractors and trucks. Slow down, pass, stop, turn, go, sharp turn, go. Slow down. It’s maddeningly inefficient. That’s how basic toolpaths drive today’s CNC machines.

Imagine it redesigned on a circuitous route, with carefully banked roundabouts and smooth curves instead of corners and stop signs. The amount of traffic is steady; it almost never slows down and never comes to a halt. You drive at a high average speed until you reach your destination. This is the underlying concept behind UHPT technology.

What Is UHPT Technology?
A high-performance rough-milling toolpath engine with:

  • Circuitous paths for constant motion
  • Sophisticated algorithms for any open-shape or pocket geometry
  • Seamless interface with any CAM system and any material
  • Up to 100% stepover with no uncut material
  • Slot- and side-milling options

Reports from early adopters of UHPT technology demonstrate reduced cycle times by up to 70%; extended tool and machine life of up to 45%; and 200% improvements in efficiencies over all other 2-axis rough-milling toolpaths.

You can receive a complete report on UHPT directly to your mailbox. Ask your copy today to the specialists of Productec or GibbsCAM.

For more information about GibbsCAM, or to locate your local GibbsCAM reseller, go to www.GibbsCAM.com , call 1-800-654-9399, or email info@GibbsCAM.com.

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In Switzerland and France:
Productec SA
Les Grands Champs 5
2842 Rossemaison
Phone + 41 32 421 44 33
Fax + 41 32 421 44 39
info@productec.ch
www.productec.ch
Productec France
Phone +33 9 74 76 26 61

Productec will be present at Prodex, Hall 1, booth E02 (straight at the entry of the show on the left).

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Oh by the way, you can discover more about Productec in the article published in Eurotec 372 available here. Do not miss it.

The world’s smallest brushless motor with integrated motion controller

The well-known BX4 family of brushless DC servo motors welcomes an innovative new member. With a 22 mm module, the 2232/2250…BX4 CSD/CCD is the world’s smallest brushless motor with integrated motion controller in uniform-diameter construction. It combines all the advantages of BX4 technology in a tiny package: long service life, high non-cogging torque and freedom from adhesives. This makes them ideal for use in demanding application areas such as robotics, automation, medical technology, specialty machinery and the aerospace industry.

The drives are based on proven Faulhaber motion control systems. With their compact, uniform-diameter construction and suitable gearing combinations, they provide the ideal drive solution for a wide variety of applications. The drives have serial RS232 or CAN interfaces and can be configured using Faulhaber Motion Manager 4.4 software. Additional features of the new drives further expand their scope of use: a wide temperature range of -25 to +85 °C, thermally allowable continuous current up to 0.69 A, and flexibly configurable speed in the range of 5 to 8000 rpm. The units are also available with customer-specific software on request.

All products with integrated electronics have automatic peak and continuous current limitation to protect the motor and the electronics. Operation of the motor and the electronics from separate supply voltages is possible as an option.

The new drives are available in two motor lengths (32 and 50 mm) with a rated voltage of 24 V DC. Outstanding features of these innovative new products are an extremely flat torque versus speed curve and an excellent torque to volume ratio, with torque output of 18 to 35 mNm.

Dr. Fritz Faulhaber GmbH & Co. KG
Daimlerstraße 23/25
71101 Schönaich • Germany
REBMANN Kristina
Phone : +49 7031 638 – 148
Fax : +49 7031 638 – 333

www.faulhaber.com

“Automation becomes easy”

Kuka Robot Group is presenting a new product generation. Kuka is the one robot supplier that has dedicated itself to simplifying every dimension of robotics. The new product generation makes automation easy: easy to plan, easy to integrate, easy to operate, easy to maintain and easy to adapt to specific customer requirements. Furthermore, the German-based technological leader is demonstrating with the new products how robotics can be made safer and more energy efficient.


Simply compact: the QUANTEC robot series
With the new QUANTEC robot series, a single robot family covers the entire high payload range from 90 to 300 kg with reaches of up to 3,100 mm. The customer can select exactly the robot he needs from the 15 perfectly coordinated robot types.

Simply safe: KR C4 – the control system of the future
With the new KR C4 controller, Kuka has developed a new ground-breaking, clearly-structured and easy-to-understand system architecture that concentrates on open and powerful data standards. In this architecture, all integrated control modules have a joint database and infrastructure which they use and share intelligently, and communicate directly with one another.

Simply consistent: Kuka. WorkVisual – the universal workbench for integrated engineering
Programming and configuration made easy: WorkVisual is the new software workbench for the KR C4. Consistent data and standardized toolbars ensure quick and easy engineering without time-consuming multiple entries or version mismatches.

Simplicity is key
Kuka has identified simplicity as the central topic for the future of robotics. With uncomplicated automation concepts enabled by the new product generation, Kuka is providing the user-friendly answer to the question of how to make automation easy.

Kuka Roboter GmbH
Zugspitzstrasse 140
86165 Augsburg
Germany
Tel. + 49 821 797-4000
Fax + 49 821 797-4040
Info@Kuka-Roboter.de
www.Kuka-robotics.com

In Switzerland:
Kuka Roboter Schweiz AG
Industriestrasse 9
5432 Neuenhof
Switzerland
Tel. + 41 44 744 90 90
Fax + 41 44 744 90 91
Info@kuka-Roboter.ch

By the way you can read a full article published in October’s Eurotec issue about Kuka Roboter here.

Key insights of the European Orthopaedics Market 2009-2012

Avicenne Developpement presents its strategic report on the European orthopedic market 2009-2012.This issue includes hip, knee and shoulder implants and brings readers all the relevant information about this growing market.

With more than 640 slides and 1 100 tables and graphs, this comprehensive survey details the volume, value, average price by product, by country and by competitor.

  • Main countries analyzed are Germany, UK, France, Italy, Spain, Rest of Europe and Whole Europe,
  • 3 years forecasts,
  • Company market shares in each country,
  • Main trends and developments.

You can discover more about this study on the Avicenne website here.
You can also download the table of contents here.

A wide experience
Avicenne Developpement is a unique orthopedic market research company, providing for almost 20 years unrivalled information about the orthopedic industry. The company works in close relationship with the main actors in the European and US market.
The company also shows its know-how in organizing the Implants event.

Implants 2011, May 12 to 13
The next edition of the international conference and exhibition IMPLANTS 2011 will take place on the 12th and 13th of May 2011, in Lyon France. The 7th annual edition of IMPLANTS 2011 is built on the great success of the previous years, which recorded a substantial number of industry players (around 600 delegates). With a strong focus on its international dimension, this creates an ideal environment, which enables key players of the Orthopaedic Value Chain to discuss the latest trends and innovations, and to develop business relations between contractors and suppliers.

You can discover more on the implants website here: http://www.implants-2011.com/en/home

Ali MADANI, IMPLANTS 2011 Chairman – AVICENNE DEVELOPPEMENT
a.madani@avicenne.com – Phone +33 (0)1 47 78 46 00
Monica VISINONI, Program Manager, IMPLANTS 2011
visinoni.monica@wanadoo.fr

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Delcam launches new CAD partner for PartMaker CAM

Delcam has launched a new modelling partner product for its PartMaker CAM system for turn-mill equipment and Swiss-type lathes. The new product, called the PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker, is based on Delcam’s PowerSHAPE design software, which is already used at thousands of subcontractors and toolmakers around the world alongside Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining.

The PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker can ensure designs are optimised for manufacturing

This new 3D CAD offering includes functionality for creating solid models, data repair, editing part designs for manufacture, and for the design of machining accessories, such as tool holders and machine components. Like the PartMaker CAM suite, the PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker is based on the Parasolid Solid modelling kernel, assuring interoperability with both PartMaker and all other major CADCAM systems.

Read and repair
The data repair functionality in the PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker includes PowerSHAPE’s Solid Doctor. This allows users to read in, and repair, models from all sources, including standard formats like IGES and STEP, plus native files, such as CATIA, Siemens NX and Pro/Engineer, and output a file that can be read directly into PartMaker. With the Solid Doctor, PartMaker users will be able to tackle all the common problems that can be found when translating low-precision and incomplete data, including gaps and overlaps between surfaces, or duplicated and missing surfaces, and generate a valid, high-precision solid model ready for programming.

The Solid Doctor uses a combination of automatic data repair tools, plus surface creation and editing options available within PowerSHAPE.  This combination means that simple repairs can be carried out quickly and easily, while more complex problems can be overcome by deleting and replacing surfaces within the model.

More possibilities – more convenience
The PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker will allow user to create 3D solid models from 2D drawings.  It will also provide of range of other sophisticated CAD tools. The PowerSHAPE Companion for PartMaker is also able to modify any aspects of the part that might cause difficulties in manufacturing. These could include adding chamfers to avoid secondary operations like de-burring, or adjusting or removing fillets that could add machining time and cost to a part.  The same tools can also be used to generate any extra geometry needed for machining.

Additionally, the extra modelling tools can also be used in conjunction with PartMaker’s Full Machine Simulation module to design machine components includes turrets, gang slides or custom tool holders.

According to Hanan Fishman, President of the PartMaker Division of Delcam Plc.  “This new product gives our users the ability to better meet their customers’ ever-increasing engineering demands and will allow them to manufacture more sophisticated and complicated parts in a more cost-effective manner.  Being able to undertake file repair and other modelling tasks on the shop floor gives extra capabilities to PartMaker users that can both make them more productive and minimize machine down time.”

For further information on Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software, please contact:
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
marketing@delcam.com

Delcam plc
Small Heath Business Park
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com

Visit Delcam at JIMTOF and EUROMOLD – For more details visit http://www.delcam.com/shows2010