Automotive Manufacturing Solutions India

There are less than 2 weeks left to register to attend the 3rd annual AMS India conference on 6-9 December 2010 at Le Royal Méridien in Chennai. The conference will bring together domestic, transplant and JV carmakers, the principal tier suppliers, and the providers of all the technologies essential for vehicle manufacture and assembly.

Please register now if you don’t want to miss out on this high-end event, places are limited as registration numbers are soaring.
There is a special price for delegates based in India. Please see the Registration page on the conference website for more details.

As demand continues to increase in India’s home market and OEMs look to grow their exports, they face the challenges of raising production and working towards global quality standards.

Subject matter will cover:

  • OEM manufacturing strategies
  • production and plant case studies, and the blend of labour and automation
  • sessions on specific technologies, from stamping, powertrain in both i.c. and electric/hybrid, BIW and paintshop, to robotics, and testing and evaluation
  • skills and human factors
  • automation, and the planning & management of the digital factory
  • heavy vehicle – truck and bus, and two- and three-wheelers

AMS India will offer you the chance to:

  • hear specialist presentations from our keynotes
  • learn about the latest technologies and techniques explained by users and vendors
  • network with potential customers or suppliers in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere (introductory cocktails, lunches, coffee and tea breaks and the quality business dinner are all included in the delegate fee!)

This year’s key speakers will include:

  • M M Singh, Managing Executive Officer of Production, Maruti Suzuki
  • Saragarajan Thathapillai, Assistant Vice-President, Production Division, Hyundai Motor India
  • Amit V Patel, Engineering Group Manager, Mfg Eng – Manufacturing Automation Center, General Motors India
  • Michael Boneham, President and CEO, Ford India
  • Rajeev Wasan, Vice President Manufacturing, Honda Siel Cars India
  • Juergen Eder, Managing Director, Chennai plant, BMW India
  • Jacques Foulquier, Co-Director of Renault Nissan Technology Business Center India, and Senior Vice President, Engineering, Renault India
  • Sivanesan Ramachandran, Vice President-Quality, Fiat India Automobiles
  • L P Pereira, CEO, Mahindra Vehicle Manufacturers

For more information:
Andrew Fallon
Publisher and Conference Director
+44 208 987 0931
[email protected]

Live at Euromold: Production of a pump head…

…for a dispenser with the new Hasco Multi Shot Z10440/… for side gating. At this year’s Euromold in Frankfurt, Hasco, the leading manufacturer of standard mould units and the specialist in all aspects of hot runner technology, will present the latest enhancements of standard mould units created half a century ago to an audience of experts.

In 1960, Rolf Hasenclever submitted a patent to facilitate the production of injection molding tools by using standardized elements. This meant considerably faster manufacture times of injection-mold tools, as well as being more economical and reliable in service. With this standard in mind, Hasco develops solutions to increase productivity together with customers from the mould construction and plastics processing industry.

Servo motor
Hasco’s electric drive opens up new possibilities in mold construction. The use of an electric motor in injection mold tools offers users and designers innovative ways to solve problems that are difficult to manage with hydraulic or mechanical applications. Many of the typical mold movements can now be performed quickly, efficiently and with perfect reproducibility.

Guide elements
The new DLC-coated guide and centering units have been specially designed for use in high-precision tools and are able to meet the very stringent demands in particular the medical, packaging and food industries.

Mold construction
The proven pre-hardened, high-quality steel Toolox33 is now additionally available as an undrilled P-plate, as a finished cavity plate in K20 quality or as K252 with finish machining allowances in the system drillings. The special stability features of this material allow finish-machining in one setting. Using the Hasco clamping fixture A8001 likewise reduces set-up times..

Temperature control
A wide range of cooling elements dissipates the heat from the cavity at every desired position and thus ensures optimum cycle times. The product line starts with the entire range of hoses and connections, through spiral cores and diverting elements.

Hot runner technology
In the hot runner segment, Hasco will highlight various new needle valve solutions as well as innovative solutions for difficult gating positions in manifold tools.
The new Multi Shot Z10440/… has been specially designed for direct side gating and is ideally suitable for articles like sleeves and cannulas. Direct side gating during production of a pump head for a dispenser will be presented live at the Hasco Stand, Hall 8/F27.

To know more, visit Hasco in Frankfurt, Hall 8/ Stand F27 and get new ideas to boost your competitive advantage.

Hasco Hasenclever GmbH + Co KG
Im Wiesental 77
D-58513 Lüdenscheid
Tel. (02351) 95 70
Fax (02351) 95 72 37
[email protected]

The Minelli Corporation Appointed as Swiss Distributor of Electrox

Hertfordshire-based Electrox, which is part of the 600 Group, has appointed The Minelli Corporation as sole distributor to the Swiss market, meaning Electrox now exports lasers to more than 20 countries worldwide.

Peter Ramsden, Sales Director of Electrox is pictured with Reto Minelli, managing director of The Minelli Corporation, which has been appointed as the sole distributor of Electrox lasers in Swizerland.

The Minelli Corporation, which designs and engineers the MIRA range of high precision computer controlled tooling and equipment for the automotive industry, is already one of the leading distributors of CNC and laser machines to the Swiss market.  This together with its strategic location in Zürich, Switzerland’s industrial heartland made the company an extremely attractive partner to Electrox. The company will now offer Electrox’s entire product range from the entry level Raptor, which offers a cost-effective solution for marking metals and plastics, through to the state-of-the-art Scorpion Rapide, a high speed machine that allows complete control of the laser beam parameters in order to mark a wide range of different materials.

Flexible range of high quality and competitively priced laser marking and engraving machines
Reto Minelli, managing director, of The Minelli Corporation explained that he was keen to stock Electrox’s laser systems because the company’s philosophy mirrors his own.  He said: “The laser industry is highly competitive so it was important for us to have a partner that shares the same goals as The Minelli Corporation – to provide market leading products backed up by the highest levels of service and support”.

First good results
The first event on Minelli’s calendar was the Prodex Exhibition in Basle.  This gave Reto and his team the opportunity to meet with potential customers and introduce them to the Electrox range, demonstrating the Scorpion Rapide in conjunction with a MaxBox Plus and a Dial Plate flexible heavy-duty laser marking workstation. And the company’s meticulous planning has already paid off in the form of an order for a MaxBoxPlus from leading power and automation technology group ABB Turbo Systems in Switzerland.

For further information
Peter Ramsden, Sales Director, Electrox
Tel: +44 1462 472 400

Minelli AG
Mechatronik und Lasersysteme
Mattenstrasse 3
8330 Pfaeffikon / ZH
Tel: +41 44 952 35 35
Fax: +41 44 952 35 40
[email protected]

The Cost Effective Turning Solution

When Restormel Machine Ltd was faced with the predicament of insufficient capacity and lack of financing options from the banks during the height of the recession, it appeared that the company had very few available avenues. However, a visit to the Tornos UK stand at MACH 2010 changed the situation for the Cornish company.

Jim Underwood re-setting the Tornos Delta. Result: An improved productivity of 30%!

Restormel’s Managing Director, Mr Jim Underwood visited MACH to review new technology; but with a desperate desire for additional capacity on a limited budget. Mr Underwood attended the bi-annual event with a selection of components and a budget in mind. However, visiting Restormel’s current machine tool vendors and a variety of additional machine tool companies, Mr Underwood couldn’t find the machine tool to fit his price range.
A chance visit to the Tornos stand enabled Mr Underwood to find the solution for his business.

Machines tailored to the needs
As Mr Underwood states: “We were familiar with the Tornos brand as we considered Tornos machines some time ago, but the capabilities were beyond our needs. At the MACH exhibition we spoke to the Swiss company and they offered us a machine less than half the price of their competitors, justified with a reduced specification that proved ideal for our component range.” Despite the perceived lower specification and reduced price tag, the Tornos Delta 20/4 the company reviewed was the most suitable machine for its parts.

Another way to produce
Mr Underwood recalls one of the first jobs that Restormel transferred from its sliding head centre to the Delta 20/4: “We had an order for 30,000 spacers and we started machining them on one of our 32mm sliding head machines. However, when an urgent job came in for the 32mm machine, we transferred the parts to the Delta. The Delta cut the cycle time from 30 seconds to 21, showing it was clearly the ideal machine for the job. The reduced cycle time was a combination of faster sub spindle operation, faster rapid rates and the compact work envelope that keeps the cutting tools close to the component to minimize non- cutting time during the cycle. This combination improved productivity by 30% on this one job. At this point, it was evident we bought the ideal machine for our business.”

Tornos UK Ltd
John McBride
Tornos House, Garden Road
Whitwick Business Park
LE67 4JQ
Tel: 01530 513100
[email protected]

Meeting the needs of the high precision turning industry

For automatic lathes operators, it is essential to have quality tooling to hand. For example, when starting a machine a special collet or, more generally, standard tools may be missing. With Wibemo, specialists know that they can rely on a company with passionate employees who will support them, thanks to its two specialist areas: resale of tools, accessories and standard equipment as well as the design and manufacture of special custom-made tools and accessories. How are these two complementary activities developed for customers? To find out more, we met with Director Thierry Bendit and Technical Sales Representative André Boillat from Wibemo SA in Rebeuvelier (Switzerland).

In summer 2010, a new series of major investments has significantly increased Wibemo SA’s production capacity.

Specialist reseller
The company’s reselling activities are the most widely known in the region (and date back the longest). Wibemo is the only reseller in Switzerland that offers a global solution with a complete range of tools and accessories required for turning. Mr. Bendit explained: “Our customers find we can supply all the quality products they need. We have established partnerships with several Swiss companies manufacturing quality products, to offer our customers a valuable range“. What are the advantages of this solution? For the customer, we offer simplified management and they are guaranteed contact with a skilled adviser. Even invoicing has been simplified as Wibemo offers the option to receive monthly invoices.

Production targeted to meet customer needs
Constantly in tune with developments in the turning industry, Wibemo knows every last detail. One of the most important details is the need for responsiveness in the supply of tools and accessories. In 1996, the company began manufacturing brazed turning tools (mainly for cam-type machines). This part of the business still represents a significant share of the turnover, but the gradual disappearance of the cam machine in favour of NC machines meant that the future of this part of the business was uncertain. Aware of this state of affairs, the Bendit brothers turned to other areas of design and production: The manufacture of innovative special collets.

A large range designed for bar turning

  • Brazed hard metal chisels
  • BIMU tool holders and inserts
  • Guide bushes, collets and clamping sleeves
  • Collets, end pieces and accessories for bar feeders
  • Steel or hard metal collets
  • Special collets
  • Tool holders
  • Cutting tools
  • Standard and special dresser cutters
  • Spare parts for cam-type turning machines
  • Diamond-coated grinding wheels

Quality, responsiveness, price-quality ratio
When looking for a counter-operation collet with a specific diameter, for example, it is often necessary to contact a specialist manufacturer. This is the type of request that Wibemo has organised its production facilities to meet. A large stock of billets enables the company to react rapidly and provide extended tip collets within the same lead times as ordinary collets. The structure of the organisation allows it to create collets on request. Mr. Bendit explained: “We simply receive the designs for the workpieces to be created and we develop a custom clamping system”. Mr. Boillat added: “Our customers are machining specialists, but sometimes clamping can be problematic, so we are there to help them create their workpieces in the best way possible. We really do work by combining our skills”.

Wibemo SA
Rue Montchemin 12
2832 Rebeuvelier
Tel. +41 32 436 10 50
Fax +41 32 436 10 55
[email protected]

Continued Growth and Success at TCT Live & MM Live

Held in October at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, TCT Live and its co-located show MM Live are the leading events dedicated to the markets of rapid product development and additive manufacturing and micro manufacturing. The combined event provides a vital platform to share products and knowledge within the UK manufacturing community.

More than 3,600 attendees visited the two shows which is a increase on 2009, however it was the quality of the visitors that really stood out with exhibitors reporting significant leads during the course of the two-days. Many companies have already reserved their space for the 2011 shows, which endorses the success this year and signposts continued support from the industry going into 2011.

Customers feedback

  • Ulf Lindhe, Business Development Manager at Netfabb commented, “TCT Live is an intense event that allows us to meet and network with key industry people and users alike during a couple of bustling and very busy days.”
  • Aaron Johnson from custom micro moulder, Accumold, commented, “MM Live UK 2010 was a fantastic gathering of micro manufacturers and attendees interested in our technology. We’ve had an excellent couple of days and some outstanding interest.”

The combination of first class suppliers on the show floor and free of charge conference sessions proved a winning formula for visitors and the stage is set for further growth in 2011.

“2011 will be a landmark year as these shows have now outgrown the Ricoh Arena, therefore we have taken the decision to re-locate them to the NEC to run alongside our other event Interplas 2011. The co-location benefits are obvious and along with this we will bring our trademark customer focus to bear on what will be the largest group of UK Manufacturing shows for some years.”

TCT Live 2011, MM Live UK 2011 and Interplas will run 27th-29th September 2011.

For more information:
Tel: +44 (0) 1829 770037
[email protected],

Swisstech 2010: The big rendezvous for small things

Swisstech in Basel has once again confirmed its role as Europe’s central fair for the supplier industry. Over the four days of the exhibition, the 556 exhibitors from 20 countries had everything on show to make a buyer’s heart beat faster. The full range of steps in the value-added chain was on display, from raw materials, via nanotechnology, right through to complete systems. This time too, the high-grade accompanying events attracted a high level of interest amongst the 24,360 visitors, who used them as knowledge and contact platforms.

The exhibitors’ mood was a highly positive one, following an economically demanding past few months. Many used their presence at the exhibition not only to present products and innovations but also to engage in personal discussions with existing and potential customers. It thus proved to be a valuable trend barometer. the online portal for the sector
Even if the next Swisstech is not coming round until 2012 again, interested persons can call up current information on companies, innovations, products and brands on the interactive online platform,, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The next Swisstech is being held from 20 to 23 November 2012 at Messe Basel again.

MCH Foire Suisse (Bâle) SA
CH-4005 Bâle
Tél. +41 58 200 20 20
Fax +41 58 206 21 89
[email protected]