Merry Christmas to everyone

As if all finished and restarted anew a few days later, we run to arrive at the end of the year with clean slate. We at Eurotec are not different and we finished the year running with some nice projects like the calendar and the latest issue of the year, we hope you will find them useful. Obviously we are working on next issue and again there will be a lot of information to discover in 2011.

At this period of the year, it is traditional to wish friends and relatives Merry Christmas and Happy New Year and we would like to wish it to you, readers, announcers and partners! Without you, the magazine and the blog would simply not exist.

Thank you for coming to the blog, reading the magazine and advertising with us, we always do our maximum to inform you well and offer a good return on investment to our advertisers.

All the best for this special period of the year and … see you in 2011!

By the way… do not hesitate to take advantages of this period of the year to also send us your feed-back about the magazine, give us your opinion and ideas (you can comment on the blog).


And the whole Eurotec team

Medtec Europe -Interview (part 2)

On December 21 we published the first part of the interview of Gregor Bischkopf event manager with UBM Canon. In this second part we will see how MEDTEC Europe will includes other fields to create maximum synergies.

Which areas of medical technology have the biggest sales, and where do you see the biggest growth potential?

  • I think orthopaedic and cardiovascular technology are very much in demand, and home healthcare products such as blood pressure monitors and CRPs also have a lot of potential for expansion.

How will MEDTEC Europe 2011 reflect these areas?

  • Orthopaedic and cardiovascular equipment come under the heading of precision technology which, as I’ve said, is the overall theme of the fair, so there’ll inevitably be a very wide range of solutions in these areas.

And then there’s home healthcare.

  • The electronics industry has a lot to offer in this area, and as there are no specific exhibitions for the home healthcare sector, we’re launching the first one in 2011. We’ve called it DesignMed.

Who will be exhibiting there?

  • DesignMed is aimed at electronics companies making components like semiconductors, transformers, printed circuit boards and complete assemblies. As exhibitors, they’ll be of particular interest to visitors from the medical electronics design sector making a variety of medical aids. We’re also seeing increasing interest from software companies who want to be involved in the design process at an early stage. Next year’s MEDTEC Europe will be the perfect platform for all of these businesses.

In the past, you’ve also had three parallel exhibitions: SüdTec, RapidWorld and 3C Europe. Will they all be there this next year?

  • Definitely! Visitors and exhibitors recognize the importance of these events as interfaces between different areas of technology, and they’ll be a central component of MEDTEC in 2011.
  • MEDTEC has traditionally also welcomed companies from outside the industry who want to learn more about medical products and technology and use this knowledge in their own areas of expertise. So SüdTec is a chance for exhibitors who started out in other industries, such as automobile manufacturing, to meet potential customers from the medical technology sector.

And how would you categorize exhibitors and visitors at RapidWorld and 3C Europe?

  • RapidWorld is about fast, flexible product development, while 3C Europe covers cleanroom and contamination technology. Exhibitors at both events have a strong focus on medical technology applications, but of course they’re also targeting other areas of industry.

Your Innovation Forum has attracted a great deal of attention in previous years. Which days will it be held on in 2011, and what themes will it focus on?

  • The exact program hasn’t been finalized yet, but the forum will take place over all three days, and once again it will be organized in close collaboration with the Fraunhofer Institute.

UBM Canon
Friedrich-Karl-Str. 260 c
D-50735 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0)221 16847665
Fax: +49 (0)221 16847664

Strong cutting edges for hard materials

The manufacture of die-casting dies or molded part press dies is the domain of extremely resilient hot working steels. These are usually exceedingly hard and place the highest demands on the tools employed. In order for their customers to be able to integrate intricate structures into such materials Zecha Hartmetall-Werkzeug-fabrikation GmbH in Königs-bach-Stein developed a special cutter series. In line with demands, the product range has now been expanded – and is even available in diameters from 0.2 millimeters upwards.

With their specially developed cutting geometry, polished flutes and high performance coating, the Zecha tools are perfectly tailored to HSC milling of hard materials. (Photos: ZECHA GmbH)

Hot working Steels has increasingly developed into a standard application: Hardened tool steels, for example, are required for shaping with increasing regularity and the enormous feed travel and cutting speeds of up to 250 m/min subject the tools employed to high temperatures. In face of these high demands, only tools of the highest possible quality are able to ensure an economical and process-safe production.

Premium cutters for hard surfaces
The two tool series 581H and 583H have a lot in common: maximum precision, extreme process safety and long life cycles. Their special two-edged geometry, the selection of the solid carbide as well as the corresponding coating are tailored to the specific chip-producing pattern found in the working of hard materials. For example, fine 3D contours in μm range can be superbly milled even into hardened tool steels of up to HRC 65. The ball nose end mills in the 581H series and the end mills with corner radius in the 583H series are now available in diameters from 0.20 to 8.00 millimeters.

Tight tolerances and the highest precision
Zecha tools with a concentricity tolerance of 3μm, a diameter tolerance of 10μm and dimensional accuracy of ± 5μm enable process-safe high speed machining within a manufacturing tolerance of 10μm. Accordingly they are also suitable for finishing; as just the one processing stage already gives the resulting material surfaces a mirror-like finish. Precision and quality of the tools are determined by high dimensional stability and shape retention. Andreas Weck: “And ultra-modern coatings can retain the special geometries and thus enable high life cycles and maximum process capability.”

Precision – measurable and reproducible
“Assuming optimum application parameters, our tools can achieve highly precise machining for a very reasonable price.  Our experts always provide the customer with the requisite support and can supply recommendations for efficient use. Customers can thus assure a decisive competitive edge – by benefiting from the highest level of performance, quality and life cycles,” resumes Arndt Fielen, Head of Sales at Zecha Hart-metall-Werkzeugfabrikation GmbH.

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

Europe’s leading medical technology fair keeps getting bigger

According to the organisers of the MEDTEC Europe trade fair, to be held in Stuttgart from 22 to 24 March 2011, the expansion of 2011 event reflects that of the industry as a whole: Germany’s fast-growing medical technology sector achieved sales of over €23 billion in 2009. Event Manager Gregor Bischkopf, explains why he expects the industry’s continued growth to be reflected in exhibitor and visitor numbers at Europe’s leading medical technology fair. -First part of the interview-

The medical technology sector weathered the recession well. How do things look now that many other industries are staging a recovery?

  • It’s true that most companies in the industry have survived the recession unscathed and achieved stable growth, and I think that will continue. The prospects are still very positive.

Are there figures to support that?

  • Globally, experts are forecasting medium and long-term growth of around 8 percent in the medical technology sector, though this could vary a great deal from one region to another. For example, we’re expecting more than 10 percent growth in the developing countries, but only 4 to 6 percent in Europe and the United States. Germany’s position is particularly strong, at 5.8 percent.

So do you expect similar levels of growth from MEDTEC Europe?

  • I actually think we’re going to benefit disproportionately – at least we have done over the last few years. The percentage increases in exhibitor and visitor numbers have been in the high teens each year, and we’re expecting the same thing to happen in 2011.

What will the main focuses of the next event be?

  • The central, overarching theme is precision technology, and there’ll be a specific PrecisionTec Pavilion, which attracted a lot of visitors last year. It will be a chance for manufacturers of medical components, orthopaedic implants and cardiac surgical equipment to meet suppliers of raw materials and machine technology.
  • There’ll also be specialist pavilions for a number of other areas. The medical packaging section will be devoted to the whole spectrum of products from filling technology to packing material, with exhibitors including single-use product manufacturers and outsourcers. The medical plastics area will focus on the latest developments in plastics and processing machinery, and the automation and assembly section will showcase the technology used on medical and pharmaceutical production lines.

There are many other questions to ask to Gregor Bischkopf, keep in touch with Eurotec…

UBM Canon
Friedrich-Karl-Str. 260 c
D-50735 Köln
Tel.: +49 (0)221 16847665
Fax: +49 (0)221 16847664

Mikron Machining and DKSH join forces in Japan

Mikron Machining and DKSH Japan K.K. have decided to join forces in Japan. The two companies will thereby achieve synergies in the market and strengthen their footprint in Japan.

The large number of stations of the Multistar CX-24 combines flexibility and productivity with a very high quality output (see below).

With the clear aim of accelerated sales growth in Japan, Mikron Machining’s experienced team and current business operations, sales, and services activities in Japan will be integrated into DKSH Japan as of January 1, 2011. Both partners are convinced that the business agreement represents an important milestone, which will further strengthen Mikron Machining’s and DKSH’s position in Japan.

For the past 30 years, Mikron Machining’s transfer machine systems have been well established and widely installed in Japan’s automotive, medical, electronic, and writing instrument industries. Mikron Machining systems deliver first-class production solutions for specific highprecision, large-volume applications and meet the high expectations of Japan’s extremely quality-conscious market. DKSH, the leading provider of Market Expansion Services, will provide sales, marketing, project management, and after-sales services for Mikron Machining.

About DKSH Japan K.K.
As one of the first foreign trading companies in Japan, DKSH Japan K.K. (until March 31, 2009 known as Nihon SiberHegner K.K) was established as Siber & Brennwald in Yokohama in 1865. In the following more than 140 years, the company has overcome many difficulties and challenges and contributed to both business and culture in Japan. For many years, the company was the largest exporter of raw silk and played a key role in making Japan into a raw silk kingdom. It also contributed to the installation of Japan’s first gas lights, imported watches and machinery, and later also chemical and pharmaceutical raw materials.

About Mikron Machining
Mikron Machining is the leading supplier of high productive machining solutions for the manufacturing of complex, high-precision components made of metal. Mikron Machining supplies worldwide machining systems and cutting tools for specific, high-precision, large volume applications, enabling its industry leading customers to set new standards in their production processes. Mikron supports the industrialization of its customers’ innovation and herewith helped many companies to become leaders in their business.
Mikron Machining is headquartered in Agno, Switzerland. The company employs a workforce of around 500 people located mainly at the two engineering and production sites in Agno and Rottweil, Germany.

Mikron Holding AG
Patrick Brisset, Coordinator Corporate Communications
Tel. +41 32 843 12 64, [email protected]

DKSH Management Ltd.
Martina Ludescher, Vice President Strategy & Corporate Communications
Phone +41 44 386 7208, [email protected]

What about technique?

To discover more about Mikron, please read the two articles published in Eurotec recently:

To see what parts can be done and how quickly, you can download this special sheet (High resolution, 3Mb)

Mikron Machining
Postfach 115 – CH 6903 Lugano
Tel. +41 91 6106245 – Fax +41 91 6106681
[email protected]

Delcam’s new PowerMILL offers safest-ever machining

Delcam has released the 2011 version of its PowerMILL CAM system for five-axis and high-speed machining.  This release makes the programming of safe toolpaths easier than ever thanks to new stock-model-engagement options that protect both the cutting tool and the machine from excessive loading.  Other enhancements include new editing capabilities to simplify the machining of duplicate items; more versatile control of feed-rates for leads and links; and extra functionality for sketching, plus the completion of the move to the new clearer forms for the complete range of strategies.

Better control of cutter engagement makes machining with PowerMILL 2011 safer than ever.

The new release is available now for customers on maintenance to download from

The options to optimise tool loading will help overcome a constant conflict for programmers.  On the one hand, they want to maximise productivity by setting feed-rates as fast as their machines will allow; on the other hand, they need to ensure safe speeds that will not break the tool.  The need for safe machining has, of course, become more critical as a growing number of companies are introducing lights-out, unmanned operation overnight or during weekends.

A number of CAM programs incorporate strategies based on the extent of cutter engagement to give more consistent loading on the tool and so allow higher feed-rates.  However, these options are usually limited to the initial roughing operations, or to only roughing and rest-roughing.  PowerMILL’s new stock engagement technology can also be employed with all of the system’s finishing and rest-finishing strategies so ensuring that the safest-possible toolpaths are run on the machine at all stages.

The key to this more comprehensive solution is the accuracy of the stock models produced within PowerMILL after each machining stage has been completed.  These models give a precise representation of the material still remaining on the part and are used to ensure that the cutter is never asked to remove more material than it can safely cut. At the same time, the stock models also ensure that toolpaths are not produced where there is no material remaining so the machine tool is never left cutting air.

PowerMILL has incorporated many more new possibilities. For further information on PowerMILL, please contact:
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
[email protected]

Delcam plc
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK

maxon motor ag: New CEO

The Board of Directors has appointed Mr Eugen Elmiger, 47 years, as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of maxon motor ag in Sachseln with effect from January 1, 2011. The Board made this appointment to ensure that the continuity of the company’s management and long-term development would be guaranteed in the best way possible.

Mr Elmiger has known the company for many years, having worked at maxon since 1991. He was a significant driving force in the establishment and expansion of the sales network in Asia at the end of the 1990s. He has been a member of the Executive Board since 2006 in charge of International Sales & Marketing and has been Speaker of the Board since January 2010.

He qualified as an electrical engineer and studied further at the University of St. Gallen and Stanford Business School. He has more than 20 years’ international sales experience. “He is well regarded within the company and by customers who particularly appreciate his technical skills as well as his sales and marketing experience” said majority shareholder Dr. Karl-Walter Braun.

maxon motor ag’s Executive Board is unchanged, comprising Eugen Elmiger, CEO with responsibility for International Sales & Marketing; Dr. Ulrich Claessen, Head of Development; Armin Lederer, Head of Operations; Dr. Karl-Walter Braun, Controlling.

maxon motor ag
Brünigstrasse 220
Postfach 263
CH-6072 Sachseln
Tel: +41 41 666 15 00
Fax: +41 41 666 16 50
[email protected]