The Eurotec team wishes you a happy summer

After this summer time, we will all be on duty for EMO. This year’s event seems promising and we will inform you as often and as comprehensively as possible. The news on the blog will now be stopped for a good week to enjoy the sun (or the rain but we’re positive!).

As reminder, we’ve already published quite a lot of news about EMO recently on the blog:

Cheers and see you soon!

Pierre-Yves Kohler

The world of drilling turned on its head: a flexible carbide micro drill unveiled at EMO

Drilling in a range from 0.1 to 1.2 mm with depths up to 30 x d and this with a high process reliability – that’s unmatched! Up to now, only spark erosion and to a certain extent also deep hole drilling processes manage such operations, but at a much lower speed. Mikron Tool SA Agno, a  Switzerland based company, is the expert for micro drilling. CrazyDrill Flex, the revolutionary new development will be presented for the first time at the worlds leading exhibition for metal cutting, the EMO in Hanover.  

CrazyDrill Flex, the latest member of the CrazyDrill family, combines the advantages of a HSS drill – flexibility – with the ones of a solid carbide drill – long tool life and precision. Not only the dimension, but also the design of this cutting tool is unique. The concept is based on a new type of carbide alloy and an accurately defined innovative geometry. The later in contrast to any tradition in metal working: a flexible shank extension affords elasticity, which permits process sure drilling also under difficult circumstances. This allows compensating for imprecise positioning as it occurs, for example, with Multispindle or Transfer machines.

Large product range
CrazyDrill Flex is available for depths of 20 x d and 30 x d, in a diameter range from 0.1 to 1.2 mm, with diameter increments of 0.01 mm. With its size range and its  capability  for many different materials the main applications are found in the micro machining of precision parts, i.e. typically in the watch and the medical industry or for the machining of fuel injection components, etc. A particular coating guarantees excellent wear  properties   and good thermal absorption qualities.
The particularly small diameters of CrazyDrill Flex require accurate hole preparation with a pilot drill or an adequate centering tool. The CrazyDrill family from Mikron Tool offers also the right tools for these preliminary operations.

To be discovered at EMO: Hall 3, booth G 40

Mikron Tool SA Agno  
Via Campagna 1
6982 Agno – Switzerland
Tel +41 91 610 40 00
[email protected]

Many news from Hermle at EMO

At this year’s EMO the German manufacturer will come with a lot of news to machine from small to big parts. Hermle AG has accelerated its pace of its innovation to respond to the enormous challenges faced by users.

The company is not only presenting, in the form of the new CNC 5-axis high-performance machining centers in the MT-series, a practically oriented addition to the C series, which has been successful worldwide, but also provides users with significant added value. They feature a fully integrated rotary table and allow for challenging milling and rotational machining in one clamping.

To be seen at EMO

  • C 20 U with RS 05 (see picture above)
  • C 42 U MT dynamic (Mill/Turn)
  • C 30 U dynamic
  • C 22 U dynamic
  • C 60 U MT dynamic

Close look on the C20 with RS 05 – Automation on 2 m² – with the RS 05 robot system
Following the motto of – Everything from one source – Hermle AG made it one of its top priorities a long time ago to be a system partner for high-performance machining centers and their automation with system competence. This also applies to planning and installation and also for service applications. The successful market launch of the RS 1, RS 2, RS 2 Kombi, RS 3, RS 4 and RS linear robot systems has now been followed by a complement at the lower end of the range.
The new addition has been designed especially for small to medium-sized series parts and can be optimally used in the medical and precision engineering sectors.

Fully integrated
The RS 05 robot system is integrated in the machine enclosure of a C 20 or C 30 machining center and comprises a robot, a linear unit and a controlled lift magazine. The robot retrieves a matrix pallet from the lift magazine via the linear unit and pulls it to the handover point. The robot delivers the blanks/workpieces attached to the matrix pallets to the working area of the machine. The RS 05 robot system only requires 2 m² of space and allows for unrestricted access to the working room (ergonomic setup).

User benefits at a glance:

  • Fully automated part equipment of most diverse workpieces/blanks
  • Individual design for economic production of workpieces and parts families
  • Simple job management / preprogrammed sequence control
  • Alternating gripper system available with single, double, multiple or special grippers
  • Customer-specific magazine design with up to 16 matrix pallets in the workpiece storage
  • 6-axis industrial robots, transport weight up to 5 kg
  • Large access to machine’s working area for manual interventions or during setup
  • Attractive, ergonomically designed enclosure with two large inspection windows, which can be opened wide
  • Additional workpiece magazine for a large number of tools with a large range of parts and long running times
  • Cheap transport and simple installation thanks to the “hook-ready” design of the machine and the robot cells
  • Can be run in multi-shift operation 7 days a week
  • High system competence with Hermle as complete system provider

To be seen at EMO, Hall 12, booth C36

For more information
Maschinenfabrik Berthold Hermle AG
Industriestraße 8-12
D-78559 Gosheim
Tel +49 7426 95-0
Fax +49 7426 95-6110
[email protected]

Explore business opportunities – Seminar and fact-finding mission to India

Medtech Switzerland is pleased to invite you to two specialized events focused on the expanding medtech market in India. These targeted programs are aimed at providing attendees with pertinent and current information on the expanding opportunities in the Indian medtech marketplace. Medtech Switzerland has prepared the following two activities:

Evening seminar – Medtech insights India
September 5, 2011, 17.00 – 19.00
Zurich, Switzerland

  • Get an update on how to do business in India
  • Investigate the market potential
  • Learn from the experience of a Swiss compan
  • Network with other Swiss companies and India Experts

Fact-finding mission – Medtech close-up India
October 31 – November 2, 2011
Delhi and Bangalore, India

  • Interact with potential importers, distributors, and consumers
  • Get a deeper insight into the Indian medtech market
  • Learn about the opportunities and challenges
  • Network with local and Swiss medtech players

For further information on these sessions, you can download the documentation:
Medtech insights India Seminar
Medtech close-up India Mission

For more information:
Medtech Switzerland
Wankdorffeldstrasse 102
Postfach 261
3000 Bern 22
Tel.: +41 31 335 62 41
Fax: +41 31 335 62 63
[email protected]

The Zenith of grinding technology at EMO

A great deal of industry excitement has already surrounded the launch of Holroyd’s new Zenith machine which is destined to be one of the stars of the show. The machine is Holroyd’s first with the capability to use all three grinding technologies, aluminium oxide, “diamond-hard” plated CBN (cubic boron nitride) and vitrified CBN.

The Zenith machine will have the capacity to grind some of the largest rotors in the industry at 420 mm and offer the flexibility to use tooling from their existing range of grinding machines and those of their competitors. This is a whole new generation of grinding machine technology for the company, encompassing modern innovations, coupled with an exciting new easy feel control system that incorporates both a development and production software suite to suit all potential user requirements in either research and development or mass production.

Turning heads at the show
PTG Heavy Industries will also be turning heads at the show with its display of sample roll turning lathe and deep hole boring machine bed sections, along with components and tooling, to demonstrate the modular construction techniques and latest technology available in its range of heavy duty turning and deep hole boring machines. The technologies on display will include those featured in the range of machines supplied to the global steel, oil & gas, defence, aerospace and general medium and heavy engineering sectors.

EMO 2011 Stand Number H19 Hall 26


PTG on its mettle for EMO
The Precision Technologies Group of Milnrow, Lancashire, will be out in force at the world’s leading trade fair for metalworking technology this year with Holroyd Precision, PTG Heavy Industries (encompassing Binns & Berry, Crawford Swift), Precision Components and PTG Customer Care all in attendance.

For more information

Holroyd Precision Ltd
+44 (0)1706 526590
Steven Benn – [email protected]
Dayne Beresford – [email protected]

PTG Heavy Industries
+44 (0)1422 379222
Carl Griffiths – [email protected]
Chris Cheetam – [email protected]

New trade show announced today

A new event dedicated to microtechnology was announced today by MCH. It will take place in Lausanne between Siams and EPHJ/EPMT 2012 and illustrates well the dynamism of Switzerland in term of microtechnology.

Pierre-Yves Schmid former director of SIAMS is now in charge of LAUSANNETEC.

This new trade fair for microtechnology, high-precision technology for watchmaking and jewellery, medical technologies and electrotechnic industries in French-speaking Switzerland is called LAUSANNETEC and will take place from 22 to 25 May 2012.
Beaulieu Lausanne will host its microtechnology and high-precision technology trade fair. The main players as well as national and international decision-makers in industries employing watchmaking and jewellery expertise, medical technologies and electrotechnic are expected to attend and take advantage of an innovative communication platform designed especially for them.

Large experience to the service of exhibitors
The trade fair management team led by Pierre-Yves Schmid (former director of SIAMS in Moutier) has already begun to work on the design of LAUSANNETEC. Companies attending this innovative trade fair in Lausanne will find a highly effective communication platform set up in accordance with the high service quality standards and requirements of the MCH Group in Basel.
Cooperation with the MCH Group, an international group which organises major trade fairs, including Swisstech, Prodex and BASELWORLD, the branch’s international flagship event, will allow LAUSANNETEC to benefit both from the reach of these fairs and from the only network of its kind in Switzerland and worldwide. LAUSANNETEC will build on these assets, and will hold a ground-breaking event that gives key players from microtechnology and high-precision technology sectors the opportunity to meet under one roof.

You can contact the organizers here for more information.

Beaulieu Exploitation SA Av. des Bergières 10 1022 Lausanne
Tel : +41 (0)21 643 21 11
Fax : +41 (0)21 643 37 11
[email protected]

Delcam to launch new machining options in PowerMILL at EMO

Delcam will launch the 2012 version of its PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining at the EMO. The new release will include a number of new strategies, together with more general enhancements to make programming faster and machining more efficient with the best-possible surface finish.

The most important new option is flowline machining. With flowline machining, the toolpath is divided between a pair of drive curves in a constant number of passes, rather than having a varying number of passes with a constant stepover. The toolpath will have its start and end passes on the drive curves, with the intermediate passes blending between them. 

Better surface finish with flowline
This approach gives smoother results since it ensures that each pass travels over the full length of the area, rather than leaving the part, or making major changes in direction, during the pass.  It produces a better surface finish on the part and minimises wear on the cutter and the machine tool.

New option – spiral machining
PowerMILL has offered an optional module for automated machining of blades, blisks and impellors for some time. This module has now been enhanced with the addition of a spiral machining strategy.  This keeps the cutter on the surface of the part for the complete operation and so gives more even tool loading and a better surface finish.

New option – control the angular point distribution
Another new option that will give better results during five-axis machining is the ability to control the angular point distribution.  This option can be used to keep the machine tool moving smoothly when there is rapid angular change in one of the rotary axes of the machine tool. Smoother tool-axis changes can be achieved by increasing the density of the points in these areas. This gives a more even movement of the machine and so gives a better surface finish, with no risk of dwell marks.  The smoother motion also reduces wear on the machine.

Many other enhancements to discover

  • The ability to use Bezier curves rather than polylines
  • more control over the clearance distances applied to the cutter and its holder
  • thread milling options
  • workplane editing
  • Z-height selection and limiting, have been made easier.
  • It has also been made easier to obtain measurements
  • the use of the PowerMILL macro language to programme repeat operation has been extended

To be discovered at EMO, hall 25, booth H25

For further information on Delcam’s PowerMILL software, please contact:
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 0121 683 1081
[email protected]

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


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