Demonstration days not to be missed

Formerly Hahn & Kolb Switzerland SA, Zimmerli SA, now has about 20 employees. Based in the canton of Neuchâtel for Swiss customer. For some years the company has opened subsidiaries in France and Italy, where, more than a reseller it is advisor and provider of tailor-made solutions.

For 40 years the company has the habit to organize “demonstration days”. twice a year On these occasions, polyglot machine providers and sales engineers are present throughout the week to bring customers innovations, and exclusivities newly available on the market.

Full-scale tests and numerous partners
These test days are excellent opportunities for customers to develop their processes by testing their parts on the available machines. Next demonstration week will take place from November 8 to 11, 2011. (I know it’s early to speak about it, but that way everyone can put the date in their agenda now. I’ll remind this date later to Eurotec’s reader. Cheers – pykohler).

As of today the company plans to show various industrial solutions

  • The fully hermetic Pero R1 is the fastest washing machine in its class
  • Elma ultrasonic devices and global solution (machine, ultrasound and chemistry)
  • Washing baskets for small watchmaking parts


  • Spinner TTC, equipped with main and counter spindle, as well as 2 turrets that can hold up to 24 tools
  • Spinner “DynamicLine” machining centres
  • Spinner Automation division for all custom solution

Laser cutting and engraving

  • Acsys Lasertechnik provides fiber sources solutions to guarantee reliability quality and possibilities for marking, engraving, 3D engraving, accuracy cutting or micro-structuring
  • 3D engraving is also a specialty of Acsys; the Barracuda µ is equipped with 5 real axes to access all sections of a any shape and engrave very many structures both fine and clean.

Don’t miss the week of demonstration taking place from November 8 to 11, 2011.

Zimmerli SA
Pièces Chaperon 14
CH-2016 Cortaillod
Tel: + 41 32 842 63 33
Fax: + 41 32 842 61 63
[email protected]

Asian Dream at the 15th JIMH

The international days of watchmaking marketing (JIMH) will address Asian markets from a Swiss manufacturer’s point of view this year. “Asian Dream” is the evocative theme of this 15th edition to take place on November 2 and 3, 2011, in La Chaux-de-Fonds and Neuchâtel. The unmistakable watchmaking rendezvous of the end of the year presented yesterday the outline of its program.

The international development of watchmaking brands place the Asian continent at the centre of attention. Talking about expanding, promising or established market, Asia is an essential component of strategies of development for industry professionals. Under the “Asian Dream” theme the 15th JIMH will offer a broad analysis with a host of international speakers.

Quick glance on the themes

  • Development of points of sales in Asian markets
  • Influence of internet on brand awareness in Asia
  • Digital media
  • Asian user and his relation with time
  • Studies by countries
  • Semiotic studies
  • Significance of time for Eastern cultures

Two days event
As usual, the event is divided into two sections covering the theme. The 15th international watchmaking marketing day itself will take place on Thursday, November 3, 2011, at the Théâtre de l’Heure Bleue in La Chaux-de-Fonds and will be preceded by its academic component (the 6th day of research in watchmaking marketing (JRMH)), on Wednesday, November 2, 2011 at the Arc high school of management in Neuchâtel.

Tentative programme and other information on the event can be found here

An event not to miss
Every year when Winter comes we know that an event of quality will take place in La Chaux-de-Fonds for everyone interested in watchmaking and marketing. That’s the best place to go to open our eyes and minds… I’m happy to think I’ll be there again!
You can read the article on the 14th watchmaking marketing day published in Eurotec here and the one published on the 13th here.

Pierre-Yves Kohler

CGTech to Showcase Vericut 7.1 at EMO 2011

CGTech will feature the latest release of Vericut CNC machine simulation and optimisation software on stand J10 in Hall 25 at EMO 2011 in Hannover, Germany.

Vericut 7.1 features significant enhancements to reduce the time required for manufacturing engineers to easily develop, analyze, inspect and document the CNC programming and machining process. Along with proactively adding new features, CGTech developers and engineers focused on addressing hundreds of customer-driven enhancements. Version 7.1 contains over 400 customer requests and further improvements to Vericut’s user interaction, simulation capabilities & analysis, cutting tool creation, and CAD/CAM integration.

A tool for more collaboration
One new feature, added, at the request of customers, is a standalone Reviewer. This collaboration tool allows 3D simulations to be shared with anyone in the company  without the need for a Vericut license. The Reviewer can play forward and backward while removing and replacing material. Error messages and NC program text is highlighted when a collision on the stock or fixture is selected. A tool path line display is optional. The user can rotate, pan and zoom just like normal Vericut, and the cut stock can be measured using all the standard X-caliper tools. The Reviewer file can be saved at any point in a Vericut session.

Vericut Product/Function Overview
Vericut is CNC machine simulation, verification and optimization software that enables users to eliminate the process of manually proving-out NC programs. It reduces scrap loss and rework. The program also optimizes NC programs in order to both save time and produce higher quality surface finish. Vericut simulates all types of CNC machine tools, including those from leading manufacturers such as Mori Seiki, Mazak, Makino, Matsuura, Hermle, DMG and Chiron. Vericut runs standalone, but can also be integrated with leading CAM systems such as Catia, Siemens NX, PTC Creo, MasterCAM, EdgeCAM, Open Mind HyperMILL, Delcam PowerMill and Missler TopSolidCAM. The Vericut product line also include software for programming and simulation of Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) machines and for Drilling and fastener Assembly machines.

You can visit CGTech at EMO, Halle 25, booth J10

For more information you can contact your local CGTech subsidiary (see list here).

Leaf through online book for your diamond and CBN tools

With 40+ years of experience in diamond and CBN tools, Weiss AG offers a large product range of special tools for the industry. This year the company put a flip book with his whole catalogue online and it works perfectly well.

The company is one of the few diamond tool manufacturers and produce tools in natural and synthetic diamond. Key element for the success of Weiss AG, production on demand of special tools for different kind of machining:

  • turning
  • milling
  • dressing
  • grinding

The company also offers:

  • gauges and probes
  • polishing and lapping agents
  • diamond filling
  • services like laser work, brazing, wire cutting and resharpening

A new way to look for tooling
The flip book the company puts online is well done, you open the link and instantly reach the catalogue. Once on a page you’re interested in, a simple click magnifies  the screen and you can navigate with your mouse very easily (move up and down to see the top and bottom of the page and turn the mousewheel to turn pages). It cannot be simpler, just perfect!
If you prefer having an offline version, you can also download the PDF file (47Mb).

Diamant- und CBN-Werkzeuge
CH-9428 Walzenhausen
Tel. +4171-886 49 00
Fax +4171-886 49 09
[email protected]

We will come back on Weiss tooling later. Meanwhile if you’re interested in finding diamond and CBN tools, this certainly is a right place to visit.

Pierre-Yves Kohler

Machine tool industry firmly committed to sustainability in production processes

At the EMO Hannover 2011, held from 19 to 24 September, the machine tool industry will for what is already the fourth time be participating in a fair under the Blue Competence trademark. “Enabling Sustainability for Manufacturing” is the watchword for 30 companies from this sector and its close relatives in terms of production technology who in Hall 16, Stand E04, will be showcasing their solutions for sustainability in industrial production processes. The principal focus will be on the issue of energy-efficiency. The stand is being organised by the EMO organiser VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association), Frankfurt am Main.

“In particular, the first-time participation of three companies from Switzerland and Finland underlines the international status of eco-design thinking, since sustainability has to ignore national frontiers” – Schäfer

“We are thus underlining the commitment of Europe’s machine tool industry to the issue of eco-design, which will be given very meticulous attention by the sector in the years ahead”, explains Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the VDW. At the shared Blue Competence stand, the companies will be showcasing solutions with which they downsize ongoing operating costs for their products and at the same time achieve beneficial ecological effects. Exemplified by a machining centre whose development was subsidised by the German Federal Ministry for Education and research (BMBF) under the aegis of a research project, the stand will spotlight how energy consumption levels at individual subsystems can be simultaneously recorded in various machining steps. This enables the biggest energy-consumers to be identified, which is essential for reducing the energy consumption of the machine as a whole by appropriate measures or precautions. Optimisation packages for hydraulic units will be presented, for example, that depending on the definition of the initial status exhibit energy savings of up to 80 per cent.

A global concern
“In particular, the first-time participation of three companies from Switzerland and Finland underlines the international status of eco-design thinking, since sustainability has to ignore national frontiers”, comments Schäfer. Likewise, the Blue Competence trademark, which the VDW premiered to the public in 2009, is not restricted to the machine tool industry. Quite the contrary: since the middle of this year, it has been established by the VDMA for the entire mechanical engineering sector under the motto of “Engineering a better world”.

To complement the VDW’s shared Blue Competence stand, more than 30 companies who are already members of Blue Competence will be using the EMO Hannover 2011 as a platform to showcase their special solutions and options for sustainability and energy-efficiency on a stand of their own. Alliance Members have signed up to the conditions of use for Blue Competence, and thus affirmed their responsibilities to the natural environment and climate protection. They are ready to enter into an active dialogue on this with customers and vendors.

Visitors to the EMO can also obtain further information and input for implementing more sustainability in their production processes at the international congress on “Sustainable Production”, which will be held at the exhibition grounds on 20 and 21 September 2011 and features a high-calibre list of speakers. Further information and the application form you will find in the web under


Companies on the Blue Competence stand in Hall 16, Stand E04
The companies represented on the shared Blue Competence stand are these: A. Monforts Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Mönchengladbach, BKW Kälte-Wärme-Versorgungstechnik GmbH, Wolfschlugen, Bosch Rexroth AG, Lohr am Main, Brinkmann Pumps K. H. Brinkmann GmbH & Co. KG, Werdohl, Chiron-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Tuttlingen, DMG Vertriebs- und Service GmbH, Bielefeld, Dörries Scharmann Technologie GmbH, Mönchengladbach, Gebr. Heller Maschinenfabrik GmbH, Nürtingen, Grundfos GmbH, Erkrath, Hawe Hydraulik SE, Munich, Index-Werke GmbH & Co. KG, Esslingen, Kapp GmbH, Coburg, Klingelnberg GmbH, Hückeswagen, Liebherr-Verzahntechnik GmbH, Kempten, mimatic GmbH, Betzigau, Niles Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Berlin, Parker Hannifin GmbH, Kaarst, Prima Power, Kauhava, Finland, Profiroll Technologies GmbH, Bad Düben, Schwäbische Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Schramberg-Waldmössingen, Siemens AG Industry Sector Drive Technology Division, Erlangen, StarragHeckert AG, Rorschacherberg, Schweiz, StarragHeckert GmbH, Chemnitz, Tornos S.A., Moutier, Switzerlabnd, Traub Drehmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG, Reichenbach, Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH + Co. KG, Ditzingen, Weiler Werkzeugmaschinen GmbH, Emskirchen, WZL der RWTH Aachen, Machine Tool Faculty, Aachen, VDW, Frankfurt am Main.

Russia – Expand your companies export horizon

The Russian market for medical technology in 2011 is estimated to be worth CHF 5 billion, making it the 13th most important country in the medical technology sector. Since 2009, healthcare budgets in Russia have risen to the top of the funding priorities in government spending.

The Medtech Switzerland Russian Forum offers

  • Exposure – Present you company to an audience of over 200 Russian healthcare consumers and decision makers
  • Networking – Make connections and start negotiations
  • Navigate – Learn the tricks of the trade in launching your export platform in Russia

Present your company to a Russian audience during four targeted information sessions in: cardiovascular solutions, dental solutions, orthopedic solutions, or improving healthcare.

Fact-finding mission to Russia
October 17-19th, 2011
Moscow, Russia

For further information on these sessions, please see the attached PDF.

Half day seminar
In addition to the fact finding mission, Medtech Switzerland and its partners invite you to participate in a half-day seminar on the Russian medtech market in Zurich, September 2. For further information please click here for the German version and here for the French version. Registration ends August 26.

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

The application takes centre stage

The Linear Technology and Connecting Technology selection aids developed by RK Rose+Krieger make it easier for engineers to choose the ideal component for their requirements.

The right linear unit for every application: the RK selection aid makes it easy to choose the ideal linear technology for any particular requirement.

Deciding which linear or connecting system is most suitable in a particular situation is often very time consuming. With a wide range to choose from, often the only way to make a decision is by comparing the technical data. The “Linear Technology” and “Connecting Technology” selection aids from RK Rose+Krieger GmbH simplify the task of finding the right components and function modules. The key to this solution is that RK first divides its products into three main segments according to the application.

Linear Technology Selection Aid
The initial selection on the basis of the three main segments filters the RK linear units according to application and performance criteria, as follows:
Move-Tec: for occasional width, length or height adjustment with low duty cycle, low speed and average to high stability
Place-Tec: for loading and unloading, palletising and pick & place applications in 3-shift operation with short cycle times, high cycle rates and high demands on repeatability and reliability
Control-Tec: for numerically controlled positioning applications with uniform movement sequences in 3-shift operation, high drive stiffness and high demands on positioning accuracy

The next step is to distinguish between constant and variable overall lengths, and between guides with or without a drive. “Only the fourth step selects on the basis of technical data. But by then, the products have been filtered to such an extent that the final choice is easy”, explains Bernd Klöpper, marketing manager at RK Rose+Krieger.

The “Linear Technology” selection aid is now a also available online. Customers using this online facility can receive CAD data and catalogues for the selected product direct at the click of a mouse. An inquiry form makes it easy to contact the sales staff in an instant.

Connecting Technology Selection Aid
The “Pipe Connection Technology” selection aid developed by RK distinguishes between three segments according to load range: low load range (plastic connectors), medium-to-heavy load range (aluminium connectors) and heavy load/impact-resistant (stainless steel connectors). The next selection steps involve choosing between one-piece or multi-part elements (advantage: retrofitting is possible) and between right-angled, axially parallel and articulated connections. RK now supplies existing and potential customers with a printed version of this user-friendly selection aid on request. The online version is being prepared.

Discover Rose+Krieger at Motek 2011, Hall 3, Stand 3330

RK Rose+Krieger GmbH
Potsdamer Str. 9
32423 Minden
Tel.: +49 571 9335-0
Fax: +49 571 9335-119
[email protected]