Issue 379 just released

It’s exactly three years ago that I started working with Eurotec and since that time I’ve never stopped trying to be qualified to offering you the best possible magazine and online source of information on microtechnology. The team helped me a lot indeed! The release of issue 379 gives me the opportunity to thank you all for your support during these three years. Wow I met so many outstanding people and visited so many incredible companies! And it is only the start, I’m eager to carry on writing those stories!

The online reading of Eurotec is user friendly and pages are quickly loaded.

In this issue you will be able to find a lot of information, have a look…

  • Viewpoint: discussion with the new responsible communication mgr. of Siams, Moutier
  • PX-Tools – new range of standard and special tools
  • Helios – subcontracting “approved for the automotive industry” for all
  • Dixi Polytool – 1 tool = 3 operations
  • Tornos – new range of bar loaders
  • ExxonMobil – maximising the productivity
  • Schunk – more efficient production
  • Motorex – Swisscool in the factory of all superlatives
  • Precise France – compliance cutting
  • Microdatec-Saphintec – only diamond is harder
  • Schall Messen – Control 2012
  • Metav 2012
  • Swiss Plastic 2012
  • Surfaces Synergie – Advantage to black PVD coatings (first part)
  • Berger+Co – meeting the customer’s expectations
  • Olaer – Chiller cooling systems

The magazine has been sent by surface mail today. You can also read it online here.

If you want to read it on your iPad or simply have it on PDF, you can download it here.

Pierre-Yves Kohler

PS: We’re working on new stories for early 2012 and we want to give you more and more valuable information. If you have any idea, need or comment, do not hesitate to sent me a message to [email protected] or to post a comment on the blog or to our facebook page.

PS2: If you want to use Eurotec to communicate precisely in microtechnology in Europe you can contact Véronique (French speaking countries) or Nathalie (German and English speaking countries)

Véronique Zorzi, Tél. +41 22 307 78 52  [email protected]
Nathalie Glattfelder, Tél. +41 22 307 78 32   [email protected]

PS3: By the way, you’ve certainly seen it! For advertisers we offer a special action and the possibility to win an iPad for 2012.

Design, ergonomics & training for medical technology products

It is taken for granted that a product will work reliably (moreover in medical industry!). In addition today it is more and more important to guarantee the ease of operation in view of the scarcity of personnel and the variety of devices.  Therefore to market medical technology products also implies maximizing user friendliness and experience…

Medical Cluster Switzerland has decided to deal with these important topics and help companies being perfectly efficient on these aspects. On January 13, 2012, a training course on “Design, ergonomics & training for medical technology products” will start in Berne (the courses will take place in German).

In this course, participants will learn about the aspects of ergonomic design of medical products and will be familiarised with modern aspects of user training. It is also possible to sign for modules and not the whole course:

  • Ergonomics, design, training
  • Artificial breathing techniques
  • Medical basics

You can download the whole information flyer here (Weiterbildungskurs Medical Cluster – German).

General information

  • 105 lessons of 45 minutes (i.e. approx. 22 days)
  • Friday afternoon 13:45-19:30 and on several Saturdays 08:45-16:45
  • Location: Berne University of applied sciences, engineering and information technology, Wankdorffeldstrasse 102, 3014 Bern
  • Price: CHF 5’260.-
  • Language: German

If you are interested please contact Mrs Kerstin Küchler, responsible for the course
Tel. +41 31 848 32 43
[email protected]

Reduced cycle time and dramatically improved metal removal rates

The recent evolution of the market-leading Edgecam CNC software means manufacturers can achieve more machining in the same production time.

Edgecam users from around the UK saw live machining demonstrations at Mazak’s European Technology Centre, showing how a revolutionary new Waveform Roughing Strategy in Edgecam 2012 R1 cuts cycle time from 63 minutes to just 18 minutes, and improves the metal removal rate from 30 cm3 per minute to 135 cm3 per minute.  The demonstrations were part of the “Innovation For Productivity” event, run in partnership between Mazak, Sandvik Coromant, CG Tech Vericut, 3Dconnexion and Edgecam.

Need to increase machining output
Sandvik’s Paul Williams told the 75 delegates that Britain’s manufacturing sector is growing through its commitment to small batch runs of high added value products. “This needs highly sophisticated advanced machine tools, and because of the higher costs involved, manufacturers must increase productivity and throughput to achieve more machining in the same production time.”
He said that using machines with more tools, in conjunction with Edgecam, reduced cycle times and optimised metal removal rates. – It is quite an “universal need” in Europe, isn’t it?

Waveforming for productivity
Edgecam engineer Mike O’Neill said the Waveform Roughing Strategy was the software’s biggest innovation for several years and is now included in the standard license, giving better machining for all users. As well as the Waveform’s constant tool load path and smooth toolpath  pattern improving the metal removal rate, it also gives greater stability, more precise machining and improved tool life. In addition, the improved surface finish potentially eliminates secondary cutting cycles.
He said Edgecam’s recent evolution has also led to multi-threading toolpaths and background processing, as well as the 5-axis cycle being upgraded to 64-bit. “It’s now like driving a car in 6th gear instead of 4th. In particular, background processing frees the operator to undertake other tasks and has dramatically reduced downtime.”

Straight to the point
Rob Lightfoot, of CG Tech Vericut, which has a seamless interface with Edgecam to verify NC code before it is transferred to the machine, said the software ensured manufacturers got prototypes right first time every time, overcoming issues of proof parts costing too much in terms of setting up, scrap, broken cutters, wasted program time and machine downtime.

For further information on Edgecam visit

Global provider of high precision

Amada, the publicly listed Japanese machine-tool and tool manufacturer offers a broad range of machines in several field of activities. A few examples?, You can find high-speed fiber laser, press brake, press featuring servo-electric drive technology, turning machines, integrated automation solutions, and grinding machines (using new grinding technologies) in its portfolio. To learn more about these we met with Ben Scherr, CEO of the European branch of the company.

In the last EMO the company presented its wide product range of solutions under four main labels: 1) precision parts for tool making, 2) difficult-to-cut materials / band sawing technology, 3 ) sheet metal working and 4) automation and precision in mass production.

1) Precision parts for tool making
The aim of the company is to provide integrated manufacturing solutions of parts for the tool making industry. Amada offers a complete solution consisting of machines, software and measuring instruments, which is suitable for highly accurate and precise surface and profile grinding of small and medium-sized parts.

2) Difficult-to-cut materials / band sawing technology
The company offers solution to machine large, difficult-to-cut materials for applications in the heavy industry, infrastructure and energy sectors.

3) Sheet Metal Working
Amada presents ultra-fast and highly precise fiber laser FOL3015-AJ, which is equipped with an oscillator developed in house. In this domain the company also offers presses, for instance the press brake HD-1003 ATC NT with its fully automatic tool changer ATC or the SDE-2025 ES, an energy-efficient high-performance servo press. The multi-function machine is well-suited for a wide variety of sheet metal working tasks.

4) Automation and precision in mass production
Under this umbrella, customers can discover how combining and automating of individual machining tasks results in highly efficient and precise manufacturing processes.
First news in this area: The turning centre S 10 features a 250 mm swing diameter front spindle and two side turrets with a tool drive and two optional Y-axes. Simultaneous machining of the workpiece leads to high productivity rates.
Second news: The precision turning centre AD 18S that permits back face operation on the smallest footprint. The model is equipped with an additional turret and a sub-spindle, which is mounted on the main turret. The sub-spindle can be used to position the finished parts on an integrated pallet system. This makes it possible to feed bars and to unload workpieces onto a pallet without any collisions.

Three main axes
There are three fundamental concepts that underline every product of the company: multifunctionality, flexible production and environmental compatibility. Mr. Scherr says to conclude : “The fact that these concepts can successfully be put into practice, is due to Amada’s high degree of innovativeness and its outstanding engineering expertise. We can really offer a wide spectrum of solutions always based on these values. Our customers reward these too”.

We will come back on solutions dedicated for microtechnology in a further issue of Eurotec.

Amada Allee 3, 42781 Haan, Germany
Tel. : +49 (0) 21 29 579 03
Fax : +49 (0) 21 29 579 339
[email protected]

Metal meets Medical at the METAV 2012

Dental technology demands zero-defects production!  “Fundamentally, dental milling machines are no different from normal CNC milling machines”, says Dr.-Ing. Michael Kreis, who heads Datron AG’s technology centre in Mühltal-Traisa near Darmstadt. The METAV 2012 in Düsseldorf will be showcasing the entire spectrum of equipment involved. At the “Metal meets Medical” special show, vendors of machines, tools, metrological instruments and software will be showing that the dental process chain is alive and kicking.

Example of machining for a cobalt-chromium blank.

Manufacturing dental prostheses is a highly sophisticated form of individualised mass production. “In Germany alone”, estimates Datron’s  expert Dr.-Ing. Michael Kreis, “more than 20 million crowns were manufactured in 2010. That means 20 million customised workpieces, since hardly any two teeth are identical.” To enable this diversity of shapes and materials to be manufactured cost-efficiently in a dependable process, users have to be guaranteed zero-defects production from the very first run.

Dedicated machine …and solution
If you “want to tackle a market like medical kit or dental technology properly”, says Michael Kreis, “then you can’t do it just as a sideline”. This is why in 2008/2009 the company decided to develop a dental machine specifically tailored to the market’s needs. Datron had always been “pretty broadly diversified”, and was already at home in many different markets: CNC machining in the electronics and plastics industries, from aerospace and automotive applications all the way through to medical technology. On the basis of this sectoral knowledge, the requirements of the dental market were now analysed, and factored into the development work for the Datron D5 dental milling machine. By March 2011, the innovation was already being showcased at the world’s biggest dental trade fair in Cologne.

Open systems in a complete process chain
Most of the traditional CAD/CAM solutions used for dental technology were closed systems. The market, however, is increasingly insistent on open systems, although these are more difficult for users to master. “This is why”, explains Michael Kreis, “we are offering the entire process chain involved: from the scanner, the CAD/CAM software, the machine, the tools, all the way through to the material being used, though this comes from cooperating partners”.

Easy to use
“In the case of our process chain”, explains Michael Kreis, “the data are streamed from the CAM computer via a network directly onto the machine, which then finds this job in its job library”. This means the user gets detailed information on whether the supply status at the machine is assured (tools, coolants, workpieces), and only when all the lights are green there can he actually start the job concerned – and this in hidden time. This means you can be milling one particular job and simultaneously be managing additional jobs at the control panel or loading new workpieces.

An important sales platform and indicator
The METAV, adds Michael Kreis, “has always been a very important fair for us. On the national and European markets, particularly, it’s a vital sales platform and an indicator for how the year is beginning. The special event themed around ‘Metal meets Medical’ means that the fair is all the more important for us, in that by developing our dental milling machine we have made a successful start on the market for medical technology, and will continue to upgrade our corporate capabilities in this field”.

For more information
Datron AG
Andrea Schmidt
Marketing and PR
In den Gänsäckern 5
D-64367 Mühltal
Tel. +49 6151 14 19-107
Fax +49 6151 14 19-29
[email protected]

Metav 2012
VDW – German Machine Tool
Builders’ Association
Corneliusstraße 4
60325 Frankfurt am Main
Phone +49 69 756081-45
Fax+49 69 756081-11
[email protected]

Thanks to author: Walter Frick, specialist journalist from Weikersheim

From the project to industrialisation: The one-stop service

Today in almost all areas, men-machine interfaces use electronic devices and require always more advanced skills in “electronic development and industrialization”. In the industry, a breakdown often means “loss of production”, therefore manufacturers of machines and appliances must offer electronic solutions of high quality. We met with Mr. Patrick Roy, head of sales and Marketing at Cloos Electronic, specialist of custom electronic solutions supplier.

“The trend today is very often that the customer contacts us with a more or less clear idea and we determine together the specifications of the electronic card and even its integration into its cabinet” – P. Roy

The activities of the company are mainly grouped into three areas for which Cloos Electronic can provide a complete service ranging from development to set up including every step of production. These three fields are:

  • electric cabinets
  • electronic cards
  • electronic apparatus and various accessories.

The company of le Locle is one of the few in Switzerland able to provide all these services under one roof and the company’s skills are largely recognized. True architect, Cloos Electronic positions itself as a partner of its customers to help them manage all aspects at any moments of the life of their products.

Outsourcing is no longer a problem
For a company an outsourcing project can quickly become a jigsaw puzzle, between non-updated procedures available internally, lack of transparency or retention of information, it is sometimes difficult to assign part of its operations to an external partner. With Cloos Electronic, the realization of the technical file is an element which made the success of the company. In this regard Mr. Roy says: “When a customer wishes to outsource part or all of its production, our specialists are going to work in the customer’s company to really understand its needs and build the technical file. It will be our knowledge base to ensure quality work”. Once this step passed, Cloos Electronic offers a secure gateway to its customers that can connect to the ERP system and track the progress of their orders in real time.

High-end products
Reactivity and skills of Cloos Electronic let the company deal with all requests in batch sizes that goes with high-end products. In terms of price the company has nothing to envy to its European or Asian competition. Finally Mr. Roy says: “We are clearly in an expansion phase, we have streamlined our workflow, increased our production capacity, and many companies will soon benefit from our services”.

You too?

Cloos Electronic
Jambe Ducommun 8
CH – 2400 Le Locle
Tel. +41 32 931 74 74
Fax +41 32 931 74 78
[email protected]

We will publish a detailled article on Coos Electronic in a further issue of Eurotec.

PVD black coating – all we want to know

It’s been a while since we spoke about coating here and I’ve a good news to people interested in this topic. we met Christian Manasterski, head of R&D of the Surfaces Synergie group, leader in this technology and we will publish a two-episode story in Eurotec. First episode in our December issue!

Example of black PVD coating use in the watch industry with the Louis Chevrolet Frontenac 7500 and its steel case black PVD coated and polished.

Black coatings are for some years, very popular in the field of watch making, but also eyeglass frames, leather goods, writing instruments and jewellery. Few black coatings are made by electroplating (black chrome, black nickel, black gold, black rhodium…) but the majority is made by dry and in particular by the DLC technique (Diamond Like Carbon). However, a significant proportion is produced by PVD (precisely by reactive magnetron sputtering). This technology has some advantages that not share DLC coatings.

What are DLC coatings
DLC coatings can be of typeTa: C (for Tetra-Amorphous-Carbon). They are obtained by sputtering (PVD) or by a cathodic arc. They are very hard but have very high internal stresses. DLC coatings can also be of type a: C-H (for Amorphous-Carbon- Hydrogen). The hydrogenated fraction makes a little less hard coating, but in return, they are thicker and more resistant to corrosion. They are generally obtained by the technology of PECVD using different precursors. DLC coatings are being developed including diamond structures (called hybridization sp2 & sp3) in a graphite matrix (sp1 hybridization). It is therefore, possible, to a certain extent, to vary the proportion of different hybrids and thus adapt the performance of the layer based on the use that we want to do.

To read more about it, do not miss our next issue (or follow the news here, once next issue’s articles on-line I’ll post a piece of info).

For more information

Surfaces Synergie Holding
Alexandre Beuque – P. +33 (0)6 89 99 35 95
8, rue de la Batheuse – F. 25120 Maiche
Tél. +33 (0)3 81 55 46 80 – Fax +33 (0)3 81 55 46 84
[email protected]