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Another year full of interesting discoveries is about to come to its end and we would like to thank all the companies and people we’re working with for their confidence and support. Also thank you to the more and more numerous readers of our online source of information.

Merry Christmas and happy New Year

The daily news on the blog will be stopped for one week and will be back on January 3 with industry and microtechnology news. We are eager to carry on bringing you valuable info through both paper and electronic forms.


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Delcam’s new web site for PartMaker CAM system for production machining

Delcam has launched a new web site,, for its PartMaker CAM system for programming the full spectrum of production machining equipment.  The site details the many benefits that have prompted thousands of users with sophisticated machine tools to select PartMaker for their programming needs.  

The new PartMaker website shows why thousands of companies have chosen the software for their programming needs.

A key part of the new PartMaker site is a series of video testimonials from some of these customers. Many of these companies are from the medical industry, the largest outlet for PartMaker, with others from aerospace, electronics, general engineering and contract manufacturing.  Similarly, they use a range of high-end machine tools from suppliers including Citizen, Star, Mazak, Nakamura-Tome, Tsugami, Doosan and Mori Seiki among others.  All, however, rely on PartMaker to produce complex, high-precision parts, with the shortest-possible set-up times and cycle times.

New features of PartMaker
Visitors to the site can also obtain details and video demonstrations on the latest version of the software, PartMaker 2012.  Major highlights of the release include improved visualisation, more powerful simulation of vertical and horizontal machining centres, support for the latest breed of multi-axis bar-fed mills, turn-mill centres and Swiss-type lathes, greater flexibility and control in process development and much, much more.

A website to bring value
The new PartMaker site features a modern, easy-to-navigate interface to allow visitors to find information relevant to their industry and machining application.  This new style follows the format of new websites being introduced for Delcam’s other manufacturing software.
It includes links to Delcam’s international reseller network so that visitors can contact their local representative for further information or to request an evaluation copy.

Full network at your disposal
There are also links to many of Delcam’s technology partners, including machine tool builders and cutting tool suppliers.  Videos from recent exhibitions can be viewed where these companies have used Delcam software to program their demonstrations.

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

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

New Matsuura 5 axes machine: extension to the top

With the new MAM 72-100 H 5 axes horizontal machining center, Matsuura brings a new dimension to its 5 axes range. The 100 H designation refers to the maximum diameter of parts which is 1000 mm and the letter H indicates the horizontal position of the spindle. This machine has been developed to apply a maximum machining power on the part through the very rigid horizontal milling spindle; while the 4th and 5th axes are applied on the palette. It is also designed to enable very precise machining with the thermal stability of its spindle nose.

The two rotary axes are equipped with super-dynamic DD direct drives and leave no user aside in terms of dynamics needs. To allow large parts clamping in hidden time the MAM72-100 H machining center includes a 2-position pallet changer (for 630 x 630 mm pallets); this from the basic version of the machine.
This new Matsuura is designed for the machining of parts with high level of requirement for sectors like machine-tool building, aeronautics, energy and subcontracting.

Designed for a minimum of 7000 working hours of spindle per year in ideal situation
“With this new machine, we want to complete the range of the equipment available on the market for 5 axes machining of complex parts of large size with a much more powerful model in terms of production requirements,” explains Pirmin Zehnder, Manager of Newemag, the Swiss general representative of Matsuura. And he continues: “The mechanical qualities as well as all the necessary equipment to ensure the flexibility of production and the maximum reduction of labor costs show clearly that the MAM72-100 H machining center is designed to operate for at least 7000 hours of spindle per year in ideal situation. We believe that this machine provides the maximum of its capacity when it is used for machining of steel, cast iron, steel and titanium alloys. These are situations where the rigid horizontal milling spindle can be used to the maximum of its possibilities”.

Technical data MAM72 – 100 H

  • Stroke (X/Y/Z axis): 1050/920/960 mm
  • Stroke (axis A/C): + 30 ° approx. – 120 ° / 360 °
  • Feed rate (X/Y/Z axis): 60 m/min (50 m/min axis Z)
  • Feed rate (axis A/C): 50 tr/min/75 RPM
  • Pallets size: 630 mm x 630 mm
  • Parts max. weight: 780 kg
  • Parts max. size diameter: 1000 mm x height 770 mm
  • Number of tools 60: (240/360)
  • Spindle speed max.: 12,000 rpm
  • Spindle power max.: 30 kW
  • Spindle torque max.: 451 Nm (700 Nm)
  • Tool holder: SK50/BT50/HSK100
  • Pallets store: 2 (6/10 and more)

About Matsuura Machinery GmbH
Founded in 1935 in Japan, Matsuura has today become a reference company for fast and accurate machining of cubic parts. The company that owns subsidiaries in Great Britain, Canada and Germany develops and manufactures high-end and ultra-automated machining centers for sectors like machine-tools manufacturing, precision mechanics, optics, aeronautics and aerospace. The high quality of these machines is also evidenced by ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications as well as other international standards.

Newemag AG
Machine Tools
Erlenstrasse 2
CH-6343 Rotkreuz
Tel. +41 41 798 31 98
Fax +41 41 790 10 54
[email protected]

Tornos: changes in management

The company announced this morning that Mr. Paul Häring, CFO, resigned from his function to be able to pursue other interests.

A successor will be recruited. In order to secure a smooth transition, Paul Häring will remain in the CFO function until appointment of the successor. M. Michaël Hauser, CEO of the Tornos group just communicated that Mr. Häring is active in several boards of directors and wanted to be able to spend more time on these mandates – what was not fully possible with his operational position of CEO of the Tornos Group.

He adds:  “His decision is private and has nothing to do with with our relations. I regret but respect his decision and wish him all the best for the future”.

Recently the company published quite good results despite the very challenging economic environment
In the third quarter of 2011, the Tornos Group received orders worth CHF 59.2 m, an increase of 17.7% year-on-year (2010: CHF 50.4 million). Owing to the usual seasonal impact of the summer holiday period, the level of new orders received in the third quarter was lower than that in the two preceding quarters. EMO, the most important machine-tool trade fair in our industry, was held in September in Hanover. The new products we presented there met with great interest from customers and numerous orders were placed during the fair. This was particularly the case for the new revolutionary MultiSwiss multispindle lathe which made its world debut at EMO (see our post here). In the first nine months of 2011, the cumulative order intake was CHF 216.4 million, up 47.2% on the same period last year (2010: CHF 147.0 million).

The current economic climate is characterised by numerous uncertainties. Customer sentiment worldwide is mixed, and visibility surrounding the future business trend has deteriorated substantially. Based on the double hypothesis of the economy not significantly deteriorating further and of exchange rates remaining at their current levels, the Group anticipates gross sales in the region of CHF 260-270 million for the 2011 financial year as a whole, with an EBIT margin of around 6%. To safeguard the Group’s profitability, cost-saving measures will continue to be implemented, and the Group will further reduce its exposure to exchange rate fluctuations.

To know more
Mr Brice Renggli, Marketing Manager
Tel: +41 79 528 29 78
fax: +41 32 494 49 03
[email protected]

The leading trade show for medical technology points the way forward

Ten years ago, German companies working in the field of medical technology generated revenue of approximately 5 billion euros. According to the estimates produced by UBM Canon, organiser of the Medtec Europe trade show, (13-15 March 2012 in Stuttgart), this sum has now risen to over 20 billion. Reflecting this dynamic growth, Medtec Europe has now also become Europe’s leading trade show for medical technology.

Medtec was launched in 2002 when it welcomed approximately 100 exhibitors. Since then, the medical technology trade show, which now goes by the name Medtec Europe, has grown by a factor of ten to become the industry’s leading European event. What were the key factors contributing to this success?

Clear subdivisions from March 13 to 15, 2012
The organisers always try to identify the key trends characterising the industry and incorporate these as new areas of interest in the trade show. To design Medtec Europe in the clearest possible way for exhibitors and visitors alike, they will subdivide the key topics into individual areas in the future. In more concrete terms, this will result in the areas of:

  • Medical Automation
  • Medical Cleanrooms
  • Medical Metals
  • Medical Packaging
  • Medical Plastics
  • Medical Rapid Manufacturing
  • Medical Testing
  • Medical IVD manufacturing.

More and more synergies
SüdTec and Designmed are two parallel events that will continue to be held in 2012. With SüdTec, the organisers quite deliberately offer exhibitors from the general supply sector an interface via which they can not only address their core markets but can also, almost as a ‘side effect’, gain a foothold in the medical market and expand their customer base in this sector. As far as DesignMed is concerned, this event is intended for a very specific group of electronics designers operating in the medical technology sector. In this specialist area, UBM canon has also been able to attract some top-quality speakers for the conference that accompanies the event.

New in 2012: IVD Manufacturing
IVD stands for in-vitro diagnostic medical devices and reflects developments in the “Clinical Diagnostics” and “Life Science Research” sectors. In-vitro diagnostic medical devices are medical products for the non-invasive examination of samples. By introducing the area of IVD Manufacturing, UBM Canon is providing suppliers to the manufacturers of these analytical devices and kits their first chance to promote their products at Medtec Europe.

For the first time in 2012: Medtec-Emdt Innovation Awards
The organisers will, for the very first time, be conferring the Medtec-EMDT Innovation Awards. These will go to businesses that have distinguished themselves through outstanding achievements in selected categories. Unfortunately it’s already too late to register (sorry about this late information).

For more information
[email protected]

Stephan Nell to become new Schleifring CEO

Stephan Nell is set to become the new Chairman of the Management Board of Körber Schleifring on January 1st, 2012. In this position he is succeeding Richard Bauer, who in future will be concentrating fully on his responsibilities as Chairman of the Executive Board of Körber AG.

Körber Schleifring, the holding company of the Machine Tool Division, is also being relocated to Switzerland. This means the holding company is being moved to the direct vicinity of the operating business activities. While the precise date for the relocation has not yet been finalized, it is planned to realize this without undue delay.
“Stephan Nell has had a decisive impact on the realignment of the Schleifring Group in recent years,” stressed Bauer. “I am delighted that we have been able to secure the services of this experienced manager, as an internal solution, for this challenging task.”

Nell (43) joined Studer AG in 2003 as Head of Sales. He has been a member of its Management since 2005, and has headed Management Board since 2007. Within the framework of the restructuring of the Schleifring Group, in February 2011 he assumed responsibility at Körber Schleifring Management Board for Sales, Service and Marketing.
The Management Team of the Schleifring Group remains unchanged with Stephan Nell and Gustel Baumert as well as Michael Horn, Heinz Poklekowski and Dr. Roland Rütti.

Hamburg, December 19th, 2011
Körber Schleifring GmbH

To work together to better serve the market

Trophies awarded at Midest in Paris are not stopped by border; exactly, like the Franco-German alliance Jores/Meca-Rectif winner of the “partnership-alliance” category. In a few years these two double surface grinding subcontracting companies have evolved from fierce competitors to partners working hand to hand to develop the market. Meeting with Mr. Torsten Jores and Philippe Chapé, the two CEO’s.

“We simply combined our forces to develop the market” says Mr. Jores. But behind this short sentence, the two companies had clearly to learn to know each other and collaborate. Mr. Chapé adds: “We do the prospection together and our offer is very well accepted as it is in the meaning of the ISO TS standard requesting to secure a second source”. And this is the genius of the two entrepreneurs. They offer a single interlocutor that guarantees two complementary sources of supply at once! The result? Increased sales and contracts that the companies would never have earned alone.

Same methods, machines, quality and prices
Such an association can only work if customers can rely on a guaranteed consistency of quality regardless of the provenance of their parts! In this regard Mr. Jores says: “We have very similar machines pools and our visions of quality and service are the same. Our customers who have already experienced the double sources supply are convinced. We offer a fantastic service with very high quality consistency”. Today, the alliance of these two companies provides a global machinery pool for double face surface grinding unique in Europe. “We have a tool that allows us to set ambitious goals. Our aim is to become the European reference on double face surface grinding” adds Mr. Chapé.

What about customers?
On paper this alliance has everything to please customers, but what do the customers think of both companies? Mr. Chapé concludes: “Our clients are not only looking for on time quality of production with attractive prices but they also want to secure their sourcing to face peaks of production and wish a second source of supply. We are the only one to offer such a global Service”. Significant asset for all high-tech industries, Jores/Meca-Rectif already serve many actors on the automotive industry, aeronautics, mechanical and electro-mechanical industries or even the household appliances industry.

Are you looking for a double source of supply in double face surface grinding?

Paul Jores GmbH
Breitlerstrasse 66
55566 Bad Sobernheim
Tel. +49 6751 8556-0
Fax +49 6751 8556-28
[email protected]

2, rue Marse Bastié
93600 Aulnay s/s bois
Tel. + 33 1 48 65 90 40
Fax + 33 1 45 91 21 32
[email protected]

Common website of the alliance in 4 languages:

We will come back on this alliance in Eurotec’s next issue.