Valtronic Opens New Orthopaedic Building

Valtronic Switzerland officially opened a new 1600 sqm state of the art orthopaedic production facility across the street from its headquarters in the Valley de Joux.

“Thanks to great team spirit and commitment of the whole team the move worked out ideally and validation of equipment went according to plan,” stated Dr. Martin Zimmermann, Director of the Precision Manufacturing Center. “The mechanical workshop is now up and running in an improved environment and we are looking forward to improving our services for existing customers as well as starting new partnerships.”

Increased cababilities
The new building will host production, finishing, control, receipt and storage capacities as well as an engineering and logistics office. It provides the company’s customers with access to increased capabilities such as finishing services and added equipment for medical implant grade plastics such as PEEK.   It also offers separate areas now for medical and industrial manufacturing and improved process flows.
Commitment for the future
“Building this new facility is the next step in growing our presence in the Orthopaedic market” Dr. Zimmermann commented.  “Our increased investment in the market began with the acquisition of Geisert Square last year.  This new building is a strategic investment with a clear focus on growing our global orthopaedics business with full service design and manufacturing and a commitment to providing the market with expertise needed to make Smart Implants a market reality.”

Valtronic Technologies (Suisse) SA
Route de Bonport 2
1343 Les Charbonnières
Tel : +41 21 841 01 11
Fax : +41 21 841 02 22


Genuine and counterfeit parts clearly distinguishable

Just how important the counterfeit-proof marking of genuine parts has become for German industry today is evidenced by a figure published by the VDMA: Lost sales through product piracy amount to some 6.4 billion euros annually in the German machine and plant construction industry alone.

With the world’s first authentication robot, the Brandproof® from Polysecure, detecting and differentiating between genuine and fake parts can be automated. Not only parts without markers, but those with incorrect ones are reliably detected.

Today, every eleventh company affected by counterfeit products belongs to the plastics and rubber processing machine segment. Just how effective a practical marker system can be in the fight against product piracy will be demonstrated by Polysecure at the Motek in Stuttgart from 8 to 11 October using plastic demonstration parts produced by Arburg.

Chemical markers
With the optical and ceramic markers from Polysecure, it is now possible for the first time to reliably identify moulded parts as genuine supplier products as well as detecting forgeries that appear identical at first glance. The plastic material is labelled using a minute quantity of a chemical marker for this purpose. This material is heat-resistant up to 2,000°C, does not affect the material properties and is completely non-toxic as well as insoluble. The markers can be provided with a code containing, for example, information on the year of manufacture or batch number. This encoded information can then be read non-destructively using an x-ray fluorescence spectroscope. The material marker from Polysecure offers decisive advantages, for example in the case of property or personal damage claims regarding products which may not actually stem from the injection moulding company’s production.

No longer possible to cheat
Differentiating genuine and counterfeit parts – demonstration at the Motek trade fair. Together with WMV-Robotics, Polysecure will demonstrate its marker technologies and the associated detection methods live at the Motek. Because the marker powder from Polysecure can be mixed with numerous materials, this is also possible without problems in thermoplastics.
As demonstration parts for the Motek configuration, Arburg will provide shopping cart chips made from marked and unmarked plastic. At the joint Polysecure and WMV-Robotics exhibition stand in Hall 7, No. 7110, Polysecure’s Brandproof® robot will impressively demonstrate error-free sorting of the chips at high speed using the marker technology: genuine parts to the right, counterfeit ones to the left!

Further information can be found at

New Emco Vertical VT 400

The new EMCO Vertical 400 extends the capacity of the firm’s successful series of vertical lathe machines. The Vertical 400 enables users to alternate lathe work with additional drilling and milling.

It fits chuck parts with up to 400 mm clamping diameters and 450 mm Swing diameters, 200 mm length and 40 kg weight. Combined with its compact design, its small footprint and automated operation, it offers a cutting edge solution in its class.

The automation concept enables customer-specific solutions. Because the pick-up system removes the need for additional loading systems for workpieces, machine linkage and technical adaptation are easily made to fit any customer’s individual needs. The main spindle carries out the movements in the X-and Z-axes, and the workpiece arrangement ensures a free chip fall. High user requirements are fulfilled by the welded steel construction of the rigid vibration absorbing machine bed. This also applies to the headstock thermo-symmetrical construction. High rigidity allows large distances between the guide tracks of the slide system and the size 55/45 linear carriage.

Power and precision
The digitally controlled synchronous motor of the main spindle provides a drive power of maximum 36 kW, a speed of 4000 rpm and a torque of 600 Nm, fitting with high-duty works. Direct driven ball screw spindles from Ø 40 mm with backlashand maintenance-free claw couplings enable speeds up to 45 m / min. The travel distances are X = 1000, Z = 400 and Y = 90 mm. In case of Z-axis power failure, mechanical weight compensation prevents the Z-axisfrom falling.

Low maintenance
Both the inner and the outer machine casing are designed for low maintenance. For the stainless steel covers and wipers do not require telescopes; guides and seals are protected from flying chips. The completely sealed casing allows an economically and ecological feel, because even for the machine workpiece holder, the door remains closed. And all these functions of vertical lathe and complete processing machine lay in a compact 6.2 m2 footprint

Adapted to many requirements
With the VT 400, the user can choose two versions and additional options. In addition to the basic version without Y-axis, a version with the moving turret axis and driven tools is provided offering the advantages of complete processing. Optionally, a multi-function panel can be selected, as well as stationary or driven tools. This also applies to long drill and perforating tools. Finally, the user can choose to implement the VT 400 linear optical measurement systems, process monitoring and electronic analysis.

To discover the world of Emco, you can visit the company at AMB, Hall 5, stand 5B 34

EMCO Maier Ges.m.b.H
Salzburger Str. 80
A-5400 Hallein-Taxach
Phone: +43 6245 891-0
Fax: +43 6245 86965
[email protected]

Switzerland’s first tendon-controlled humanoid robot

A project team with experts from science and industry, including the drive specialist maxon motor, is developing a new humanoid robot: “Roboy”. On March 9, 2013, “Roboy” will be presented to the public at the “Robots on Tour” international robotics fair that will take place in Zurich as part of the 25th anniversary of the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (AI Lab) of the University of Zurich.


Since June 2012, the project team has been busy implementing the latest knowledge in the field of robotics to create a new humanoid robot. “Roboy” will be 1.30 m big, with an anatomy and motion characteristics that mimic that of humans. With “Roboy”, the project team wants to show what topics are being researched in the field of robotics and which technologies are ready for series production. “Roboy” is a further development of the technology used in the famous “ECCE Robot”. Both robots, “ECCE Robot” and “Roboy”, are equipped with tendon-controlled drive technology, which gives the robots the ability to perform humanoid movements and to react to their environment.

Swiss robotics and drive expertise
In addition to the scientists of the AI Lab, international research groups from Germany and Japan are participating in the project. Furthermore it has the support of partner companies that are providing cutting-edge Swiss high-tech expertise. As main project partner, maxon motor is supplying numerous DC and EC motors, as well as sensors that enable “Roboy” to make high-precision movements. The drive specialist from Sachseln has many years of experience in robotics, e.g. for medical technology, industrial automation or the astronautics industry.
 “High precision electric motors are the artificial muscles of a robot. Our drives are small, dynamic and efficient – just what robotics need,” says Eugen Elmiger, CEO of maxon motor. He adds: “For us, creative and ambitious projects such as “Roboy” are always an incentive to challenge ourselves and to try new things”.

maxon motor ag
BrünigstrassePostfach 263
6072 Sachseln
Phone +41 (41) 666 15 00
Fax +41 (41) 666 16 50

By the way… the development of “Roboy” can be shaped and supported by everybody! To make “Roboy” a reality by March 2013, the researchers need the support of partners and robotics fans. At, everybody can take part.

Slim slot-type vacuum chucks now available as starter set

The proven slot-type chuck with integrated Venturi nozzle together with a robust vacuum pump is now available as an extensive starter set. There are two versions available.

The low-cost starter version already has low-maintenance Venturi technology integrated to generate vacuum and can be used immediately. The dbA noise level is relatively low with 57. The set with a powerful vacuum pump offers greater possibilities.

Advantages of the slim slot-type: very flat, large range of uses (rubber adapter mat can be reused of exchanged) , can be used in high speed cutting for precision work with the aid of plane parallel black mats, which can be machined down to achieve optimum accuracy.

For many applications
Witte slot-type vacuum chucks have been in use worldwide for many years for various manufacturing processes. They are ideal for light machining operations such as milling, drilling (e.g. of key boards or electronic components) and engraving, as well as in the use of complex work piece shapes with through cuts.

Reliable clamping in every occasion
Even parts much smaller than the surface of the vacuum chuck can still be clamped securely. During a milling process parts the size of a postage stamp might be cut from large sheet metal blanks. Individual adaptation to different part geometries is usually done within one to two minutes and enables reliable clamping of virtually all conceivable part geometries.

Versatile sets available
The versatile sets are available three standard formats (200 x 300 mm, 300 x 400 m and 400 x 600 mm), but also special sizes are possible. Witte’s range of grid type vacuum chucks, suitable for heavy machining jobs, has also been revised and they are now available as sets.

For more information
Bodo Winowsky
Sales Vacuum Clamping Systems
Horst Witte Gerätebau Barskamp KG

Looking for performance in Micromachining

Micromachining is in a class of its own. Manufacturers and suppliers in this rapidly-growing sector work hard in order to gain the trust of the industry and research institutes. One company that has earned this trust is W-Präzisionstechnik from Eichendorf/Perbing in Bavaria, Germany.

Top quality micromachining. A 50 µm drill is barely visible to the naked eye.

Company owner Helmut Wandinger and his team are not only the first stop for micromachining, but also specialist for tricky applications and new materials. The high-quality equipment of the company, in addition to Wandinger’s expertise and experience, is what makes the entity so successful. The Bavarians rely on this combination of state-of-the-art, high-precision machines and cutting tools—and on the powRgrip® toolholding system from Swiss tool manufacturer REGO-FIX®—as the guarantee for perfect concentricity and stability, not to mention cost efficiency.

How to choose the toolholding system?
In order to select the best toolholding system for his company, Wandinger put several systems through their paces before choosing powRgrip®. “The absolutely precise concentricity and stability at maximum spindle speeds particularly impressed the Wandinger specialists,” remembered Peter Steinmassl, owner of Steinmassl Präzisionswerkzeuge GmbH & Co. KG and the area representative of REGO-FIX.  “This is no surprise.   W-Präzisionstechnik’s micromachining tool reached a speed of 40,000 and above with the powRgrip® system.  This is compared to the previous maximum speed of 11,000 revolutions when conventional toolholding systems were used.”

Quick and easy…
According to Wandinger, the company has also found that fewer resonances arise with the powRgrip system. “ Simultaneously gun drilling with a 1.9 internally cooled drill 30xD in three different materials – steel, brass and aluminum – clamped in succession takes place so quickly that is seems more like a punching process,” Wandinger noted.  “The simple and quick handling of the powRgrip® system speaks for itself!”  

..and highly efficient
Wandinger has also been able to benefit from the cost efficiency of the system in addition to the technical advantages. “The biggest benefit since we started using the powRgrip system has been from a financial perspective”, Wandinger remarked.  “Not only have we seen reduced setup times, but we’ve also experienced increased tool service lives. Previously, we’ve been able to process 50 items in a current job, and thanks to the powRgrip® system, we are now able to process double that amount before a tool change is required.”

We will come back on these assets in a further issue of Eurotec.


Swiss Precision Tools
Obermattweg 60
4456 Tenniken
Ms. Sarah Brutschi
Phone: +41 61 976 14 66
Fax: +41 61 976 14 14
[email protected]

Tradition of quality – will of modernity

Rare are the trade shows in which high precision turning companies feel “at home”. Micronora is such an event and this year Michel Burnier & Son (Magland, France) will exhibit there for the third time.

Created in 1964 Michel Burnier & Son relies on a large traditional know-how combined with a permanent desire of modernity. And if its workshop still includes cam-controlled automatic lathes, it also houses NC lathes, including a brand new Tornos EvoDeco 16.

Know-how and simplicity
SME of 4 people, the company promotes contact and accessibility. With a flexible structure, it is very reactive and its expertise allows it to finely meet the needs of its customers in term of technology parts. Ms. Burnier (daughter of the founder) says: “The price factor is of course always considered. Our quite diversified machines pool allows us to use the best technology regarding every part to produce and thus to offer very competitive prices”.

To be discover on the show
If the company is equipped to carry out all types of parts up to 25 mm diameter on Tornos machines and 6.5 mm diameter on Escomatic, this is its particular skills in the production of engineered and technical parts that will be most presented:

  • Complex parts
  • Long parts
  • Parts with very tight dimensional tolerances
  • Thread-whirling and marking capabilities

Are you looking for a flexible and efficient partner for your technology parts? A visit to the booth of Michel Burnier & Son (Halle A2, alley 4, booth 426) may be the good idea.

Décolletage Michel Burnier & Fils
785, route du Pont Rouge
74300 Magland
Tél. +33 4 50 34 72 31
Fax +33 4 50 34 79 95
[email protected]