To solve power supply problems

Nowadays the mastery of power supply goes through high-performance devices that guarantee that the desired power is provided reliably and continuously. In demanding areas such as surface treatment and noble material coating, for example, being able to finely manage power supply is an absolute necessity. We met with Mr. Eric Aumeunier Director and Frank Vaccaro, commercial responsible at Micronics Systems, a French manufacturer of current rectifiers, stabilised power supplies and on-demand special generators.
The new human-machine interface developed by Micronics Systems allows management and simplified power monitoring.

Since 1989, Micronics Systems manufactures, designs and develops current rectifiers. It was the first French company to produce current rectifiers using switching mode power supply technology.

Third generation, more effective…
In 2012, Micronics Systems has developed a new range of stabilised power supplies of 3rd generation: Microlab rectifier. More efficient, more accurate, more long-lasting, more compact, more user-friendly, they are also more respectful of the environment.
A new touchscreen interface provides programming and centralized management of the rectifiers and power supplies without any other external link. This touch interface replaces pleasantly displays, timers and other meters of previous generations.

…and more user-friendly
This new interface allows setting, reading and archiving of all information backed up during its use. It meets the compatibility with digital management protocols such as, among others, RS 485, Ethernet or LAN.
It will also equip the range of pulse generators produced by Micronics Systems. Mr. Vaccaro says: “Our Research & Development department is willing to integrate the latest technology and continuously improve materials by permanent innovation demanded by the competition”.

Micronics Systems
Siège Social – Production – LYON
ZA rue des Emeraudes, BP 33
38280 Villette-d’Anthon
Tél  : +33 (0) 472 930 480
Fax : + 33(0) 472 930 481

Franck Vaccaro
Tél. 04 72 93 04 86
Fax 04 72 93 04 81
[email protected]

Safe-λock™ increases productivity during roughing

The demand for heavy-duty cutting is standard in the aerospace and energy industries. Tool producers have historically reacted to these requirements with advancements on materials, coatings and geometries. ATI Stellram is now releasing solid carbide end mills with the Haimer Safe-λock™system to the market.
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XE, XER and RSM Aerospace solid carbide end mills from ATI Stellram will be available with the new pull out protection Safe-Lock™ that has been developed from the tool holding specialist Haimer (Picture: ATI Stellram).

ATI Stellram has designed its XE, XER and RSM aerospace end mills specifically for these industries. The new geometry of ATI’s solid carbide tools provides improved stability and vibration dampening with a nano-composite PVD-coating for high performance machining.

Safe-λock™ pull out protection
To unlock the full potential of their high-performance, solid carbide mills, ATI Stellram has added another innovation: the Haimer-developed and patented Safe-λock™ pull out protection. Through special design features in the tool and the tool holder, both a friction fit and positive lock is achieved.
This design helps prevent rotation, or even pull out, of the miller during heavy-duty cutting. The combination of pull out protection and high run out accuracy enables reduced vibrations and very efficient machining. Chip removal rate can be increased up to 100% through improved cutting depths and feed rates. Cutting tool wear can be reduced in a similar manner.

Haimer GmbH
Tobias Völker
Weiherstraße 21
D-86568 Igenhausen
Tel.: +49 (0) 82 57 / 99 88-0
Fax: +49 (0) 82 57 / 18 50
[email protected]

Heat dissipation without turbulence

Coolant circuits place special requirements on the connections and lines used. To meet these requirements, Eisele offers a special product line for coolants – Liquidline – with optimised connections in a full range of sizes and time-proven Eisele quality. Now this product line includes two new components for extra high flow capacities.
The two new Liquidline coolant connections are flow-optimised for extra fast heat dissipation.

Coolant circuits have the task of dissipating heat from applications such as welding processes or power electronics installations. This requires high flow rates in a compact space. Since the flow rates are decisive for the cooling effect, all connections of the Eisele Liquidline have been optimised in this respect for closed fluid circuits. However, certain applications require maximum cooling performance and a very large amount of heat has to be dissipated form the coolant circuit very quickly to prevent failure of expensive components.

20 percent quicker
The only solution is a maximum flow rate. Eisele therefore expanded the Liquidline by designing two energy-optimised coolant connections that exceed the outstanding flow rates of the previous Liquidline connections by an additional 15 to 20 percent. In addition to the existing 45 and 90 degree angle connections, Eisele now offers a connection in which the threads are connected with the release sleeve by means of a 45-degree or a 90-degree angle piece made of copper pipe.

Perfect sealing
If in addition to the flow rate an especially good seal of the connections is decisive, the plug-in connections of the Liquidline 2400 series with two seals are the right choice. They are so reliable that they can even be used directly in the control cabinet or cleanroom and are designed for operating pressures from -0.95 to 24 bar, in some applications even up to 100 bar. For cooling water applications with low pressure from -0.95 to 16 bar are with the series 2600 of the Liquidline simpler plug-in connections with release sleeve and only one seal available. They are also suitable for vacuum.

Eisele Pneumatics GmbH & Co. KG
Hermann-Hess-Straße 14-16
71332 Waiblingen/ Germany
Tel. +49 7151 1719-0
Fax +49 7151 1719-17
[email protected]

New cutting process

At the next Medtec Europe, Daetwyler Industries will present the microwaterjet system. This high-precision waterjet system revolutionizes the possible applications of this method of processing
We can only get cost-effective solutions while maintaining a high level of quality by optimizing manufacturing. To meet this objective Daetwyler Industries, the Swiss company, will present in Stuttgart a new cutting method that combines the accuracy of EDM wire equipment and laser cutting to the advantages of waterjet cutting.

Many application in medical sector
This technique has many applications in the medical sector, whether to machine specific instruments or implants. Beat Trösch, sales director of MDC Max Daetwyler AG, Bleienbach/Switzerland, describes the advantages of the microwaterjet: “Water jet cutting does not alter the material; its initial structure is preserved”. In addition, this process also allows cutting of new types of materials, for example biocompatible materials. The cutting is carried out without tightening, with a reduced cutting width and without changes in structure/hardening within the part.
The advantages of water jet cutting are particularly important in the medical technology sector because other cutting processes require, in most cases, secondary operations. Laser cutting and EDM both modify surface finish, hence the necessity to rework the parts.

To be seen at Medtec Stuttgart from February 26 to 28.

MDC Max Daetwyler AGMedtec Europe
CH-3368 Bleienbach

Phone:  +41 62 919 34 34
Fax: +41 62 919 36 36
[email protected]  –

The watchmaking machine of the future

Tornos has a well established reputation in the field of bar turning for watchmaking, but never before the launch of Swiss Nano had a manufacturer gone so far ahead in design, ergonomics and integration research into a human-machine interface with a radical focus on efficiency and simplicity.
For more than 100 years, Tornos has been manufacturing machines aimed at watchmaking, and for around twenty years the company has been providing NC solutions to meet highly specific watchmaking requirements (Deco 7, 10, Micro 7/8, Delta 12 and EvoDeco 10, to mention only the best known). Therefore the company knows the market and has had its engineers pull out all the stops to develop a machine whose design stands out resolutely against other products on the market. The aim: to create a new category.

The perfect new compromise
The innovative design of this machine offers unrivalled accessibility and superb performance while guaranteeing exceptional ease of use. Mr. Almeida Head of sales for Switzerland explains: “A big current and future challenge for the watchmaking industry is keeping and expanding our qualified workforce. Tornos plays an active role in professional training, working with 7 centres throughout Switzerland offering training to both adults and youngsters. We can only develop innovative solutions in a field like bar turning by imagining the next generation of bar turners”.

Coming soon
Swiss Nano will be presented from 5 to 8 March (new dates!) on the manufacturer’s premises in Moutier, as part of its now traditional week of watchmaking open days. This will be followed by presentation at Lausannetec and EPHJ/EPMT.



Eurotec Hannover

The fourth revolution: integrated industry

The lead theme of Hannover Messe 2013 signals the fair’s key focus on the growing integration of all areas of industry. Machines, industrial equipment, workpieces and system components will soon be capable of exchanging data in real-time.
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Oliver Frese, head of Hannover Messe presenting the strengths of Hannover Messe to Swiss exhibitors and journalists yesterday at Osec in Zürich.

“This will significantly boost efficiency, safety and resource sustainability in production and logistics,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, a member of the Deutsche Messe Board of Management. “The experts have dubbed this technological development the fourth industrial revolution, coming, as it does, after the steam engine, mass production and automation.”

Fundamental restructuring
The goal of rapidly integrating all systems necessitates a fundamental restructuring of production processes. In the future, intelligent materials will tell machines how they want to be processed and formed. Parts and assemblies will have autonomous digital product memories that will facilitate continuous documentation throughout their entire lifecycles. Components will initiate their own maintenance and repair requests. And intelligent components in complex equipment will independently report faults to monitoring systems, thereby instantly triggering the remedial measures necessary to prevent further damage and initiate repair work.

Cooperation for the future
At the same time, new forms of cooperation and collaboration are opening up fresh opportunities for productivity-based economic growth. “Enabling people in production facilities and beyond to collaborate with each other is the first step along the way to integration. Increasingly, companies from very different industries will enter into partnerships with one another, thereby opening up previously undreamt-of horizons,” Dr. Köckler said. In this sense, “Integrated Industry” could, he said, be defined in terms of technical and electronic integration, but also in terms of the challenge faced by all areas of industry as they seek to cooperate across corporate and sector boundaries. Integration would shorten communication channels and make collaboration more efficient.

About 140 Swiss companies will exhibit at Hannover Messe 2013, about 10% of these will benefit from the common booth organized by Osec.

Indeed we will come back on the subject soon.

Starrag Group wins coveted Chairman’s Award for Innovation from British Aerospace Systems

A team made up of employees from British Aerospace Systems and the Starrag Group has won the prestigious Silver Chairman’s Award for Innovation from BAE Systems.
The award is in recognition for their development of new technology for the cost-effective processing of safety-critical Titanium alloy aircraft components. The team, which went by the name of “Two heads are better than one”, was one of over 3’000 nominations who were then whittled down to 16 finalists before finally receiving the prize in December 2012 at a gala event in Washington D.C.

Twin-spindle machining center
The team was rewarded for its successful multi-concept development, including production and implementation, of a new horizontal twin-spindle machining center with a weight of over 200 tons, which can mill two complex parts at the same time. This new development has been crucial in maintaining both highly-skilled jobs and the production of advanced, complex Titanium parts in Europe.

Partnership for success
“BAE Systems needed a best-cost solution in order to be globally competitive over the long term when it comes to modern Titanium processing,” said David Holmes, Investment & Infrastructure Services Director. “The current market was unable to meet our demands, so we decided to opt for a partnership with a leading machine tool manufacturer to jointly develop new technology which would fulfil our main criteria of operational safety, constant precision and high operational productivity.”

Efficient titanium processing
“We are incredibly honored to be part of the winning team for the Silver Award,” added Frank Brinken, CEO of the Starrag Group. “Throughout the entire development stage, we worked really well together with the BAE Systems specialists, and as a result, we now have the world’s leading solution for efficient Titanium processing at a location in Great Britain. The machine was delivered with typical Swiss punctuality and is already exceeding expectations in terms of performance.”
The BAE Systems production facility at Samlesbury in Lancashire is already using the new technology, while the Starrag Group is currently producing a second machine for a customer overseas.