At a time when it is possible to manufacture tools with a diameter of 0.02 mm which are not only reserved for niche sectors, high-precision machining of the smallest parts is more than ever the key to innovation in electronics or in medical engineering. Leading experts in micro-machining met to discuss requirements to which each link in the value production chain is subject.
High-precision machining of exotic materials, including in the smallest diameters, without losing sight of the issue of profitability, does not depend on a single factor for its success. On the contrary, it is the harmonious interaction between the machining centre, the tool mounting system and the tool itself that enables the supplier to satisfy the requirements of the customers. And optimum results are achieved when the specialists in the field come together to address the vital questions and challenges of micro-machining, with a view to constant improvement of the overall concept.
Together, Schaublin GmbH – which manufactures high-precision turning centres and clamping devices, Schwartz Tools and more – an expert in turning tools, as well as Zecha Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrikation GmbH – on the strength of nearly 50 years of tradition in the development of tools for micro-machining, constitute a genuine expertise network in micro-machining. They have all long since established themselves as trustworthy contacts through the various trade fairs in the world of small-size parts. Other companies are also involved, in particular during the seminars, such as Hommel+Keller Präzisionswerkzeuge GmbH, the world leader in knurling tools, and the Swiss company Tornos S.A., which manufactures single- and multi-spindle turning machines, as well as machining centres for highly complex precision parts. As Arndt Fielen, Sales Director of Zecha Hartmetall-Werkzeugfabrikation GmbH, explains: “Dialogue with the manufacturers enables us to build up a unique wealth of knowledge, so that together we can cover the complete range of micro-machining. For our respective customers, this results in optimised products, processes and services. Thanks to the active and productive exchanges that we have set up, we are able to resolve the most complex tasks.”
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