Delcam reaches 2,500 customers in China

Delcam is pleased to announce that the company recently added its 2,500th customer in China; Star Prototype Manufacturing Co., Ltd, based in Zhongshan Torch Development Zone in Guangdong Province.  The company ordered recently multiple copies of Delcam’s PowerSHAPE CAD software and Delcam PowerMILL CAM system.

Representatives of Star Prototype with Delcam staff at the 2,500th customer presentation.
Representatives of Star Prototype with Delcam staff at the 2,500th customer presentation.

To mark this landmark achievement, David You, Operating General Manager of Delcam China, presented a plaque to delegates from Star Prototype during the Delcam China 2013 New Product Launches and Technology Seminar held in DongGuan during October.

Best of both worlds
Star Prototype is one of the leading rapid prototyping and tooling companies in the world.  Established by Gordon Styles, an experienced British engineer, Star Prototype is the only prototype engineering company run by a foreign entrepreneur in China.  Combining the best of Western technology and equipment with the prototype engineering expertise of its Chinese engineers, Star Prototype offers customers high-quality products and services.  With its commitment to customer satisfaction, Star Prototype has established long-term relationships with some of the most renowned companies in the world, including Mercedes, Siemens, HP, Philips and Nestlé.

Quicker, faster, better
Star Prototype has purchased PowerSHAPE CAD and PowerMILL to further enhance the company’s rapid prototyping and rapid tooling capabilities.  The programs are already being used for quick die and electrode design, and for rapid tooling manufacture.  The first class technical support provided by staff from Delcam China has allowed Star Prototype to use the software efficiently in the shortest possible time and to gain the maximum productivity from its capabilities.

Delcam plc
Small Heath Business Park
Birmingham B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct Phone: +44 121 683 1081
marketing@delcam.com

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A new turret type

On the occasion of the Simodec, Emissa will unveil an axial turret of a completely new genre. Designed to become the heart of a new machine for the automotive market, it offers advantages of setting and compactness without common measure with the existing solutions on the market.
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As always with Emissa, this new machine to be unveiled a little later this year (probably at Biemh) relies on proven concepts to better get out of the beaten tracks.

Proven elements
The new axial turret presented by the company takes full advantage of Piboturn, the new tool-holder standard the company has introduced about two years ago and that has been installed successfully to dozens of customers’. As reminder, this very compact tool system is adjustable outside the machine independently on each tool (whether turning or rotating) with a repetition of 2 microns. With those, it becomes possible to realise multibars machines offering individualised fine adjustments.

Revolver head with triple barrels
Designed to machine three parts simultaneously, the new axial turret counts 48 tools (12 or 24 can be rotating) and includes integrated cooling through the tools. The axial principle allows users to index the turret at every degree, both in positive and negative. Gear cutting with normal tools becomes child’s play. The turret is mounted on a Hirth coupling and ensures very accurate and powerful mechanical grip.

80 million cars in 2015
“This turret allows us to develop a machine for the realisation of many automotive parts like alternators shafts or other axes. With a forecast of 80 million new cars in 2015, I let you imagine the number of parts to be machined” says Mr. Boschi, the Director of Emissa in conclusion.

We will come back on this new machine in our next issue.

To be discovered at Simodec, on Halle A, stand 44.

Emissa SA
Jambe-Ducommun 18
2400 – Le Locle / Switzerland
Tel. + 41 32 933 06 66
Fax + 41 32 933 06 60
Info@emissa.com
www.emissa.com
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New CNC solution for automated threaded wheel grinding

NUM has announced a high performance CNC solution for gear production machines that fully automates threaded wheel grinding. Incorporating unique high speed gear alignment technology that is believed to be an order of magnitude faster than comparable control schemes, the new CNC system dramatically reduces grinding machine threading-in times to accelerate throughput significantly.

The accuracy of NUM’s Fast Gear Alignment function eliminates the need to acquire acoustic signatures during dressing or grinding.
The accuracy of NUM’s Fast Gear Alignment function eliminates the need to acquire acoustic signatures during dressing or grinding.

The comprehensive new solution is ideal for machine tool manufacturers seeking to improve the performance of their gear production machines, or to help companies expand their gear manufacturing range with threaded wheel grinders.

Broad range of gear manufacturing processes
Based on NUM’s new-generation Flexium+ CNC platform, the threaded wheel grinding solution joins the company’s NUMgear suite of gear production software. Originally developed for gear hobbing applications, the capability of NUMgear has been continually extended and now includes solutions for a broad range of gear manufacturing processes, including shaping, grinding and honing, and is used by many of the world’s foremost manufacturers of gear production machines.

Full synchronisation
At the heart of the system is a high performance electronic gearbox that allows all master axes – such as the grinding, X, Y and Z axes – and the spindle (C axis) to be fully synchronized. As part of the development work on the new threaded wheel grinder, NUM has added a major new capability to the gearbox, which is now able to predict the acceleration of axes as well as their speed, in order to minimize synchronization time. Together with the Fast Gear Alignment, it forms part of the new NUMgear threaded wheel grinding application.

Continuously adjusting the position
During gear production, ‘threading-in’ – the process of bringing the grinding wheel into contact with the gear blank – involves continuously adjusting the position of the grinding wheel relative to the work piece. A similar process is employed when bringing the machine’s dressing wheel into contact with the grinding wheel. Using acoustic emission sensors to learn the sound signatures of a master gear and then using them to control positioning during production runs is a common technique for automating processes like this. However, the speed and accuracy of NUM’s newly-developed Fast Gear Alignment Function eliminates the need for this entirely. As an example, aligning the grinding wheel with a 180 mm diameter gear with 71 helical teeth takes just 0.5 of a second – without any need to acquire acoustic signatures or make manual adjustments.

NUM AG
Battenhusstrasse 16
CH-9053 Teufen
Switzerland
Tel: +41 71 335 04 11
sales.ch@num.com
www.num.com
https://twitter.com/NUM_CNC

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Production cylindrical grinding machine for micro components in Paris

The youngest Studer S11 is the smallest machine in the Thun company’s portfolio and is tailor-made for workpieces of up to 200 mm in length. You will be able to discover this new machine at Industrie Paris from March 31 to Avril 4, 2014.

Practically excluded: A Studer S11 has already been undergoing an endurance test in 2 and 3-shift operation for almost two years. The empirical values gathered from the endurance test were integrated into the final detailed developments, enabling a production-proven Studer S11 to be launched to the market.
Practically excluded: A Studer S11 has already been undergoing an endurance test in 2 and 3-shift operation for almost two years. The empirical values gathered from the endurance test were integrated into the final detailed developments, enabling a production-proven Studer S11 to be launched to the market.

This extremely compact machine concept delivers a level of productivity that will amaze even experienced grinding specialists. The S11 embodies an extremely compact design paired with high productivity and Swiss precision. Energy efficiency included and certified by the Blue Competence Label.

Compact design – high precision
This comparison emphasizes the direction things are taking in cylindrical grinding: greater productivity combined with an extremely compact design. However, when people hear the term “compact” in the machine tool industry, the following questions are bound to be asked:
“Is the Studer S11 sufficiently stable and precise” and “Is the Studer S11 easily accessible despite its small size”?
The answer to both these questions is clearly yes. When it comes to grinding, precision is the be-all and end-all. The Thun specialists naturally have this in their genes. Initial empirical values with respect to precision are provided by the manufacture of injection nozzles for die-sels. This requires roundness tolerances under 5/10 µm in series and a straightness under 1 µm. These values are considerably undercut by the S11 in practice. This is ensured not only by Studer’s precision machine tool construction and an excellent heat management sys-tem but also by the in-process gauging and the control system.

Many other features
The new machines includes advanced features as:

  • 500 mm grinding wheel with rotary dressing
  • A wheelhead that can be set at 0° or at 20°.
  • Stroke of 210 mm in both X and Z directions
  • Easily adaptable handling system, be it manual or automatic
  • Simple software control
  • Very good accessibility
Phenomenal accessibility: If the cross-slide has to be changed, it can be replaced in just one day as a complete unit.
Phenomenal accessibility: If the cross-slide has to be changed, it can be replaced in just one day as a complete unit.

You will be able to discover this new machine at Industrie Paris from March 31 to Avril 4, 2014.

Fritz Studer AG  Industrie Paris
CH-3602 Thun
Tel +41 33 439 11 11
Fax +41 33 439 11 12
info@studer.com
www.studer.com
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New PartMaker features Vortex roughing and much more

Delcam’s PartMaker Division has released PartMaker 2014, which marks the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite.

PartMaker 2014 includes Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy and many other enhancements.
PartMaker 2014 includes Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency area clearance strategy and many other enhancements.

Vortex is Delcam’s newest proprietary high-speed roughing technology. Vortex controls the maximum engagement angle of the cutter in the material, such that the angle calculated for the programmed stepover is never exceeded, even in internal corners.  This allows for optimal cutting conditions to be maintained throughout the toolpath.

Deeper cuts…

By controlling the maximum engagement angle and the load on the tool, Vortex can take deeper cuts than traditionally used in roughing operations. Depths of cut up to the full flute length enable maximum material removal rate from solid carbide tooling and reduce machining times by up to 70%. Vortex is available as a free upgrade to licensees of PartMaker’s Advanced Surface Machining (ASM) module that are on maintenance.

Back turning tools…
PartMaker 2014 includes improved functionality to support the automated programming of back-turning tools.  These tools are used across a wide variety of small-part turning applications, particularly in Swiss machining. With their unique geometry and cutting characteristics, back-turning tools can eliminate the need for multiple tools and so can reduce cycle time and improve surface finish.

..and other enhancements
The new version also presents many other enhancements, for example:

  • 2D pocketing.  This more powerful functionality allows for more efficient and intelligent material removal from 2D pockets.
  • The raster finishing strategy in PartMaker ASM has also been enhanced, resulting in less fragmented toolpaths without overlaps when machining highly complex shapes, thus improving part surface finish.
  • …and much more!

For further information on Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software, please go to www.partmaker.com
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Cooperation Exchange with Bulgarian companies from the MEM industries

Mechanical engineering, metalworking, electronics, and electrical engineering are industries that are among the strengths of the Bulgarian economy.
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Also in the areas of infrastructure, technologies in the environmental sector and in the communication and information technology, business and cooperation opportunities are unlimited, and access to projects financed with EU funds are secured. Many well-organized and internationally experienced Bulgarian manufacturers are willing to assist Swiss and European companies to be more competitive.

With a few partners, Obal organizes
B2B meetings with Bulgarian companies from the MEM industries on March 20th, 2014 in Zurich.

The event will be held in collaboration with the Bulgarian Agency for SMEs and the Bulgarian Embassy in Bern, Obal AG and in partnership with the Switzerland-Central Europe SEC Chamber of Commerce, the Bulgarian Swiss Chamber of Commerce and SWISSMEM.

The day will provide some insights on how to

  • increase competitiveness with highly skilled subcontractors
  • reduce production costs
  • find suppliers or business partners
  • work with low level company taxes
  • discover skills from Bulgaria

This event wil give companies the opportunity to meet with potential partners from Bulgaria and to directly talk business.

To receive more information (address, schedule) as well as brief profile of the presented companies, feel free to contact: a.grouytcheva@mee.government.bg or thomas.dallavecchia@obal.ch

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To read success stories about working with Eastern Europe countries, you can read the articles about Obal published on Eurotec recently:

(as always the articles are published in English, German and French)

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Polymer powder range for SLS market

Velox GmbH distributor of Axalta Polymer Powders’ Coathylene range, is expanding its plastics product portfolio to include Coathylene SB0426-R.
Velox
The Coathylene range is generally used as an anti-shrinkage agent for hot curing in the composites market. This polystyrene powder grade has been developed specifically for use in Selective Laser Sintering (SLS).

Growing technology
Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) is one of several additive-manufacturing techniques. This promising technology uses laser energy to fuse powdered material, building up shapes layer by layer. The latest development in SLS technology has led to increased production efficiency and allows companies to produce not only prototypes or complex parts but also small series. Offering plastics powders engineered for SLS technology now allows Velox to support its customers’ projects from start to finish.

About Axalta Polymer Powders
With 50 years of experience and a worldwide presence, Axalta Polymer Powders has established itself as the global leader in the formulation and production of ultra-fine thermoplastic powders. Proprietary precipitation and micronization process technologies compatible with a wide range of polymer chemistries enable an extensive selection of product functionalities and particle size distributions.
Axalta Polymer Powders Switzerland Sàrl is the new name of DuPont Polymer Powders Swizerland Sàrl since DuPont Performance Coatings was acquired by The Carlyle Group on February 1, 2013.

www.velox.com
www.axaltacoatingsystems.com

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