Extreme flexibility and grows with customers’needs

GF Machining Solutions’ System 3R Transformer Automation is engineered to grow in line with the business needs and — ultimately — ensure a greater return on the capital equipment investment of customers.

With Transformer, customers can begin with one a single machine and small magazine capacity.
With Transformer, customers can begin with one a single machine and small magazine capacity.

Extreme flexibility is the heart and soul of the Transformer, a scalable Automation system based on standardized modules. The Transformer allows users to begin with one or two machines and later add machines and magazine capacity, to finally extend the Automation to include up to 12 machines in a single cell.

Open architecture
The machines in a Transformer cell can be of the same make and type, or the cell can just as easily incorporate different machining technologies and come from different manufacturers. Open architecture is one of the system’s clear advantages. The customer can select the machine or machines that best meet their specific manufacturing requirements and the Transformer — custom configured— complements that choice. Flexibility and productivity remain in constant focus.

Mounted on pallets
The Automation system handles workpieces and/or electrodes that are mounted on pallets (i.e., based on a reference system, more commonly known as tooling). System 3R offers a wide range of tooling systems that provide solutions to palletize workpieces from small to large or in combination of different systems in the same Automation cell by using chuck adapters. In addition, the Transformer can handle different tooling systems, so it can be configured even if customers already have a tooling system in place in their workshop. Customer-specific solutions are a key ingredient of this system.

Additional in-process accessories

  • Multiple loading station that can be used without stopping production,
  • A draining station for emptying workpiece cavities after machining,
  • A washing machine for cleaning your workpieces,
  • Coordinate measuring machine (CMM) integration for pre-setting and/or parts inspection.

Fully automated
The Transformer also offers user-friendly cell management software to guarantee consistency. All production data is entered in a structured manner or imported through a data exchange interface for major enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, and the System 3R CellManager handles everything in the cell, from automatically loading the jobs into the machines to recording the machining time of each job.

...then add a second machine and a rotary magazine for more capacity.
…then add a second machine and a rotary magazine for more capacity.
Place the Transformer on rails and add magazine capacity to serve additional machines, or start with a similar solution from the beginning.
Place the Transformer on rails and add magazine capacity to serve additional machines, or start with a similar solution from the beginning.
Extend the rails for even more magazine capacity and more machines.
Extend the rails for even more magazine capacity and more machines.

GF Machining Solutions
1217 Meyrin 1
Geneva/Switzerland
T +41 22 783 31 11
F +41 22 783 06 12
www.gfms.com

Agie Charmilles Sales Ltd, Headquarters
Via dei Pioppi 2, 6616 Losone
Tel.: +41 91 806 90 30
Fax.: +41 91 806 90 33
www.gfms.com/ch
info.gfms.ch@@georgfischer.com

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Delcam to show PartMaker programming and modelling at SIAMS

Delcam will demonstrate the 2014 versions of its PartMaker CAM system for Swiss-type lathes, turn-mill equipment and bar-fed mills, and the PartMaker Modeling CAD-for-CAM software at the SIAMS exhibition to be held in Moutier, Switzerland, from 6th to 9th May.

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.

PartMaker 2014 marks the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite.  Other enhancements in the 2014 version include improved back-turning and 2D pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types and faster programming of lead-in and lead-out moves, and a new NC program viewer among other improvements.

Optimal cutting conditions
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.
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%.

Back turning tools included
PartMaker 2014 also 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.

For further information on Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software, please contact:
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081
[email protected]

Delcam plc,
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK
www.delcam.com

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New reseller in Switzerland

AM Engineering GmbH
Murtenstrasse 15
3210 Kerzers
Tel. +41 31 741 2330
Fax +41 31 741 2860
[email protected]
www.am-e.ch
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Different watchmaking solutions

If Newemag is very well established in German-speaking Switzerland, its solutions dedicated to watchmaking are not well-known yet in this market in French-speaking Switzerland. EPHJ is a perfect opportunity to discover the skills of this provider in this area.

This year, Newemag has already organised two open-houses with great successes. One in its new premises in Eschenbach and one in Chavornay. Some customers discovering the new Brother at one of those open-houses.
This year, Newemag has already organised two open-houses with great successes. One in its new premises in Eschenbach and one in Chavornay. The picture shows some customers discovering the new Brother at one of those open-houses.

What about watch industry?
‘We have been active in the field of watchmaking for a few years, but in 2014 we have reached a milestone since we have machines permanently available in Chavornay and we have hired a new application engineer specialised in this area” says the Director. Talking about casing circle, case-middle, plates or bridges, Newemag’s specialists are very well informed. Questioned about the importance of the provenance of the machines for watchmaking, M. Métraux, one of the vendors for French-speaking Switzerland who joined us says: “We offer Japanese and German machines, and sometimes the Japanese origin is a brake (which is amazing when you look at the number of Asian autlomatic lathes in the workshops). But today, even the Swiss brands offer machines with a significant portion of their components coming from Asia or even, in some cases, only the brand is Swiss. Customers look more on the rational aspect of the offer”.

A 5-axis machine is not always necessary
To have a 5-axis machine able to do everything is certainly very interesting, but specialists from the company noted that the market is also looking for rational solutions at prices calculated accurately. The price per part, in this area too, becomes a factor of importance for customers. The seller goes even further in the argument for a 3 axis machine: “We realised case-middles on a 3-axis Brother machine and the results are more than amazing. We produce parts in the same cycle time as with 5-axis machine for a level of investment far less important (2.5 to 3x) but in addition, simpler kinematics provides greater precision and best surface finishes. Broadening our vision to the whole production chain, we also see that subsequent polishing operations are largely facilitated”.

At EPHJ/EPMT/SMT, Newemag will demonstrate a turning/milling solution with Miyano and a milling machine with Brother. Check them out on the D108 booth.

Newemag AG
Acherfang 8
6274 Eschenbach
Tel.+41 41 798 31 00
Fax +41 41 790 10 54
www.newemag.ch
[email protected]

Schneider mc SA
Rue de l’industrie 3
1373 Chavornay
Tél +41 24 441 72 13
Fax +41 24 441 72 14
www.schneidermcsa.ch
[email protected]

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Watch industry specialists: Brother S500 X1 and Miyano BNA-42 MSY.
Watch industry specialists: Brother S500 X1 and Miyano BNA-42 MSY.

 

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Micro injection moulding machine

To coincide with the 27th International Colloquium Plastics Technology, the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) in Industry and the Skilled Crafts at RWTH Aachen University put a new electric Allrounder 270 A injection moulding machine from Arburg, Lossburg, into operation.  At the heart of this system is a micro injection moulding unit, the plasticising cylinder of which has been developed jointly by Arburg and the IKV.

An electric Allrounder 270 A configured for micro injection moulding can produce e.g. 3.6 mg micro clamping frames. Photo: Arburg
An electric Allrounder 270 A configured for micro injection moulding can produce e.g. 3.6 mg micro clamping frames. Photo: Arburg

The innovative plasticising unit, a so-called “inverse screw” is characterised by its special geometry. In distinction to conventional three-zone screws, the thread turns necessary for plasticising and melting the material are incorporated in the cylinder.

Micro injection moulding machine with new plasticising unit
The necessary relative movement is generated by means of an internal rotating piston. As the forces acting upon the piston are lower compared to plasticising screws, a significantly more compact plasticising system can be implemented, which is ideal for use in micro injection moulding. In addition to a reduced dwell time of the melt in the plasticising cylinder, the injection process can be controlled more effectively due to the smaller piston diameter. The mass fluctuations can thereby be reduced and the repeat accuracy of the injection cycle improved considerably. This has a positive effect on the achievable part quality.

Influence of geometry investigated and optimised
The effectiveness of the process has been evidenced through extensive joint studies carried out by Arburg and IKV. The influence of the geometry on the achievable feed rate and the melting characteristics in particular were investigated in order to progressively optimise the geometry. With the transfer of the geometry to a commercial injection moulding machine, use in a fully-automated injection cycle and consequently the potential of the technology in industrial application is now to be demonstrated.

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Arburg GmbH + Co KG
www.arburg.com/en/
Contact : www.arburg.com/en/contact-form

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When service makes the difference

The theme of the 17th international day of watch marketing (JIMH) was about service and the importance for the company to manage it globally. To talk about it and to see how it can be applied in the world of microtechnology, we met with Mr. Kalust Zorik, founder and president of the JIMH as well as of the institute for watch marketing and CEO of InterTech, a company specialized in consulting, coaching and training to develop businesses.

The concept of service is still too often associated almost exclusively with the concept of reaction to an event.
The concept of service is still too often associated almost exclusively with the idea of reaction to an event.

As a start M. Zorik says: “When speaking about service, we often only see the ‘firemen effect’ that must handle an immediate problem (therefore which was not planned and serviced on time) but the concept fits into the entire value chain of the relationship with the customer, before, during and after the sale”. We will see these in details sin our next issue.

What else will be covered?

  • Service? Everyone’s concern, from the Board of Directors
  • The performance of a watchmaking product
  • Service? Everything that accompanies the product
  • Everything is linked
  • The secret: customer relationship
  • A strategy for everyone

The specialists concludes: “It is simple to say, one must be close to its customers and potential customers to understand their expectations and then to find ideas to amaze them positively”.
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InterTech
Rue des Moulins 51
2000 Neuchâtel
Switzerland
Tél. +41 32 725 18 10
[email protected]
www.zorik.ch

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Complex-geometry tool manufacture and service simplified by new CNC tool grinding software

The growing challenges of grinding and servicing new generations of complex-geometry drills and end mills are resolved by a new release of the Numroto tool grinding software package. Version 3.8 of NUM’s market-leading software automates multi-helical and variable flute grinding, as well as providing a new form cutter function for profile inserts. It is available to existing Numroto users as an update.

Numroto tool grinding software now automates production of complex geometry machine tools.
Numroto tool grinding software now automates production of complex geometry machine tools.

Numroto is widely regarded within the tool grinding industry as one of the best and most versatile CNC software solutions on the market. Launched by NUM in 1987, it has undergone continuous development to stay ahead of improvements and innovations in machine tool design. The software runs on NUM’s powerful Flexium+ CNC system, which offers significant advantages. These include the use of sub-nano interpolation to ensure high quality surfaces, with short cycle times to allow fast 5-axis movement – even if the part program contains a very high density of ISO sequences. Flexium+ supports all the safety functions that are needed on today’s high performance machines and can be operated very easily, using the same type of ‘dual touch’ gestures that are employed with modern smartphones.

To use full power of modern PC’s
By harnessing the speed and computational capabilities of modern PCs, the latest version of Numroto software is able to handle the extremely complex path calculations necessary to create these sophisticated flutes. Users can now define the core path geometry of flutes on end mills very easily and accurately. Designers and manufacturers often seek this functionality when optimising the chip transport characteristics of high performance machine tools – the rate at which chips are removed from the cutting face has a major bearing on the tool’s cutting speed and efficiency.

Further improvements
Working in partnership with a number of leading machine tool manufacturers and tool sharpening companies, NUM has further developed Numroto’s form cutter function to simplify insert grinding significantly. Users can now define a form cutter as a rotary tool or as a standalone profile insert. Holders with soldered or cemented inserts can still be defined as rotary tools, and the position of each insert can be probed individually, allowing any mounting inaccuracies to be detected and compensated for automatically during the grinding process.

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3D printing and additive manufacturing: trends and technology

Rapid.Tech ranks among the leading international events in the field of 3D printing and additive manufacturing. The conference and trade fair is scheduled to take place for the 11th time in Erfurt on 14 and 15 May 2014, and it owes its popular success to its concept of remaining relevant to users.

Thanks to the SLS additive manufacturing (Selective Laser Sintering) technology, Ecoparts located in Rüti near Zürich can achieve functional prototypes in metal and small series of complex parts within very short deliveries.
Thanks to the SLS additive manufacturing (Selective Laser Sintering) technology, Ecoparts located in Rüti near Zürich can achieve functional prototypes in metal and small series of complex parts within very short deliveries. SLS is one of the new additive manufacturing solutions prsented in Erfurt during RapidTech.

 

With a user conference, design engineer day, specialist forums for the aviation and medical and dental technology industries, and the specialist trade fair itself there will be ample opportunity for interchange among newcomers to the field, experts, researchers and users, covering both theory and practice. In tandem with Rapid.Tech, the second German Personal Fabrication Convention FabCon 3.D will be taking place in Erfurt from 15–17 May 2014.

Key technology for nowadays challenges
Sustainability, the Industry 4.0 project and individualisation are all global trends, and there is one key technology required to implement them all: additive manufacturing (AM). To exploit the potential of AM effectively it is necessary to be fully informed about all the latest developments covering materials, processes and machines. “Generative manufacturing processes are becoming ever more relevant across multiple industries and are playing an increasingly important part in production processes. This is generating an enormous demand for information, as well as for an interchange of experiences and discussion”, reported Wieland Kniffka, Head of Messe Erfurt [Erfurt trade fair]. “Rapid.Tech sets the standard here, with its mix of think-tank, knowledge transfer and an exhibition geared toward practical applications.”

To exchange knowledge
Specialist forums under the headings of “Aviation”, “Medical Technology” and “CAD/CAM and Rapid Prototyping in Dental Technology” plus the user conference entitled “New Technologies” and the design engineer day will all give industry-insiders a chance to look at the latest applications, discuss the possibilities of additive processes in their specialist fields and cast an eye towards the future. This is also facilitated by the specialist trade fair, where around 100 exhibitors will be showcasing new developments and follow-up products.

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Ecoparts is the only company of its kind in Switzerland,” says Mr. Kündig its director. Working with two eos int M 270 ma - chines produced by eos (recently represented in s witzer - land by s pringmann) this small structure is specialized in the manufacture of complex metal parts by laser sintering.
Ecoparts is the only company of its kind in Switzerland,” says Mr. Kündig its director. Working with two EOSint M 270 machines produced by EOS (represented in Switzerland by Springmann) this small structure is specialized in the manufacture of complex metal parts by laser sintering.

 

www.rapidtech.de
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