AfriMold joins forces with South Africa Automotive Week

Two of Africa’s leading manufacturing trade shows; South African Automotive Week and AfriMold have announced a co-hosting agreement for 2014. In terms of the agreement both shows will be hosted at Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, between October 14 – 16, this year. The shows will share certain services and three massive halls comprising 15 000sqm of trade show floor space, which will make Gallagher in Midrand the focus of the automotive industry in Africa.
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South African Automotive Week Working Group Chairman and National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers of South Africa (NAACAM) Director Robert Houdet said the co-hosting arrangement was a logical step that was in the interest of the industry. “The events complement each other and their co-habitation will boost value to industry participants and create an even more powerful showcase of South Africa’s manufacturing capability,” Houdet said.

The AfriMold trade fair is a hub of innovation where local and international market leaders exhibit solutions for product development through – design, material selection, simulation, visualisation, engineering, CAE, CAD and CAM, rapid prototyping and tooling, patternmaking and prototyping, precision machining, mould-making, tooling, tools, machine tools, quality assurance and automation, as well as processing and finishing. South African Automotive Week is Africa’s automotive intellectual gathering, focused on stimulating trade and partnership opportunities in manufacturing and related sectors. SAAW is the continent’s showcase for manufacturers of vehicle components and Electric Vehicles.

To help grow manufacturing capabilities
Both SAAW and AfriMold would host their own niched exhibitions: AfriMold in Hall 3 and South African Automotive Week in Halls 4 and 5. Both events aim to grow SA’s manufacturing capabilities and global competitiveness, traditionally attracting local and international participants from across the design, materials, prototyping, tooling, conversion, assembly, testing, packaging, distribution/logistics and automotive sectors.

Visit www.afrimold.co.za/conference.php and
www.saaw.co.za or www.euromold.com
for more information.

Exhibitors who have not yet secured their space at the AfriMold exhibition can book their stands by contacting either: Dione Zimmer, DEMAT GmbH (EuroMold), Tel.: + 49 69 274 003 70, Mail: [email protected] (for Europe); Ann Evans, Tel.: +27 82 336 6791, Mail: [email protected] or Terri Bernstein, Tel.: +27 83 635 3539, Mail: [email protected]

Exhibitors who have not yet secured space at South African Automotive Week can book a limited number of remaining stands by contacting Graziella Ventresca-Norton at Tel.: + 27 (0) 861 101 475 or [email protected]
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Almac: highly targeted products for Germany

Since its foundation, Almac has always been committed to providing tailor-made solutions, mainly targeting the Swiss watch market. Although its integration into the Tornos group has enabled it to develop internationally, its potential has remained largely untapped. The company is now turning a new corner by implementing a real strategy to enable German customers to benefit from the same advantages as Swiss watchmakers.
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Mr. Devanthéry, the Director of Almac, explains, by way of introduction: “Almac is a fairly new brand on the German market. The brand is not yet very widely known and customers do not immediately think of Almac when it comes to precision milling and micro milling.” We have yet to build our reputation there.

Tried and tested machines
And this is the paradox currently faced by Almac outside the Swiss market: the company finds itself positioned like a newcomer to the market, even though the solutions it is offering have been validated by one of the most demanding and most dynamic business sectors in the world. With over 1000 machines installed, the company is a renowned player in the “micro precision” sectors; these not only include watchmaking, of course, but also jewellery, medical and micromechanics in general.

Pleasantly surprised customers
Customers who have seen the new Almac machines, and their eye-catching design, have been pleasantly surprised. […] Mr. Devanthéry adds: “We must not forget that our expertise lies in our unique experience in the Swiss watchmaking market with its highly sophisticated constraints.”

What upcoming customer events will Almac be attending in Germany?
Upcoming events which Almac will be attending include the AMB in Stuttgart (September), Prodex in Basel (November) and the Turning Days in Villingen-Schwenningen (April 2015).

Almac SA
39, Bd des Eplatures
CH- 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds
Tel. +41 32 925 35 50
Fax +41 32 925 35 60
[email protected]
www.almac.ch

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Machine tools market on the right direction in Spain

The BIEM 2014 ended with greater innovation, more companies, more products, more visitors and buyers, this year. A total number of 35,500 people, 4.2% more than in the previous edition, visited the 28th International Machine-Tool Exhibition (BIEMH) between 2nd and 7th June. Professionals from 57 countries have tested the quality and capacity of machines, accessories, components and industrial equipment exhibited in the halls of the Bilbao Exhibition Centre.
BEC
Xabier Basañez, CEO of BEC, has expressed his satisfaction regarding the high level and excellent response to the exhibition from the professionals visiting the event, “this BIEMH leads the way to recovery for this sector and this trade show. If the economic indicators remain positive, I’m sure we will have an even greater trade show in 2016 with a high technological level exhibition. “The motto “Think Big, Think BIEMH” is still going strong”, stated the highest authority at the BEC.

Visitors from many countries
The most represented countries in terms of visitors to BIEMH were: Portugal, France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Italy, Russia, Netherlands, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina, the US, Chile, Venezuela, Algeria, Morocco, China, India, Taiwan, Australia and the Fiji Islands to name some exotic and faraway countries. The sectors receiving most attention from visitors were Chip-Removal Machines, Tools & Accessories for Machine-Tools, Metal Forming Machines, Automation, Metrology & Quality Control, Welding, Cutting & Oxy-cutting and Hydraulic & Pneumatic Equipment, among others.

32 million Euro in 6 days
This BIEMH generated an income of 32 million Euros in terms of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) with a tax revenue of 4.7 million Euro. This figure was broken down as follows: 62.7% as direct costs incurred by exhibitors and visitors in the food and catering sector and 27.2 % as direct costs related to trade show activities. The other 7.5% refers to transport and 0.4% to leisure and cultural activities. On the other hand, Antxon Lopez Usoz, Chairman of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (AFM), the event co-organiser, stated at a press conference that this trade show had exceeded the sales expectations of most exhibitors, “expectations have been exceeded. This event has validated the sluggish yet progressive improvement of the domestic market.”

Next appointment: 2016
With a total number of 1,314 exhibitors from 27 countries, 12% more than in the previous BIEMH, international leading brands, new sectors, almost 800 high-performance machines, 300 news releases and keynote speeches, the 28th Spanish Machine-Tool Biennial Exhibition has not only fulfilled planned objectives but also surpassed expectations. 57% of exhibitors to BIEMH 2014 were foreign companies.

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The next BIEMH will take place in Barcelona in May / June 2016. Possibly from Monday 23 May to Saturday 28 May 2016 but this must be confirmed.

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CNC advances to be demonstrated at BIMU and IMTS 2014

Exciting new developments in machine tool CNC hardware and software technology will be demonstrated by NUM at IMTS. Highlights will include a highly cost-effective dual channel CNC kernel for designers of small to medium size machines with up to five axes, a functional safety architecture that can easily be scaled to suit any type of machine, and new grinding software for complex geometry tools.

On show at IMTS 2014: NUM will be demonstrating exciting new developments in machine tool CNC hardware and software technology on booth E-5135.
On show at IMTS 2014: NUM will be demonstrating exciting new developments in machine tool CNC hardware and software technology on booth E-5135.

Forming the latest addition to NUM’s market-leading Flexium+ CNC platform, the dual channel Flexium+ 8 CNC kernel provides an exceptionally high level of control flexibility. At any time, either CNC channel can be used to control a spindle motor and four simultaneously interpolated axes – and control can be passed on-the-fly from one channel to the other. This simplifies the design of complex machines with multiple synchronisation requirements, such as thread or gear cutters, and in many cases eliminates the need for a second CNC kernel. NUM will also be providing software demonstrations of complete conversational and cycle solutions developed specifically for the North American market. Based on Flexium+ systems, these include solutions for gear hobbing, shaping and grinding, OD/ID grinding and metal spinning.

Functional safety
The functional safety architecture, known as Numsafe, is compatible with all NUM Flexium+ CNC systems. It provides machine builders with a highly flexible means of implementing functional safety functions and can be scaled to suit almost any type of machine tool, regardless of complexity or the number of axes. Key benefits include minimal additional hardware and wiring.

Tool grinding software
For the first time in the USA, NUM will be showing the new version of its market-leading Numroto tool grinding software, which now includes functions for complex geometry tools such as multi-helical end mills with variable width flute areas.

NUM’s booth – E-5135 – is located in the East Building at McCormick Place.

NUM will also be exhibiting at Asiametal – Guangzhou and Bimu – Milano in September.

NUM AG
Battenhusstrasse 16
CH-9053 Teufen
Tel: +41 71 335 04 11
[email protected]
www.num.com

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New generation inserts generate low cutting forces

When milling stainless steel there are many challenges to overcome, including difficulties with chip formation, tool life and productivity. The latest insert geometries for CoroMill 345® have been designed specifically to offer the light cutting action and low forces required to surmount such challenges.

CoroMill 345, specifically designed to offer light cutting action.
CoroMill 345, specifically designed to offer light cutting action.

Numerous benefits include not only higher metal removal rates and greater throughput, but the ability to use CoroMill 345 on small taper machines (ISO 30 and ISO 40 machines), in vibration sensitive applications or where there are weak fixtures.

Excellent chip formation with soft machining sound
The innovative new inserts feature eight edges, four on each side, and although they sit negatively in the cutter, a very high rake ensure positive, light cutting. This not only promotes excellent chip formation in stainless steel, but improves the working environment thanks to its soft machining sound. A wiper insert is also available where a brilliant surface finish is sought, while internal coolant is available for cutters up to 125 mm in diameter.

Improved results
By way of testimony, outstanding results were achieved in a recent customer performance test. A pump body made from 316L stainless steel was subject to dry roughing operations on a horizontal machining centre. Using CoroMill 345, both cutting speed and feed speed could be increased against a competitor cutter. This helped deliver 50 per cent more components with 22 per cent higher metal removal rate, without wearing out the inserts. In fact, using the new inserts, three components per edge could be achieved, against just two using the competitor cutter.

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High quality material and total flexibility

If L. Klein SA is a supplier of high-grade steel and material that innovates continuously and offers creative solutions to help its customers, it is also a company for whom the relationship with its users and its suppliers is of paramount importance. L. Klein SA has grown with the watchmaking sector and the regional delivery plan served by its trucks has been the same for 60 years! Meeting with the two directors, Olivier and Philippe Schiess.

In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests.
In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests. Deliveries are done worldwide.

Similarly, L. Klein SA has been working with some foundries for more than 30 years. The Directors tell us: “We have built long term relationships with our suppliers and this allows us to work closely for the development of new materials or new qualities”. Over the years, this partnership has enabled the realisation of products that would have been impossible to be created otherwise.

Quantities of delivery
“With us, no minimum quantity, if you need one single bar, it is possible” explain the directors. And it is also this flexibility that allows Klein to be recognised on the international markets. For example if you need a special material, it is often not possible to order less than 1000 kg elsewhere.

The article published in Eurotec addresses the following points:

  • Quality of delivery
  • A large stock
  • New gradations that bring more (for high precision machining and watchmaking)
  • It is necessary to take the plunge
  • Watchmaking has everything to gain
  • A bespoke service
Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional watches.
Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LAW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional timepieces.

 

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L. Klein SA

Chemin du Long-Champ 110
Postfach 8358
CH-2500 Biel/Bienne 8
Tél. +41 32 341 73 73
Fax +41 32 341 97 20
[email protected]
www.kleinmetals.ch
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New compact industrial technology

At EPHJ Bumotec presents its new s100, a machining center with 3 linear axes and two machining spindles working alternatively.

The two 60'000 rpm motor-spindles and all linear axes allow the machine to be very efficient and reactive.
The two 60’000 rpm motor-spindles and all linear axes allow the machine to be very efficient and reactive.

This new concept allows the machine to reduce tool changes to the minimum as the changes are doing in hidden time on one spindle while the other is working. Every spindle has its own tool magazine (up to 36 in total).

A new concept in-between standard solutions
Nowadays the productions of parts for watch movements are usualy done using a batch of single spindle machines (mainly for small batches) or on large production chains on transfer machines for bigger series. This Bumotec s100 is aimed to propose an intermediate solution.

With its small size, its new design and the LED lighting, the first glimpse of the machine is impressive.

Chip to chip time is redzuced to the max as all tools changes are effectuated in hidden time.
Chip to chip time is reduced to the max as all tools changes are effectuated in hidden time.
The new s100 includes many features by design that simplifies the life of the operator.
The new s100 includes many features by design that simplifies the life of the operator. The machine is on show in Geneva and people there are eager to share their passion about this new tool. Don’t miss it.

You can still discover this machine at the Geneva show till the end of the day.

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Bumotec SA
Route du Rontet 17
CH – 1625 Sâles
T +41 26 351 00 00
F +41 26 351 00 99
[email protected]
www.bumotec.ch

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