Medical Cluster is pleased to invite you to the first Swiss Medtech Day

 The Swiss Medtech Day brings together representatives of all major stakeholders in the Swiss medical device industry. With this platform Medical Cluster, in collaboration with the program committee, offers an annual exchange platform to discuss current issues and possible solutions.


General Assembly and networking dinner
Content focus:
– General Assembly Medical Cluster
– Speech by Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann
– Presentation by Juan-José Gonzalez, President EMEA, DePuy Synthes companies of Johnson & Johnson
– Networking dinner with presentation of the Life Sciences Nation Report 2015 by Dr. Benoit Dubuis, Bioalps

Date: 16 June 2015, from 16h30 onwards
Location: Hotel Bellevue Palace in Berne

Swiss Medtech Day
Content focus:
– Keynote speech by Claude Clément
– Parallel workshops on three topics:
A) Regulatory Affairs & Market Access
B) Innovation
C) Collaboration with global players

Date: 17 June 2015, 9h00 – 17h00
Location: Kursaal Bern, Berne

The official languages of the meeting are German, French and English.

Please reserve the dates. The final program will be available in April. You can already inform yourself and register here:

PTG heavy industries achieves new heights in friction stir welding exotic alloys

Ever since the launch of its Crawford Swift ‘Powerstir’ CNC Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines in 2000, PTG Heavy Industries has been acknowledged as a global leader in this innovative means of jointing metals.

Crawford Swift Powerstir Friction Stir Welding, from PTG Heavy Industries.

Exotic steel and titanium for aerospace
Recent research and development activities at PTG Heavy Industries’ UK-based HQ, however, have taken the capabilities of the welding specialist’s FSW machines further than ever before – to include the successful jointing of exotic steel and titanium alloys that are particularly suited to the uncompromising requirements of space and aerospace applications.

Aerospace-grade titanium of 3mm – 8mm in thickness
“We have successfully welded both aerospace-grade steel alloy and aerospace-grade titanium in thicknesses of 3mm and 8mm, using our proprietary PTG fixed pin tooling techniques,” comments PTG Heavy Industries’ Sales Manager, Chris Cheetham.

“Although each presented distinct challenges, including the potential for workpiece distortion and ensuring sufficient heat transfer when blending thicker materials, these issues were overcome.”
Comprehensive research programme
As part of its research activities, PTG Heavy Industries also achieved excellent results when working with various exotic aluminium alloys ranging from 2mm to 35mm in a number of challenging configurations.

Impressive results with exotic alloys of 40mm in depth
Our successes have been such that we now look forward to applying our findings, approach and technologies to robust testing on other bespoke alloys that are used across the avionics sector,” adds Chris Cheetham. “For example, we have also achieved good results working with exotic alloys of as much as 40mm in depth.

Superior welding for planes and high-speed trains
Since their launch, Powerstir Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines have attracted considerable interest from organisations seeking an innovative way of creating superior high-strength welded joints, without the detrimental and visible effects typically associated with conventional welding.

From small, intricate components to automotive products, aircraft manufacturing, railway carriage panels and shipbuilding, Powerstir Friction Stir Welding provides a clean, highly aesthetic alternative to traditional welding. A method that delivers proven weld quality, FSW offers excellent mechanical properties and virtually no porosity.
Patented by TWI (The Welding Institute), Friction Stir Welding is a unique and innovative means of jointing metals. The process combines frictional heat with precisely controlled forging pressure to produce extremely high-strength joints that are virtually defect free. Friction Stir Welding transforms the parent metal from a solid to a plasticised state. This occurs during a process that involves mechanically stirring the materials together to form a high-integrity, full-penetration welded joint.

Incorporating the brands of Binns & Berry, Crawford Swift, Holroyd and Holroyd Precision Components, PTG has established itself at the forefront of high precision machine tool design, build and supply. The PTG range includes heavy duty lathes, deep hole drilling machines, Friction Stir Welding (FSW) machines, ultra precision grinding machines for rotor, thread and gear operations; rotor milling machines and special purpose machine tools for the manufacture of precision components. Industrial sectors served range from aerospace, medical and mould tool & die to marine, power generation, mining, oil & gas, steel, high end and heavy automotive.

Lightworks announces new partnership agreement with Siemens PLM Software

Lightworks (Lightwork Design Ltd.), the world-leading provider of 3D visualisation technology, is pleased to officially announce a new partnership agreement with Siemens PLM Software. Lightworks has been a Siemens PLM Software partner for more than 20 years, and this agreement marks an exciting evolution in this longstanding, valued relationship. This agreement will enable the companies to continue to bring high-end rendering technology to Siemens PLM Software customers.

Futuristic scene created for sci-fi film production using Iray.
Futuristic scene created for sci-fi film production using Iray.

“Siemens PLM Software has been a great partner over the years, and I’m pleased that in Lightworks’ 26th year, we’re able to take this next step together,” said David Forrester, CEO at Lightworks. “Our vision has always been to make photorealistic visualisation accessible to the masses, and we’re thrilled to be striving towards this goal with Siemens PLM Software.”

“We are focused on providing our customers the best tools to help them visualize results and realize innovation,” said Jim Rusk, senior vice president, Product Engineering Software, Siemens PLM Software. “Our partnership with Lightworks and the integration of the company’s rendering toolkits in NX software helps customers better understand product aesthetics earlier in the design process with very realistic, interactive displays using Lightworks real-time ray tracing rendering technology. Real-time ray tracing can also be used downstream for digital market introductions of new products, material and lighting considerations, and brochure images.”
About Lightworks
Lightworks (Lightwork Design Ltd.) provides leading 3D visualisation technology to businesses worldwide.

Lightworks Iray+ combines first-class technology and  software development expertise. The vision is to make world-leading visualisation easily accessible to all businesses and consumers; from concept design through to the point of sale, we give businesses access to photorealistic ray tracing throughout their workflows and applications.

Sandvik Coromant wins Volvo Cars Award of Excellence

Cutting tool and tooling systems expert Sandvik Coromant has been honoured by automotive giant Volvo Cars in the company’s Award of Excellence 2014. The efforts of Sandvik Coromant over the past year were rewarded in the Special Recognition category. The Volvo Cars Award of Excellence was created in 1998 to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by suppliers that have gone the extra mile and contributed to the success of this world famous automotive manufacturer. A considerable number of suppliers were nominated for the Volvo Cars Award of Excellence 2014, with finalists recognized in categories such as quality, cost competitiveness, technology, environmental and social responsibility, and special recognition.

Häger, Managing Director Sandvik Coromant Sverige AB, Jan Rasmussen, Senior Strategic Account Manager responsible for Volvo Cars at Sandvik Coromant and Lars Wrebo, Senior Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing at Volvo Car Group.
Häger, Managing Director Sandvik Coromant Sverige AB, Jan Rasmussen, Senior Strategic Account Manager responsible for Volvo Cars at Sandvik Coromant and Lars Wrebo, Senior Vice President Purchasing & Manufacturing at Volvo Car Group.

Successful projects
The award for Sandvik Coromant arrives after the completion of several successful projects to reduce cycle times and boost both productivity and profitability. In 2014 a total of seven projects with projected savings for Volvo were identified and documented. Overall these projects have not only improved quality and reduced downtime, but extended tool life to deliver a 39.8% saving in tooling costs.

By way of example, Sandvik Coromant recently proposed the testing and implementation of CoroMill® 5B90 to machine the combustion face of cylinder heads and overcome excessive burr. The solution delivered three times greater tool life, far fewer burrs and much quicker tool set-up.

Close co-operation
Working in close co-operation with the Volvo Cars engineering team, other tooling projects completed in the past 12 months include the implementation of the CoroTurn® SL system of modular adaptors and exchangeable heads to facilitate quicker tool change; new insert geometry for grooving camshafts that increased tool life from 125 to 500 pieces; new inserts for crankshaft machining that led to longer tool life and shorter cycles; and a new grade and geometry for a boring tool that increased tool life and reduced downtime due to fewer tool changes.

Moving forward, current projects involving new tooling concepts include cost reduction and process security for cylinder boring, and an increase in quality and tool life for wheel hub spline milling. Sandvik Coromant is also delivering support in upgrading tool holders that will allow the next generation of crankshafts to be accommodated.

20-year partnership
Sandvik Coromant has been a committed partner to Volvo Cars for more than 20 years, striving continuously to identify ways to optimize tools, machining methods and thereby, end results. The company has established a long partnership with the engine manufacturing plant in Skövde and the component manufacturing plant in Floby, although support also extends beyond Sweden. For instance, Sandvik Coromant recently helped with the transfer of knowledge on tooling for machines at a brand new facility in China.

MSC Software Acquires Welding and Forming Simulation Leader Simufact

MSC Software today announced the acquisition of Simufact Engineering. Simufact is an industry leader in simulation of metal forming and joining processes. Based on best-in-class nonlinear simulation software technology, Simufact.forming and Simufact.welding are metal forming and welding process simulation tools used by aerospace, automotive, and machinery industries, their parts and materials suppliers, as well as major OEMs to realize significant savings from reducing shop-floor tryouts of their manufacturing processes.

Simufact-GR-Simulation-Hot-Forging-Conrod-deburred.jpg  A connecting rod after a hot forging process and deburring, as simulated in  Simufact.forming
A connecting rod after a hot forging process and deburring, as simulated in

Simufact’s customers in the metal forming industry that leverage process simulation confirm that they have reduced physical testing up to 50% following implementation of Simufact’s software. Moreover, they confirm that cycle times for new part developments can be reduced from 3 weeks to 1 week. MSC customers will realize even greater savings from simulating the entire process chain with Simufact and MSC’s tools, to gain a better understanding of the as-manufactured condition of the product:
“Too often, our customers tell me that poorly-understood manufacturing processes result in products that don’t function as designed and simulated,” said Dominic Gallello, President & CEO of MSC Software. “By connecting Simufact’s manufacturing process oriented tools to design simulation, we can better assist our customers with their drive for ‘first time right’.”
“It is tremendously exciting to make the leap to a global company,” said Michael Wohlmuth, Co-founder and CEO of Simufact. “Our team eagerly anticipates replicating our success with new companies and in more countries.” Dr. Hendrik Schafstall, Co-founder and CTO of Simufact added: “Being a direct member of the MSC family offers additional advantages: We will be able to accelerate the technology development; our customers can look forward to greater innovation.” Simufact’s software solutions have been noted within the manufacturing engineering community for their ease of use, their ability to simulate a broad range of physics with great accuracy (thermal/materials/ mechanics), and for being uniquely well suited for process chain simulation.

New design for even more functions

Tornos EvoDeco machines continue to meet the needs of the most demanding bar-turners with ease! Already recognised as highly advanced, this platform is undergoing constant improvement

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During the Journées Horlogères open days (March 3 to 6, 2015), Tornos will unveil a complete overhaul of these iconic machines. We met with Massimo Tidei, project manager, and Philippe Charles, product manager, both of whom work for Tornos.

The fastest machines on the market
“EvoDeco machines are equipped with the best kinematics on the market: no other current solution is able to offer the same level of performance and sophistication as an EvoDeco. It was of crucial importance that we kept ahead of the market in this way, as it is vital to Tornos and to our customers, who need to be the best in their field! The performance of our machines is mirrored by the success to our customers”, notes Philippe Charles.

Fundamental improvements
“In fact, since the trend is towards a reduction in the size of production runs, it is increasingly important that the first parts are perfect. The machine’s thermal system must therefore comprise the shortest possible loops to reduce the warm-up time as much as possible”, Massimo Tidei explains. The machine has also been redesigned in terms of rigidity to ensure it offers improved machining performance. The two new EvoDeco machines are also equipped with cyclical lubrication.

Two machines, 4 versions
Available in versions with 10 or 8 linear axes, EvoDeco 10 and EvoDeco 16 machines take two C axes as standard. The two turning machines are equipped with synchronous motor powered spindles. This technology, unique on this type of machine, means that the machine’s productivity can be increased significantly when machining parts which require frequent spindle stops. The cycle time is reduced by more than 30%!

Many possibilities
In addition to its highly comprehensive equipment, the EvoDeco 16 machine can, for example, be equipped with a B axis for positioning in back operation, which is particularly useful for creating angled implants for the dental industry. The EvoDeco 10 machine, however, can receive up to 3 hobbing devices, one of which can be used in back operation, making it without doubt the fastest hobbing machine on the market!

Tornos SA
Industrielle 111
2740 Moutier
Tel. 141 32 494 44 44
Fax: +41 32 494 49 07
[email protected]


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New reliable end milling concept

CoroMill® Plura Heavy Duty (HD) is a completely new solid end milling concept, developed for removing large amounts of metal in a short amount of time and to provide the reliability needed for heavy roughing

CoroMill® Plura Heavy Duty (HD) is a completely new solid end milling concept
CoroMill® Plura Heavy Duty (HD) is a completely new solid end milling concept

CoroMill Plura HD is the first choice solid roughing end mill for shoulder milling, full slot milling, ramping and helical interpolation in steel and stainless steel. It can also be used with cast iron and heat-resistant materials. The tools offer secure and reliable machining in a wide range of cutting parameters.

High process security and a long predictable tool life are essential in heavy roughing operations. The optimized flute shape was especially designed as a result of a Finite Element Analysis, and it assures effective chip evacuation when machining with a large depth of cut. This flute design also prevents re-cutting of chips and sudden tool breakage. By efficiently removing chips, full slot milling up to two times diameter with five-teeth end mills is possible without compromising process security. Stainless steel end mills also benefit from internal coolant for maximum chip evacuation and temperature control.

The geometrical features and grades allow for exceptional metal removal rates and tool life. Two new grades have been developed; one for all-round conditions, preferably in dry machining, and one to deal with tough conditions and large engagements in wet machining. The tough face geometry is developed to cope with demanding ramping operations. Other features include differential pitch and cylindrical land to help minimize vibration and to provide predictable performance for reliable roughing.

Available from 1st of March 2015.