Leading trade show parts2clean on course for success: Innovative solutions and know-how for efficient cleaning of parts and surfaces

Effective cleaning of components and surfaces is an issue for practically every manufacturer today, not least because the bar for cleanliness is constantly being raised. At the same time the pressure on costs is also rising. So manufacturers face a twofold challenge: they have to meet specifications for cleanliness with the right technology – consistently and reliably – and they have to do so at an affordable cost. “This year’s parts2clean offers a wider range of solutions than ever before”, explains Olaf Daebler, Director of parts2clean at Deutsche Messe. The 13th Leading International Trade Fair for Industrial Parts and Surface Cleaning from 9 to 11 June 2015 brings together over 250 exhibitors from 14 countries to present products and services for the end-to-end process chain at the Stuttgart Exhibition Centre

Innovations across all display categories
“parts2clean 2015 will be the biggest and most international event in the history of this trade show”, declares Daebler. “Many exhibitors use the show to unveil their latest new products and improved solutions for the very first time to an international audience.” One example is a new dry cleaning plant for the efficient intermediate cleaning of power train components in the automotive industry. The plant operates without compressed air and consequently delivers enormous cost savings combined with higher process reliability and availability. Also making its debut at this year’s parts2clean is an innovative system that simultaneously deburrs components under high pressure and cleans them. And the first rod transducer for multi-frequency ultrasound will also be unveiled at the show. Designed for the 25 and 40 kHz frequencies commonly used for industrial parts cleaning, it provides a space-saving and cost-saving solution for installing multi-frequency ultrasound in single and multi-chamber cleaning plants.

Innovations await visitors in other areas too, such as the automation of cleaning processes prior to the fully automatic measurement of components or solutions integrated into assembly lines. Various new developments in cleaning media will also be on show, such as a salt-free multi-metal cleaner that can be delivered at high pressure, producing a completely dry and fleck-free surface. New developments and refinements in cleaning baskets and workpiece holders make it possible to reduce process times, optimize results and cut costs. Not least because they are flexible in their application and minimize the number of times parts need to be handled or repositioned – thereby cutting costs and reducing the risk of damage. New devices for the monitoring and maintenance of cleaning baths contribute to more stable processes, especially when cleaning with water-based media. This year’s parts2clean will also showcase solutions for monitoring and documenting cleanliness at the particulate level which comply with the revised VDA 19 industry standard. And new devices and systems for detecting and measuring film residues can also be seen at the show.
Bilingual Industry Forum and guided tours
The bilingual parts2clean Industry Forum gives visitors access to one of the most popular and sought-after sources of expert knowledge on all aspects of the industrial cleaning of parts and surfaces. With a lineup of 25 presentations (in German or English, with simultaneous translation provided), the Forum program covers different aspects of industrial cleaning technology ranging from the basics to specialized topics such as cleaning media, care and maintenance of cleaning baths, conservation, passivation, corrosion protection, quality assurance and checking for cleanliness.
This year’s parts2clean is again offering guided tours for visitors, first introduced at the last show. These are ideal for visitors who need to locate exhibiting firms offering solutions to very specific cleaning problems or requirements.


SIAMS 2016 – for exhibitors and visitors

SIAMS announces a lot of improvements for the 2016 edition of SIAMS to be held in Moutier from April 19th till 22nd, 2016. Given the success of 2014, the satisfaction of the exhibitors and the 17,000 registered visitors, the organizers decided to raise the bar even higher for the 2016 edition. 

The new image of SIAMS is not yet fully determinated. Well publish it as soon as available.
The new image of SIAMS is not yet fully determinated. We will publish it as soon as available.

The 2014 edition of the microtechnology trade fair closed with great success. More than 80% of the exhibitors of SIAMS 2014 said they wanted to participate in the 2016 edition of this fair that has managed to secure its place as an indispensable event for all active players in the field of microtechnology. “If our customers are loyal, it is because over the years we have developed a product that exactly matches their needs and requirements. For four days and in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere, they can get ‘in touch’ with all levels of the microtechnology production chain” Pierre-Yves Kohler, the new CEO of SIAMS explains, who brings a new touch to a full 27 years of success. Francis Koller, the delegate of the board, specifies: “The 2016 edition will bring quite a lot of new things but will, of course, preserve all those things that have ensured the success of SIAMS until today.”

Development of the details that make a difference
SIAMS is well-positioned and clearly presents itself as a specialist fair, but specific elements of its nomenclature were outdated and the organizers have now completed and simplified it. Additive manufacturing clearly has its place in microtechnology but was not part of the fair nomenclature, for instance. “We try to think like our customers, that’s good. But asking them directly, is even better”, Pierre-Yves Kohler explains in the preamble to the formation of the SIAMS Exhibitors’ Committee. In fact, to improve its performance, the fair has set up a committee that brings together companies representing the different products shown and different language regions.
Its declared purpose? To allow customers (whether or not fans of SIAMS) to share their expectations and ideas. “We are convinced that this committee will provide benefits to the exhibitors and SIAMS alike”, Francis Koller added.

A Rejuvenated Image
The registration dossiers for SIAMS 2016 will be sent in June and, on this occasion, anyone interested will be able to discover the new image of the fair. “The goal was not to change for change’s sake, but the image of SIAMS had changed very little in recent years. A dynamic trade fair, which reinvents itself, also needs to revitalize its image”, Pierre-Yves Kohler declared.

Full Halls
For the 15th edition, the organizers expect about 450 exhibitors. The new exhibition halls with a floor space of 7,660 m2 will be completed by then. While registration is not yet possible, a large number of exhibitors confirm their intentions to register every week. The online posting of the registration forms on the www.siams.ch website is scheduled for June 22nd, 2015 (the website you will reach till June is still the old one indeed).

In the meantime you can contact the organisers at [email protected]


Apprentis motivés recherchés

La fédération romande de promotion des métiers techniques lance une grande campagne de communication et de promotion des métiers techniques en Suisse romande.


Pour ce faire les organisateurs recherchent des apprentis qui deviendront les ambassadeurs de leurs métiers lors de cette campagne. Le casting est prévu le 23 mai, probablement à Yverdon.

L’avenir du pays
Toutes les études le démontrent, il y a de moins en moins de jeunes à embrasser les vocations techniques et nos industries peinent toujours plus à trouver des jeunes professionnels compétents. Conscients de cet état de fait, les ministres de l’économie et de la formation de l’Arc jurassien ont lancé un projet de valorisation des métiers techniques. La partie communication a été étendue à toute la Suisse romande par le biais de la fédération romande de promotion des métiers techniques.

Une équipe motivée
Le but du casting annoncé est de mettre en place une équipe de jeunes motivés qui constitueront le team #bepog qui représentera les métiers techniques dans la campagne (image, vidéo) qui aura lieu en Suisse romande à la rentrée d’automne. Ces jeunes seront également mobilisés dans le cadre d’actions de street marketing et d’animation de réseaux sociaux.

Le site web pour les inscriptions est en ligne https://lnkd.in/eG6eWUH
Une affiche peut être téléchargée ici: https://lnkd.in/eFdzpsN

Pour en savoir plus au jour le jour :

3D-Micromac’s microDICETM OTF system enables high-performance solar cell cutting into half cells. Improved average module power yield by use of Thermal-Laser-Separation (TLS)

3D-Micromac AG, the industry leader in laser micromachining, is going to introduce the brand-new microDICETM OTF system at SNEC 2015. The system uses Thermal-Laser-Separation for cutting of cells into half cells. By using half cell technology the average module power yield can be increased significantly.


Cell separation has become industrial relevant due to the introduction of half-cell modules concepts, which allow a substantial power gain. The standard industrial process of p-type cells is based on a laser scribing and subsequently mechanical cleaving. The disadvantages of this process are the reduction of the cell efficiency, the reduced mechanical strength and the expensive handling due to the combination of a laser process with a subsequent cleaving.
3D-Micromac has overcome these weaknesses with the brand-new microDICETM OTF using Thermal-Laser-Separation for splitting PV cells into half cells. The separated cells show a significantly higher mechanical strength, better edge quality as well as a lower power reduction compared to laser scribing and cleaving approaches.
The highly-productive system microDICETM OTF achieves a throughput of 3,600 cells per hour of incoming full cells. The optical set-up relies on the industry-proven on-the-fly technology successfully used at 3D-Micromac’s laser structuring tools for processing of PERC cells. It guarantees highest productivity and an outstanding price-performance ratio. The laser processing is realized during the continuous transport of the cells under the laser source, whereby the relative motion of the cells is automatically compensated for. Stops for the positioning of the individual cells are completely eliminated. The continual movement of the conveyor belt results in an almost 100-percent capacity utilization of the laser source. The microDICETM OTF is a fully automatic 24/7 production solution and can be offered as stand-alone or inline system.
Background information on Thermal-Laser-Separation
Thermal-Laser-Separation (TLS) is used in the semiconductor industry’s back-end to separate semiconductor wafer in components. The process is based on thermal induced mechanical stress, generated by a well-adjusted combination of a laser heating and cooling.
The method is suitable for most brittle materials in the semiconductor industry, including Si, SiC, Ge and GaAs wafers. Compared to traditional separation technologies, TLS impresses with clean, micro-crack-free edges and greater resulting bending strength. The complete cleaving is a one pass process with a speed of up to 300 mm/s. The relatively low temperature (no material is ablated or melted) in combination with the high cleaving speed are the reason that the electrical properties are not influenced by the separation step. Furthermore, the high throughput and wear-free processing offer great potential for reducing production costs and cost of ownership.
For more information, visit: http://tls-dicing.com
About 3D-Micromac AG
3D-Micromac AG is the industry leader in laser micromachining. We develop processes, machines and turnkey solutions at the highest technical and technological level. Our aim is to provide superb customer satisfaction even for the most complex projects.
3D-Micromac delivers powerful, user-friendly and leading edge processes with superior production efficiency. These proprietary technology innovations are now readily available on a worldwide scale.

Additive Manufacturing European Conference

CECIMO, the European Association of the Machine Tool industries, is organizing the first “Additive Manufacturing European Conference” at the European Parliament in Brussels (Belgium) on 23 June 2015, where representatives from additive manufacturing (AM) companies, EU institutions, think tanks and the machine tools sector will discuss how the full-scale industrialisation of AM could be achieved in a rapid and cost-effective manner, and how this disruptive technology could help create the highest value for the economy and society. The event is hosted by Reinhard Bütikofer, Member of the European Parliament

Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive  and sustainable economy
Industrializing “additive manufacturing” for a competitive
and sustainable economy

The speakers’ session will tackle AM from the perspective of technology, markets, economic development and sustainability. Among the confirmed speakers are, Jean-Camille Uring, Executive board member – FIVES Group and CECIMO President, Bernhard Langefeld, Principal – Roland Berger Strategy Consultants (Germany), Ezio Basso, Managing Director – Prima Industrie (Italy), Benjiamin Denayer, Senior Business Developer Additive Manufacturing, Sirris – Research Institute (Belgium) and Pat Picariello, Director, Developmental Operations – ASTM International (USA).
During the session that follows, panellists will look into business and regulatory framework conditions in Europe and their impact on the development of AM. The discussion will focus on the role government, industry, academia and the research community in AM development and opportunities provided by pan-European initiatives.
Additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, is identified as one of the major disrupting technologies of the 21st century. It offers a great potential to enable design freedom and the development of complex free-form structures, the efficient and accelerated production of customized products, and the minimisation of material waste. As application fields rapidly expand from prototyping towards direct parts production, its transformative impact is being revealed in all areas of manufacturing: product design, production, supply chain organization, services and skills. CECIMO is the point of reference in the area of metallic based additive manufacturing for EU policy-makers. It aims at ensuring that EU policies and regulations create the right framework conditions for the development of AM and contribute to boosting the competitiveness of the European industry as a whole.
For more information and to register: www.cecimo.eu/site/am-european-conference
Participation is free but places are limited.

Medtec Europe 2015

Medtec Europe 2015, taking place in Messe Stuttgart, Germany from the 21-23 April 2015 is the European meeting place for global medical device manufacturers to source new technology, insight, networking and education.
Attracting more than 7,000 R&D, engineers, production and development specialists from medical device manufacturers, to source technology, products, services and education from over 800 component suppliers, healthcare experts and service providers, it’s the European hub for medical device manufacturing.

New show concept
2015 brings a new dawn for Medtec Europe, working with the market the team behind the event have developed a free scientific conference that looks at key medical disciplines, designed to help finished product manufacturers develop products that truly meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. Added to this, a host of “new at show” features are designed to improve the experience for both the visiting and exhibiting audiences.
Medtec Meetings
The Medtec Meetings programme has been designed to ensure time is well spent on at the event and visitors can meet the suppliers or healthcare providers that match their specific needs.
Medtec Start-Up Pavilion & Start-Up Academy
The Medtec Europe team have also highlighted that a thirst for innovation and the latest products is vital for manufacturers, eager to see the latest technology that can help their products provide real market value and have an edge on the competition. With this in mind the Start-Up Academy has been created to showcase the latest products from the new and ground breaking suppliers.
Additive Manufacturing Exhibition Zone and Forum
This area includes a free to attend conference looking at new developments in additive manufacturing and rapid prototyping and an exhibition zone with market leading 3D printing suppliers.
Industry 4.0
Industry 4.0 represents the 4th Industrial Revolution, and with Germany at the heart of its development in Europe, this dedicated forum presents the latest methodologies and the technology behind them to ensure that production facilities are ready to meet the challenge.
Digital Health Forum
The opportunities in digital healthcare are as vast and change on a daily basis. This free conference will hear from industry leaders such as Orange Healthcare, SAP and PwC on topics such as regulations, software security and connected medical devices.
Medical Forums
For the first time, Medtec Europe will feature free to attend forums discussing the latest technology, unmet needs and regulations in major medical disciplines such as cardiovascular, orthopaedics, drug delivery and diagnostics.
Medtec Europe is free to attend as a visitor if you pre-register online. There is a charge for onsite registrations.

Arburg: Exclusive partner at the Hannover Messe 2015

Two worlds will converge at the Hannover Messe 2015: the worlds of additive manufacturing and injection moulding. As an exclusive partner of the “Additive Manufacturing Plaza”, the special new exhibit at the leading “Digital Factory” trade fair from 13 to 17 April, Arburg will demonstrate how this works.

With the Freeformer for additive manufacturing and Allrounder injection moulding machines, Arburg covers the entire industrial production spectrum.
With the Freeformer for additive manufacturing and Allrounder injection moulding machines, Arburg covers the entire industrial production spectrum.

The main focus of the fair, “Industrial Automation and IT”, combines two leading trade fairs, “Industrial Automation” and “Digital Factory”. In 2015, the “Additive Manufacturing Plaza” will be held for the first time as part of the “Digital Factory”, with exclusive partner Arburg, in a prominent position in Hall 7 of the exhibition centre. This special exhibit deals specifically with the use of additive processes in industrial production. Heinz Gaub, Arburg Managing Director Technology & Engineering, comments: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to present our Freeformer and the patented technology of Arburg Plastic Freeforming in this setting. Firstly, this confirms both the significance of our new industrial system for additive manufacturing and the individualisation of plastic parts as well as the importance of Arburg as a source of expertise in this future-oriented sector.”

Additive manufacturing generates more value from high-volume products
In collaboration with cooperation partners, Arburg demonstrates how, through additive manufacturing, mass-produced articles can be finished with plastics in such a way that manufacturers can generate added value from them. The objective of producing individual plastic parts on an industrial scale is presented by means of a process chain with Industry 4.0 technology. The items under production are “rocker-type light switches” from Gira, the renowned manufacturer of facility management systems.

The technology and expertise in the field of additive manufacturing and the injection moulding of high-volume products, as well as the networking of processes via a host computer system, all originate from Arburg. In addition to Gira (product design and mould construction), other project partners are Trumpf (lettering applied to parts by laser), Fuchs Engineering (quality checks) and Fpt Robotik (Automation).

The entire process chain, “development – production – application”, is demonstrated by means of individual process modules. The process steps commence with product design, followed by the recording of an order and injection moulding production, including lettering applied by laser, plus a quality check. This is followed by the main step of additive part individualisation. The process is rounded off by packaging and the demonstration of comprehensive traceability via a linked host computer.

The process modules in detail
The “Product design” station, which includes a CAD workstation and a Freeformer, shows the production of prototype parts.
The process chain for the production of the rocker-type light switches starts at a PC station where the individual orders are recorded and the visitor selects his own symbol/name combination.
The light switch basic body is series produced on an Allrounder injection moulding machine. This is part of an automated production cell, which also includes part inspection and code applied by laser. The laser-applied DM code enables the process and quality parameters of each moulded part to be retrieved online – in accordance with the individual part traceability required by Industry 4.0. Here, the Arburg host computer system plays a key role.
The Freeformer turns every rocker-type light switch into a unique item by applying the individual symbol/name combination in an additive process with plastics. As the next step, the finished products are placed in “their” packaging in a robotic cell. The packaging is conveyed inline to the process chain and the relevant rocker-type light switch is printed with the symbol/name combination and a QR code, which also enables the product parameters to be retrieved online.
Specialists are at hand to answer questions at every station of the process chain.