Medtec Europe 2017: Discover the Latest Trends & Innovations Advancing the Medical Technology Industry

Medtec Europe will once again provide over 7,000 attendees and more than 600 exhibitors from 70 countries the opportunity to share, learn, and discover opportunities and solutions that will advance the medical technology industry. Taking place 4 – 6 April 2017 at the Messe Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany, Medtec Europe is the preeminent medical technology platform showcasing the key trends and insights across the entire supply chain of the medical technology industry.

With a comprehensive agenda that captures the challenges and opportunities in the medical technology industry, and presentations from renowned industry experts, Medtec Europe 2017 will showcase ideas and innovations within:

Digitisation and eHealth: Seminars exploring the evolution of connected devices from wearable technologies to inter-connected healthcare systems will showcase how digital is now among the industry’s business drivers.

Medtec Meets Pharma: Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly looking to medical device manufacturers to provide added value to products in their portfolios. Key presentations will illustrate how these new partnerships are advancing and bringing success.

Innovation in Miniaturisation: Insights into the evolution of device miniaturisation will be shared, examining the drive in innovation while embedding safety, performance, and reliability.

Regulatory: With significant developments in multiple countries this past year, there are a number of questions facing the industry. Expert insights will provide an essential overview and understanding of best practice in compliance within this changing landscape.

In addition, there will be three first time features taking place at Medtec Europe 2017. On 5 April the first Medical Device Manufacturing Conference will take place, organised in partnership with the Fraunhofer IPA. This conference is specifically targeted at decision makers from R&D, medical engineers and product developers. Furthermore, the VDMA (Verband Deutscher Maschinen- und Anlagenbau, Mechanical Engineering Industry Association) will be holding the first VDMA Forum, a platform where exhibitors will promote their innovations in the form of short presentations. For the first time Medtec Meetings – powered by gomed2med, a new free online business match and meet service for visitors and exhibitors that makes automatic matches based on your business needs will be available. Medtec Europe will also once again be hosting the Start-up Academy, a unique networking programme that provides exhibitors an exclusive platform to share their ideas and learn more about opportunities for partnering and collaborating, forging new relationships that will help them develop their businesses for years to come.

“Medtec has a strategic focus on driving innovation and opportunity for the medical technology industry, with our events creating a compelling, interactive environment in which ideas can be shared, explored, and enhanced.” said Anne Schumacher, Brand Director, UBM. “Now in its 16th year, Medtec Europe 2017 will be an unmissable opportunity for exhibitors and visitors to gain hands on experience of the latest products and innovations, hear the latest trends and new  directions the industry is heading in, and discover opportunities to build their networks and drive their business  forward.”

For more information, and to register for Medtec Europe 2017 and the Medical Device Manufacturing Conference:

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Simulation Additive dans Vericut dévoilée lors de la réunion du groupe d’utilisateurs de CGTech

Les club d’utilisateur de Vericut (VUE) à Irvine était un succès avec des utilisateurs venus nombreux.  Le VUE d’Irvine a donné le coup d’envoi du  premier des 25 VUEs nord-américains où plusieurs innovations étaient ajoutées à la prochaine version de Vericut – le logiciel de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation des machines-outils à commande numérique CN de CGTech.

 
Pendant cet événement orienté autour des besoins clients, des sujets multiples ont été couverts. Les participants ont été sensiblement enthousiasmés quand à la nouvelle capacité de simulation de la fabrication additive qui fera partie de prochaine version  8,1 de Vericut.

 
« Les applications de fabrication additive sont sans limites pour les utilisateurs» précise Gene Granata, chef de produit de Vericut. «CGTech a toujours été à la pointe de l’innovation. Ajouter cette technologie de rupture à Vericut fournit une solution unique pour satisfaire les besoins de nos clients qui tirent profit du marché en pleine croissance de la fabrication additive. »

 
Avec de plus en plus d’utilisateurs qui adoptent la Fabrication Additive (FA) dans leurs opérations quotidiennes, l’opportunité d’ajouter cette nouvelle capacité dans Vericut est cruciale. La nouvelle capacité de FA dans Vericut V8.1 à simuler le même code CN qui pilotera la machine de commande numérique, permettra à des sociétés d’expérimenter virtuellement les  procédés additifs combinés aux procédés traditionnels « sous tractif » d’enlèvement matière afin de déterminer les méthodes de production « hybrides » optimales. «Ceci donne à nos clients un avantage concurrentiel pour créer, personnaliser, et/ou réparer des pièces, et dans les procédés, redéfinir les technologies de production actuelles, » commente Gene  Granata.

 
Pour s’inscrire aux trois prochain VUE qui se dérouleront en France: par téléphone au +33 (0)1 41 96 88 50 ou sous cgtech.com (liste de tous les VUE programmés).

 
Au sujet de CGTech
CGTech est le leader incontesté de la technologie des logiciels de simulation, de vérification et d’optimisation de machines CN. Depuis 1988, ses produits ont atteint le rang de standard des secteurs industriels, dont l’aérospatiale, l’automobile et les transports terrestres, le moule, les produits grand public, la production d’énergie et l’industrie lourde. Aujourd’hui, avec des bureaux en Europe et en Asie, et un réseau mondial de revendeurs, les logiciels CGTech sont utilisés par des entreprises de toutes dimensions, des universités, des écoles et des organismes gouvernementaux.

 www.cgtech.com

Turning Days 2017 wird von der Industrie im “Dreiländereck” in der Bodensee-Region akzeptie

Am 17. Februar 2017 endete die Fachmesse Turning Days in Friedrichshafen mit 4.550 Fachbesuchern. In die Besucherzahl wurden Berufsschulklassen, Presse und Institutionen nicht eingerechnet. Der Besucherrückgang von fast 20 Prozent war der Splittung des Besuchermarktes in enger räumlicher und zeitlicher Nähe stattfindenden Messen geschuldet.

Gemischte Gefühle bei den Ausstellern
Große Einigkeit herrschte, dass der neue Standort auch viele neue Fachbesucher mit sich brachte. “Wir haben viele gute neue Kontakte erhalten, viele davon aus Oberschwaben und Allgäu mit konkreten Aufträgen, alleine deswegen hat sich die Messe für uns gelohnt” zieht Carola Prinzbach-Eble von Prinzbach Sonderwerkzeuge Resumée.

Bis Nachmittag waren die Hallen gut mit Fachbesuchern gefüllt; es zeigte sich aber, dass die berühmte “dritte Besucher-Welle” ausblieb. Viele Fachbesucher des “Heubergs” kamen in der Vergangenheit noch kurz auf ein “Feierabend Bierchen” bei den Ausstellern vorbei, doch der neue Standort Bodensee ist hierfür zu weit entfernt. So begrüßten die Aussteller zwar Turning Days “Stammgäste” als Unternehmen in nahezu gleicher Anzahl in Friedrichshafen, jedoch in geringerer “Besetzung”. Die vom Veranstalter angebotenen Busshuttles wurden leider nicht sehr intensiv genutzt. Rege Diskussionen unter den Ausstellern und gut gemeinte Lösungsvorschläge an den Veranstalter waren die Folge. Trotzdem; “Ich habe alle meine Kunden aus den vergangenen Messejahren auf dem Stand gehabt, allerdings eher gezielt die Entscheiderebene” meint Wolfgang Gross, Betriebsleiter bei Kraft & Bauer Brandschutzsysteme.

Zufriedene Besucher
Laut Besucherumfrage waren 93 Prozent der Fachbesucher mit dem Serviceangebot, Erreichbarkeit und der Hallenstruktur zufrieden und 87 Prozent würden Kollegen und Freunden den Besuch der diesjährigen Fachmesse empfehlen. Ca. 20 Prozent der Turning Days Besucher kamen aus dem Ausland, im Schwerpunkt selbstverständlich aus Schweiz, Österreich und Italien.

Joachim Schröder, Leiter Vertrieb bei BASS Gewindetechnik: “Für uns bleibt die Turning Days die beste Fachmesse der Branche. Entscheidungsträger, insbesondere aus der Schweiz, kamen auf unseren Stand und wir konnten intensive Gespräche führen. Insbesondere freut es uns dieses Jahr, dass die Besucher die sehr tolle Messeatmosphäre so gelobt haben. Auch die Werbung war im Vorfeld gut und die Turning Days waren positiv im Gespräch.”

Highlight “Zukunftsfabrik”
Gut besuchtes Highlight der Fachmesse war die Zukunftsfabrik, die in bisher nicht präsentierter Art und Weise das Thema 4.0 für den Mittelstand praxisnahe und vernetzte Produktion in Echtzeitbetrieb dargestellt hat. Moderation und Konzept hatte Herr Prof. Dr. Mike Barth (von der Hochschule Pforzheim) übernommen. “Die ausgewogene Mischung aus Front-End-Forschung und industrieller Praxis hat überzeugt. Mit durchweg sehr gut besuchten Vortrags-Sessions konnte eine rege und spannende Diskussion über das Thema Industrie 4.0 geführt werden. Digitale Geschäftsmodelle bewegen nun auch kleine und mittlere Unternehmen.”

Die Umsetzung und technische Koordination hatte das Unternehmen Gewatec Systemlösungen mit großem Engagement übernommen. Christian Fritz von Gewatec ist begeistert und auch ein klein wenig erleichtert. “Die Zukunftsfabrik war auch für uns ein großes Wagnis. Und es zeigt die Effizienz der digitalen Vernetzung, denn wir haben es geschafft vorher nicht miteinander bekannte Maschinen und Werkzeuge in kürzester Zeit kommunizieren und sogar produzieren zu lassen. Das war eine beachtliche Leistung aller Beteiligten”.

 
Hausaufgaben für den Veranstalter und Ausstellerbeirat
“Wir sind zwar überzeugt davon, dass wir gemeinsam mit dem Beirat die richtige Entscheidung mit dem Standort Friedrichshafen getroffen haben, trotzdem ist die gegenwärtige Situation im Hinblick auf die räumliche und zeitliche Dichte von Messen nicht zufrieden stellend. Hier werden wir alles tun, um dem Beirat in absehbarer Zeit konkrete Lösungsvorschläge zu unterbreiten.” so Dirk Spahn, der die Turning Days seit ihrem Beginn begleitet.

Auch das Datum und unsere Öffnungszeiten stehen zur Disposition Gut getan hat das viele Lob von Maschinenherstellern und Werkzeuganbietern, diese Bereiche werden weiter ausgebaut. “Letztendlich geht es ja um den Spagat, unsere jahrelangen “Stammgäste” keinesfalls zu verlieren und gleichzeitig neue Fachbesucher und Partner für unsere Aussteller zu gewinnen. Beides ist gleichwertig zu betrachten, aber selbstkritisch müssen wir feststellen, dass Ersteres nur teilweise gelungen ist. Hier sehe ich die Hauptaufgabe, denn aus den umliegenden Regionen in D / A / CH wird uns aus der Wirtschaft großes Interesse signalisiert, hier werden wir gemeinsam unseren Weg machen.” so Dirk Spahn weiter.

Neuer Termin in 2019
Die Turning Days werden in 2019 im Zeitraum Ende Februar bis Ende Mai in Friedrichshafen stattfinden. Der genaue Termin wird in Absprache mit der Messegesellschaft vor Ort in Kürze veröffentlicht.

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EuroBLECH Exhibition Survey: EU countries remain key markets for the sheet metal working industry

EuroBLECH 2016, held in autumn last year, was regarded as highly successful by the international sheet metal working industry. One of the main themes at the 24th International Sheet Metal Working Technology Exhibition was the overall trend for digitisation and automation of production processes. The innovative spirit in the industry sector led to a 2% increase in net exhibition space and visitor numbers compared to the previous event. 

The exhibition survey results  which have just been completed, confirm both the exhibition’s renowned standing within the international sheet metal working industry and its position as the leading industry event. Furthermore, the survey shows some important industry trends on markets and the economic situation of the industry sector.

 
Exhibitors assessed the economic situation of the sheet metal working industry as much more favourable than two years ago. In the exhibitor survey almost 70% of the German exhibitors and some 40% of the exhibitors from outside Germany rated the current economic situation as positive; an increase by 6% and 5% respectively compared to the previous event.

 
According to the exhibitor survey, the main reasons for exhibiting were to attract new customers and approach new markets. Major target markets for manufacturers and providers of sheet metal working machines and solutions were the EU-countries, in particular Germany, followed by other European countries, Asia and the Americas. When asked about key future markets, exhibitors referred to Germany, the USA, China, Russia and Poland.
International business activities are, therefore, a major focus for the sheet metal working industry. With its high degree in international attendance, EuroBLECH 2016 reflected the importance of global business contacts: 54% of exhibitors and 39% of visitors were from outside Germany; an all-time record.

 
Major increases in visitor numbers were registered from EU countries other than Germany  (+11%) and from Asia (+46%). Visitor numbers from the Americas had in contrast decreased by a quarter. There were some shifts with regards to the top visitor countries: Italy regained its 3rd place in the list of top visitor countries, after Germany and the Netherlands. While Turkey and the USA had slightly dropped behind, Romania is listed within the top 15 visitor countries for the first time and India is also back again in this ranking.

 
According to the visitor survey a great majority of all visitors to the show are highly qualified and have decision-making and buying capacity: 84% of visitors at EuroBLECH 2016 were decision-makers or involved in the buying process and almost half of all visitors (45%) came to Hanover with concrete investment plans.  From outside Germany, the percentage of visitors with the definite intention of buying was even higher (57%). There was an even split between first time visitors and regular visitors. A total of 28% of visitors to EuroBLECH 2016 indicated in the exhibition survey that they were not attending any other exhibition.

 
Exhibitors and visitors gave excellent feedback on the show overall, the organisation, the marketing and the venue. Three quarters of all exhibitors already confirmed on- site that they intended to exhibit again at the next show.

 
The exhibition survey revealed that three quarters of all exhibitors and visitors preferred a show duration from Tuesday to Friday. EuroBLECH 2018 will, therefore, be held from 23 – 26 October 2018.

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Okuma Europe hosts successful aerospace-themed open house

CNC machine tools manufacturer Okuma welcomed 200 international customers from the aerospace industry to their Aerospace Centre of Excellence (ACE) in Paris this February. The open house included live machining of aerospace components using the latest technologies, such as a newly developed swarf milling function for difficult-to-cut materials.

In keeping with the company’s strong Industry 4.0-focus, all of the machines on display were network-connected to mimic production in a smart-factory. Okuma will demonstrate additional aerospace solutions during a dedicated Lunch & Learn event in the Paris ACE to complement their Paris Air Show presence (June 19 -June 25).

Okuma’s three Aerospace Centres of Excellence in Japan, the USA and Paris are dedicated to provide cutting-edge machining solutions for the industry as well as a proving and testing ground for aerospace manufacturers around the world. During the open house at Okuma’s Paris Aerospace Centre of Excellence, Okuma illustrated their approach to cutting aerospace components live on their extensive fleet of machines. To integrate Okuma products into an IIoT-based production environment, each machine status was trackable via a central monitor.

Comprehensive machining expertise
Workpieces included turbine discs and aluminium impellers as well as parts made from difficult-to-cut materials, such as titanium blisks machined on Okuma’s 5-axis machining centre MU-6300V. To meet even the highest machining demands, Okuma has partnered with other renowned industry experts. A new swarf milling technology was developed in cooperation with Mitsubishi Materials Corporation, whose line of barrel tools was especially designed for machining aerospace components. CAM solutions developer Open Mind presented their latest production solutions for the aerospace industry. The performance package hyperMILL MAXX Machining includes three modules for efficient roughing, finishing and drilling. The roughing module offers numerous cycles for milling in trochoidal tool paths, resulting in fast and reliable HPC machining. With the innovative CAM strategy “5axis tangent plane machining” time savings of up to 90 percent can be achieved.

By utilising Sandvik Coromant’s InvoMilling 1.0 software, Okuma’s intelligent multitasking machine MULTUS U3000 proved to be on par with dedicated gear cutting machines, machining spur gears and a variety of different gear profiles on-site.

While cutting an aluminium flat track on an Okuma horizontal machining centre MB-4000H, tool monitoring control TMAC by Blum Novotest was shown to monitor the machine’s spindle, ensuring process efficiency and security. Okuma also employed a roughness gauging touch probe by Blum in their machining demonstrations. Zoller displayed their state-of-the-art measuring devices for superior precision in aerospace machining.

Intelligent Technology for aerospace machining
Among the demonstrations of Okuma’s line of Intelligent Technology applications, the threading function Machining Navi T-g was used to machine threaded drive shafts on Okuma’s LB3000 EX II lathe. The manufacturer’s 5-Axis Auto Tuning System was shown to provide highly accurate on-site tuning even when cutting demanding materials such as titanium.

Over the course of three days, Okuma welcomed 200 guests from all over Europe to see their latest aerospace machining solutions in action. One-on-one discussions with the Okuma experts and their partners rounded off the event.

www.okuma.eu

Sigmasoft® reduces trial-and-error and pushes innovative processes

Sigma Engineering exhibits for the first time with their own booth at MECSPE in Parma, Italy. It takes this opportunity to introduce its Sigmasoft® Virtual Molding technology to a broad public and to widen its activities in the Italian market. The technology helps to optimize existing injection molding tools and processes as well as to virtually test innovative processing and tooling concepts.


Fig: The mold and complete process for the 2-component LSR egg cup were calculated upfront in Sigmasoft®  

Finding Ideal Set-Ups and Innovative Concepts
Between March 23rd and 25th, 2017, Sigma Engineering GmbH from Aachen, Germany, showcases its Sigmasoft® Virtual Molding technology at MECSPE, Parma. In Pad.6 at booth B50 the interested public has the opportunity to learn more about how Sigmasoft® supports the complete process development of injection molding processes. From the first design over the evaluation of different tooling concepts up to the ideal process set up on the machine, the simulation software helps its users to find the ideal solution. As Sigmasoft® works as a virtual injection molding machine different set-ups or new concepts are tested risk free on the computer. Thus, molders not only skip time and cost intensive trial-and-error on the machine, but also save resources and make their processes more profitable.

 
By reference to different practical examples, typical questions of elastomer, thermoplast, thermoset and Powder Injection Molding processes are answered by the Sigma team. Moreover the examples help to visualize the software’s potential for the visitors, especially in the fields of design, mold making and part production.

 
However, Sigmasoft® not only supports the optimization and improvement of classical injection molding processes, it also allows its users to safely try innovative processing and tooling concepts. The two-component egg cup, also an example from K show, highlights these possibilities for LSR applications. With Elmet Elastomere Produktions- und Dienstleistungs-GmbH and Momentive Performance Materials Inc., Sigma helped to realize a LSR on LSR application with an existing 1-component machine by the help of an adaptable unit. With Sigmasoft® Virtual Molding the practicability of different combinations of material, mold, machine and process was safely tested on the computer until the optimum solution was found.

 
Collaboration with MESGO
To improve the simulation results and to provide a wide variety of materials in their database, Sigma always seeks strong partnerships with material suppliers. One of these partners is the well-established compounder Mesgo group. To even further aid their customers during the development of new processes they measured three of their most popular silicone rubber compounds to make them available for a Sigmasoft® Virtual Molding analysis. With the next major release of Sigmasoft® its database will include one fluoro-silicone rubber and two silicone rubber compounds.

www.sigmasoft.de

CECIMO commits to contribute to a new european industrial strategy

Mr Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO and Managing Director of Galdabini SPA, was one of the renowned panellist at the first European Industry Day that took place on 28 February 2017. He supported SMEs’ view and reported the challenges that the industry faces accessing new technologies. This intervention was in line with the “Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy” signed by 125 European manufacturing associations, which calls the European Institutions to define and implement an ambitious European industrial strategy.

CECIMO voices the needs of manufacturing SMEs in the First European Industry Day
CECIMO welcomes the first European Industry Day that was organized by the European Commission and saw the participation of high-level policy makers, including Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, and Commissioners Elżbieta Bieńkowska and Carlos Moedas. The event brought together hundreds of stakeholders from across Europe to discuss issues of high importance for the European industrialists.

The European machine tool industry was represented by Mr Luigi Galdabini, President of CECIMO and Managing Director of Galdabini SPA in the European Industry Day. As debater in the high-level panel on SME access to technologies, Mr Galdabini highlighted that cross-border collaboration between machine tool builders and technology centres is essential, but severe bottlenecks, hampering the competitiveness of industry, exist. “If European machine tool builders want to keep up with market trends, they need to be increasingly agile, develop new solutions that match the changing needs of machine tool users, and focus on incremental innovation, offering continuously improved goods and services to customers. Consequently, technology centres spread across Europe can join forces with manufacturing SMEs and help them in responding to these evolving demands. At strategic level, MT builders need more policy instruments that foster the link between research and business, and they also call for incentives, which underpin cross-border collaboration in Europe and support the internationalisation of manufacturing SMEs” added Mr Galdabini.

Joint Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy
CECIMO and other 124 European manufacturing associations launched a week ago a Joint-Declaration that calls the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Competitiveness Council to define and implement an ambitious and coordinated European industrial strategy. “CECIMO finds very positive that the European Commission organises the first European Industry Day. Nevertheless, to safeguard the world leadership of European manufacturers and jobs in Europe, the Commission needs to follow up what stakeholders have been voicing and to come up with a comprehensive action plan focusing on the strengths of our businesses” stated Mr Filip Geerts, CECIMO Director General.

The Joint-Declaration for an ambitious EU industrial strategy highlights that, while competitors from across the world puts industry at the very top of their political agendas, develop and implement well-thought strategies, the EU falls behind its industrial policy targets. “There has been no better time to reaffirm Europe’s commitment to manufacturing, innovation and jobs. European associations representing 125 manufacturing sectors are ready to offer their cooperation to the European Institutions” points out Mr Geerts.

About CECIMO
CECIMO is the European Association of the Machine Tool Industries. We bring together 15 national associations of machine tool builders, which represent approximately 1500 industrial enterprises in Europe (EU + EFTA + Turkey), over 80% of which are SMEs. CECIMO covers 98% of the total machine tool production in Europe and about 39% worldwide. It accounts for more than 150,000 employees and a turnover of nearly €24 billion in 2015. More than three quarters of CECIMO production is shipped abroad, whereas half of it is exported outside Europe.

www.cecimo.eu