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FAJI SA dope son Conseil d’Administration

Assez peu connue sous son nom, FAJI SA est responsable de deux projets d’importance sur l’Arc jurassien, en Suisse et même plus largement : Le SIAMS, salon de l’ensemble de la chaîne de production des microtechniques et #bepog, le programme de valorisation des métiers techniques. Les récents changements au sein du conseil d’administration nous donnent l’occasion de présenter cette institution.

L’édition 2018 du SIAMS s’annonce sous les meilleurs auspices

Société anonyme reconnue d’utilité publique, FAJI SA travaille activement à la promotion de l’industrie de l’Arc jurassien et à la valorisation des métiers techniques sans lesquels notre industrie régionale ne pourrait vivre. FAJI SA est constituée de deux actionnaires : la Fondation FAJI (FAJI signifiant d’ailleurs Fondation Arc Jurassien Industrie) à 90% et la Chambre d’économie publique du Jura bernois.

Une fondation en soutien
La Fondation, qui a été mise en place en 2007 par des acteurs économiques majeurs des cantons de Neuchâtel, Berne et Jura sous l’égide de Maître François Frôté, avait pour but de pérenniser le SIAMS. Aujourd’hui la stratégie de la Fondation et de la société anonyme est la même et la SA est le bras opérationnel de la Fondation.

Une stratégie bien définie
La stratégie de FAJI SA est de fédérer les industries de l’Arc jurassien autour de projets régionaux afin de répondre aux véritables besoins industriels de cette région. Cette stratégie s’articule principalement sur quatre piliers : la promotion industrielle (avec SIAMS), la formation professionnelle (avec #bepog), l’innovation (avec différentes participations à des projets) et les relais politiques nécessaires au développement de ces projets.

Des changements au sein du Conseil d’administration
Deux membres du Conseil d’administration ont souhaité passer la main après de nombreuses années de loyaux services. Il s’agit de MM. Richard Vaucher, président de la CEP, et Philippe Scemama, président de LNS, qui ont été chaleureusement remerciés pour leur engagement. Précédemment, c’est M. Francis Koller, directeur émérite du SIAMS, qui avait quitté les rangs du Conseil. Afin de compléter les effectifs de ce dernier en mettant l’accent sur une collaboration intercantonale apte à fédérer les forces de l’Arc jurassien tout en étant pluridisciplinaire, quatre nouveaux administrateurs ont été nommés en les personnes de Mme Danielle Ackermann, directrice du CAAJ à Moutier, MM. François Steulet, fondateur de Productec et directeur de LogicNum, Maxime Cuenot, directeur financier de Patrick Métal et Jacques Schnyder, directeur de Sylvac. M. Raymond Stauffer garde la présidence, et MM. Denis Grisel, ancien directeur de la promotion économique du Canton de Berne, Vincent Schaller, directeur d’Applitec et Olivier Haegeli, directeur de Willemin-Macodel, conservent leur fauteuil.

Raymond Stauffer relève que la composition du conseil réunit ainsi des compétences tant au niveau de l’industrie que de la formation, domaines qui sont des piliers stratégiques de FAJI SA. Les objectifs communs, synthétisés par le SIAMS et #bepog, sont d’ailleurs étroitement liés.

Le SIAMS veut rester une référence…
Le succès du SIAMS est indéniable : La prochaine édition s’annonce quasiment complète 7 mois avant son ouverture ! L’aspect opérationnel est sur de bons rails et de nombreuses innovations seront communiquées prochainement. Par ailleurs, les organisateurs cherchent également à développer d’autres activités autour de ce salon, sous l’égide du « Club SIAMS » par exemple, afin que ces rendez-vous prennent une place incontournable dans le calendrier des industriels. En collaboration avec la direction, le Conseil devra également porter ses réflexions sur le SIAMS du futur: à l’ère d’internet et des robots intelligents, comment le salon se réinventera-t-il pour garder une place de choix ?

… et #bepog veut devenir une référence
Le programme de valorisation des métiers techniques #bepog se développe bien, mais ici également le Conseil a l’intention de s’impliquer pour lui permettre de devenir pérenne à long terme. Avec plus de 2’000 enfants ayant participé à des activités et près de 300 enseignants et spécialistes de l’orientation touchés, le programme #bepog a bien démarré. Il est toutefois important de poursuivre et d’intensifier les efforts car les métiers techniques seront toujours en danger de manque de main d’œuvre qualifiée dans les années à venir.

La continuité dans l’amélioration
Laurence Gygax, responsable clientèle SIAMS et Pierre-Yves Kohler, directeur ainsi que l’équipe de FAJI SA et ses sous-traitants sont plus que jamais déterminés à développer et améliorer leurs actions. Le renforcement du conseil d’administration est perçu comme une opportunité d’être toujours plus au service des clients que sont les jeunes et les PME.

www.faji.ch

Solid carbide drill with TiAIN coating

For all Force X products, the new generation of solid carbide multi-application drills from Dormer Pramet, CTW (Continuously Thinned Web) technology is now being deployed. It offers a very strong web design, which is said to reduce the thrust requirements and thus increase the tool life.


More productively in action: the new Force X range offers both solid and coolant feed options to improve cutting efficiency and swarf evacuation.

As the exhibitors explain, the drills all feature a consistent edge preparation, protecting the cutting area and preventing premature chipping and flaking. A strong corner design across the range also increases stability and reduces the forces encountered when exiting the workpiece. Retaining their Titanium Aluminum Nitride (TiAlN) coating, all drills continue to be suitable for use across a wide range of machines and materials, such as stainless steel, alloy steels, cast iron and non-ferrous materials. This is claimed to make the Force X range an ideal choice for general engineering and sub-contract environments. The micro-grain carbide substrate, in conjunction with the TiAlN coating, provides high wear resistance and increased tool life, while the 140° split point geometry enables precise centering capabilities and low thrust forces.

www.dormerpramet.com

High-performing transfer machine

The TFL 400 rotary transfer machine has been designed for a large production volume.

The TFL 400 features a three-position revolving tool change system, is equipped with a HSK 63 taper and can also be equipped to house facing heads as well. It is described as highly reliable and capable of changing the tool without chip or coolant contamination from adjacent machining units. Available with six to twelve work stations, whereby one or two of them can be used to load and unload workpieces, the transfer machine features a rotary table that ranges from 2,000 to 2,400 mm in diameter according to the number of stations. It is fitted with a rotating clamping fixture for each station, with an innovative rotation system that ensures faster rotation times than the direct-drive solution. In addition, as the Italian exhibitors point out, maximum positioning accuracy and stiffness during machining is effectively ensured through a triple Hirth coupling. Its excellent reliability and performance is said to make the TFL 400 a technologically more advanced machine in comparison to the competition available during recent years.

www.riellosistemi.it

CECIMO announces its International Conference on Additive Manufacturing during EMO Hannover

The additive manufacturing (AM) industry is thriving. The global value of the AM market is expected to triple between 2004 and 2018, and hit 17.9 bn EUR by 2021.

Applications in the aerospace and medical sectors have reached already industrial series production, while industries like the automotive are moving beyond prototyping functionalities. Innovation is spanning across the entire value chain, as new developments characterize materials supply, machine manufacturing, software equipment and services provision.

The International Conference on Additive Manufacturing organized by CECIMO at EMO Hannover 2017 aims to highlight some of the most relevant innovations. Taking place on 21 September 2017 from 09:45 to 12:30, the event will showcase the ambitious objective of initiatives such as KRAKEN, an EU project aiming to create a multi-material, hybrid and automated machine for a fast and cost-effective production of components up to 20 meters long. The conference will also give insights into new machine manufacturers’ initiatives to boost knowledge and confidence in AM technology among end-users, as well as new solutions in the CAM environment for hybrid manufacturing.

Confirmed speakers at the conference are Güngör Kara (Director of Global Application and Consulting at EOS GmbH), Steve Youngs (Development Director at VERO Software Ltd), Marc Saunders (Director of Global Solutions Centres at Renishaw plc), José Antonio Dieste (Head of the Mechatronic Department at AITIIP and Senior Mechanical Engineer) and Coen De Graaf (Project Leader Vanguard Initiative, South-Netherlands). More information and the link to registration can be found on the event page:

http://www.cecimo.eu/site/additive-manufacturing/international-conference-on-additive-manufacturing-at-emo/

Complex 3D components with powder nozzle or in a powder bed

DMG Mori will be highlighting key generative production processes. The company sees itself as a complete supplier both for the additive manufacturing of metal components and in post-processing.

With the Lasertec 3D and Lasertec SLM series, DMG Mori is setting  itself up as a full-line provider in the additive manufacturing. DMG Mori points out that it is successful on the market in additive manufacturing with laser deposition welding using a powder nozzle. Selective laser melting in a powder bed is now expanding the product portfolio. As the company explains, it is demonstrating its integral competence by bringing together the key generative manufacturing processes under one roof and sees itself as a full-line provider in both the additive manufacturing of metallic components and in post-processing. The Lasertec 3D and SLM series are considered the cornerstones of the strategic orientation in this future technology. Whereas the Lasertec 3D hybrid successfully combines laser deposition welding by means of powder nozzle and five-axis milling, the Lasertec SLM series stands for selective laser melting in a powder bed. Both technologies are said to complement each other ideally in the product range. According to the manufacturers, they attach particular importance to the powder bed process, which has a market share of 80 percent where the additive manufacturing of metallic components is concerned. The latest innovation stages of the two processes will be presented at EMO Hannover 2017, integrated in continuous process chains.

www.dmgmori.com

Powerful solution for three- to five-axis precision machining

With the Picomax 75, Fehlmann announces a powerful solution for three- to five-axis machining. The machine construction, the Z-axis travel, the geometry and the control unit are designed for five-axis operation with the company’s dividing and swiveling units.

The robust Picomax 75 is designed to increase efficiency wherever the highest precision and highest machining performance are called for.

Up to five axes are fully integrated in the control system. This combination is said to ensure optimum access and precision in five-, four- and three-axis machining. The Picomax 75 can also be ordered as a pure three-axis milling machine, whereby fourth and fifth axes can be retrofitted if required at any time. As is pointed out, the machine is easily accessible from the front, also in combination with the optionally available automatic parts handling.

At EMO Hannover 2017 the exhibit will be equipped with a six-axis articulated-arm robot to enable the handling of blanks without pallets. Thanks to the automatic, flexible re-clamping of parts by the robot, an all-over machining of workpieces is possible without operator intervention. Workpieces can be produced with fully automated manufacturing and emerge completely finished from the machining process.

www.fehlmann.com

Tornos continues to perform well

The Tornos Group performed very well in the first half of 2017. After a somewhat sluggish start to the year, demand for all product lines picked up significantly in every region from March onwards.

The Tornos Group improved all the key business figures in the half-year financial statements markedly. Order intake for the first half of 2017 was up by a total of around 65% on the figure for the equivalent prior-year period (and even by 98% in the machines business), the backlog rose by around 75% compared with the end of 2016, and net sales were also considerably higher than in the same period of the previous year. Tornos is back in profit with EBIT of CHF 1.7 million and a net result of CHF 0.3 million. The Group expects the annual financial statements to show positive EBIT and a positive net result. In the first half of 2017, the Tornos Group posted total net sales of CHF 82.1 million (first half of 2016: CHF 69.8 million, +17.5%) and order intake of CHF 103.2 million (first half of 2016: CHF 62.6 million, +64.7%). In the machines business, Tornos even managed to increase order intake by 98%. The operating result (EBIT) for the first half of 2017 came to CHF 1.7 million (first half of 2016: CHF -2.4 million), and the net result was CHF 0.3 million (first half of 2016: CHF – 3.5 million).

In the first half of 2017 the Tornos Group generated positive free cash flow of CHF 10.1 million, thanks partly to a substantial reduction in net working capital since the start of the year. The Group had experienced a cash drain of CHF 9.1 million in the first half of 2016. The number of people employed by the Tornos Group (in full-time equivalents) rose slightly, from 631 at the end of 2016 to 641 at the end of June 2017.

 
Market position improves considerably
Streamlining and expanding the product range enabled the Tornos Group to strengthen its position considerably in the various market segments and regions in the first half of 2017. Order intake improved markedly in all regions. During the past year, the automotive industry – the most important market for Tornos – suffered from uncertainties and great reluctance to invest. Confidence returned to this market in the first few months of 2017 and demand for capital goods increased sharply, especially in the higher-price segment. The market segments of medical and dental technology and electronics also saw demand for high-value capital goods increase significantly in the first half of 2017. It is only in the watchmaking industry that no turnaround has yet been perceived.

 
Demand for high-end products rises strongly
Having already boosted sales of machines in the medium-price segment in the second half of 2016, the Tornos Group achieved very gratifying sales in the highend multispindle segment in the first half of 2017. This was largely attributable to the newly launched MultiSwiss models, which can be used for manufacturing parts with a diameter of up to 32 millimetres. In June 2017, Tornos delivered the 200th machine from the MultiSwiss range, which was launched in 2011. Tornos also intends to add extremely innovative high-end machines to its Swisstype automatic lathe (single-spindle) product range. These will be unveiled to an interested specialist audience at EMO Hannover, the industry’s leading trade show, in September 2017.

 
Systematic implementation of the flexibility strategy
As part of its flexibility strategy, the Tornos Group began outsourcing a substantial portion of component manufacture to third parties at the beginning of 2015 via targeted global supply chain management. These activities will be stepped up in the second half of 2017. At the same time, the Tornos Group will invest in ultra-modern manufacturing technologies in order to be able to produce its key components and small series more efficiently.

 
Outlook for the second half of the year
The overall economic prospects and the forecasts for the Swiss mechanical engineering industry are all positive for the second half of the year. Thanks to its streamlined product range which is ideally tailored to the needs of its customers, Tornos is well equipped to continue to benefit from the revival in demand in the core markets. The Group also expects positive EBIT and a positive net result for
the 2017 business year.

www.tornos.com