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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 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.

New event to focus on Manufacturing & Engineering in the North East

Taking place at the Metro Radio Arena in Newcastle on 8th-9th July 2015, Manufacturing & Engineering North East will showcase the region’s strengths and provide a platform for the local and national manufacturers, engineers and their suppliers to meet, learn, solve problems and develop business ideas.

The event will comprise three key elements covering the full range of design, production and manufacturing:
With keynotes from senior manufacturing and engineering professionals at leading brands across the aerospace, automotive, motorsport and electronics sectors, the Manufacturing & Engineering North East conference will provide delegates with powerful content spanning all areas of production, design and manufacturing management.
High quality practical workshops will also be taking place on both days. The workshop sessions will provide best practice learning and insight into the latest engineering and manufacturing techniques. Subjects covered will range from metrology and rapid prototyping, to factory floor automation and test and measurement.
“Ultimately, the event’s most fundamental aim is to champion the manufacturing industry in the region and offer professionals in the sector a comprehensive event focusing on their needs. I’m very pleased to report that the response has been phenomenal, with the exhibition space now completely sold out, over five months before the event takes place,” says show’s Executive Director, Ed Tranter.
Manufacturing & Engineering North East was created on the back of independent research and interviews with over 200 manufacturing and engineering decision makers from the North East.

Registration for the event is free for all qualifying professionals:

German machine tool industry puts in a notable finishing sprint for 2014

In the fourth quarter of 2014, order bookings in the German machine tool industry were up by an impressive 15 per cent compared to the final quarter of 2013, a steeper rise than expected. Orders from abroad rose by 24 per cent, while for the domestic market the figure was 1 per cent down on the preceding year’s equivalent result. For 2014 as a whole, there is a total plus of 4 per cent, with domestic orders up by 6 per cent, and orders from abroad by 4 per cent.

German machine tool industry puts in a notable finishing sprint for 2014
German machine tool industry puts in a notable finishing sprint for 2014

“So for the German machine tool industry, 2014 ended with a notable finishing sprint,” is how Dr. Wilfried Schäfer, Executive Director of the sectoral organisation VDW (German Machine Tool Builders’ Association) comments the result. The cause involved, following a mixed second half to the year, was a substantial plus in order bookings of 36 per cent in December. This very significant increase was attributable primarily to export business, which grew by 56 per cent. Domestic orders, meanwhile, with a modest increase of 3 per cent, stayed more or less static, compared with a strong reference month in the preceding year.

The increase in December was based not only on a few major projects, but additionally boosted by very sizeable projects from outside the Eurozone.In the year’s fourth quarter, the manufacturers of metal-cutting machine tools reported consistently good business, with a plus of 9 per cent, resulting primarily from export orders. Over the year as a whole, the orders for metal-cutting technology rose by 4 per cent, while forming technology orders, too, were up significantly in the year’s fourth quarter, by 33 per cent. In 2014 as a whole, order bookings for forming technology were up by 5 per cent.

Germany’s industrial sector is at present benefiting from falling energy prices, caused by the plummeting price of oil. The weak euro, moreover, is improving the price-competitiveness of capital goods abroad. For 2015, the German machine tool industry is anticipating a recovery in demand, from the domestic and export markets alike. “This means that the sector is well-positioned for 2015,” said the VDW’s Executive Director Schäfer.

Polydec set to relocate in 2015

To pave the way for growth, Polydec has acquired new industrial premises in Bienne. These much larger premises will enable the company to increase its production capacity.

Well-equiped industrial builgind for sale
Well-equiped industrial building for sale.

Due to the conversion, the relocation is planned for the end of 2015.
Located right next to a large well-known watchmaking group, the company’s former premises are perfectly placed and well-equipped for a bar turning workshop and are for sale.

More info available on the company’s website:

Polydec SA décolletage
Rue de Longeau 18
CH-2504 Biel/Bienne
Tel.: +41 32 344 10 00