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Meusburger – E 15581 Hollow round sections made from heavy-duty PUR

Meusburger is the leading manufacturer in the field of high-precision standard parts. Thousands of customers all over the world make use of the numerous advantages of standardisation and benefit from the company’s over 50-year-experience in working with steel. Offering an extensive range of standard parts, combined with high-grade products in the field of workshop equipment, Meusburger is a global partner for tool and mould making.

NEW at Meusburger – E 15581 Hollow round sections made from heavy-duty PUR
NEW at Meusburger – E 15581 Hollow round sections made from heavy-duty PUR

Meusburger has extended its range of E 1558 elastomer springs with E 15581 Hollow round sections with hardness 90 Shore A.

These are made from heavy-duty Polyurethane rubber (PUR) and ideal for making springs in application-specific lengths, damping discs or machine elements. Other characteristics of the E 15581 are their long life and their high fracture and abrasion resistance.

Trouble-free groove milling

The new CoroMill QD groove milling concept from Sandvik Coromant features internal coolant and dedicated insert geometries for milling with high process security.

CoroMill® QD groove milling concept
CoroMill® QD groove milling concept

The main challenge in groove milling is often chip evacuation. Chip issues often harm production efficiency, lower component quality or cause tool breakage, especially when machining narrow and deep grooves. Dedicated for groove milling and parting off operations, CoroMill QD takes care of chip issues with optimized geometries and the unique internal coolant solution. The chips are deformed by the insert geometry to a more narrow shape than the groove and then flushed out by the coolant. Combined with long and predictable tool life, this makes CoroMill QD a reliable solution for secure and trouble-free production processes.

Complementing the new cutters is a wide range of new adaptors. These adaptors enable use of CoroMill QD cutters regardless of whether the preferred machines are small- to medium-sized machining centres, large machining centres or multi-task machines. Silent Tools™ adaptors are available for long overhang machining.

The internal coolant is based on a four-channel delivery solution from the adaptors to the cutter. By implementing this solution on the new adaptors for CoroMill QD, coolant delivery into the groove is achieved.

AMB 2016 – Registration has started

AMB, the international exhibition for metal working, was a huge success in 2014. For over 80 per cent of AMB exhibitors, it was clear that they want to take part again in 2016 – including many domestic and global market leaders.

Trade fair covers all core and future themes for metal working
Trade fair covers all core and future themes for metal working

A tremendous declaration of loyalty to AMB, which will take place over five days, from 13 to 17 September 2016, in Stuttgart. “The overwhelming demand stresses the character of AMB as the leading trade fair, which in even-numbered years takes pole position in Germany,” says Gunnar Mey, Manager of the Industry department. “With our new hall, which will be completed by 2018, we have set a clear signal for the further expansion of AMB.”

The focus in 2016 will be on novelties and innovations

Current themes, such as improved efficiency, Industry 4.0, increasing intelligence in the machine periphery and possibilities with regard to simulating the machining processes, will be the centre of interest. An attractive accompanying programme with awards for the “Lathe operator of the year”, the “Special show for young people” and the “European MINT Convention” will be additional crowd pullers. The integrated concept of AMB, which takes place in the heart of Germany’s top region for the machine tool and precision tool industry, last year broke new records: With 1,357 exhibitors in nine booked-up halls covering a total area of 109,000 square meters, and over 90,000 visitors, of whom 15% came from abroad,

AMB has clearly established itself as the leading trade fair in Europe and the number one in Germany in each even-numbered year. Registration has begun. “Everyone submitting their documents by 30 June 2015 can expect to take part in AMB 2016,” says Gunnar Mey. The allocation of floor space will start in September.

With AMB China, Messe Stuttgart is further emphasising its international character. AMB China will be taking place for the fifth time from 19 to 22 October 2015 in Nanjing. Last year, AMB China had over 250 exhibitors, of whom 76 came from
abroad, and over 11,000 visitors.

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.