Category Archives: Machines

When a micron is just mundane!

When one crosses the threshold of Phosa SA that products and brings to the market the honing machines branded Pemamo-Honing, it is better to change one’s measuring scale. What outside is considered as very precise (a few microns) becomes suddenly mundane once in the company. To understand how it is possible to play with the micron, we’ve met Alain Grimm, CEO of Phosa SA and we will dig into the company’s products and services in the next issue of Eurotec.

Lower cost production
Even if other means of production are getting closer and closer to honing in term of precision (turning or reaming for instance) it is not a free of charge trend! Always higher precision drives these technologies toward more and more difficulties. It is often clever to finish the parts in another way. Honing offers an interesting and inexpensive alternative to finish parts with a precision to which micron is big, with a perfect repetitiveness. As the same tool can be used in every kind of material, there is no trouble with tooling consumption. Surface finish created by turning let inevitably grooves on the part. Honing remove the weak points of that surface, transforming it into a pattern that is far better in term of lubrication.

Phosa SA indicates in the Pemamo-Honing brochure that one should not miss the benefits of their products. Would you like to know more?
Send an e-mail titled “Advantages” with your full coordinates to [email protected]

It was another incredible visit, this small company next to the road has nothing special outside, just one of the numerous industrial buildings alongside the lake. And you enter the door and… it is another world.
I was stunned! When you hear someone telling you “yes, we can adjust machining on the NC of our machines by increments of a tenth of a Micron”, it’s quite a shock.

Good day

Science at the service of machining

The Federal Polythechnic School of Zürich[1]offers a global service to the companies active in mechanics. With the help of Swiss industry, it created an entity with the aim to reunite science and industry. Its name: inspire.

Would you like to analyze tool weariness? Cutting parameters? You wonder how a product will become old? You need advices or help to manage complete processes? Inspire offers you that and far more. Appointment was organized with Lukas Weiss head of the machining department with inspire.

A pool of skills at your disposal

Inspire is merging science and day-to-day business in the machining area. It really marries science and technique. Company’s activities are split in three fields, machines, processes and methods. Within the industry a wide number of skills are needed only on demand and inspire offers its know-know as well as the necessary tools only when needed!

Who can actually work with inspire? Do we have to be part of huge international group to benefit from its services? Weiss’ answer cannot be clearer “nope! Inspire is a flexible structure for small and medium size companies. We’re often working in urgent problems solving and our reaction capacity is very important. But we are also at the disposal of companies for mandates related to R&D. With the methods used, results are achieved quicker, with less risk and more accuracy. Know-how is found, made available and shared at the right moment.”

A service for everyone

You’re facing some questions that needs more expertise? You would like to change or improve a process with that you’re not satisfied? A machining challenges your skills? Do not hesitate to contact inspire for a free discussion on how to benefit from their skills. As part of the ETHZ, inspire is partly financed by Swiss government and also has a public utility mission toward Swiss and European industries.

Lukas Weiss is waiting for your call.


AG für mechatronische Produktionssysteme und Fertigungstechnik

Lukas Weiss



Tannenstrasse 3

CH-8092 Zürich

Tel +41 44 632 83 06

Fax +41 44 632 11 59

[email protected]

Do not hesitate to contact Lucas, there are a lot to discover and benefit from.

Good day


[1] The Federal Polytechnic School of Zürich is a technical university located in Zürich, Switzerland. Its French name is EPFZ and its German name ETHZ. It’s sometimes nicknamed « ETH » or « Poly » according to its original name. ETHZ is considered as one of the leading universities in Europe in the field of chemic, physic and computer-science, according to the ratings of the Jiao-tong University of Shanghai, that ranks it fourth in Europe in 2008. It’s also well known in the German-speaking world.

Under the blade of a robot!

da Vinci® Robotic Surgical System relies on Swiss Precision. Key to winning the business: follow the golden rules of customer service! Ask questions. Listen to customer needs. Deliver quality product. Stand by your product. These are the golden rules of good customer service. And these are the reasons that Intuitive Surgical of Sunnyvale, California, manufacturer of the revolutionary da Vinci® surgical system, chooses to partner with Swiss Precision Machining, Inc., a Swiss-style machine shop based halfway across the country in Niles, Illinois.

What is the da Vinci surgical system?

Introduced in 1999, the da Vinci surgical system is being heralded as the future of surgery – it’s the most advanced platform for minimally invasive surgery today – and it’s re-writing accepted standards for surgical care. And, as it happens, many of the parts that are key to the system’s operation are Swiss type components!


Dropping da Vinci parts complete 30% Faster

Mike Haupers (Swiss Precision) got excited when he saw that he could machine one of his da Vinci parts on the Tornos 30% faster as he was producing them on his competitive brand machines. Haupers was cutting this particular part on two competitive machines. But when he saw that he could cut the part 30% faster on one Tornos machine – he was sold! “We were doing the da Vinci part in two halves. We wanted to consolidate it and drop it in one complete.”

Both Eurotec and decomagazine will cover this story in the near future. Stay tuned.

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Want to have more information on machining precision parts as described above, contact Tornos at or send your complete coordinates with Medical parts in the subject line to [email protected]

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What a fantastic world! Day after day I discover new stories that are so incredible!



Finished parts in one clamping

Who doesn’t know Schaublin Machines in Europe? Many professionals grew with a lathe labelled with this brand. Nowadays ten thousands of these machines are being used throughout the world. For many decades, the brand is closely linked with high quality and Swiss precision.

The company never stops innovating, on the communication field with its actions with Alinghi or in term of products. Schaublin Machines SA recently launched a new vertical machining center, the 51-5AX.

High-precision machining center

This completely new machine from the Schaublin Machines SA product range enables simultaneous 5-axis control for machining even complex workpieces in one setup. Thus, the machining time can be shortened considerably. “Precision”, “flexibility” and “long life” are the core principles of machine conception. Linear motion guides and ball screws have been generously dimensioned. The X, Y and Z axis anti-friction guides of 35 mm width enable feedrates of up to 30 m/min. The 5-axis rotary table is highly rigid and is made of annealed cast iron. Workpieces with a weight of up to 75 kg can be clamped on this table. This guarantees a consistently high machining precision.

The new 51-5AX is dedicated for automotive, optical, aerospace, micromechanics and medical and dental industries. Its wide range of possibilities to finish the parts allows users to be very competitive with a good return on investment.

I’ll come back later with some insights from Schaublin Machines SA. Stay tuned!

Good day


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Prodex, Basle (Switzerland) – Record number of visitors

The Prodex international trade fair for machine tools, tools and production measurement held from 18 to 22 November in the Basel Exhibition Centre can be described as a success. The 325 exhibitors, who are spread out over an area of about 20,000 square metres, and represent more than 900 suppliers, welcomed 28,195 trade visitors during the five days of the trade fair.

An impressive demonstration of the “real economy”
This issue of Prodex lived an increase of about 10% and a new record number of visitors for this industry event held for the fourth time! In view of the current economic conditions it is more than just a reasonable success.

Everywhere in the show people were saying that the general public medias are responsible for part of the crisis. Maybe a short vision of a wider problem, nevertheless that’s true that listening to radio -bad news, watchin telly -bad news or reading a newspaper -bad news is not the best was to feel confident about the future.

Industry leaders are confident, yes we’re living a downturn and so what? Let’s fight to be the best.

Good day


This is the first post on the new Eurotec’s blog

With this blog, I would like to keep you posted on the life of Eurotec and also to give you more than just the articles available on the magazine. The magazine is in three languages but the blog is in English only. If you need some information in French or German, the magazine is perfect.

There is already a lot of exciting things to come. I was in Midest in Paris and Prodex in Basle and there was a lot of new machines and features that will be detailed in the next issue. Want an example?

  • The new Schaublin 51-5AX that opens a wide new scope to mill parts till 240 mm diameter (and till 75 kg) with a superb ROI!
  • There is inspire, the company managed by ETH Zürich that offers a lot of possibilities to small and medium size companies to help them improve their processes (example).

..and a lot more besides.

I will come often here to post some news and information. Do not hesitate to come here often too!

I’m eager to inform you on European’s precision machining and micromechanics.

Pierre-Yves Kohler

Editor & Publisher