Category Archives: MIM

Incredible novelties just unveiled

On this EMO’s eve the companies active in our field are busy preparing their product launches in Hannover and indeed we have some news for our readers.

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Innovation is more than ever bringing distinctive assets to companies active in microtechnology. In Eurotec’s latest issue you will be able to discover many of those in premiere:


  • Almac – Complete new product range
  • Hermle – Combining MIM and machining
  • Humard Automation – High precision turning machine designed by users
  • Kern – Hard materials high speed machining
  • Mikron – Transfer machine to another level
  • Rollomatic – For the first time a laser machine with Rollomatic’s features
  • Schaublin Machines  – To turn and grind with the same machine
  • Tornos – EvoDeco for large diameters
  • Willemin-Macodel  – 701s a stunning new concept for high precision


  • Mikron Tool – Quantum leap in milling technology
  • Gühring – Universal taps

This issue also includes many other articles helping our readers being better informed.

  • Eichenberger Gewinde – A ball screw for every situation


  • Motorex – International training


  • NGL Cleaning Technology – To manage industrial wastewater


  • Pierhor – Microns hunters for more than 100 years
  • Obal – To outsoure  and have more time for important activities

Trade shows

  • EMO, Hanover
  • WMTF, Lucerne
  • Motek, Bondexpo, Blechexpo, Stuttgart
  • EMTE-EASTPO 2014, Shanghai

You can read Eurotec 389 online here and you can download it here.
For Tornos and Almac you can read the embedded decomagazine here.

But having a paper magazine in hands is nice don’t you think? Indeed you can also subscribe to receive Eurotec directly on your desk by surface mail or by air-mail here.

I wish you an interesting reading. Stay tuned for more news here.

Pierre-Yves Kohler
Publisher and editor




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MM Live UK 2011 – Call For Papers

Rapid News Communications Group is delighted to announce a significant development for MM Live UK in 2011. Having reached capacity at the previous venue, MM Live UK will relocate to the NEC Birmingham, enabling continued growth and the ability to offer an enhanced visitor and exhibitor experience.

MIM (Metal Injection Molding) combines both plastic injection and metal powders technologies. M. Breitenmoser Sales and Marketing Director with Parmaco (Switzerland) says: “The problem of the MIM ? We must convince our customers about the potential of the process itself before highlighting our specific strengths”.

The need to do this comes at an exciting time as 2011 will see Rapid News also take the reins of Interplas for the first time. The co-location of MM Live UK and Interplas along with TCT Live, MEMS Live UK , NANO Live UK, the PPMA Show and Sensing Technology will contribute to the largest gathering of engineering and manufacturing technology in the UK in 2011 with a projected attendance of over 10,000 visitors.

Call for paper
In order to maintain the world class nature of this event Rapid News Communications Group is now calling for outstanding abstract submissions for the following sessions.
The Micro Manufacturing Conference now in its 3rd edition, is characterised by high quality presentations from leading users of the technologies and industry commentators.  For 2011, the Conference will continue on the theme of Business Critical Technologies for Micro & Precision Manufacturing and to this end the conference organisers would welcome any paper submissions from parties who can present on the following general topics:

  • Micro Moulding Plastics
  • Powder (PIM), Ceramic (CIM), Metal (MIM) Micro Moulding
  • Conventional Micro Machining Techniques
  • New/Emerging Micro Machining Techniques (EDM, ECM, Waterjets), Laser Micro Machining
  • Micro Fabrication, Welding, Assembly
  • Micro Metrology: Optical, Tactile, CMMs

All submissions must be non-promotional in content and presented by companies or institutions that are utilizing and/or researching technologies for an industrial application.  Exhibitors are welcome to submit practical application-based case studies.

Interested in sharing your know-how?
Interested parties are initially requested to submit an abstract of 250 words of their proposed paper on or before February 28th 2011. This should include the working title, all authors/contributors and their affiliations. All submissions will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the necessary and exacting requirements of the Micro Manufacturing Conference.

MM Live UK will be held at the NEC Birmingham, 27–29 September 2011, and anyone submitting a presentation must be available to present on any of these three days. Please submit abstracts to Aleksandra Wisniewska via email: [email protected].

Rapid News Communications Group
Unit 2, Chowley Court
Chowley Oak Lane, Chowley, Tattenhall, Cheshire, CH3 9GA
Tel: +44 (0) 1829 770037,
[email protected]

You can discover more about MIM in Switzerland in the Parmaco article published in Eurotec here.

MIM has more than one string to its bow

MIM (Metal Injection Molding) combines both plastic injection and metal powders technologies. This machining process allows the realization of small and precise complex parts with an excellent surface finish for medium to large series. Its price-quality ratio is without any comparison. Main challenge faced by this process? The lack of knowledge about the possibilities of machining by MIM from potential customers. Meeting with Mr. René Breitenmoser sales and marketing Director of Parmaco AG Fishingen (Switzerland).


“The problem of the MIM ? We must convince our customers about the potential of the process itself before highlighting our specific strengths” says Mr Breitenmoser. Although this technology exists for many years, it is still not trained a lot and the general knowledge about it is relatively low. Furthermore, achievable levels of quality and precision in MIM have widely  increased in recent years. Today, very many industries could benefit to produce this way.

Change of technology?
Why upgrade to MIM parts? Mr Breitenmoser presents us some parts. For example this system for the laser industry. The part was initially made of plastic, but with the increased powers of lasers, the plastic part started to melt. With a metal part, this problem has been resolved. For a laryngoscope part previously done by injection die casting, moving to MIM has allowed not only the realization of a part with a better surface finish but also with a better return on investment. Mr  Breitenmoser says: “Compared to plastic, MIM is always more expensive, but many functions are obviously not the same. We realize for instance many gears parts intended for home and/or professional electronics use where plastic is not reliable enough “.

Why not you?
Situated in the centre of the microtechnology area in Europe, less than 200 km from Stuttgart, Milan, Besançon or the Watch Walley, Parmaco is ideally located to help MIM widespread in Europe. If you need small complex and precise parts in medium to large series, Parmaco can certainly provide you a winning MIM solution.

Visit Parmaco at Swisstech 2010, Hall 2.1, Stand L 87

Parmaco Metal Injection Molding AG
Fischingerstrasse 75
CH-8376 Fischingen
Tel Switzerland. + 41 (0) 71 977 21 41
Fax + 41 (0) 71 977 21 22
[email protected]

PS: We will go into deeper detail in of this technology in our next issue.