Category Archives: Surface technology

Strong demand for booth locations at PaintExpo 2016 and 2017

16 months before the trade fair opens, more than 175 companies from 12 countries have already made firm bookings for their booth locations at PaintExpo 2016. As a result, approximately 50% of all exhibition floor space occupied at the event in 2014 has already been booked. The international trade fair for industrial coating technologies to be held in April 2017 due to the schedule change to the odd-numbered years is also right on course: roughly 80% of the companies have decided to participate both years.
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“We’re expecting further growth of visitor numbers once again in 2016”, says Jürgen Haußmann managing director of event promoters FairFair GmbH. This is indicative of the fact that users in various regions around the world are faced with different, but nevertheless generally increasing requirements. These include higher levels of quality and increased productivity, as well as more flexibility and sustainability. Beyond this, the use of new materials, for example lightweight components made of fibrous composite materials, as well as utilisation of various materials within a given finished product, are presenting in-house painting operations and coating job-shops with new challenges.

Technical innovations
This results in investment needs for in-house painting operations around the globe, because these requirements can only be fulfilled through the use of technical innovations. And these are presented by the exhibitors at PaintExpo in a diversity which is unparalleled anywhere else in the world, and cover the entire process sequence for liquid painting, powder coating and coil coating. The exhibition programme encompasses liquid painting and powder coating systems, application systems and spray guns, liquid paints and powdered enamels, automation and conveyor technology, cleaning and pre-treatment, drying and curing, environmental technology, pneumatics, compressed air supply and exhaust purification, water treatment, recycling and disposal, accessories, measuring and test technology, quality assurance, paint stripping, job-shop coating, services and technical literature. Beyond this, downstream process steps such as printing and packaging are covered as well.

Further information and a preliminary exhibitor list can be accessed at www.paintexpo.de

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Robotised finishing center

Well known for its multifunctional machining centers (rotary transfer machines), Precitrame Machines SA is also a historical provider of high performance polishing machines. The company has just presented a concept of robotic linear transfer machining centers with features that open new perspectives in terms of finishing and polishing. Meeting with Mr. Vincenzo Bonavoglia, Sales Director of the company.

Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells offering two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.
Under a relatively small footprint, the Cyberpolish 640 T can offer up to 5 online cells with two workstations each. It is controlled through the new Cybermotion 5.0 that offers features never seen before as the high performance trajectory following and the simultaneous management of six robots.

The basic concept is simple, let’s imagine a working cell including a robot and two workstations allowing six or seven axes machining. Then let’s multiply these cells to create machines with two to five stations. Parts are gripped in holding devices that move from one station to the next. Thus, it is possible to implement a global chain of finishing (e.g. deburring, felting, polishing and brightening) within a single machine, and in one clamping.

Incomparable cycle time and flexibility
The logic of the sequential work on several stations (and therefore always with operations in hidden time) allows the achievement of extremely short cycle times. Compared with a conventional solution, the tests show gains of 5 times or more.

To gain steps of production?
Nowadays the quality produced by machining centers is steadily increasing and, depending on the part to be done, they can be directly loaded into the Cyberpolish T for all operations from grinding to brightening without having to pass through a specific grinding machine before. M. Bonavoglia says: “In some cases, specialised grinding operations before finishing are always necessary, but for all the others, we can directly finish the parts in one machine and in one clamping just after the milling operations”.

Precitrame will be present at the next AMB with a multifunctional machining centre that will perform an automotive part. The new Cyberpolish series T will be shown through the many multimedia tools of the company.

Precitrame Machines SA
Grand-Rue 5
CH-2720 Tramelan
Tél. +41 32 486 88 50
Fax +41 32 486 88 51
[email protected]
www.precitrame.com

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Greater efficiency and process stability

Two key factors for surface technology; now as a standard feature – thanks to intelligence. The new Sonopower Digital 3S is Weber Ultrasonics’ response to stricter requirements in the field of surface technology in terms of both process stability and profitability.

Thanks to its use of innovative equipment, the new Sonopower Digital 3S  provides increased process reliability for ultrasonic applications in the field of industrial component cleaning and electroplating, and impresses both through its maximum output and ease-of-use. Photo: Weber Ultrasonics transducer image.
Thanks to its use of innovative equipment, the new Sonopower Digital 3S provides increased process reliability for ultrasonic applications in the field of industrial component cleaning and electroplating, and impresses both through its maximum output and ease-of-use. Photo: Weber Ultrasonics transducer image.

The 3 kW ultrasonic generator has a whole host of innovative features and a control system based on a 32-bit processor architecture that lends it intelligence. This intelligence enables it to automatically make numerous settings, which in turn provides greater stability and reliability, while maintaining maximum performance and efficiency. The device is supplied ready-to-connect and is available with the frequencies 25 kHz and 40 kHz.

Maximum process stability and performance
Efficient and stable processes that guarantee consistent results are a key prerequisite for profitability and competitiveness in the fields of industrial component cleaning and electroplating. Weber Ultrasonics, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ultrasonic components, has reacted to these requirements and designed the all-new Sonopower Digital 3S. The 3 kW ultrasonic generator is equipped with various innovative features. It is controlled via a modern 32-bit processor architecture, similar to the kind used in smartphones. The Sonopower Digital 3S is fully digital and excels through its exemplary ease-of-use. Even under difficult operating conditions, it secures maximum process stability and performance. Employing the frequencies of 25 kHz and 40 kHz, which are frequently used in the fields of component cleaning and electroplating, it is suitable for a broad range of applications.

Attractive price-performance
Using the latest technology and innovative modules not only lends the new Sonopower Digital 3S exemplary intelligence, it also renders many components that were previously required to operate ultrasonic generators superfluous. This ensures the same, unparalleled price-performance that the generator itself offers.

Weber Ultrasonics will be presenting the innovative Sonopower Digital 3S at Stand C14 / D13 in Hall 5 at the parts2clean fair in Stuttgart which takes place from 24 – 26 June 2014.

Weber Ultrasonics GmbH,
Sabine Fragosa
Im Hinteracker 7,
76307 Karlsbad-Ittersbach, Germany,
Tel. +49 (0)7248 9207-0
[email protected]
www.weber-ultrasonics.de
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Never say never. Always be innovative!

Established in 1953, TDC is a leading manufacturer in Japan with proprietary expertise of precision technologies. TDC has continued to cultivate their markets through upgrading the level of their technology especially in super precise mirror polishing.

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Used in the sample return capsule for Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency (JAXA)Hayabusa2 asteroid probe. Because the purpose of this capsule was for collecting samples from the asteroid only, the finish has to be totally clean, with no material derived from earth inside.

One-of-a-kind nano-technologies for mirror polishing, ultra precise processing and lapping
Therefore the super precise mirror polishing has been instrumental. This technology is being used in basic experiments in labs of major firms and universities to keep the test material even when investigating properties specific to a substance such as hardness, intensity, or composition. The company’s stance has been not to deny any request, challenging themselves to process even the most difficult of materials. They have experiences to process tantalum, tantalum, SiC, silicon and sapphire, just to name a few of the examples.

With IT development and strengthening of sales overseas, taking their unique technology to the world
The company’s technical innovations have included IT development within the company; they have introduced a system that can grasp the situation of company plants no matter whether you are in Tokyo, Osaka or Miyagi. The original intent of this particular internal tech development was to make production processes efficient, but as a result, they became able to report all production developments to customers as they happen in real time. With this system, they received the “Small Company Management Prizes Judging Committee’s Promotion Award” in 2009, for companies which put superb IT management into practice. It has been useful in information sharing between the company and customers as they work through hard issues.

Also available in Europe
As for overseas development, from 2008 the company has participated in exhibitions in North America and Europe. It is responding to orders from various countries like the US, Canada, UK, Germany, Holland, France and Scandinavian countries. Of the eight sales representatives, six are well versed in English. They can do inquiries and deals over the phone and by email without any time lag.
Using their own technology, which is to be found nowhere else, the company has continued to provide business solutions in various areas domestically, and now plans to expand its market first to Europe, then the US, and finally to the rest of the world.

TDC Corporation
www.mirror-polish.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/FinePolishTDC

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SCS Debuts New Jetting Technology

SCS Precisioncoat Features New Highly Accurate Jet Technology in Booth 2153 at APEX IPC Expo in Las-Vegas and it is not too late to register. The show starts today and last till March 27.

The SCS Precisioncoat spray coating and dispense system is the culmination of over 40 years of experience in design and manufacturing high performance liquid coating systems. It incorporates both the engineering expertise and application experience that make SCS a leader in conformal coating technology.
The SCS Precisioncoat spray coating and dispense system is the culmination of over 40 years of experience in design and manufacturing high performance liquid coating systems. It incorporates both the engineering expertise and application experience that make SCS a leader in conformal coating technology.

SCS is pleased to announce the availability of Jetting technology on the SCS Precisioncoat. SCS’ new jetting valve, which will be debuted at APEX IPC Expo, allows the Precisioncoat to dispense fluids quickly and accurately, offering superior control when dispensing a wide variety of materials.

Extreme accuracy and repeatability
Enabling the precise delivery of materials with viscosities up to 400,000 cps at speeds up to 300 drops/second, SCS’ Jetting technology is perfect for coating and dispensing applications where extreme accuracy and repeatability is required. It is also perfect for dispensing materials in the tight spaces, such as between and under components, as it requires only 300 µm clearance. This non-contact, high-speed, accurate jet valve technology, when coupled with the industry-leading SCS Precisioncoat platform, provides the most robust system for customers’ coating and dispensing needs.

Over 40 years of application experience
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Specialty Coating Systems offers industry-leading liquid coating systems including spray, spin and dip coating systems, thermal and UV cure systems and ionic contamination test systems. SCS also offers world-leading Parylene conformal coating services, systems and materials with over 40 years of application experience and expertise in the medical device, electronics, automotive and military industries. With locations throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, SCS leverages its worldwide resources to meet customer needs on a global basis.

For more information about the SCS Precisioncoat and this new Jetting technology, contact SCS Equipment Program Manager Brad Banfill at 317.472.1230 or [email protected].

www.scscoatings.com

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Coatings: speed meets performance

A new circular arc technology has been developed for fast and reliable deposition of smooth tool coatings. Michiel Eerden, Product Manager at the Dutch PVD coating expert IHI Hauzer Techno Coating B.V.: “The technology is called CARC+ and has been tested by several toolmakers and job coaters with excellent results, outperforming other benchmark coatings.”

Before people buy a new car, they want to go for a test drive.This is now also possible for the new circular arc technology CARC+. Testing is believing!
Before people buy a new car, they want to go for a test drive.This is now also possible for the new circular arc technology CARC+.

“CARC+ is the abbreviation for Circular Arc Plus, an innovative technology with which tool makers are be able to distinguish their tools favourably from the ones of their competitors” says Michiel. One of the features of CARC+ technology is its fast cycle time. One batch will deposit a layer of 2 µm of AlTiN coating on the shaft of a tool (corresponding with approximately 3 µm on the cutting edge) in a cycle time of less than four hours.

Cost, quality, stability…
“With the new CARC+ technology, batch costs improved 44% compared with regular circular arc technology,” Michiel says. “Due to extremely high target utilization, the target costs per batch were even reduced with 83%. Furthermore, CARC+ improves the smoothness of the coatings considerably. For an AlTiN coating of 2 µm the Ra has been measured as low as 0.16 µm. The surface has fewer and smaller defects and is overall smoother. The technology has proven to be very stable.”

Successful results
Tool makers who have tested the technology achieved good results. Ball nose end mills coated with AlCrN; TiN coating on fluteless taps and shaft tools with TiAlN coatings; they all achieved significant improvements in performance, especially after longer cutting lengths. The technology is available on the Hauzer Flexicoat® 850, new or as an upgrade afterwards.

Opportunity to test customers’ production
Hauzer gives tool makers and job coaters the opportunity to test the new CARC+ technology by themselves on a Hauzer Flexicoat® 850 machine in their competence centres in Venlo, The Netherlands or Shanghai, China. They can use the machine for one week, of course supported by Hauzer process engineers. Michiel: “Cooperation is something we cherish and what better way to get convinced than to convince yourself.”

THe new technology by Hauzer can be discovered at EMO on Hall 3, Stand A28.
The new technology by Hauzer can be discovered at EMO this week on Hall 3, Stand A28.

More information can be found on the website www.hauzer.nl 

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To the service of watchmakers

Springmann Machine Tools is a faithful exhibitor from the first EPHJ (Geneva); It is also present in this year’s edition with a selection of appropriate means of production for watchmaking and jewellery.
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Excerpts from the wide program of machine tools and peripheral devices the company presents this year:

  • EOS: Parts in polymer, titanium, inconel, stainless and maraging as palpable witnesses of generative manufacturing using the process of laser-sintering
  • Lipemec PLTH 300: Leveler “small in size, great in accuracy”.
  • Otec SF 1: (see photo): gloss polishing with a Streamfinish machine
  • Otec CF 32: centrifugal force installation for deburring and polishing (dry or wet)
  • Zoller Smile 400, pilot 3.0: presetting and measuring device for a perfect mastery of cutting tools

Moreover, Cookson Precious Metal presents its generative manufacturing solution in the field of precious metals (a joint development with EOS, the manufacturer of machines).

SPRINGMANN SA
Machines-Outils
Route des Falaises 110
CH-2008 Neuchâtel
Tel 032 729 11 22
Fax 032 725 01 01
[email protected]
www.springmann.ch