Soft-synchro-tapping

The forces exerted on the tap flank during the rigid machining and particularly by the reverse of the machine spindle led to a very important  deduction of the service life of the tap, which can generate a premature wear and even the breakage of the tap, so a lower thread quality.

Edalmatic-Synchro chuck Type MT-S
By rigid tapping, the torque graph (visible on the illustration published in next issue (3)) changes continually because of the variations of the machine synchronism. With the compensated chucks, after the torque is established, it stays constant during the total working cycle (4). The forces on the thread flanks are reduced more than 80% (1) and (2). Tool life can be 2 ½ times longer.
The integrated system, simple, very shrewd and absolutely new, allows the tightening of the tap by quick change adapter directly fixed, driven and compensated by the body of the chuck. In this way one suppresses an internal carrier spindle and collets.
The available range of the chucks cover the capacity of M0,3 to M20 (4 sizes available).
The MT-S-IK chucks allow central cooling. The MT-S 312 and 520 chucks allow cooling too, they also permit a progressive setting of the initial cutting pressure.

Advantages:
1. Right- and left- hand cut without any modification
2. No maintenance
3. Long Life
4. Low investment
5. Proven efficiency and robustness since 1998

EDALCO SA
Route des Jeunes 21
CP 1731
CH-1211 GENEVE 26
Tel. +41-22-342-54-10
Fax. +41-22-342-59-26
info-sale@edalco.ch
www.edalco.ch

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.

inspire

AG für mechatronische Produktionssysteme und Fertigungstechnik

Lukas Weiss

Abteilungsleiter

CLA F35

Tannenstrasse 3

CH-8092 Zürich

Tel +41 44 632 83 06

Fax +41 44 632 11 59

weiss@inspire.ethz.ch

www.inspire.ethz.ch

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

Good day

py


[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.

A new technical year with Eurotec!

This year is a very important year for Eurotec, I aim to become one of the magazine that is needed on the market. For that, there is only one motto, to give value to the readers.

I’ve done recently a few interviews that goes in that direction and I’m happy to say that industry managers play the game with me and are open to share their experiences and successes! (all value to the readers!)

I wish you a pleasant year and I’m happy if you’re coming to see the blog from time to time to discover what is “cooking” at Eurotec!

Would you like to receive a free copy of the magazine? No problem, send COPY of EUROTEC with your full coordinates to pykohler@eurotec-bi.com.

Would you like to advertise with the only pan-european magazine dedicated to microtechniques? I would be pleased to send you the media-kit and all the relevant information.

Enjoy 2009!

py

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.

Want to see more on da Vinci Surgery?

www.davincisurgery.com

See a US news clip of a prostatectomy here: http://www.davincisurgery.com/procedures/urologic/prostate/davinci_prostatectomy.aspx

Want to have more information on machining precision parts as described above, contact Tornos at www.tornos.com or send your complete coordinates with Medical parts in the subject line to contact@tornos.com.

Want to know more about Swiss Precision? http://www.spmswiss.com/index.php

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

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py

Juste in time tooling

It is always the weakest link that conditions the global performance of any system. Often that’s “small items seen as non relevant ” that impacts negatively the whole result. For instance in a company working in just in time, a lot of parameters have to be taken into account and tool management is part of the main points .If a “mere” milling tool is missing, the whole production line can be jammed. Aware of this hurdle, Fraisa is offering a turnkey solution for new and re-sharpened tooling. To know more about this service, eurotec met Thomas Nägelin, marketing and Sales director of the Swiss company.

A range of services to value more the tooling

Fraisa presents its package of benefits on the market the following way : “Optimal products and services for customer maximal profit.” Even if this is a technology-driven company that produces high quality tooling, a part of the success cannot be given to products but to additional services. Most impressive from the service range, ToolCare. Manage tooling is time consuming and needs skills. Based on that understanding, Fraisa offers a full tooling service. Hand to hand with the customer, Fraisa build a tooling storage area that includes every tool necessary to ensure production at the customer’s plant. Every tool in it is on consignment, then still belongs to Fraisa. Huge benefit, the customer pays the tools only when used!

Free mind production

The management of the Fraisa tooling system works automatically, the use of a tool automatically call for a new one, this without any administrative task by the customer (the user just has to scan a barcode). Rhythm of delivery as well as minimal levels are obviously optimized on every customer’s requirement. The system make sure that tools are available 24 hours a day. The user benefit not only of the flexibility of the system but that’s also a great security. Additional services can be offered by the system, if the company needs it, tooling distribution can be done nominative or based on internal work numbers. If a company wants to make precise statistics, it’s very easily generated by the system. The best? This system allows customers to save money. It can be applied to new tooling but also to used ones. In that case, Fraisa technicians come to pick up the tools, make the re-sharpening and bring them back.

Contact

Fraisa Holding AG

CH-4512 Bellach

Tel +41 32 617 42 50

Fax +41 32 617 42 43

www.fraisa.com

mail.ch@fraisa.com

When medicine meets micro technology…

For the second time, medical technology has place of honour in the Bernese Jura (Switzerland). From 10th to 13 March 2009, Moutier will play host to the mediSIAMS fair. Here we look at the first event and the future.

Off to a first success
In March 2007 with little over 200 exhibitors and nearly 5000 visitors, the first edition of this specialist biennial fair held all its promises. For example, almost 500 visitors from ‘research and development’ departments found answers to some of their questions in terms of machining and/or finished products intended for the medical sector. For a first event, the international dimension was a source of great satisfaction for the organizers as just under 300 people came from France, 150 from Germany, 80 from Italy, 65 from Sweden, 53 from the United Kingdom and 30 from Spain, to list only the major foreign markets. The organizers, on the back of their experience in the medical sector and in micro technology with SIAMS generated a considerable success with the first show and decided to set up the second event.

A second edition with something extra
With a very slight increase in the number of exhibitors but 3500 m2 of floor space, nearly 30% more than previously, mediSIAMS 2009 looks like an essential event for the beginning of the year. As far as other medical fairs as concerned, mediSIAMS positions itself as a medical ‘micro technology’ event where the ambition is to meet the requirements of the sector’s players in terms of precision and quality. The mediSIAMS fair works closely with the Medical Cluster of the Canton of Berne (Switzerland) to ensure the fair is perfectly in tune with the needs of businesses in this sector.

A program of conferences with added value will be offered to visitors in order for them to achieve a better understanding of the sector, which is as demanding as it is rewarding.

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“Yes, we have our competitors, but who doesn’t these days? It’s up to us to emphasize the quality of mediSIAMS. Exhibitors and visitors will be our best ambassadors,” says Pierre-Yves Schmid.

www.medisiams.ch

Eurotec will be fully involved in the show to offer added value through technical articles, information and first-hand clues for the future of that field. For companies that decides not to exhibit, we offer also a superb plattform through the magazine to be there all the same as eurotec will be widely distributed during the show!

Good day

py

Working for the medical sector? Not that different…

The medical sector is estimated at about € 200 billion in sales worldwide and is expected to grow at a compound annual rate of 6.4 percent over the next two to three years.

The world population is aging and the average yearly per capita spending for healthcare increases with age. According some studies, a man age 30-34 will spend an average of € 1500 for healthcare whereas a man age 50-54 will spend nearly three times as much. In 2020 for instance, there will be 55 million Americans aged 65 and over what a potential! In addition to these figures, older people are in general wealthier than younger people.


High precision machining

Orthopedics is the second segment behind cardiovascular in the medical device market and is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate of more than 10 % until 2011. In orthopedics, devices are used for the repair and replacement of skeletal problems and have to be produced. The main way to produce these parts is high precision machining!

Within the past few years, the orthopedic implants, historically a high margin category, experienced a drop in price per unit due to a slowdown in new products and entrance of new competitors thus asking for more productivity. A trend that sounds familiar to manufacturers of other fields.

That’s the secret in fact!

A lot of people are speaking about medical as if completely different than other fields… but a professional working in high precision turning or machining or even assembling already knows how to do well and only a few adjustments need to be done to be fully operational in the Medical device market.

In the next issue of Eurotec, I will emphasize how “easy” it is to benefit from the help of companies providing tooling, oil,  production machines, cleaning machines, services to the medical industry.

There is still a double digit annual growth rate planned for the orthopedics devices for many years!

Good day!

py

Need more information on the medical device market? The Swiss Business Hub USA publish a very interesting report on US medical market. http://www.swissbusinesshub.com/common/news/reports/detail.cfm?Classification=report&QID=3529&ClientID=11062&TopicID=0

For more general information: http://www.swiss-medtech.org/industry/markets/

In Switzerland you can go to the Swiss Medical Cluster there: http://www.medical-cluster.ch/index.php?langId=2

Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher