Precision cleaning in the field of surgical implants

Bio-compatibility is a fundamental element in the cleaning of surgical implants. It is important to eliminate cutting fluids and lubricants after mechanical operations. This allows for a simplified final cleaning process and guarantees bio-compatibility. The use of A3 non-chlorinated solvents on site during the manufacturing of implants is a genuine example of modern techniques being used in the bio-medical industry.

Surgical implants: huge growth

The huge growth in the demand for implants requires an overhaul in precision cleaning capacities. And there are some companies ready to take up the challenge!

I was this afternoon with Maurizio Rasori, Head of Sales and Marketing at Amsonic ( to discover that the world is changing!

Companies all around the world are more and more sensitive to the cleaning topic. In the automotive industry there are some new regulations to actually define what does “clean” means! (We’ll come back on that point) and in the medical, any “leftover” is just not an option!

You’re a manufacturer of small precision parts? You can enter the medical field, a lot of know-how is there to help you… but nothing must be underestimated.

  • Machining does affect the final impact of the metallic part put into the human body
  • More than that, it affects also the way we clean the parts
  • Oil is important, not only in term of possibility to clean it but also in term of viscosity. Maybe a 20 is perfect for thread whirling but what if we need a 10 for high pressure drilling?
  • What about FDA regulations?

I’m eager to release the new Eurotec, there will be a lot of added value for everyone!



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


What makes the magazine successful?

The value of the magazine is not only its widely spread circulation that sees it presented to thousands of factories throughout Europe, but more importantly its content. It is the only European magazine dedicated to the high precision industries. Straight to the point, the articles are surrounded by targeted advertisements in order to create a medium that we read and re-read to find wisdom and information that helps engineers in their everyday working life. That point is the most important to us; the magazine must bring value to our readers. Value? As Jeffrey Gitomer (see below) would say, giving value is one of the keys to success in business and I’m happy to say that this is our aim at Eurotec too.

In the new Eurotec, there is a column by Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey is … Jeffrey! He is read by more than four million people every week through business journals and newspapers. Jeffrey’s books have sold millions of copies worldwide… and he’s sharing some ideas and thoughts with us now!

A lot of companies are fighting to give the right information on high precision machining in Europe, Eurotec is here to help them. The blog has the same background, help them to be where it counts. Nowadays, Eurotec doesn’t have a true website (just some papers at and that’s a project that will be launched later.

Let’s work step by step


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


Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher