The Katadyn Products Inc. company whose headquarters is located in Kemptthal near Zurich specialises in the supply of water filters, desalinators, systems dedicated to outdoor activities (gas burners), and other products devoted to trekking. In order to simplify and accelerate its supply chain and its logistics, the company that delivers all over the world from Switzerland undertook a process of repatriation of certain activities from Taiwan to Eastern Europe. At the same time, it has built new, much larger premises in the Zurich suburb. Meeting with Mr. Adrian Schmassmann CEO and Mr. Thomas Dalla Vecchia, who helped the company make this transition to Eastern Europe. (Full story to be discovered in one of our next issue indeed).
“Working with Asia requires more significant constraints than with Europe, particularly in terms of deadlines, flexibility, shipping, culture or communication” says Mr. Schmassmann in the preamble. The company needing more and more small series of different parts, it decided in 2011 to achieve production and assembly of some of its products in Europe.
Growth in Eastern Europe …and in Switzerland
And if the company now has a branch in Romania with which it carries out numerous products and sub-assemblies, the headquarters in Switzerland is also experiencing a strong growth of its activities and its staff.
Knowledge of the market
Initially, Katadyn wishes to subcontract to Eastern Europe and has some notions on the particularities of the countries and their production capacities. Romania is clearly part of its short list of interesting countries, but how to enter a completely unknown country? The Director tells us: “We had a contact with Obal and we quickly agreed on our needs: to find a competent partner with which we could develop a sustainable relationship, whatever we speak of partnership or acquisition. We were able to take full advantage of the knowledge of the Eastern European markets of Obal in general and of Mr. Della Vecchia in particular”.
There is more to discover (in our full article)
The principle of the funnel
The ideal partner
Why working with Obal?
A burgeoning market
Logistics and simplified contacts
Swiss made is a must
These topics will be explained in Eurotec soon, stay tuned ;o)
Delcam will demonstrate the 2014 versions of its PartMaker CAM system for Swiss-type lathes, turn-mill equipment and bar-fed mills, and the PartMaker Modeling CAD-for-CAM software at the SIAMS exhibition to be held in Moutier, Switzerland, from 6th to 9th May.
PartMaker 2014 marks the introduction of Delcam’s Vortex high-efficiency strategy for area clearance into the PartMaker CAM suite. Other enhancements in the 2014 version include improved back-turning and 2D pocketing functionality, support for additional tool types and faster programming of lead-in and lead-out moves, and a new NC program viewer among other improvements.
Optimal cutting conditions
Vortex is Delcam’s newest proprietary high-speed roughing technology. Vortex controls the maximum engagement angle of the cutter in the material, such that the angle calculated for the programmed stepover is never exceeded, even in internal corners. This allows for optimal cutting conditions to be maintained throughout the toolpath.
By controlling the maximum engagement angle and the load on the tool, Vortex can take deeper cuts than traditionally used in roughing operations. Depths of cut up to the full flute length enable maximum material removal rate from solid carbide tooling and reduce machining times by up to 70%.
Back turning tools included
PartMaker 2014 also includes improved functionality to support the automated programming of back-turning tools. These tools are used across a wide variety of small-part turning applications, particularly in Swiss machining. With their unique geometry and cutting characteristics, back-turning tools can eliminate the need for multiple tools and so can reduce cycle time and improve surface finish.
For further information on Delcam’s PartMaker CAM software, please contact:
Peter Dickin, Marketing Manager
Direct phone: 44 (0)121 683 1081 firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Heath Business Park,
Birmingham, B10 0HJ, UK www.delcam.com
With Hannover Messe 2014, the biggest marketplace to find the right supplier has just opened its doors in Hanover and you can go visit it till the end of the week.
As usual we at Eurotec are mainly focused on high precision and microtechnology, there are many companies to discover and many skills to speak about…. We’ll be busy digging all those.
A small (and nice) Swiss booth
On the Hall 4 – Stand C12, Switzerland is represented by a quite small booth (I wonder why there are so few companies from Switzerland in this year’s exhibition, but that’s another story). On the booth you can find:
Large and precision parts in stainless steel and special alloy with Angenstein AG
Custom-made advanced ceramics with Ceramdis AG
Development and manufacture of technical springs with Federtechnik Kaltbrunn AG
Steel at its best with Schmiedewerk Stooss AG
The unique pan-European magazine dedicated to high precision with Eurotec
Hermes Award 2014 goes to SAG GmbH
It is official: this year, the Hermes Award, one of the world’s most coveted technology prizes, has gone to the German utility network services and systems provider SAG GmbH. The Award was presented to the company on the occasion of the Hannover Messe Opening Ceremony on 6 April 2014. “Energy system transformation” ranks alongside Industry 4.0 as one of the big, overarching themes at this year’s Hannover Messe. The now award-winning solution developed by SAG GmbH is a major step towards energy system transformation because it provides a flexible approach to converting existing local networks into smart grids,” said Deutsche Messe’s Managing Board member Dr. Jochen Köckler.
Affolter will present the new AF110 at Siams in Moutier, Switzerland, from May 6 to 9, 2014 (Hall 2.2, stand A-1). Later in the year, the company will have a booth at the EPHJ in Geneva (June 17-20) and will again present the AF110 at the AMB in Stuttgart (16-20 September).
In 2010, the R&D team of Affolter undertook the design of the AF110. Result? The most robust and flexible gear cutting machine on the market to date: “In comparison with the AF100, we have doubled the clamping force to 1000 newtons. Torque and rigidity of the spindle have been increased, the axis is more robust and there is only one clamping axis that moves, thus optimizing the overall stiffness and minimizing vibration”, explains Mr Affolter, Director. The AF110 is very compact, and uses the same basis and the same volume as the AF100. With the launch of this innovative gear cutting center, Affolter – a company founded in 1919 – strengthens its position of global technology leader.
Flexibility, an asset: worm screw cutting
Nowadays, Affolter experts are developing the ‘Unit 90’ an additional option that will allow users to machine worms on the AF 110. Mr Affolter says: “We are going to offer this optional element during the second half of 2014. The AF110 will be the most flexible machine of the market for gear and worms cutting”.
Reduced cycle times: maximizing productivity
Affolter engineers have sought to reduce cycle times in order to make the machine as productive as possible. The AF110 is equipped with user-friendly CNC Leste control developed internally, which ensures easy and quick realisation microtechnological gears. The compact design and the improved rigidity are other key features guaranteeing short cycles and maximum efficiency.
After several conversations with customers, it is apparent that Tornos’ strategy has not been clearly explained or understood and several myths are circulating, for example that SwissNano machines are manufactured in Asia to cut costs. To clarify the situation, a meeting was held with Mr C. Paredes, responsible for development and operations with Tornos.
The company strategy is clearly structured around two key areas:
1, developing innovative technological solutions and supplying high-end machining equipment;
2, developing less sophisticated ranges of machines to meet all needs.
Siting production as close as possible to the market “We currently have three production sites across the world: one in Moutier (Switzerland) for the high-end machines, one in Xi’an (China) where we are responsible of a joint venture with a local manufacturer and one in Taiwan where we have a subsidiary which oversees the production of other simple machines” explains C. Paredes.
Very different markets
Nowadays, the level of knowledge and skill possessed by operators and companies means that a machine which is straightforward in Europe is very often still too complex for the majority of customers in Asia. Conversely, the straightforward machines manufactured in and for Asia are often not advanced enough for the European and American markets. Of course, complex machines are also sold in Asia and very straightforward machines are sold in Europe, but in terms of volume, the figures speak for themselves.
To produce efficiently also in Switzerland
When asked if Tornos plans to relocate the production of high-end machines to Asia, C. Paredes responds: “Take the SwissNano machine, for example: it offers the best value for money on the market and it is made in Switzerland, unlike its competitors, which are all manufactured in Asia. That proves that it is entirely possible for us to produce machines efficiently in Switzerland. Moreover, we have very ambitious objectives for Asia: our production lines will be working very hard to meet demand in these markets. We have no intention, nor capacity, to relocate our high-end machines to Asia. It is simply not on the agenda.” He concludes: “We are also planning the modernisation of our production halls in Moutier, it is a very promising period and we can rely on the high level of skills and professionalism of our employees, all around the world” .
Full interview to be discovered in one of our next issues.