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Watchmaking design as highlight

The international days of watchmaking marketing (JIMH) will address the watchmaking design and how to build up an icon. With this evocative theme, the 18th edition will take place on December 4, 2014, in La Chaux-de-Fonds (in French). The unmistakable watchmaking rendezvous of the end of the year has just presented the outline of its program.
JIMH
Quick glance on the themes

  • Esthetic conventions and design
  • How to understand new design trends
  • How is design perceived in the watchmaking world – experts discussion
  • How to position design in the digital world
  • Internal design vs. External design
  • The 3 best communications of the day of reseach in watchmaking marketing

Two days event
As usual, the event is divided into two sections covering the theme. The 18th international watchmaking marketing day itself will take place on December 4, 2014, at the Théâtre de l’Heure Bleue in La Chaux-de-Fonds and will be preceded by its academic component (the 9th day of research in watchmaking marketing (JRMH)), on December 3, 2014 at the Arc high school of management in Neuchâtel.
Tentative programme and other information on the event can be found here www.marketinghorloger.ch

An event not to miss
Every year when Winter comes we know that an event of quality will take place in La Chaux-de-Fonds for everyone interested in watchmaking and marketing. That’s the best place to go to open our eyes and minds… I’m happy to think I’ll be there again!

Cheers
Pierre-Yves Kohler

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High quality material and total flexibility

If L. Klein SA is a supplier of high-grade steel and material that innovates continuously and offers creative solutions to help its customers, it is also a company for whom the relationship with its users and its suppliers is of paramount importance. L. Klein SA has grown with the watchmaking sector and the regional delivery plan served by its trucks has been the same for 60 years! Meeting with the two directors, Olivier and Philippe Schiess.

In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests.
In their premises of Bienne, L. Klein SA has a very large stock in order to answer quickly to all requests. Deliveries are done worldwide.

Similarly, L. Klein SA has been working with some foundries for more than 30 years. The Directors tell us: “We have built long term relationships with our suppliers and this allows us to work closely for the development of new materials or new qualities”. Over the years, this partnership has enabled the realisation of products that would have been impossible to be created otherwise.

Quantities of delivery
“With us, no minimum quantity, if you need one single bar, it is possible” explain the directors. And it is also this flexibility that allows Klein to be recognised on the international markets. For example if you need a special material, it is often not possible to order less than 1000 kg elsewhere.

The article published in Eurotec addresses the following points:

  • Quality of delivery
  • A large stock
  • New gradations that bring more (for high precision machining and watchmaking)
  • It is necessary to take the plunge
  • Watchmaking has everything to gain
  • A bespoke service
Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional watches.
Watchmakers are beginning to see the benefits of new materials such as the LAW100X (using metallic powder technology). Like Christophe Claret that uses this material to create some parts of its exceptional timepieces.

 

You can read it here.

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L. Klein SA

Chemin du Long-Champ 110
Postfach 8358
CH-2500 Biel/Bienne 8
Tél. +41 32 341 73 73
Fax +41 32 341 97 20
info@kleinmetals.ch
www.kleinmetals.ch
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Different watchmaking solutions

If Newemag is very well established in German-speaking Switzerland, its solutions dedicated to watchmaking are not well-known yet in this market in French-speaking Switzerland. EPHJ is a perfect opportunity to discover the skills of this provider in this area.

This year, Newemag has already organised two open-houses with great successes. One in its new premises in Eschenbach and one in Chavornay. Some customers discovering the new Brother at one of those open-houses.
This year, Newemag has already organised two open-houses with great successes. One in its new premises in Eschenbach and one in Chavornay. The picture shows some customers discovering the new Brother at one of those open-houses.

What about watch industry?
‘We have been active in the field of watchmaking for a few years, but in 2014 we have reached a milestone since we have machines permanently available in Chavornay and we have hired a new application engineer specialised in this area” says the Director. Talking about casing circle, case-middle, plates or bridges, Newemag’s specialists are very well informed. Questioned about the importance of the provenance of the machines for watchmaking, M. Métraux, one of the vendors for French-speaking Switzerland who joined us says: “We offer Japanese and German machines, and sometimes the Japanese origin is a brake (which is amazing when you look at the number of Asian autlomatic lathes in the workshops). But today, even the Swiss brands offer machines with a significant portion of their components coming from Asia or even, in some cases, only the brand is Swiss. Customers look more on the rational aspect of the offer”.

A 5-axis machine is not always necessary
To have a 5-axis machine able to do everything is certainly very interesting, but specialists from the company noted that the market is also looking for rational solutions at prices calculated accurately. The price per part, in this area too, becomes a factor of importance for customers. The seller goes even further in the argument for a 3 axis machine: “We realised case-middles on a 3-axis Brother machine and the results are more than amazing. We produce parts in the same cycle time as with 5-axis machine for a level of investment far less important (2.5 to 3x) but in addition, simpler kinematics provides greater precision and best surface finishes. Broadening our vision to the whole production chain, we also see that subsequent polishing operations are largely facilitated”.

At EPHJ/EPMT/SMT, Newemag will demonstrate a turning/milling solution with Miyano and a milling machine with Brother. Check them out on the D108 booth.

Newemag AG
Acherfang 8
6274 Eschenbach
Tel.+41 41 798 31 00
Fax +41 41 790 10 54
www.newemag.ch
info@newemag.ch

Schneider mc SA
Rue de l’industrie 3
1373 Chavornay
Tél +41 24 441 72 13
Fax +41 24 441 72 14
www.schneidermcsa.ch
info@schneidermcsa.ch

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Watch industry specialists: Brother S500 X1 and Miyano BNA-42 MSY.
Watch industry specialists: Brother S500 X1 and Miyano BNA-42 MSY.

 

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PS: You can see a few pictures of the new premises of Eschenbach on this post.

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New range dedicated to watchmaking

The production of very small parts, in particular for watch movements, requires turning tools designed specifically for this type of machining. In 2012, Applitec launched a number of inserts dedicated to the watchmaking field, and demand has increased considerably since then. To such an extent, in fact, that Applitec is now launching a new complete range of turning tools for machining watch parts.

"The feedback from our customers has been very positive - they are delighted with the performance of these tools. They have asked us for numerous special features, and these requests have enabled us to create our standard range."
“The feedback from our customers has been very positive – they are delighted with the performance of these tools. They have asked us for numerous special features, and these requests have enabled us to create our standard range” says Pascal Kohler.

Watchmaking bar turners have increasingly requested specific dimensions and angles which have substantially exceeded those covered by the original offering. Technical manager Pascal Kohler explains: “With brazed hard metal tools, each bar turner would sharpen his or her tools as habit or requirements dictated, whereas nowadays they all request the same operations on our reversible inserts.” And although the company still offers special customised solutions, it has undergone significant rationalisation and now offers a wide range to cater for all needs.

A top range
The new range of dedicated watchmaking products is called Top-Watch, and draws on the strengths of the Top-Line range (reversible ground inserts) well known to users, notably the positioning and clamping system of the offset tooth inserts, which offers unparalleled rigidity compared to traditional clamping systems.

Really sharp edges
There are various treatments involving ultra-fine layers to prevent cutting edges from being rounded, but are they always enough? According to Mr. Kohler: “For extreme cases, we offer an insert with a coated blank, on which the tapers are sharpened after coating.” He adds: “The coating on the cutting surface prevents sticking, and the lack of a coating on the taper is not a problem. That means we can offer an ultra-sharp cutting edge.”

There are many more features to discover in the new watchmaking range. It is available in stock and will be on show at Siams in Moutier, on the Applitec stand, C15, Hall 1.2.

 

The Top-Watch range is perfectly adapted to the SwissNano machine, in terms of both the 8x8 cross section standard insert holder system, with which watchmaking type inserts are compatible, and the Moduline solution. Indeed, Applitec offers its specific Moduline tool holder system to SwissNano.
The Top-Watch range is perfectly adapted to the SwissNano machine, in terms of both the 8×8 cross section standard insert holder system, with which watchmaking type inserts are compatible, and the Moduline solution. Indeed, Applitec offers its specific Moduline tool holder system to SwissNano.

 

Applitec Moutier SA
Swiss Tooling
Chemin Nicolas-Junker 2
CH-2740 Moutier
Tel. +41 32 494 60 20
Fax: +41 32 493 42 60
info@applitec-tools.com
www.applitec-tools.com

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Micro and nano manufacturing at the age of production

As presented yesterday, the MAM 2014 consists in two days of excellent presentations from industrial and academic leaders in the field of microassembly and micro machining. Let’s carry on our discoveries.

A huge step towards the submicron presented by Denis Jeannerat Director of Technology, Willemin-Macodel.
A huge step towards the submicron presented by Denis Jeannerat Director of Technology, Willemin-Macodel.

This year included special sessions on micro-manufacturing applications, notably Medtech and Watchmaking. Reuniting about 90 people from 8 countries, the event is of high level and touches all aspects of micro and nano products.  With this unique blend of academic and industrial aspects, partakers are totally immersed into the present (amazing) and the future (even more amazing) of micro and nano products.

Downsizing products leads to new manufacturing possibilities
On the presentation on Watchmaking, Denis Jeannerat, Director of Technology with Willemin-Macodel explained the huge step towards de submicron realized by the company with its new 701s machine. Indeed the presentation was not to sell something but to explain the trends and technique… and that’s sure the machining by chip removal has still nice days to come.

Interpolation for better results
The new 701s machine clearly changes the way to see high precision machining. The spindle is fixed and the part is held on a 3-arm delta system. Result? The mass to be moved is minimal (1,5 kg) and then allows the whole machine to be smaller, less energy consuming, quicker (up to 5G) and far more effective. The whole machining strategy uses interpolation… and thus reduces the necessary number of tools to realize a part.

Watch plate far more efficiently
On a watch plate, we usually need between 25 and 40 tools in traditional machining, with the news 701s, 5 tools are enough. This also saves time on tools changes. Speaking about time, on the watch plate presented, the new machine needs 5 minutes and 30 seconds… while traditional machining uses 45 minutes. This 8-time improvement seems to be “standard” with that machine.

A big hurdle? Yes it’s hard to believe!
Questionned on the way to introduce the machine on the market, the director explains that the main difficulty to overcome is the “too good” performance and “strange reversed concept” of the machine. And to achieve in convincing their customers, the company realizes a lot of tests on customers parts… and the results are amazing!

It seems that yesterday, some companies were interested in going to Delémont with their parts…

To know more about that machine, you can read all articles recently published on Eurotec here.

Willemin-Macodel SA
Route de la Communance 59
CH-2800 Delémont
Switzerland
Tél. +41 32 427 03 03
Fax +41 32 426 55 30
sales@willemin-macodel.com
www.willemin-macodel.com

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