Micronora : le rendez-vous de la précision

Small is beautiful. Salon de niche à vocation européenne, Micronora rassemble le secteur de la microtechnique qui intègre toujours plus d’intelligence dans un volume toujours plus réduit.



« Plus petit, plus précis, plus intelligent, telles sont les exigences des secteurs de pointe. L’enjeu pour la profession est donc d’intégrer de plus en plus d’intelligence grâce à de nouveaux capteurs, dans un volume toujours de plus en plus petit, avec une consommation d’énergie de plus en plus faible, et à un coût de plus en plus compétitif » explique Michèle Blondeau, directeur général de Micronora.

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Micronora: the high-precision event
Small is beautiful. As a niche European trade fair, Micronora brings together the microtechnology sector, which is concentrating more and more intelligence in an ever-decreasing volume.

“Smaller, more accurate, more intelligent” are the key demands of cutting-edge sectors. The challenge for the sector is therefore to integrate more and more intelligence using new sensors, in an ever-decreasing volume, using less and less energy, at an increasingly competitive price,” explains Michèle Blondeau, General Manager of Micronora.

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Micronora: Treffpunkt der Präzision
Small is beautiful. Als europäisch ausgerichtete Nischenmesse vereint die Micronora den Mikrotechnikbereich, der immer intelligentere Lösungen in einem immer kleineren Volumen unterbringt.

Kleiner, präziser und intelligenter, so lauten die Anforderungen der spitzentechnologischen Sektoren. Die Herausforderung für die Branche besteht somit darin, dank neuer Sensoren immer mehr Intelligenz in immer kleinere Volumen zu integrieren, mit einem immer geringeren Energieverbrauch und zu immer konkurrenzfähigeren Kosten“, erläutert Michèle Blondeau, Generaldirektorin der Micronora.

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MachineWorks New Software Development

MachineWorks Software sets the standard for CNC Simulation and Verification component software in the industry. More than 60% of CAM developers in the world have integrated MachineWorks technology into their applications and benefited from MachineWorks’ cutting-edge functionality since 1994.


What’s New in MachineWorks?
The forthcoming MachineWorks release contains many exciting developments, one of them being the support of cloud-based applications for CNC simulation and verification. This new feature allows networked devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktops to visualise MachineWorks simulations running in the cloud.
A new geometry query API makes rendering integration much easier for applications. It has been designed to be future-proof and flexible.
Customers who use both MachineWorks and Polygonica will benefit from a new API to provide a seamless transition between the toolkits, allowing direct and efficient transfer of geometry and associated data.Real-time gouge detection has been extended to support more machining types, including linear, rotational, arc and B-axis turning and multi-axis wire EDM.
Although Rapidcut simulation was already extremely fast, the new multithreaded Rapidcut engine makes it even faster by taking advantage of multi-core CPUs.
Where is MachineWorks embedded?
Leading CAM software suppliers, CNC Controller and CNC Machine Tool manufacturers from across the world integrate MachineWorks’ industry-proven APIs into their software applications in order to create systems with complex simulation, real-time verification and look ahead collision detection in the full envelope of the machine.
Tools up MachineWorks’ Sleeve
MachineWorks also provides tools for toolpath optimisation, for healing solids and for easy integration such as MachineWorks Simulator that produces a working prototype within a day and help customers get quickly to market. MachineWorks Support team is there for the customers every step of the way and continue to provide support and innovative solutions throughout the full extent of the partnership, becoming an invaluable asset for the developers using MachineWorks.

Use of MachineWorks
MachineWorks functionality offers real-time simulation and verification for any type of CNC machining including kinematics, multi-axis, mill-turn, robotics, Swiss-type turning, Wire EDM, hybrid machining (subtractive + additive manufacturing) with features such as on-the-fly crash and gouge check, target part comparison, material removal and infinite zooming.


Micronora 2016: cap sur l’automobile de demain

Les sous-traitants automobiles, plus innovants que jamais…
La véritable tornade technologique qui secoue l’automobile changera sans doute le visage de cette vieille industrie.


Cet essor est une bonne nouvelle pour les sous-traitants microtechniques, fournisseurs attitrés de l’industrie automobile. La voiture de demain, intelligente et électrique, faite de métal mais aussi de plastique et de composites, bourrée d’informatique, ne pourra pas voir le jour sans ces derniers.
Une raison de plus de ne pas rater leurs innovations au prochain salon Micronora 2016, spécialisé dans les domaines de la précision, miniaturisation, et fonctions complexes qui aura lieu du 27 au 30 septembre à Besançon (France).

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Automotive sub-contractors, more innovative than ever…
The genuine technological whirlwind that is shaking up the automotive sector will definitely change the face of this old industry.
This boom is good news for microtechnological sub-contractors and suppliers attracted by the automotive industry. The intelligent, electric car of the future, made of metal but also of plastic and composites, and packed with IT technology, will not see the light of day without microtechnology.
Yet another reason not to miss the latest innovations at the upcoming Micronora 2016 trade fair, specialising in high-precision, miniaturisation and integration of complex functions, which will take place from 27 to 30 September in Besançon, France.

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Die Automobilzulieferer, innovativer als je zuvor…
Der wahrhaftige technologische Wirbelsturm, der die Automobilbranche in Aufruhr bringt, wird zweifellos das Antlitz dieser althergebrachten Industrie verändern.
Dieser neue Aufschwung ist verheißend für die Mikrotechnikzulieferer als etablierte Lieferanten der Automobilindustrie. Das intelligente und elektrische Auto der Zukunft, das sowohl aus Metall als auch aus Kunststoff und Verbundstoffen besteht und mit IT vollgepackt ist, kann ohne sie nicht das Licht der Welt erblicken.
Dies ist ein weiterer Grund, um ihre Innovationen nicht zu verpassen bei der kommenden Micronora-Messe 2016, bei der die Präzision, Miniaturisierung und komplexe Funktionen im Mittelpunkt stehen, und die vom 27. bis 30. September in Besançon (Frankreich) stattfinden wird.

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Schuler completes takeover of AWEBA Werkzeugbau German high-tech company will be fully consolidated as of July 1, 2016 / Takeover opens up new market segments for die construction business

Schuler AG has completed the takeover of German die construction specialist Aweba. Following approval from the relevant anti-trust authorities, Schuler – the market leader in forming technology – has now closed the acquisition process. As of July 1, 2016, Schuler will thus become the sole owner of Aweba Werkzeugbau GmbH Aue. The Aweba Group is one of the world’s leading full-service providers of dies and fixtures.


Schuler CEO Stefan Klebert commented: “Aweba’s outstanding technological expertise in die construction is a perfect fit for our portfolio with major benefits for the customers of both companies. The acquisition and subsequent pooling of resources in die construction will add further momentum to Schuler’s growth.”

In the past fiscal year 2015, Aweba generated sales revenue of around € 60 million. The Aweba Group employs around 600 people, including almost 200 highly skilled engineers and toolmakers. In future, they will work together with Schuler’s existing die construction specialists in a single division.

Aweba CEO Udo Binder stated: “The previously separate activities of Schuler and AWEBA in the field of die construction complement each other perfectly. There is hardly any overlap. Schuler’s global market standing gives us the platform to present ourselves to customers as a global system supplier within a strong group.”

Aweba currently supplies clients in the automotive and electrical industries, as well as machine and plant manufacturers. Schuler signed the purchase agreement with the previous owners of the company (private and institutional investors) on April 13, subject to approval of the relevant anti-trust authoritie


AMB 2016: The machine tool goes digital. Expert interview with Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher / Machine of the future the key topic at AMB in Stuttgart

Machine tools are becoming increasingly more precise, quicker and better. This will also be demonstrated during the forthcoming AMB, International Exhibition for Metal Working in Stuttgart from 13 to 17 September 2016, which is expected to attract 90,000 visitors. However, the basic principle of the metal cutting machine is changing very little. Several rotatory and linear axes are combined differently in a closed housing. The control units are also not readily accessible. In times of “Industry 4.0”, actually only another term for “networking”, the machine tool must be opened up. What will it look like in future?


Answers to this question are provided by Professor Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher, one of the Heads of the renowned Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University and holder of the Chair for Machine Tools.

Professor Brecher, how must the machine tool of the future change for Industry 4.0?
In our opinion, two aspects are crucial: digitalisation or virtualisation of machine tools and their networking. In the first case engineering will be substantially optimised both through meaningful models of mechanical – i.e. static, dynamic and thermal behaviour – and control technology behaviour (e.g. the drive train or control models). The objective here is to simulate the subsequent machine as far as the process and detect challenges at an early stage. Networking will have more of an effect on the following operating phase. Future machine tools must contain semantic interfaces in order to provide, for example, process data in high resolution for more in-depth analyses, if possible in real time, or be functionally integrated in networked systems.

What effect will increasing automation of processes, especially through robots, have on the design of a machine tool?
Automated production cells already exist in tool construction and mouldmaking for example. However, we have identified major challenges relating to cost-effective operation of these cells (robots, machine tools, bearings) in multi-variant small series – i.e. the typical product range of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMUs). Processes often cannot come on stream in parallel with production time, or the expertise required in this case is not available. To date, there have only been a few approaches to define a functionally extensive interface between a machine tool and a robot that can be integrated into the CAD/CAM-NC chain or the RC chain. This becomes very exciting when we consider flexible automation, e.g. by means of collaborative robotics. We also see great potential here for SMUs and small series.
We are currently establishing a working party which will examine this question both on the research side and during direct industrial cooperation.

What has actually become of the concept of hexapods, i.e. a completely new design of machine tools, for which a great future was once predicted?
Due to various reasons, the concept of parallel kinematics or hybrid solutions could only be successfully established in a few areas. In addition to the area of handling and installation, there are also machine tools in which the advantages, e.g. the high feasible dynamics of special concepts, are used very successfully. One example is the highly dynamic Ecospeed machine from Dörries Scharmann for highly productive aluminium machining in the aerospace industry. In future, there will certainly also be special concepts for specific applications in the machine tool industry.

Machines are becoming increasingly more complex, young people are thinking in apps – how will machines be operated in future?
The development of new, innovative man-machine concepts has a long history in the Machine Tool Laboratory at RWTH Aachen University. For example, the approach of an action-based operating concept – motivated by modern smartphones – has been successfully validated with multi-modal interfaces, thereby significantly reducing the complexity of current human-machine interfaces. Celos from DMG Mori is pursuing an entirely similar approach in this respect. In the MaxiMMI Project, whose participants include leading machine tool manufacturers and suppliers, we are also currently observing the integration of new operating devices such as smart watches, tablets or multimedia glasses in the machine tool environment. Although these approaches offer great potential, they should not be pursued just for their own sake, but should always create a realistic practical application.

Energy efficiency has also been a recurring topic in the machine tool industry for some years. What is the situation at present?
The topic area of energy efficiency is still the subject of current research funding tenders. Whereas we were initially able to design the main units, e.g. spindles, more efficiently after taking account of physical models, more emphasis is now placed on auxiliary units and intelligent thermal management as a whole. Current activities in the Machine Tool Laboratory involve reducing non-productive warm-up times in order to also switch off machines quickly in a flexible way during short breaks in production. From an overall viewpoint, the topic of energy efficiency must be broadly considered in the context of productivity in order to reduce the amount of energy consumption per component.


Dürr Ecoclean: Effective Entry into Aqueous Part Cleaning

At AMB, the international exhibition for metalworking, Dürr Ecoclean will present its EcoCCube, an extremely compact cleaning machine. The small footprint and low weight as well as the complete equipment and ready-to-connect construction enable fast and easy integration of the user-friendly front-loading system into production. The EcoCCube thus provides an optimal access into aqueous spray cleaning.


Whether parts are machined, stamped or deep-drawn, aqueous component cleaning with alkaline, neutral or acidic media ranks among the most widely employed cleaning technologies in many industries and in remanufacturing. Though, depending on the degree of completion, the downstream process and the specific industry, cleanliness requirements vary. When simpler cleaning tasks or intermediate cleaning have to be performed effectively and efficiently, Dürr Ecoclean’s EcoCCube holds many aces. These include, on the one hand, its space-saving footprint of just 2100 x 1630 x 1855 mm/ 6.90 x 5.35 x 6.10 ft. (length x width x height) and its low weight. The two-stage (washing/rinsing) and ready-to-connect spray unit with hot-air drying can thus be integrated easily and in minimum time into any manufacturing environment. On the other hand, the user-friendly front-loading system with integrated manual loading device convinces with flexibility. Parts soiled with oil and or emulsion can be cleaned as individual or as bulk components. The all-round spray system with four nozzle sets works with a high circulation flow rate, both when cleaning and when rinsing. The cleaning effect of the medium used can additionally be increased through rotation of the parts in the work chamber. Parts drying is performed by hot air circulation without loss of vapour to the environment. The EcoCCube’s freely programmable control system allows for storing 10 programs, thus enabling to clean different components parts-specifically. An intuitive HMI control panel makes the selection and start of the programme in question easy and safe, which contributes to high process reliability.

Efficiency through high throughput and long bath service life
The effective cleaning, rinsing and drying operations enable that up to 12 batches, each with a maximum weight of 80 kg (176 lbs.), can be cleaned per hour. Contaminants brought into the bath are continuously removed from the fluids by an integrated full-stream filtration and an oil skimmer. Thus, a long bath service live is achieved. Moreover, it attains its operating temperature quickly and energy-efficiently due to the optimized dimensions of two standard flood tanks.This in combination with the high throughput results in cost-efficient cleaning processes and helps to reduce costs per unit in manufacturing.


Modular and flexible servo press

FlexiPRESS is the name given to the new flexible servo-press from Parkem. Its progressive modular design enables optimisation of costs and generation of maximum added value for the integrator as well as the end customer.


The user therefore only purchases the equipment and functions really necessary. FlexiPRESS clearly distinguishes itself from the turnkey servo presses which often propose too many unnecessary functions and add-ons with a consequent negative effect of the utility-price ratio.
FlexiPRESS is based on Parkem linear actuators, either with screw and planetary gear rollers or tooth and ball gear, with a stroke of 25 to 1,600 mm. The torque ranges from 0.1 to 180 kN. When required, a load sensor may be incorporated and protected in the module.
The multifunctional load measurement control system comPRESS combines a load regulator and a servo regulator in a single control system to reduce communication time and obtain a high level of precision. It is foreseen with all common field busses and may be incorporated into all environments. Depending on the applications, the load measurement functions of the easyPRESS software package may be combined with the comPRESS control system.
FlexiPRESS is perfectly suitable for integration into any production lines, installations or presses as required in an advantageous, fast and flexible manner. The easyPRESS software package may be used in subsequent projects without the purchase of an additional licence.

Flexible und modulare Servopresse
flexiPRESS ist die neue, flexible Servopresse von Parkem. Dank mehrstufigem Aufbau garantiert sie Kostenoptimierungen und maximale Wertschöpfung beim Integrator und Endkunden. Denn es soll nur in die effektiv benötigte Hardware und Funktionalität investiert werden. Dadurch unterscheidet sich die flexiPRESS deutlich von schlüsselfertigen Servopressen, welche oft zu viele Funktionen und Features bieten und so ein schlechtes Kosten/Nutzen-Verhältnis darstellen.
Parkems Elektrozylinder mit Planetenrollen- oder Kugelgewindetrieb mit 25 bis 1600mm Hub bilden die Basis der flexiPRESS. Das Kraftspektrum reicht von 0.1 bis 180 kN. Der Kraftsensor ist auf Wunsch geschützt im Modul integriert.
Die multifunktionale Kraftmess-Steuerung comPRESS vereint Kraftregler und Servoregler in einer Steuerung. Dies reduziert die Kommunikationszeit und sorgt für hohe Genauigkeit. Sie verfügt über alle gängigen Feldbusse und lässt sich in jede Umgebung integrieren. Je nach Applikation werden die miteinander kombinierbaren Software-Kraftmessfunktionen easyPRESS in der comPRESS-Steuerung eingesetzt.
flexiPRESS eignet sich ideal für die Integration in Produktionslinien und Anlagen oder für Pressenapplikationen, welche günstig, schnell und flexibel realisiert werden sollen. Die easyPRESS-Software kann für identische Folgeprojekte wiederverwendet werden, es entstehen keine weiteren Lizenzkosten.


Pierre-Yves Schmid, publisher