Packer Technologies Takes Over Technical Agency K+P Agile

Packer Technologies(PTI), a newly created engineering firm, has taken over the management of K+P Agile, a highly respected technical agency that assists design engineers, plastic component users, and manufacturers in the development of cast plastic and metal components. K+P Agile is a wholly owned subsidiary of The Packer Group, a corporation of technology-driven companies that provide a wide range of consulting and technical services and products to manufacturers, industrial processors, utilities, builders and contractors.

PTI provides technical expertise and resources to the metal casting industry. It specializes in reducing costs in development, design and manufacturing. Its expertise encompasses such functions as reverse engineering, rapid prototyping, analysis, testing, and rapid tooling. PTI also provides contract management for all phases in the production cycle.

Router Cutter Optimized for Cavity Milling in Aluminum

Carboloy, part of Seco Tools AB, has added a new high-productivity routing cutterto its range. Optimized for slotting, square shoulder, and pocketing operations in aluminum, the new router cutter is designed to work with an array of different insert nose radii and is available in cylindrical shank, shell mill, and Combimaster two-piece designs.

The new routing cutter offers a high metal removal rate of 185-245 in.³/min. and a minimized runout of 0.0008 in. on a master insert edge. It has a very positive axial rake for good chip evacuation, and tolerances of h6 on the shank and arbor hole. A rake angle of 24° provides a mirror-like surface finish. The cutter is pre-balanced by design for applications running up to 10,000 rpm.

Additional features include constant chip groove along radii, open flute, safety slot, and an optimal ramping angle design that minimizes body weight

Metal Laser Melting

Trumpf, EOS Enter into Cross-License
Agreement on Metal Laser Melting

The TRUMPF Group and EOS have entered into a cross-license agreement with each granting the other party licenses to their patent portfolios for direct metal laser melting, a variation of EOS’s direct metal laser sintering.

In the process of direct metal laser melting, metal powder free of binder or fluxing agent is fully melted by a scanning laser beam to build up three-dimensional objects with properties of the original material. The direct metal laser sintering technology by EOS complements Trumpf’s direct metal laser melting. The new technology of direct metal laser melting is expected to broaden the application of rapid manufacturing.

Hans J. Langer, CEO of EOS, explains: “This agreement is a good example of how patents can be used to benefit innovative manufacturers and also technology users. The investments EOS has made over the years in technical innovation, as well as the acquisition of patent rights, has put us in a position where we can multiply the benefits through cross-licensing.

“For EOS this agreement brings a further strengthening of our technology position by the acquisition of additional patent rights and know-how from TRUMPF. The market benefits from two companies which invest their resources together in developing new and improved technologies.”

Professor Berthold Leibinger, president of Trumpf, says: “The combination of our core competencies in laser and machine tool manufacturing has led to new solutions, constant growth and continuous innovation. In this sense, we are convinced that there is a great market potential for direct metal laser melting.”

Leibinger continues, “By consolidating two already strong patent portfolios this agreement establishes a considerable intellectual property basis from which advanced technologies can be developed.”

Construction to Start Soon on
HYX Technical Center in Shanghai

Construction is slated to begin this October on HYX‘s new Technical Center in Shanghai. The facility, located in the the Waigaoqiao Free Trade Zone of the city’s booming Pudong district, is projected to open in mid-2003. The new center will serve as HYX’s Asia-Pacific headquarters and will complement its existing East Asian technical centers in Sydney, Singapore, and Yokohama.

The state-of-the-art 52,000-ft² facility will offer customers product demonstrations, a bottle development center, PET mold refurbishing, hot runner manufacturing, and spare-parts distribution.

“Shanghai is a strategic location for us, and our new Shanghai Technical Center here will be our Asia hub,” says Marcus Sutch, president of Husky Asia. “It will significantly increase our ability to offer localized service in the region as it moves us physically closer to our key customers.”

Sutch continues, “The Shanghai Technical Center reinforces our commitment to the Asian market. It enhances our ability to keep our customers in the lead by offering the industry’s best service and support.”

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CMM Manufacturers

Association of CMM Manufacturers
Celebrates Its First Anniversary

Founded in late 2001 to promote coordinate measuring machine business and technology, the International Association of Coordinate Measuring Machine Manufacturers — better known as CMM 
Manufacturers — will soon be celebrating its first anniversary.

This international, non-profit organization undertakes such initiatives as the development of human skills through education and training, and the promotion and implementation of common standards for hardware and interface software. For example, to help engineers and managers stay up to speed with evolving measurement technology, IA.CMM supports an ongoing forum for the exchange of experience between CMM users and CMM manufacturers. this machine is meaureing the dimensions for molds and die, for examples plastic mold or plastic molding parts

Members of IA.CMM are Brown & Sharpe DEA, Carl Zeiss, ITP, Johansson, Mahr, Mitutoyo, Mora, OKM, Trimek, Wenzel, Werth, and Zett Mess.

New Integrated Resin Selector
Software Tool Is Updated Frequently

Prospector Pro by IDES is a tool to help in the selection of resins. The program integrates with resin manufacturers’ and distributors’ material selector tools and websites. It allows efficient access to a database of 40,000 plastic material datasheets from 390 global suppliers.

The program includes design data, multipoint data, comprehensive datasheets directly from suppliers and sourcing information.

New features include:

  • Exporting of design data to HTML text or MS Excel files
  • Sample ordering via General Polymers
  • Resin purchasing via GE Polymerland
  • Request product quotes from manufacturers and/or distributors

Improved features include complementary material support. If users are unable to find a plastic datasheet, they can contact IDES and it will track down the datasheet within 24 hours.  

An i-Manage Suite™ data entry tool allows manufacturers to import their data directly into the IDES plastic materials database which is updated to Prospector Pro every two weeks.

Materialise Process Builds
Impressive Replica Statue

An impressive statue stands in the hall of the Materialiseheadquarters in Leuven, Belgium. It’s a six-foot-tall reproduction of an ancient Greek kouros, a type of life-size sculpture that marked graves or stood near temples as gifts dedicated to the gods during the Archaic era, from about 650 to 500 BC.

The manufacturer of the statue was part of an ECO project, which involved GEO-Analysis, responsible for scanning sculptures; the Focke Museum in Bremen, Germany; the Fitzwilliam Museum of Archeology in Cambridge, UK; the Archaeological Receipts Fund in Athens; and Materialise.

The goal for Materialise was to make a life-size replica of a kouros. After preparing the scanned data in a day, Materialise built the statue on its Mammoth II stereolithography machine, which has a build area of 2,150 x 620 x 500 mm.

The statue was built with a layer thickness of 0.15 mm. Production took just under 100 hours. The replica has a wall thickness of 5 mm and weighs about 11 kg.

Upcoming NPE 2003 Expected
To Be Truly International Event

We’re less than nine months away from the triennial NPE, and the Washington-based Society of the Plastics Industry is expecting the largest international participation in the show’s history. Show dates are June 23-27, 2003. The year 2000 show set three NPE records: number of exhibiting companies (2,014), net exhibit space (1,142,900 ft²/106,179m²), and number of registered participants (90,142).

By logging on to, visitors can preregister for the show, identify exhibiting companies by product categories and access their websites via links. By late fall, visitors will be able to use the site to select, confirm and pay deposits on hotels.

The site also provides a secure “personal planner,” that preregistered visitors can use to organize their time at NPE 2003. Basic information on the show is available in Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish. Links to the city of Chicago websites provide information on dining, recreation and entertainment.

Until December, the cost of registering for NPE is (US) $25.00 and $50.00 thereafter. On-site registration is $75.00.

An International Center at NPE will offer multilingual staff, U.S. Dept. of Commerce trade experts to help visitors make valuable contacts with American firms. Separate meeting areas will be available for delegations from specific countries.

Technology Showroom

Fadal Technology Center Showroom
Schedules Open House for Nov. 19

On November 19, Fadal Machining Centers is holding an open house at its new Technology Center in Hayward, California. The Fadal Technology Center features a showroom with six demo machines and stock machine inventory, as well as a service center that provides multilingual training classes, fully stocked service vans, and factory-trained technicians.

“The Fadal Technology Center enables customers to make the best decision for their application from a wide variety of metal cutting solutions, from entry level to turnkey,” says Jerry McCarty, Fadal Machining Center’s vice president for customer service. “Our 24/7 service means more production time, so Fadal customers get the full value of their machining centers.”

The Fadal Technology Center showroom features six machining centers for demos of Fadal’s Performance Series, Standard Series and Remanufactured Series machining centers, as well as Giddings & Lewis, Hessapp, Hüller Hille, and Cross Hüller machining solutions. By offering machine tools from all the ThyssenKrupp MetalCutting companies, the Fadal Technology center provides a real choice in machining center solutions.

DaimlerChrysler Award Honors
Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology

Once again, Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology has received DaimlerChrysler’s International Procurement Services (IPS) award. Dr. Heinrich Reidelbach, IPS vice president at DaimlerChrysler, presented the award to Ralf Dieter, executive vice president and general manager of Carl Zeiss Industrielle Meßtechnik GmbH, in a special ceremony held recently in Stuttgart-Untertürkheim, Germany. Carl Zeiss was one of 10 suppliers to receive the award.

The main criteria for the award were a commitment to quality, competitive pricing, technology, and logistics, as well as a long-standing working relationship between DaimlerChrysler and the supplier. This supplier history was recorded in a “balance score card” along with the four IPS criteria to provide a benchmarking matrix. An additional survey was made in DaimlerChrysler’s factories to obtain feedback on their level of satisfaction with different suppliers.

During the award ceremony, Reidelbach explained that Carl Zeiss Industrial Metrology was a long-standing premium partner in the field of measuring systems and, in particular, had supported DaimlerChrysler during its starting problems with the E-Class car by providing professional and flexible services.