New Product Boosts Surfware Revenues

Net revenues reported by Surfware Inc. for August 2005 were 42% higher than for the same period the previous year. The company attributes the dramatic increase to the recent introduction of a tool-path engine that allows the use of machining parameters in aggressive combinations that were not possible before.

“The company’s outstanding growth is undoubtedly the direct result of the release of SURFCAM Velocity,” said Domenic Lanzillotta, Surfware’s vice president of worldwide sales, referring to the latest offering from the CAD/CAM software specialist. “We are extremely excited about the future for Surfware and believe this groundbreaking technological advancement will revolutionize machining worldwide.”

Available only in SURFCAM Velocity is TrueMill tool-path technology, a completely original tool-path engine that dynamically and accurately manages the tool’s engagement with the workpiece material . This precise tool control enables machining parameters such as spindle speed, feed rate, depth of cut, and step-over to be specified in combinations that would result in material damage or tool breakage id used with existing tool-path generators.

SURFCAM software is designed for CNC programming of 2-, 3-, 4-, and 5-axis mills, lathes, wire EDMs, and laser, plasma, and water-jet machining equipment. In developing and improving the software, Surfware Inc. applies its considerable experience in machining technology to a process of continual innovation in addressing industrial design and manufacturing concerns.

Agie Charmilles Machine Tool Schedules Post-EMO Open House for Britain

Agie Charmilles Ltd. is holding a post-EMO Productivity Plus Open House October 11 and 12 for UK manufacturers that did not get to the September machine tool trade fair. The market-leading specialist manufacturer of electrical discharge machining (EDM) equipment and machine tools for high-speed and 5-axis machining created the event in recognition of the fact that most UK manufacturers would not be able to get to Hannover. The UK-focused open house takes place at the host company’s state-of-the-art facility in Coventry. Its theme of Productivity Plus was explained by Tony Steels, managing director of Agie Charmilles.

“Irrespective of how busy or how successful individual UK manufacturing companies are at this moment in time,” said Steels, “there is always room for improvement. Increasing productivity and raising performance through investment in the very latest machine tool technologies can, and clearly does, help companies improve their competitiveness.”

For UK manufacturers that did not attend EMO, suggested Steels, “there is a real danger that they could be left in the dark and put their competitiveness at a serious disadvantage because they haven’t seen or experienced the most recent technological developments showcased at EMO.” The open house is designed as an opportunity to remove that disadvantage for UK companies interested in upgrading or adding capabilities in EDM or HSM/5-axis machining.

The event features the latest technologies from Agie Charmilles’ Agie, Mikron, and Charmilles brands. Fast, highly accurate EDM machines and ultrahigh-performance machining centres will be put through their paces for visitors.

And because the open house emphasizes the importance of raising productivity, attendees will have ample opportunity to discuss their production challenges with Agie Charmilles’ technical and applications experts.

Mould & Die Asia 2005 Fair Attracts 13,000 Buyers in China

The flagship Asian mould and die industry trade event Mould & Die Asia 2005, the 4th International Mould & Die Making and Manufacturing Technology Exhibition for Asia, drew more than 13,000 buyers from 41 countries and regions to the Chinese Export Commodities Fair Pazhou Complex in Guangzhou September 21–24. Of these, about 60% were from the manufacturing industries, according to preliminary statistics from Business & Industrial Trade Fairs Ltd. and Genertec International Advertising & Exhibition Co., Ltd., the fair organizers.

In addition to the 12,100 buyers from within China, 900 overseas buyers came to Mould & Die Asia 2005. About 59% of the visiting buyers were decision makers, engineers, and purchasers from the automotive, electronics, electrical appliances, household goods, machinery and hardware, plastics, toy, office automation equipment, and other industries. Ninety-one percent of these had the final say or offered recommendations in corporate purchasing decisions.

The strong attendance of leading regional mould makers at Mould & Die Asia 2005 made the exhibition a global sourcing centre for casting and forging dies, ceramic moulds, die-casting moulds, drawing dies, glass moulds, metal extruding moulds, plastic and rubber moulds, plastic extruding moulds, stamping dies, and advanced processing technology such as in-mould decoration and insert moulding. Also on hand were exhibitors showing mould and die processing machinery, hot runner systems and supplies, materials and components, heat treatment services, and other auxiliary equipment.

The Mould & Die Asia International Forum on Mould & Die Industry Development, a parallel event, consisted of a series of multitrack seminars on new technical and market developments and attracted more than 300 attendees. It was considered a Mould & Die Asia highlight.

Mould & Die Asia 2007 is scheduled for September 2007 at the same Guangzhou location.