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Record attendance at bauma

martin jennings - 2013-04-25 19:50:26

An impressive 530,000 visitors from over 200 countries converged on the bauma construction fair held at the Munich exhibition centre (Messe München) in Germany this April. Not only did this break all previous bauma records for exhibitor numbers and exhibition space, it also attracted the highest number of visitors ever. "This is very good for our industry in these turbulent times and it will certainly give it a boost," said Johann Sailer, Chairman of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association of VDMA and President of the Committee for the European Construction Equipment Industry (CECE).
Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München, is more than satisfied: "Our exhibitors were delighted with the quality of the visitors here and with the international spread represented among them. Good business has been done here. With over 200,000 visitors from outside Germany, the number of international attendees was higher than ever before. The response this year has simply been outstanding."
The 'Top Ten' countries of origin among the visitors were: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, the Russian Federation, France, Netherlands, Great Britain, Sweden and Poland. Indonesia, bauma’s partner country this year, was also strongly represented, with a high-ranking political delegation and around 800 visitors.
In total, 3,420 exhibitors – 1,346 from Germany and 2,074 from abroad – from 57 countries presented their latest products and innovations in construction and mining machinery at bauma 2013 on a record exhibition space of 570,000 square meters.
The next bauma takes place from April 11 to 17, 2016 in Munich.

Diamond Innovations to close Dublin plant

martin jennings - 2013-04-25 19:41:07

Diamond Innovations is to close its Ireland plant by the end of September this year with a loss of 79 jobs. The company, which is based in Clonshaugh business park in north Dublin, has been in operation in Ireland since 1981.
In a statement, the company said that following a strategic review, it proposed to consolidate all Dublin-based production at its headquarters in Worthington, Ohio, US.
This would be done over a number of months, with the Dublin plant ceasing production at the end of September.
The company said there would be a 30-day period of discussion and consultation with employees and their representatives regarding the impact of the announcement.
The Dublin company is a subsidiary of Sandvik AB, a high-technology, engineering group with representation in more than 130 countries.
Sandvik AB specialises in materials technology and produces tools for metal cutting and for the mining and construction industries, as well as stainless materials, special alloys, metallic and ceramic resistance materials and process systems.
President of Diamond Innovations Mark Schweizer paid tribute yesterday to the Dublin employees.
He said management was aware of the impact the decision would have on employees and the company would endeavour to provide support and assistance to all those affected over the next few weeks and months.

Lach at Ligna

martin jennings - 2013-04-20 12:08:52

Lach Diamant will be presenting the 2013 edition of its universal diamond grinding machine, the Dia-2200-mini at the Ligna woodworking exhibition being held in Hanover from May 6 to 10 (Hall 26 Stand D35)
Lach considers this machine to be the all-rounder for the sharpening of all diamond tools for the woodworking and plastic industries, being compact and easy to operate it gives the perfect and fastest service machine for diamond PCD tools.
The Dia-2200-mini was developed for Lach’s own requirements on the basis of 40 years of pioneering work in the manufacturing of polycrystalline diamond tools (PCD) and is now available worldwide to all sharpening services, including for in-house use as a so called “cost killer”.
A summary of the highlights for the service technician are :

*  Takes diamond saws up to ø 530 mm – sharpening in one clamping – manufacture of new tools or service – at diameter or at the flanks – automatic sequence – tooth by tooth.

* Also universal for diamond saws, scoring tools, diamond hogging tools, router bits, jointing tools – all shear cuts

* Automatic final measurement and control on the machine

* Reduction of high electrode costs because 100% graphite compatible resulting in cost savings in comparison to expensive copper electrodes.

Some 35 years of the discovery of the spark erosion by Horst Lach, the company looks back with pride to the LIGNA 1979 where it presented for the first time worldwide diamond tools for the processing of all wood, wood-like materials and plastics.
More information can be found at

New range of diamond files from Engis

martin jennings - 2013-04-20 11:47:17

Superabrasives specialist Engis offers its customers a wide range of specialist diamond files, available in many shapes, lengths and micron particle sizes, including products suitable for both hand and machine use, all of which have been developed to be particularly effective for removing stock on harder materials, such as tool steels, carbide or ceramics.
Engis Diamond Machine files have a short shank and overall length and are designed for use in reciprocating machines - although they can also be held in a pin vice for hand filing applications where access with a machine proves difficult.  Many designs are available, including files for general use, for heavy duty use, as conical types - recommended for EDM scale removal and the preparation of thin slots - and as riffle types, which are particularly suitable for use on shaped surfaces and are available in both medium and coarse diamond micron sizes.
Engis Diamond hand files are designed with a longer shank to facilitate better access into hard-to-reach areas and are also available in a variety of shapes and diamond micron sizes.  In addition to general use designs, hand files are available in riffle-type, conical-type and needle-type, as well as in the form of mini files for delicate work (total file length is approx. 140 mm). Engis diamond hand files are very robust, resisting delamination even when used under considerable pressure.

The Engis Corporation is a world-wide organisation, established in 1938, which manufactures and markets superabrasive finishing systems for operations that demand precision surface polishing and close tolerance requirements. Engis provides products, services and technological advances in several key areas including: diamond flat lapping/polishing, diamond and CBN-plated tools, bore finishing tools and machines, tool room products and accessories and R&D and technical support.  For further information visit

Keynote speaker announced for Intertech 2013

martin jennings - 2013-04-04 19:24:25

The Industrial Diamond Association of America (IDA) has announced that Dianne Chong, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker at Intertech 2013, which will be held on May 6-8, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Inner Harbor, in Baltimore Maryland USA.
Dr. Chong is the Vice President of Materials and Process Planning in the Boeing Research & Technology organization in EO&T. In this position, she leads the organization responsible for development and support of materials & processes and manufacturing development for Boeing.
Prior to this, she was the Director of Materials & Process Technology for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. Dr. Chong was also the Director of Strategic Operations and Business for IDS Engineering. In this capacity, she was the lead director defining and implementing a solid strategy for all Boeing Engineering. She was the Director of Material & Process Technology in Phantom Works and the Seattle site leader for the Structural Technologies, Prototyping & Quality organization.
In St. Louis, Dr. Chong has also served as the Department Head of three engineering departments at Boeing St. Louis: Materials, Processes, Standards & Producibility; Liaison Engineering; and Production/Process Engineering. She was the Manager of Fabrication Processes in the Manufacturing Technology Processes organization. In that capacity, she was responsible for the Equipment Engineers and Material, Process, and Producibility Engineers who support the Fabrication Centers and the Production Aircraft Programs (F/A-18C/D, F-15, AV-8B, T45TS, and C-17). Dr. Chong has also served as the Team Leader of the Material & Product Form Engineering team in Production Aircraft Programs.
Dr. Chong was the team leader of the both the Advanced Metallic and NDE teams in the Advanced Materials & Structures organization in Phantom Works. Dr. Chong also supervised the MDMSC metallographic and testing laboratories. She performed failure analysis on advanced missile and space components. She was Program Manager of three DoD contracts dealing with semisolid metalworking of space parts, elimination of the casting factor in titanium, and high temperature missile airframe materials. Dr. Chong also managed the Shuttle Student Involvement Project which was flown on the first shuttle after the Challenger disaster.
Dr. Chong received Bachelor’s degrees in both biology and psychology from the University of Illinois in 1971. She continued on at the University of Illinois and earned Master’s degrees in both physiology (1975) and metallurgical engineering (1983). In 1986, Dr. Chong received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. She completed an Executive Master of Manufacturing Management at Washington University in 1998.
Dr. Chong has also served as the St. Louis representative to Military Handbook 5, where she has chaired the Aerospace Users’ Group and the titanium casting group.  
Intertech 2013 will present a strong program with a great emphasis on practical application and new technology using products of diamond and cubic boron nitride (cBN) in manufacturing operations. INTERTECH 2013 will host global suppliers, toolmakers, research organizations and end users to reach more people involved in all aspects of manufacturing and application development.
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