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NZ Manufacturer November 2013

Problems are only opportunities in work clothes. – Henry John Kaiser

MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY they bought many years ago, or something that is quite recent. “What we try to do is to support our customers with their CAM, both old and new. Many of our customers are long term prospects, which we take the time to cultivate and build up over the years. You can see we have the entire suite of product range, from CAM to reverse engineering.

Looking to the future

Delcam’s new Vortex toolpath strategy, incorporated in the latest version of PowerMILL, reduced the machining time for this titanium demonstration component by 63 percent.

areas such as process improvement, optimisation, and investment in strategic software. It may not be a big profit generator now, but as people realise the value, this will change. “At the moment, Delcam is consulting aerospace companies to improve their processes. In the next five years, we may expand our consulting business, albeit on a very selective basis,” reveal Seth. Marketing manager Peter Dickin offers another dimension. “One major trend that can be expected is the increasing capability and complexity of machines. Machines with multiple spindles, turrets, more sophisticated 5- axis machines. “For example, you saw Mazak’s Integrex, which can machine the entire part from the raw material. As the product becomes more complex, so would the machines, which, for us, is a really welcome trend. “Because as the machines become more complex, they become more difficult to program manually, so more CAM is needed. The prevalence of machine complexity will be a positive trend for the CAM market.” Vineet Seth offered one specific example. “CAM has been playing a more ‘offline’ role, with not much interaction between the software program and the processing machine. Inevitably, CAM will have to become more interactive, whereby parameters that changed on the machine can feed directly back to the software, and the software itself will change and adapt, and parts get made with the corrected program. “This is also a marriage between inspection and CAM, which we already have at Delcam.” “In the near future, Southeast Asia may become more important

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for CAM,” says K H Chai. “It depends on the shift in the business. All manufacturers have some CAM, whether it’s something that

“In the near future, the markets will not change dramatically,” believes Peter Dickin, “but certainly in the next five to 10 years, our business in Asia will increase. The China market is one obvious example, where revenue growth from consumption growth can be expected. “They all want cars, refrigerators, tablets and all the stuff. The internal market is huge. It’s the same in India. Then you have the new, emerging countries like Vietnam, where you start having more and more manufacturing.” Continuing with the activities of Delcam in the near future, Joe Zhou added, “Although the economy (in

China) is slowing, we are already seeing maturation in the footwear industry. So we are positioning ourselves to get ready for that. “Delcam has always been a CADCAM company, but we had been stronger on the CAM side. So we are now trying to strengthen our CAD, for example with PowerSHAPE, which now combines modelling and reverse engineering functionality. “We are trying to penetrate into specific markets with our CAD, such as for the dental industry that you saw just now. In addition to software, we are also branching into professional services such as consulting for other companies. Right now we are focused on the aerospace industry. “In our forecasts, we also hope that the automotive sector will continue to pick up, especially on the machinery and production of parts. For example, PowerSHAPE software can help in design to fix errors in surfacing, wireframe and triangles, and prepare the part for machining,” explained Zhou.

– Control Engineering Asia

Inside Thai Manufacturing

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Thai Summit Mold Manufacturing uses Delcam’s PowerMILL in the manufacture of moulds for vehicle parts.

he two-day Delcam Asian Technical Summit programme included a visit to the Thai Summit Group, an automotive parts manufacturing group which comprises over 40 subsidiary companies covering manufacturing activities for all important industries of Thailand. In the short span of two hours, visits were made to three of the Group’s companies: Thai

Summit Mold Manufacturing (TSMM); Thai Summit R&D Next Technology; and T S Intertech. Using Delcam’s PowerMILL, TSMM manufactures moulds for vehicle parts, while the latter two companies manufacture metal dies. The Thai Summit Group is Delcam’s largest customer in Thailand. A visit to the Japanese machine tool maker Mazak then

revealed how Delcam software, namely PartMaker, FeatureCAM, PowerMILL, and PowerINSPECT, is used in the cost-effective production of parts. The Integrex IV series, a recent line of machines, was showcased. Notably, it can cut a part from raw material to finish within a single machine and without any interruptions such as changeovers or transfers. www.nzmanufacturer.co.nz

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