No question, shortly after the pandemic and a short distance from the previous edition, MECSPE 2022 did not see the expected flow of visitors. But this is history!
Mikron Tool is presenting its new high-performance micro milling cutter designed for roughing and finishing the most difficult-to-machine materials. The new CrazyMill Cool Micro Z3/Z4 - the smallest with integrated cooling and the first with material-specific cutting edge geometries - is available in the diameters from 0.2 mm to 1.0 mm (.008“ – .039“) with a milling depth of up to 5 x d.
According to the Global Innovation Index 2021, Switzerland is the most innovative country worldwide. This continues to be driven by technology-oriented companies such as the Swiss precision tool manufacturer Mikron Tool. Because innovation is part of our DNA. This is confirmed by achieving second place at this year's SMM Award! The amazing CrazyDrill Cool Titanium drills designed for high performance drilling of the sophisticated and demanding material Titanium took their place on the podium! This, in fact, is the fourth award for innovation that Mikron Tool has won in the last 10 years! Just crazy!
We take a look back – this once. 2018: Mikron Tool is bursting at the seams; our production area is at full capacity. As an interim solution, Production Management relies on lean production methods: the same area, more machines, more output with strict compliance to safety standards for exhaust air purification and personal protection. But the volume of orders keeps rising steadily. Even more capacity is required. A new production facility must be built. That was early 2019.
The pioneers of the first Swiss Production Forum agree. In the future, the new forum in the heart of the former industrial cluster Zurich-Oerlikon will be a permanent institution in the event scene for Switzerland's manufacturing industry. The format is pleasingly varied and offers visitors a highly informative event.
Customer projects have a long tradition at Mikron Tool. In recent years, the number of inquiries from the machining industry from a wide variety of areas has increased sharply, always looking for the most suitable drills and milling cutters or more efficient machining strategies. Initially, Mikron Tool provided advice and carried out tests to support sales. Now Mikron Tool has decided to offer this type of customer support as a service and is launching the new CrazyService Products. This means the company now puts its machining expertise at the disposal of its customers. An important step for the company and its partners.
After the forced break caused by the pandemic, the eagerly awaited AMB in Stuttgart is finally taking place again! And in Chicago, America's largest international exhibition for manufacturing technology, the IMTS, opens its halls at almost the same time. Mikron Tool will of course be present at both top-class events and has a lot to offer in terms of the latest developments with a focus on more and more efficient cutting technologies for difficult and most challenging materials in the micro range. That's all because our R&D department was working full speed ahead. Here is a brief preview of the three new products that Mikron Tool will be presenting to the industry:
As the second largest search engine after Google, the platform known as YouTube continues to grow in importance. Founded in 2005, the online video website, which became known primarily for its funny videos and music clips, has blossomed into a valuable medium for scientists, artists, teachers, hobbyists, athletes and companies in recent years. The number of monthly active YouTube users now reaches an incredible 2.3 billion people. 55% of companies around the world now use YouTube. The time is now right for our very own Mikron Tool channel. Thanks to the enormous reach of YouTube, our partners worldwide can now benefit from our highly exciting content.
Mikron Tool expands the successful CrazyMill Cool P&S milling cutter family, developed for roughing and finishing operations, with a toric version. The new tool combines the strengths of milling and drilling and is designed for machining stainless steel, titanium, CoCr alloys and superalloys. Like its cylindrical predecessors, this drill/milling cutter can plunge perpendicularly into the material up to 1 x d and then continue machining laterally. It mills slots and pockets in the tightest of spaces - with no problem at all. When a corner radius is required, it is in its element. The right tool for each shape.
In June 2021, the time had come. The powerful machine park of the Mikron Tool Technology Center was increased once again. The team, which has now grown to staff of nine, is delighted by the arrival of the NTX 1000 2nd Generation Turn & Mill Machining Center (video). It’s a combined machining and turning center for sophisticated components with focus on 6-sides-machining from bar stock. It enables maximum process integration for countless applications in volume production, primarily in medical technology, automotive industry, aerospace, and watchmaking industries.
To further strengthen the position of the organization, the Board of Directors of Mikron has decided to merge the four Swiss companies Mikron SA Agno, Mikron Tool SA Agno, Mikron SA Boudry and Mikron Management AG into a new entity Mikron Switzerland AG. Mikron Holding AG will remain as an independent company.
The Swiss cutting tool manufacturer Mikron Tool expands its offering and now provides tools with diameters in fractional inches, starting from 1/64” up to 1/4" depending on the product line. The United States is not only an industrially and technologically advanced nation, but is also at the forefront in many high-tech industries such as aerospace. Therefore, many dimensions in this sector are expressed in U.S customary units (inches). Not only in the United States but Worldwide.
Mikron Tool has expanded its sales network in Sweden and is now represented by the partners Verktygsfirma Roger Swärd (Gothenburg) and Edeco Tool AB (Karlstad). By dividing up the regions, they cover the entire country strengthening Mikron Tool's presence on the Swedish market by selling Mikron Tool standardized tools and providing a professional technical support on site. They owe their competence and professionalism to more than 35 years of experience in the mechanical industry. In addition, together with a team of sales experts trained by Mikron Tool, they offer specialized technical support. The collaboration allows the two companies to expand their range of cutting tools with high-quality products from the Swiss tool manufacturer.
Finally live again! On September 4, 2020, a medical day took place at Mikron Tool’s Technology Center - of course under strict compliance with the safety regulations that are still in force. A "full immersion" day into the MedTech world, jointly organized by DMG MORI and Mikron Tool. The presentations focused on the machining of medical components made of titanium and stainless steel, realized with Mikron Tool cutting tools on various high-performance machines from DMG MORI in 1/3 of the time normally required for machining such workpieces.
900 million medical screws are produced every year with a strong upward trend. Efficiency in production plays therefore an increasingly important role: every saved second is an advantage in terms of money and time. The challenge is to increase productivity while ensuring highest quality.
If not now, when? Mikron Tool's Italian sales engineers invite you to a short, crisp introduction to the world of Mikron Tool's “Crazy” tools. In various webinars (initially in Italian) you can learn about the latest innovations and highlights. The focus is on efficient drilling and milling of stainless steels, titanium and heat-resistant alloys. click here for more information.
Special and very welcome guests on March 6th in Agno. Almost a year after the start of Mikron Tool as an official partner in the DMQP program, the cooperation is now taking shape.
As of March 1st, 2020, DOGA Productive Solutions becomes an official partner of Mikron Tool for France. The aim is to strengthen our presence on the French market with an efficient distribution network. At the same time, the partnership gives DOGA the opportunity to expand their range of cutting tools with swiss products known to be "crazy" in terms of performance and precision.
We were all set on November 7: 25 interested end-users from the medical technology sector from Italy and Ticino (the Italian speaking region of Switzerland) amongst other places, met at the Technology Center of Mikron Tool in Agno. This was for once not only about demos with cutting tools and their performance, but also…
Mikron GmbH Rottweil’s personnel celebrates a further milestone in the growth of their location: the groundbreaking for the construction of a new manufacturing building, which will increase significantly the production capacity for tools of Mikron Tool.
Mikron Tool is a new DMQP (DMG MORI Qualified Product Programs) partner and expands with that the portfolio in the segment of precision cutting tools for hard to machine materials of this worldwide largest manufacturer of machine tools. On the 50th year’s celebration of DMG Mori Switzerland, this cooperation was officially sealed.
After the success of last year, the sports team of Mikron Tool decided again this year for a special performance, all for a good cause. Like the base-to-base tour of 2018, this year they went from Boudry to Agno, both being locations of Mikron Group divisions.
At the Prodex exhibition 2019 in Basle (Switzerland) Mikron Tool received a special award: the Prodex Award for “Best Performance Company”.
It was quite busy on the stand of Mikron Tool at the Mecspe in Parma from March 28th to 30th, 2019. This not only because everybody had a chance to win attractive prices by answering certain questions regarding Mikron Tool’s products, but also because of the innovative products on exhibition themselves.
In April of this year Gaspa Grane Utiles de Precision inaugurated their new office space in Sant Feliu de Llobregat. This concludes a restructuring process which started some time ago. Today, office and warehouse space totaling of 250m2 is available.
On the 1st of April 2018 Mikron Tool looked back on its 20 years success story. And celebrated with all its employees on the 28th of the same month. Because it’s them which made success possible, day by day with constant top-level commitment.
On May 31, 12 “crazy” Mikron Tool employees on their bicycles start in Rottweil to arrive after 4 days in Agno. The occasion is the 20 years company anniversary. However, more is involved: with the help of Kilometer-Sponsors an amount as high as possible will be collected for Greenhope. Obviously Mikron Tool participates with donations for each cycled Kilometer.
Embedded within the Mikron Group – known above all as builder of Transfer- and Automation systems – Mikron Tool, has created for itself, since its inception 20 years ago, a solid position in the world of precision cutting tools. Today the cutting tool manufacturer in Ticino (southern Switzerland) is one of the leaders producing small solid carbide tools for difficult to machine materials.
A bit more than one year after moving to the Swiss Center Shanghai, Mikron Tool takes additional steps to increase the market presence in China. This requires an inventory composed of all standard products, a sales network with competent partners and organizing technical seminars.
The CrazyMill Cool products have been developed for milling in small dimensions with highest performance and quality. Now a new “family member” has been added: a four teeth Finishing Milling Cutter with shank integrated cooling, available from stock in the diameter range of 1 to 8 mm and for milling depths of up to 5 x d. This milling cutter is suitable for machining all materials up to a hardness of 54 HRC. Nevertheless, this new tool has been developed focusing on stainless steels, titanium, heat resistant alloys based on nickel and chrome-cobalt-alloys.
CrazyDrill Cool SST-Inox is a solid carbide drill, in the diameter range from 1 to 6 mm, developed for the machining of stainless steels, heat resistant alloys (nickel based) and chrome-cobalt alloys. After the 2016 launch of the short versions of 6 x d and 10 x d, the program includes now drilling depths of 15 x d and 20 x d. Starting spring 2018 all standard sizes will be available from stock from all of their delivery centers.
The Swiss cutting tool manufacturer Mikron Tool presents at the EMO 2017 in Hanover drilling and milling tools in small dimensions to efficiently machine stainless and heat resistant materials.
From the founding of the company with its first 6-page brochure it has taken nearly 20 years to todays 600-page catalogue. During this time Mikron Tool morphed from a supplier of just special cutting tools for transfer machines to a globally present tool manufacturer. Today the range of standardized tools includes more than 2600 individual items. These are now included in a "toolbook" together with many additional and useful information for the end user.
At the booth of SCHUNK (Hall 2 booth F09) interested visitors can see live the milling of a Bone Plate in titanium. The partners who participate in this project present their specific products, which together guarantee a high stability of the entire machining process.
To participate in exhibitions is not only worthwhile for large international shows. Also at national events, industry specialists like to meet and update themselves on new developments. Even more so, because these exhibitions feature more and more the participation of global companies. Point in case how to stay internationally and locally up to date in chip removal technology are the Prodex in Basle (Switzerland) and the Metalmadrid (Spain).
The people in charge at Mikron Tool were satisfied indeed after participating at the IMTS in Chicago from 12 to 17 of September 2016. Lots of traffic at the booth and great interest in the products, this is how the week can be quickly summed up.
The Mikron Tool booth was very busy at the AMB in Stuttgart ( from the 13th to 17th September 2016). And this not only because there were interesting prizes to be won. These were only the glazing on the cake of the topic which was predominant at the booth Z320: namely the precise, fast and process safe drilling und milling of stainless steels, heat resistant and CrCo alloys.
China is for Mikron Tool an interesting market, where in future we want to work directly and more closely with our customers and where we intend to intensify the introduction of our products on the Chinese market.
This will be done by our team in Shanghai together with a distribution network with partners which are going to assure a regional presence in the years to come.
Online since the first of October 2015, the new Web site offers a multitude of information about our company, our products and our worldwide presence. A large number of visitors participated in the contest using the new search tool “Toolfinder”. And over 90% answered correctly to the question.
A good mix of work and pleasure. This was the topic of the training week “Swiss Top Event 2015”, organized by Mikron Tool SA Agno for our distribution partners in the USA.
From September 27 to October 2, 2015, the Swiss Cutting Tool manufacturer organized a product training at its headquarters in Agno/Switzerland followed by an introduction to the threading technology of DC Swiss in Malleray, who’s products Mikron Tool also distributes in the USA.
The objective for each future-oriented company is to propose innovative products to the customers. Receiving an award for an innovation is motivating to continue with future developments. This is also valid for Mikron Tool SA Agno, the winner of the Prodex Award 2014, a prize awarded during the Prodex fair in Basel every second year: an award for the most innovative products in the area of manufacturing.
With characteristics such as bad thermal conductivity, high ductility and long chips, stainless steel is not a favorite of the chip removal specialist. These properties are synonymous for material cementing at the cutting edges, jammed and blocked flutes and therefore often the cause for premature drill breakage. The development engineers of Mikron Tool SA Agno accepted the challenge and with CrazyDrill SST-Inox they developed a small drill especially adapted for stainless and acid-resistant steels.