Chiron Group’s digital machine tool plant

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It’s the weekend and that means it’s time to catch up on all the news we didn’t get to talk about during the week. We’re already halfway through November and the holidays are fast approaching but take a minute to catch up on news and events happening in the medical design and manufacture industry.

Chiron opens Precision Factory in Germany

Chiron Group has officially opened its new Precision Factory, constructed specifically for the assembly of new machine series which combine productivity and precision. Optimized assembly and logistics processes in the plant will also ensure shorter delivery times.

With a maximum annual production capacity of 400 high-precision machining centers, the nearly 150,000ft2 Chiron Precision Factory in Neuhausen, Germany, is currently the most modern machine factory in Europe. Costing more than $38 million and completed in just 15 months, the greenfield building is the largest single investment in almost 100 years of Chiron's corporate history.

In planning and equipping the new factory, IT experts and production planners sought to maximize digitalization of the machine production process in order to achieve high productivity and traceable assembly quality. The plant layout is designed for optimal material flow with logistics spine for all flows of people and materials; centralized final assemblies, technical offices and logistics areas; and central order picking for machines and systems.

The plant operation was also designed to be paperless. “The digital assembly folders and logistics bookings are important milestones on the road to a paperless factory,” a company spokesman says.

A pick-by-light system helps the order picker to access stored parts quickly and securely.

For testing and quality assurance purposes and as a reference point, the delivery state of the machines is documented through what the company refers to as a digital fingerprint which contains all data related to each machine.

Also, the Chiron Precision Factory makes an important contribution towards climate protection: waste heat produced by the machines during test runs is used to heat the factory. In fact, the plant environment is controlled through a Smart factory cockpit for managing air-conditioning, lighting, and camera systems.

Furnace shipped to science and technology lab

Solar Manufacturing has shipped a vacuum furnace for processing additive manufactured parts to a large science and technology laboratory. The lab requires the furnace to further their research and development work. Built with Solar Manufacturing’s SolarVac Polaris control system and a graphite-insulated hot zone, the furnace is designed to accommodate loads up to 36” wide x 36” high x 48” deep, with a maximum weight of 5,000 lbs. Operating at a vacuum level of 10-5 Torr, with maximum temperatures up to 2,400°F, and quench pressure of two bar, the furnace will be commissioned by year’s end.

Solar Manufacturing designs and manufactures a wide variety of vacuum heat treating, sintering, and brazing furnaces and offers replacement hot zones, spare parts, and professional service.

Helios announces service engineer

The new position of service engineer at Helios Gear has been filled by Edgar Ixpata.

According to Adam Gimpert, president of Helios, “After working through our internal training program, Edgar has proven to be an invaluable asset to our technical team. With our expanding machine tool solutions and new service engineers like Edgar, gear manufacturers have a winning combination of machines and technical support.”

Helios has doubled its technical group over the past two years in order to better serve the gear manufacturing industry, and Ixpata has been instrumental to that growth.

Ixpata’s experience includes 15 years working as a production manager and electronics technician for an automated screen-printing manufacturer. That role exposed Edgar to the importance of productive machinery and the challenges of human resources. He was a highly effective team leader and skilled in electronic and mechanical repairs. He then returned to formal education to earn his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology from Northern Illinois University. He did this while working as an information technology assistant for Waubonsee Community College. After earning his degree, Edgar was prepared and eager to return to the workforce in a productive and specialized role.

Bart Carter joins Abrasive Technology leadership team

Abrasive Technology has increased the strength of its leadership team with Bart Carter joining the company with responsibility for the sales and marketing direction. He will relocate to Abrasive Technology’s Lewis Center, Ohio, corporate offices and can be reached at or 740.548.4100.

Carter brings more than 25 years of industrial market experience focused on delivering value to distributors and creating cost savings through productivity improvements for end users. In his new role, Carter will use that experience to continue Abrasive Technology’s objective of offering high quality, precision engineered diamond and CBN product solutions to meet customer challenges.

Carter holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Akron and a Master of Business Administration degree from Kent State University. He is currently chairman of the Industrial Supply Association.

The CHIRON Precision Factory: Ideally equipped for production of the new machine series on an area of 14,000 m².

The CHIRON Precision Factory: Ideally equipped for production of the new machine series on an area of 14,000 m².

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