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La Roche-sur-Foron, France 4 - 8th march 2024
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Featured product: FAMA centralized chip extractor | Hall B1 Stand H14

The proposed system dates back some thirty years. This technique, well-proven in Italy, is only now arriving in France. This is why ESM Equipement presents the centralized chip extraction system designed and developed by Italian manufacturer FAMA Srl as an innovation.

The aim of a pneumatic swarf extraction system designed by Fama S.R.L. is to evacuate all the swarf produced by a battery of machine tools in a production workshop, continuously and automatically, without supervision. The system eliminates all problems associated with chip transportation. It eliminates the need for dedicated human and material resources, the risk of shocks during transport, and the need for chip bins on the shop floor. Chip dewatering and oil recovery are automated by the system. These objectives are in line with those of Lean Management.


Product description

The system is driven by a vacuum pump, protected by a safety filter, which provides sufficient energy to suck up the oil-soaked chips. The chips are transferred from the machine via an evacuator to a storage area. Under each machine, a reservoir called GSM is placed at the base of the evacuator to store the wet chips. A level sensor controls the GSM for cleaning, and registers the end of the suction process. When the GSM is sufficiently loaded, an auger sends the chips to the suction point. The chips are then conveyed by pneumatic force through the suction tubes to a separator. They can then be stored inside a box or fed to a centrifuge. The system works with short chips. For long chips, the system can incorporate an upstream chip breaker. Distances covered are up to 200 meters, and 1200kg of chips can be processed per hour. Power requirements range from 11 to 55 kW, equivalent to the energy required for an additional machine in a workshop. No infrastructure work is required. All types of chips and lubricants are accepted by the system.

While this type of installation is not an innovation in itself, its presentation at Simodec 2024 and its import by ESM Equipements offer an interesting solution for corporate CSR, as well as lean management. This is why it has been nominated as an eligible candidate for the Trophée de l'Innovation 2024, in the peripheral equipment and CSR categories.


Featured product: "Etain Zinc" surface treatment - 1st worldwide | Hall B1 Stand K24

Developed by chemists, the "tin-zinc" treatment is intended more specifically for the automotive + aerospace sectors. Hacer has developed a line specially designed to perform this surface treatment on industrial parts by electrolytic deposition. This is the subject of the company's application for the SIMODEC 2024 Innovation Trophies as a world first.


HACER's newly-equipped line is a bulk/barrel process. Composed of a 70/30% tin-zinc alloy, it is a new surface treatment offering the widest range of possibilities.


Its innovative character stems primarily from its high tin content (a conductive metal). In certain applications, it is more economical than a "silver plating" type of treatment, where the metal is more expensive. However, it retains excellent electrical conductivity properties, making it of major interest in the new e-mobility markets. In environmental terms, the bath medium used for this treatment is cyanide-free, unlike other baths with similar properties. It is therefore less polluting. In terms of quality, it is highly resistant to corrosion, up to 1,000 hours BS with the appropriate finishing products; it has an excellent aptitude for deformation and is therefore more ductile. This means that it does not crack when bending parts, avoiding spalling during treatment. It has a better penetration rate; due to its composition, it offers excellent weldability.


Market expectations


In the aerospace sector, many parts are treated with cadmium (or cadmium plating). This treatment will be banned by REACH and will no longer be ROHS-compliant by 2024. Certain derogations may be granted, but manufacturers urgently need to find/validate a replacement product. Aircraft manufacturers are working on this: some are moving towards zinc-nickel, others towards tin-zinc.


This treatment, if validated, can bring productivity gains in terms of cost, if it replaces silver plating. Secondly, its environmental footprint is smaller than that of cadmium or silver plating, both of which use cyanide products in their baths.


This deposit is currently being validated by automakers (it has already been validated by FORD, and is underway by PSA, for example). HACER would like to work "hand in hand" with aeronautical equipment manufacturers or their subcontractors, to have this treatment validated in place of cadmium. An approach along these lines is underway.


It should also be pointed out that HACER is positioned as an applicator of the product, thanks to its investment in a specific treatment line for this purpose. The chemistry is developed by "formulators" from whom Hacer buys the chemistry. They have therefore patented their own solution.


Key performances: good electrical conductivity - high corrosion resistance - no hydrogen embrittlement - good weldability - deformability - less polluting process.


Product presented : Alloy Hardiall® - 1st French | Hall B1 Stand K21



Hardiall® is a copper-nickel-tin alloy (CuNi15Sn8), developed and produced in a fully integrated process by LeBronze Alloys.  Thanks to a combination of wrought and spinodal hardening, it boasts outstanding mechanical properties (Rm > 1430 MPa), making it an excellent substitute for beryllium copper (CuBe2 / CuBe2Pb).  It boasts excellent corrosion resistance and friction properties (natural anti-seizing), as well as good dimensional stability on heat treatment.  Hardiall alloy also offers good machinability performance, thanks to optimized phases and microstructure.


Innovative character 


Hardiall® is positioned as an environmentally-friendly substitute for CuBe2Pb. In fact, Hardiall® has similar or even superior characteristics to CuBe2Pb, and contains no beryllium or lead, thus complying with RoHS and REACH regulations. The absence of these compounds also makes it an easily recyclable alloy.


Market expectations


CuBe2Pb users, in particular connectors and watchmakers, have been actively seeking substitutes for many years to improve the environmental footprint and processing safety of their products. Hardiall® responds to the expressed need to substitute beryllium copper for lead. The result is an alloy with very high mechanical properties, corrosion resistance and excellent friction properties, while at the same time being environmentally friendly.


Thanks to the absence of harmful compounds, Hardiall® can be safely processed by the bar turning industry (or any other transformation process) and then easily recycled. It is available in a wide range of sizes (round formats from 1 to 35mm in diameter, as well as flat formats).


Soon to be integrated into ISO EN 12163, it is currently being assessed by ASRH (the Swiss association for watch research).


Target markets


Watchmaking, Connectors, Screw-cutting, Precision machining.


Distribution strategy via historical Lebronze alloys distributors.


Featured product : OPERA MES Energy Software | Hall A Stand C01

QUASAR Solutions has been an MES / SPC software publisher for many years. This year, the company decided to become an MES solution integrator. OPERA MES arrives in France with a wealth of functions: production, traceability, maintenance, quality, but also an ENERGY module. This module measures energy consumption and is part of a CSR approach.

The innovative nature of the product results in a significant improvement in companies' environmental performance through the identification of energy-intensive resources and products - energy consumption vs. inactivity - correlation between energy consumption and the main production variables - energy consumption and possible causes of malfunction.

This innovation enables professionals to measure their energy consumption and implement appropriate action plans to consume less. This feature may be important in the context of a CSR approach, but it also helps to reduce energy costs, which have been so high in recent months.


The software's main performance objectives are to control energy consumption; improve production and eliminate energy-related malfunctions; and highlight key assets in the company's CSR approach.

Target markets include automotive, aerospace and defense, electronics, pharmaceuticals, agri-food, plastics, metallurgy, textiles, packaging and printing, consumer goods, etc.

In terms of distribution, QUASAR Solutions and the Kardol Group have a marketing unit responsible for generating leads for MES requirements. The website and trade shows are the main channels for prospecting. Deployment of OPERA MES at customer sites is handled by our teams of industry consultants.