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NUM at IMTS 2012
Booth # E-5135 in the East Building
 
Better machine tool performance on offer by application-specific CNC specialist

NUM Corporation is demonstrating its latest-generation CNC solutions for machining and tool grinding at this year’s International Manufacturing Technology Show. The company has a
large 1100 square feet booth at the show – it is celebrating 24 years of success in the USA – ways of enhancing the performance of machine tools and increasing brand identity are key highlights of NUM's booth at IMTS 2012. These attributes stem from the scalability and customization possibilities of the company's advanced Flexium CNC kernel. The company will also announce a large number of technical advances spanning its entire CNC range, from the CNC kernel and HMI, through its specialist drives and motors, to the company's well-known simulation software.
NUM is one of the only CNC companies in the world that is in a position to combine the flexibility of a scalable CNC system – such as its powerful Flexium CNC platform capable of controlling over 200 axes – with motors and drives that it develops and manufactures in-house. This capability, backed by extensive engineering resources, enables NUM to produce custom solutions for special purpose machine builders, as well as competitive standard products for high volume OEMs.
IMTS 2012
The NUM exhibition booth – E-5135 – is located in the center of the Controls & CAD-CAM Pavilion, in the East Building. It will be manned throughout the 6-day event by professional engineering staff, who will be delighted to take the opportunity to discuss how NUM can help improve the performance of customers’ manufacturing machines.
 




  
NUM is building
 
It's Teufen and Bühler production sites are being merged.

NUM China Zhonglou Changzhou
Left to right:
Markus Pichler (Construction manager of Architects Forrer Krebs Ley), Herr Xavier Molinet (CFO NUM Group), Jürg Stieger (Architect of Architects Forrer Krebs Ley), Peter von Rüti (CEO NUM Group), Klaus Rempfler (Projectmanager and Vice President NUM Group) and Roland Hörler (Owner Hörler Tiefbau AG)

After having celebrated its 50-year CNC-technology anniversary last year, the NUM Group held the ground-breaking ceremony for the new logistics and service centre for the NUM Group in Teufen on 20 August, 2012. The newly built centre is being constructed next door to company headquarters in Battenhusstrasse 16. This building was built by NUM in 1991, which also moved in the same year. The three-storey new building, with a floor space totalling 8009 m2, will be completed by the autumn of 2013. The investment volume totals around CHF 8 million. The new building will provide better working conditions for the new jobs created in 2008 and 2009, and will help optimise work processes. The existing logistics centre in Bühler will therefore be relocated to premises of its own in Teufen. By merging the two production locations, work and logistics processes can be standardised, allowing costs to be saved as well.
The first sod was turned by the company Hörler Tiefbau AG, together with Mr. Peter von Rüti, president and CEO of the NUM Group and Mr. Klaus Rempfler, project manager and vice president of the NUM Group, which planned the entire construction process and will be monitoring the project together with the architect Mr. Jürg Stieger and Mr. Markus Pichler (site management) from the architectural agency Forrer Krebs Ley St. Gallen. The new building will be constructed according to the latest developments in energy-efficient construction. There are plans to realise the entire heating for the building using geothermal probes, extending down to a depth of at least 170 m. A photovoltaic array on the roof will also produce electricity. The planned capacity of the photovoltaic system totals around 70 kW, which will cover approx. 50% of the power required at the Teufen production site. The NUM Group has already installed a photovoltaic system boasting a capacity of 170 kW at its production site in Italy, providing further proof of the company's environmentally-friendly commitment. To keep the emissions from loading and unloading trucks to a minimum for local residents and visitors to the Paracelsus Clinic, and to ensure the space available is used optimally, the loading ramp was built on the south side of the premises, behind the existing NUM building. By setting the new building back from the street, the visual impression it makes fits in with the landscape and adjacent buildings very well.
 




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Shaking up the machine tools market - NUM celebrates record sales
 
December 5th, 2011 --- The 10,000th model of NUM's new-generation CNC kernel, Flexium, has been produced.

This major milestone has been achieved within just three years from launch - marking a spectacular success for a mid-level CNC provider that serves mainly specialised machine tool builders.

"Machinery OEMs tend to be very conservative in introducing new technology, and we anticipated that volume sales of our new CNC kernel would not kick-in until typically years four to five of its lifespan," says Peter von Rueti, CEO of NUM. "2011 proved us wrong. We're one of the longest-established CNC companies and we have never seen such a rapid design-in. Annual sales of Flexium have even overtaken those of our previous-generation CNC kernel, Axium, which controls machine tools produced by dozens of world-leading OEMs."

NUM started shipping the Flexium platform in 2008. NUM attributes its rapid success to both performance and business factors.

For some OEMs it's the power of Flexium's soft PLC controller that attracts. For most though, it's the scalability feature of the platform, which allows it to be applied economically to small machines with up to five axes and spindles, or much larger machines with up to 200 axes. These attributes mean that machine tool OEMs are able to use the same control system across their complete range of machine designs - greatly reducing the workload on the engineering development team.

Another aspect of the CNC kernel's success is related to the rise of Asian markets, and the particular way in which NUM works with clients. A partnership ethos has always been at the heart of NUM's business philosophy. This is proving particularly advantageous in Asia where NUM's willingness to provide young machine tool OEMs with in-depth engineering support on aspects such as writing software and tuning machines has won significant new customers.

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"Being able to use the same CNC to power a complete range of machines gives a large payback, and today over half of our leading customers have made that choice and use our CNC platform exclusively," adds von Rueti. "The machine tool market has an enormous middle ground of specialised OEMs who build machines in annual quantities measured in tens to hundreds. A typical engineering department at these machine builders might number just five to 10 people. For this level of company, using one universal CNC platform can easily save the cost of employing one or two additional engineers"

Software savings are becoming even more critical as the role of software in machinery design continues to expand. Twenty to thirty years ago software accounted for as little as just 5% of a machine's cost. NUM thinks the value of software deployed in the average machine tool today has risen to the 10-20% range, and the machine's electronics, engineering and software combined count for well over 50%. Being able to maintain just one PLC, and one user interface dramatically reduces the workload on busy engineering departments, and allows both faster deployment of new features to customers, and a simpler means for an OEM to create unique 'look and feel' branding.

"With the rapid rise of Asian and Latin American economies, competition in the machine tool sector is getting more intense, and we view control and user interface software as playing a critical role in adding value and differentiating a company's branding," adds von Rueti. "Making it easier for machine builders to adopt one universal CNC platform and software system was a key factor behind the development of Flexium, and we are expecting this capability to continue driving higher than average growth over the next 5 to 10 years."

There are two distinct segments in today's CNC marketplace: three 'tier one' suppliers that account for most of the high volume manufacturers of common machinery types such as mills, and a larger group of middle ranking vendors - including NUM - that serve mainly smaller volume and specialist machine builders. NUM believes that this market is on the verge of a shake up: over the next decade many machine builders will gravitate towards those vendors providing much richer software tools and support. The success of the Flexium platform is already proving this to be the case, and it has brought NUM into direct competition with the highest volume suppliers - especially in the Asian market.

Two versions of the Flexium CNC kernel provide economic solutions for different sizes of machine. Flexium 6 is cost-optimised for standalone machines with up to five motion axes and spindles. The more powerful Flexium 68 handles up to 32 interpolated axes, divided into as many as eight coordinated groups. If more axes are required, to support very large equipment projects such as a multi-cell production line, Flexium 68s may be interconnected using a real-time Ethernet link. This allows the Flexium 68 system to be expanded to control over 200 interpolated axes, as well as further positioning axes and I/O. Software flexibility is at the core of Flexium. The platform gives machine tool OEMs complete control over the look and feel of the machine. The system's PLC is programmed according to IEC 61131-3 standards, and offers a choice of development software, providing machine control programming environment in forms to suit individual programmers. Flexium's man-machine interface is also completely adaptable, and can be easily programmed using standard tools such as HTML, Java Script, or one of the PC-based rapid software development environments. This flexibility, which allows users to add their own unique 'look and feel' branding to each machine, is in stark contrast with some competitive platforms, which have fixed user interfaces that may only be modified by the vendor. NUM's long-established range of drives and motors complement Flexium with a motion control capability that is highly optimised for machine tool applications.

 




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NUM Group – Once Again with its own Stand at the CIMT 2011
 
The 12th CIMT (China International Machine Tool Show) will be taking place from the 11th to the 16th of April 2011 in Peking, China. The NUM Group will be presenting its products and services in hall W1, stand B103 at an open and attractive stand with a size of 115 m².

Alongside the established NUM systems, NUMROTO will also be present at the stand with its innovative software for the tool-sharpening industry. We would be delighted if you were to be among the esteemed and welcome visitors to our stand.
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The CIMT is one of the largest and most influential trade fairs for machine tools in the world. Every machine construction company of renown will be participating in the exhibition and presenting state-of-the-art manufacturing technology. CIMT participants have the opportunity of discussing the latest branch trends, initiating and strengthening business relationships and exchanging information. An information platform for suppliers and customers is provided by numerous conferences and seminars. During the six-day trade fair, local and international engineers under the direction of Toni Ge, NUM NTC Manager in China, will be on-hand to advise customers and visitors at the NUM stand. During the trade fair there will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the many new possibilities with existing and potential new customers and partners as well as to see our versatile CNC solutions.
 

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The 11th China International Machine Tool Show took place in Beijing from 6th to 11th April 2009. The CIMT is the largest metalworking exhibition in China.

NUM could be found in Hall W1, Stand E120, where it invited visitors with an open stand,
bright and 52 m2 large. Alongside the established NUM systems, NUMROTO was also present at the stand with its innovative software for the tool-grinding industry.
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Visitors were treated to a live demonstration, on two technical wall panels, of the two complete CNC systems, Flexium 6 and Flexium 68. The new axis motors from the BHX series round off the product range of NUM motors and are distinguished both by their favourable price/performance ratio as well as their very compact dimensions.

There were also some very interesting contacts and enquiries made regarding new products from the NUMROTO group.

The large number of visitors and the great interest shown serve to underline that the Chinese market still offers numerous prospects for NUM. It gives the group new impetus to develop this market further.

The CIMT is one of the four most well-known machine tool exhibitions in the world. 1,100 exhibitors from more than 28 countries and regions of the world make it an important venue for presenting a company’s latest achievements to the international public.
 

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