Seco Tools Inc.
North American Headquarters
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2805 Bellingham Dr.
Troy, MI 48083-2046 US
New Product Launch
New Product Launch
Throughout 2013, Seco will usher in a massive wave of more than 900 new or expanded cutting tool solutions for milling, turning, threading and holemaking operations – all of which are designed to assist manufacturers across all industry segments in optimizing their machining processes and boosting their productivity and profitability.
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Seco Tools is a leading global provider of metal cutting solutions for milling , turning , threading, holemaking and toolholding . For over 80 years, Seco has continuously led the charge in developing new, diverse technologies to ensure all of its customers, from aerospace to windpower to automotive to medical , have the right tools to increase their productivity, profitability and competitive edge.
In addition to its comprehensive product portfolio, Seco works closely with customers to evaluate their processes and assist in determining the best possible solutions for optimizing their applications. Seco Component Engineered Tooling (CET) fully engages a customer to determine the best total process for manufacturing a part. When an optimal solution lies outside the realm of standard products, the engineering team designs and produces unique solutions perfectly suited to a specific application.
The company also provides extensive customer training through its Seco Technical Education Program (STEP), which offers different training levels to cover every aspect of metal cutting. The courses are adaptable to address unique customer challenges, and Seco’s team of experts are always ready to answer customer questions via phone, fax and email, as well as in person.
To learn more about Seco Tools, please visit www.secotools.com/us or call 248.528.5200.
Seco Tools enables its customers to achieve versatility, reliability and exceptional wear resistance in cast iron machining with its new Duratomic-coated TK1001 and TK2001 insert grades. These grades also allow for faster cutting speeds and effectively reduce the number of grades needed in cast iron applications.
With Seco’s exclusive Duratomic process, aluminum and oxygen are manipulated at the atomic level to create insert coatings with unmatched toughness and abrasion resistance. In addition to featuring Duratomic technology, the latest TK grades incorporate new substrates that further enhance hardness levels and wear resistance.
TK1001 is a hard, fine-grained tungsten carbide turning grade with low binder phase content. Designed primarily for tackling gray cast iron up to semi-stable conditions and nodular cast iron under stable conditions, TK1001 also works on hardened steels in the 40 – 45 Rc range, due to its hard substrate. The grade can handle light interruptions, but its intent is for long, uninterrupted cuts, where it achieves high productivity, long tool life and the stability needed for confident unattended machining. Examples of components made utilizing TK1001 include cylinders, brake drums, hubs, housings, brake discs and fittings.
TK2001 is a fine-grained tungsten carbide turning grade with high toughness. Mainly intended for machining nodular cast iron and handling gray cast iron on heavy interrupted cuts, TK2001 also offers strong performance in interrupted finishing operations due to its tough substrate and extra edge toughness. Furthermore, it offers long, predictable tool life in unstable conditions requiring high-edge security. Examples of components made utilizing TK2001 include differential housings, camshafts, clutches, wheel hubs, shafts and pulleys.
The new TK grades are available via 211 new inserts in a wide variety of geometries and chip grooves, ensuring applicability across a broad range of operations.
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The new expansive range of 335.25 disc mills from Seco Tools tackles large slot widths. The versatile range of mills is well suited for machining a wide variety of components and materials. Part processing versatility, as well as tool cost savings, are further increased with the ability to use the mills for slotting, side milling, face milling, back facing, helical interpolating, circular interpolating, copy plunging, T-slot machining and cut-off operations.
With its multiple functionality, the 335.25 range of mills translates into fewer tool changes and smaller tool inventories. Plus, the mills feature inserts incorporating a V-shape concept that creates an optimized cutting geometry to reduce machining forces and noise. Cutting parameters can then be maximized for high productivity, even in unstable conditions. The free-cutting four-sided insert geometries, offered in several grades, also feature wiper flats for fine surface finishes and chip flow optimization, along with various corner radii from 0.031” to 0.236” (0.8 mm to 6 mm).
Seco’s 335.25 disc mills handle slot widths as large as 1” (25 mm). The mills can be configured with fixed pockets and use central coolant or with adjustable pockets for even greater versatility.
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Seco Tools' new Duratomic-grade DP3000 range of indexable insert drills are designed for very high feeds and speeds. The grade provides a balance of heat resistance, wear resistance and strength, making it ideal for holemaking in a wide variety of materials.
Developed for use with Perfomax® indexable drills, the grade’s properties allow it to provide reliable, cost-effective and productive performance, even in challenging situations such as angled entrances and interrupted cuts.
Available in all Perfomax insert geometries and sizes, DP3000 increases tool life and allows for the use of more aggressive cutting data. The grade’s balance of toughness and strength originate from concentrating its cobalt content near the surface of the substrate, coupled with a Duratomic coating comprised of titanium carbon nitride (TiCN) and aluminum oxide (Al2O3).
All Perfomax drills feature strong square inserts and offer high stability. Their low friction coating and unique chip flute design optimizes chip removal rates to boost productivity and process reliability. The tools’ versatility helps to reduce inventory and production costs.
Seco’s proprietary Duratomic process involves manipulating elements at an atomic level to create a harder, tougher and smoother insert surface. This creates direct benefits in the areas of productivity, surface finish, tool life and overall cutting capability. In addition to increasing the physical durability of the insert, Duratomic technology also provides superior thermal control to maximize process stability.
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Seco Tools introduced its original Minimaster line of end mills with replaceable carbide inserts nearly 25 years ago. The company's new Minimaster® Plus offers advanced features for tackling the most demanding of milling applications in steel, stainless steel, cast iron, aluminum and other difficult-to-machine materials.
The most notable new feature on the Minimaster Plus is the high-precision interface between the replaceable carbide insert and the steel shank. The insert has an internal thread and external taper, while the shank has an internal taper with a threaded center pin for added reliability and stability as well as minimized run-out.
Additionally, a new axial stop on the shank increases repeatability and productivity by allowing end users to replace an insert without having to remove the tool from machine spindles. The new insert then repositions axially within 25 microns.
Intended for general machining in the aerospace, power generation, die and mold, automotive and medical industries, the highly productive Minimaster Plus replaceable tip milling system makes tool-length re-measurement obsolete. The milling system offers a large selection of inserts and shanks for a multitude of tough milling applications.
Twenty-four versions of the shank are available, along with square shoulder and ball nose inserts that have through-tool coolant on all two and three flute designs for excellent cooling and efficient chip removal.
Inserts come in two grades for machining all types of materials and E- and M-geometries for a smooth cutting design. Insert diameters range from 0.375” to 0.625”, and corner radii are available from 0.0157” to 0.122” to match a variety of design requirements.
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While Seco is a leading provider of metalcutting tools for a wide variety of industries, the company also offers advanced value-added solutions that allow its customers to optimize their tooling stock, reduce costs and increase productivity. Such solutions include the new SupplyPod automated inventory control device with reporting and order management capabilities.
As part of the company’s Seco Point™ point-of-use vending program, the compact SupplyPod offers big inventory control of small metalworking tools, such as inserts, drill bits, taps, fuses and small hand tools. With dimensions of 22” H x 18” W x 14” D, the durable SupplyPod easily mounts to a desk, table, workbench or even a wall.
Available in three standard configurations, the easy-to-use SupplyPod dispenses either 80, 96 or 44 individual part numbers. Logging into the SupplyPod is simple via a touch- screen keypad, external keyboard, if attached, or badge reader. The SupplyPod manages item issuance and monitors tool usage with take/return, check-in/check-out and serialization functions. The SupplyPod can also force tool regrinds instead of dispensing new tools. Such capabilities help reduce tool spending by making employees more accountable for what they use.
The specially designed sloped compartments inside the SupplyPod make it easy for employees to take and return the most delicate of tooling and instruments. Plus, optional dividers help eliminate tool damage as well as expand capacity up to 228 compartments in a single SupplyPod.
Furthermore, the SupplyPod’s exclusive rapid refill feature ensures fast and accurate tool replenishment without any repackaging requirements, thereby improving efficiency and eliminating stock shortages. The SupplyPod also interfaces with modern ERP systems for continuously updating business environments.
Requiring only a power source and Internet connection, the SupplyPod is easy to implement into any work environment.
In addition to the SupplyPod, Seco has a full range of Point-of-Use product offerings, including the SmartDrawer, SupplyBay and SupplyLocker.
The SmartDrawer is a point-of-use inventory management system that is larger than the SupplyPod. It is extremely versatile and provides total control for single-item dispensing and returns.
Engineered for harsh environments, the SupplyBay is one of the most versatile, industrial-grade vending systems on the market, capable of handling high-volume throughput and providing trouble-free dispensing of a wide range of tools and supplies.
Designed for larger items, such as hand tools and pre-assembled cutters, the SupplyLocker manages takes and returns to and from the unit. The SupplyLocker works great as a standalone unit but also pairs with the SmartDrawer or SupplyBay for additional capabilities.
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New Tooling Improves Machining Cell Output
By incorporating advanced tooling from Seco Tools, Thern Inc. was able to increase its machine tool capacity and reduce cutting costs.
Solid PCD Drill Tip Cleaves Composites
A solid PCD tip and a third flute provide improved edge sharpness, thermal conductivity and stability compared to PCD vein or dual-brazed tip designs.
High Speed Collet Chuck Provides Accuracy, Flexibility
The EBP 5672 collet chuck from Seco Tools is said to combine the accuracy of shrink-fit and hydraulic chucks with the flexibility of a collet chuck for reduced run-out, increased torque and improved productivity.
Seco to Sponsor Andretti Autosport
The company will provide technical and material support.
Average Chip Thickness: What It Is and Why You Should Care
During milling applications, chips that are too thin might indicate inadequate heat dissipation that can cause premature insert wear. Too thick, and cutting forces might be high enough to break inserts outright. Cutting parameters should be set to attain a middle ground.
Average Chip Thickness Dictates Milling Performance
Attaining the correct average chip thickness for a particular insert should be a chief goal in any milling application. Here's an explanation of what that term means and why it's important.
Shoulder Mills Increase Machining Flexibility
Seco’s Turbo 10 series of square shoulder milling cutters offers inserts with updated geometries and radii, as well as helical cutters for increased machining flexibility in tough materials.
Seco Relocates Distribution Center
Shipments will now come from Hebron, Kentucky.
Small-Diameter Cutting Tools Increase Productivity
Seco Tools will display small-diameter cutting tools designed to increase productivity and provide longer tool life for mold machining.
Seco Hosts Training Courses
The company recently added courses to its STEP training schedule.
Seco Relocates Custom Tooling Division
The unit will be moved to the company’s North American headquarters.
“Making Manufacturing a Priority” Held in January
Over 100 manufacturing professionals attended.
Drill Designed for Oil and Gas Holemaking
The Crownloc Plus drill from Seco Tools provides large-diameter holemaking capabilities in tough-to-machine materials used in oil and gas components.
A Preview of Houstex 2013
This slideshow provides a sneak peek at some of the technologies that will be on display at Houstex 2013.
My Own Kind of Networking
Seco Tools recently hosted a gathering at its Troy, Michigan facility to promote and strengthen manufacturing in southeast Michigan. Creating opportunities for “networking” was one of the goals of this event, called “Making Manufacturing a Priority.” I was there and did my own networking, too. It was a valuable experience.
Tooling, Technical Support Boost Machining Capacity
Technology and application support from cutting tool supplier Seco Tools has played a key role in various process improvements at this manufacturer of transmission and torque converter components.
Drink Up Tooling Expertise at the Knowledge Bar
Seco cutting tool experts to meet with attendees in a forum-based setting to share their knowledge and present on a variety of metalworking topics.
Mold and Die as Key Indicator Brings Forth New Cutting Tool Technology
As a single industry, mold and die serves multiple industrial segments. And with a global footprint that yields a high-pressure environment demanding the most up-to-date technology, it’s firmly established as a strong indicator of the manufacturing base.
Breaking Through to Stable Large-Hole Drilling
A new drilling head from Seco Tools offers three points of contact to provide stability in applications involving deep, large-diameter through-holes.
Metalcutting Solutions for a Variety of Applications
Seco Tools TK1001 and TK2001 insert grades with Duratomic-coating are designed to increase turning performance by enabling faster cutting speeds and increased tool life.