Seco Tools, LLC
2805 Bellingham Drive
Troy, MI 48083-2046 US
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Cast Iron Turning Grades Ease Detection of Used Edges
Seco’s TK1501 and TK0501 insert grades are dedicated cast iron turning grades said to provide high toughness and wear resistance, reduce tool waste, and process more parts per edge.
Vertical Machining Cells Challenge Horizontal Dominance
When part volumes are high, and success is measured in pennies and seconds, moving away from horizontal machines requires creative thinking about robotics, cutting tools, workholding and more.
Larger Inserts Increase Depth of Cut, Metal Removal
Seco Tools’ Engineered Solutions Square T4-12 line of square-shoulder and helical milling cutters features larger insert sizes and enables manufacturers to achieve increased depths of cut and higher metal-removal rates when roughing and semi-finishing steel, cast iron and other workpiece materials.
Value beyond the Tool Catalog
Both cutting tool suppliers and the manufacturers they serve have plenty to gain from deeper collaboration.
Thinking Beyond the Tool Catalog Helps Everyone Succeed
In an era when many are doing more with less, both cutting tool suppliers and the manufacturers they serve have plenty to gain from deeper collaboration.
T-Style Ceramic Inserts, Holders Extends Tool Strength, Stability for Difficult Materials
Seco has expanded the roughing and semi-finishing performance capabilities of its Secomax CS100 sialon ceramic grade by adding inserts with T-style edge preparation.
Two New Inserts Added to Disc Milling Cutter Line
Seco has added two insert sizes to its family of 335.25 disc milling cutters designed for flexibility and productivity.
PCD-Tipped Milling Insert Grades Improve Surface Quality
Seco Tools has introduced two new PCD-tipped milling insert grades, the PCD05 and PCD20, for use with its Turbo 10 cutters.
Shop Invests in Tooling Up Front, Saves Money in the Long Run
Valve supplier Vortex needed to optimize its in-house machining operations. Seco tooling helped the shop improve tool life, cycle times and finish.
Seco Tools Donates Over $400,000 in Tools to Trade Schools
The company explains that while they have normally recycled such unused-but-discontinued tooling, this year it decided to donate them.
Insert Coating Eases Detection of Used Edges
Available in a range of insert sizes and geometries to accommodate roughing as well as finishing operations, Seco’s Duratomic TP2501, TP1501 and TP0501 turning grades balance toughness and hardness when machining steel alloys, cast iron and stainless steels.
PCBN Insert Grade Cuts Rough, Abrasive Materials
The CBN600 universal polycrystalline cubic boron nitride (PCBN) insert grade from Seco Tools brings cost-effective performance to high-volume rough turning operations that involve gray cast iron, high-chrome iron and high-manganese steel.
Anti-Vibration System Improves Rigidity of Milling and Turning Assemblies
Seco's Steadyline anti-vibration damping holders are designed to improve the dynamic rigidity of milling and turning tool assemblies.
Seco Tools Makes Organizational Changes
The changes, precipitated in part by the retirement of a longtime director of sales, are said to be part of an open and collaborative process.
Steel Turning Grades Coated for Enhanced Performance
Seco Tools has introduced three turning insert grades designed for toughness and hardness in machining steel alloys as well as cast irons and stainless steels.
Coming Soon: New Duratomic
On April 1, Seco launches an upgrade to its well-known workhorse coated cutting tool line.
Square Shoulder Mills Provide Large Depths of Cut
Seco Tools’ R220.LN14 square shoulder mills are said to reduce costs and improve performance in applications that require large depths of cut.
Houstex 2015 Preview Slideshow
Click through the slideshow to see a selection of technologies to be displayed at Houstex in advance of the February 24-26 trade show.
Seco Tools Appoints New President
Robert Keenan now leads the company’s North American operations.
Tooling Up for Vertical Turning
Before adding its first CNC vertical turning lathe, this manufacturer researched cutting tools to determine which would complement the process and also be most effective on the parts and materials to be machined.
Headquartered in Troy, Michigan, Seco Tools, LLC is among the largest providers of complete metal cutting solutions for milling, turning, holemaking and threading operations. And, for more than 80 years, the company has developed the tools, processes and services that manufacturers across all industry segments need for maximized productivity and profitability.
Niagara Stabilizer 2.0
Niagara Cutter Stabilizer 2.0 Doubles Feedrates, Shortens Cycle Times
Niagara Cutter, a subsidiary of Seco Tools, LLC, recently launched its new Niagara Cutter Stabilizer 2.0 next-generation family of end mills. The Stabilizer 2.0 cutters incorporate patented continuous variable asymmetrical geometries and provide incredibly smooth and chatter-free performance that allows feedrates to be doubled as compared with previous models. And because they handle twice the chip load capacity, the new versions substantially shorten part machining cycle times and further boost productivity.
Stabilizer 2.0 includes the ST430.2 series designed for steels, alloy steels and cast iron as well as the ST440.2 HT series for ISO-M and ISO-S materials, including stainless steel, titanium and high-temp alloys. In addition to the performance boost provided by the new geometry, an advanced AlTiN coating offers resistance to heat and abrasion to optimize tool life.
The end mills come in diameters from 0.125” to 1.0” and 3 mm to 25 mm with square corner and corner radii – based on series and diameter – of 0.010”, 0.020”, 0.030”, 0.060” and 0.120”. Lengths are 1xD, 2xD and 3xD, and shanks are either cylindrical or – if 0.375” or larger in diameter – have Weldon flats.
As with all Niagara solid end mills, Seco offers its Modification Program with the Stabilizer 2.0 for quick turnarounds on modifications of the new tool. In just five business days and at very competitive prices, Seco will modify and coat the tool to the same specifications as new products. The program is well suited for lot sizes of 20 or less pieces and not designed to provide large volume specialty tools.
For more information on the new solid-carbide end mills from Niagara Cutter, please visit niagaracutter.com.
Chrome is the New Black.
Seco's new Duratomic technology coating, featured on the TP2501, TP1501 and TP0501 steel turning grades, has a high-contrast chrome color that makes used-edge detection possible with the naked eye -- all without impacting tool performance or cutting data. As a result, users can process more parts per edge, limit production interruptions and reduce waste.
Did you know?
Used-edge detection is essential for today's manufacturers as recent surveys indicate more than 10 percent of the edges on discarded inserts go unused.
Solid-carbide End Mills with Smaller Neck Diameters Increase Application Range
The Jabro-Solid2 JS554 range of solid-carbide end mills gains further utility and versatility with smaller neck diameter options. These latest tools provide greater clearance when machining complex components, such as those found in aerospace, medical and general machining applications.
Smaller neck dimensions make it easier to access parts clamped in complicated fixturing arrangements, as well as enable users to take full advantage of 4-axis and 5-axis machining capabilities. The neck sizes are optimized to retain tool rigidity while providing full compatibility with standard toolholder connective systems. The tools maintain their ability to productively machine materials in the ISO P, M, S and other material groups.
JS554 end mills provide high stability and low deflection. They also bring an excellent price-performance ratio to a range of applications, and these latest additions further expand the line’s advanced capabilities.
The range of JS554 end mills covers tool diameters from 3 mm to 20 mm and typical cutting lengths 2xD + 2 mm. Reach lengths are 3xDc. The range also includes corner radius and 45˚-chamfer versions, for both Cylindrical and Weldon shanks.
High Feed 6
New High Feed Cutter Boosts Material Removal Rates in Tough Materials
Seco Tools' High Feed 6 is the latest addition to the High Feed series of indexable-insert milling cutters specifically designed for difficult-to-machine materials. This new cutter’s design boosts material removal rates and handles high chip loads, resulting in substantial productivity increases and exceptional tool life.
The High Feed 6 milling cutter shows strong performance in all kinds of steels, especially mold and die steels, making it particularly valuable to that industry segment. In addition, the new tool can tackle a variety of difficult-to-machine materials from stainless steel to heat-resistant superalloys. The tool performs equally well in all high feed applications, including face milling, slotting, contouring, plunging and helical interpolation. The large-diameter cutter bodies are capable of 0.070" (1.8 mm) axial depths of cut and feature double-sided inserts with six cutting edges for unsurpassed material removal and low operating costs.
High Feed 6 inserts mount at low lead angles to direct machining forces up into the machine tool spindle rather than radially against the side of the tool. As such, the tool experiences less vibration and provides long, predictable performance.
The flexible High Feed 6 is available in 13 metric cutters with outer diameters from 50 mm to 160 mm and nine imperial cutters ranging from 2 to 4 inches in diameter, as well as both normal and close-pitch versions. Inserts are available in three cutting geometries. A wide variety of advanced grade and coating options are available.