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Toolholding for Heavy-Duty Machining
Heller Machine Tools needed to improve metal removal rates during roughing and heavy-duty machining. Haimer's Safe-Lock system enabled high-feed slotting of up to 2 times diameter in difficult materials.
New Workholding Setup, Machining Orientation Enable Lights-Out Production
For Idex Health and Science, manufacturing glass components was time-consuming on a VMC. Switching to an HMC with a Cluster Tower vise with DoveLock jaws from Kurt Manufacturing enabled more stable, lights-out machining.
Retooling Improves Rough-Milling Operation, Saves Money
McGill Machine Works' rough-milling operation was destroying its cutting inserts. Ingersoll's Di-Pos Hexa high-performance face mill improved tool life and throughput.
Ceramic End Mills Helps Shop Meet Delivery Date
Stellar delivered the parts on time with zero scrap and is now quoting a second, even larger order.
Rethinking Standards for One-Offs
Orchard Lake Machining's standard mill used to rupture 10 minutes into the cut. Ingersoll's Di-Pos Tetra mill increased tool life and operator productivity.
Technology Investments Help Young Company Start Strong
Wolfram Manufacturing Inc. was experiencing poor tool life and inconsistent performance when machining gray cast iron. By changing its tooling to CVD-coated GC3205 turning inserts from Sandvik Coromant Co., the company could run the job lights-out.
Difficult Materials Are No Match for Ceramic Inserts
TNG Energy Services Inc. was experiencing inconsistent carbide insert life in valve grooving applications. Greenleaf's Ring Max and face grooving tooling helped to reduce production time and increase reliability.
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.
New Cutters Enable Old Mill to Handle “Crusty” Forgings
Cyber Manufacturing receives forgings with thick and abrasive oxide "crusts" that used to slash cutter insert life on its older machine. With the Ingersoll Hi-QuadXXX indexable insert face mill, the shop gets longer tool life and improved material r...
Finding the Right Insert Eliminates Need for Second Machining Center
Read about this shop that could have added a second machine and fixtures to perform an additional process, but instead, decided to work with the Mori Seiki NH 4000 horizontal machining center that it already had in-house. The company elected to use ...