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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 ...
Tooling Management Saves Aerospace Manufacturer $1.5 Million
This shop realized that it needed an inventory management system to tighten up its tool purchasing practices and MRO management.
Shop Improves Turning with Indexable Coated Carbide Inserts
This shop retooled a heavy duty OD turning and facing job for gummy 4130 steel. It tripled the material removal rate and more than doubled tool life after making this change.
Tool Management System Pumps up Plant-Wide Communication
Zoller’s Tool Management System helped Bosch Rexroth streamline tool design, product manufacturing and tool quality. As a result, the plant has seen a reduction in quality issues and an increase in production efficiency.
Cutting Tool Helps Automotive Manufacturer Implement Design Change
Horn USA’s Mini Mill helped Machine Tool and Gear mill a flat at 90 degrees from other operations.