Tooling & Workholding

Exploring the: Cutting Tools Zone
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Retooling Unlocks New Equipment Capabilities

To meet demand for more complex work, this Chicago-area manufacturer recently invested in its first high speed and five-axis machine tools. Replacing its previous cutting tools with aluminum end mills and drills from SGS Tool Company enabled the sho...


Tool for Shallow, High-Feed Cuts Speeds Roughing

“Feed fast, cut shallow.” This strategy, in combination with a cutting tool specifically designed to take advantage of it—the Power Feed+ from Ingersoll—enabled this shop to reduce cycle time on a tough prototyping job by a factor of five and increa...


Strategy Change Leads to Performance Boost

The application of a Horn Type 636 slot milling cutter has set new standards of accuracy, tool life, process reliability and costs for milling recesses on planetary gears at Sitec Aerospace in Bad Tölz, Bavaria, Germany.


New Tool, New Strategy Allow Five Times Faster Roughing

This shop realized a tool designed for fast feeds and shallow cutting depths could reduce the roughing cycle time of a large shipyard component from 20 to 4 minutes.


Manufacturer Learns How To Use Cutting Tools More Effectively

In today's competitive climate, cutting tool manufacturers have to do more than just produce tools--they have to help customers use those tools effectively.


Aviation Component Supplier Cuts Setup Time With Productivity Partnership

This shop turned to a tool supplier to help cut milling time on one alloy steel hydraulic body by 63 percent. The success led to a broader Productivity Improvement Program that identified some $87,000 in potential annual savings, and ultimately to a...


Milling System Puts Productivity In Fast Lane

When this company won a contract to machine automotive parts for a customer, they were faced with the need for a milling tool that could meet tighter cycle times, enable machining centers to perform multiple tasks, maximize the life of milling tools...


Using Helical Interpolation To Make Large-Diameter Holes

Producing a large-diameter hole is a common application for many shops, and there are numerous methods that can be used to achieve the end result. However, there are often numerous obstacles to completing the process cost effectively.


Small Milling Tool Accounts For Big Productivity Gain In Machining Forging Dies

Who would have ever thought that such a small mill could so consistently and so reliably finish machine that hardened die steel.


Vacuum Pump Maker Finds Innovative Ways To Reduce Manufaturing Costs

With new tooling, this manufacturer was able to mill housings at 3,000 sfm and a feed rate of 230 ipm. Cutting time dropped from 20.68 minutes to 12.74 minutes, a savings of nearly 40 percent.


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