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High-Feed Cutters Keep Mold Shops Competitive

Ingersoll cutting tools designed specifically for high-feed machining helped these three mold-makers improve productivity on deep cavities and hostile combinations of layered material.


Insert Geometry Doubles Hard Milling Throughput

Insert geometry can make a huge difference in throughput, as demonstrated by the gains this manufacturer realized by swapping tools in a long-reach slot-finishing application in hardened tool steel.


A New Milling 101: What Customers Demand

Part 5. For W Machine Works in San Fernando, a custom variation of the WIDIA-Hanita VariMILL II solid end mill proved especially effective in roughing and semi-finishing applications in stainless steels, high-temp alloys, nickel- and carbon-based al...


Simple Retooling Brings Significant Savings

Changing to Accupro cutting tools from MSC Industrial Supply and adjusting parameters accordingly enabled these shops to realize significant cost savings and productivity gains without fundamentally altering their operations.


Mold Shop Finds Tool Performance Outweighs Price

This moldmaker sought to reduce costs to compete with low-cost overseas manufacturers. While purchasing relatively expensive, high-performance tools might seem counterintuitive, resulting improvements in cycle time and tool life more than made up th...


PCBN Grades Facilitate Complete Process Revamp

Faced with a difficult thread-machining operation in extremely hard material, this pump manufacturer turned to its cutting tool supplier for help. A new combination of PCBN insert grade and geometry improved part quality, reduced cycle time and elim...


Indexable Mills Speed Cavity Cutting

Ballnose mills are a common choice for hogging out cavities on molds and form dies. However, these three shops have realized significantly faster cavity milling by switching to Ingersoll’s Chip Surfer modular tooling system, which features a cylindr...


Insert Coating Makes the Grade in Progress Initiative

Exchanging turning inserts for Seco’s Duratomic-coated grade TP2500 helped this manufacturer reduce per-part and perishable tooling costs by 20 and 70 percent, respectively.


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...


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