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Published: 3/16/2011

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...

Published: 3/7/2011

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...

Published: 9/3/2010

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...

Published: 6/15/2010

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.

Published: 5/11/2010

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...

Published: 3/15/2010

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...

Published: 3/8/2010

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.

Published: 12/17/2009

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.

Published: 9/11/2009

Cutters Halve Cycle Time On Custom Racing Component
Seeking to improve production time on custom-built connecting rods for racecar engines, this shop invested in a light-duty VMC with an eye toward implementing high speed machining. Retooling with cutters from Ingersoll helped make the most of this n...

Published: 3/20/2009

Extra Tough Tool Steel Meets Its Match In Extra Tough Inserts
A new grade of coated inserts enabled this shop to cut an especially hard tool steel so effectively and efficiently that it could deliver a massive set of press brake dies on time. The inserts are part of Kennametal’s Beyond line of carbide tooling....