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Miniature Tooling System Big on Swiss Turning

The use of Swiss-type sliding headstock machines for processing medical parts continues to grow. The work involves very intricate high-precision machining that has been placing an increased emphasis on tooling setups and change-over times.


Consider a Systems Approach to Tooling

How parts are processed is the key to reducing cycle times, especially when using Swiss-type and turn-mill machines.


Chip Control

I discovered that chip control actually means controlling chips as they are being cut off of a workpiece.


The Importance of Float During Micro Reaming

Micro reamers require a floating holder to compensate for any machine positioning inaccuracies.


Quick Change for Screw Machines

New quick-change dovetail form toolholders bring lean operations at a lean price.


The Knob Problem

The retention knob is an unmistakably critical component of the machining process. However, the tightening of the knob itself can lead to the toolholder not seating securely in the machine. You may be losing tool life to knob tightness without even ...


Detecting and Correcting Unbalance in Toolholders for High Speed Machining

This white paper from American Hofmann Corporation examines the relationship between unbalance and toolholders used in high speed machining centers. The paper looks at sources of unbalance, effects of unbalance, correcting the unbalance and determin...


Don’t Forget The Drawbar

The force that holds the toolholder in the machining center's spindle can weaken over time. If you haven't checked drawbar force in a while, this may be the weak link in your process.


Be Kind To To Your Collets

Collet toolholders are too important to the machining process to use them incorrectly. Follow this simple advice.  


Up To 12 Tools In One Holder

Imagine a single cutting toolholder that can be used to perform 12 distinct metalcutting operations without a tool change. That's the concept behind a new cutting tool innovation designed and built by Mazak.


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