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Published: 3/16/2011

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.

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: 2/14/2011

Long-Lasting Insert Turns Around Tough Inconel Job
By changing to a hex-shaped turning insert with a 45-degree lead angle, this shop saved thousands of dollars on a difficult Inconel turning application.

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 c...

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: 4/14/2010

Tool Management System Cuts Scrap
The shop floor at Advanced Green Components is a busy place, with numerous part numbers being produced on 28 production lines consisting of at least 4 CNC machines each. Implementing CribMaster point-of-use tool dispensing systems helped the company...

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 f...

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.