Tungaloy’s Product Seminar Focuses on Reducing Real Costs of Production
More than 1,050 products are included in the latest TungForce line, leveraging coatings and geometries to hit machining costs where it counts: speed.
This TungTriShred flute mill on display at Tungaloy’s product seminar is equipped with chip-splitting inserts whose wavy edges break chips and reduce machining load. The inserts are staggered behind one another to clean up the grooves left by the one before, producing a good surface finish.
The key takeaway from Tungaloy’s April 6 seminar introducing the TungForce cutting tool line is this: The only way for tooling to really reduce total machining costs is by increasing productivity.
In terms of total investment, the lion’s share of machining costs (as much as 75 percent) are directly related to time, including labor and the cost of running the machinery. According to presenter Jacob Harpaz, president and CEO of the IMC Group which owns Tungaloy, tooling costs comprise a mere 3 percent of total investment; that means that even if you extended tool life twofold, you’d still only cut 1.5 percent of the total cost of machining. On the other hand, if you can reduce the time of production—by improving feed rates and cutting speeds, for example—then you can potentially make a much bigger dent in the aggregate.
This is the philosophy behind the more than 1,050 new products included under the TungForce banner. Mr. Harpaz introduced the line of tools for turning, grooving, drilling and milling to a crowd of over 500 machinists, distributors and salespeople in Chicago, Illinois, explaining how these tools’ coatings and geometries enable higher feeds and speeds to produce parts faster.