Seco Launches Customer Program to Reduce Lead Time
The program supplies a range of semi-standardized custom tool models, which helps to reduce quoting, tool design and approval processes.
Seco has launched a Semi-Standard Helical Cutter customer program that streamlines the process of obtaining custom helical cutting tools to boost productivity. The program aims to cut lead times required for such tooling so that customers in demanding industries such as automotive and aerospace can apply the technology and quickly improve metal removal operations.
“For many of our customers, the main barrier to using helical cutters involved the turnaround time between ordering and receiving a custom version of the tool,” says Tim Aydt, product manager of Seco’s Indexable Milling division. “Our new Custom Helical Cutter Program significantly shortens that time by 50 percent, from 60 days to as few as 30.”
The program supplies a range of semi-standardized custom tool models, which helps to reduce quoting, tool design and approval processes. Fully replaceable end caps for the tools enable further optimize processes and enable manufacturers to replace the front rows of their cutters effortlessly and cost-effectively.Custom helical cutters offer advantages for a range of industries. In aerospace applications involving heat-resistant superalloys and aluminum, the cutters can remove more material with deeper cuts compared to standard milling cutters. Improvements in material removal can also benefit manufacturers in the high-volume production environments of the automotive industry.
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