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7/17/2018 | 1 MINUTE READ

Seco to Host Educational Seminar for Mold and Die Manufacturers

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Seco Tools, along with partners Heidenhain and HyperMill, is hosting an educational event for the mold and die industry on July 26, 2018.


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Seco Tools, along with collaborators in the mold and die industry, is hosting an educational event at its Troy, Michigan, headquarters July 26, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The event will showcase tips, tricks and cutting-edge solutions for machining difficult steels and hardened materials.

In addition to product demonstrations in the company’s recently-upgraded technical center, the event will include information from featured partners HyperMill and Heidenhain as well as a keynote presentation by Dr. Jens Kummetz, head of marketing and product management controls for Heidenhain.

Attendees will learn about the machining of complex 2D and 3D surfaces such as mold cavities, gates, heat sinks and die pockets. Topics include blending techniques, five-axis precision machining, roughing and finishing strategies for hard milling, and machining strategies for small lot sizes. While these topics will primarily address the challenges faced by manufacturers in the mold and die industry, the content presented in the seminar could be applied across all industries.

Machining demonstrations will take place on the company’s second generation Grob G350, a simultaneous five-axis universal machining center that features glass scales, a standard chiller unit and intelligent chip management. The Heidenhain TNC640 Mill-Turn control will also be on display as the centerpiece for Dr. Kummetz’s discussion of the science behind CNC systems and the time-saving innovations that are pushing the technology forward.


  • The Hard-Milling Imperative

    A job shop that specializes in hard milling shows why this technique is becoming indispensable for mold manufacturers. Hard milling allows mold components to be machined in the hardened state, thus skipping several expensive and time-consuming processes such as electrical discharge machining and hand polishing. Hard milling requires a certain type of machining center, tool holding system and programming software. The requirements for each of these elements are explained.

  • Keeping Things In Focus

    Machine-mounted video cameras are part of a system that help a shop owner get more work done while spending less time in the shop. He can monitor and control what’s happening on his machines remotely. He’s also developed strategies for reacting to events such as unexpected tool wear or sudden tool breakage without returning to the shop to fix the problem.

  • Chatter Control For The Rest Of Us

    This shop finds stable milling speeds quickly using a systematic pattern of test cuts.

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