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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.

Published: 12/17/2009

New Tool, New Strategy Allow Five Times Faster Roughing
This shop realized a tool designed for fast feeds and shallow cutting depths could reduce the roughing cycle time of a large shipyard component from 20 to 4 minutes.

Published: 10/14/2009

Drill Sharpener Helps Shop Hone Competitive Edge
 Bringing drill sharpening operations in-house saved both time and money at this Chicago-based manufacturer. However, the sharpener itself, Darex’s XPS-16, provided additional benefits—with high accuracy and consistent results, the machine helped th...

Published: 10/5/2009

Custom Tool Storage System Simplifies Setups
Investing in a presetter and additional toolholders helped this manufacturer of custom industrial machinery eliminate mistakes during the tool setup and offsetting process. However, taking full advantage of these investments required a custom, in-ho...