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Machines That Can Feel

Strain gauges are now being placed into the bottom of the grooves inside the machine tool components themselves, where stresses are highest and where stress gauges can make the most precise measurements. (Photo courtesy of Springside Industries)
Structural components of a machine tool now contain gauges that allow the machine itself to measure process stress and vibration. Here’s a review of this and other new developments in conditioning monitoring and predictive maintenance systems.

End Mills Overcome Challenges of Machining Hardened Steels

Producing significant increases in tool life by changing corner geometries, a 50 deg helix angle, improved cutting edges and a more advanced AlTiNX coating to protect those cutting edges from heat generated in the cutting zone, even under extreme cutting conditions.
Omega M726 and M725 end mills from IMCO are ideal for machining hardened steels up to 58-62 HRC, running wet or dry.

Reduced Lead Time When Cutting Gear Profiles

InvoMilling software is very user friendly with excellent graphics, milling path generation and simulation functionality.
InvoMilling CAM software from Sandvik Coromant generates the CNC program to produce different gear profiles using CoroMill 161 and CoroMill 162 milling cutters.

Superior Milling of Difficult Materials

The Blaxx F5138 with ScrewFit (left) and bore-mounted (right) deliver superior performance and process reliability when shoulder milling or profiling.
The Blaxx F5138 helical flute cutter from Walter delivers superior performance and reliability in profiling and shoulder milling operations in steel, stainless steel, non-ferrous metal, difficult to cut material, or cast iron.

Increase Metal Removal Rates in Steel and Cast Iron

The Double Octomill high feed face milling cutter is available in diameters from 80 mm to 160 mm and offers the most benefit in applications featuring large parts. All Double Octomill high feed cutters use a unique pocket design and ground slots on the inserts to achieve maximum precision.
The tools in the versatile Double Octomill  R220.48 face milling cutter from Seco Tools are divided into three different pitches that optimize productivity for different machines and materials.

Deep Internal Grooving of Oil & Gas Parts

The modularity of CoroTurn SL interface enables tool assemblies, providing deep internal grooving to be machined high process security.
The CoroCut QD system from Sandvik Coromant includes CoroTurn SL blades that keep vibration to a minimum for deep internal grooving and parting off with long overhangs. 

Boost Machining Performance in Cast Iron and High Strength Steel

Walter’s Tiger-tec® Silver ISO K inserts increase performance dramatically through an aluminum oxide coating with an optimized microstructure that delivers improved crater wear and heat resistance.
Tiger·tec Silver ISO K inserts from Walter permit reduced machining time by enabling higher cutting parameters, and are suitable for wet or dry machining.

Go-To Indexable Milling for the Job Shop

The Victory VSM11 cutter body has an integral chip gash design for excellent chip evacuation along with hardened-steel construction and hardened pocket seats for improved resistance to deformation.  The VSM11 insert has an optimized cutting edge and positive rake face that provides a true 90 deg wall while concurrently reducing cutting forces and providing excellent, stepless surface finishes. 
The VSM11 platform from WIDIA provides high quality and cuts costs in multiple functions, such as shoulder milling, slotting, pocket milling, ramping and helical interpolation.

Groove and Part-Off Tools with Narrow Cutting Edges

The system’s MC chipbreaker inserts cover cutting-edge widths to accommodate any cutting depth situation.
The X4 multi-edge system from Seco Tools is great for external grooving and parting-off operations involving small parts, slim bars and tubes made from a wide variety of common materials.

Productive Alternative to Milling Grooves

The Corobore 825 SL face grooving family uses a standard SL32 blade and CoroCut 1-2 inserts, but features through-coolant capability for enhanced chip control. This is critical when grooving because chips are more prone to being trapped inside a groove and being re-cut.  
The CoroBore 825 SL rotating axial face grooving tool from Sandvik Coromant is ideal for use in the pumps and valves, hydraulics and pulp and paper industries.