Tooling & Workholding

Mills, drills, taps, reamers, boring bars, cutters, inserts, dies, punches, abrasive wheels and other devices used to cut, mill, drill, grind, tap, notch, punch and form material. Chucks, fixtures, clamps, blocks, angle plates, tooling columns, dies and other mechanisms used to position, locate and hold material as it is being cut, milled, drilled, ground, tapped, notched, punched, formed or welded.

Stick to the Story

Check out how a special dual contact stick turning toolholder developed by Briney Tool Systems eliminated the need for one shop to re-engineer their catalog of lathe stick tools.
Experts
Chucks

Beat the Competition on a Budget with this Entry-Level ‘Automation’

The way we machine parts has changed significantly over the years. Now it’s time to change how we think about workholding too.  
Collets

How the Right Offline Tool Presetter Affects a Shop

The old saying “it won’t make chips – not worth it” doesn’t apply anymore. Considering the accelerating pace of change in technology and the relentless competition your shop faces, how can you possibly afford not to use a presetter?
Cutting Tools

Efficiency Reigns Supreme

In the aircraft manufacturing supply chain, one thing is certain: process improvements – both large and small – can have a massive impact on the bottom line.
Drilling Tools

How to 3D Print Precision Drills

The days when precision tools and additive manufacturing strategies could not co-exist are history.
Fixturing Systems

Using Adaptive Grippers as Flexible Fixturing For Robotic Welding

Using a traditional jig for every type of piece and assembly is complicated and expensive when welding small volumes or high mixes of parts. Why not use a robot with an adaptive gripper to feed a welding robot? This could replace most of the templates currently used by adapting to any part size and shape and holding them firmly while welding.
Grinding Wheels

Why Cotton Fiber Abrasive Wheels Rule the Automotive World

A revolution is taking place in automotive braze removal, where Type 1 cotton fiber wheels are exponentially impacting smooth operations, shrinking costs and negating operating downtime. 
Positioners

How Welding Positioners Are Helping to Save Venice

Silvestrini welding positioners are being used to fabricate massive weldments and hinges in an ingenious flood-defense barrier intended to protect the city.
Punches and Dies

Clever Turret Press Tooling Produces More Parts In Less Time

Tooling changeover is a priority for this sheet metal job shop, which achieves quick setups, extra durability and increased uptime by using advanced tooling  that makes its turret presses "operate like new."
Saw Blades

Benchmark Survey of Industrial Metal-Cutting Organizations

Amid a challenging operating environ­ment, the LENOX Institute of Technology conducted a survey of 100+ industrial metal cutting operations that identified three key areas where organizations can gain additional productivity and efficiency on the shop floor. 
Threading Tools

Thread Form Now Available for High Speed CNC Machining

Stanley's Spiralock thread form has been used in applications for NASA’S Space Shuttle, the Saturn Cassini orbiter, and more.
Vises and Vise Jaws

Reinventing the Unbreakable Grip

Examine the design of these machine tool vise jaws to understand how they enable aggressive 5-axis machining of high-value medical and aerospace parts in a single setup by clamping on as little as 2 mm of surface.
Tooling & Workholding: Products

Finishing Aluminum

Enduro-Flex 2-in-1 TURBO finishing flap discs from Walter Surface Technologies are ideal for aluminum, stainless steel and steel fabricators needing a one-step surface conditioning solution for weld removal and paint-to-prep finishing.
Enduro-Flex 2-in-1 TURBO finishing flap discs from Walter Surface Technologies use a high-tech blend of self-sharpening grains and cooling agents for ultra-high removal and blending rates without causing surface discoloration on steel, stainless steel and aluminum.

How to Maximize High-Efficiency Machining

POW•R•PATH IP Series cutting tools from IMCO are designed exclusively to maximize the benefits available with high-efficiency machining methods. They feature 7-flute configurations for amazing finishes. IP Series tools are made with a stronger, larger-diameter core for straighter walls in deep cuts and superior strength for longer continuous cutting at high feed rates. POW•R•PATH IPC7 and IPC9 Series add the powerful CMS for reliable chip evacuation in virtually any material, making it the ultimate cutting tool with universal applications.
The POW•R•PATH IP Series of cutting tools from IMCO use 7-flute configurations that take full advantage of continuous tool paths for maximum performance.

Die Springs Bring Longer Spring Life, Greater Safety

Designed for high-production operations, premium nitrogen springs from Wilson Tool provide longer spring life, ensure compliance and offer optimum safety. These nitrogen springs are the safest on the market with regard to overpressure, overstroke and uncontrolled speed, which helps fabricators reduce the risk of injury and tooling damage.
Impax Tooling coil and nitrogen die springs from Wilson Tool provide longer spring life, ensure compliance and offer optimum safety during high volume or standard production operations.